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8 eerie, abandoned amusement parks

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 2, 2011, 9:12 a.m.
Joyland Amusement Park roller coaster platform

Photo: adamthewoo/YouTube

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Joyland

Location: Wichita, Kansas

Years in operation: 1949-2004

Creepy factor: 7

Decidedly more sad than spooky (save for Louie, the Wurlitzer-playing robo-clown), Wichita's Joyland, a traditional, family-owned amusement park, became the target of rampant vandalism and destruction after closing in 2004. Margaret Russell, who ran the park with her late husband Stanley since the late 1960s, told the Wichita Eagle: "We're sick. Our hearts are just sick. It's not easy, not easy." While efforts were underway to restore Joyland, they amounted to little more than a few defunct websites.