Creepy, Crusty, Crumbling: Illegal Tour of Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans [75 Pics]

Cool Zone - abandoned Six Flags - New Orleans

Eerily silent in the forsaken amusement park, the Cool Zone is creepy; it’s like an ominous omen of what is to come in the forlorn and forgotten abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans. Photo #1 by © lostlosangeles / facebook.com/lostlosangeles

Hurricane Katrina killed this clown

Hurricane Katrina killed this clown. According to the photographer, “An abandoned Six Flags amusement park, someone spray painted ‘Six Flags 2012 coming soon’ on the wall above the downed head. But they were clownin.’ Six Flags will never rebuild here.” That’s sad, but much of New Orleans has not been restored to her former glory. This defunct amusement park on the city’s eastern edge must surely serve as a constant reminder that Katrina tried to wash them off the map. To some of the people of New Orleans, the stark silhouette of Six Flags seems like an unhealed wound. Photo #2 by Keo 101

Welcome to zombie land aka abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

Welcome to Zombie Land kids! aka abandoned Six Flags New Orleans. After sea water submerged the park for over a month, it’s been left to fall to decay . . . a possible breeding ground for brain-eating zombies? Photo #3 by © Christopher Dame

chained dreams of fun at Six Flags New Orleans, abandoned jazzland

Chained dreams of fun at Six Flags New Orleans, abandoned Jazzland – that’s what Six Flags opened as “Jazzland” in 2000. In 2002, Six Flags bought this amusement park. It closed in 2005 for the oncoming storm of Hurricane Katrina and never reopened. Before Jazzland, the area was swamps. Will the swamps reclaim the abandoned amusement park? Photo #4 by © FLLETCHER

zydeco scream defunct amusement park Six Flags New Orleans

Some photographers can see past the lifeless amusement park’s decay and desolation, showing us that there is still a chance the place could be cheery and not cheerless. This is Zydeco Scream in 2011. According to Wikipedia, this park once operated these roller coasters: Zydeco Scream, The Jester, Mega Zeph, Muskrat Scrambler and The Road Runner Express which has since been moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. Photo #5 by © FLLETCHER

V is for Vendetta - against Katrina at abandoned Six Flags

V is for Vendetta – against Katrina. Photo #6 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Twisted dreams and scattered screams at abandoned 6 Flags - roller coaster

Twisted dreams and scattered screams. Photo #7 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

grounded roller coaster at abandoned six flags - please exit

Grounded roller coaster – please exit. Photo #10 by © Richard Thompson III

Like a Bad Dream - abandoned Six Flags

Like a Bad Dream. This is what the photographer had to say, “I spotted the haunted lines of its empty roller coaster from the Ninth Ward off Interstate 510 while playing tourist in 2009 and begged a friend to pull over to investigate. We found an open gate, infiltrated it, and proceeded to sneak around the eerie, ‘end of world’ Zombie like setting. An adrenaline enhanced experience I’ll never forget. It was like exploring a haunted, adult junkyard theme park on ecstasy, the sick criminal cousin of Disney World. In a good way….I could have spent days, if not weeks taking pictures on the lonely grounds.” Photo #11 by Keo 101

New Orleans, LA, Sept. 14, 2005 -- Six Flags Over Louisiana remains submerged two weeks after Hurricane Katrina caused levees to fail in New Orleans

Just in case you don’t know the scoop on what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans and Six Flags, this photo is of New Orleans, LA, on Sept. 14, 2005. This was Six Flags Over Louisiana still submerged two weeks after Hurricane Katrina caused levees to fail in New Orleans. Photo #12 by Bob McMillan/FEMA

2011 - this is abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans now

2011 – this is abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans now. Photo #13 by johnvoncurd

2011 New Orleans abandoned Six Flags

Unlike the bleak amusement-less park above, some photographers can still see and share with us the echo of magic in the abandoned theme park Six Flags – even 6 years later in 2011. Photo #14 by © FLLETCHER

sanctuary for a future meadow - abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

The photographer wrote, “This sponge-like floor prevented many abrasions (and lawsuits). Now it serves as a sanctuary for a future meadow. What is it about us now?” Photo #15 by © lostlosangeles – facebook.com/lostlosangeles

True state of Six Flags New Orleans - 6 years after Katrina killed the amusement park

True state of Six Flags New Orleans – 6 years after Katrina washed all amusement from the park. Photo #16 by © Christopher Dame

graffiti - signs of life after Katrina ripped amusement from park six flags new orleans

