7 haunting photos of eerily abandoned amusement parks

Lauren Hansen, Sarah Eberspacher
The Week
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An uncompleted castle stands in a field that was supposed to be "Wonderland," on the outskirts of Beijing. Construction work at the park, which was promoted by developers as "the largest amusement park in Asia," stopped around 1998 after funds were withdrawn due to disagreements over property prices with the local government and farmers. (REUTERS/David Gray)

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A fiberglass dinosaur sits overturned at the abandoned Plaenterwald, which was once East Berlin's only amusement park. (REUTERS/stringer)

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Gargantua, a character created by French novelist Francois Rabelais, watches over Mirapolis, which closed in 1991. (Eric Preau/Sygma/Corbis)

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A Palestinian guard walks the perimeter of an abandoned park in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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The Six Flags New Orleans amusement park has remained closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, because the park is situated on low-lying ground. (Julie Dermansky/Corbis)

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An amusement park in the 19-mile "exclusion zone" around Chernobyl sits abandoned. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

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Once an elegant Victorian resort, this Welsh park has fallen on hard times. (Daniella Cesarei/LOOP IMAGES/Loop Images/Corbis)

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