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June 25, 2010

The Future Of Neverland

Posted: 04:39 PM ET

By Mike Fleeman
via People.com

The ferris wheel is gone. So are the zoo animals and the furniture and the big-screen TV. Weeds grow between the tracks of the Disneyland-like railroad. Across the dry brown hills from the restaurants and wineries made popular by the movie Sideways sits Neverland, a shadow of its former self. Only the many statues of frolicking children serve as reminders that Michael Jackson once lived here.

That, and the secret room in the closet secured by three deadbolts.

Still, the sprawling grounds, accessible through a remote-controlled gate leading to a winding road with speed bumps, have a fascinating if voyeuristic appeal – a surefire draw to Jackson fans and curiosity seekers the world over – much the same as Graceland does for Elvis devotees.

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babycarie   June 25th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

This was no longer a home to Michael...it was not the place he built to create a happy world...Sneddon took that away along with Michael's spirit.
Just too sad.


Lori - Justice for Michael   June 25th, 2010 5:05 pm ET

So sad to see what has become of Neverland. Tragic what has happened to Michael. I wish the outcome had been different.

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL 8)
DR. QUACK IS WACK


TRUE-TO -YOU   June 25th, 2010 5:17 pm ET

thru the beautiful ornate gates they came
to a magical kingdom to take away pain
he built that home with loving care
filled it with fun for all to share
a magical train a funfair a zoo
beautiful statues and music all thru
twinkling lights to come on when dark
this was his playground this was his park
the gardens were tended with such loving care
colourful flowers placed every where
bus loads of children came to be free
the joy in there faces full of such glee
the wonder and amazement as they played and had fun
bringing such joy to that innocent one
neverland neverland remember that place
has that beautiful dream just gone to waste
second star to the right and straight on till morning
peter pan peter pan your kingdom is calling

i believe i will be there its all for love love is free


brigidaitaly   June 25th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

This place will be never again the same. Sneddon destroyed it. They can try to transform it into whatever they want but it has lost it's magic.

RIP dear angel
MJ 1958 – 2009
living in our hearts forever!


CuriousCat   June 25th, 2010 5:24 pm ET

when all the "wrongs" have been made "right", Neverland will be alive again with the sounds of children and happiness !!

It's all for L.O.V.E. and M.I.C.H.A.E.L.


Judie   June 25th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

"Neverland" will never be the same..... miss you MJ

Shout out to all the Hags today and BBFF's love you all ...sad day


Smith in Oregon   June 25th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

Turn it into a Haunted House, like the Winchester Mansion. There's still a few people that would pay money to see what was inside those upstairs walls.


polly   June 25th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

Although Michael didn´t see Neverland as his home, the place does have historic value. His ´giving´ tree was where he wrote a lot of his music, ie. Will You Be There. Neverland was his first home as an adult. Obviously he had dreams about what he wanted this place to represent. It shouldn´t be left to decay. Maybe the estate could buy it back for a charitable organisation to run as an educational centre for under priviledged kids? Mj´s will stipulated that some of his assets were to be given to children´s charities too. Food for thought.


maryrm   June 25th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

Perhaps a phoenix can rise from these ashes, I don't know.

Perhaps one of the children would like to keep it (after an exorcism plus double disinfecting the buildings to get out the demons and stench left by Sneddon).

Certainly Michael did not want to live there anymore and I don't blame him one bit but that doesn't mean that it could not be a lovely home for one of the family, after all, it does have an incredible beauty and serenity.

A Graceland? whatever.


lois48   June 25th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

@Lori – hi – yes it is very sad and tragic to see Neverland an empty space where children used to laugh and play, where some children it was their only chance to enjoy childhood games and outings. I hope they can revive the place where you can once again hear the children's laughs and screams of happiness and love. It belongs to the children ... that is where Michael's heart was at.

Good to see you on the blogs😉


Marguerite   June 25th, 2010 6:26 pm ET

Curious Cat-- I have a feeling one day MJ just might live at Neverland again with his family. Neverland is very much a part of him as he is a part of Neverland.


