Building theme parks and never using them is not just a Chinese problem (remember the abandoned Wonderland)! Also in the US you can find abandoned and decayed amusement parks like the so-called Joyland in Wichita, Kansas, which comes with fabulous sad images of forgotten days with a lot of fun…
Opened in 1949, the Joyland Amusement Park was once the largest theme park in central Kansas and operated for 55 years until it closed in 2004 due to financial problems. With its wooden roller coaster, Western buildings and other attractions this abandoned theme park seems to be a playground for urban explorers and photographers.
Watch the nice video taken by Mike Petty in the park and tell me if you know any comparative places in Europe except the abandoned Spreepark in Berlin!
For more info about the history of the Joyland Amusement Park in Kansas, read the corresponding Wikipedia article.