Before Florida Had Disney World, This Bizarre Theme Park Opened In Maryland

Although it opened up just a month after Walt Disney opened his park in Anaheim, California, the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City, Maryland, never achieved the same universal exaltation as Disneyland. (Or its gaudy sequel, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.)

These days, the ill-fated park sits abandoned in a suburban forest in Baltimore, and it”s done so since its closing in 1988. The only visitors it gets are local stoners, and the nobles that inhabit its castles are pissed-off raccoons.

This is what the entrance to the Enchanted Forest looked like in 1987, 32 years after it opened in 1955, and one year before it closed.

This is what the entrance to the Enchanted Forest looked like in 1987, 32 years after it opened in 1955, and one year before it closed.

…And this is what it looks like now.

...And this is what it looks like now.

Even the trees seem like they could use a trip to Disney World.

This was Willie the Whale in 1972. Everyone loved Willie the Whale!

This was Willie the Whale in 1972. Everyone loved Willie the Whale!

Now Willy the Whale looks like he could use a skin graft…or five.

Now Willy the Whale looks like he could use a skin graft...or five.

Imagine having to park next this tragedy every day you came in for work.

Imagine having to park next this tragedy every day you came in for work.

This castle was not invaded by a rival kingdom, it”s just that nobody gives a crap about it anymore and now it”s slowly decaying.

This castle was not invaded by a rival kingdom, it

The murky skies don”t make this look any cheerier.

The murky skies don

This was once a super-fun slide. Now it looks like something from a mining operation.

This was once a super-fun slide. Now it looks like something from a mining operation.

This quaint little house has “LUST NOT LOVE” spray painted on it”s thatched roof, in case you want some idea of what it”s used for now.

This quaint little house has "LUST NOT LOVE" spray painted on it

This gingerbread house has long been stale.

This gingerbread house has long been stale.

It”s probably covered in possum urine, but I”m amazed this thing hasn”t been removed yet.

It

Winter has definitely come to this kingdom. And it”s been here for quite some time.

Winter has definitely come to this kingdom. And it

Not a good sign when the ruler of your forest kingdom has to flip signs on the highway for minimum wage.

Not a good sign when the ruler of your forest kingdom has to flip signs on the highway for minimum wage.

The desolation makes you wonder what the area would”ve been like if Orlando hadn”t beaten out Ellicott City as the most magical place on Earth. Would athletes be shouting, “I”m going to the Enchanted Forest!” after they won the World Series? Who knows…

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