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The Joker: Well, it's garish, ugly, and derelicts have used it for a toilet. The rides are dilapidated to the point of being lethal, and could easily maim or kill innocent little children.
Estate Agent: Oh. So you don't like it?
The Joker: Don't like it? I'm crazy for it.

An Amusement Park without the amusement, unless you are amused by Everything Trying to Kill You. Maybe the place has been abandoned for years, everything covered in filth and on the verge of falling apart. The rides are old, rusty, and creak eerily in the wind; if they still function at all they are horrifying deathtraps. Or maybe the park merely has been... refurbished by a new owner or owners; the place seems quite normal until the roller coaster brakes fail and the monster house turns out to be filled with lethal traps or real monsters... or both.

Whatever the case, there is something unspeakably wrong with that amusement park, except of course if you happen to be a Monster Clown or some variety of Eldritch Abomination, in which case you can go right ahead and make yourself at home. Even better when the Abomination IS the amusement park.


May have started life as Souvenir Land before it went deadly. Brother trope to Circus of Fear.

Truth in Television to an extent, since abandoned fun parks are eerie on a level usually reserved for abandoned hospitals, prisons, and asylums and likewise suggest a terrible or supernatural presence lurking in wait for the unwary.

Sub-Trope of Pleasure Island. Compare Abominable Auditorium, where the theatre is either broken, dangerous or all of the above. Contrast with Crappy Carnival: it might still be creepy, but the only thing that's dangerous there is the food.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba puts Yugi and his friends through "Death-T", a section of his "Kaibaland" amusement arcade laden with deathtraps, as revenge for the Penalty Game Kaiba was put through in his first appearance. The threats include a game of laser tag against hired mercenaries with guns that give fatal electric shocks (Yugi and his friends have useless toy guns), a Ghost Train Ride that kills with Electric Chairs anyone who screams, a booby-trapped haunted house with a Child Murderer running around, a sealed pit where giant Tetris-like blocks fall from the ceiling, and a rigged game of Capsule Monsters where the loser is subjected to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • In book 8 of Battle Angel Alita, the final lair of Desty Nova, Granite Inn, looks like an amusement park, but of the nightmarish kind. The attractions, constituted by his experiments, are alive — for example, the horses of the roundabout are real horses, pinned by the metal poles going through their bodies, but still living.
  • In horror-centric Cowboy Bebop episode "Pierrot le Fou", the title mad assassin arranges a showdown between himself and Spike in one of these. Features, among other things, dangerous looking indoor roller coaster, and cute giant robots that don't mind trampling people who get on their parade route. The theme park is a regular affair which wouldn't look too bad if it was working as it normally would. Pierrot just happened to be controlling it at the time.
  • In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, A-Block Amusement Park is run by Jellly Jiggler and the Hair Hunters who are after the title character; same goes for Halekulani's Hallelujah Land who destroys attractions if they aren't making profits especially with people inside. Then Neo Hair Hunt Land MAX which is the battlefield for the Bo-bobo gang against the former Hair Hunt generals of the previous era.
  • Two episodes of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman are set in closed amusement parks that are actually fronts for the Galactor organization. (Both were also adapted for Battle of the Planets.)
  • Friend Land in 20th Century Boys, though the "doom" isn't from the ridesnote  but the whole place being a brainwashing facility.
  • Episode 2 of the three-part OVA Amuri in Star Ocean has the three heroines stumbling across one of these places in a space junkyard. Just the sight of said park triggers a Heroic BSoD in one of the girls, while the other two have to fight off an army of Murderous Mannequins.
  • The eponymous Deadman Wonderland is this, though the doom is generally reserved for the employees and prisoners rather than the park-goers. Unless the Wretched Egg were to get in the wrong place...
  • In the short manga Jet Coaster, the amusement park employees take a sick delight in watching people suffer and/or die... so in the middle of a roller-coaster ride, they suddenly stop the coaster, at the top of a loop at that, and warn the eight passengers to hold onto the safety bar before dropping their seats out from under them. The eight people must try to hang on for dear life, falling one by one to their deaths until only one remains. And all the employees are in on this, so no one is coming to help them. Also? It's not the first time this has happened.
  • Guardian Fairy Michel has the amusement park in episode 14. It's probably a nice enough place in the day, but Kim's there at night, and happens to be facing off against the Fairy of Light and Dark.
  • Franken Fran features an amusement park that is a mostly harmless (if boring) Souvenir Land...unless the animatronics malfunction. Then everything goes horrifically wrong.
  • Exaggerated for Kemono Friends' main setting, Japari Park. Once a beautiful touristic attraction full of nature and diverse ecosystems, the park is now on a state of despair and decay with collapsed bridges and abandoned buildings abound. And that's not counting the threat of the Ceruleans.
  • Shinzo: In season 2, the main characters stumble onto a silver amusement park in the middle of nowhere and don't find anything fishy about that. The entire thing is actually the liquid-metal body of Eilis, one of the Co-Dragons of Lanancuras.

    Comic Books 
  • The textbook example is any amusement park The Joker has moved into. In The Killing Joke, the story quoted above, he even leaves the grinning corpse of the estate agent sitting on a carousel horse as a "welcome" sign.
  • Darkseid creates one called "Happyland" in The Forever People. The attractions are all people being tortured, but only the children can see what's really happening. Their parents, hurrying them along, are thus tricked into teaching their kids to ignore the suffering of others, which Darkseid finds at least as satisfying as the actual torture.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The villain Arcade is known for his Murderworld, often by letting his victims think it's a real amusement park before the carousel tries to kill them. It also includes a giant pinball machine of death. Every now and then, the X-Men (and other Marvel heroes) wake up here and say "Oh, Crap!, it's going to be one of those days." Arcade's actually making lots of cash lately by letting supervillains use it as a training ground. He had to do something: the fact that he'd never actually managed to murder a hero in the place was making him a laughingstock among supervillains.
    • Cable would go on to rent out one of these, and use the deathtrap filled park as a training ground for his team. But then, that's Cable for you.
    • This trope is averted, however, by Avengers Arena. There, Murderworld is a massive sealed environment, with trees, mountains, and everything in between.
  • Marvel's The Awesome Slapstick got his start trying to save his friends from Evil Clowns From Dimension X. No, really.
  • Many, many examples of this from EC Comics: Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear. One strip involved a pair of sleazy amusement park owners who agree to buy the design for a brilliant new rollercoaster to revive trade for their dilapidated park, but don't bother to test the ride for safety, with nightmare-inducing results when they agree to take first turn at the unveiling of the rollercoaster. Specifically, the designer they murdered so they wouldn't have to pay him for the rollercoaster hadn't finished testing it for G-forces, and their necks snapped after the first loop. And the cherry on the cake? This is Truth in Television. Read about the early looping coaster The Flip-Flap Railway here.
  • Dazzleland from Wonder Woman Vol 1 #122, where the life force is drained of park visitors to maintain the cryogenically frozen corpse of park founder Wade Dazzle.
  • Krustyland in The Simpsons follows the trope pretty well. See Western Animation below.
  • Legends of the Dead Earth: In Action Comics Annual #8, Zarn terrorists take over the amusement park Bizarro World in order to assassinate Ambassador Ermel Vootie, who is attempting to negotiate a peace treaty between the Zarn and the Zentauri. The park security guard Phisto, who is secretly working with the terrorists, uses his access to the system to turn the attractions (most of which are dangerous alien animals) against the visitors.