Graffiti – signs of life after the amusement park suffered fatal damage. Photo #17 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Fixing up New Orleans or Six Flags was the road not taken

Fixing up New Orleans’ Six Flags was the road not taken. . . . Not yet at least. Photo #18 by © FLLETCHER

Hurricane Katrina called

HUrricane Katrina called on this amusement park, abandoned now for 6 years. Photo #20 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Once upon a time, Six Flags was filled with children's laughter - but now it's silent

Once upon a time, Six Flags was filled with children’s laughter – but now it’s sad, silent, and surreal. Photo #21 by © FLLETCHER

weeds and rides - long way still until nature reclaims abandoned 6 Flags

Weeds and rusting out rides, but it’s a long way still until nature reclaims abandoned Six Flags. Photo #22 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans wrecked by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; submerged at one point under 6-8 feet of water

Abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans wrecked by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; submerged at one point under 6-8 feet of water. Photo #23 by Keo 101

no lines for dead rides at Six Flags New Orleans

No lines for dead rides. So-called “flat rides” at Six Flags New Orleans that are still standing but not operating include: Catwoman’s Whip, Dizzy Lizzy, Krazy Krewe, Gator Bait, Lex Luthor’s Invertatron, Mad Rex, Zydeco Zinger, Joker’s Jukebox, Lafitte’s Pirate Ship, The Big Easy, Jocco’s Mardi Gras Madness, and Mardi Gras Menagerie. Photo #24 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Barbe's Ice Cream Shop - abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

I scream, you scream, but now no one screams for ice cream at Barbe’s Ice Cream Shop. Photo #25 by © Ron Foxx [Ron Fuchs, Photographers Mate Third Class, USN (Vet)]

arcade & ferris wheel - abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

Arcade & ferris wheel – The Big Easy is eerie at abandoned Six Flags New Orleans. Photo #26 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Haunted House Jester from hell at Six Flags New Orleans

This creepy Jester over the abandoned and spooky haunted house is holding out “prized” Mardi Gras beads as if trying to tempt urban explorers to come closer. Photo #27 by © Cree Garrard

Abandoned Six Flags roller coaster - Watch out for that tree!

Watch out for that tree! This ruined green wreck is the Jester. Signs of purple paint underneath are hints to the Jester’s former life as the Joker’s Revenge. Nature is working hard to push a tree up through the tracks and to have the last laugh and revenge. Photo #28 by © Christopher Dame

Color washed out of the fun at abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans

Katrina washed out the color and the fun at abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans. Now it’s creepy. Photo #30 by © FLLETCHER

deserted desolate defunct amusement park Six Flags New Orleans

Deserted, desolate, defunct amusement park Six Flags. Zydeco Scream roller coaster in the background is a “boomerang” steel coaster, meant to take riders forward and then fling them backwards for the thrills of upside-down loops and drops. But for six years, it’s been scream-free. All the rides are left to rust, the attractions rot, and the buildings crumble. Photo #31 by © Ron Foxx [Ron Fuchs, Photographers Mate Third Class, USN (Vet)]

Katrina killed the bumper cars

Katrina killed the bumper cars. Photo #32 by © FLLETCHER

Spooky Abandoned Six Flags 'Jazzland Park' 2011

No one wants a ride? Granted, the Krewe of Kreeps ride was probably never supposed to be this creepy. Yet the trains sit parked, waiting for phantom riders to test out tracks that are now nothing more than a rusted wreck. Photo #33 by © Richard Thompson III

Creepy at abandoned Six Flags

Nightmare amusement park. Photo #34 by © Cree Garrard

6 flags new orleans is left to the roaches

Six Flags New Orleans has been left to the roaches. Photo #35 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Under The Sea - Six Flags New Orleans

“Under The Sea” probably never was envisioned to literally be submerged by the sea like when Hurricane Katrina attacked. Now the merman is headless as if he couldn’t bear to watch abandoned Six Flags be further ravaged by the elements and be unmaintained. Photo #36 by John Morrison

Sponge Bob's shattered dreams at defunct Six Flags

Sponge Bob’s shattered dreams at defunct Six Flags. Photo #37 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

6 years after Katrina - abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

Six years after Katrina, you can no longer see the scummy waterline where 4–7 feet of rainwater and sea water soaked into Six Flags for a couple months. Photo #38 by © FLLETCHER

