From museums and historical sites to amusement parks, there are a ton of tourist attractions where visitors can stop and have some fun while on a trip. Some people even focus their entire vacation around a trip to a specific theme park that they wanted to visit.
Although going to these theme parks is definitely always a good time, there are some that visitors can't plan their trips around. There are a lot of amusement parks around the world that have closed down after entertaining guests for some time. These are parks that, no matter how fun they once were, no one can visit anymore. To see 10 abandoned amusement parks around the world, keep reading!
10 Wonderland Amusement Park
Wonderland Amusement Park was an amusement park located in Beijing, China. Unlike most other abandoned amusement parks that entertained guests for a while before being closed and left behind, Wonderland Amusement Park never actually opened before it was abandoned.
The park's construction stopped in 1998 and farmers were allowed to grow crops on the land following the park's abandonment. In 2013, the unfinished castles and other buildings were torn down to make room for a shopping center that opened in 2015.
9 Dunaújvárosi Vidámpark
Dunaújvárosi Vidámpark was an amusement park that was located in Hungary and entertained guests from its opening day back in 1953 through the day that it finally had to close its doors in 1993. This park is a unique one because of the fact that it stayed open purely through government funding.
Unfortunately, the fact that Dunaújvárosi Vidámpark closed after 40 years in business and has been left abandoned tells us all we need to know about government-funded amusement parks. Dunaújvárosi Vidámpark looks like it was once pretty fun but graffiti, rust, and nature have all taken over the park now.
8 Nara Dreamland
Before Japan had its own Disneyland, they had Nara Dreamland. Nara Dreamland was an amusement park located in Nara, Japan that was open from 1961 through 2006. The park closed 23 years after Tokyo Disneyland opened because the new park started to draw visitors away from Nara Dreamland.
Even after closing, Nara Dreamland brought in visitors that wanted to see the remnants of this Disneyland lookalike. Unfortunately, the park was demolished in 2016, meaning that visitors can't even visit the abandoned park anymore.
7 Land of Oz
Ready to see the Wizard? Unfortunately, Land of Oz closed in 1980 after only being open for 10 years, so anyone who really loved The Wizard of Oz is going to have to put their dreams of being Dorothy on hold.
The park saw several different issues over the years including a fire in 1975 and people who would vandalize and steal from the park after it closed. The park was partially restored in the 1990s but was never actually reopened, giving it an eerie semi-abandoned feeling.
6 Splendid China
Despite the name and the very Asian-inspired architecture of this theme park, it's not actually located in China. Splended China was located in Florida and was the sister park to a theme park by the same name located in Shenzhen, China.
The park opened in 1993 and closed 10 years later in 2003. The park was primarily a park that held replicas of several iconic Chinese attractions like the Great Wall of China. These replicas were crafted by hand and many of the performers and artists working at the park moved to Florida from China to work there.
5 Disney's River Country
Disney has closed or changed several of their rides over the years. As time goes on and new Disney movies are released, Disney often adds a new ride to one or more of their parks to celebrate the new property. Sometimes, that means closing an older section of the parks or demolishing an old ride.
River Country was Walt Disney World's first waterpark. It opened in 1976 and closed in 2001, leaving it completely abandoned until Disney announced plans to put up a new hotel in the former site of River Country in 2016.
4 Joyland Amusement Park
From 1949 through its permanent closing in 2006, Joyland Amusement Park was the largest amusement park in the state of Kansas. The park was initially founded by a father and his sons and had over 24 rides including a roller coaster and a water ride.
Despite the fact that this location was abandoned in 2006, it remained a popular location for urban exploration for its unique aesthetic. Unfortunately, in 2018, some of its most popular abandoned rides like Whacky Shack were destroyed in a fire. Later that year, the land was purchased by an anonymous buyer.
3 Hồ Thuỷ Tiên
Hồ Thuỷ Tiên was a waterpark located in Vietnam that opened in 2004. Despite the fact that it wasn't even completely finished when it opened its doors to the public, Hồ Thuỷ Tiên became a popular attraction, primarily drawing in visitors who wanted to see its giant dragon-themed aquarium.
It was abandoned shortly after being opened but visitors are still able to find and visit the abandoned park if they're in the area. The grand waterpark now has an eerie aesthetic and there are said to be crocodiles still lurking in the waters of the park, so visitors are encouraged to stay above ground.
2 Okpo Land
Okpo Land is a former amusement park that has a truly eerie history and reason as to why it was abandoned. It was located in Okpo-dong, South Korea and got quite a lot of attention in the 1990s. Unfortunately, it wasn't the type of attention that an amusement park wants to receive.
After a series of visitors became injured at the park - including one child that lost their life after falling from the duck roller coaster - the park was forced to close in 1999. The site of this abandoned park with its dark history became a popular destination for urban explorers until it closed in 2011.
Dadipark was a former amusement park in Belgium that underwent some major changes over the years. In 1950, it was originally built as a playground for children that were visiting nearby in order to give them something to do. In 1980, the playground equipment was removed and it was replaced with amusement park rides in order to bring in tourists of all ages.
Unfortunately, things took a serious turn for the worst when an accident took place in the park in 2000. During that year, a boy lost his arm on the Nautic Jet ride. In 2002, the park was finally closed for renovations so that the outdated and run-down rides could be repaired, but the park never reopened. The park was eventually demolished, leaving nothing left of Dadipark.