    Comic Strips 
  • Tickle Town in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip "Welcome to Tickle Town" is a Crapsaccharine World version; it looks like a high-tech Souvenir Land (based on the cartoons of Tobias Tickle) until you try to leave, and the holomatronic cartoon characters stop you. If you persist, you're put on a horrifying ride that supposedly shows you how terrible the world outside is, to a parody of "It's a Small World After All":
    Oh, the world outside is a scary place,
    It's a big fat grave for the human race.
    There's no hope you'll survive,
    When the plague rats arrive,
    It's a mad, bad world outside!

    Fan Works 
  • Coreline: An All There in the Manual fact is that, in the aftermath of When Dimensions Collide, Robot Hell (from Futurama) has manifested beneath Action Park in New Jersey. Jurassic Park has also manifested near Costa Rica, but it's double-subverted: the Park's management has spared no expense (at all) in making the park safe, but Animal Wrongs Group teams have made it their prime target and thus Bad Things still happen. On the other side of things, the Park's clientele is nowadays mostly comprised of daredevil-types that don't give a damn about all of the danger.
  • In the Left 4 Dead 2 mod "Journey to Splash Mountain", Disneyland also becomes this thanks to a zombie apocalypse.
  • In Kill or Be Killed, the final act takes place in one. Hyoyeon, Donghae, and Yoona all die on rides (and all by falling off of said rides), and Leechul dies on a deadly carousel.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Action Point, loosely based on the infamous Action Park (see "Real Life" below), is about Johnny Knoxville suffering Amusing Injuries while testing the rides at the most extreme amusement park in the world.
  • In Carnival of Souls a car-crash survivor is drawn to an abandoned carnival pavilion while experiencing mysterious goings-on.
  • The climax of Child's Play 3 takes place in a carnival haunted house ride, Which has a giant, uncovered rotary fan in it for some reason
  • The After Dark Horrorfest flick Dark Ride was, as the title suggests, set in such a place.
  • Final Destination 3: The roller coaster "Devil's Flight" breaks and kills a bunch of people, and everything else in the park is a "sign" of the cast's impending death.
  • Hell Fest is a Slasher Movie set at a Halloween Horror Nights-style event where a killer dressed as one of the scare-actors starts stalking a group of teenagers.
  • In House on Haunted Hill (1999), amusement park mogul Steven Price plays with this, having designed a roller coaster that will fling the train ahead of you off the track, making you think you're about to die horribly... only for you continue along the same stretch completely unscathed. He's kind of a sick bastard.
  • Jack the Reaper: After the bus crash, the teens find a carnival in the middle of the desert. When they get there, they find it fully functional but deserted. They start riding the rides, but things soon start to turn deadly.
  • Jurassic Park: Let's bring back some of the most fearsome carnivores in (pre-)history, and mix in a bunch of tourists. What could go wrong? Of course, the park was never intended to be scary or dangerous. The protagonists just got very unlucky.
  • The park in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park is tending this way, in a sort of Westworld-lite kind of way, until Kiss saves the day.
  • Nothing but Trouble: "Mister Bonestripper" is a rollercoaster ride through the scrapyard that ends with the passengers being thrown into a machine that strips them to the bone.
  • The climax of the film noir The Lady from Shanghai takes place in one of these, famously featuring a Funhouse Mirror of doom.
  • Scooby-Doo has Spooky Island, the primary setting.
  • The Machinist: When Reznik takes Marie's son Nicholas into the Route 666 "funhouse", which is mostly a terrifying display of criminals being executed for their crimes. Eventually, Nicholas suffers an epileptic fit and Reznik has to abandon the ride to drag him out of there.
  • The antagonists in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 live in a kind of a run down theme park.
  • Inverted in The Warriors, where (at least for the titular delinquents) Coney Island is the one part of New York City that does not spell doom.
  • Welcome to Westworld, with countless Ridiculously Human Robots for you to interact with! And have sex with, or shoot, or blow to bits with dynamite! Don't worry, we're absolutely certain they're not intelligent, and they're certainly not biding their time, waiting to kill us all!
  • In Zombieland the main characters face off against thousands of zombies inside an old amusement park.
  • Escape from Tomorrow takes place in a version of Disney World that is one of these.
  • Us has an amusement park as the locus of its Surreal Horror, with the Tethered coming up from the tunnels beneath the house of mirrors. The movie also shows how the park changes over time: at the beginning of the movie, in what appears to be the 1980s, the house of mirrors has a Magical Native American "vision quest" theme, while in the scenes set in the present day, it's been retooled for a more generic Merlin theme - a little more culturally sensitive, but just as sinister behind its facade.

  • The Give Yourself Goosebumps line began with Escape from the Carnival of Horrors which was practically made from this trope. The original series even ended (before the 2000 line) full circle with Return to the Carnival of Horrors in which you, a friend from the previous book and a cousin are tricked into coming back.

