There's a Six Flags in New Orleans that has been abandoned for 14 years — and the photos are haunting



Slide 1 of 24: 
 During Hurricane
 Katrina, Six Flags New Orleans
 was completely flooded. 
 Since then, the park has stood abandoned for over 14 years. 
 There have been attempts to revitalize the land, but it's
 currently at a standstill. It has also been used for movies. 
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 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
 abandoned
 Six 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 over 14 years
 after the storm.
Slide 2 of 24: The park, which spans 140 acres, has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.
Slide 3 of 24: 
 Source: 
 Theme Park Tourist.
Slide 4 of 24: SFNO takes inspiration from its location — including areas based on the famous architecture of the French Quarter.

Slide 5 of 24: 
 Source: 
 Modern Day Ruins.
Slide 6 of 24: The severity of the damage caused the park to close indefinitely.
Slide 7 of 24: 
 Source: Abandoned
 America.
Slide 8 of 24: 
 Its location in a low-income neighborhood that's far away from
 other classic New Orleans tourist attractions, like the French
 Quarter, was not ideal.
 Source: 
 Theme Park Tourist.
Slide 9 of 24: 
 In 2008, Southern Star Amusement announced their plans to
 completely refurbish the park and even expand it, but in 2009
 these plans were canceled.
 Source: Business
 Report.

Slide 10 of 24: 
 Source: 
 NOLA.com.
Slide 11 of 24: 
 Source: 
 The New Orleans Advocate.
Slide 12 of 24: 
 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.
Slide 13 of 24: 
 Mitch Landrieu was the Mayor of New Orleans from 2010-2018 - his
 term ended in May.
 Source: 
 NOLA.com.
Slide 14 of 24: 
 Source: 
 The New Orleans Advocate.

Slide 15 of 24: So, 14 years after Hurricane Katrina, the park still stands as a marker of the devastation that the storm caused.
Slide 16 of 24: 
 Source: 
 Nola.com
Slide 17 of 24: 
 Source: 
 NOLA.com.
Slide 18 of 24: 
 Source: 
 Wired.
Slide 19 of 24: 
 Source: 
 NOLA.com.
Slide 20 of 24: For the past three years, the park has stood empty, making it a popular attraction for urban explorers.
Slide 21 of 24: 
 Source: 
 NY Daily News.
Slide 22 of 24: 
 Source: Jason
 Lanier/YouTube.
Slide 23 of 24: Hopefully New Orleans will decide what to do with the land soon to discourage people from putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations — trespassing is illegal and the attractions are decayed.
Slide 24 of 24: 
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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
abandoned
Six 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 over 14 years
after the storm.

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

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

Source:
Theme Park Tourist.

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

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

Source:
Modern Day Ruins.

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

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

Source: Abandoned
America.

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

Its location in a low-income neighborhood 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.

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.

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.

Source:
The New Orleans Advocate.

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

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.

Mitch Landrieu was the Mayor of New Orleans from 2010-2018 – his
term ended 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.

Source:
The New Orleans Advocate.

So, 14 years after Hurricane Katrina, the park still stands as a marker of the devastation that the storm caused.

In 2019 new mayor LaToya Cantrell announced she is “running numbers for demolition” on the park. There has yet to be any updates since then.

Source:
Nola.com

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.

Source:
NOLA.com.

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

Source:
Wired.

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

Source:
NOLA.com.

For the past three years, the park has stood empty, making it a popular attraction for urban explorers.

Much of the park is still 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.

Source:
NY Daily News.

Visitors should know there are dangers at SFNO, including alligators that live in the park’s waterways.

Source: Jason
Lanier/YouTube.

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

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.

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