Louisiana Abandoned, Creepy August 17, 2022
The Abandoned Six Flags In Louisiana Is One Of The Eeriest Places In America
If you’ve ever found yourself driving along I-10 in New Orleans East, you’ve likely seen the remnants of a theme park in the distance. For many, it’s a constant reminder of everything lost during Hurricane Katrina. Six Flags New Orleans was once a joyful amusement park, but now, it sits abandoned, slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature.
First thing’s first: do not go into Six Flags New Orleans.
There are no trespassing signs everywhere, and security cameras to ensure you don’t break the rules. It’s not safe, and no one wants to end up in court… or the hospital.
The park first opened as Jazzland in 2000, but it wasn’t as successful as everyone had hoped.
From the location to the attractions, it was mostly a flop, and two years after opening, a new leasing agreement was signed and Six Flags New Orleans took over. They invested $20 million in upgrades and reopened in 2003, but once again, it wasn’t a huge success. In fact, it was one of Six Flags’ least profitable parks. By the time the park closed, Six Flags had put in $44 million into park upgrades.
The last day the park was open was August 21, 2005, eight days before Hurricane Katrina struck.
The park was actually scheduled to reopen a week later… but before the storm, we all thought that we would resume normal operations in about a week. We were so wrong.
The park was submerged in 4-7 feet of water after the storm, and it took over a month for the water to drain.
The park’s location didn’t help. The low-lying area of New Orleans East combined with its proximity to Lake Pontchartrain plus the park’s drainage pumps failing all added up to disaster. Because the water was a brackish mix, it caused massive corrosion to the rides and various attractions, resulting in up to 80% of the park being damaged beyond repair.
Not much can withstand a solid month of saltwater submersion, as many of us are well aware.
That didn’t stop Six Flags from salvaging some of the rides, through.
A year later, Six Flags took some of the rides and relocated them to other parks around the country, including Batman: The Ride, Bayou Blaster, Road Runner Express, and Sonic Slam.
Think about that next time you jump on an amusement park ride in another state.
With no plans to reopen, Six Flags and the City of New Orleans have been in a bit of a battle over what happens next.
There have been many bids to develop the land, with ideas ranging from community parks to strip malls. There was even one pitch to keep it as an amusement park.
We doubt it'll ever be an amusement park again.
Currently, the city rents it out every now and then for movies to be filmed there, like Jurassic World.
Hopefully, one day, it'll be less of an eye sore.
Six Flags New Orleans isn’t the only abandoned place in Louisiana. Have you ever heard of
Kisatchie High School? The history behind this once thriving school may surprise you. Address: Six Flags Drive, Six Flags Dr, New Orleans, LA 70129, USA