Crazy theme parks aren't just insanely dangerous. There are numerous unique parks around the world that may leave you scratching your head at the weirdness of it all, but possibly plunking down money for an entrance ticket nonetheless. For example, South Korea has Love Land, a bizarre and larger-than-life erotic theme park on what's known as "honeymoon island." There's a mostly-defunct homage to Oz (which happens to be in the US). And Germany has converted nuclear power plant complete with a swing ride in its hollow core! Yes, there are indeed some super weird theme parks around the world, including, to no one's surprise, a few ripoffs, as well. Everyone wants a good Disney World knockoff, after all. Still, these are some super original, super wild parks around the world, and tons of people actually spend good money to get into them!
What's most interesting about these theme parks in foreign countries is just how different they are from most parks you'd find in the US, whether it be due to different standards of what constitutes fun, or America's hangups about "indecent exposure." But parks around the globe often offer a unique glimpse into other cultures and how they address topics both trivial and historical.
Here are some international theme parks that are way out there and will blow your mind — vote up the most preposterously unique parks of them all!
Survive The Oppression Of Communism At Lithuania's Soviet Bunker And You'll Earn A Free Shot Of Vodka
Gas masks, interrogations, and involuntary medical exams — what fun! At the Soviet Bunker in Vilnius, Lithuania, you get to experience firsthand the hardships of Soviet life under the watchful eye of former soviet soldiers, who still remember how to oppress like the best. "Survival drama," they call it, which gives you a pretty solid idea about just how much fun you'll be having. Who wouldn't want to pay $200 to hangout in a Gulag? The free shot of vodka at the end must feel well-earned.31584Is this preposterous?
Dwarf Empire Is A Theme Park For Those Soulless Individuals Who Wish To Witness The Degradation Of Little People
In Kunming, China, exists a magical place called the Kingdom of the Little People, or the Dwarf Empire. Of course, anyone visiting this theme park is very likely not concerned about political correctness. The park is full of little mushroom houses in which dwell real little people who emerge every couple hours to perform, singing and dancing and generally just acting like real-life Oompa Loompas. "This park must have opened decades ago and surely can no longer exist," you must be thinking. But you're wrong. This park opened in 2010. The fact that the employees of the park are there of their own volition doesn't make it any less exploitative or appalling.369125Is this preposterous?
Hacienda Nápoles Is Pablo Escobar's Former Estate, Somewhere Between Disney's Animal Kingdom And A CSI-Themed Nightmare
Hacienda Nápoles is the defunct estate-turned-theme park of deceased drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, located 150 miles outside of Bogotá, Colombia. The sprawling complex is nearly eight square miles of roving now-feral hippos, dinosaur sculptures, and an exhibit celebrating el Triunfo del Estado (the Triumph of the State) — the centerpiece of which is a giant picture of a Colombian police officer posing with the freshly slain corpse of Escobar himself. The compound was named after Naples, Italy, and the drug lord's apparent love of European culture, which is also why he built a bullfighting ring on the premises.
As families frolic through the park, most prominent above all else — above even the statue of a triceratops eviscerating a t.rex or the garden of burned-out car skeletons in such a state after a bombing by a rival drug cartel — is the specter of a man who murdered thousands, which earned him a virtually limitless fortune, allowing him to build this somehow-even-more-nightmarish version of Neverland Ranch.369135Is this preposterous?
At Parque EcoAlberto You Can Experience An Illegal Border Crossing Without Having To Illegally Cross Any Borders
Parque EcoAlberto in El Alberto, Mexico, has all the grand vistas and protection of American National Parks, plus water slides, kayaking, ziplining, and of course, an immersive three-to-four-hour night hike through unforgiving terrain while being hunted by "border patrol" in a realistic simulation of illegally crossing the Mexico/U.S. border called Caminata Nocturna. The not-free rugged experience includes ski masks and a semi-hostile "tour guide" who hurries his charges through a rough landscape full of brambles and coyotes in the dead of night so they can truly appreciate the hellishness of an attempted border-crossing.
The Hñahñus, the local Native Americans, are the organizers of this experience, with the aim of deterring Mexicans from attempting the illegal infiltration of the States by showing them how terrible and dangerous it is, hoping that people will stay and help the community flourish and grow. The goal is noble, but there's yet to be any315128Is this preposterous?