Offbeat Video

By Josh Saunders


Look inside the abandoned dodgy theme park for children with rusty rundown rollercoasters, barely-painted bumper carts and more.

Vaikų Pasaulis, which translates as ‘Children’s World’ is the park based in Elektrenai, Lithuania, that was created for the village to savour.

With a mixture of a rollercoasters, bumper carts, a ferris wheel and a bizarre standing cage ride, the site is long past its glory years.

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The rusting tracks highlighted all the more for the chipped paint that litters each of the mechanical thrill-inducing rides.

It was believed to have closed five-years-ago, shortly after the video of a broken-down rollercoaster emerged online that shows passengers needing to shake the cart back to move it back to safety.

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Bob Thissen, from Heerlen, The Netherlands, visited the site as part of series Exploring the Unbeaten Path last year.

Now the theme park remains an eerie shell, covered in dust, dirt and hauntingly quiet.

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Bob said: “The theme park was built for the people of the village of Elekrenai. Like in Chernobyl, the village was built because of a power station and the city was built around it. 

“There were a few attractions I’ve never seen before. In one attraction you had to stand in a cage. It was some kind of standing swing.

“As an abandoned theme park and old soviet enthusiast it was the perfect combination. The park is decayed, not badly vandalised and it has many attractions to see. 

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“The experience was relaxed. Although you’re not allowed to go in we saw that curious locals still hang around the theme park and have fun.

“It’s a typical old Soviet park which is totally different than Theme Parks I have visited in Western Europe, USA and Asia.

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“Some attractions like the bumper cars are the same as in Pripyat, Chernobyl.

“When it was active it was already in a bad state.

You can find a movie on the internet where you can see the old rollercoaster gets stuck and people have to move it manually.”

For more visit: www.bobthissen.com