Chippewa Lake Park was an amusement park once located in Chippewa Lake, Ohio, Medina County. It operated from 1878 through 1978, after the final owner, Continental Business Enterprises closed it due to lack of attendance. After the park’s closure, its rides and structures were left largely untouched and unmaintained up until 2010. The park had a total of 13 rides along with a hotel, ballroom, fun house, and arcade.

i was lucky enough to have had the chance to visit chippewa lake amusement park back in 2008. i found out about the park online and convinced a group of friends to go with me. the park was about an hour and a half drive from where we lived but it was definitely worth it. it is easily the coolest abandoned place that i have ever been to. shortly after our visit, they held tours of the park all throughout summer in 2009, before they started demolishing everything. as of 2011, the only things still standing in the park are the ticket booth, ferris wheel and the tumble bug.

I grew up with stories of how my dad explored the abandoned Chippewa Lake park with his friends.

My uncle had park memorabilia in his bar as well.


Rolly Crump explaining the “Museum of the Weird” attraction. In one concept for the Haunted Mansion, the main walk through (this was prior to Doombuggies) would take guests through the mansion, while a spillway area would house the Museum of the Weird. The queue would go through the Museum of the Weird, letting guests experience the effects. Other plans called for the area to be a themed restaurant like the Blue Bayou.

Rolly Crump worked with Yale Gracey on a number of the practical effects, including the organist above. After Walt’s passing the Haunted Mansion project was reworked and the Museum of the Weird was removed. Some of the effects that Crump and Gracey were still used for the final attraction.

You can read a great article on the Museum of the Weird at Doombuggies.


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