‘World’s most haunted theme park’ shut by hurricane echoes with ‘phantom noises’

Six Flags New Orleans is quite literally a shadow of its former self.

The 21-ride theme park could hold well over a million visitors each year.

Its owners, the American amusement giant Six Flags, spent almost $50m over five years renovating it to be one of the best theme parks in America.

When Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, that all changed.

The site went from one of Louisiana's best-loved fun spots to a barren wasteland.

That was the doing of Katrina, one of America's deadliest ever natural disasters.

The huge storm killed 1,800 people, forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and evacuated an entire city.

New Orleans is still living with the consequences.

Sixteen summers later, Six Flags New Orleans has become an eerie relic of the early-2000s hope and opportunity it first symbolised.

A new YouTube documentary series from vlogger Jake Williams takes an inside look.

The host of hit show Abandoned has directed his gaze onto one of the largest abandoned theme parks in the world.

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Its haunted empty rides call to mind the empty playground of Pripyat near the notorious Chernobyl power station.

In new feature Closed for Storm – a reference to the spooky sign which still stands at the New Orleans site – Jake delves into how Six Flags New Orleans came to illustrate the suffering of Katrina.

He told Sun Online: ""Everywhere you go, you just imagine thousands of people at one time having fun, juxtaposed to the current reality of how this theme park looks.

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"It's incredibly depressing especially when you see gift shops and rollercoasters with water lines where the storm surge sat for days."

The overgrown site is now home of more wildlife and nature than had existed on the land for decades.

It first opened in 2000 as Jazzland, a reference to the city's wonderful music heritage dating back over 100 years.

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Numerous owners and as much as $100m was spent turning the oasis into an entertainment heaven for all the family.

But in its anguish following Hurricane Katrina, the former Six Flags site has come to represent something quite different.

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