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Amusement parks are popular locations for confrontations, probably because there's so much neat stuff to play around with:
* The roller coaster gives our hero a chance to show off their reflexes.
* The ferris wheel. Not for acrophobics.
* The haunted house. Forget the plastic spiders and fake ghosts, there's an actual scary villain in there somewhere!
* Creepy HostileAnimatronics, whether actually haunted or merely remotely controlled by said villain.
* Carnival games to show off the heroes' skill (or lack thereof) with guns or throwing.
* And, of course, the HallOfMirrors, which is a trope of its own.

The amusement park is often abandoned or just closed for the night, which is an easy way of making things creepier, but it may also be open for business with the villain hiding in the crowd.

If it's abandoned or haunted, see CircusOfFear.

If the villain has booby-trapped the park (or has actually ''built'' the park for nefarious purposes), it's an AmusementParkOfDoom.

See also SouvenirLand for the not-so-exciting version and ThemeParks for when it becomes more of a medium. Compare PinballZone.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The events of the first episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' take place in an amusement park, which is also used for the climax of the fourth movie.
* The ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has, in addition to [[AmusementParkOfDoom Kaibaland]], a regular amusement park that Yugi and Anzu go to during summer break. Too bad a MadBomber has rigged the Ferris Wheel to explode.
* One episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had the climax take place in an abandoned amusement park, as the crazed assassin tried to kill Spike.
-->'''Spike:''' I hate theme parks!
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' has the Marine Garden, a newly built amusement park by the sea which incidentally, uncovered some UnderwaterRuins [[spoiler:[[KingInTheMountain that contained the sleeping]] [[ShroudedInMyth Dark King Ixpellia]]]] during its construction. Needless to say, the park doesn't make it to the end of the story intact.
** In Episode 10 of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', Caro recounts Fate and Arf taking her to an amusement park, and her being sad when they have to go home.
** A good chunk of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection Reflection]]'' takes part in an amusement park/aquarium that is owned by Arisa's father.
* Clovisland in Anime/CodeGeass, an amusement park Clovis built before his death that features a carousel and other attractions. C.C. goes there to meet with Mao.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', King Faust of Edolas has one of these inside his already titanic castle. This is were three of his henchmen are fought.
* In ''Lotte no Omocha'', Naoya took Lotte there, as suggested by Judit. Asuha and Elíka follow them along and spy on them, as well.
* The plot for ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'' is centered around accumulating 250,000 visitors to the amusement park in three months. [[spoiler:There's more to it than that.]]
* Hinata, Cerberus and Chiaki go to one to get the latter to have fun in chapter 5 of ''Manga/TodaysCerberus''.
* Japari Park from ''Anime/KemonoFriends'' is mostly a zoo[=/=]wildlife preserve, but there's also an amusement park component that shows up in the final episode [[spoiler:after the united Friends defeat the Black Cerulean. Of course, the rides are in a state of disrepair just like the rest of the park; while Kaban and Serval ride the Ferris wheel, one of the other cars falls off and crashes to the ground below.]]
* Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna went to an amusement park in chapter 50 of ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' (they planned on taking Ilulu as well, but she preferred to just sleep the entire day).
* The plot for the {{Hentai}} manga ''Oideyo! Mizuryu Kei Land'' is centered around the titular highly IdealizedSex-themed park, which was eventually adapted into an OVA anime and Visual Novel.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's ''AudioPlay/IThinkWereAllBozosOnThisBus'' takes place in a Disneyland-style amusement park called The Future Fair, with rides like "The Wall of Science" and "A Visit to the President" (the latter being a reference to Disneyland's own Abraham Lincoln animatronic puppet show). Curiously, the clown-like Bozos mentioned in the title are all visitors, rather than participants.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** This is the standard hideout for ComicBook/TheJoker. Sometimes it's an AmusementParkOfDoom, sometimes it's an ordinary park. Given how often the Joker needs to resettle, Gotham City must have an awful lot of these.
** One story in ''Streets of Gotham'', featuring villain realtor the Broker, explained that at the dawn of the 20th century, two rival amusement park owners created more and bigger attractions, until finally the bottom dropped out of it, leaving them all abandoned. It's not just the Joker who gets to take advantage of this; this is also the origin of abandoned aquariums for Killer Croc, ''Alice'' themed attractions for the Mad Hatter, etc.
* [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] once kidnapped the Comicbook/BlackWidow and held her in an amusement park.
