A THEME park in the US has been left abandoned for 15 years after it was badly damaged due to Hurricane Katrina.

Originally called Jazzland, Six Flags New Orleans is now a creepy shadow of its former self – and is popular with blockbuster film producers.

It is currently used as a filming location, for movies including Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World.

The 140-acre park was only open to the public for five years – first opening in 2000 – before it was forced to close its doors when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005.

With 80 per cent of New Orleans of flooded, the park too suffered from 20ft deep water.

While the water drained away a month later, the attractions were too damaged, and in 2006 the decision was made to close down for good.

Now, despite it being illegal to visit the grounds and you can be arrested for trespassing, creepy images have revealed the theme park which has now been taken over by wildlife and nature.

Creepy statues of clowns, mermaids and Mardi Gras figures now lay broken and dirty, having been left to rot over the years.

Grafitti can be found on most of the buildings, while rubbish and debris remains from the water.

Six Flags New Orleans originally had seven themed lands, which included DC Comics Super Hero Adventures and Looney Tunes Adventures.

With season tickets costing just $34.99 (£28) in 2003, there were also plans to open a water park expansion in 2005, although was never built due to the hurricane.

Some of the most popular rides included the Mega Zeph, a wooden roller coaster track built to withstand hurricane-force winds and the SpongeBob SquarePants The Ride motion simulator.

The only ride to survive the hurricane with the least damage was an inverted rollercoaster ride called Batman: The Ride, which was removed from the park in 2007 and re-opened at Six Flags Texas as Goliath.

Since its closure, what to do with the abandoned theme park has still to be decided.

Initial plans to reinvent it asa theme park, with names of Legend City Adventure Park or Dreamlanding Festival Park have bee suggested, along with a Nickelodeon attraction, although they have all been scrapped.

The concept of a Jazzland Outlet Mall was also suggested, although other competitors led to this also being cancelled.

Current plans include the park's demolishment, although this has stalled due to estimated costs of more than £1m.

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An abandoned Disney theme park in Florida that closed down after 9/11 and the deaths of three teenagers is to get £269million revamp.

Disney's River Country water park closed in 2001, although new plans for a 900-room lakeside lodge with a Princess and the Frog themed restaurant are thought to be for the area.

Camelot theme park in Lancashire and Nara Dreamland in Japan are just some of the other theme parks left to rot since they closed their doors.

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