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Remembering The 'World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park'
Amusement park safety has been a hot topic this summer. After a deadly fall from a Six Flags roller coaster in July, even minor injuries have been making headlines. But are amusement parks really as dangerous as they used to be? A new documentary sheds light on what Mashable is calling "The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park," a New Jersey waterpark called Action Park that closed in 1996. Inside this lawless park, which seemed to be staffed mostly by intoxicated teenagers, were nonsensical attractions like:
- The "Cannonball Loop" slide, which had a complete loop at the end.
- A winding cement track called the "Alpine Slide" that children barreled down on carts while people tried to spit on them from a chairlift that ran above it.
- A rope swing called "Tarzan swing" where men regularly exposed themselves to onlookers.
Ouch, sounds painful. Although these people walked away with minor injuries, at least seven people died at Action Park during its existence. Watch the first half of the documentary above, and the second half after the jump.