Pripyat amusement park

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The Pripyat Ferris Wheel, as seen from the City Centre Gymnasium.
Bumper cars in 2011

The Pripyat amusement park is an abandoned amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine. It was to be opened for the first time on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations,[1][2] but these plans were scuttled on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away. Several sources report that the park was opened for a short time on April 27 before the announcement to evacuate the city was made,[3][4][5] although several others report that it never opened. In any case, the park—and its Ferris wheel in particular—have become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.[6]


Located behind the Palace of Culture in the center of the city, the park had four attractions: the iconic Ferris wheel, bumper cars,[7] swing boats, and a paratrooper ride.[citation needed]


Radiation levels around the park vary; the liquidators washed radiation into the soil after the helicopters carrying radioactive materials used the grounds as a landing strip, so concreted areas are relatively safe. However, areas where moss has built up are dangerously high; some areas can emit 25 µSv/h, among the highest levels of radiation in the whole of Pripyat.

Films and games[edit]

The park appears in the video games S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, "Counter-Strike Global Offensive", in film Chernobyl Diaries and is also the inspiration for Atlantic Island Park in The Secret World. The park is referenced in the television show Scorpion in the episode titled "Chernobyl Intentions".


  1. ^ "Pillaged and peeling, radiation-ravaged Pripyat welcomes 'extreme' tourists". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Pacific Standard. "Chernobyl in Spring — Pacific Standard". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  3. ^ Robert J. Ursano, Ann E. Norwood, Carol S. Fullerton (17 June 2004). Bioterrorism with CD-ROM: Psychological and Public Health Interventions. Cambridge University Press. p. 175. 
  4. ^ International Atomic Energy (1991). The International Chernobyl Project: an overview : assessment of radiological consequences and evaluation of protective measures. IAEA. p. 49. 
  5. ^ "Chernobyl disaster zone top pick for 'extreme tourists' 30 years on". Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Fox, Michael H. (2014). Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case. OUP USA. p. 226. 
  7. ^ "Chernobyl: Capping a Catastrophe". The New York Times. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°24′29.28″N 30°3′25.65″E / 51.4081333°N 30.0571250°E / 51.4081333; 30.0571250