  • In Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, Opal Koboi traps Artemis and Holly in the abondoned "Eleven Wonders" theme park, which has been overrun by trolls.
  • A very literal example appears in the short story "The Carnival" by Michael W. Fedo. The rides are designed to kill passengers at random, crews actively bag bodies of dead guests and deliver them to a mass grave, and the estimated chances for survival of guests to the park is a whopping 1 in 8. Considering the story is set in a Crapsack World with an Overpopulation Crisis and the park is run by Populace Control, this is hardly surprising.
  • Pleasure Island from The Adventures of Pinocchio. It seems just like an ordinary amusement park, until you realize its true purpose is to turn naughty children into donkeys. It adds another layer by having rides catering to a child's less acceptable impulses — pool halls, smoking rooms, a model home expressly built for demolishing, and the like. One half expects an Opium Den or peep show on the premises.
  • Implied at the end of the Discworld novel Carpe Jugulum, in which the Old Count Magpyr and Igor are adding a fun-fair to the grounds of Dontgonearthe Castle. As Nanny Ogg says, it depends who's having the fun...
  • Played with in Dream Park, where an Adult-rated horror attraction slips a holographic ringer into the guests' group, specifically so her "death" can be staged as part of the display-sequence and make it look like this trope.
  • In Flora's Dare, Flora learns that the Woodward's Gardens & Fun Fair caters to a different sort of clientele after hours.
  • The Point Horror trilogy The Forbidden Game has this as the setting for book 3.
  • Full Tilt. Survive seven rides, and you get out — not that anybody's ever done so. Fail, and either you're operating the rides for all eternity, or you're dead and your screaming face is somewhere in the scenery.
  • The Goosebumps book One Day at Horrorland and its related media. The ''Goosebumps Horrorland" series also includes information on a second Amusement Park of Doom, Panic Park, which was once located on the same site as Horrorland and actually frightened some of its guests to death.
  • Fantasy World in the Dean Koontz novel Hideaway. It's been abandoned for years and demonic serial killer Vassago lives there now. And he displays the corpses of his victims in the basement of the funhouse.
  • The "gas station carnivals" in the Thomas Ligotti of the same name are mostly just bad, but the Showman in the sideshows is implied to be some sort of Humanoid Abomination, and has lately been stalking the narrator's friend Quisser. Subverted, as the carnivals never existed, and an artist Quisser insulted had merely been using her "art-magics" to mess with him. Double subverted, when the narrator discovers the Showman is all too real- and is now coming for him.
  • The Fun Fair in The Unnatural Inquirer. You know an Amusement Park Of Doom is really bad when even the Nightside crowds avoid it like the plague!
  • Richard Stark's Parker novel Slayground features an amusement park closed for the winter where Parker is hiding from pursuit. It's when Parker starts MacGyvering the rides into traps for his enemies that it enters this trope, in a rare example of the protagonist being the one to create the park.
  • The climax of the Relativity story "Master Blankard's Pawn" takes place in an abandoned amusement park that's been converted into a giant deathtrap.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Hologram Fun World in Galaxy of Fear. It looks happy and crowded, but as it turns out it's sparsely visited, and with the idea that he can't look like people have lost interest, the proprietor keeps it stocked with holographic crowds... and the Big Bad is testing something there.
  • The Sweet Valley Twins book The Carnival Ghost had one of these where Elizabeth met the eponymous ghost.
  • The third installment of the Friday the 13th book series Tales From Camp Crystal Lake by Eric Morse, called The Carnival.
  • The thriller novel Utopia by Lincoln Child is set in a futuristic theme park which becomes deadly when a group of terrorists take control of its technology.
  • Clue: Subverted in book 7's chapter "Mr. Boddy's Wild Ride". Mr. Boddy installs "Monsters of the Caribbean", which seems to be one of these, in his Ball Room, and its monsters and other hazards appear to kill five of the six suspects. It turns out everything is in fact all Hollywood special effects, and nobody is actually harmed (in fact, the five who "died" willingly go through the ride a second time afterward and love it). Except for Mrs. Peacock, who was the last one left in the car (besides Mr. Boddy) the first time around and was so distressed by the incident that she spent the rest of the weekend in bed.
  • The carnival in Doglands looks normal during daytime, however it's a cover-up for thieves who rob rich people's houses. These thieves also steal dogs, either to beat them into their Angry Guard Dogs or use them as bait for other people's Angry Guard Dogs.
  • Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, an evil traveling carnival, replete with witches, black magic, and a merry-go-round that ratchets a person's age forward or backward.
  • The final book of the The Forbidden Game trilogy has one as the backdrop of the final game, based on the fact these tend to crop up frequently in people's nightmares. It comes complete with people's souls trapped inside the penny arcade games, headless bodies in the water and many more psychological horrors besides.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ace Lightning: The Kent Brother's Carnival, a.k.a. 'the Carnival of Doom'. Or, as rendered in a Funny Background Event in an early episode, "the Carnival of Dum", because the original proprietor is apparently something of a shaky speller.
  • Boyard Land: This French gameshow happens in an amusement park that looks like an nice place at first glance, but it still has a sinister side. First of all, the rats, snakes and other creepy-crawlies Fort Boyard is famous for are back in several challenges. Also, the denizens are welcoming enough, but they are based on seriously outdated Freakshow archetypes that nowadays wouldn't be so popular at modern fairs.
  • Doctor Who: In "Nightmare in Silver", the Doctor takes his companion (and the kids she's babysitting) to Hedgewick's World, "the biggest and best amusement park there will ever be." Turns out it's been closed down due to people vanishing into thin air — and what's that ominous stomping noise?
  • Fear the Walking Dead: Alicia and Naomi scavenge for supplies in a water park that has been overrun by walkers. Things get dicey.
  • Get Smart: Max and 99 are trapped in a KAOS amusement park in the episode "The Wax Max". Max comments that whoever designed the Tunnel of Love had a lot to learn about togetherness.
  • Mr. Show has Thrill World with the Devastator, a "spine-cracking, soul-shattering" rollercoaster which will literally kill you ("TWO WHOLE MINUTES UNDERWATER!"). The news segment on the horriffic carnage that coincides with Thrill World's opening hours treats it as a natural disaster, and is interrupted by a commercial offering those depressed by the news a chance to take their minds off it... by visiting Thrill World and riding the Devastator.
  • Revolution: In "The Plague Dogs", inhabited by a psycho and his attack dogs.
  • The Secret Circle: There is one, described by Faye as "the creepiest place on earth", with Monster Clown statues and murals, dark and dirty rooms, and not improved by the addition of real corpses.
  • Star Trek: In the episode "Shore Leave" the crew visits a planet which will read your mind and cater to your wishes, safe or dangerous, with no safety feature except for a nifty method of body repair that, evidently, resurrects any visitors who die on the premises.
  • Westworld, based on the aforementioned film of the same name. The Adaptation Expansion produces a lot more detail about the park's operators, guests, and robots (called 'hosts') alike, with the promise of danger being one of the main selling points. Notably, it's portrayed as a real-life video game as much as it is an amusement park, with the Man in Black especially being a longtime guest obsessed with uncovering the park's secrets and Easter eggs.

  • "Abusement Park", by Municipal Waste.
    Step right up
    For games and prizes
    For real cool rides
    And a fun safe time
    So I did
    Not knowing that the park
    Hidden behind the tall fences and red curtains
    Was a fate worse than death itself!
  • "Hellacious Acres," by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, from the 1976 Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born.


    Tabletop Games 
  • The 5th editon Champions supplement Champions: Battlegrounds is marketed as a series of set piece adventures that feature Superheroes confronting Supervillains in classic genre fight locations. The chapter in which Black Harlequin, a Captain Ersatz of both Toyman and the Joker takes over an amusement park is, by an order of magnitude, the deadliest chapter in the book for bystanders.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse has Madam Mittermeier's Fantastical Festival of Conundrums and Curiosities, which has such attractive attractions as a carousel with undead-looking horses, a mirror maze that shows your alternate selves, and the charmingly named Wheel of Misfortune. It periodically hosts supervillain fights, which probably is not helping the unstable midway.

  • The main setting of Assassins is an amusement park in some sort of temporal limbo, where people from all periods of American history meet and mingle. The reason why it’s dangerous? Eight men and women who each attempted to assassinate a President are also there, and they become inspired to kill their targets by the Proprietor of a shooting gallery.
  • Ride the Cyclone has the Wonderville Traveling Fairground, which unintentionally becomes an example. The rides are in such a state of disrepair that a roller coaster car derails, propelling six teenage choir members to their death (and kickstarting the plot). The aesthetics of a murder-y amusement park are deployed in the show's design - though it varies from production to production, the set décor usually features broken roller coaster tracks, grimy concession and ride marquees, and other weatherworn carnival detritus.

