It’s been 14 years since Sydney‘s Wonderland closed its doors for good, breaking the tiny hearts of kids all over the country. What’s left of the amusement park now is merely a sad rotting corpse, and there’s video footage to prove it.
YouTube channel, Abandoned Oz, recently visited the site which contains what’s left of what was once the biggest amusement park in the southern hemisphere, where paddle boats and pieces of slides lay to rest. Old mate even flew a drone overhead, showing a big picture of Wonderland’s depressing remains.
Check out the video for yourself below.
As you probably heard in there, he sussed out the location a year earlier and because the video did so well, he decided to go back and do a slightly longer take, finding much of the same rubble still there.
The earlier video’s below if you’re keen to see that one too.
Wonderland officially opened in 1985 and became a popular hangout for young folks all over Sydney. It closed its doors in 2004, with CEO Stephen Galbraith citing a number of issues, such as the September 11 attacks, the 2002 Bali bombings, the SARS virus, bird flu, the collapse of Ansett Australia, the Iraq War, and other factors as the reasons for the park’s shut down. A little extreme, Stephen, but sure.
For anyone who remembers Wonderland first hand, it’s a bummer to see its decaying remnants strewn across a vacant lot, but we’ll always have the memories, I guess. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the same level of terror I did the first time I rode the Space Probe, which is just a bunch of seats which free fall from a decent hight down a tower.
I reckon it’s about time for a revival, folks. Someone do a new Wonderland, please.