FILE – This Dec. 17, 2004 file photo shows a carousel, right, and ferris wheel, left, on the property at pop star Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch home, in Santa Ynez, Calif., where several hundred children were invited to the estate for a holiday celebration. In 2014, Jackson’s playtime palace sits empty now. The backyard circus and laughter of children are long gone, but the house and its fanciful memories live on. (Mark J. Terrill, file/Associated Press)
By Associated PressJune 20 at 9:04 AM
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. — From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson’s former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time.
The backyard circus is long gone, but heartfelt notes placed by saddened fans at the property’s entrance remain intact five years after Jackson’s death. And visitors are still making the pilgrimage.
“I figured it would just be a closed gate, but I still wanted to see it for myself,” said James Chen of Seattle, a fan who stopped outside Neverland during a recent road trip with his father.