    Theme Parks 
  • Some amusement parks invoke this trope on themselves as a means of tongue-in-cheek self-promotion. At Six Flags Great America, crowds waiting in line for "The Demon" are entertained by recorded accounts of how an actual demon has possessed the roller coaster, gets spotted by terrified witnesses, and fiercely resists humorous attempts to kill and/or exorcise it. Likewise, the "Batman" indoor coaster at the same park displays fake newsreels for waiting crowds, some of which imply that The Joker has sabotaged the ride and turned it into this trope.
  • Others go the whole nine yards for Halloween. The Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver hosts "Fright Nights" during the last two weeks of October, during which time half the games are turned over to haunted houses, and "roamers" wander the park dressed as all manner of horrifying abominations. They even have a diabolical circus built into the park, for a two-in-one.
  • Universal Studios parks' Halloween Horror Nights. At nighttime, the theme park alters the entire park with their annual horror theme with complex and elaborate haunted houses, street decoration to turn the streets into a zombie apocalypse or a carnival covered in freaks and killer clowns, and various actors (known as "scareactors", rhymes with "characters") who play the part of killers, victims, monsters, and various other horror characters to chase and scare the guests. Even creepier—many of the haunted houses are built in the queue lines of rides. For instance, to get into one, you may find yourself going backwards through the ET ride line, which is darkened to make it look uninhabited. Brrr... Universal is one of many that jumped on the bandwagon after Knott's Berry Farm's annual Knotts Scary Farm attraction, which has been doing the "big theme park converting to a horror-themed park at night" shtick for over 40 years now.
  • Krustyland from The Simpsons Ride becomes this when Sideshow Bob hijacks it.
  • A torture dungeon is advertised as being the main attraction of "Dulocland" in Shrek 4-D.
  • Disney's Expedition Everest starts out as a fairly simple ride... until about 1 minute in and the track appears to be torn into tiny pieces. The ride then sends you spiraling down a pitch-black tunnel. Backwards! After another minute, you come across a 20 foot yeti that tries to tear your head off... before around 2007. The animatronic got damaged and can only use the strobe light, and the only way to repair it is to tear the whole ride down.
  • The proposed Euthanasia Coaster is a roller coaster specifically designed to kill everyone on board "with elegance and euphoria".
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark dabbles in this for the motion simulator ride "Elvira's Superstition". It starts with Elvira announcing plans to create a "scream park" containing ghoulish treats and rides, before visitors experience a simulation of her favorite ride in the park — The House of Superstition.
  • The discontinued "Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour" attraction at Tokyo Disneyland simulated this trope, presenting itself as a routinely-saccharine Disney tour that got hijacked by the villains. Only timely use of a "magic sword" in the hands of a young guest and tour guide could banish the evil that allegedly was hounding the attendees from room to room, which took the form of the Horned King.
  • The Jurassic World Velocicoaster at Islands of Adventure is built around doubling down on the park's dubious safety by having a rollercoaster built in the middle of the Velociraptor paddock to give Jurassic World guests a closer encounter with the ferocious carnivores, with much of the pre-show consisting of Owen Grady telling Claire Dearing how irresponsible and dangerous the whole idea is even with the coaster train's speed and safety systems.

