5 Worst Amusement Park Ride Disasters

 

I admit when it comes to amusement parks, and theme parks, I get nervous. From the long painful lines, crowds, cost, and all the other things that come with it, a day at an amusement or theme park is painful. This is without mentioning the crippling fear of actually going on the rides. I’ve braved my fair share of roller coasters, and things that just…drop you? However it’s hard to shake the tragic history of some of these theme parks. Amusement park accidents and amusement park deaths are a sad reality, and a part of amusement park and theme park history. Here are the 5 worst amusement park ride disasters.

Action Park

Action Park is so infamous for being out of control and dangerous, they take up the number 1 and 2 spot. I managed to escape relatively unscathed, but everyone wasn’t so lucky. They didn’t call it “Traction Park” for nothing.

The Cannonball Loop & The Wave Pool (or the “Grave Pool”)

This is double trouble right here. The Cannonball loop was barely opened a month, and the Wave Pool really did a number on unsuspecting park goers.

Photo: NY Post

Photo: NY Post

Photo: Roadtrippers

Photo: Roadtrippers

Check out the full episode of Ghost Town on Action Park.

Coney Island Cyclone

Coney Island is a east coast treasure. The Warriors, from the film of the same name had to make it back to Coney Island for safety. I’ve been a few times over the years, and I recall heading to the Zeppoli stand over anything else. The Cyclone is the centerpiece of boardwalk. It’s also the source of quite a few deaths.

Photo: PIX11

Photo: PIX11

Six Flags Great Adventure Haunted Castle Fire

One of the most gruesome and notorious amusement park disasters is centered around Jackson Township’s Great Adventure. I went a few times as a kid, but don’t recall the Haunted Castle. Probably because I was way too terrified of everything. However the Haunted Castle was poorly set up, lack of safety features, and general neglect led to the tragic death of 8 teenagers. Check out the episode of Ghost Town on the Six Flags Great Adventure Haunted Castle Fire.

Photo: APP

Photo: APP

Kings Island

I’ve never been to Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The amount of horror on one single day is insane. On June 9, 1991, a man fell into a pond. A friend and park employee attempted to rescue him. All three suffered an electric shock, but was fatal to the rescuers. An hour later a woman fell from a ride called the Flight Commander and died. Supposedly Kings Island is rumored to be haunted. I believe it.