Festive decorations are still here in the ghost town of Pripyat, ready for the opening, the 1st May 1986 that never came. It was to be opened for the first time on 1 May 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations. Several sources report that the park was opened for a short time on 27 April before the announcement to evacuate the city was made, and one site shows photos of the amusement park in operation. Theories says that the park was hurriedly opened in the aftermath of the accident to distract Pripyat residents from the nuclear disaster nearby, but maybe it’s only a story. Its looming ferris wheel has become a disturbing icon of the nuclear disaster, and visitors sometimes leave stuffed animals in its cars as a memorial. The park still contains different levels of radiation, although the concrete areas are mostly safe. The area under the ferris wheel has some of the highest levels of radiation in the amusement park (some people says). There is too an abandoned bumper-car ride, and most rides are still fully intact.
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