I left my heart in New Orleans after Katrina killed Six Flags

I left my heart in New Orleans after Katrina killed Six Flags. Photo #39 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Nightmare at Gotham City - New Orleans Six Flags

Nightmare at Gotham City – Calling Batman, New Orleans needs you. Photo #40 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Smashed glass and control panel at Six Flags New Orleans

Smashed glass and control panel. Photo #42 by © Christopher Dame

abandoned amusement park Six Flags in New Orleans

Six Flags officials claimed the park was 70-80% damaged or destroyed. The defunct amusement(less) park is too expensive to rebuild and too expensive to abandon, so it sits in New Orleans and waits for decay to claim it. Photo #44 by Keri Nash Watson

No jazz left in Jazzland aka abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

No jazz left in Jazzland aka abandoned Six Flags New Orleans. Photo #46 by © FLLETCHER

Looney Tunes Playgrounds Apparently Suck at Six Flags New Orleans

Looney Tunes Playgrounds Apparently Suck. Photo #47 by © Christopher Dame

NOLA rising - abandoned Six Flags - New Orleans

NOLA rising – abandoned Six Flags – New Orleans. According to the photographer, “Something that I’ve only seen is New Orleans so far is the hopeful graffiti. A lot of the graffiti throughout the park spoke of love and renewal…and cockroaches.” Photo #48 by © lostlosangeles facebook.com/lostlosangeles

Rusted roller coaster tracks - view from the top of the tallest hill on the tallest roller coaster

Rusted roller coaster tracks – view from the top of the tallest hill on the tallest roller coaster. The “Mega Zeph” – this wooden hybrid roller coaster, first opened as Jazzland’s signature ride. It has been decaying, the wood rotting and the steel rusting. Riders would climb a 110-foot lift hill before plunging into the first drop. Photo #49 by © Christopher Dame

Haunted Roller Coaster at New Orleans Six Flags

Haunted Roller Coaster? Doubtful, but you never know what ghosts or zombies roam in the desolate park after dark. The delightful and magical sound of riders’ excited screams has not echoed through the abandoned park for 6 years now. Photo #50 by © Cree Garrards

2011 Main Entrance of abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

2011 Main Entrance of abandoned Six Flags New Orleans. Photo #51 by © FLLETCHER

Muhahahaha abandoned amusement park Six Flags New Orleans

Muhahahaha still waiting for brave souls, or urban explorers, to enter at abandoned amusement park Six Flags. Photo #52 by © Cree Garrards

no more fun and games at defunct six flags

No more fun and games at defunct Six Flags. Photo #54 by © FLLETCHER

skycoaster - fly no more - abandoned six flags

Skycoaster – fly no more. Photo #55 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Signs of life after Katrina killed New Orleans Six Flags

Signs of urban explorer life after Katrina killed New Orleans Six Flags. Photo #56 by © FLLETCHER

Six Flags New Orleans headed for rusty and crusty

Signs of rusty and crusty creeping in. Photo #57 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

rusty and crusty bumper car ride in new orleans six flags

Yet for the surreal beauty that does exist, there are that many more rides that are rotting in New Orleans Six Flags. Photo #58 by © FLLETCHER

defunct six flags new orleans

Plenty of graffiti artists have tagged the defunct amusement park. Photo #59 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Katrina Killed the Coaster at Abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans

Katrina Killed the Coaster in New Orleans. Photo #60 by Keo 101

melting fans & painted heart - because I'm too cheap for roses at New Orleans abandoned six flags

Melting fans and a painted heart – “Because I’m too cheap for roses.” Photo #61 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

streets of six flags New Orleans are trashed

Streets of Six Flags New Orleans are trashed. Photo #62 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Still hauntingly beautiful - jazzland - abandoned New Orleans Six Flags

Still hauntingly beautiful – “Jazzland” – abandoned New Orleans Six Flags. Photo #63 by © FLLETCHER

Abandoned Carriage House Mercantile at New Orleans Six Flags

Abandoned Carriage House Mercantile. Photo #65 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

Merry - Six Flags New Orleans

Merry-Go-Round in now merry-less. Photo #66 by John Morrison – subism

No more happy kids at defunct Six Flags swings

No more happy kids at defunct swings. Photo #67 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

distorted dreams of Six Flags New Orleans

Distorted dreams of Six Flags New Orleans. Photo #68 by © FLLETCHER

headless merman, overgrown roller coaster - abandoned six flags

Headless merman close to overgrown roller coaster. Photo #69 by © Mischelle Dawn Wright

arcade area at Abandoned Six Flags 'Jazzland' Park, 2011

No more games or gifts – arcade area at Abandoned Six Flags ‘Jazzland’ Park, 2011. Photo #70 by © Richard Thompson III