* ComicBook/SilverSable once got ambushed by the Sinister Syndicate in an amusement park. Franchise/SpiderMan and former villain Sandman saved her.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' has Naruto and company go to an amusement park to try to convince anyone spying on them that they are on vacation. Naruto's first ride on a roller coaster with Hinata is [[InnocentInnuendo deliberately written to sound like something else.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Coney Island in New York City, and specifically Luna Park, built in 1903 and arguably the world's first amusement park, was a popular setting for filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s. Films that feature excursions to Coney Island include:
** ''Film/{{Speedy}}'' features a long sequence where Creator/HaroldLloyd takes his girl to Coney Island, with many comic hijinks as Harold bumbles his way around while trying to impress a girl.
** ''Film/ConeyIsland'', a 1917 short co-starring Creator/FattyArbuckle and Creator/BusterKeaton, is set entirely at the park, and involves Fatty and Buster fighting over a girl.
** The rather humdrum, unremarkable lives of John and Mary Sims in ''Film/TheCrowd'' are underlined by their visit to, yes, Coney Island.
** The film adaptation of ''Theatre/AnnaChristie'' includes a scene where Creator/GretaGarbo and her man go to Coney Island--he's a sailor and she's an ex-hooker, but Coney Island was cheap.
** In ''Film/{{Lonesome}}'', a young man and young woman go to Coney Island separately, only to meet there and fall in love.
* Featured as a backdrop for a spy meeting in the [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] flick ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
* In ''Film/TheWiz'', in which Oz is a fantasy version of New York City, the Tin Man is an abandoned animatronic at a long-closed amusement park (represented by Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster). "Hurry, hurry, step right up and save a life..."
* The Ferris wheel at Vienna's Wurstelprater amusement park is where Creator/OrsonWelles gives his famous "cuckoo clock" speech in ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* Jeff and Ann get stuck on a scary looking ride in ''Film/{{Mr and Mrs Smith|1941}}''.
* Pacific Playland, the fictional site of the climax in ''Film/ZombieLand''.
* Retroland in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* Climax of ''Film/SuddenImpact'' takes place in a closed amusement park.
* Wonder World in ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII''.
* Wally World in ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''.
* The Delos resort in ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' and ''Futureworld''.
* The 1977 disaster/suspense film ''Film/{{Rollercoaster}}'' involves a terrorist bombing various amusement parks around the U.S.
* An early example can be found in the 1927 silent movie ''Film/{{Sunrise}}''.
* The titular street gang in ''Film/TheWarriors'' is headquartered in a Coney Island amusement park and spends the film trying to get there.
* Used with frightening results in ''Film/WomanOnTheRun''.
* The home movie ''Film/DisneylandDream'', a record of the Barstow family of Weathersfield, Connecticut and their visit to a then-new Disneyland in 1956, was inducted into the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.
* In Sea of Monsters, the second ''Film/{{Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'' movie, the climax happens in "Circe Land" Filmed in the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Park. This was not in the book.

* ''Literature/TheShadow'' novel ''The Freak Show Murders''.
* ''Franchise/DocSavage'' story "World's Fair Goblin."
* The town of Big Cabbage on the Sto Plains in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is home to the Brassica World amusement park. This gets described in more detail in ''Mrs Bradshaw's Guide to the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway'', which has a postcard of smiling children eating cabbages on sticks, with the GoofySuit characters of Billy Broccoli and Cauliflower the Clown, and in the background a roller coaster with cars shaped like caterpillars.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'':
** The episode "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival" has Monk (who's afraid of heights, among many other things) eventually corner Leonard Stokes on the Ferris wheel, which also happens to be where the murder was committed.
** "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees" has a foot chase between Monk and Rob Sherman at a boardwalk amusement park (actually the Santa Monica Pier).
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had at least one battle/quickening in an amusement park.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "In Praise of Pip".
* In ''Series/ThePrisoner'''s spoof episode "The Girl who was Death", Number 6 follows "Death", a.k.a. Sonia, to a fairground, where he first has to endure a boxing match, then a potentially deadly ride on the Tunnel of Love, and finally a comic chase through the fair (actually the Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea).
* The Japanese GameShow ''TokyoFriendPark2'' is designed around an amusement park motif, complete with its own foam-rubber mascot, with the individual games referred to as "attractions". Additionally, the usual bonus prize for a [[FlawlessVictory perfect run]] in the main game is an international trip to a Disneyland (either California or Paris).
* An abandoned amusement park was the site of the final convergence and showdown in ''Series/TheFugitive''.
* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Boomerang, Part I" in which an American sailor kills an Australian sailor on the dock outside Luna Park in Sydney during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' episode "The Cincinnati Kids" has the family accompanying Mike on a business trip to King's Island in Ohio.
* The ''Series/MrBean'' episode "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean'' takes place at an amusement park. After a mix-up Mr. Bean finds a baby that has stowed away with him, and he is left to take care of the baby and find its mother while at the same time not being distracted from a day of fun at the carnival.

* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/FunHouse'' takes place in one.
* As does the "Party Land" pinball table in ''VideoGame/PinballFantasies''.
* ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinballThrillRide 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride]]'' is set in a sprawling theme park, representing the RealLife Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
* [[Creator/WilliamsElectronics Williams']] trilogy of "rollercoaster" pinballs (''Pinball/{{Comet}}, Pinball/{{Cyclone}},'' and ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'') all take place in Amusement Parks. ''Comet'' was inspired by Chicago's Riverview Park.
* The "Psycho" table of ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' takes place in an amusement park, complete with thrill rides, clowns, and attraction tents (that lead to the other tables).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some games set entirely at an amusement park:
** The Namco arcade game ''VideoGame/MarvelLand''.
** Creator/{{Capcom}}'s ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheMagicKingdom'' for the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland'' for the NES.
** ''VideoGame/RocketRobotOnWheels'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}.
** ''VideoGame/NintendoLand'' for the UsefulNotes/WiiU.
** Music/TheResidents' ''VideoGame/BadDayOnTheMidway'' is set in the eponymous Midway.
** ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix'' for the [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega 32X]].
* Some [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] games feature plenty of these:
** Casino Night Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''
** Carnival Night Zone in ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''
** Stardust Speedway(Good Future) in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD''
** Twinkle Park in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''
** Sky Park Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicRivals''
** White Park Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Episode II'' (also contains parts of SlippySlideyIceWorld)
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' features multiple small ''planets'' roped into one massive theme park via tractor beams by [[BigBad Dr. Eggman]].
* Witchyworld in ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie''.
* Krazy Kremland in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}}'' has the amusement park be an important place to protagonist Eri. Each of the boys' route contains at least one trip to the amusement park and the final scene always takes place at the park on Christmas. The merry-go-round is the most important attraction in the place, because Eri has fond memories of it. [[spoiler:The amusement park also is a place where Eri took the titular Nameless to during her past.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Pinna Park in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' (which also provides the page's image).
** The map of World Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' is a rainbow-colored amusement park, as are some of its levels (The Bowser Express, The Great Tower of Bowser Land, and the two battle arenas where Motley Bossblob and Queen Hisstocrat are fought). Other levels in the game mix this setting with CircusOfFear.
** Baby Park from ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' and the games where it's present as a retro course. It consists of a compact racetrack surrounded by several other attractions. Due to its short length, drivers have to accumulate seven laps (five in ''Mario Kart DS'') to win.
** Yoshi Park in ''VideoGame/MarioSuperSluggers'' features a rollercoaster and a train in the background. The train is a gimmick of the ballpark that can knock out the outfielders temporarily, possibly ruining an attempt to steal a home run.
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' takes place in the Cartoon Wasteland, a modified replica of Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' has a tutorial level which takes place in a (mostly) abandoned amusement park, in which Agent 47 has to assassinate the washed-up owner.
* A very twisted amusement park is featured in a level of ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}''. It also has a merry-go-round of gargoyles, and several shooting games with prizes...
* The fifth chapter of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is set in a themed amusement park, with the stalls, benches, and rides looking like various monsters in the series (Mostly [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Prinnies]]).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' featured the famous Gold Saucer, which had, among a wide variety of more or less annoying mini games, a Ferris Wheel where you could date one of your female companions ([[GayOption or one of your male ones]]).
* ''Series/AceLightning'' has the "Carnival of Doom" in the videogame - and it's not-quite-so-creepy-but-often-equally-dangerous equivalent in the Real World.
* The ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' series are {{Simulation Game}}s revolving around the construction and maintenance of Amusement Parks, as are the games VideoGame/ThemePark and its spiritual successor VideoGame/ThemeParkWorld.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' has a confrontation with the villainous Shaman on top of the rollercoaster in a closed-down amusement-park, in the dead of winter.
* In The Slayground, other criminals once cornered Parker in an amusement park.
* The Franchise/SilentHill Amusement Park is the seat of several cherished memories for the protagonists of the first and third games, as well as Shattered Memories, as well as the origin point for blood-spattered creepy series mascot Robbie the Rabbit, ''and'' it's home to some of the creepiest fights in the entire series, particularly in 3.
