“Closed for Storm”: A Park Frozen in Time

Closed for Storm (2020)

Closed for Storm is now available on most major Video on Demand services. Photo credits (C) Closed for Storm

Closed for Storm is just another example of how the bureaucracy of major corporations and government often leave citizens to pick up the pieces when hard to handle situations surface.

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Six Flags New Orleans (Jazzland Park)

It’s hard to believe that it has been 15+ years since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the New Orleans area. It’s even harder to believe that there are places like the former Six Flags New Orleans (Jazzland Park) that have sat untouched for the last decade and a half. Walls caked with mold, buildings graffitied, ride vehicles stripped of anything valuable, towering rollercoasters that look like they could collapse at any moment, and a sign that has fittingly read “Closed for Storm” have remained in place for the last 15 years. These are just some of the disheartening images Closed for Storm features.

Photo credits (C) Closed for Storm

In Closed for Storm, several people were interviewed about the abandoned park, each one nostalgic for what once was and what could have been. You can’t help but feel the disappointment in a number of the interviewees’ tones when it came time to talk about the redevelopment, or lack thereof, of the property. As mentioned, we see bureaucracy show itself near the end of the film when plans for redevelopment of the area appears to leave out the voices of the citizens of East New Orleans and ultimately leave them with no real resolve.

Photo credits (C) Closed for Storm

Not only was it sad to see the archived footage of people’s homes destroyed in 2005, but it was just as sad seeing this same area struggling to bounce back all these years later. The citizens of East New Orleans were promised increased property values and a Disney-like atmosphere, but instead, they were left with views of an abandoned amusement park and a never-ending cycle of unimplemented redevelopment plans.

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The Film

Closed for Storm is filled with aerial shots of the the former Six Flags New Orleans property, stitched together with home videos from the early 2000s. Much like Bright Sun Films’ YouTube videos, we get an inside look at several of the abandoned buildings and observe the damage that Mother Nature has done. Promotional videos are the perfect touch for viewers unfamiliar with the park’s significance or history to understand the importance of the former Jazzland. Like the sign that reads “Closed for Storm”, the park is frozen in time with several of the office calendars still showing August 2005 as today’s date.

Photo credits (C) Theme Park Fandom

In Closing

If you have ventured to this film from Bright Sun Films’ YouTube page, you’re a fan of theme parks, or you familiar with New Orleans/Jazzland history, then this film is perfect for you. For those of you who may not understand the history of Six Flags New Orleans, I would still highly recommend Closed for Storm. The film pieces new footage with old footage in a way that tells a proper story of the park and its history.

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Closed for Storm is streaming now on most Video on Demand services and on Amazon Prime Video. For more information on this film, visit our Closed for Storm post.


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