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8 eerie, abandoned amusement parks

Sept. 2, 2011, 9:12 a.m.
people on giant statue of Gulliver in front of Mount Fuji

Photo: mutantMandias/Flickr

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Gulliver’s Kingdom

Location: Kamikuishiki, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Years in operation: 1997-2001

Creepy factor: 8

Although Japan has its fair share of uncanny abandoned amusement parks, we think that Gulliver’s Kingdom, a failed theme park based on Jonathan Swift’s classic tale, takes the proverbial cake. Although demolished in 2007, the several-year span when the Lilliputian theme park sat disused and neglected was a high point for the many intrepid urban explorers looking to crawl all over Lemuel Gulliver’s lanky, 147.5-foot-long concrete frame. The park’s closing, the result of poor ticket sales, probably had something to do with its rather unfortunate locale: although located at the foot of Mount Fuji, the park was adjacent to Aokigarah, Japan’s infamous “Suicide Forest,” and in the same village where the Aum Shinriyko doomsday cult, the group behind 1995’s Sarin gas attacks in Tokyo, was headquartered. Check out more photos here.