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2014-07-05 09:49:38 AM
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The 21st century now has suicide booths, in a convenient "Action Park" motif...
 
2014-07-05 09:56:54 AM
FTFA:  'I was there three times when I was 9 or 10 - twice I left in an ambulance,' said one former attendee.

Now that's your farking money's worth.
 
2014-07-05 09:59:52 AM
Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.
 
2014-07-05 10:02:05 AM
I went MANY times as a kid.  This is pretty cool news.  Although I am sure it won't be nearly as unsafe or reckless as I remember it.

Hoping they bring back the tennis ball tanks.
 
2014-07-05 10:04:45 AM
My favorite was the Garbage Disposal, where are you jumped in a room full of spinning blades and tried to dodge them for 10 minutes.
 
2014-07-05 10:07:41 AM

SpdrJay: My favorite was the Garbage Disposal, where are you jumped in a room full of spinning blades and tried to dodge them for 10 minutes.


I remember that one.  I thought it should have been in the kiddie-land section since it seemed kind of tame.
 
2014-07-05 10:10:57 AM
I remember the Alpine Slide quite well. Got flung out of my sled and slid for a while on the track. Had road rash all down my arm and leg.
 
2014-07-05 10:11:04 AM
media3.giphy.com
 
2014-07-05 10:12:36 AM
That place sounds awesome!
 
2014-07-05 10:13:40 AM

Close2TheEdge: I went MANY times as a kid.  This is pretty cool news.  Although I am sure it won't be nearly as unsafe or reckless as I remember it.


Just don't use any of the water features right after Chris Christie did a cannonball in them. They'll need time to refill.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-07-05 10:15:26 AM
Spent many hours/days there in my youth. Have a few memories of Alpine slide runs that nearly went bad.
But all in all was an awesome park.
 
2014-07-05 10:15:30 AM
We have 8mm home movies zipping around in the go-carts.  No helmet...I'd have to watch again to see if there were seat belts.
 
2014-07-05 10:15:47 AM
I thought it was called "traction" park in the last thread about it.

/hot reporter bikini action
 
2014-07-05 10:17:01 AM

Close2TheEdge: I went MANY times as a kid.  This is pretty cool news.  Although I am sure it won't be nearly as unsafe or reckless as I remember it.

Hoping they bring back the tennis ball tanks.


THIS
/and Vernon Valleybrau
//nothing says fun like pounding liters of beer and going on dangerous rides!
 
2014-07-05 10:21:51 AM
(csb)

I was fortunate to go to Action Park in 1980 when it was at peak awesomeness - that is to say, right around the corner from a Playboy resort, built during the days when Hef thought it'd be good to expand the Playboy brand to include family-friendly entertainment, only with boobies everywhere.

Playboy and Action Park used to do promotions together. Mull that over for a while, gentlemen. There may be nothing more wonderful for a 16-year-old boy than a day of death-defying water-park fun, followed by an all-you-can-eat dinner with endless plates of whatever you wanted, brought to you by a procession of stacked goddesses.

Were the women unattainable? Sure, but at 16 who the fark cares?

(/csb)
 
2014-07-05 10:26:02 AM
I went bungee jumping at Action Park back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (I forget which; it's been a while). They had a T-shaped tower that was about 70 ft high (IIRC), and you would climb up the middle and walk out to one of the ends of the T, where they would hook you up and you would fall backwards off the tower. You jumped over an airbag, so it didn't seem all that unsafe.

It's still one of the scariest things I've ever done.
 
2014-07-05 10:27:03 AM
ah, the only park where the first aid station had a line
 
2014-07-05 10:41:05 AM
'They kept sending us free passes to go back so we went again but I was extremely cautious and only went on one ride - a kayak where you simply paddled around a sort of lazy river. I loved it and it was safe but the next day the ride was closed because someone fell off their kayak and was electrocuted by the electric currents."

Even the "tame" rides could kill you. Now that's a theme park.
 
2014-07-05 10:45:30 AM

CruJones: I thought it was called "traction" park in the last thread about it.

/hot reporter bikini action


It has so many names...

/I've also seen "Fracture Park".
 
2014-07-05 10:49:38 AM
files.abovetopsecret.com
 
2014-07-05 10:53:56 AM

Eravior: 'They kept sending us free passes to go back so we went again but I was extremely cautious and only went on one ride - a kayak where you simply paddled around a sort of lazy river. I loved it and it was safe but the next day the ride was closed because someone fell off their kayak and was electrocuted by the electric currents."

Even the "tame" rides could kill you. Now that's a theme park.


New Jersey.  Only the strong survive.
 
2014-07-05 10:55:02 AM
Yikes! Give me nice tame roller coasters any day! Did anyone else think the ride in that first photo looked like getting flushed down a huge toilet with wild green water?
 
2014-07-05 10:58:23 AM
"'World's most dangerous' theme park that killed six people..."

Um, Disneyland has killed more.
 
2014-07-05 11:02:15 AM
I've always wanted to ride an Alpen slide without having to go to the Alps. Looks like I found my chance.
 
