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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 Hostile Animatronics, 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 Hall of Mirrors, 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 Circus of Fear.

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


See also Souvenir Land for the common stereotypical and less-exciting version and Theme Parks for when it becomes more of a medium. Compare Pinball Zone.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The events of the first episode of Case Closed take place in an amusement park, which is also used for the climax of the fourth movie.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga has, in addition to Kaibaland, a regular amusement park that Yugi and Anzu go to during summer break. Too bad a Mad Bomber has rigged the Ferris Wheel to explode.
  • One episode of Cowboy Bebop had the climax take place in an abandoned amusement park, as the crazed assassin tried to kill Spike.
    Spike: I hate theme parks!
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • StrikerS Sound Stage X has the Marine Garden, a newly built amusement park by the sea which incidentally, uncovered some Underwater Ruins that contained the sleeping 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 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 Reflection takes part in an amusement park/aquarium that is owned by Arisa's father.
  • Clovisland in Code Geass, an amusement park Clovis built before his death that features a carousel and other attractions. C.C. goes there to meet with Mao.
  • In Fairy Tail, King Faust of Edolas has one of these inside his already titanic castle. This is where 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 Amagi Brilliant Park is centered around accumulating 250,000 visitors to the amusement park in three months. 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 Today's Cerberus.
  • Japari Park from Kemono Friends is mostly a zoo/wildlife preserve, but there's also an amusement park component that shows up in the final episode 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 Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (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 Idealized Sex-themed park, which was eventually adapted into an OVA anime and Visual Novel.

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat Fun Class: The Earth Carnival has an amusement park with fun attractions, games, and rides that the characters get involved with.

    Audio Plays 
  • The Firesign Theatre's I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus 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.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • This is the standard hideout for The Joker. Sometimes it's an Amusement Park of Doom, 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.
  • Bullseye once kidnapped the Black Widow and held her in an amusement park.
  • In Mega Robo Bros, there's Robo World in Book 1.
  • Silver Sable once got ambushed by the Sinister Syndicate in an amusement park. Spider-Man and former villain Sandman saved her.
  • Wonder Woman (2006): Diana and Tom are assigned to protect Heroic Wannabe Maxi Man while he's giving out signatures at a Hero Themed Park. While they're there a section of the roller-coaster track falls away and Diana has to change into Wonder Woman to rescue the riders while Tom evacuates the people on the ground.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • In the second Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf movie, a tiger man named Lord Japper places an amusement park over Goat Village and forces the inhabitants to work in it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Coney Island in New York City, and specifically Luna Park, built in 1903 and arguably one of the world's first amusement parksnote , was a popular setting for filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s. Films that feature excursions to Coney Island include:
    • Speedy features a long sequence where Harold Lloyd takes his girl to Coney Island, with many comic hijinks as Harold bumbles his way around while trying to impress a girl.
    • Coney Island, a 1917 short co-starring Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, 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 The Crowd are underlined by their visit to, yes, Coney Island.
    • The film adaptation of Anna Christie includes a scene where Greta Garbo and her man go to Coney Island—he's a sailor and she's an ex-hooker, but Coney Island was cheap.
    • In 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 Bond flick The Living Daylights.
  • In The Wiz, 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 Orson Welles gives his famous "cuckoo clock" speech in The Third Man.
  • Jeff and Ann get stuck on a scary-looking ride in Mr and Mrs Smith.
  • Pacific Playland, the fictional site of the climax in Zombieland.
  • Retroland in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
  • Climax of Sudden Impact takes place in a closed amusement park.
  • Wonder World in Beverly Hills Cop III.
  • Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation.
  • The Delos resort in Westworld and Futureworld.
  • The 1977 disaster/suspense film Rollercoaster involves a terrorist bombing various amusement parks around the U.S.
  • An early example can be found in the 1927 silent movie Sunrise.
  • The titular street gang in The Warriors is headquartered in a Coney Island amusement park and spends the film trying to get there.
  • Used with frightening results in Woman on the Run.
  • The home movie Disneyland Dream, a record of the Barstow family of Weathersfield, Connecticut and their visit to a then-new Disneyland in 1956, was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In Sea of Monsters, the second 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.
  • Coney Island features in Uptown Girls, with one ride in particular being important to the main characters.
  • In Brooklyn, Tony takes Eilis to Coney Island to celebrate her graduation from accounting school.
  • In the Pam Grier movie Sheba, Baby, the protagonist is chased by the bad guys into a Louisville amusement park. She uses the various attractions to separate the gansters and take them out, or let them be arrested by the police, one-by-one.
  • In Keep the Change (2017), David and Sarah go to one. Sarah wants to go on the most intense rides, while David tries to talk her into something gentler. Even the merry-go-round turns out to be enough to make David queasy.
  • In Mario (2018), Mario and Leon visit one before they begin their relationship. They kick soccer balls at a machine that measures their speed. Afterwards, Mario plays a game and wins an orca keychain, which he gives to Leon, who has a poster of an orca in his bedroom.

