27 Eerie Photos Of Abandoned Amusement Parks

Due to increasing liabilities, climbing temperatures, and other ways of finding entertainment, amusement parks could be nearing the end of their era. These chilling photos of abandoned amusement parks show the parks of the future — places that have seen their last ride ticket punched.

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Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Abandoned Amusement Parks

Darrell Miller/FlickrThe Skycoaster at Six Flags in New Orleans used to entertain visitors as a reverse free-fall swing.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cool Zone

Darrell Miller/FlickrThe park had been closed for the season when Hurricane Katrina hit. The damage the storm caused made it too expensive to repair.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Spongebob Squarepants

Darrell Miller/FlickrThe Spongebob Squarepants ride is currently a canvas for vandalism.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Toy Octopus

Darrell Miller/FlickrPrizes from carnival games still remain scattered around the park.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Empty Bumper Cars

Darrell Miller/FlickrIn keeping with the haunting theme of these photos, the area in a theme park where deconstructed rides are kept is called a “boneyard.”

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Lonely Coaster

Darrell Miller/FlickrAbandoned amusement parks (the New Orleans Six Flags in particular) have been used as sets for movies such as Jurassic World.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Paris Ride

Darrell Miller/FlickrA vacant Pepe Le Pew & The Swings de Paris ride.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cluttered Stage

Darrell Miller/FlickrAn empty stage that once held colorful shows is now cluttered with debris.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rotating Ride

Darrell Miller/FlickrThe sky in this photo is as ominous as the ride over which it looms.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Off Road

Darrell Miller/FlickrA truck that once gave “Jungle Tours” has become part of the jungle itself.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Down Clown

Keoni Cabral/FlickrA clown head that’s fallen on hard times.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Blue Roller Coaster

Keoni Cabral/FlickrThe remains of “The Jester,” a roller coaster in abandoned Six Flags, New Orleans.

Six Flags, New Orleans, Louisiana

Six Flags Road

Keoni Cabral/FlickrThe road to Six Flags New Orleans is not a very welcoming one anymore. In fact, it feels more like “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Spree Park

Jan Bommes/FlickrSpreepark in Berlin has been closed and abandoned since 2002.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Arcade Machines

Jonas Ginter/FlickrAn arcade once filled with excited gamers is now home to tattered machines and garbage.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Ferris Wheel

Jonas Ginter/FlickrAbandoned ferris wheel cars dangle solemnly over splintered fence pieces.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Weedy Goose

Jonas Ginter/FlickrThis goose boat only provides passage to weeds now.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Glasses Trolley

Jonas Ginter/FlickrA nearsighted trolley has seen its last tour around the park.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Rainbow Creature

Jonas Ginter/FlickrThe mouth of this rainbow colored beast is now covered in graffiti.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Leafy Coaster

Jonas Ginter/FlickrOvergrown trees and fallen leaves have taken over this roller coaster.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Ground Control

Jonas Ginter/FlickrMore graffiti and debris cover these ride controls.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Covered Track

Jan Bommes/FlickrIn 2011, some gave guided tours of the dilapidated Spreepark.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Snowy Dinosaurs

Jan Bommes/Flickr The ferris wheel at Spreepark Berlin still stands.

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany

Yellow Car

Jan Bommes/FlickrA wayward yellow car without a track.

Fun Park Fyn, Aarup, Denmark

Waterslide House

Troels Dejgaard Hansen/Flickr Slides still lead from this tiny splash house into murky waters at this abandoned Danish water park.

Fun Park Fyn, Aarup, Denmark

Color Wheel

Troels Dejgaard Hansen/Flickr This ride leaves a lonely looking silhouette against the sky.

Fun Park Fyn, Aarup, Denmark

Waterpark Slides

Troels Dejgaard Hansen/Flickr A row of water slides lends color to an otherwise dreary landscape. You can almost hear the echoes of children’s laughter…

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21 Delicious Chocolate Facts You Didn’t Know

First, the Mayans and Aztecs drank it. Then, the Europeans made it solid. And today, chocolate is a booming world industry worth well over $100 billion per year. Celebrate the world’s favorite sweet — and learn a thing or two — with these 21 surprising chocolate facts:

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Chocolate Facts Bars

Flickr/Dobrin IsabelaA 2004 survey found that 70 percent of people would reveal their computer passwords for a bar of chocolate.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flickr/Veganbaking.etRuth Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts circa 1938. She sold the recipe to Nestle for one dollar and a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Chocolate Cupcake

Flickr/Stephanie Keeney The chocolate industry makes well over $100 billion per year, which is more than the Gross Domestic Product of about 150 of the world's nations.

Chocolate Macroons

Flickr/annieseatsThe Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods."

Chocolate Mousse

Flickr/planningqueenAbout 70 percent of the world's chocolate supply comes from Africa; the Ivory Coast is the largest producer.

Chocolate Stacked

Flickr/Sonia - L'ExquisitDuring World War II, the Nazis had a plan to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate.

Milk Chocolate

Pexels The average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts, and anything less than 60 insect parts per 100 grams of chocolate (about two bars' worth) is allowed by the FDA.

Chocolate Donut

Flickr/Jack HebertIn fact, a 2012 report suggests that most people with chocolate allergies are actually allergic to the cockroach parts that inevitably find their way into the chocolate.

Chocolate Chips

Hero Images Central and South Americans may have been cultivating the cacao bean as early as 1250 BCE, but it wasn't introduced to Europe until the 16th century.

Chocolate Coin

Westend61The Aztecs used cacao beans as currency: 100 beans could be traded for a turkey, while one bean was good for a tamale.

Melted Chocolate

DNY59The melting point of chocolate is below the typical human body temperature, which is why it melts in your mouth.

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Bianca Moraes/FlickrA study from Osaka University in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean, the main ingredient of chocolate, combats mouth bacteria and tooth decay.

Cacao Beans

Wikimedia Commons One cocoa tree produces only enough beans each year to make about 20 standard-sized Hershey bars.

Chocolate Candy

GMVozd/Getty Images Europeans eat the most chocolate: The average British, Swiss, and German person will each eat around 24 pounds of chocolate per year.

Chocolate Raw

Magnez2/Getty Images In 1847, British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons made the first "eating chocolate": a solid edible chocolate bar concocted from cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar.

Chocolate Shavings

Nikolay Trubnikov/Getty ImagesDark chocolate has significant health benefits: it reduces the risk of stroke, and keeps the brain healthy.

Hot Chocolate

Flickr/invisible_helicopterThe word chocolate actually comes from "xocoatl," the Aztec term for the bitter drink they brewed from cacao beans and mixed with peppers, water, and honey.

M And M

Wikimedia Commons According to NASA, M&Ms have flown into space 130 times as an astronaut snack.

Chocolate Chips

Leslie/FlickrOne chocolate chip will give you the energy needed to walk approximately 150 feet.

Chocolates

Flickr/Justin MillerBoth the Mayans and the Aztecs thought that cacao had magical properties and used it in their most sacred rituals, including human sacrifice and weddings.

Salted Chocolate

Flickr/Jamie JohnsonDuring the Revolutionary War, soldiers took part of their payment in chocolate.

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