Sunland Hospital Site - Orlando

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“Sunland Hospital” was demolished nearly two decades ago, but locals still know the story well. It was a treatment center for those with severe mental handicaps, and for many years it was a poorly-kept secret that the children there weren’t treated with the very best of care. Finally it was shut down in the early 1980s.

From that point on, people claimed to see weird lights and sounds emanating from the abandoned building, and it didn’t take long for it to become the #1 spot in Orlando for bored kids and ghost hunters to check out at night, looking for a good scare. Some got just that – apparitions of little boys and girls appeared at various spots throughout the building.

The abandoned hospital remained a popular night-time diversion for Orlando’s youth until the mid-1990s, when one unfortunate kid fell through an elevator shaft and was seriously injured. That incident led to the building being demolished soon after. Today the site is a playground, and some claim that swings can be seen moving entirely on their own, as if being ridden by the spirits of long-dead children.

Photos of the old building can be found here.

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Geographic Information

Address:
All Childrens Way
Orlando, FL
United States

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GPS:
28.572273546974372, -81.48538112640381
County:
Orange County, Florida
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  1. We went there last Halloween 2014 at around 9 pm, It was me, my husband, brother and nieces it was our first time there, we had no idea we were ever going to experience what we did , we all heard voices of a man and children as we were walking to the playground, the voice of the man sounded like he was mad and the voices of the children were more like laughing , then we saw a figure of a small child by the playground and that’s when we all got very scared and left, also I saw a light flashing coming from a side from the park as we were leaving, when we got the the car and started driving I took a picture of the road and I got what it looks like the ghost shape of a small child.. very scary place.

  2. I lived near this area and in my late twenties we went to just sit outside the building and look for anything amiss. Now, to be fair a lot of what we heard maybe dismissed by animals taking up resident but, it was alive with sound. Breaking glass, footsteps (no windows left), Snaps, crackles and pops. It was unnerving and then shorty after they bulldozed it and built the park but, in the back there are still original buildings left and friends have had experiences of tempurture drops and more. I have returned several times, most recent as two years ago and it has still a very eerie feeling there. We setup a flash light session in the small playground and did get some attention from something that answered our questions for about 5 to 10 minutes before it lost interest. So, that is the only experiences that I have had there personally. I avoid that area because it feels OFF, just completely off, even during the day!

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