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A Look Back At This Beloved Kansas Amusement Park Will Make You Feel Nostalgic

Let me ask you something: Does this picture take you back to your childhood?

How about this?

If you answered yes to either or both of these, you obviously grew up in Kansas and had the best childhood EVER. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I give you Joyland Amusement Park:

Opened in Wichita in 1949, Joyland Amusement Park was originally founded as a home for an antique 12-inch gauge steam locomotive, but quickly grew into a full-blown amusement park complete with a ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other carnival favorites. As time went on, the Park continued to grow in popularity; however, due to both safety concerns and economic woes, the Park closed its gates for good in 2006.

If you were to visit Joyland today, this is what you would find:

However, back in its heyday, you would have found this magic around every corner:

What are some of your favorite memories from the old Joyland Amusement Park?

Annie
Annie is a wife, mom, new homeowner, and blogger with a love of God, family, and chicken nachos (in that order).