These uncanny photos show California amusement parks as ghost towns

Magic Mountain's Hurricane Harbor Lightning Falls water slide sits dry during the pandemic.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Universal Studios and other major theme parks to close in mid-March, these giant expanses of whiplash and wonderland have become ghost towns. The parks have grown eerily silent, and wildlife has come out to enjoy these empty metallic forests of Southern California. At Magic Mountain, a hawk has taken over the Dive Devil ride.

No one knows when the theme parks will reopen, but industry experts have already been discussing what new procedures will be added to protect guests and workers from spreading the virus once that happens. Theme park operators have been tight-lipped about what the future holds, but they have clearly been discussing plans for opening day. For now we can just glimpse the empty roller coasters and dizzying heights and hope one day they will reopen.
— Hugo Martin

SUPERMAN

The Superman roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain peaks at 415 feet and reaches a top speed of 104 mph.
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REVOULTION AND TATSU

The New Revolution and Tatsu cross paths at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
The New Revolution and Tatsu cross paths at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Drone images of Universal Studios Hollywood.
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Universal Studios looking very empty.
Universal Studios looking very empty.
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SCREAM

The Scream roller coaster sits dormant next to an empty parking lot.
The Scream roller coaster sits dormant next to an empty parking lot.
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FLIGHT OF THE HIPPOGRIFF

Universal Studios' Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster in the time of the coronavirus.
Universal Studios’ Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster in the time of the coronavirus.
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X2

Shadows from the X2 roller coaster at Six Flags fall over an empty parking lot.
Shadows from the X2 roller coaster at Six Flags fall over an empty parking lot.
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GOLDEN BEAR THEATER

Lush foliage surrounds the Golden Bear Theater at Six Flags.
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SUPERMAN TOWERS OVER GOLIATH

Superman towers over the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags.
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MAGIC MOUNTAIN

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A huge development is being built behind Magic Mountain.
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