Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The world's most dangerous theme park reopens

actionpark2.jpg
home-gallery-zero-g-home.jpg

For the thrill seeker, Alton Towers has nothing on this amusement park.

The infamous 'Action Park' in New Jersey, which has been closed for almost 20 years having been dubbed ‘the world’s most dangerous amusement park’ has reopened with the promise of terrifying rides alongside some much-required safety.

During the period from 1978 to 1996, six people died and hundreds more were injured - sometimes averaging five to 10 injuries each day – as they embarked on petrifying rides such as the Alpine Slide, where riders would fly down a concrete track in a car with just a handbrake.

The Canyon Cliff drops visitors 23 feet into crystal clear mountain spring. It's one of Action Park’s most popular attractions

But now the 35-acre theme park, which was loved by visitors despite the dangers, has reopened with many of its original hair-raising outdoor rides still in place alongside the necessary safety measures.

The body slide sends riders into a steep descent before they plunge 18 feet into a fresh water spring

Riders on the Colorado River Ride must now wear face masks to protect themselves from collisions.

In place of an infamous upside-down water slide, is a 100 foot drop water-slide that the park calls “the world’s tallest double-looping waterside”. It reportedly cost $1 million to build.

As one park executive said it's "all of the thrills and none of the spills".

The new manager Andy Mulvihill, son of the park’s founder Gene Mulvihill, was keen to refute any worries about dangers of the attraction. "The world’s changed," said Mulvihill. "I refuse to be involved in any rides where anybody can get hurt."

This ride starts with a dark tunnel and a 45˚ drop before accelerating riders into a giant funnel

Mulvihill added, "The overall conclusion that the people who went to Action Park have is that it was a phenomenal place. I don’t get approached by people telling me what a terrible place it was. The strength of that passion far outweighed the negative things."

A 2013 documentary captured the nostalgia New Jersey locals felt for the park, with one commentator saying, "The rides at Action park were lawless. You could see that, you could tell no one particularly cared what you did".

Other attractions include tunnels with 360° bends and a head first racing slide that is built into the natural contours of the mountain

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, images: Action Park)

Related

hero.jpg

Newly released 'Gone Girl' posters show chilling evidence bags

untitled-3.jpg

Aardman create heart-rending short film to mark the First World War centenary

hero.jpg

The best free festivals to party at in London this summer

hero.jpg

Find London's new book benches and other amazing street art in the capital

Shoreditch-House.jpg

A bigger splash: dive into 12 of the UK's loveliest lidos

untitled-5.jpg

Budget airline launches London to New York flight for £150

More

Sandi Toksvig’s shock Bake Off confession completely rocks our world

Can we get a “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”, please?

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Gossip Girl was supposed to have an entirely different ending

Good morning, Upper East siders…

by Susan Devaney
21 Sep 2017

How to use Instagram to boost your career (and land your dream job)

It’s time to make your Instagram account work as hard as you do…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Students disciplined for making rape joke during a charity fundraiser

The four teens spelled the word ‘rape’ with body paint

by Amy Swales
21 Sep 2017

Colin the Caterpillar has been given a cute Christmas makeover

We only just got over Halloween Colin – now Santa Colin is in town

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is conjuring up a seriously dark TV reboot

But who will play everyone’s favourite half-witch?

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Elisabeth Moss isn’t done with powerful dramas about women’s rights

Call Jane is set to be as relevant for Trump's America as its 60s setting

by Amy Swales
20 Sep 2017

Why we all think we’re the least popular one in our group of friends

If you believe everyone’s hanging out without you, you’re not alone

by Moya Crockett
20 Sep 2017

Why that Doctor Foster conversation is so incredibly important

So many people missed the point of this big reveal…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Sep 2017

What is panic disorder – and do you suffer from it?

Nadiya Hussain described it as a 'monster'

by Megan Murray
20 Sep 2017