2014-07-05 11:08:25 AM
Never heard of this park, but I went back recently to one I enjoyed as a kid in the late 80s/early 90s. The main thing I took away from the visit was looking at the two-seater bumper cars, which are as old as I am, and thinking about how people actually used to fit in those with room to spare.

Not really germane to this thread, but I wonder how many older parks have this problem.
 
2014-07-05 11:12:48 AM
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2014-07-05 11:20:48 AM
If your favourite brand of beer was recalled because they discovered it had a poisonous substance that killed 6 people and injured hundreds of others, would you recall with fond memories the times that you drank Rubbing Alcohol Beer (now with 15% more methanol!)?

If your favourite car was recalled because it had a gas pedal that could cause the car to suddenly explode, would you think "man, cars these days are so boring.  All those rules and regulations from the government, and overprotective parents trying to take away our right to enjoy an explosive car"?

I agree that people get a little too safety-conscious and knee-paddy these days.  But when people go seeking thrills and adventures, they like to KNOW what kind of risks they are getting into.  Look at skydiving - it's not exactly safe, you could easily get killed.  But skydivers like to know that their parachutes weren't made cheaply, and that their pilots aren't 15-year-olds with no training in flying a plane.

I love how everyone is reminiscing with fond memories over 6 people getting killed for wanting a fun weekend with their family.
 
2014-07-05 11:22:35 AM

fredklein: "'World's most dangerous' theme park that killed six people..."

Um, Disneyland has killed more.


AP has a much higher kill rate, and WAY more injuries
/per capita
//annual average
 
2014-07-05 11:23:11 AM

sleep lack: [img.photobucket.com image 720x536]


How true. I loved my Big Wheel back in the day.
 
2014-07-05 11:26:24 AM

moeburn: If your favourite brand of beer was recalled because they discovered it had a poisonous substance that killed 6 people and injured hundreds of others, would you recall with fond memories the times that you drank Rubbing Alcohol Beer (now with 15% more methanol!)?

If your favourite car was recalled because it had a gas pedal that could cause the car to suddenly explode, would you think "man, cars these days are so boring.  All those rules and regulations from the government, and overprotective parents trying to take away our right to enjoy an explosive car"?

I agree that people get a little too safety-conscious and knee-paddy these days.  But when people go seeking thrills and adventures, they like to KNOW what kind of risks they are getting into.  Look at skydiving - it's not exactly safe, you could easily get killed.  But skydivers like to know that their parachutes weren't made cheaply, and that their pilots aren't 15-year-olds with no training in flying a plane.

I love how everyone is reminiscing with fond memories over 6 people getting killed for wanting a fun weekend with their family.


www.firedaily.com
 
2014-07-05 11:28:03 AM

moeburn: If your favourite brand of beer was recalled because they discovered it had a poisonous substance that killed 6 people and injured hundreds of others, would you recall with fond memories the times that you drank Rubbing Alcohol Beer (now with 15% more methanol!)?

I love how everyone is reminiscing with fond memories over 6 people getting killed for wanting a fun weekend with their family.


We are reminiscing about how much fun it was, to not die. One ride they showed part of was the Cannonball. You went into a tube that went underground so you had no idea when/where the turns were and ended up flying out the other end about 10' in the air about a freezing cold pool with people heckling you if you awkwardly hit the water.
/fun times
 
2014-07-05 11:28:18 AM

Cybernetic: I went bungee jumping at Action Park back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (I forget which; it's been a while). They had a T-shaped tower that was about 70 ft high (IIRC), and you would climb up the middle and walk out to one of the ends of the T, where they would hook you up and you would fall backwards off the tower. You jumped over an airbag, so it didn't seem all that unsafe.

It's still one of the scariest things I've ever done.


My first bungee jump was at Action Park as well! The thing I remember most about that experience was standing on the edge, building up the nerve to step off, and the attendant just pushing me off without warning. IIRC, you even had to pay an extra 5 bucks for that in addition to the park ticket.
 
2014-07-05 11:31:48 AM
fredklein:
"'World's most dangerous' theme park that killed six people..."

Um, Disneyland has killed more.


Only if you count two worker deaths. There have been five accidental guest deaths at Disneyland since the park's opening that were actually caused by the rides. There have been others, always caused by guests being idiots (like climbing off the People Mover or trying to jump between cars and failing, or drowning in lakes after the park was closed, or intentionally jumping from rides). The few deaths at Disney have been pretty much "freak accident" sorts, too.

Considering that Disneyland has been open since 1955, and Action Park was (originally) only open from 1978 to 1996, the difference is pretty stark. Especially since Disneyland admits upwards of 60,000 people in one day, and averages 40,000, versus Action Park maxing out at 12,000 on a busy weekend.
 
2014-07-05 11:41:45 AM
I loved the big looping water slide and the high dive. My only "injuries" were some minor scrapes and bruises. Plus an unwanted enema from not keeping my legs crossed on one of the two insanely tall/steep water slides.