    Video Games 
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine: Although it was never completed, Chapter 4's Bendy Land qualifies. Not only are there ink monsters lurking throughout different parts of the production, but Henry is unarmed for most of the chapter. There's an animatronic Bendy that Lacie Benton swears in her recording has been moving when she isn't looking - although this never attacks Henry. There are even two boss fights in Bendy Land: one with Bertrum Piedmont, who's become an amusement park ride and one set up by Alice inside the haunted house. Someone even thought it was appropriate to cross out the "Land" part of the Bendy Land sign and replace it with "Hell."
  • Death Park is set in a derelict amusement park with a Monster Clown wandering the grounds.
  • The tutorial level of Hitman: Blood Money is set in a Baltimore amusement park which was shut down years before after a badly maintained ferris wheel came off its axle during a ride, killing and injuring many people. The owner escaped justice, filed for bankruptcy and has since thrown his lot in with a group of local gangsters. He is, of course, your target.
  • Puzzle Gallery: At The Carnival has Hazard Park, a seemingly normal carnival with 40 sections (counting attractions and non-attraction concepts such as the title). Each one of them is some combination of dangerous, unsanitary, or otherwise unpleasant. In some cases, the attraction may end up closed (e.g. First Aid station). There is only one amusement that has no injury on the ride: The Ferris Wheel, but that's not counting falls OFF said ride. Not even shutting down the park and replacing it with a block of high-rise office buildings stops the bad fortune.
  • Crash Fever has Kiddy Land under Dominia's control, as he was trying to take down certain members of ACADEMIA.
  • The Lakeside amusement park in Silent Hill could possibly qualify as this, especially the one from Silent Hill 3 that includes a killer roller coaster, a lethal haunted house and a boss battle on a carousel. Oh, and let's not forget the blood-drenched, Donnie Darko-esque rabbit mascot.
  • Area H of Mega Man ZX, which was the amusement park Vent/Aile was in when it was attack by a Maverick Raid ten years ago. Features giant Metool mascots that try to kill you, popcorn machines designed into weapons that try to kill you, and those UFO Catcher things that try to pick you up and drop you into Bottomless Pits in an attempt to kill you. Capping it all off is a fight with Purprill, which is fueled (especially in Vent's case, where he is explicitly told) by rage induced by You Killed My Mother.
    • Predating this is Clown Man's level from Mega Man 8. Killer robot and trains that try to run you over on sight. Magic Man's level from Mega Man & Bass has the same theme and obstacles due to resource reuse.
    • This level type is used yet again in Mega Man 11 — not once, but twice. In one, a park has been destroyed and defaced thanks to the resident Robot Master Blast Man. Obstacles this time include explosive robots and a roller coaster filled with tiny robots that doubles as a miniboss. The second amusement park level, home to Bounce Man, is much more colorful and less dangerous, as it's full of balls to bounce off while avoiding enemies suspended by balloons.
  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation inexplicably has a level based around one of these, which includes a room with spike pits that can only be seen in a mirror reflection and a target-shooting game that dumps the player into a spike pit if they don't complete it in time.
  • Banjo-Tooie had an exaggerated version of this in Witchyworld. The food vendors are unsanitary, the big top doesn't even bother having seats for an audience, the employees are grumpy and tend to attack visitors, security is so lax that a shaman and a medicine woman have set up shop in the park unmolested, and the rides are generally poorly designed. In spite of this, Boggy's children still seem to be enjoying themselves too much to be all that cooperative when it comes time to leave. A sign outside the level announces that the park is closed due to their "appalling safety record", and that it will reopen once the authorities have been bribed. A second sign mentions that anyone surviving all the attractions gets a fanclub membership. Current number of members: 0
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest has Krazy Kremland, an amusement park full of brambles and massive Zinger hives, built near a disgusting swamp. The roller coasters are even broken down, making the rides fast paced fights for your life. The Kremlings probably do like the place, given how many are in the park and how some are even riding the coasters.
  • Ape Escape (the first one of the PlayStation) had a deadly Amusement Park of Doom to traverse through in the second-to-last level. Everything from an evil killer clown, a deadly remote-controlled car and a deadly roller coaster ride.
  • NieR: Automata has the Amusement Park where the Machines spend their time playing and having fun unless provoked by 2B or 9S. There's also a mad opera singer whose body is built from the corpses of fallen androids.
  • The secret stage from the first episode of Blood is called "House of Horrors" and features among other things a deadly ride on a water slide. It can be accessed from the stage called "Dark Carnival".
  • Max Payne 2 features a level in which the hero shoots it out with villains in an abandoned fun house of horror that mirrors his own story. Three times: fighting your way in, fighting your way out (with control of the mechanisms to use as traps), and on fire. The first time is a subversion, as it's a cool-down level in a game that so far featured Everything Trying to Kill You. Even after Max's monologue lampshades the harmlessness of the fake haunted house animatronics, players are still likely to jump from the non-lethal surprises, with guns drawn.
  • Mischief Makers features Spike Land, which as its name suggests is an inexplicable amusement park devoted to Spikes of Doom.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Carnival Night Zone from Sonic 3, what with all the spikes, robots, and the infamous red-and-white barrel.
    • Sunset Park Zone in Sonic Triple Trouble, an abandoned amusement park filled with Eggman's Mecha-Mooks and explosive floor sections.
    • Twinkle Park in Sonic Adventure. It seems as though Eggman has temporarily managed to take a step towards his goal of world domination - he's managed to take over a theme park and turn it into a giant deathtrap.
    • Toy Kingdom in Sonic Advance 3.
    • Circus Park in Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • Eggmanland from Sonic Unleashed. Roller coasters regularly going off the rails, bottomless pits beneath the ferris wheel, open lava pits, free-roaming monsters, and more killer robots than should even be legal. And the less said of what Eggman used to build this joint in the first place the better.
    • Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park from Sonic Colors. Not quite the standard look for this trope, what with the bright colors and the food-themed world, but still not a place to take the kiddies thanks to Eggman's robot minions and the alien enslavement. Eggman's PA announcements also indicate this place to be extremely unsafe.
  • Spider-Man 2: Mysterio has a "Funhouse of doom" you have to go through.
  • The old SWAT Kats SNES game's Madkat level was an amusement park where children had been disappearing, though you only see them in the opening clip and after the boss is beaten. How was he able to get zoning for the tiers of water slides that sometimes drop you off into endless pits? Not that it matters, but you gotta wonder...
  • Even RollerCoaster Tycoon had this in the Corkscrew Follies expansion pack. Fiasco Forest is the only park of the entire game where if you don't pause in the next 2 seconds, a Dinghy from a Water Slide would get out of the track and explode. It's even called Death Slide. Let alone what players could build...
  • The Big Whoop Amusement Park/Carnival of the Damned from Monkey Island 2 and The Curse of Monkey Island.
  • One of the stages in Bubsy for the SNES was an alien-controlled fun fair.
  • The second campaign in Left 4 Dead 2 is called "Dark Carnival", and features Whispering Oaks Amusement Park as its setting. It was actually a normal park hastily turned into an evacuation center at the start of the Zombie Apocalypse, abandoned not too long before the events of the campaign, as can be seen by the good condition of the structures and rides. Infected entertainers in clown costumes are a common feature, and act as a lesser version of a Boomer in that their squeaky shoes attracts other zombies when they sprint.
  • Rocket: Robot on Wheels takes place entirely in a robot-operated amusement park. The "attractions" include a rickety minecart ride and a funhouse with bottomless pits. This is all handwaved as the handiwork of a disgruntled mascot who has taken over the park, but he is only in control for about a minute by the time Rocket enters to discover the above-mentioned changes, as well as a toxic lake, an active volcano surrounded by pools of molten lava, turrets loaded with explosive ordnance, and many more deadly obstacles.
  • BioShock 2 features the abandoned amusement park Ryan Amusements. The "of doom" part comes from the fact that, like the rest of this game, it's riddled with crazed mutants you have to fight off. Expect the usual shock horror moments and creepy audiologs, with the added bonus of rather disturbing propaganda designed to scare children out of wanting to leave Rapture and visit the surface world.
  • Bioshock Infinite has Soldier's Field which is meant to be a tribute to the history of Columbia and Zachary Hale Comstock's accomplishments as its "Prophet", but it secretly works as one big propaganda tool to recruit the citizens into joining military service — complete with a catchy anthem, at the entrance; so that later, Columbia would have more troops against the Vox Populi and eventually the world below the clouds. For good measure, it has mechanical puppet shows that spout examples about "not being a Dimwit", and giant clockwork caricatures of the Founding Fathers that could shoot you with miniguns if programmed to do so.
  • Bowser Land in Mario Party 2 is an evil theme park in Bowser's own image. It has all kinds of reversed mechanics, like the banks that loan money instead of ask for it, but force anyone who lands on the space to pay it back in full. Or the parade which causes players to lose 2 coins a space as they march back to the start.
  • This is the entire setting for CarnEvil.
  • Level 6 in Silent Assault combines this with aliens.
  • Doki Doki: Yuuenchi, a 8-bit Nintendo game never released outside of Japan, took place entirely in one of these.
  • In Disney's Epic Mickey for the Wii, we get to see sweet ol' Disneyland (Walt's original theme park) and Walt Disney World (the biggest and most popular of all Disney resorts) mixed together and then turned into this. The land itself is named Cartoon Wasteland, and was originally created by Yen Sid from Fantasia as a home for forgotten Disney characters. Originally bright and happy, it was completely screwed up after Mickey Mouse accidentally spilled paint thinner on it and caused the Shadow Blot to take over. Forgotten Disneyland/World attractions make appearances as levels or Easter Eggs in addition to current attractions (although a few of them have different, darker names such as "Dark Beauty Castle" a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty's Castle or "Lonesome Manor" a.k.a. Haunted Mansion). As you go through the levels, you can either help rebuild or cause more destruction in the world you're supposed to save by using your paintbrush and tools (namely, regular paint or paint thinner).
    • The sequel reveals other parts themed off other Disneyland areas- Rainbow Mines and Caverns (based off a former Frontierland ride), Disney Gulch (based off Frontierland), the Train Tunnels (based off the dioramas seen while riding the train between stops), Fort Wasteland (based off the Fort Wilderness hotel), and Autotopia (based off Tomorrowland’s Autopia). There’s also an area called the Floatyard, which is where abandoned float parts are put when they’re not in use.
  • The amusement park in Professor Layton and the Curious Village qualifies.
  • Adventures In The Magic Kingdom had you getting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World open for the day. No explanation is given, however, for why the rides have suddenly turned homicidal.
  • The Goosebumps PC game Escape from Horrorland is fondly remembered by children of the 1990s as the reason they are scared of everything now.
  • The "House of Fear" level in Batman Doom is set in a haunted house attraction, complete with Creepy Circus Music. It's a bunch of twisty corridors with false doors and a frequent fire trap or two (as well as an occasional scream to give you a Jump Scare).
  • Batman: Arkham Series had a few of these, not surprisingly all focused on the Joker.
    • The Joker's Funhouse in Batman: Arkham City, a renovated factory once owned by Black Mask, turned into the Joker's base, complete with a deadly rollercoaster which new recruits to his gang must ride and survive.
    • Batman: Arkham Origins had the Joker somehow turning the top of a penthouse suite into this via parts he got old amusement park.
    • Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC set years before Asylum had the Joker set up shop in an abandoned off-shore park amusement park which he took over after the owner himself didn't bother to finish it. It's implied Joker had manipulated the man to make it before killing him.
  • The Wii game Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon features an abandoned and decrepit theme park where he meets Crow.
  • The setting of the second Haunted Museum game or "Frightmare Land", a monster-infested amusement park loosely based on the real-life Japanese park Gulliver's Kingdom.
  • Syd Garden in SD Snatcher.
  • The setting of Phase 7: Scream Park, in Splatterhouse (2010).
  • The carnival section of Goo Lagoon from SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • Harmful Park, a PSX Shoot 'em Up, is entirely set on an amusement park modified by a Mad Scientist. Each level is one of the attractions of the park.
  • Dungeonland is pretty much built off this trope.
  • Murderworld is arguably the most fun level in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, with its various mini games as well as the plot twist that you originally think it's Castle Doom, though the organ music is the first clue that something isn't right. Other hints include the bad haircut on Doom's pictures all over the place, the way the poles can be bashed open to reveal swirly poles, and the occasional chests that open to reveal large squeaky hammers that hit you on the head.
  • The final chapter of The Testament of Sherlock Holmes takes place in an abandoned funfair, now full of Moriarty's goons.
  • Funhouse, the fourth world of the first Pac-Man World game, is one of these.
  • Ravenwood Park in Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is a long-abandoned attraction magically disguised as a functioning facility in order to lure in sacrificial victims.
  • Team Fortress 2 has its 6th Halloween Special take place in one of these. Complete with carnival games and bumper cars OF DOOM! Possibly subverted, because it's not quite haunted yet (though the mercs will be quick to fix that) and Merasmus ended up using very un-spooky sandalwood scented candles for the ritual.
  • Coordinate 136 in Digital Devil Saga is an abandoned amusement park castle crawling with demons and stocked with various traps.
  • The Secret World has Atlantic Island Park, an abandoned and dilapidated amusement park plagued by a long history of deadly freak accidents and rumors of hauntings. It turns out the park's creator deliberately designed it so he could draw energy from the lives of those who died at the park, turning him into a powerful spirit known as the Bogeyman. Featured as the main location in the psychological horror game spin-off The Park.
  • Fallout 4's final DLC, Nuka-World, is partially occupied by a loose alliance of raider gangs who have turned what territory they have conquered into their own Wretched Hive while the rest of the park is filled with ghouls, mutant crocodiles, mutant ants and other radioactive/mechanical post-apocalyptic monstrocities.
  • The Mystery Case Files series has two of its games set in the eerie Fate's Carnival. While in Madame Fate, the carnival seems still in use and fairly innocuous (though a little bit unnerving), Fate's Carnival shows an abandoned, grisly and downright surreal version of it.
  • Swan Point Carnival in Dark Carnival is home to several mysterious disappearances and eerie events.
  • The FantasyRealm dungeon in Kingdom of Loathing is a cross between this and a Crappy Carnival. As a fantasy themed "experience park", most enemies in the area are just actors in cheap costumes (attacking guests is part of the "experience") and half-assed mechanical monsters note . Also the food and beer are expensive.
  • Two levels in Cuphead are set in amusement parks. One is called Funfair Fever, a run 'n' gun level where, among other things, you jump on a trampoline and dodge balloons and rolling balls with clowns on them, dodge cannons shooting at targets, and have a battle with a giant hot dog. The second amusement park level is called Carnival Kerfuffle, where you have a battle with a clown named Beppi, who tries to use the amusement park's rides to his advantage, including a passing roller coaster train, a bumper car (which Beppi rides), shooting gallery ducks, and a merry-go-round horse. For his final form, Beppi turns into a carousel ride with swings for you to stand on during the fight.
  • The titular park Illbleed, built by horror movie director Michael Reynolds, which the main character wisely avoids until her friends vanish during a trip there and she has to go find them.
  • The titular Fancy Island, according to an old newspaper seen in the Fancy Island archive page, was once an amusement park that was abandoned when the caretaker disappeared, and then became haunted by the many spirits and monsters of the game.

