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After the park opened in 1973, it closed in '74 or '75, some say it was because a few people died, probably it was to improve the park to attract more visitors. It reopened in 1986 and operated untill 1999.
The Pripyat amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine is an amusement park in the ghost town of Pripyat. Although the intended opening date is a matter of controversy, the park opened on April 27, 1986, the day when the city was evacuated due to the Chernobyl disaster. It is thought that the park was to be opened on May 1, 1986 in time for the May Day celebrations (decorations for this event are still in place in Pripyat today). It is thought the park was opened early to keep the city people entertained before the announcement to evacuate the city was made. Today, the park, and in particular the ferris wheel are a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.
PRIPYAT, Ukraine – Tourists are now participating in what may be the strangest vacation excursion available in the former Soviet sphere: packaged tours of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, scene of the worst civilian disaster of the nuclear age.
Don't stray. Stay on concrete and asphalt, where exposure risks are lower than on soil. Don't touch anything. (This one proved impossible. Tours involve climbing cluttered staircases and stepping through debris. Handholds are inevitable.)