As a New Jersey native, I’m proud to say that Action Park could really only have existed in a place like my home state. All of the rides were absurd, but the Cannonball Loop, open for less than a month, was the greatest embarrassment. It was an enclosed water slide, but with a loop.
According to local lore, when the folks in charge of the park were testing it out with dummies, several emerged from the ride completely decapitated and dismembered. The design was so inefficient that it was constructed with a hatch at the bottom of the loop, so people who got stuck in it could get out safely. It was opened in the summer of 1985, but closed after just one month of operation.
2. The Kayak Experience
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After the death of a visitor in Action Park in 1982, this ride was closed permanently. The ride had been fixed with a boat leading the people downward all of a sudden. With the help of an immersed electric fan the water used to convulse upside. Every visitor was given personal kayak that leads to cause overturn. In 1982, an unfortunate visitor fell down from his boat and died because of electric shock
3. The ‘Grave Pool’
The “Grave Pool” is the local nickname that was attributed to Actions Park Wave Pool. It was one of the first of its kind, and because state regulations defined it as a pool, the only thing Action Park was required to do was keep the water clean and have lifeguards on duty. There was always a minimum of 12 guards, and sometimes, there were as many as 20. On a busy weekend, the guards would make as many as 30 saves in the pool, as opposed to the average one or two per season that a guard anywhere else can expect to make.
Half of the park’s six deaths were a result of people drowning in the wave pool. A lot of accidents and near-drownings were attributed to a combination of the pool’s design, which had waves higher than they should have been that lasted much longer than they should have, and the fact that most of the park-goers were from the city, where they didn’t get much swimming experience. It was also easy for people to forget that the freshwater waves weren’t nearly as buoyant as real ocean waves.
4. Tarzan Swing
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This dangerous ride consisted of 20 feet high cable that was hanged from a steel arch inside a pool. Patrons had to wait in lines to get the chance of enjoying this thrilling experience. Some people tried to go earlier, which led them to suffer with accidents. Many people’s toes were scraped on the concrete at the far side. Also the designing flaws in the ride led the park owners decide to close it. But it was replaced with a safer ride.
The Alpine slide of Action Park used to descend the mountain close to the ski area chairlifts. This had brought verbal harassment as the track was constructed fiberglass, which caused serious scratches on riders. The sleds contributed a lot in creating injuries, which is why the project was shut down.
Aqua scoot is a ride having parallel slides made of metal rollers; these are just like the rollers used to slide luggage in airports. In order to enjoy this ride, you’ll have to show too much patience because it is extremely dangerous, and hits the water surface quickly. If you miss the specific positioning, then that means an accident can occur. There are reports of individuals grasping themselves on the rollers, so you better stay away from it.
Surf Hill is a common ride seen in various water parks. This ride slides huge amount of water in the form of cluster by the side lanes, and lets the visitors to slide down on mats into small puddles. Its 7th lane was known as the back breaker, which is extremely fast. Wherever, you see such a ride (in Disney lands or anywhere) you are better to stay miles away.