Joyland of Wichita

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The Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas shut down a decade ago.

It's a familiar story for family-run, independent theme parks that get crowded out by large, corporate-run chains. According to IBIS World, 85% of the $16 billion amusement park industry is dominated by the five biggest companies like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS), which alone accounts for more than 50%.

First published June 25, 2015: 6:06 AM ET

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