Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park | The Demise of the World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park – Mashable
This two-part feature on Action Park of Vernon, N.J. is getting passed around on social media by all the Jersey natives I know. Since I left the Garden State for Northern Virginia right before I turned two, I didn’t get to really experience “trAction Park” though I remember the television commercials (“there’s no place in the world like Action Park!” from when I was visiting relatives and there was discussion of visiting it during my first few weeks of college. I did go to the successor park, Mountain Creek in 2003.
In short, Action Park’s history lends itself well to a black comedy or a horror movie. There were six deaths due to the poorly designed rides like an alpine slide (with graphic photographs at the top of kids injured on the ride) and attractions, not too mention frequent injuries. The actually had a water slide with a loop which was never quite perfected! A few things, like the water chutes that ended about about 12 feet above the water, a rope swing with a similar drop and a cliff dive were retained for Mountain Creek, at least when I was there.
Apparently, a great deal of the staff was drunk teenagers too. The owner/operator, Eugene Mulvihill ran Action Park on the fringe of legality.
All interviewed look back with really nostalgic for the old Action Park, where they didn’t so much visit it, they survived it. A few years back, the original owners bought it back, brought it up to code and want to bring back the spirit too:
Mountain Creek was pretty fun when I went there, but I’m not sure I’d be up for traveling all the way to North Jersey for it again. That being said, these videos are pretty interesting.