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Bach_girl
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I suddenly remembered that I have a strange phobia concerning pictures of abandoned amusement parks. (I have never been to one personally- but I probably also have a fear of being in one.) I have even had nightmares about them.

I don't know what it is about them, but they really creep me out.

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Looking at those pictures really inspires me to write story about seeing spirits in an old abandoned theme park... Maybe a 10 year old girl gets caught up in the magic...

Naw, it would never sell.... [Wink]

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I absolutely love the first photo on the second page!

Also, in a book I have that has writing prompts, one presents the idea of a little boy stumbling upon an amusement park in the woods while camping with his family...hmmmm

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I especially like the pictures of the carousel. Cervus, I have a real interest in abandoned buildings as well. They're sometimes creepy, sometimes sad, always interesting.

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I've always liked the type of ruins where it looks like they just shut the doors for the last time and then walk away.
That's pretty much what they did with Pacific Ocean Park (as can be seen in the final episode of The Fugitive, which climaxed with a chase through a deserted amusement park).

A local zoo/animal park called Jungleland (famous as the site where Jayne Mansfield's child was mauled by a big cat) closed down when I was about 9 years old. They auctioned off most of the animals and fixtures, but the land itself and the sturdier structures (such as the marine animal tanks) were simply left to be overgrown by bamboo. It was a neat place to explore and play, and after the skateboarding craze took hold in the mid-1970s the marine tanks became a favorite practice spot.

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Ana Ng
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Count me in to the Snopes Abandoned Buildings Explorer Club. There's a great website, Forgotten NY, that is full of weird, old, abandoned stuff in NYC. I've always been fascinated by that kind of stuff.

I don't fear abandoned structures (but I'd never visit one alone), but I've had nightmares for years about industrial areas at night, I'm terrified of them. When I was in beauty school at night, it was in an industrial park and I was paralyzed in fear at the thought of ending up there alone one night and someone finding me dead in the ravine beside it. Yes, there was a ravine beside it. [Roll Eyes]

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Those of you into abandoned buildings/Urban Exploration should really check out Urban Exploration Resource
You have to register, but the UE Photography forum is well worth it.

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I don't fear abandoned structures (but I'd never visit one alone), but I've had nightmares for years about industrial areas at night, I'm terrified of them. When I was in beauty school at night, it was in an industrial park and I was paralyzed in fear at the thought of ending up there alone one night and someone finding me dead in the ravine beside it. Yes, there was a ravine beside it.
Tell me about it, Ana. I didn't realize that I was afraid of Industrial areas at night until I was driving through the south side of Chicago at 1 in the morning. I didn't see a single person, but that still ranks in the top 5 scariest things i've *ever* experienced.

I still get shaky when driving through the Industrial part of my city (which is actually a really bad part of town) because of that. I don't know if it was because of the reputation or because it was abandoned, smokey and the middle of the night.

All I know is that I never want to see a decrepit, rusty, old factory building again.

(FYI: I'm getting chills while typing this)

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Here's a review of Fantazy Land - a theme park in Alexandria, Egypt.

Oh, and this one is OPEN! [Eek!]

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Same park, different photographer.

The pictures for the roller coasters are attributed to the photographer of the OP. The park's been closed for only 7 years.

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quote:
Here's a review of Fantazy Land - a theme park in Alexandria, Egypt.
Oh, and this one is OPEN!

Well...uh...at least there uh...

...weren't any lines?

[Eek!]

Edited to add quote.

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jervistetch
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This post is my first on any message board ever. (I'm an old foagie.) The amusement park pictures from the original post in question are, in fact, from Japan. I lived in Hiratsuka, Japan for two years as an English instructor and have been back to visit twice since then. This park is located near the Fuji Five Lakes region about three hours straight of Tokyo. It went out of business after the Japanese bubble burst. Competition from Tokyo Disneyland and its related parks didn't help either. The day I saw it, it was also shrouded in fog. Thanks for indulging the novice.
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jervistetch
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I'm sorry. The fifth sentence should read, "three hours straight south of Tokyo."
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Cervus
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The photographer is almost a master. I wonder if s/he's a professional? Coincidentally, I'm getting more interested in photography and am always looking for inspiration in the composition of photos. There are some gems on this site.

This page has some of my favorites.

ETA: This photo scares the shit out of me.

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ok...why am I too scared to look @ the scary pic? The other pics are really good!

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Ana Ng
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Okay, who broke the thread? UBB Code is our friend...

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Everyone's making references to "Spirited Away," but to me these pictures evoke another Japanese fictional creation: Silent Hill, the video game series. These pictures look right out of the opening scene of Silent Hill 3 but in daytime instead of night--but since one of the staples of the game is omnipresent fog, these pics still fit right in.

If you don't know, Silent Hill is a horror video game series that takes place in the creepy abandoned town of Silent Hill, where fog is everywhere and everything looks like...well, like those pictures, but worse. It makes me want to visit that park and see if it evokes a similar atmosphere to the game.

