Part of the thrill of Amusement Parks is the possibility of dangerous situations, even though you know that these situations are controlled. Thrill seekers will put out an estimated $22 billion in 2019 as they search out those titillating experiences. Even though the rides are generally safe, of the more than 270 million visitors to amusement parks last year, 7,000 visited the ER for an injury. That’s an incredible statistic—it’s only 0.00259 per cent of everyone who went to a park.
Between 1990 and 2004, only three to four people died across all parks per year. There was one park, however, that had six separate fatalities and a local ER reported treating five to ten people from the park every day. In fact, the park had to pay to have an ambulance available at a moment’s notice to take people to the hospital. Which park was this? Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey.
In the park, there were plenty of ways to injure yourself. In a one year period, the alpine slide had 26 head injuries and 14 broken bones. The wave pool was nicknamed the “Grave Pool” for good reason. Even with 12 lifeguards on duty at all times, three people still drowned. That’s not to say that the lifeguards were negligent.
They actually regularly saved up 30 people over a weekend. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg–lawsuits finally came flooding in, closing the park down in 1996.