Maria Copelli   June 25th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

@ALL, Mr .Sneddon should be indicted ....some feel .Love Maria C.


maggie   June 25th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

A beautiful place distroyed by ignorance and evil....could it be restored one day? Time will tell...it still could be a wonderfull place I believe because so much love was put into it....RIP Michael.


cocovelvet   June 25th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

I feel really so sad when I read this about Neverland ....... even at this point I still can't undestand why a human being ( Sneddon) would really do such a dreadful deed to another human being by invading and destroying the peace and tranquility which MJ so much cherished when he built and made Neverland his home.

Neverland will absolutely never be what its owner MJ intended it to be ; whatever will be done there. That magic of Neverland is gone and resting with MJ........


Purple Haze   June 25th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.


babycarie   June 25th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

It is sad just looking at this place...this is not a Graceland. Elvis was happy at his home...Michael was until it was raided by barbarians and he felr so violated he could never go back. I could not imagine his children ever wanting anything to do with this desolate place. I would remove the tree and sell this neveragain.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 25th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

Didn't Michael say something like he will always keep Neverland.

I can see why the neighbours will be worried about what is going to happen with Neverland.

Neverland was looking pretty good when Larry King did the interview there with Jermaine after Michael's "death".


Purple Haze   June 25th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.


GARRETT FROM USA   June 25th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I AGREE THAT IT IS JUST SO DEVASTING TO SEE NEVERLAND LIKE THIS. MY HOPE IS ONE DAY THEY WILL FIX IT UP AGAIN. SNEDDON AND HIS CRONIES DID DESTROY THE HAPPYNESS FOUND THERE. BUT FOR FIVE OR SIX YEARS PRIOR TO THAT FATEFUL DAY IT WAS HIS BELOVED HOME. THAT IS WHERE HE SHARED SOME MORE OF HIS GREAT IMAGINATION WITH US. MOST EVERYTHING FOUND ON THE NEVERLAND GROUNDS HELD A SPECIAL MEANING TO MICHAEL. I HEAR THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD A COMPOUND IN HONOR OF MICHAEL IN GARY,INDIANA. I HOPE THAT HAPPENS FOR SURE. IF WE NO LONGER HAVE NEVERLAND MICHAELS FANS NEED SOME PLACE TO GO REMEMBER, AND PAY HOMAGE TO THE MAN.


John West   June 25th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Larry King, Death Valley Scotty is buried, along with his beloved four footed friend, Wende, on a hill on his property in Scotty's Inn.


Ellen   June 25th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Without Michael and the laughter and joy of children, Neverland could never be the same. It was destroyed by evil people with evil deeds. Rest in peace, sweet, precious Michael. You are so loved.


Sherry M   June 25th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I would love to see Michael laid to rest at Neverland, instead of the cold, lonely place he is now. With all his loving fans and family, we could claim back the joy, peace and unconditional love of Neverland – the world Michael created from his heart to heal the world. Let's not let those Sneddonites win! Michael's loving spirit outshines this looser's egotistical need to bring down a beautiful man with a beautiful vision for a unified world. I think Michael would want to be visited by the fans he appreciated and adored all his life – he always had time for his fans. I believe he still gives and heals through his spirit that lives on today and will live on forever. Being able to visit his final resting place would be so very healing for the world. I understand the neighbors concerns, however, Michael's message of unconditional love is far more important than ever to continue. Keep the faith that we can visit Michael's dream and bring it to full loving life again. RIP Michael and know you continue to bring love to this world – the mission you've lived all your life. xoxo


"Pixie Dust "   June 25th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Purple Haze,nice quotes once again,thanks for sharing (Smiles) to you


dawn triplett   June 26th, 2010 1:02 am ET

Cant michael jacksons family buy neverland n turn it into foreverland n keep his legacy alive? surely to god they have enough money between them to do something!! and i am surebhis kids would really want that! if thay think about michael everyday then they really need to think about what he would want!! not all this fussing n carring on! what about diana ross n liz?! can they not help? im sure there are enough fans that would donate some kind of money to help! so whats the problem?!!!!!!!!!!!!


Zelly   June 26th, 2010 2:22 am ET

today: the one year anniversary of his death. i lit a candle and listening to his songs to honor Michael. now i cry as i look at what has become of Neverland, once Michael's refuge, that was twisted into a horror house in 2005. its so sad to think of what happened to that poor innocent man.❤ u michael, always the best.