    Web Animation 
  • In James Farr's Xombie, Zoey and Dirge's car breaks down right in front of one of these.
  • Loo Loo Land from the episode of the same name in Helluva Boss. It's an amusement park in Hell that features unsafe rides, notices daring the visitors to sue them due to No OSHA Compliance, criminals running amok that repeatedly try to kidnap the rich Stolas, and an animatronic clown demon who gets into a fight with Blitzo that ends up setting the park ablaze. It's also horrible in a more mundane sense — it's a Souvenir Land with overpriced merchandise, the games are rigged, the aforementioned animatronic clown demon traumatized Octavia as a child, and it's apparently wholly plagiarized from a more successful park named "Lu Lu World".

  • This trope provides the setting for Carnies. [1]
  • The amusement park in Anti-Heroes starts out normal enough, but becomes this trope when the enemy shows up.
  • Girl Genius: When Agatha weaponized the circus' carts and such it included a merry-go-round, which in the planning stages was set to be capable of "leveling a small town", and eventually took DuPree out of the fight and broke her jaw all without ever being shown on panel.
  • The Little House of Wonders in Skin Horse. It was abandoned years ago, and the "It's A Small World" parody ride now has toxic waste instead of water and is dotted with asbestos warning signs. Also, the self-aware animatronics are all cynical and depressed. (To the naturally cynical and depressed Sweetheart, this comes as a relief compared to the wall-to-wall Tastes Like Diabetes she was expecting.)
  • Subverted in JoJo's Bizarre Summer Break since the amusement park the gang visits is a normal one. Unfortunately, The Joestar family curse activates even in plane rides, Jotaro managed to insult a meditating monk, and Kakyoin randomly finds a baby's spirit(Mannish Boy). Jotaro also attracts the attention of the High Priestess, which swallows their submarine ride.

