There's a Six Flags in New Orleans that has been abandoned for 13 years — and the photos are haunting

Wikimedia CommonsAn aerial shot of the park directly after Hurricane Katrina.

On August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. After the storm, it was estimated that 80% of New Orleans was under water.

One of the eeriest and long-standing reminders of Katrina is the abandonedSix Flags in New Orleans East.

After the floodwaters receded, what was left of the amusement park was a wasteland, though it has become a popular attraction for brave urban explorers.

Keep scrolling to see what the park looks like almost 13 years after the storm.


The park, which spans 140 acres, has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.

Talbot Troy/FlickrThe sign still states ‘Closed for Storm.’

Originally called Jazzland, the park opened in 2000, but was acquired by Six Flags in 2003 and renamed Six Flags New Orleans (SFNO).

KEG-KEG/ShutterstockShattered glass is a common sight throughout the park.

Source: Theme Park Tourist.


SFNO takes inspiration from its location — including areas based on the famous architecture of the French Quarter.

Sumner Caughey/FlickrThere’s a lot more graffiti here than in the actual French Quarter.

After the storm, the park was left standing in four to seven feet of water, and had extensive wind and flood damage.

KEG-KEG/ShutterstockAlmost all of the ‘flat rides’ were submerged.

Source: Modern Day Ruins.


The severity of the damage caused the park to close indefinitely.

Wikimedia CommonsNo tickets necessary.

In 2006, Six Flags declared the park a “total loss” and reportedly tried to get out of its 75-year lease.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrThis looks like a bizarro version of Bourbon Street.

Source: Abandoned America.


The park had already been one of the least profitable parks in the Six Flags family.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrNew Orleans East is around 14 miles away from Bourbon Street.

Its location in a low-income neighbourhood that’s far away from other classic New Orleans tourist attractions, like the French Quarter, was not ideal.

Source: Theme Park Tourist.


There have been numerous attempts to re-open or revamp the park. In 2008, Southern Star Amusement announced their plans to completely refurbish the park and even expand it, but in 2009 these plans were canceled.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrThis roller coaster was originally painted the traditional colours of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and yellow.

Source: Business Report.


Later in 2009, Nickelodeon announced their own plan to turn the park into a Nickelodeon-themed attraction. These plans were also scrapped.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrThis ride was located in ‘Cajun Country.’

Source: NOLA.com.


By 2011, the city of New Orleans had approved plans to construct a shopping center called Jazzland Outlet Mall in its place, but just two years later this idea was called off too.

KEG-KEG/ShutterstockIt’s Mardi Gras season.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate.


Another proposed idea in 2011 was re-opening the park under its original name, Jazzland.

Wikimedia Commons2012 ended up being a bust for the park.

While the Industrial Development Board of New Orleans originally went with the outlet mall plan, Jazzland continued pursuing the idea and maintained its interest in purchasing the land in 2017.

Source: NOLA.com.


The Industrial Development Board turned over decision-making power to the mayor in May 2017.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrMitch Landrieu was the Mayor of New Orleans from 2010-2018 — his term ends in May.

Source: NOLA.com.


When another company made their interest in the land known, pitching the “Dreamlanding Festival Park,” Mayor Landrieu didn’t approve.

Wikimedia CommonsThe park is essentially bayou-adjacent.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate.


So, 13 years after Hurricane Katrina, the park still stands as a marker of the devastation that the storm caused.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrThis area has held up surprisingly well.

But the land hasn’t been completely ignored. Many movies have been shot at the park, like “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which transformed it into Circeland.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrThe sign welcoming Percy and his friends to the fictional Circeland.

Source: NOLA.com.


Blockbusters that have taken advantage of the decidedly creepy atmosphere are “Jurassic World” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

KEG-KEG/ShutterstockPost-Katrina tax credits made it cheap for movies and TV shows to film in Louisiana.

Source: Wired.


However, the last film shot at Six Flags New Orleans was “Deepwater Horizon” in 2015.

KEG-KEG/Shutterstock‘Deepwater Horizon’ mainly used the parking lot of SFNO to build a gigantic oil rig.

Source: NOLA.com.


So for the past three years, the park has stood empty, making it an extremely popular attraction for tourists and urban explorers.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrPeople have even climbed the roller coasters.

At lot of the park is still shockingly intact. Visitors have said that it looks like the site of a “Leftovers”-esque disappearance, as if all of the park’s visitors magically vanished.

Sumner Caughey/FlickrThe plan was to re-open the week after the storm.

Source: NY Daily News.


Visitors should know that SFNO is dangerous. After years of disuse, nature has run its course. There are even alligators living in the park’s waterways.

Erik Jorgensen/FlickrSlowly but surely, the swamp is absorbing the park’s structures.

Source: YouTube.


Hopefully New Orleans will decide what it wants to do with the land soon, just to discourage people from putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations — trespassing is illegal and the attractions are extremely decayed.

KEG-KEG/ShutterstockThe New Orleans Police Department has installed cameras to discourage explorers.

But for now, the park stands as a testament to the long-lasting and apocalyptic impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, and the entire Gulf Coast.

Infrogmation of New Orleans/FlickrThe sign still shows where the water level was post-Katrina.
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