A BATTERED signal exterior the deserted theme park nonetheless reads “Closed for Storm” — whereas those that dare step foot inside are creeped out by eerie noises and flickering lights.
Some 17 years after the colossal class 5 Hurricane Katrina — which killed 1,800 folks in New Orleans — shut the Six Flags park it stays frozen in time and is thought to be probably the most haunted parks on the earth.
Whereas apparently no apparitions have been reported, many city explorers who trespass have stated they’ve felt like somebody — or one thing — is watching them.
Others have reportedly seen lights flicker, though there isn’t any electrical energy provide in addition to listening to backbone chilling clanking noises as if the rides have began up.
Whether or not you imagine this or not, it’s true that the pictures of the abandoned park are unsettling.
They’re a reminder of the horror that was inflicted on native individuals who would have as soon as thronged the colourful attraction, and in keeping with a filmmaker the biggest monuments to the struggling of the survivors.
Jake Williams, who produces hit YouTube present Deserted on his channel Vivid Solar Movies, instructed The Solar On-line how he was permitted to discover the location — which is without doubt one of the largest deserted theme parks on the earth.
In his characteristic size documentary, Closed for Storm, the Canadian city explorer explains how the location which was as soon as filled with enjoyable and laughter now epitomises the distress wreaked by the August 2005 hurricane.
In addition to drowning 1,800 folks, it left greater than 400,000 residents homeless, with out possessions or earnings.
Many are nonetheless in poverty to at the present time — haunted by the tropical cyclone which destroyed their neighborhood 16 years in the past.
And for that reason Jake, the Six Flags theme park, initially named Jazzland, symbolises Katrina’s legacy.
Chilling footage captures by Jake and his staff present the unbelievable scenes across the 146 acre website which has laid dormant for over 15 years.
Rollercoasters sit decaying and silent, the principle avenue now resembles a Wild West-style ghost city, and bumper vehicles sit rusting the place stood.
Chatting with the Solar On-line, Jake stated: “The documentary tells a narrative of not solely the devastation of a hurricane however the economical and political points that comply with.
“Six Flags New Orleans grew to become the final massive monument of the darkish Katrina previous and that was a narrative I felt wanted to be instructed.
“Theme parks are typically thriving companies with leisure and enjoyable at their core, so the thought of an deserted one had actually caught my curiosity.”
William continued: “Six Flags New Orleans is the biggest deserted theme park in America, as soon as owned by a serious company so naturally there should be an interesting story behind it. Certainly that was the case.”
All over the place you go, you simply think about hundreds of individuals at one time having enjoyable, juxtaposed to the present actuality of how this theme park appears
The ill-fated institution within the Louisiana metropolis was solely open to the general public for 5 years — first opening in 2000 — earlier than it was compelled to shut its doorways when Hurricane Katrina hit.
With 80 per cent of New Orleans flooded, the park was deluged with 20ft-deep water.
Whereas this drained away a month later, the points of interest had been too broken, and in 2006 the choice was made to shut down for good.
Williams stated a way of vacancy pervades in place that was frozen in time, in a state of limbo and haunted by its previous.
He stated: “This park particularly nonetheless had an awesome feeling of nostalgia.
“All over the place you go, you simply think about hundreds of individuals at one time having enjoyable, juxtaposed to the present actuality of how this theme park appears.
“It is extremely miserable particularly while you see reward outlets and rollercoasters with water strains the place the storm surge sat for days.”
He added: “It actually is an unbelievable sight.”
The theme park has now largely been taken over by wildlife and nature.
Creepy statues of clowns, mermaids and Mardi Gras figures now lay damaged and soiled, having been left to rot through the years.
Graffiti may be discovered on many of the buildings, whereas garbage and particles remaining from the surging waters.
Six Flags New Orleans initially had seven themed lands, which included DC Comics Tremendous Hero Adventures and Looney Tunes Adventures.
With season tickets costing simply $34.99 (£28) in 2003, there had been additionally plans to open a water park growth in 2005, though was by no means constructed because of the hurricane.
FUTURE IN LIMBO
A number of the hottest rides included the Mega Zeph, a wood curler coaster observe constructed to resist hurricane-force winds and the SpongeBob SquarePants The Journey movement simulator.
The one journey to outlive the hurricane with the least harm was an inverted rollercoaster journey known as Batman: The Journey, which was faraway from the park in 2007 and re-opened at Six Flags Texas as Goliath.
Since its closure, what to do with the deserted theme park has nonetheless to be determined.
Preliminary plans to reinvent it as a theme park, with names of Legend Metropolis Journey Park or Dreamlanding Competition Park have bee recommended, together with a Nickelodeon attraction, though they’ve all been scrapped.
The idea of a Jazzland Outlet Mall was additionally recommended, though different opponents led to this additionally being cancelled.
Present plans embrace the park’s demolition, though this has stalled as a consequence of estimated prices of greater than £1m.