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.