Today’s post on abandoned places will focus on deserted amusement parks and the screaming children who once frequented them. This is why we can’t have nice things.

1. Sofia Land, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia Land was an amusement park located in the capital city of Bulgaria. Covering 35,000 square meters, the park featured pools, cinemas, bars, bowling alleys and other all-age rides and attractions. Opened on September 21st, 2002, the park bid dovizhdane on October 16th, 2006. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Sofia Land - entrance

2. Expoland, Suita, Osaka, Japan

With approximately 40 rides and attractions and a number of shops and restaurants, Japan’s Expoland was a lucrative amusement park. Opened during Expo ’70, the site’s fortunes began to erode when a 19-year-old university student was killed on May 5th, 2007 when the Fujin Raijin II roller-coaster derailed due to a broken axle that hadn’t been replaced in 15 years. The park closed on December 9th, 2007 due to lack of customers.

Expoland - entrance

3. Land of Makebelieve, Upper Jay, New York

Land of Makebelieve in Upper Jay, New York was owned and operated by park pioneer Arto Monaco. Opened in 1954 and based on Mother Goose rhymes and Aesop’s fables, the park’s buildings and rides were sized for children. Built on the flood plain of the Ausable River, the amusement park was closed in 1979 and destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28th, 2011. Many thanks to Lastcigaretteme for this discovery.

(Images c/o 1, 2, 3, 4, 56)

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