While defunct amusement parks make for a nice bit of eerie eye candy, it's also worth paying mind to the survivors. That is, amusement parks across the globe that have been preserved through the years — and by years we mean decades, even multiple centuries.
With an eye toward both historic preservation and pulse-raising chills and thrills, we've wrangled up a list of amusement parks that could have been frequented by your grandparents or great-grandparents — and maybe even your distant ancestors. Of course, many of these venerable parks have evolved over the years to suit thrill-seeking modern tastes while still maintaining an element of old-world charm (or a high level of kitsch). Case in point is Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens (pictured, during Christmas), which at 173 years young, seamlessly blends the old and new to create an atmosphere that transcends a specific time and place. Simply put, it's magic.
Here's hoping that Tivoli and these eight other advanced-in-age amusement parks — amongst the oldest in the world and still operating either year-round or seasonally — have enough magic in the reserves to last 100 years more.