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Tour the World's Creepiest Abandoned Theme Parks

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Recently we've been revealing a variety of ghostly photos taken at abandoned locations around the world (like this spooky gallery of long-vacant US movie theaters, schools, prisons and factories), but there's something about the faded, crumbling decorations of a long-dead amusement park that really heightens the creep factor.
 
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That's why we singled out this compilation of images curated by io9 for a closer look. Gathered from a variety of locations from the US, Europe, Asia and more, these theme parks in various states of decay have some sad, mysterious and even frightening stories to share... like Six Flags New Orleans, shut down since Hurricane Katrina in 2005...
 
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...this Ukrainian park that never saw its 1986 grand opening due to the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster...
 
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...a South Korean park where this rollercoaster claimed two lives in the '90s...
 
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...and this Japanese park, also the site of multiple deaths.
 
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Other creepy ghost parks include regions of Tanzania, Hungary and China.
 
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The most unsettling examples include Disney's defunct Discovery Island, which still contains preserved animal artifacts and looks like a serial killer's lair...
 
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...Germany's Spreepark, which is littered with the broken corpses of fiberglass dinosaurs...
 
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...and this bizarre Gulliver's Travels-themed attraction in Japan.
 
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If you're reading Stephen King's Joyland this summer, you might also want to check out their images from the real-life Joyland Park in Kansas, to put you in just the right mood of subtle horror.
 
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