A Rare Inside Look At The Playground That Was Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

In 1988, Michael Jackson purchased around 3,000 acres just north of Los Olivos from golf course entrepreneur William Bone.  On that land, he constructed what would become his home as well as his own amusement park.  The land contained a floral clock, numerous statues of children, and a petting zoo, two railroads, as well as roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and much more.

It was the world’s biggest children’s playground.

After Jackson’s death, the house stands as just a shadow of what it once was.  It sits empty and quiet, with rides dismantled, and gone.  But, while the house was still in use, Jonathan H snuck onto the property and explored the grounds.  These photos give some incredible insight into what spending a day in Neverland might have been like.

 

The Neverland train station

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Statues of children playing are located in the garden as well as other areas on the grounds.

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 This logo can be seen on many objects throughout the property.

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Giddy up!

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The control panel for one of the rides.  As noted, this ride was produced specifically for Neverland.

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The Cheshire Cat

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It would be hard to not take a ride down this slide.

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 More statues of children playing.

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This guy might give you a scare when you are walking around at night.

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Again, more children playing.

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The amusement park’s Ferris wheel.

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Merry go ’round

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 The incredible entrance gates

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Interesting artwork of Jackson leading a long line of children.

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Neverland had its own petting zoo.

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It even had a fortune telling machine as part of the arcade.

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Vendor carts to provide food and candy

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Sets of tracks for the two railroad lines

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Part of the bumper car area

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This clock was stopped forever at 2:55.

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The Wave Swinger

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A part of the Neverland train station.

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No matter your feelings on Michael Jackson himself, this house and the land around it were quite incredible.  Following the death Jackson, the neglected Neverland Ranch fell into disrepair. Saddened by a return trip to her childhood home, Jackson’s daughter, Paris, resolved to acquire and restore the property in early 2013.  The amusement rides were replaced with a meditative zen garden, and a section decorated with Peter Pan, Michael Jackson’s favorite fictional hero. The Jackson children intended the garden to be used for the enjoyment of sick children.