There is something so disquieting about a amusement park long abandoned, decaying rides standing forlorn in a field or being slowly swallowed by creeping forests. Perhaps, like creepy kids and evil clowns, it is the juxtaposition of the joyous things of childhood with the looming inevitability of death and decay that is so very unsettling.
The gallery below features 50 photos selected from abandoned amusement parks around the world. Some, like Lincoln Park and South Korea’s Okpo Land, closed due to safety fears following fatalities and accidents. Others, such as Seaside Heights and Six Flags New Orleans, were suddenly and irreparably decimated by natural disaster. In the case of Pripyat’s abandoned amusement park outside the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the closure was caused by a rather more man-made catastrophe. Still others merely succumbed to the unrelenting march of time, ominous reminders of happier times as they loom silently, decaying in place. Whatever the reason for their abandonment, these pictures will surely give you a chill, darlings. Enjoy!
(Check here for lists of Standing but Not Operating (SBNO) and abandoned amusement parks; For more photos, visit Forgotten Ohio, Surreal Coconut, Dark Roasted Blend, Illicit Ohio, Love These Pics, and Spiral.)