Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park near Nara, Japan, inspired by Disneyland in California. It opened in 1961 and closed on August 31, 2006. The park was left abandoned.

Wikipedia

There’s a handful of abandoned amusement parks here in Ohio alone that I’ve yet to explore. Though I’m sure they aren’t as intriguing as Nara Dreamland in Japan.

From what I read online, this park was supposed to be Disneyland of Japan when it opened, but negotiations fell through when it came time for licensing terms with Walt Disney himself.

Due to declining ticket sales, the park eventually closed in 2006 and was abandoned.

Definitely check out the post Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition to see more fascinating images.

Image credit: Tom Brickner

 


7 New Planets Discovered

Planets
In case you missed the big news by NASA yesterday:

Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.

“Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today,” study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory, a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said in a statement.

Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star

It would take anywhere from 300,000 years to 1.5 million years to travel there, so don’t expect us to visit any time soon. Still, a very exciting discovery about possible life elsewhere in the universe.


New life for old Taco Bell buildings

TacoBucks

For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.

Rian Dundon, Photos: The amusingly sad second lives of former Taco Bells

I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.

I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.

Here’s a photo group on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more uses for old Taco Bell buildings.

Image credit: Taco Bucks by vanherdehaage (via Flickr)

 


The Life and Death of Geauga Lake Amusement Park

Abandoned Geauga Lake

Do you have time for a tale? Sit back, relax, and dive into the interesting and timeless case of Geauga Lake, a tiny family park that started humbly enough, before rocketing overnight into international headlines by combining with a full-sized SeaWorld to create the world’s largest Six Flags.

A gargantuan park of mega-coasters, killer whales, dizzying flat rides, a Batman water ski show, dolphins, log flumes, Hurricane Harbor, and motion simulators for one price, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was conceptually prepared to become the best theme park on Earth.

Theme Park Tourist

I’ll admit: I visited Sea World with my family in the early 90s as a pre-teen, and so I don’t recall much about Geauga Lake. However, I was aware of Six Flags Worlds of Adventure while in college but never visited. I didn’t realize that it was the world’s largest amusement park for a short time. Even worse, I’m ashamed to admit that even as an Ohio citizen, I never knew it closed down just shy of 8 years ago until reading this article.

Sit back, grab a drink, and read the incredible history of Geauga Lake Amusement Park. Side note: I despise the conglomerate known as Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.


Images Of Pripyat After Chernobyl Incident

Pripyat/Chernobyl

If you have time and want to see some incredibly haunting pictures of the town Pripyat in the Ukraine, I urge you to check out this photo set on Flickr. Abandoned hospitals, schools, and an amusement park make up the bulk of the images, but there’s a lot to go through and discover.


Image credit: Stijn D’haese