10 episodes

This podcast tells the stories from all of the most interesting abandoned amusements and theme parks from around the world: the big (Six Flags New Orleans) and the small (Time Town) and everything in between. Every photo of an abandoned place you'll see out there has a story behind it, and I'm here to share those stories.

The Abandoned Carousel Ashley

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

This podcast tells the stories from all of the most interesting abandoned amusements and theme parks from around the world: the big (Six Flags New Orleans) and the small (Time Town) and everything in between. Every photo of an abandoned place you'll see out there has a story behind it, and I'm here to share those stories.

    Racism, Riots, and Euclid Beach Park (Ohio)

    Racism, Riots, and Euclid Beach Park (Ohio)

    Racism, Riots, and Euclid Beach Park
    Urban theme parks were often shuttered in part due to racist discrimination. This episode of The Abandoned Carousel gives a broad overview of 20th century recreation riots and urban theme park closures, focusing on Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland OH as an example.

    Find complete show notes and references for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/33.

    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel

    Credits

    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. 1910 Euclid Beach Park image is public domain, via the Library of Congress.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE.


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 43 min
    The First Ferris Wheel

    The First Ferris Wheel

    The First Ferris Wheel

    George Ferris is credited with the invention of the first Ferris wheel, star of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Ferris Wheel Park, and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. This is the history of that incredible invention.


    Find complete show notes and references for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/32.


    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel


    Credits


    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. Ferris wheel image is public domain, via the St. Louis Public Library.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE.


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 39 min
    Philadelphia Toboggan Company's Carousel #15

    Philadelphia Toboggan Company's Carousel #15

    Carousel 15

    Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel #15 has been around for 113 years and counting. It's survived at least four parks, two fires, and two malls, and it's been on the National Register of Historic Places twice. Listen to the history of this plucky carousel that could.


    Find complete show notes and references for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/31.


    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel


    Credits


    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. Cover image is by onefish2 on Flickr, CCBY.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE.


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 49 min
    Canadian World, Anne of Green Gables, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Canadian World, Anne of Green Gables, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and Canadian World

    A fierce woman who made her own way in a time very different from today. Several fierce women, in fact. This is the incredibly interesting story of Lucy Maud Montgomery, her creation Anne of Green Gables, and the Anne-themed "Canadian World" in Hokkaido, Japan.


    Find complete show notes and references for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/30.


    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Patreon: patreon.com/theabandonedcarousel


    Credits


    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. Green Gables photo by Barney Moss on Flickr, CCBY2.0.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE. Interstitial music is all by Kevin Macleod at incompetech.com: "Simple Duet", "Deliberate Thought", and "Eternal Hope".


    Timestamps
    (0:00:53) - Lucy Maud Montgomery
    (0:48:02) - Anne of Green Gables
    (1:29:55) - Canadian World


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 2 hr
    Royal Land (Mississippi)

    Royal Land (Mississippi)

    Royal Land (Meridian, MS)

    Today's story covers an amusement park mostly lost to time, except for its iconic castle-styled entrance gate. Royal Land operated for two years, but to talk about it, we've also got to cover the drive-in movie theater, Buckwalter Stadium and the Cotton States League, and of course, a train or two.


    Find complete show notes and references for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/29.


    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel


    Credits


    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. Sketch is copyright The Abandoned Carousel and may be used under a CCBY4.0 shared attribution license.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE.


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 42 min
    Dinosaur World, or "John Agar's Land of Kong" (Arkansas)

    Dinosaur World, or "John Agar's Land of Kong" (Arkansas)

    Dinosaur World, or John Agar's Land of Kong (Arkansas)

    Today a crumbling pile of concrete in rural Arkansas, this park was once a glimmering roadside haven for the family vacations of decades past. In today's episode, I get into the history of this beacon of a simpler time. On the way, I talk about a history of the US road systems, and the sculpting history of a man called Emmet Sullivan.


    Find complete show notes (including a rough transcript, images, and references) for this episode at https://theabandonedcarousel.com/28.


    Social Media
    http://www.theabandonedcarousel.com
    hello@theabandonedcarousel.com
    Twitter: @CarouselAbandon
    Facebook: @TheAbandonedCarousel
    Instagram: @TheAbandonedCarousel


    Credits


    Podcast cover background photo is by 4045 on freepik.com. Dinosaur photo courtesy of Kirk D @ Secret Fun Blog.
    Theme music is from "Aerobatics in Slow Motion" by TeknoAXE.


    Check out our podcasting host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free, no credit card required, forever. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-5ccade for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Abandoned Carousel.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Ponterbee's2ndPhone ,

Super-Refreshing🎠Carnival🎡Pod

What a refreshing breath of fresh air it felt listening to this podcast - This is one that desperately deserves a second season sometime because there’s an enormous audience out there just waiting to find “The Abandoned Carousel” ~

If I’m fortunate enough to find my”self” in a utopia in my minds’ eye after my body, heart and brain, has ceased and turned to dust, I pray I’ll get an opportunity to visit (most of) these little parks of joy - because listening to this program was almost always spiritually uplifting to my ‘inner child’.

**Yes, there are a few amusement parks here that had me thinking how much better it could be if only they had remained in the blank of non-existence. Of course, these make for pretty entertaining listens in between the regular Happy episodes!

PatD129292929 ,

Super interesting

I really enjoy these. Wish there were more!

deshazos ,

Wonderful!

This podcast provides tons of info about abandoned theme parks which I am obsessed with. So well researched and planned out. Really a joy to listen to!

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