Most dangerous theme parks in the U.S.

Roller coaster in Six Flags


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates that around two billion people will visit amusement parks this year, eating junk food, enjoy exciting thrill rides, and release it.

In the US alone, there are more than 400 theme parks generate about $55 billion in annual turnover.

But having fun is a serious business.

Most of the adventurers will have a great time– but what will it hurt. The number of significant incidents has increased in most of America’s major theme parks, Amusement park Safety and security of the Organization of reports. Some accidents are the fault of the cyclist, but sometimes the park is due.

Read on to learn more about a number of dangerous events in the American amusement parks.

  • 1.

    Action Park, New Jersey

    Action Park

    Action Park opened one of the first wave pools in the country in 1978. But on the first day, about 100 swimmers had to be rescued from the wave pool.

    Many publications call the theme park “the most dangerous ever.” Some of his nicknames “Accident Park” and “Class Action Park.” At least six people have died in separate incidents before the park was closed in 1996 (It reopened in 1998 under a different name, and recently took his old name back).

    A documentary reported 110 injuries in just one year, including 45 head injuries and 10 fractures.

  • 2.

    Rye Playland, New York

    Rye Playland

    At least six different, major accidents have been reported at RyePlayland since 1938, according to The New York Times.

    In 1988, an 8-year-old girl choked to death on chewing gum after it became lodged in her throat, while she was riding the Dragon roller Coaster, according to RideAccidents.

    More recently, two fatal incidents took place in 2004 and in 2005. Two 7-year-old girls died, one after being thrown from a ride and the other incident took place on a water ride. In 2007, a supervisor, died in the park while riding a ride without wearing a seat belt.

  • 3.

    Six Flags, multiple locations

    Six Flags

    Six Flags parks in New Jersey, Georgia, Kentucky, had closed many of the rides as a result of accidents through the years.

    Eight people died at Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson Township, New Jersey in 1984, when a fire broke out. In 2008, a 17-year-old boy was decapitated by a ride in the park in Atlanta while recovering his lost hat.

    In Kentucky last year, as a ride ascended, a cable broke and hit a number of girls in the face and the trunk. One of them lost her feet– which were later recovered.

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  • 4.

    Kings Island, Ohio

    Kings Island

    In 1991, a man fell into a pond and the two people who tried to rescue him, died after suffering an electric shock. On the same day, a person fell from a ride and died after hitting the ground.

    Two years ago, the Banshee, the park’s newest roller coaster, briefly stopped on a lift hill with riders. No one has figured out why, but the staff says that it is not a malfunction.

  • 5.

    Discovery Cove and SeaWorld


    Sea World parks, including Discovery Cove, are a lot of wild animals that pose different risks than the traditional theme parks.

    Visitors can snorkel with fish and interacting with dolphins and monkeys. But accidents happen also. has compiled a list of the most terrible incidents to happen in SeaWorld, a killer whale beached itself and a bull orca drowned its trainer (and this is just one reported incident where orcas have attacked trainers). Several employees have sued the park over the years for personal injury.

    More information about the country’s most dangerous theme parks.

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