Allegedly Haunted Amusement Parks And Attractions Anyone Can Visit Today
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 amusement parks are full of spine-tingling, stomach-churning, ghostly stories.
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1930s-Era Spirits Still Haunt The 'Queen Mary' Luxury LinerPhoto: Sfoskett / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
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 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 temperature drops; seen flickering lights; and heard slamming doors, crying children, knocks on doors, and, of course, screams.
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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.
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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.
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According to visitors, Kings Island amusement park has an alarming amount of ghosts traversing its Ohio premises. Guests report seeing a young girl in a blue dress, believed to have passed in the 1800s and to have been interred inside the island's cemetery. Known as either "Missouri Jane" or "Tram Girl," people see her at the International Restaurant and White Water Canyon ride.
Visitors also claim to see a male child in a white suit near the race tracks when the sun goes down. Named "Racer Boy," this ghost is allegedly the spirit of a child found in a dip on the Shooting Star track at Coney Island. This supposedly occurred before several of the ride's cars were relocated to Kings Island.
Finally, John Harter, known as "Tower Johnny," also haunts the park. He is said to be the spirit of a young man who fell in 1983 while climbing the Eiffel Tower at the park's entrance.
Beyond these three spirits, many believe ghosts haunt the nearby ammo factory. The factory had several explosions throughout the last century, which, when combined, ended the lives of at least 30 people and injured many more. Residents still say they hear footsteps following them and see swinging elevator cables while exploring the abandoned building.
Visitors to Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ, have reported seeing teenagers standing and sitting throughout the park - only to realize these guests aren't real. Some ghosts appear to be wearing clothing from the 1980s or '90s.
This claim is particularly eerie because, in 1984, eight teenagers became trapped and ultimately perished in the park's Haunted Castle attraction. A volunteer firefighter recalled being unable to tell human bones from the skeleton props. Following the tragedy, state legislation began holding amusement parks to higher safety standards: Fire safety requirements were upped and better emergency exit protocols were implemented for rides meant to disorient visitors.
Crown Colony Restaurant has long frightened the staff of Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, FL. Many claim to have experienced paranormal activity, including window reflections of a man playing piano, feelings of being watched, and visions of a prowling woman in a white nightgown. They also cite unexplained cold spots, moving shadows, flickering lights, scents of nonexistent cigar smoke, and visions of a young child named Wendy.
A veteran employee of the restaurant insisted the fourth floor had a presence: "Almost any time you're up there by yourself and go up to press the elevator button, you get this unexplained cold chill and the hair on the back of your neck stands up."