Blog 18

Six Flags New Orleans has been used as a set for several movies despite the dangers that lurk around every corner. Since the flooding from Hurricane Katrina several animals, such as alligators, snakes, and armadillos, have started to call this amusement park home after a swamp formed on the grounds. The movie called Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters took advantage of the abandoned park to create a modern day scene that the audience could relate to, but this transition did not come easy for the filmmakers. Mike Scott, a journalist for The Times-Picayune, wrote an article called, “Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Site Comes Alive for ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Shoot.” In Scott’s article, he discussed the number of alligators that had to be removed for the shooting of this film. Scott also stated, “Snakes are also an occupational hazard, with a moccasin bite sending a crew member to a nearby hospital on the shoot’s second day, according to director Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”).” If this location is a danger to people who took the steps to make the land safer, what could happen to the surrounding neighborhoods? By reviving this theme park, we could take that danger away by bringing traffic back to the area.

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