  • The Shadow novel The Freak Show Murders.
  • Doc Savage story "World's Fair Goblin."
  • Discworld
    • The town of Big Cabbage on the Sto Plains in Making Money 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 Goofy Suit characters of Billy Broccoli and Cauliflower the Clown, and in the background a roller coaster with cars shaped like caterpillars.
    • According to The Compleat Discworld Atlas, the people of the Neverlands, once ruthless pirates, have discovered a much more efficient way of robbing travellers in the form of Pirate Percy's Cutlass Cove "a swashbuckling day out for all the family!!!"
  • In Ollie's Odyssey, Zozo makes his base in the abandoned ruins of one.
  • Michael Crichton's novel Next mentions real-life amusement parks Cedar Point and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Not by name, but by alluding to them strongly enough that any coaster enthusiast should instantly recognise them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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).
  • Highlander: The Series had at least one battle/quickening in an amusement park.
  • The Twilight Zone episode "In Praise of Pip".
  • In The Prisoner (1967) spoof episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh my Darling", 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 Game Show Tokyo Friend Park 2 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 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 The Fugitive.
  • The JAG episode "Boomerang, Part I" in which an American sailor kills an Australian sailor on the dock outside Luna Park in Sydney during The Vietnam War.
  • The Brady Bunch episode "The Cincinnati Kids" has the family accompanying Mike on a business trip to King's Island in Ohio.
  • The Mr. Bean 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.
  • In the Future Cop episode "Cops and Robin," Haven, Cleaver, and the five-year-old girl they're protecting go to Knott's Berry Hill, leading to a lengthy montage of the characters going on different rides. The roller coaster throws off Haven's sense of balance and causes him to magnetize and demagnetize at random. Later he accidentally magnetizes, attaches to the outside of a ride that lifts him dozens of feet in the air, then demagnetizes, falls, and is badly damaged.
  • The Partridge Family: "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati" has the family going to King's Island Amusement Park, where Keith and Danny both develop crushes on the same 30-year-old PR agent. Keith is scared of heights and prone to motion sickness, so Danny drags him onto all the rides to make him vomit in front of the agent.


  • Ride the Cyclone opens with six teenage choir members dying in a tragic roller coaster accident (caused by poorly maintained equipment) at the Wonderville Traveling Fairground . The rest of the show takes place in a kind of limbo with set design reminiscent of the amusement park where they died. Broken roller coaster tracks ring the stage, carnival tent stripes abound, and concession stand marquees decorate the space.

