The abandoned Joyland Amusement park in Wichita, Kansas. Great, sad images. "Joyland Amusement Park opened in Wichita, Kansas, United States on June 12, 1949, and was in continuous operation until 2004. The park was founded by Lester Ottaway. In the late 1960s the park was sols to Stanley and Margaret Nelson. The park was showing its age with many attractions requiring extensive repairs when the Nelsons shut it down in mid 2004. "