* The fourth level in a ''Spider-Man'' game for the [=SNES=] was set in Coney Island. The boss of the level was the Green Goblin.
* Specter Land in ''VideoGame/ApeEscape''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland,'' the villain has built his own evil amusement park.
* One of the maps included in the DLC for ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' takes place in an abandoned Amusement Park.
* Le-MU in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' may seem more like an AmusementParkOfDoom, but [[spoiler: the first incident with the real Takeshi Kuranari was an actual accident, which was later replicated with Kid/Kaburaki in place of Takeshi, Sara in place of Coco and You'aki in place of You'haru, making it an AmusementParkOfDoom.]]
* ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'' has a couple of levels set in an abandoned Amusement Park (once through for the good guys and once through as the Joker)
* ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife: WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Edition'' has an amusement park world.
* Played with ''ScoobyDooMysteryMayhem'''s Second Area -- it's a Guitar Ghoul theme park. The reason it's play with as the following two reasons:) 1. The Haunted House is a roller coaster ride! & 2) The bad guy's home base is the Hall of the Mirrors!
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has one of these. You ride the ferris wheel with N, then battle him, then go into the gym where you ride roller coasters to get to the leader. You can ride the ferris wheel again later, often with some apparent GettingCrapPastTheRadar popping up with whoever rides with you. The amusement park returns in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 their sequels]].
* Sora's version of the Prankster's Paradise world in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'', which mostly takes place on Pleasure Island from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'' had Pumpkin Park (or Tingly Town, [[SelectiveLocalization depending on if you're playing the PAL version]]), where the gang has to solve puzzles based on amusement park rides in order to find where the Masked Gentleman's next "Dark Miracle" will take place.
* Clown Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
* Magic Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass''.
* ''VideoGame/NappleTale'' includes a winter-themed amusement park level, Fjordland. It's full of dancing snowflakes and mercifully devoid of {{Slippy Slidey Ice| World}}.
* One is present in the second level of ''GoatSimulator''.
* Wondersplenk in ''VideoGame/{{Wuppo}}''. Complete with souvenirs, lineups, and a questionably valid FortuneTeller!
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' now has Blizzard World, with references to [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} every]] [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} single]] [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Blizzard]] [[VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}} property]] [[VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm ever]] [[VideoGame/TheLostVikings made]]!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Towards the end of Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy takes on Slade in an amusement-park one-on-one - complete with a duel on top of the Ferris Wheel, and a chase through the confusing corridors of the HallOfMirrors.
* Similarly, Coney Island played the role of battleground in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "The Reckoning".
* Coney Island shows up again in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan.'' Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus duke it out, causing chaos amongst the fairgoers and practically destroying every ride in their way. Doctor Octopus pulls a HostageForMacGuffin by leaving a DamselInDistress hanging precariously from a roller coaster to [[FlawExploitation goad]] Spider-Man into forking over some AppliedPhlebotinum. When Octopus is defeated, he lands in the middle of the carnival's octopus ride.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Seer No Evil" takes the heroes to a full-blown fairground (which is sort of a mobile Amusement Park).
* In the world of WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}, there is a late 1970s-themed Amusement Park named Funkytown. Among other things, it features the world's fastest Ferris Wheel.
* An interesting coincidence: ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' and ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' have one episode apiece that not only take place in an Amusement Park, but also share the episode title "Rollerghoster"! That's about where the similarities end, though.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}' second fight against {{Nano|machines}} took place in Coney Island. Eventually, its roller coaster proves instrumental in its defeat.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'':
** The final level of the game on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'' takes place at an abandoned amusement park.
** One of the 70's Scooby-Doo Mystery Movies find InkSuitActor Creator/DickVanDyke trying to reopen an abandoned amusment park.
* On ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', Zombozo lives in one. Ben and Kevin lampshade how silly the whole thing is at various points. But the real star is Gwen, who [[spoiler:{{Mind Rape}}s Zombozo something terrible]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has The Pier from "Pier Pressure" which is a more benevolent version that Ben takes his LoveInterest Julie to for a date. Unfortunately it keeps getting interrupted by a mini-version of Upgrade who is looking for help.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has Dinoland where a few episodes take place.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has episodes set in Duff Gardens and Itchy & Scratchy Land.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter Griffin went to school with the owner of Bob's Funland, and goes there for his birthday.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Beach City Funland is a recurring location.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'', a few episodes, including "Fiery Fist O'Pain" and "Glove World R.I.P." feature Bikini Bottom's local amusement park, Glove World.