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Disneyland, Walt Disney’s first theme park, opened on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, Califiornia. Decades later, the resort continues to prosper, drawing more than 15 million visitors annually. But loads of other once-popular theme parks, like Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark in California or Kiddieland Amusement Park in Illinois, have since been closed, demolished or abandoned.
It got us to thinking: Why do some amusement parks last while others go defunct? Have you been to a now forgotten amusement park? Or have you visited a park that’s been going strong for decades? Share your photos of vintage parks -- dead or alive -- and tell us the story behind them.
The best photos and stories could be featured on CNN Travel.