List of defunct amusement parks

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The following is a list of amusement parks and theme parks that have been closed, demolished, or abandoned:


Umoja Children's Park, Tanzania




People's Republic of China[edit]

  • Children's Amusement Park, Seven Star Park, Guilin
  • Wonderland Amusement Park, Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping District. Construction stopped in 1998. Another attempt in 2008 failed. Property was abandoned with partially constructed buildings and was being reclaimed by local farmers until the demolition of all structures in May 2013.

Hong Kong[edit]



The castle at Nara Dreamland. Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan.




  • Encore's Garden (????-1999), Dakeng

It was also abandoned after the 921 earthquake in Taiwan

  • Katoli World (1983-1999), Dakeng

Also known as Paradise Amusement Park (樂園), it was abandoned after the 921 earthquake in Taiwan rendered it unsafe. It has become the base for the Dakeng Refuge, a community-based venue for local bands to play and people to gather away from the city of Taichung.





The main entrance to Sofia Land, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sofia Land, Sofia. The largest amusement park at the Balkans was closed in 2007 due to financial difficulties.



American Adventure in 1991, Derbyshire, England
The disused entrance for the Granada Studios Tour, Manchester, England




The Swivel House in 1923, Lunapark, Berlin, Germany



Isle of Man[edit]



Russian Federation[edit]



The Ferris wheel, Prypiat amusement park, stands today rusting and abandoned. Prypiat, Ukraine.





  • Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry Island. Originally opened in 1897, and closed down in August 2009. Surprisingly, the park reopened at the Easter weekend in 2010, but is still overshadowed by the threat of permanent closure.
  • Ocean Beach, Rhyl, operated between 1954 and September 2007, as of 2011 it has been demolished.

North America[edit]

Former main dock to Boblo Island Amusement Park, Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Sunnyside Amusement Park in 1931, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Mexico City[edit]

  • Plaza Show, Lago de Guadalupe, Dinosaur Park is now a University, UVM Lago de Guadalupe (1980-1989)


  • Mundo de Adeveras, (2005–2009)

United States of America[edit]



An abandoned billboard for Dogpatch USA, Marble Falls, Arkansas, United States of America






Ceased operations as an amusement park, selling the rollercoaster, originally from Adventureland to Daytona Lagoon and all other amusement rides, now exists as a motocross park.


Grand Prix was a go-cart track, Bicycle dirt bike track where on weekends they would race, also included a huge arcade. During the summer months they would set up water amusements. The park was located on the corner of 441 and state road 84 in the south west corner. The park was closed by Florida Dept. Of Transportation to build what is now I-595.

Planet Ocean was an 80,000 sq.ft., interactive oceanographic museum featuring state of the art, hands on exhibits about the ocean (such as a giant piece of touchable iceberg), displays of deep sea submersibles, multi-media presentations, and other educational experiences. A short film made for the museum, also titled Planet Ocean, was even nominated for an Academy Award as best short film. The museum opened in the mid-seventies and was located across the street from the Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key.





Sign at the entrance to Joyland Amusement Park on South Hillside. Wichita, Kansas, United States of America.



Six Flags New Orléans, which was abandoned after being critically damaged by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.




