L’AQUATIC Paradis water park near Barcelona opened in the early 1990s – and never caused a splash.
The spooky Spanish theme park has sat abandoned for almost 30 years – rotting, decaying and terrifying the locals due to the grim urban legend behind its closure.
After only two seasons of being opened, L’Aqautic Paradis closed its doors, and ever since has been plagued with disturbing rumours over the death of an infant.
Local legend states that the child was killed after being sucked into the engine of a wave machine, which forced the closure of the already unpopular park.
The 13-acre site quickly fell into disrepair and has remained untouched ever since – haunting the landscape and those that live nearby.
Covered in graffiti and rubbish, the site has been used by squatters, skaters and illegal party-goers for years.
Disturbing footage shows acres of land covered in broken water slides, slimy green pools, collapsed pavilions and roofless buildings.
L’Aqautic Paradis was built near the seaside resort town of Sitges after the area was riding an investment high following the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
However, the water park seemed largely out of place in the “Saint Tropez of Spain” and received very few visitors.
It didn’t help that just down the coast in Salou, Spain’s biggest theme park PortAventura opened in 1995.
It became the must-stop destination for families in Catalonia and pulled even more visitors away from L’Aquatic Paradis.
The theme park suffered from the competition and a lack of sponsorship and the owners alleged made serious cuts.
Safety was reportedly an issue, and rumours began to swirl of the child fatality.
After the park racked up big debts and bad press – it shut its doors for good after two years.
But the frightening story behind its closures has lived on.
It comes as another Spanish theme park has been left frozen in time with no guests, but the staff still turn up.
Tivoli World was once considered one of the best theme parks to visit along the Costa Del Sol, but it closed in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The park, which opened in 1976, was boarded up after more than 45 years – but thanks to a bizarre contractual loophole, all its staff remain employed.
Elsewhere, a deserted amusement park – that once boasted a crocodile pit, fake volcano and Indonesia’s biggest swimming pool – is now considered the most haunted place in Bali.
Taman Festival was built at a cost of £70million, but it was mysteriously abandoned in 2000 before ever truly opening.
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