Oddly Peaceful, Yet So Disturbing: Drone Flyover of Abandoned Amusement Park

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This drone flyover is reminiscent of a scene from The Twilight Zone or Planet of the Apes.

Geauga Lake, 45 minutes Southeast of Cleveland, used to be one of the premier amusement parks and water parks in the entire Midwest. It started off as a great place for locals and folks from the region to have fun; then it changed hands a number of times over several years, including being owned by Seaworld, Six Flags, the folks who now own nearby Cedar Point, and more. Ultimately, it was closed down.

If the idea of a vacant amusement park doesn’t already trigger visions of The Twilight Zone or the Planet Of The Apes for you, then perhaps just give this clip a watch. It’s drone footage of the abandoned amusement park, captured in early 2016.

Haunting? That doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s not even like somebody bombed the place; it’s like it was leveled with a massive machete. Well, except for the few roller coasters that couldn’t be shipped elsewhere.

But, perhaps because one of the last owners of the park had to close it down right after the recession hit hard — especially in the industrial Midwest — just after they had invested a boat-load of money in upgrades, it makes me think of the end of capitalism, somehow.

And here’s a very thorough and fascinating article on what actually happened to Geauga Lake and Seaworld.

Take a look and see if you agree:

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