'6 Flags' Abandoned - by Katrina

No happy times left in Looney Tunes area. Crumbled and decayed Six Flags New Orleans is now dark, desolate, and dejected damage. Photo #71 by Keo 101

Closed Six Flags New Orleans

Closed forever and not just for the storm – Six Flags New Orleans. A gloomy reminder that Six Flags will probably never regain the glory and good times of its hey-day. Photo #72 by Dr. Warner

exit Abandoned Six Flags 'Jazzland' Park, 2011

Exit Abandoned Six Flags ‘Jazzland’ Park, 2011. The place is as deserted as a ghost town . . . except for brave urban explorers. Photo #73 by © Richard Thompson III

The exit sign in the New Orleans Six Flags in November 2010

The exit sign in the New Orleans Six Flags. This photo was not taken in 2011, but in November 2010. Most of the photos are an up close and personal snapshot of how abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans looks today in 2011. Have a great day! We hope you enjoyed this extensive coverage by many terrific photographers, a virtual urban exploration. Photo #74 by Kelci C

Abandoned 6 Flags - fade to black

Darkness falls, fade to black. The Big Easy Ferris Wheel at abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans still paints a pretty picture against the sunset. But the curtains closed six years ago on the final show at this abandoned amusement park. Photo #75 by Keri Nash Watson

877 thoughts on “Creepy, Crusty, Crumbling: Illegal Tour of Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans [75 Pics]

  1. Quite frankly I think ONE comment about the style of photography is needed! There is WAY TOO MANY people making comments that I am sick of reading them. COME ON GET OVER THE STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPYH!!!

    Now that that’s said, I find photography of old amusement parks that have been closed is wonderful and amazing – especially for those who lived through Katrina – what a disaster!!! You are amazing and strong and I am proud of all you have done with such a horrible hand dealt to you – but strength comes out of dismay!

    I love looking online at the sight of old amusement parks. I’m from Michigan and I use to go to BOBLO ISLAND and GEAGUA LAKE in Ohio and to see what’s left of these wonderful places that I have so many fond memories is sad! Every summer we would take the boat with the youth group 2 times a month to BOBLO and my father use to take me and my sisters to SEA WORLD and GEAGUA LAKE in the summer – another one of those few things we did together!

    Just sad to hear of so many memories washed away!

    I don’t care about the special stuff with the photos – those are people’s memories and don’t shoot them down like that!

    Thank you for reading – may God Bless you all!

  2. Seems such a waste. All they had to do is clean up some of water after the flood. Those roller coasters, the metal ones, still look like they can be used. I think they have to demolish the place now, but when they do I think a lot of roller coasters can be fixed and charge a per use fee. No wonder they went chap 11 if their decision on this park is used as an example. In their annual report I think they paid $3 million to the city.

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  5. well, guys…first of all, Six Flags was losing money before Katrina and now after Katrina there have been several legal battles over what to do with the land and the park. Currently, there is a plan to turn it into Jazzland outlet mall….the other plan to turn it into Crescent City Amusement Park has been dropped…The city of New Orleans has controlled the shuttered property since December 2009, when a Delaware court presiding over the bankruptcy of Six Flags Inc. agreed to allow the theme park operator to terminate its lease in exchange for cash payments to the city….now there is a Six Flags redevelopment group set up to figure out what to do with it but it is not at this point going to reopen as a theme park…so, there you have it…

  6. How cool would it be for the city of New Orleans to just leave the park as it is with a few established trails and “rangers,” mix in some info about Katrina. It would be a Amusement Park Ghost Town and people would come form all over to pay a few bucks a head to go in! Maybe have some special events at halloween. The land is just too low and vulnerable to flood waters to build a freakin outlet mall. I have “toured” the site, cautiously, and found it extremely inspiring artistically speaking.