Zelly   June 26th, 2010 2:26 am ET

Someday i hope they revive neverland so kids can go there and be free and happy once more. still it will not be the same without MJ, but it will bring back some of the life that was once there.
RIP MJJ, sweet golden angel 8.29.1958-6.25.2009


astral7   June 26th, 2010 2:39 am ET

Well..this is the 1st anniversary of a very sad day in history.
Sitting at my computer..with my tv on behind me..I heard the news and quickly spun around in my chair.
I was in absolute shock when I heard the news!
I couldn't believe it..it was just too surreal. I remember thinking;
"This must be a mistake..or maybe even a publicity stunt!"
But..as hours passed..we all found out that it was really, really true.
The way that I see it..June 25, 2009..was the day the music really did die.

I grew up with the Jackson 5's music..Michael being 9 years my junior.
I saw Michael as that little kid that out-sang them all..and out-danced them all. That kid even out-danced the late-great James Brown!
Every song that those young boys sang are timelines in my life...and more than likely the same for most everyone who grew up in the late 60's and early 70's. It was an incredible time for music..and the young Jackson boys topped the charts with hit after hit. Those were the days!

Personally..I was a bit disappointed when Michael went solo.
But..that's when his style morphed into something there's just no words for...it went beyond awesome talent!
As the years passed..my own kids fell in love with Michael's music.
They didn't have to ask to buy his latest album or cassette...it was a given.
Our house grooved with Jackson 5...Thriller..Bad..and the rest of Motown.
I never had a chance to go to any of Michael's concerts..I regret that.

But..I did have an encounter with him..in the early 80's.
It was a Friday night..around 6:00-7:00 EST. As usual..music was playing in the background as we were making some plans for the weekend. My phone rang..and I answered. It was a gentle voice on the other end..asking to speak with a certain person. I knew the voice right off the bat! It was Michael..he'd dialed the wrong number.
He apologized up and down for disturbing me. I assured him that it was alright...and he giggled while apologizing again.
Needless to say..I hung up my phone with a smile on my face.
What a gentle soul he was..a very mannerly and kind young man.

When the allegations began to surface against him..I didn't believe any of it. I'll always believe that it was the jealousy and envy of some...that were hell-bent on bringing him down..to ruin him. It's sad for them..they were only partly successful. Michael may be gone physically..but it's his music..and the memories of him..that will always make him live on.

Thank you Katherine Jackson..for raising such a well-mannered and kind son. My condolences..prayers for comfort..to the entire Jackson family.


dottie   June 26th, 2010 6:26 am ET

The legendary Michael Jackson ,it's doesn't seem real that is be gone for year.we miss him so badly....................................................
Beyond the grave he still lived on as one of the greatest of all times.
lst l would like to say: to the Jackson Family, that we the fan's
love Michael and we need something to hold on to , and that something is Neverland Ranch , l believe that making that property
a project of M.J and the entire estates A TOUR ATTRACTION. FOR THE PEOPLE THIS PROJECT WILL be a healing process for
us fan's and all the people that love him dearly and hold
him closely to ours heart. his body doesn't have to be burying
on the site, just his memorabilia exhibtied all over the mountains
a statue at the front gate and a big print of him on the mountains
that spread across the property,just like those Presidents on mount Rushmore and that Hollywood sign that set on the hill of California.
it's still some hater, that doesn't want accept that he was aquitted from
all those lying charges,,,but the love from all his fan's overshadow
the hate,everytime. because Jesus is love.
my best regard,
Dottie
p.s please keep his legacy alive at neverland,,,Ranch...


dottie   June 26th, 2010 7:09 am ET

the writter's are sooooooooooooo right dont let's sneddon's the enemies, win this battles, it's battles–ya'll, the Rome soldiers raided Jesus Camp ,when judas one of his disciples sold him for 30 pieces
of silvers. Jesus were crucified over lies, his message were about the good of mankind,,, Michael Jackson message about the good of mankind, can we see the similarity here. Lord forgive them they know not what they do. satan used Mr Sneddon's ,,,it's kind of sad.
but it was meant to be. M.J were to big for life. this world couldn't
handle his kind of talent and character.that's why satan used people
and things to attacks M.J with all kind of plots and conspiracy to attempts to bring him down,it was like he were from another planet.
earth couldn't handle his genius.and extraoridinary. character. this enemies want to seize and destroy him. we Christian read ephesian
we are not fighting with flesh and blood, we are fighting with
Principality. the spirt of darkness,evil spirts ,prince of darkness.
sooooooooooo, there you have it .
we fight this evils with prayers.