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I agree, faceless007. In fact, I was gonna say, "So that's what Lakeside Amusement Park looks like during the day."

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Gorgeous photos. One thing that struck me - especially when I saw the carousel horses - is that everything has been left intact and unvandalized. If that was in the U.S. it would have been picked clean and thoroughly graffitied.
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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
The person could not have picked a better day to make those photos. The whole fog thing just adds to the impact of the shots.

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Everyone's making references to "Spirited Away," but to me these pictures evoke another Japanese fictional creation: Silent Hill, the video game series. These pictures look right out of the opening scene of Silent Hill 3 but in daytime instead of night--but since one of the staples of the game is omnipresent fog, these pics still fit right in.

If you don't know, Silent Hill is a horror video game series that takes place in the creepy abandoned town of Silent Hill, where fog is everywhere and everything looks like...well, like those pictures, but worse. It makes me want to visit that park and see if it evokes a similar atmosphere to the game.

I agree.

Due to the fog, I took one look at the photo and said, holy crap it's Silent Hill! Perfect timing on the photo, the fact that it's an amusement park is just great. Now if only we could get a hotel, hospital, and school all abandoned in the same area. Open it up as Silent Hill: The Park and make a killing! [Razz]

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Another amusement park from the same photographer:
http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/kouga/kouga1.html

All his photos are incredibly cool and creepy...I love it.

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This photographer's site is one of my favourites.
Here
is the main index, well worth perusing (the half-built hotels in particular.) It's also updated frequently (and links to similar sites that are also good). There are also some (SFW) model shots in abandoned places.

This to be the most bizarre and uncanny of the lot. Random giant man!

Nifty is a reasonably coherent translation site (Japanese, but fairly self-explanatory; change '英語 > 日本語' to '日本語 > 英語' and proceed from there).

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quote:
Originally posted by Peacockalorum:
This to be the most bizarre and uncanny of the lot. Random giant man!

What is this place? It looks like an attempt to build a generic European town with bits and pieces collected all over Europe including signs in mock Finnish and ditto Norwegian.

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quote:
Originally posted by jervistetch:
I'm sorry. The fifth sentence should read, "three hours straight south of Tokyo."

Welcome! Good to know where it is... my brother currently lives in that sort of area. I wonder if he knows of it.

You can correct a post by clicking the "edit" button above it, by the way.

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Charlie23 said:
Those of you into abandoned buildings/Urban Exploration should really check out Urban Exploration Resource

Hmm, I might have a look at that later. I've always had to resist the urge to trespass in abandoned buildings. In fact at the weekend I did actually sneak into one of the empty malt warehouses on Ipswich docks and take some pictures - a lot of the old industrial buildings have been demolished recently but this one has been preserved as a feature and will be converted into flats in the new development. I was curious as to what they looked like before they're converted.

Not as exciting as an abandoned theme park, and the photos were a bit hit-and-miss because it was too dark to see what I was pointing the camera at (I had to navigate around by taking a photo of a dark place then looking at the screen to see what was there) but it satisfied my curiosity and sense of adventure!

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quote:
Originally posted by Floater:
What is this place? It looks like an attempt to build a generic European town with bits and pieces collected all over Europe including signs in mock Finnish and ditto Norwegian.

It's meant to be a 'Gulliver's Travels' theme park- here's the man himself.

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Wow, that's majorly creepy. It reminds me of all the disaster animes I've seen. It also seems like the perfect setting for a horror movie, or a Scooby-Doo episode. There was a Scooby-Doo episode in an amusement park, wasn't there? I don't remember, was it open or closed?

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quote:
Originally posted by Louise:
There was a Scooby-Doo episode in an amusement park, wasn't there? I don't remember, was it open or closed?

The episode ("Foul Play in Funland" from "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" -- clip) was an out-of-service park that the caretakers were trying to reopen. They had built a robot named Charlie to run the park.

Several clips from the show were used in the credits (Scooby running in a barrel, an image of Charlie, and Scooby licking cotton candy off himself). You can see some pics here (scroll down).

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Ok, so I was remembering correctly. Cool!

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Richard W
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I thought all Scooby-Doo episodes were set in amusement parks. I often wondered why amusement parks needed so much milk delivered...
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Aw, come on! I made the Scooby Doo reference on the first page! [Wink]

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Louise
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really? i didn't notice that, sorry chillas!
Richard, do you remember for instance the episode where they went to a haunted mansion, or any of their other escapades?

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Richard W
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Wasn't the haunted mansion that they went to every other week actually in an amusement park, though?
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Louise
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I honestly don't remember

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Wow, I had no idea there were quite this many folks here interested in urban exploration stuff. I started writing a book (fiction) based on it a couple of years ago but lost interest assuming I'd be the only person who ever wanted to read it. *grin*

That said, excellent photography, as everyone else pointed out.

BeachLife, I love the slideshow of Chernobyl. Scary and amazing. Hard to believe the incredibly long-lasting damage that can be done by a nuclear explosion. [Frown]

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