i walked up to the gate of an abandoned theme park today
My first post here, so it had better be a good one.
Accordingly, enjoy these photos from Magic Kingdom’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Taken in 1976 during a refurbishment when the lagoon was drained.
I truly miss the graveyard of lost ships, the mermaids, the deep sea fish, the giant squid, Captain Nemo’s crew ‘farming’ the ocean floor, the sea serpent, the polar ice cap, and all the rest. It was magical, evocative, and eerie: a true Disney masterpiece.
Losing it to be replaced with a Pooh playground, and now, a lackluster Little Mermaid dark ride mainly, is a damn shame. The recent chipping away at the distinctive Magic Kingdom experience (as well as the WDW resort as a whole, counting Epcot, Adventurer’s Club closing, etc) does make me sad. But, at least some relics like these photos to enjoy and remind us of past days.
Thanks to Hoot Gibson, D. Applewhite, and Chief at Fresh Roasted Corn for sharing these amazing photos.
it blows my mind to see these pictures of it all clean and beautiful.
for comparison, here’s what these very same animatronics looked like after the ride shut down (WARNING FOR GENUINE NIGHTMARE FUEL):
Okpo City, South Korea
The park was shut down in 1999 due to many mysterious fatal accidents in the park. The last fatal accident that occurred before the park was shut down was when a young girl tragically fell to her death on one of the rides in the park. Immediately following the accident, the owner of the park disappeared and was never heard from again. Even though the park is extremely creepy and has an unsettling back-story, it doesn’t stop adventurers from exploring and venturing through the park.
OKPO LAND!!! this place has the scariest history EVER. DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE FUCKING CAR THAT THE GIRL WHO DIED WAS RIDING IN IS STILL HANGING OFF ITS TRACK LIKE IT WAS WHEN SHE FELL OUT??
FUCK IT’S A REAL LIFE GHOST STORY
Splendid China is a defunct (1993-2003) miniature theme park located in Florida. It is filled with exhibits that cover 75 acres of land all themed to various popular and recognizable features of China, such at the Great Wall or the Leshan Buddha. All models are scaled down at 1/10 of the original size. All 60 replicas were hand made by artisans. The restaurants served Chinese cuisine and there were many performances with dancers and actors for more fast paced entertainment.
The park received a lot of criticism. Many thought that the park was a tool of propaganda. Public protests right outside park walls were not uncommon. Many teachers and parents would not support the idea of field trips for their children or any student for that matter. Depictions of Mongolian Yurts and Tibet’s Potala Palace also angered the public, who claimed that Splendid China was trying to slap on a ‘Chinese Label’ on to other Asiatic countries.
Due to mismanagement and lack of significant visitor turn outs, the park was ultimately shut down in 2003. An auction allowed some to take home the painstakingly hand crafted pieces, but the rest were left to decay in the sun. Local youth defaced the remaining pieces that could not be removed, and used the rest of the park as a giant skating playground.
I wish I could have gone before they tore it down DDD: I have a morbid fascination with abandoned theme parks ahsdjdfh
Ohhh my god I’ve investigate this place a lot but I never realized that there’s now radiation there!
These are taken from the abandon Takakonuma Greenland Park of Japan. The park opened in 1973 and shut down only after two years of service; common lore says that the rides were due to many accidental deaths. It was reopened in 1986 and closed thirteen years later. The park is not located on any maps and is now surrounded by radiation due to the Fukushima meltdown after the tsunami.
Sounds interesting and looks awesome. Who wants to visit with me?
Status: Abandoned Project
Russia is well known for its cold winters and frigid temperatures. For many months out of the year, its bodies of water are frozen, and impossible to use for recreation. An answer to this problem came in the early 2000’s when contractors began…
this might be the scariest/coolest abandoned park ever. JUST LOOK AT IT. IT’S HUGE.