Susan62509   June 26th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

Neverland aka Sycamore Valley Ranch is owned by Tom Barrack, Colony Capital and the MJ Estate owns a small percentage. The property is now worth $60 million dollars. To refurbish it to look like it did when Michael lived there would cost millions. It cost Michael $1 million per month for upkeep and staff. Colony Capital is currently using the house for office meetings for companies that have a need.

Michael left Neverland because Thomas Mesereau highly recommended it to Michael after the 2005 trial ended. Mesereau told Michael that if he stayed there, he could possibly endure continued harrassment. This information is on video by Thomas Mesereau.

MJ3 won't receive 100% of their inheritance until they each reach age 40.


Brownie   June 26th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

It is a place of Love and Beauty that Michael built behind those gates.

It should be called Wonderland...

This wonderland was lost to Michael and to all the sick and needy children that he cared for and allowed to visit free of charge.... all because one man with greed in his heart and hate in his heart and jealousy in his heart existed......


Cherubim   June 26th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

The followin quote is by the poster Curious Cat:

"When all the "wrongs" have been made "right", Neverland will be alive again with the sounds of children and happiness !!

It's all for L.O.V.E. and M.I.C.H.A.E.L."

I agree with you Curious Cat.


Lori - Justice for Michael   June 26th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

I think I am going to start refering to the residence formerly known as Neverland as "NeverMoreLand" since Michael stated that he never wanted to live there again.

Jermaine still seems to want to move Michael's final resting place there...

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL 8)
DR. QUACK IS WACK


care bear   June 27th, 2010 12:56 am ET

@Marquerite

So true. Michael will one day return to Neverland. It is his home after all.🙂 I beLIEve in him.

Love to you,🙂
care bear


care bear   June 27th, 2010 1:37 am ET

@Helen

How are you? Hope to blog with you soon!🙂


Maura   June 27th, 2010 4:34 am ET

@Purple haze
You have good posts🙂 Welcome to the blog. Love and blessings

@care bear
Hello, how have you been lately. love and blessings

Love and blessings to all🙂


Lisa S   June 27th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

I some how find a Neverland without Michael very strange. Like a day without the sun or the night witout the moon.

In addition. Michael abandonded it so I dont think it should be kept as a memorial. I think the best thing would be to make it into a true neverland. And have a foundation that invited unpriviligded children from all around the world to come and have some good times. Michael would hae loved that.


Dirty Diana   June 27th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

I think Neverland should be made into a shrine/museum/tribute of Michael....but not buried there.


Nicole   June 27th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

I've heard Michael say "He would never live at Neverland Ranch." I understand those who believe Micheal's remains should no be at Neverland, but I would love to have Neverland Ranch restored to be close to Michael and see how he lived in person. I pray and believe the family could have Neverland restored and establish Neverland again. Those who violated Neverland loss their case, but won when Michael left Neverland. I encourage the family to reclaim Neverland Ranch for Michael's children, their family, and his fans. Sneddon was awful to pursue Michael like he did in the 1990's and 2000's. Put Neverland Back like Michael had it and Bring children less fortunate to visit. The rob Michael, his family, and his fans from the wonderment of Neverland.


Alexis (from Detroit, MI)   June 28th, 2010 12:03 am ET

As much as Michael had loved Neverland when he lived there, I don't agree that he should be buried there. I say this because Michael had stated in an interview that he would never go back to Neverland, he stated he would visit, but he would never live there again because the place had become tainted. So I wish Jermaine would think about that for a moment instead of being so hard pressed to move Michael's body to a place he said he would never live.


care bear   June 28th, 2010 12:37 am ET

@Maura

I have been good and hope you have too!🙂

Much Love,🙂
care bear

Return in Peace, Michael!