    Video Games 
  • Some games set entirely at an amusement park:
  • Some Sonic games feature plenty of these:
  • Witchyworld in Banjo-Tooie.
  • Krazy Kremland in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
  • 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. The amusement park also is a place where Eri took the titular Nameless to during her past.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Pinna Park in Super Mario Sunshine.
    • The map of World Bowser in Super Mario 3D World 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 Circus of Fear.
    • Baby Park from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 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 Mario Super Sluggers features a roller coaster 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.
    • Mario Party has Bowser Land in 2, Toad's Midway Madness in 4, and Bowser's Enchanted Inferno in 7.
  • Epic Mickey takes place in the Cartoon Wasteland, a modified replica of Disneyland.
  • Hitman: Blood Money 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 Blood. It also has a merry-go-round of gargoyles, and several shooting games with prizes...
  • The fifth chapter of Disgaea 4 is set in a themed amusement park, with the stalls, benches, and rides looking like various monsters in the series (Mostly Prinnies).
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy VII 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 (or one of your male ones).
    • Final Fantasy XIII has Nautilus Park, which is known for the popular Pompa Sancta parade, as well as the chocobos and sheep in the petting zoos. It gets a passing mention in Final Fantasy XIII-2 in which Serah tells Noel about it and he asks her "What's a theme park?", having grown up in the future as one of the last survivors at the end of days.
  • Ace Lightning has the "Carnival of Doom" in the video game - and it's not-quite-so-creepy-but-often-equally-dangerous equivalent in the Real World.
  • The RollerCoaster Tycoon series are Simulation Games revolving around the construction and maintenance of Amusement Parks, as are the games Theme Park and its spiritual successor Theme Park World.
  • Fahrenheit has a confrontation with the villainous Shaman on top of the roller coaster in a closed-down amusement-park, in the dead of winter.
  • In The Slayground, other criminals once cornered Parker in an amusement park.
  • The Silent Hill 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 Ape Escape.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island, the villain has built his own evil amusement park.
  • One of the maps included in the DLC for Modern Warfare 2 takes place in an abandoned Amusement Park.
  • Le-MU in Ever17 may seem more like an Amusement Park of Doom, but 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 Amusement Park of Doom.
  • LEGO Batman has a couple of levels set in an abandoned Amusement Park (once through for the good guys and once through as the Joker)
  • Drawn to Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition has an amusement park world.
  • Played with Scooby Doo Mystery Mayhem'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!
  • Pokémon Black and White 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. The amusement park returns in their sequels.
  • Sora's version of the Prankster's Paradise world in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which mostly takes place on Pleasure Island from Pinocchio. The first area is massive and features roller coaster tracks you can slide on. There's also a circus tent (featuring a giant creepy clown statue). After that, Pinocchio leaves to find Gepetto, and the remainder of the world has an underwater theme instead. Riku completely averts this trope and instead ends up inside Monstro.
  • In the Pinocchio Licensed Game, the fourth level takes place on Pleasure Island. In the first part, Pinocchio has to hang onto some balloons so that he can fly to the upper-left corner of the screen, while dodging attacks from Lampwick and his friends. Then, he rides a roller coaster and has to time when to jump into and out of the cars, as well as duck under low beams and ring bells. When Pinocchio reaches the end of the roller coaster, he must dodge the fireworks that Lampwick lights.
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask had Pumpkin Park (or Tingly Town, 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.
  • Mega Man:
  • Napple Tale includes a winter-themed amusement park level, Fjordland. It's full of dancing snowflakes and mercifully devoid of Slippy Slidey Ice.
  • One is present in the second level of Goat Simulator.
  • Wondersplenk in Wuppo. Complete with souvenirs, lineups, and a questionably valid Fortune Teller!
  • Overwatch now has Blizzard World, with references to every single Blizzard property ever made!
  • Yoshi's Crafted World has Cardstock Carnival. This stage includes ferris wheels, roller coasters, carousels, and Bullet Bills (fireworks, perhaps).
  • The Trails Series has Mishelam Wonderland from The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure and later The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. This is amusement park themed after Mishy, the mascot of the game's creator, Nihon Falcom. It also features his relations, such as sister Mishette and Mecha Mishy. In Cold Steel IV, an entire segment is spent on it when your team rents it out for an evening.

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    Western Animation 
  • Towards the end of Season 2 of Teen Titans, 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 Hall of Mirrors.
  • Similarly, Coney Island played the role of battleground in the Gargoyles episode "The Reckoning".
  • Coney Island shows up again in The Spectacular Spider-Man. 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 Hostage for MacGuffin by leaving a Damsel in Distress hanging precariously from a roller coaster to goad Spider-Man into forking over some Applied Phlebotinum. When Octopus is defeated, he lands in the middle of the carnival's octopus ride.
  • The Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Seer No Evil" takes the heroes to a full-blown fairground (which is sort of a mobile amusement park).
  • In the world of 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: The Real Ghostbusters and Filmation's Ghostbusters 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' second fight against Nano took place in Coney Island. Eventually, its roller coaster proves instrumental in its defeat.
  • Scooby-Doo:
  • On Ben 10, Zombozo lives in one. Ben and Kevin lampshade how silly the whole thing is at various points. But the real star is Gwen, who Mind Rapes Zombozo something terrible.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force has The Pier from "Pier Pressure" which is a more benevolent version that Ben takes his Love Interest Julie to for a date. Unfortunately it keeps getting interrupted by a mini-version of Upgrade who is looking for help.
  • Hey Arnold! has Dinoland where a few episodes take place.
  • The Simpsons has episodes set in Duff Gardens and Itchy & Scratchy Land.
  • Family Guy: Peter Griffin went to school with the owner of Bob's Funland, and goes there for his birthday.
  • In Steven Universe, Beach City Funland is a recurring location.
  • In Sponge Bob Squarepants, a few episodes, including "Fiery Fist O'Pain" and "Glove World R.I.P." feature Bikini Bottom's local amusement park, Glove World.
  • The DVD of The Incredibles includes Mr. Incredible and Pals, a fictional Pilot Episode of an unbroadcast cartoon series about Mr. Incredible and Frozone. Most of the action takes place in an abandoned amusement park.
  • Milo Murphy's Law: characters will occasionally visit Lard World. Yes, "lard" as in the greasy white pig fat. See the song for details.
  • Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island: Adventure Island, built by Mr. Conductor's enemy Thurston Troodon, is a theme park filled with robotic dinosaurs powered by steam.


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Progressive Park

A Progressive commercial about rather strange budget saving rides such as a rollercoaster causing traffic jams and "no bump" bumper cars, which turns out to be a bad idea.

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