Illegal Tour: Abandoned Amusement Park Nara Dreamland [65 PICS]

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In Japan, an amusement park ripping off Disneyland and Coney Island opened in 1961. By 2006, the theme park closed, it was all but a ghost town. The fun part exists due to Nara Dreamland being left abandoned but not demolished. Enter urban explorers armed with cameras and exploring the Japanese ruins, or haikyo. They took all the danger and adrenaline rush to bring us on an illegal tour via their awesome captures. Yes there is security. Yes it is illegal. Yes it is an abandoned amusement park. We love these pics! [65 Photos]

Japanese knockoff of Disneyland -- Have a beer at abandoned Nara Dreamland

Built in 1961, this Japanese theme park was a Disneyland knockoff. Visitors had all but stopped coming by 2006, so the amusement park was closed. It was not demolished and became a playground for urban explorer photographers. Have a beer and enjoy this photo tour of abandoned Nara Dreamland. Photo #1 by © Bram Dauw

August 2011 Screw rollercoaster at abandoned Nara Dreamland, Japan

Nara Dreamland was closed and abandoned in August of 2006. This photo of the Screw roller coaster was taken 5 years later in August 2011. Photo #2 by © Ralph Mirebs


Today: Abandoned theme park Nara Dreamland

Today: Satellite and Street View of the defunct Japanese theme park. It is located in Nara which is about 2 hours outside of Osaka, Japan. Photo #3 by Google / GeoEye Maps

Abandoned Nara Dreamland as of 3-3-11

Yes, like abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans, Nara Dreamland has security guards. If caught exploring, you could be arrested and fined. We are grateful to the photographers who dared to explore so we can tag along on their illegal tour. This is derelict Nara Dreamland as of 3-3-11. Photo #4 by © Bram Dauw

Abandoned Nara Dreamland in August 2011 from Aska roller coaster

The wooden roller coaster Aska was in operation from 1998 to 2006. It’s 3,547 feet 11 inches in length. Here’s the abandoned amusement park in August 2011 from Aska. Photo #5 by © Ralph Mirebs

nature reclaiming Aska September 2010

Nature reclaiming Aska, September 2010. According to Wikipedia, Aska was based on the wooden roller coaster ‘The Cyclone’ at Coney Island. Photo #6 by © Michael John Grist

Screw coaster cars, August 2011

Screw coaster cars, August 2011. This double corkscrew roller coaster operated from 1979 to 2006. It was a “single train with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders.” Photo #7 by © Ralph Mirebs

High noon abandoned Main Street Nara Dreamland haikyo

October 2010: High noon abandoned Main Street. In Japan, ruins of abandoned places are called haikyo, but haikyo is also associated with urban exploration or urbex. Photo #8 by © Jordy Meow

Faded dreams April 2011, Abandoned amusement park Nara Dreamland

Faded dreams April 2011. According to an urban explorer, “Nara Dreamland is a rip-off of Disneyland in Anaheim. Disneyland was opened in 1955, Nara Dreamland followed in 1961. You have copies of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, Adventureland, Main Street USA, Autopia, Skyway, Tea Party Cup Ride, Submarine Voyage, Flying Saucers, the monorail, the fire station, a pirate ship, double decker omnibusses, vintage cars, and a train station (called DreamStation). Even the entrance looked the same!” Photo #9 by © Michael Libby

Climbing inside Aska August 2011

Climbing inside Aska, August 2011. The roller coaster database states this ride had “7 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.” Photo #10 by © Ralph Mirebs

Witch and werewolf at abandoned Nara Dreamland, Japan, in 2008

Witch and werewolf at abandoned Nara Dreamland, Japan, in 2008. Photo #11 by © drzeus

Derelict Nara Dreamland 2010

July 2010. A former park visitor explained, “This was a maze building with a difference. You were given a card on the way in and had to find 3 checkpoints inside and get the card stamped.” Photo #12 by © Kyle Merriman via BrandKnewMe

September 2010 Merry-go-round under the stars at abandoned Nara Dreamland

September 2010: Merry-go-round under the stars. Photo #13 by © Michael John Grist

July 2010 Horse from carousel at Nara Dreamland

In July 2010, the photographer wrote, “The bumper cars, screw coaster, merry-go-round and even Japan’s largest wooden roller coaster were still intact and almost tempting to climb aboard.” Photo #14 by © Kyle Merriman

Dried up derelict water fountain at Nara Dreamland, 2010

Dried up derelict water fountain in 2010. Photo #16 by © Florian Seidel via Abandoned Kansai

Dreamland on rainy day April 27th, 2011

Dreamland on rainy day: April 27th, 2011. Photo #17 by © Michael Libby

Nature reclaiming Nara Dreamland monorail in 2006

Nature reclaiming Nara Dreamland monorail in 2006, the year the park closed. Photo #18 by © kore/okamo

Top of Aska abandoned Nara Dreamland Japan August 2011

Top of Aska (98′ 5″) on August 15, 2011. The coaster went 49.7 mph, had 2.8 G forces, and the ride lasted 1:45. Photo #19 by © Ralph Mirebs

Main Street in October 2010

Main Street in October 2010. The photographer wrote, “WARNING: The park being not colorful at all (or in an awful way), at the time of working on the pictures I converted everything to strong HDR and deleted the originals. Later, really disappointed by it I tried to re-work on them, and try to them look a bit softer.” Photo #20 by © Jordy Meow