  7. Just moved down here and have been scouting it out… My Marine “friend” is gonna fly in and we will cover every square inch. I did lite recon today/ in the air and on the ground, there is a fence with a nice hole cut in it, getting in is not an issue nor is staying silent,and out of sight. We explored much of the west bottoms of Kansas city ,and Detroit MI/ Ground zero /plus much of Japan after the quake with few issues. you will not see us or hear us!!! We are not there too destroy property or steal a single item . We will cover every square inch above and under, with a camera from the second we enter the property. If by chance you see us we are 2 white guys traveling in a pack. Very clean cut and respect others….DO NOT BE AGGRESSIVE towards us. You might run into one of us alone …But eyes are him or I at all times . I am not trying to be a ass-hole I just wanna show my cards somewhat. We do not want any issues, I look forward too meeting any other explorers out there.

  8. I have film industry friends that went there for scouting a location and they told me keep my guard up after i enter the turn-style.

  9. Hi i was looking through these photos and I find them very interesting and beautiful. I would love to go there soon. Has the park changed much? And is there any way to walk through? Would love a comment back

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  13. I live right by the park and I didn’t know it was this bad in the park.It was such a eautiful park to go to.I took my children there alot.There was so much water in the park and the subdivision we live in didn’t get any water.Please bring our amusement park back!!

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  16. Wow wonderful pics. I love the style of photography and photoshopping done. What a great way to show some of us Louisianians who were relocated due to Katrina how some things still look. It was a wonderful place to go and such a sad day that it is abandoned.

  17. i was wondering if anyone has taken any newer pictures?
    i think any abandoned amusement park is still beautiful, its a shame that six flags wont do anything with it.
    i know what it is like to see an amusement park just abandoned although it wasn’t due to a storm, it was due to a corporation that thinks it wouldn’t make any money, even though the park was open almost 100 years.

    RIP Geauga Lake

    • I work for a Six Flags park and Six Flags no longer technically owns this park. Some mall bought the land and plans to salvage what rides they can and flatten the ones they can’t and turn the whole thing into a Mall of America type deal. Unfortunately this park just “wasn’t worth saving”. Six Flags took out two rides and sent them to other parks and just held on to the park until someone came along to buy it.

      • I worked on the Batman both in the shop and again assembling it in the field. It was a ride originally sold and installed in Japan and then, after re-structuring the columns for the ‘lay of the land’, was installed in NO. I’m curious which rides were dismantled and moved…. perhaps the Batman? Thanks.

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  19. Folks – just an FYI, Six Flags is NOT in the 9th ward. The 9th ward is not the only area that was affected by Katrina…but some people assume when they are in New Orleans and see devastation, that must mean the 9th ward. This is New Orleans East, equally if not more devastated than the 9th ward (I say that because the 9th ward was pretty damn decrepit already before the storm). And yes, I’m born and bred in NOLA.

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  21. Well, all in all…it was the thought to take the pics and post them so that all could enjoy seeing them. ALL that matters is if you enjoyed the pics, if so…GREAT, if not…don’t complain about what may or may NOT have been done to the pics…just leave the site. I am from Pennsylvania and do not know the photographer, but I do want to convey a respectful “thank you” for sharing them.

  22. why don’t they just destroy it, and turn in all that metal for money? Use that money for a good cause. use that land for a good cause. Come on its Six Flags! Really? They don’t have the money? oh please, give me a break! That’s like saying Disney world has no money.

    • Apparently because the ownership is too complicated. Deals were made that didn’t foresee the possibility the park would be forced to close.

      Besides, the rides are still worth more as-is, if they’re ever wanted for another park or for parts, than just scrap value.

    • I love abandoned places, and for people like me a think that is like a tourist place..If a could travel a lot I certainly would visit those abandoned places..Couse in my country we don’t have cities or amusement parks isolated like that.
      I just love that, so I wish they don’t destroy that place😦

  23. Drove by there today. Security was on the north entrance with the gate open ans cars driving in and out. Looks like they may be filming something maybe from the rumors I’ve gathered. I watched for about 30 minutes. I’m going to look at it again tomorrow.

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  25. Yes, you are correct Johnson. The New Orleans Industrial Development Board has agreed to let 20th Century Fox film a movie in the abandon theme park during summer 2012 and be finished filming in August.

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  29. I was the creative director and redesigned and themed the park in 2003 when it was rebranded to Six Flags, including the development of the Looney Tunes, Gotham City themed areas, and retheming of the remainder of the park. We created art, and story and texture to the park, and the photos captured by this artist area powerful expression, which I appreciate for it’s moment in the history of the place. The park holds a special place for me and I would of wished for it to continue to entertain people, but all things belong to nature, and nothing is forever. Change is inevitable. Thank you for your work Mischelle

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