If it's old news, I apologize, I don't frequent the CBuzz forums as much as I used to.
My friend sent me this link with pictures of an abandoned park, complete with rusting steel coaster, disintegrating carousel, and a ferris wheel with tree branches poking through it. Cool and creepy at the same time.
Just wondering if anybody knew what park this was?
I'm a very sentimental person, and I too get sad at pictures like that. I think of the past, and how at one time there were people there, riding the rides. First dates with girlfriends. Kids having a day out with their family. The cotton candy, souvenirs, and excitement of riding a first coaster. Not to mention the high school kids with a part time job for spending money. And to think that during that time, I'm sure no one thought it would turn into.... this. Forget the credit, those are memories people will never have a chance to create. No grandfather can stand on the midway and say "When I was your age, I remember this park being different.. But they still have this ride" as they enjoy the park with their grandchildren. It is, indeed, very sad to me :( :( :(
Couldn't have put it better Dan...This sounds stupid maybe, but I was a bit upset when I witnessed the destruction of Python at BGA. That was my first roller coaster. I wonder what made this park in Japan close down? And why are the rides still there? Japan is a growing nation and if the park never opens then I would rather see the rides demolished; something better be put in its place rather than to see the rides rot.
Pictures like that always make me feel like crying. Last year I wrote a feature-length screenplay about this very topic. It definitely hits me personally, almost physically. And it makes me wish I had embraced my inner enthusiast in time to go see places like Chippewa Lake and Idora Park.
Speaking of Chippewa, I saw a blurb somewhere that the land owners were going to tear down the rest of the rides by this summer. Now I can't remember if I saw that here on Coasterbuzz or somewhere else.
Weird pictures. It looks as though the park is one of the few remnants of a nucleur war (albeit one that didn't damage any of the foliage!) The coaster train and the Ferris wheel don't appear to have moved in decades and everything looks ready to collapse into piles of "rust dust" if the wind picks up. Sad but fascinating.
By the way, I think I may have posted this a while back. It is a really cool site. Ooodles of abandoned stuff all over Japan. The wierd thing is that I wouldn't expect to find such things in a country that I've always thought of as crowded (wouldn't the land be immediately turned into something else?) and clean.
Great photography though. There's just something about it that gets me the same way the last reel of Logan's Run does.
Rob Ascough said: Weird pictures. It looks as though the park is one of the few remnants of a nucleur war (albeit one that didn't damage any of the foliage!) The coaster train and the Ferris wheel don't appear to have moved in decades and everything looks ready to collapse into piles of "rust dust" if the wind picks up. Sad but fascinating.
Here's another site for you. This one was due to a nuclear incident.
Someone gave a reason the last time this came up for all the abandonment in Japan. It's something to do with their business climate and customs I believe - something like they set up entire cities, including all amenities, parks, etc. and if they don't take off, rather than redevelop like they do in the states, things just get abandoned and they move operations to the site that works.
I could be talking out my a$$, but it's something like that - there is some sort of reasoning for all the abandonments. Thanks for reposting those pictures though, I think they're really interesting to see.
I don't know if anyone will know what I'm talking about, but I seem to remember here a CBuzz a thread about another abandoned park which had a series of water park like water slides. One of the pictures had a green slide that the guy took a picture of the inside.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I would really like to find that set of pictures again, they were very nice pictures.
I dont know but thinking of this I thought of Hiroshima Japan where the Nuclear bomb went off because we are learning about Nuclear stuff and I found some parks but I dont think these places are near ground zero. Knowing the Stereotype of Japan I would think that place would be gone and there would be some high rise on them. Here are the links to parks near Hiroshima and I am going to google Earth Those places:
I never like to see rides just sitting and rusting but, those pictures are beautiful. Kudos to the photographer because the images are breathtaking. I love the ones of plants growing through the rides. A few of them were in an ACE news issue a few years back.