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  • Bucketheadland exists completely on the descriptions given on its web site, probably written in part by Buckethead himself.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • The SCP-823, aptly named "Carnival of Horrors".
    • Nor do you want to get lost in their Mirror Maze
    • There's also SCP-097, the remains of a 1969 fairgrounds overgrown with some very strange plant life.
    • And lets not forget SCP-1357, which is essentially Adult Fear personified.
    • Cragglewood Park, tagged SCP-2571, is a place that people only have vague memories of, and some of the children who go to the park are seemingly erased from existence. Only pairs of siblings can enter Cragglewood Park; in order for one sibling to escape, the other has to go on the carousel and become a singing tree in the park forever.
  • Neopets has the Deserted Fairground in the Haunted Woods. You can play games and buy things there.
  • "Mr. Bones' Wild Ride", a memetic story of a rollercoaster someone built in Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. The ride seems innocent enough on the surface... but then the unlucky participants find out it is long enough to take four years to complete. And once they finish the ride? They find themselves walking down the path which leads back to the ride's entrance... Complete with a giant sign which tells them, "The ride never ends".
  • The Creepypasta "Yellow Brick Road" describes a mysterious string of murders in the abandoned Land of Oz amusement park.
    • Another creepypasta, Abandoned by Disney, focuses on a strange (and fictitious) abandoned Disney resort in Georgia, that appears to be haunted. It's probably the best-known of a long, long list of creepypastas that involve sinister happenings at the Disney Theme Parks.
  • Twisted Metal Black has a carnival park in the Suburbs level, where you can send the Ferris wheel rolling to crush opponents.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Joker (who else?) sets up shop in one of these in the "Be a Clown" episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It comes complete with giant robotic clown and authentic Houdini water trap.
    • In the Mask of the Phantasm movie, he's set up shop in a vast, abandoned "World of Tomorrow" theme park.
  • Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue: The climax of the special has a Nightmare Sequence where Michael imagines himself nearly getting killed in a twisted drug-themed amusement park.
  • Adrena Lynn's Death Course in Kim Possible.
  • The Simpsons
    • "Itchy & Scratchy Land" parodies much of the above, where, right on cue, the various robots simultaneously all go amok at once. Well, not quite on cue. Frink forgot to Carry the One.
    • The alcohol-themed "Duff Gardens" in "Selma's Choice". While it's not explicitly "doomy," it's hardly a place you'd want to take your kids: rude costumed characters, robots that go haywire, sleazy souvenirs... and to top it all off, the "water" in one of its boat rides is actually beer mixed with LSD. It says a lot when the longest line in the whole park is for the complaints booth.
    • The amusement park Ned Flanders bought and refurbished into "Praiseland" was originally closed because a child somehow got his head cut off at the park.
    • It's strongly implied that Krustyland fits the bill:
      Kent Brockman: We now go to Krusty's press conference where he denies that his products are unsafe, his amusement park is a death trap and that he's selling video tapes of Tonya Harding's wedding night.
      Krusty: ... so I contend that those tourists were decapitated before they entered the Krustyland House of Knives.
  • Thailog and Demona of Gargoyles trap the Clan in one when they decide to unveil their evil clones.
  • Scooby-Doo features this trope several times.
    • In an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the gang look into the odd goings on of Funland, an amusement park that has been shut down temporarily, and has a malfunctioning robot running around causing damage.
    • An episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? has the gang visit a theme park haunted by the Roller Ghoster who tampers with rides endangering the guests. The episode mentions that he's already sabotaged three, and he sabotages two more before he gets caught.
    • The live action movie takes place in a spooky-themed theme park where monsters take over visitors' bodies. At one point, one of the attractions goes haywire, nearly killing the gang.
    • In Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, the final level of the video game in which the gang gets trapped is a boardwalk carnival, and haunted by duplicates of five classic Scooby-Doo foes. Except this time they're not just thugs in costumes....
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes subverted this in the episode "Carnival Lucius". Heloise tricks Lucius into building one (because Jimmy wanted one) by describing it as if it were something terrible. Then it's played straight when Lucius realizes the truth and straps her and Jimmy into a roller coaster that's meant to kill them. That said, Lucius' carnival was still full of unsafe and dangerous rides, although the people of Miseryville didn't seem to mind.
  • Freak Show of Danny Phantom, with the power to change all of reality in the palm of his hand, opts for a roller coaster of doom to dispose of Danny's parents. Not the most creative villain.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Bogeyman Is Back", the title villain transforms an ordinary theme park into "the perfect place for fear to grow and thrive." Could also qualify as a Circus of Fear, given the circus theme of the park, complete with evil mechanical clowns.
    Winston: Boy, they don't make them like this anymore.
    Peter: They never did make them like this! Bogeyman's been redecorating.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters has Ghost Park, which is not actually an Amusement Park of Doom, but is definitely made to look like one. The safe, obviously playful scares quickly turn real, though, when Apparitia and Brat-a-Rat get involved...
  • The one in Dungeons & Dragons didn't look like one, and most of the rides are harmless, but the heroes managed to hit just the wrong one.
  • In one episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the whole pier becomes this trope when Ben and the gang go up against Zombozo, Charmcaster, and Vulkanus.
  • Spongebob Squarepants has the episode "Glove World R.I.P." where SpongeBob and Patrick go to the titular park, which in previous episodes was a structurally sound Souvenir Land but now is dilapidated to the point that every ride is prone to causing injury. They try to keep it from getting closed, their efforts eventually culminating in them chaining themselves to the front gate at night. Not only are their efforts pointless because the creators have just built a new, even better park nearby, but they also aren't able to unchain themselves because Patrick threw the key in a lake.
  • The Mighty Max episode "Clown Without Pity" dealt with children being lured into a theme park by a Monster Clown named Freako and apparently never coming back. It is later discovered he is turning the kids into monsters because he wants everyone to know what it feels like to be a freak; they transform by looking into funhouse mirrors and the only way to reverse the transformation is to break the mirrors.
  • In a Quailman story on Doug Dr. Klotzenstein mentions "Klotzland", a theme park where you work as a zombie slave for the rest of your life.
  • The Rick and Morty episode "Anatomy Park" features an amusement park inside a man's body that is incredibly run down and dangerous, haunted with deadly monster-like diseases and with rides that are broken or suddenly go nowhere.
  • In Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe, Blitzen creates a Reindeer World theme park in which the animatronic reindeer are actually the rest of the herd, being mind-controlled and tortured.
  • One episode of ChalkZone features Snap and Blocky visiting a pretty straightforward one, appropriately named "Disaster Park" (which was also the name of the episode).
  • The New Adventures of Superman: In "Luthor's Loco Looking Glass", Luthor sets up his base of operation in an abandoned amusement pier. For some reason, the Tunnel of Love has horror figures in it.
  • In Bojack Horseman, Todd makes his own Disneyland after Bojack convinces him Disneyland isn't real. Attractions include a grease fire, a roller coaster called the "Death Coaster" for liability reasons, and a pile of filthy mattresses, and the whole thing eventually burns to the ground.
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Robotnikland", when Dr. Robotnik finds out that it's Sonic's birthday, he takes over the Mobiusland theme park, renaming it Robotnikland and inviting Sonic as the guest of honor. Inside the park, Robotnik has reprogrammed the rides to attack Sonic and his friends, and to ensure they can't escape, the locked exit door Sonic tries to break through is made of tempered steel, and the ground Sonic tries to dig through is made of reinforced concrete. Sonic takes control of the park near the end of the episode, renaming it Sonicland and reprogramming the rides to chase Robotnik, Scratch, and Grounder.
  • Martin Mystery: One episode has Martin, Diana, Java, Billy, and M.O.M. going to a horror-themed amusement park called "Terrorland" to celebrate Martin's one year anniversary as a Center agent; however, their fun is cut short when monsters start coming to life and attack the visitors. Turns out they have a real artifact in their Egyptian-themed ride that is causing the monsters to attack.

    Real Life 
  • Vernon, New Jersey was once the home of Action Park, which came about as close to this trope as a real life amusement park can. A total of six people died either at the park or in offsite hospitals from complications, and an unknown number of other patrons were known to suffer serious injuries, with local paramedics reporting treating 5-10 guests on some days. It eventually closed down in 1996 under a tide of lawsuits and other financial problems; when Intrawest reopened it two years later as Mountain Creek Waterpark, many attractions had to be heavily redesigned or bulldozed entirely. The park's reputation came from a multitude of factors, including: the easy availability of beer in the park (which was consumed by both guests and staff), the teenaged staff's indifference towards the safety rules, recklessness on the part of the visitors due to the flouting of said rules, poor design or lack of maintenance on the rides themselves, and the fact that almost none of the employees spoke Spanish even though the park was running ads on Spanish-language radio and TV stations in New York. It got to the point where the Park had to buy the nearby hospitals extra ambulances to deal with the constant traffic of injured streaming out of the park.

