Disney’s River Country Water Park
On the shore of Bay Lake, Walt Disney World Florida
River Country, Disney World’s first water park, was opened on June 20, 1976. On Thursday, August 28, 1980 a sad story of a young boy’s death was reported in newspapers. A rare but deadly disease caused by an amoeba found in Florida’s fresh-water lakes took an 11 year old boy’s life after he spent his vacation at River Country. At this time, this boy was the fourth victim of this disease in Florida, but the only one linked to River Country. The disease attacks the nervous system and the brain. Officials reported in the article that Disney World was not to blame due to the fact that the amoeba can bread in any freshwater lake during hot weather. Photos and maps of River Country showed that the park had two bodies of water. The smaller one was chlorinated swimming pool water, and the larger half seemed to be a natural cove, connected to Bay Lake, Disney’s largest natural lake on property. There was never another disease related death in River Country due to Disney doing everything they possibly could to not have a repeat of the tragedy.
In the 1990’s, Disney banned all swimming in its lakes. The park closed at the end of the season, as it usually did, in 2001. When the time came in 2002 to reopen, it didn’t. It is said that the reasoning behind Disney’s decision to not reopen was due to a new Florida law prohibiting the use of natural water bodies and requiring chlorination in all water parks. River Country never reopened.
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Danvers State Hospital
Danvers State Hospital has been abandoned since 1992. During the 1920’s-30’s the hospital used controversial treatments such as shock therapy, various drugs, and frontal lobotomies. It may have even been the birthplace of the frontal lobotomy.
In 2006, some structures were demolished and apartment buildings were built in its place; in April 2007, the buildings and several construction trailers went up in flames. Any efforts at renovation since then have been avoided.
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Okpo City, South Korea
The park was shut down in 1999 due to many mysterious fatal accidents in the park. The last fatal accident that occurred before the park was shut down was when a young girl tragically fell to her death on one of the rides in the park. Immediately following the accident, the owner of the park disappeared and was never heard from again. Even though the park is extremely creepy and has an unsettling back-story, it doesn’t stop adventurers from exploring and venturing through the park.
Chernobyl Amusement Park
It is commonly believed that this amusement park closed the same day it opened on April 27 1986, due to Chernobyl’s catastrophic nuclear disaster. The entire city with a population of about 50,000 people had minutes to evacuate and had no choice but to leave all their belongings behind. Radiation levels in the amusement park area are still remarkably high but that doesn’t stop adventurers from exploring the abandoned amusement park.
Pennhurst State School was a hospital that treated patients of varying ages (but mostly children) with mental and physical disorders. The hospital was closed in 1987 after investigations discovered mistreatment of it’s patients. It has recently been reopened in 2010 by the owner of the Haunted Attraction - Bate’s Motel. The owner has remade parts of the Pennhurst State School into “Pennhurst Asylum: Haunted Walk Through Attraction”
Six Flags in New Orleans abandoned after Hurricane Katrina
Me in the middle of the woods