Top 10 things to know about Action Park, the most dangerous amusement park in…

If you are fond of thrills, you probably know the best amusement parks in the world or the best amusement parks in France and maybe even the little known but cool amusement parks and all that is nice, but do you know the story of the infamous Action Park, the most dangerous in history? If not, you’ve come to the right place, because you’re exactly where it was built. No I’m kidding, I have no idea where you are, it would be creepy by the way, it’s just that we’re going to talk about it, so you’ve come to the right place on this point.

1. On paper, it looked like a fairly normal park

Built in Vernon Township in New Jersey (USA) in 1978, the park had everything quite classic: several themed areas with nice names (Waterworld, Motorworld and Alpine Center), too cool television commercials and an ideal setting at the in the middle of a mountain ski resort… In short, only positive things in concrete terms, yet there was so much shit that today we wonder how it could not have closed until 1996, 18 years later .

2. A rather sleazy businessman is behind the project

When I say sleazy, I mean crook. The gentleman himself, Eugene Mulvihill had made his fortune on Wall Street in the 70s until we realized he was actually a fraudster, and that kind of stuff isn’t really done in the business world. . He was thrown out and decided to invest his capital by buying two ski resorts in New Jersey.

But the thing that’s boring with ski resorts is that in summer it pays off, so he had the idea of ​​opening summer attractions to make money. Historically it was a good shitty idea that Eugene had there.

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3. The staff was made up of people who were far too young and irresponsible

Hiring young people to work is fun, we’ve all done little summer jobs, but in an amusement park you shouldn’t mess around either and only take on teenagers or people you don’t train at all . Even less to whom we give alcohol all day long.

4. The booze literally flowed

If several testimonies point to the alcohol consumption of the park staff as we mentioned above, the customers could also take advantage of it. In the park there were many snack bars that gave free beer regardless of the age of the customers and the American laws on the sale of alcohol to minors were regularly flouted (young people of 14 years old drank). Several doctors who treated injured people at the scene reported that many of the young people were under the influence of alcohol at the time of their incident.

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Photo credits (CC BY 2.0): Joe Shlabotnik from Forest Hills, Queens, USA

5. Attractions were designed by people with no experience

Well, let’s get to the heart of the matter, why was it the most dangerous park in history? Because the attractions (mostly water attractions) were made and developed by park employees, which was therefore not their job at all. Several sources report that the owner did not hesitate to change the manufacturing plans a little at the last moment to make them even more extreme, except that this was more fun, it was just dangerous. Really dangerous.

6. There were A LOT of injuries and deaths

If the park keeps this reputation of being the most dangerous in history, it is unfortunately because a large number of more or less serious accidents have happened in the park. Skins torn off in courses, open wounds, broken bones and in the end six dead… At one point the park even bought its own ambulance because the nearest hospital could no longer dispatch a vehicle several times a day. day, it gives you an idea of ​​the seriousness of the thing.

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Photo credits (CC BY 2.0): Joe Shlabotnik from Forest Hills, Queens, USA

7. The attractions were completely abused

Here is a small list of some attractions that have existed in the park:

– A much too large and poorly studied wave pool in which two people drowned.

– A looping slide so steep that employees were offered $100 to test it before the public and one employee said “$100 couldn’t buy enough alcohol to forget this experience”. Broken noses and back pains, there were so many injuries that the attraction remained open for only a few days over two summers before being permanently closed.

– A lake on which people could go boating but where no safety rules were respected, so people played “bumper boats”, until one day a boat sank. Oh and the lake was visibly infested with snakes.

– A kayak course in false rapids which were caused by an electrical system. The trick was set up incorrectly and people often rolled over or got stuck in the attraction. We closed the course the day a customer fell in the water and was fatally electrocuted.

8. Four big issues that sum up the park’s abysmal condition

To sum up, the biggest problems of the park were these four points which, when added together, are enough to create hell on earth:

– the fact that most of the attractions were not at all secure and designed by amateurs: “We opened the attractions to the public without being sure that they were going to work” declares a former employee.

– the presence of free alcohol on the site for both employees and the public.

– the park staff, partly too young or unaware, but above all not at all aware of safety rules or professional conduct on the site.

– some customers who were also messing around and not behaving the right way at all. (Well at the same time we did not warn them about the possible dangers).

9. The team had a detached view of the situation

Between indifference and unconsciousness, the management of the park was catastrophic. Employees renamed certain attractions based on accidents that had taken place there: the wave pool “wave pool” was renamed “grave pool” (the cemetery) after the death of two people in a specific place (called “death zone”) and the park was called “Traction Park” in reference to the medical term “traction” which refers to the treatment of broken bones. Some employees took their lunch breaks in front of a sliding attraction in which people ran into and injured themselves several times a day for fun.

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Photo credits (CC BY 2.0): Joe Shlabotnik from Forest Hills, Queens, USA

10. They schemed to stay open

The park remained in operation for 18 years while every year many accidents took place. Several cases surround the park, including the death of an 18-year-old young man during a summer toboggan ride. As the victim had worked for the local ski resort in the winter (and not for the park) the director decided to tell the press that he was a member of the team rather than a visitor because it didn’t look good. So I’m not a specialist in law, but it’s called lying about a death that kind of stuff.

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