10 Captivating Abandoned Amusement Parks In The United States
Joyland Amusement Park – Wichita, KS
Joyland operated from 1949 until 2004. It reportedly shut down from economical issues and safety concerns. In 2006 restoration were made to some rides, but after financial troubles, the park never reopened. Since its closing, Joyland has been subject to a great deal of vandalism and the owners are sickened by it. Today, the park still stands, but is slowly decaying and remains abandoned. Restorations initiatives have been announced, but it is unclear as to if they will follow through.
Williams Grove Amusement Park – Williams Grove, PA
Williams Grove Amusement Park was an amusement park in Williams Grove, PA, that operated from 1850 until 2005. What began as a small grove where the Williams family hosted picnics, eventually grew into an amusement park that operated for close to 90 years. The first rides appeared in the park in 1928, and the adjacent Williams Grove Speedway half-mile track opened in 1938. Morgan Hughes purchased the park in 1972 and it was damaged by Hurricane Agnes the same year. The park was restored and remained in operation until 2005 when the Hughes family decided to close it to focus on the Speedway. Hughes attempted to sell Williams Grove Amusement Park in 2006, but was unable to find a buyer. Many of the rides were auctioned off, but some still remain. The grounds now hosts a weekly flea market.