care bear   June 28th, 2010 12:38 am ET

@Cris

Hope you had a nice weekend!🙂

Love always,
care bear


Maria Copelli   June 28th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

Timeless@10;35 June 26,Thank you for your kindnesses toward me,at times I really miss the mark,but I try to remember how much nicer it is to be Loving.
This last yr ,has been heartwrenching,,but through it all ,I still see so much Love ,for my Brother...Michael. I feel no media ,'tales' spun by the corporate greed that tried to push him over the edge of sanity ,could ever drown out the L.O.V.E. We honestly feel for him.
And when I see comments ,that reflect his 'spirit' of L.O.V.E. .....I am so inspired to LOVE that much more!
Lastly I will say Michaels character has been 'dissected' over and over almost daily ,this has been a disgrace ,and hurt ,beyond imagination. All I can say is Randy has said he 'cannot' do this Alone! My hope to All out there is that 'We Will Be .....There' for Michael,as true Love would direct our Hearts .
Timeless my 'torch ' is lit by yours,and all those who continue to help Michaels name be cleared once and for all. This IS It ! This is the time! Love ,/hugs to you Maria C.


LoveConquersAll   June 28th, 2010 4:14 pm ET

“Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality.” Author Unknown

It saddens me because Michael had a vision and created a beautiful, tranquil place as a comfort to disadvantaged, poor, handicapped, and terminally-ill children so that they could experience joy and happiness. This was his dream (among many others) that he made into a reality but then evil set in and tarnished that dream.
This really broke him emotionally, that's what truly hurts.

Neverland is such a beautiful place that I would have loved to have experienced myself...I don't think I would have wanted to leave.

The world is his "canvas" and we need to paint a portrait of L.O.V.E in his honor.

Love to all!!!!


LoveConquersAll   June 28th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

@ Maria Copelli
I love your posts. Your words are filled with love, no doubt about that!

Your torch is lit by "Timeless" well now, my torch is lit by yours...Let the torch be passed around to all.

May the light of Michael's spirit continue to inspire us all!

Blessings, Light, and L.O.V.E to you, Maria!


Maria Copelli   June 29th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Love Conquers All,thank you for your kind words to me, it really means a lot! Please know you are fast becoming a treasure ,here ,and yes we must press forward for Michael and all those who have been hurt ,may justice be done and the truth revealed ...as we light more 'torches ' held up so high for the world to see! Love to you Maria C.


Maria Copelli   June 29th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

Care bear! How nice to see you back! And I much prefer your way of saying 'R.I.P' smile....hoping to read more comments from you.Love Maria C.


LoveConquersAll   June 29th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

@ Maria Copelli
Just reading your posts really indicates that YOU are truly a treasure to everyone here, including me. Your words are so heartfelt and kind...You are a gentle spirit!

And yes, the world will be much BRIGHTER just from the glow of all of our torches!!!! The truth will prevail and justice will finally be served...Keep the Faith!

Thanks for making me smile as you do for everyone all the time.
Many Blessings, Hugs, and Love to you!
Have a great day/evening! (SMILES)


HOLLYROCK   July 9th, 2010 10:08 am ET

I HEARD JERMAINE AND MARLON TELL LARRY KING THAT THERE ARE INTENTIONS TO RESTORE NEVERLAND BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS. I KNOW NEVERLAND HAD BECOME A SOURCE OF SAD MEMORIES FOR MICHAEL BECAUSE OF THOSE UNJUST ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIM BUT I WONDER IF HE WOULD MIND IF HIS FANS GOT TO GO THERE JUST TO APPRECIATE AND CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY , THE TRANQUILITY AND INNOCENCE OF THE LAND MADE ACCORDING TO HOW MICHAEL HAD ORIGINALLY INVISIONED IT TO BE. I DON'T THINK MICHAEL WOULD MIND. MANY OF US WANT BACK FOR HIM WHAT DEVILISH ACTIONS STOLE FROM HIM.


anne   August 23rd, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Michael should be buried in Neverland. This place should be a shrine with his memorabilia. Michael had realized his dream there and tried to protect himself from people.

Michael had to leave Neverland not only because of the 2005 trial but also because of financial troubles : he could any longer maintain the park.

Neverland should be a memorial FOR US AND FUTURE GENERATIONS NOT TO FORGET GOOD THINGS AND STUPID 2005 ALLEGATIONS ABOUT MICHAEL ! In Europe, castles have been kept through ages despite sometimes the poor end of the owners... IT'S HISTORY !!

A fan from France


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