  • Bay Shore Park, Edgemere (1906–1946), property bought by Bethlehem Steel but never developed, now a Maryland state park
  • Carlin's Park, Baltimore (?–1959), also known as "Liberty Heights Park", razed to become Carlin's Drive-In Theater. Theater razed in early 1980s for above-ground section of Baltimore subway system.
  • Electric Park, Baltimore (1896–1915), razed in 1916
  • Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City. A strip mall was built on part of the property. Closed in the early 90s when a lawsuit made it unprofitable to keep the park open.
  • Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, closed in 1968, reopened in 1971 as an art and cultural center by the National Park Service
  • Gwynn Oak Park, Woodlawn (189?–1973). Park suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Agnes in June 1972. Many buildings were set on fire by arsonists through the late 1970s until all remaining structures were razed. Property is now a Baltimore County park. Carousel relocated to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., still in operation.
  • Marshall Hall, Charles County, Maryland (189?-1980) Located on the Potomac River, more or less across from Mount Vernon, Virginia, the home of George Washington. The National Park Service gained control of the park after Congress, acting upon a request from the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, mandated that the views from Mt. Vernon had to be protected and returned to something resembling the days when George Washington sat on his colonnaded porch and looked across the Potomac. The Park Service tore down all vestiges of the amusement park in 1980, whose popularity had declined due to competition by much larger, newer parks.
  • Pen Mar Park, in Washington County, Maryland, open 1877 to 1943, reopened in 1980 as a county park.
  • Pleasure Island, Edgemere (1947–1962), also known as "New Bay Shore Park", bought by Bethlehem Steel but never developed
  • Riverview Park, Baltimore (18??–1929), razed to build Western Electric plant
White City in 1908. The colossal figure of "King Dodo" guards the entrance to the fun house. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States of America.



The Wyer House, which served as the home for park managers. Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior, Minnesota, United States of America.


Celebration City's gate, Branson, Missouri, United States of America





New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

Dreamland tower and lagoon in 1907. Brooklyn, New York, United States of America.
Interior of Luna Park, Coney Island at night, 1905. Electric tower in the foreground. New York, United States of America.
The steeplechase ride, Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, New York, United States of America

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Chippewa Lake Park's ferris wheel in 2007, left standing like many rides, but overgrown with foliage. Chippewa Lake, Ohio, United States of America.
A picture of Euclid Beach Park taken some time between 1895 and 1910. Euclid, Ohio, United States of America.


Lake House at Olentangy Park, Columbus, Ohio




Rocky Point Amusement Park, Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

View from the Skyride circa 1975. The "Tin Lizzies" old-timey car ride is visible. Opryland USA, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America.


Texas Cyclone at 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2005, AstroWorld's last day of operation. Houston, Texas, United States of America.




Luna Park 1910. In the foreground is part of the Great Figure Eight roller coaster. At right rear is the Zeum carousel, and to its left the natatorium. Seattle, Washington, United States of America.


West Virginia[edit]



The SegaWorld Sydney building in 1998, Sydney
Robson's Figure Eight in 1908. Dreamland, St. Kilda, Victoria
The roller coaster at Leisureland Fair, Langwarrin, Victoria
A scene at Wobbies World, Nunawading, Victoria


Australian Capital Territory[edit]

New South Wales[edit]


On the top floor of Queen Street's Myer Centre - included a roller coaster, a swinging pirate ship and bumper cars.

South Australia[edit]

On the top floor of Rundle Mall's Myer Centre lived a roller coaster, along with many other activities including a ball crawl.

Adjacent to the Callington exit on the South East Freeway, Puzzle Park is now closed although many items of equipment still remain on the site.[23]

On October 8, 1930 tens of thousands of people flocked to the opening of Luna Park on the foreshore at Glenelg. The brights lights and thrilling rides provided some cheerful relief to the gloom of the Great Depression. It was Australia's second Luna Park, the first having been opened in Melbourne's St. Kilda eighteen years before. One difference between the two parks was that Glenelg did not have the 'laughing face' entrance. Entrepreneur David Atkins saw the possibilities of such a venture in Adelaide and encouraged the Melbourne owners to open a Luna Park here. He became the park's general manager. Glenelg's Luna Park operated for almost five years when a mixture of economics, non-negotiable council rent, tension with local residents and pressure from church groups not to run rides on Sunday saw its closure. The rides and machinery were packed up and sent to the site still occupied by Luna Park in Sydney.

Operating between 1982 and 2004, this popular park boasted 4 waterslides built into an artificial mountain. It has since been demolished as part of a redevelopment of the foreshore and replaced by a new park called The Beachouse.


Western Australia[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

South America[edit]

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