A good day at an amusement park is incomplete without a few moments of delighted frights, whether it's the final plummet on a new roller coaster or your hot dog threatening to return after riding the Scrambler. But at these haunted amusement parks, you might be in for a more supernatural thrill. From giggling aviator apparitions to phantom children who can be heard playing in drained swimming pools, these creepy rides might make you rethink your day at the park.
Whether it's supposedly haunted attractions like Walt Disney's private studio on Disneyland's Main Street or the park where a group of teens perished in a haunted house fire, these creepy amusement park stories are full of spine-tingling, stomach-churning, ghostly gho.
Permanently docked in Long Beach, CA, the Queen Mary is a floating hotel where ghost sightings are practically a daily occurrence. Before she retired, the Queen Mary made 1,001 trips across the Atlantic, logging nearly 50 losses along the way.
Some claim that more than 150 spirits may still haunt the luxury rooms and corridors of the immense ship. Among these alleged ghouls: a crew member who was felled by a watertight door, a woman who dances alone dressed in white, and people sporting clothing from the 1930s.
The ship is known as one of America's most haunted places. Guests have felt significant drops in temperature; seen flickering lights; and heard slamming doors, crying children, knocks on doors, and, of course, screams.
Abandoned since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Six Flags New Orleans (formerly Jazzland) still draws curious revelers hoping to break in and explore the eerie grounds. People claim to hear phantom laughter and the music from rides that haven't operated in over a decade.
Nestled in the woods of Turner, OR, the Enchanted Forest amusement park attracts visitors from all over the state thanks to its charming attractions - and its more spectral amusements. Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, investigators from the popular Travel Channel ghost-hunting show Ghost Adventures, heard stories from Enchanted Forest employees about disembodied footsteps, moving orbs, and cold spots throughout the haunted house attraction.
While there haven't been any recorded accidents on the amusement park grounds, Enchanted Forest does sit close to land on which Native American tribes and Oregon settlers fought in 1846. It's possible, according to the Ghost Adventures team, some spiritual residue clings to the land where the park sits.
Roger Tofte, who opened Enchanted Forest in 1971 as a passion project, rejects the idea that his park is haunted. He told Ghost Adventures, "The only strange experiences I’ve had in the park are the strange ideas that come into my head on what to create next!"
Several ghosts are said to haunt Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Most of them are supposed to be the spirits of those who perished in accidents at the park over the years. People report sightings of a man who appears near the Monorail track at night before disappearing in the face of an oncoming tram. That spirit may be Thomas Guy Cleveland, a young man who attempted to sneak into the park at night by climbing over the fence in 1966. When he reached the Monorail track, he was hit by an oncoming train.
Debbie Stone is also said to haunt the park - she was a teenage hostess working at the America Sings attraction when she was felled by one of the rotating theater walls. Cast members report hearing Stone whisper "be careful" if they're in danger.
And, of course, many cast members and attendees say they sometimes see or hear Walt Disney wandering around his old studio apartment above the Main Street firehouse. Since Disney's passing in 1966, cast members have kept the light in the apartment window eternally on for him.
Disney fans also hypothesize the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is haunted since real human bones from the UCLA Medical Center were originally used in the ride.