The Thrill Is Gone
Amusement parks usually conjure up images of soaring, spinning thrill rides, invigorating roller-coasters, and stately Ferris wheels. But sometimes theme parks suffer unwelcome thrills of their own — from natural disasters to human tragedy to insolvency — and are forced to close. Such parks often lie in ruin, although a handful still hold out hope of rebirth or restoration. All are fascinating reminders of what a bad storm, bad luck, or a few bad business decisions can do to a once-cherished destination. Visitors to these sites should be sure to plan ahead. Some are in redevelopment talks or host events that are open to the public for a limited time, while others are off-limits but can be seen from afar, and others may soon disappear for good.