February 2012 snowy abandoned Nara Dreamland

February 2012: Snowy abandoned Nara Dreamland. Photo #21 by © Florian Seidel

Abandoned Nara Dreamland October 2010, rusty and crusty creeping in

October 2010: Mold and mildew creeping in. Photo #22 by © Jordy Meow

going up abandoned japanese theme park

Going up. The Screw Coaster was 1,253 feet and 3 inches long. It reached 55.9 mph and the ride lasted 1:20. Photo #23 by © Ralph Mirebs

August 2011 Screw Coaster at abandoned Dreamland

August 2011: Screw Coaster and castle. Photo #24 by © Ralph Mirebs

April 2011 sinking Jungle Adventures of abandoned Nara Dreamland

Sinking boats in abandoned Jungle Adventure section. Photo #25 by © Michael Libby

Nature reclaims abandoned Nara Dreamland’s main attraction, the Aska rollercoaster

Nature reclaims abandoned Nara Dreamland’s main attraction, the Aska roller coaster. In 2010, the urban explorer / photographer wrote, “I’ve been to Nara Dreamland three times so far (during daytime and nighttime), spotted security twice and got caught once.” Photo #27 by © Florian Seidel via Abandoned Kansai

2008 no waiting in lines for Aska -- Nara Dreamland

2008, no lines for Aska. Photo #28 by © drzeus

Nature reclaiming Nara Dreamland in August 2011

August 2011:5 years after abandonment, nature is starting to take back portions of Nara Dreamland. Photo #30 by © Ralph Mirebs

Nara Dreamland Screw Coaster, abandoned Japanese amusement park

Screw Coaster. The photographer noted, “The main entrance, filled with shops, restaurants, makeshift police and fire stations, ticket booths and even a public hall was showing clear signs that the plant life wanted back what was once theirs.” Photo #32 by © Kyle Merriman via BrandKnewMe

rusty crusty nara dreamland statue

Rusty and crusty seen on October 2010. Photo #33 by © Jordy Meow

coaster taken over by jungle overgrowth September 2010

Coaster taken over by jungle overgrowth September 2010. Photo #34 by © Michael John Grist

Nara Dreamland then Heyday and now Abandoned

Top left: Nara Dreamland, Main Street in October 1963; Top right: Abandoned main street now; Middle left: Dreamland main entrance then; Middle right: Main entrance now; Bottom left: Screw roller coaster in 2004 while still open; Bottom right: Abandoned Screw coaster today. Photo #36 by © kevf, #37 by © Kyle Merriman via Imagineering Disney, #38 by © kore / okama, #39 by © Florian Seidel, #40 by © Theme Park Review, #41 by © Kyle Merriman via indoblogger

abandoned waterpark ride at Japan's Nara Dreamland

Abandoned waterpark ride in October 2010. Photo #42 by © Jordy Meow

Lonely Viking ride at derelict Dreamland in August 2011

Lonely Viking ride at derelict Dreamland in August 2011. Photo #43 by © Ralph Mirebs

abandoned nara dreamland rusted cable car machinery

Inside the Matterhorn-like mountain where the photographer captured this rusted heavy machinery with heavy overgrowth in September 2010. He wrote, “A coaster ride goes round the outside, while the cable-car goes through.” Photo #44 by © Michael John Grist

The abandoned Japanese theme park, Nara Dreamland, visited on April 27th, 2011

Overgrown as seen in April 2011. Photo #45 by © Michael Libby

nature reclaims surveillance cameras of abandoned Nara Dreamland August 2011

Excellent. August 2011: Nature reclaims surveillance cameras. Photo #46 by © Ralph Mirebs

Hidden and derelict swan mobiles at Nara Dreamland

Some sort of swan-mobiles hidden behind weeds in March 2011. Photo #47 by © Bram Dauw

Japan's Nara Dreamland, Disneyland knockoff Before and After

Top left: Nara Dreamland castle in 2005 while still open with the British park mascot; Top right: Abandoned knockoff Disney castle in April 2011; Bottom left: Snow wtf White while Dreamland was open; Bottom right: Derelict Dreamland kiddie rides. Photo #48 by © Ivan Lucas, #49 by © Michael Libby, #50 by © MSN Money, #51 by © Florian Seidel

Control booth at abandoned Nara Dreamland

Control booth in the ruins of Nara Dreamland. Photo #52 by © Bram Dauw

Nara Dreamland September 2010 Urban explorers often have to dodge security and remember someone may be watching

Urban explorers often have to dodge security and remember someone may be watching. “Say cheese,” the photographer wrote. He arrived at the park “a little after midnight. The streets were quiet and calm as we walked the 30 minutes to the Dreamland site. Both of us were pretty excited. There was always the possibility that the security guard might do night sweeps. There was still the threat of fines, motion sensors, alarms.” Photo #53 by © Michael John Grist

abandoned Nara Dreamland ride October 2010 haikyo

Artistic shot of “pink attraction” ride in October 2010. Photo #54 by © Jordy Meow via haikyo

Dreamland Abandoned Park 03.03.2011

03.03.2011: Dreamland Abandoned Park. Photo #58 by © Bram Dauw

Castle, maybe more like Grimm Brothers than Disneylike Dreamland

October 2010: Castle, maybe more like Grimm Brothers than Disneylike Dreamland? Photo #60 by © Jordy Meow

Dusty pink dreams -- March 2011

Abandoned pink Cadillac, March 2011. Photo #61 by © Bram Dauw

derelict dreamland july 2010

July 2010: Derelict dreams or urbex fantasy? Photo #62 by © Kyle Merriman via BrandKnewMe

Nightmare at abandoned Dreamland

Nightmare at abandoned Dreamland? Photo #63 by © Bram Dauw

Sunset over derelict Dreamland

Sunrise. Watch out for security! Photo #64 by © Michael John Grist


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