    That said, Action Park also earned a cult reputation among New Jerseyans and New Yorkers as an Amusement Park of Badassery, a place where guests could take part in experiences that still haven't been replicated due to pesky safety regulations, such that many children of the '80s and early '90s from that area came to view it as a Rite of Passage. It was a major pioneer in many ride designs, especially for waterparks, and while this meant that they were the ones who had to work out many of the safety kinks (it took experience for them to realize that this might not be the safest thing to send a human being down), it also meant that, at the time, there was nothing like it, and thanks to them using designs and ideas that other parks went on to reject (for admittedly good reason), there still hasn't been anything quite like it since. As such, when the park's original owners bought the Mountain Creek resort back from Intrawest in 2010, they briefly revived the Action Park name from 2014 through '16 for nostalgia's sake, though it was changed back to Mountain Creek Waterpark starting in 2017 due to the fact that a) few people under 35 still remembered Action Park, and b) the 'new' Action Park was an In Name Only affair.
  • The Chernobyl evacuation zone, off-limits to human occupation since the region was contaminated by radiation, contains an amusement park that was scheduled to open mere days after the nuclear accident. Rusting, unused rides from this real-life APoD were exhibited in the first Life After People.
  • The abandoned Six Flags New Orleans, which was possibly the inspiration for the "Dark Carnival" campaign from Left 4 Dead 2.
  • While not a park in itself, the infamous Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey became a symbol of amusement park doom on May 11, 1984, when a horrific fire roared through it, killing eight. The park operators managed to escape culpability by insisting to the court that it was a case of arson; even if that were true (and the official report doubts that explanation), inspectors still counted a dozen egregious violations of fire codes at the attraction, up to and including a lack of smoke detectors. It had managed to escape inspection before the fire by virtue of its status as a "temporary structure" (even though it had been in place for five years) due to it having been built in seventeen mobile trailers.
  • The abandoned Gulliver Kingdom park in Japan, featuring, well, the giant abandoned lifeless corpse of Gulliver. It's also located conveniently close to Aokigahara forest, Japan's number 1 suicide spot, and to the former headquarters of infamous doom cult Aum Shinrikyo.
  • An activist looking to raise awareness for recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy attempted to camp out on top of the wrecked Seaside Heights roller coaster, but was apprehended and arrested because the coaster's skeletal remains were dangerous and off-limits. (Not that the coaster had been exactly safe before the storm.)
  • Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in West Virginia, the site of a desecrated Indian Burial Ground turned into a settler farm which saw three settler children killed by Indians and several Indians killed by settlers in retaliation, turned into an amusement park in the 1920s (purportedly the developer was unaware of the site's history). After two children were killed, the park shut down in 1966 amid rumours of the land being cursed and haunted, with the rides and structures still standing in varying states of disrepair. It was reopened in 1985, then closed and abandoned for good in 1988. Tours are available in the days leading up to Halloween.
  • Mangyongdae Funfair in North Korea is just about what you would expect. It's open, but nobody actually goes there for good reason. All of the rides are in states of grievous disrepair. But don't worry, the rides are safety tested... Forcefully, by local farmers.
  • Artist Julijonas Urbonas designed an amusement park ride that was intentionally fatal to ride. Called the Euthanasia Coaster, this ride would start with an incline over 510 meters or 1,670 feet tall, which is over 400 feet taller than the Empire State Building. This climb would last two minutes, giving riders time to contemplate their decision to get on. Once it reached the top, the occupants would be given a choice whether they want to continue or get off. Those who stay on would then experience a drop at over 360 kilometers or 220 miles per hour. The coaster would then travel around seven different loops, each getting progressively smaller. These would maintain a constant force of 10 G's on the riders for one minute, forcing blood away from their brains and ultimately killing them. Urbonas designed this ride with the intent to give terminally ill people a euphoric and painless death.
  • On July 9, 1991 — in an event dubbed afterward as "Black Sunday" — Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio, had the misfortune of being the scene of two deadly unrelated accidents in one day. In the first incident, a visitor who was attending a company picnic entered a restricted area of Oktoberfest Pond and was electrocuted by a live current from a defective water circulation pump; both a friend of the visitor and a park employee were killed when they tried to assist him (the visitor survived). One hour and fifteen minutes later, another visitor (who was reportedly drunk) was killed when she slipped out of her harness during the Flight Commander ride, fell out of her capsule in midair, and landed on her head. In the former incident, Kings Island was fined $23,500 by OSHA for multiple safety violations at Oktoberfest Pond.
  • In 1993, one kid disappeared at the Aquaparque in Lisbon. It had been originally thought to be a kidnapping. Later, another kid disappeared too. This time, they tested another theory: that the kids had drowned in the pool, so they dredged the water. They found out two corpses, of the missing children. It turned out that the wells had no proper barriers to prevent people from being sucked into them. New regulations, which had been lacking before (the then-current ones were from 1959, thus obsolete), were adopted by 1997 and a round of inspections followed: 7 parks closed, including Ondaparque in Costa da Caparica, which had a similar well problem and where one death had ocurred. Meanwhile, the parents of one of the children took the unprecedented step of suing the Portuguese state (for the lack of regulations), and they settled by 2002. The parks themselves are currently abandoned, and in various states of decay (and Ondaparque ended up owing a huge water bill - 110,000€ in 2002).
  • The Verrückt water slide at Schlitterbahn's Kansas City water park was a tragedy waiting to happen, as a lawsuit following a fatal 2016 accident revealed. For starters, Verrückt was designed by two people who were neither engineers nor qualified designers of amusement park rides, but who were, respectively, one of the co-owners of Schlitterbahn and his business partner. The ride was built just to give Schlitterbahn the bragging rights of the tallest water slide in the world, with no regard for safety standards in the rushed design process. The designers ignored issues of the raft going airborne over the second hill and colliding with the overhead hoops and safety netting. When the ride opened, poor maintenance caused it to fall into disrepair (most notably with a failure of the brake system) while operators were poorly trained. Verrückt's designers knew the ride was dangerous and even attempted some last-minute redesigns to mitigate the problem (they didn't). Several people involved with its construction tried to blow the whistle, but the park covered up accidents and injuries during both testing and regular operation, going so far as to destroy and/or alter injury reports and coerce lifeguards into giving coached statements. Eventually, the decapitation of a ten-year-old boy on the ride (who just so happened to be the son of a Kansas state legislator) led to a criminal investigation that resulted in Schlitterbahn and the park director being charged with negligence and involuntary manslaughter, while the designers were charged with second-degree murder; the charges were eventually dropped. Schlitterbahn closed the Kansas City water park, its reputation tarnished beyond repair, in September 2018; Verrückt was demolished two months later.
  • SeaWorld earned this reputation thanks to its Shamu stage show featuring live orcas. In this case, the danger isn't so much for the park guests as it is for the trainers, many of whom have been injured (some fatally) when the animals attacked them, and the orcas themselves, who suffer various health problems as a result of captivity. The 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau from an attack by an orca named Tilikum (who had previously killed two other people, a trainer in 1991 and a man who tried to stay after hours in order to swim in the orca tank in 1999) brought a torrent of negative publicity to SeaWorld that culminated in the documentary Blackfish.
  • Luna Park Sydney was shut down in June 1979 after six children and one adult were killed when the park's Ghost Train went up in flames. The cause of the fire has never been determined, with speculation ranging from faulty electrical wiring to arson. The park has since reopened, and while it has occasionally closed again due to safety issues, this tragedy has not been repeated.


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This dilapidated venue has had a long history of fatal accidents and violent murders; since the Fog, it's been infested with zombies and ghosts... and the monster known as the Bogeyman has emerged from the shadows to terrorize anyone daring to intrude.

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