Pripyat Amusement Park, Pripyat

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The Pripyat amusement park is an abandoned amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine. It was to be opened for the first time on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations, but these plans were scuttled on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away. Several sources report that the park was opened for a short time on April 27 before the announcement to evacuate the city was made, and one site shows photos of the amusement park in operation, although several others report that it never opened. In any case, the park—and its Ferris wheel in particular—have become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.AttractionsLocated north-west to the Palace of Culture in the center of the city, the park had five attractions: the iconic Ferris wheel, bumper cars, swing boats, paratrooper ride and a carnival shooting game.RadiationRadiation levels around the park vary; the liquidators washed radiation into the soil after the helicopters carrying radioactive materials used the grounds as a landing strip, so concreted areas are relatively safe. However, areas where moss has built can emit up to 25 µSv/h, among the highest level of radiation in the whole of Pripyat.Films, games and literatureThe park plays significant roles in the video games S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and the film Chernobyl Diaries.
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  • If you're on a Chernobyl tour, you'll definitely see this amusement park. It was scheduled to be open right before the disaster, and abandoned afterwards. Definitely plan on an hour or so in this haun...  more »
  • As expected Pripyat was the highlight of our day. Pictures and documentaries don’t do it justice, haunting amazing place. If you want to see this amazing place come soon. It’s changing rapidly  more »
  • An Open-Air Museum of a different kind. Exploring of Pripyat, you can see the effects of a nuclear disaster. Exciting and depressing at the same time you experienced the sad story of Chernobyl. Worth a visit, because you can not feel anything, but should see themselves.
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  • The one day tour is great, but i'd recommend the 3 days tour for those who want to know about the entire place. Anyway, it's a great experience!
  • It smells a little nuclear but its a good place just dont forget to squat down cyka!
  • Amusement rides are fun, but the military people are not very friendly and I keep getting shot at by these religious fanatics.. If you're into that, would recommend. If not, take a hike.
  • No lines for the rides, the pool at the hotel made my skin feel good. The bumper cars were great! Rides are in great shape. It's wonderful
  • Part of the Chernobyl Tour - Eerie and compelling. It's amazing to see a whole desolate abandoned tower. To think that 50,000 people lived there.

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