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Film crews at Joyland shoot trailer for zombie project

A drone reveals what remains of Wichita’s beloved Joyland

Travis White, an FAA-licensed drone pilot in Neodesha, Kansas, recently captured new aerial views of Joyland, an abandoned amusement park in south Wichita.
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Travis White, an FAA-licensed drone pilot in Neodesha, Kansas, recently captured new aerial views of Joyland, an abandoned amusement park in south Wichita.

Film crews from Georgia were at Joyland Amusement Park on Thursday and Friday shooting a trailer for an upcoming zombie project, Joyland owner Margaret Spear confirmed.

Spear said she was initially contacted by the group because it was looking for an amusement park “in bad shape, because it was to be a horror film.”

“They wanted an amusement park that had folded,” Spear said. “We talked about it and I said, yeah, they could do that.”

Off-duty police officers were at the scene escorting cars in and out during the filming both days.

“A number of people from Wichita” were used as extras in the project, Spear said.

Spear said she thinks the group was tipped off about Joyland from articles and pictures published online in recent months.

She wouldn’t say whether she received compensation from the crews for shooting on her property.

The amusement park on South Hillside closed its gates permanently in 2006, and since its closing has been subject to break-ins, vandalism and fires.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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