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‘World’s most haunted theme park’ echoes with ‘phantom noises’ 16 years after hurricane

Six Flags New Orleans is quite literally a shadow of its former self.

Over a million people could visit the 21-ride attraction each year.

Six Flags America, the American amusement giant, spent over $50m renovating the park to make it one the top American theme parks.

This all changed after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

This was once a popular tourist spot in Louisiana, but it became a barren desert.

This was Katrina’s fault, America’s most devastating natural disaster.

1,800 people were killed in the storm, hundreds of thousands fled their homes and an entire city was evacuated.



The former Six Flags site remains derelict 16 summers after Hurricane Katrina swept through the south
The former Six Flags site remains derelict 16 summers after Hurricane Katrina swept through the south

New Orleans is still living with the consequences.

Sixteen years later, Six Flags New Orleans is an eerie reminder of the hope and opportunity that it once represented in the early 2000s.

Jake Williams’ new YouTube documentary series gives an inside look.

Abandoned’s host has turned his attention to one of the most abandoned theme parks in the entire world.



The 21-ride park had the capacity for well over one million visitors each year
The 21-ride park had the capacity for well over one million visitors each year

Its haunted empty rides call to mind the empty playground of Pripyat near the notorious Chernobyl power station.

Jake explores how Six Flags New Orleans was created to show the devastation caused by Katrina in the new feature Closed for Storm.

He told Sun Online: “”Everywhere you go, you just imagine thousands of people at one time having fun, juxtaposed to the current reality of how this theme park looks.



Six Flags is now overgrown with inhospitable wildlife
Six Flags is now overgrown with inhospitable wildlife

“It’s incredibly depressing especially when you see gift shops and rollercoasters with water lines where the storm surge sat for days.”

The overgrown site is now home of more wildlife and nature than had existed on the land for decades.

The original opening was in 2000, when it was called Jazzland. This is a reference to the amazing music history of the city that dates back more than 100 years.

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The oasis was transformed by many owners, and the cost of the project was estimated at $100 million.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags’ former site has become something entirely different.

'World's most haunted theme park' echoes with 'phantom noises' 16 years after hurricane
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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