Time Magazine - Five Years After Katrina: The Surreal Remains of Six Flags New Orleans

Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:52 PM
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http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2012608,00.html


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Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:30 PM
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Wish there were more photos than just the 10!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:45 PM
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Cool photos.


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Friday, September 3, 2010 12:14 AM

Sad.

Looked like Mr. Six was turning into a toxic mutant, what with all the green ooze seeping from his mouth....


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Friday, September 3, 2010 11:05 AM

Ensign Smith said:
Sad.

Looked like Mr. Six was turning into a toxic mutant, what with all the green ooze seeping from his mouth....

I thought the same thing. mr. Toc-Six.

That could work for a frightfest...


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Friday, September 3, 2010 12:34 PM
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Check out the overhead fans in the 3rd picture. Did the water cause the blades to bend down like that?

Also, have all the rides been removed? Just wondering why their were no ride pictures.

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Friday, September 3, 2010 12:58 PM

Here's some more photos of the park, taken by urban explorers...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brynnephotography/sets/72157622688948209/


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Friday, September 3, 2010 2:09 PM
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Wow, that is fascinating stuff. It seems impossible to believe that there weren't more rides that were salvageable. They got the B&M out of there in a hurry, but I can't believe some of those flat rides weren't keepers.


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Friday, September 3, 2010 2:18 PM
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^Joker's Jukebox and Catwoman's Whip were especially highly regarded... :(


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Friday, September 3, 2010 8:48 PM
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macevhicz's link was incredible! Those are fascinating pictures. (Shame on the trespasser though ;) )


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Friday, September 3, 2010 8:54 PM
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There are a lot of parks that could use that giant wheel.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 1:38 AM
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macevhicz said:
Here's some more photos of the park, taken by urban explorers...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brynnephotography/sets/72157622688948209/

Looking at the pictures in the series made me very sad. Is all of this stuff still standing? Has anyone made an effort to salvage some of the rides? I would think if the city allowed Six Flags to walk away from this park, then they should make an effort to clean it up.

Even offering to give the standing rides away to whatever park wanting to give them a new home would seem like a good gesture. Why just leave it standing where vandals can make it even worse? Are they waiting for a financial miracle? Or, is it just another one of those things down there where they are waiting for a government cleanup?

I'll bet that's what it is. A government cleanup, with an eventual auction of site and it's contents. And, probably a bunch of legal crap in the way of getting that done. One reason why half of urban america has vacant and abandoned buildings around, as there rich owners sit waiting for the property value to rise.

The same reason why it took Coney Island so long to get someone interested in it again. They pretty much had to wait for the original owners to die or sign off on land, while a lot of historic rides and land rotted and became useless in the process. I think Six Flags New Orleans is probably doomed to the same fate. Very sad.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:03 AM
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Somehow I think people having places to live in that area trumps whether or not an amusement park operates.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:25 AM

I've got to believe that the bean counters sat down and worked out what the rides would be worth if they tried to salavage them vs taking the insurance payout and maybe Batman was the only one that made sense to keep.

It is a shame the park ended up the way it did but I agree that there are still far bigger problems in Orleans. Half the population will never return and despite what you see on Monday Night Football when they pan Bourbon Street parts of the City still look like the hurricane went through two weeks ago.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:17 AM
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Jeff said:
Somehow I think people having places to live in that area trumps whether or not an amusement park operates.

But, life isn't worth living if there's no rides and rollycoasters to be ridden. ;)


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:29 AM
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RPM said:
Check out the overhead fans in the 3rd picture. Did the water cause the blades to bend down like that?

Water Warps Wood! combined with the surge/flow if it got that high, and that's what you get.

I'm late to the party - very cool pics, I have to think some movie will get shot there before demolishing begins - if it ever does...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:34 PM
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Jeff said:
Somehow I think people having places to live in that area trumps whether or not an amusement park operates.

I don't want to rant, but if you see what the city has invested in for cleaning up New Orleans, people's homes were the last thing on the list. That's why so many are still living in Fema trailors. But I will bet you that the local Walmart, and, popular tourist areas were the first to get special care, and extra help from local governments pockets. Obiviously the popular hangouts for Mardi Gras got top priorty. Mainly because they cater to rich toursits. And, already back to normal years ago.

I think the city is just sittting on the park waiting for a buyer. They obviously have no intention of doing anything with it. Which is why I mentioned that they should allow interested parties to come in and take out what they want, and make it useful.

I don't hear any coaster groups holding up their save the coasters signs, like they are doing for the Big Dipper. I also don't see any investers rushing in to help the homeowners either. This is what this country pretty much does...when it is no longer useful abandon it, and hope someone else comes along to clean up the mess.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:39 PM

Awesome pics, very sad. I wonder who looted all the ATM machines and safes in the park, I bet alottt was stolen:S. Im surprised there isnt MORE damage by vandals and signs etc. are not stolen yet?. This Looks like a great movie set, but sad it will never be a park again. SFNO - six flags never opening.


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:31 PM

I don't want to rant, but if you see what the city has invested in for cleaning up New Orleans, people's homes were the last thing on the list. That's why so many are still living in Fema trailors. But I will bet you that the local Walmart, and, popular tourist areas were the first to get special care, and extra help from local governments pockets. Obiviously the popular hangouts for Mardi Gras got top priorty. Mainly because they cater to rich toursits. And, already back to normal years ago.

If you knew the layout of New Orleans, you would know that Bourbon street is the true center of New Orleans and sits on alot higher ground then the rest of the city. New Orleans was originally settled in the area of Bourbon Street, because it was higher ground. So, the rest of the city got all the flooding when the levees let go, not the area were Mardi Gras takes place.

I was in New Orleans the Mardi Gras before Katrina and sadly never got to SFNO.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:57 PM
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Jerry said:

RPM said:
Check out the overhead fans in the 3rd picture. Did the water cause the blades to bend down like that?

Water Warps Wood! combined with the surge/flow if it got that high, and that's what you get.

Plus the blades were most likely made of particle board which takes very little water to ruin.


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