They also had a water slide that was a pitch black tunnel that popped you out about 20 feet above the water. Everybody loved that. I remember going there once and there was a bus trip from the Bronx. All these idiots who couldn't swim were using it and had to be pulled out. More than one of them got right back in line. Finally there was a life guard at the top yelling that the life guards were all exhausted and they were going to let the next person who couldn't swim drown. About 5 people immediately got out of line, a few more took their time but left.

I saw a few relatively minor injuries (folks who needed stitches, sprains, stuff like that) but the only person I ever saw who suffered a really serious injury was the guy who slipped in cafeteria and fractured his skull on the tile floor.Geniuses had a tile floor that was slippery when wet at a water park.

Still, I'd have to think the biggest risk was whatever you might catch from the floating fecal matter and piss in the water. Yes, some people literally pissed and/or shiat themselves on some of those rides. No, not all of them were toddlers in the wave pool.

Good times, good times.
 
2014-07-05 11:48:14 AM

p89tech: the floating fecal matter


www.vegastripping.com
 
2014-07-05 11:53:38 AM
I went every summer from the time I was 13 and it was the most fun I had even with road rash and cracked ribs
 
2014-07-05 11:56:57 AM
*Still* the most fun I've had at any park... My parents started bringing us in 1978, when the only ride was the double track Alpine Slide.  We rode that thing for hours and got very very good at learning the proper techniques to riding it safely. HINT: you actually had to shift your weight and lower your center of gravity to ride it at high speed, just like skiing...  Memories of the really insane water slides, the super go karts, and the Lola cars... Gotta love a place that sold beer and then encouraged activities that needed precision and timing to survive :-)
 
2014-07-05 12:00:30 PM

NYRBill: moeburn: If your favourite brand of beer was recalled because they discovered it had a poisonous substance that killed 6 people and injured hundreds of others, would you recall with fond memories the times that you drank Rubbing Alcohol Beer (now with 15% more methanol!)?

I love how everyone is reminiscing with fond memories over 6 people getting killed for wanting a fun weekend with their family.

We are reminiscing about how much fun it was, to not die. One ride they showed part of was the Cannonball. You went into a tube that went underground so you had no idea when/where the turns were and ended up flying out the other end about 10' in the air about a freezing cold pool with people heckling you if you awkwardly hit the water.
/fun times


The general message I got from that video was that amusement parks today are not deadly enough, and people who want to try to make them less deadly are a bunch of pussies ruining our fun.

Hey, if people want to do deadly things for fun, that's their right, I don't think we should regulate THAT.  I just think that we should regulate the industry so that if their park IS deadly, they have to put up signs saying "YOU MIGHT DIE ON THIS RIDE"
 
2014-07-05 12:05:55 PM
Darwin Park.
 
2014-07-05 12:06:48 PM
moeburn:
Hey, if people want to do deadly things for fun, that's their right, I don't think we should regulate THAT.  I just think that we should regulate the industry so that if their park IS deadly, they have to put up signs saying "YOU MIGHT DIE ON THIS RIDE"

They did.  It was on a huge sign at the ticket booths.  They took the same liability model as when they were open in the winter as a ski area.  Every lift ticket sold in the winter had language about skiiing being inherently dangerous, ski at your own risk, you hold the company blameless, yadda yadda ad infinitum.  The language in the summer was not much different.
 
2014-07-05 12:11:02 PM

sleep lack: [img.photobucket.com image 720x536]


lol, yup.  The 70s was an interesting time to be a kid.  The park in tfa sounds about right for that time-frame.  And it sounds like a blast.
 
2014-07-05 12:14:21 PM
This park seems like the ultimate Schmuck Bait.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SchmuckBait
 
2014-07-05 12:19:43 PM
If I lived closer,I would definitely take my kids there. As it is, we always make time for the amusement parks that set up in parking lots. They're not really too unsafe, but definitely risky.
 
2014-07-05 12:20:35 PM

rageaholic432: This park seems like the ultimate Schmuck Bait.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SchmuckBait


No....  Not that.  Because Action Park actually was *FUN*.  The fact that people got drunk was their fault.
 
2014-07-05 12:24:02 PM

fredklein: "'World's most dangerous' theme park that killed six people..."

Um, Disneyland has killed more.


That's just like heart attacks and the occasional brain anyeurism...I'm sure AP's deaths involved more trauma and more glory.
 
2014-07-05 12:28:09 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-05 12:28:21 PM
The Alpine slide is a great ride. But wear long pants and leather gloves.

SoCal Farkers are probably familiar with this one.
 
2014-07-05 12:35:27 PM

phamwaa: The Alpine slide is a great ride. But wear long pants and leather gloves.

SoCal Farkers are probably familiar with this one.


How in the name of Bugs Bunny has "Magic Mountain" not been sued by Six Flags for copyright infringement?
 
2014-07-05 01:18:45 PM
 
2014-07-05 01:40:24 PM

Edvard_Grieg: Alpine Slides are fun...especially at 9,600'
http://www.winterparkresort.com/events-and-activities/activities/act iv ities/colorados-longest-alpine-slide.aspx

Oh wait, we've got another one too http://www.heritagesquarealpineslide.com

Welcome to CO!


Oooooh - I have to tell my sister -- Road Trip!!
 
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