Ride: Action Park

"There's nothing in the world like Action Park!"
"The action never stops... at Action Park!"

Action Park (running from 1978 from 1996) was an especially infamous Theme Park, located in the town of Vernon in northwestern New Jersey. On paper, it seemed like a normal theme park, with an alpine slide, a ski area (it was part of the Vernon Valley/Great Gorge Ski Resort, now known as Mountain Creek), and two themed areas: Motorworld (based around vehicles) and Waterworld (a water park). Sounds good, right?

Well, the execution is where things went horribly wrong.

The rides were poorly designed and poorly maintained, leaving people seriously injured or sometimes dead. A total of six fatalities have been linked to the park. Most of the employees were undertrained (and often under-the-influence of alcohol...and other things) teenagers who didn't care about safety rules and often encouraged dangerous antics. The park advertised on Spanish-language radio stations in New York, yet most of its employees couldn't speak a word of Spanish and all of the signs and such were in English. Though it was a popular summertime destination for New Yorkers and New Jerseyans in the 1980s, legal and financial troubles, not just at Action Park but also at the ski resort and within the management, caused Action Park and Vernon Valley/Great Gorge to shut down after the 1996 season. The whole complex was later purchased by Intrawest in 1998 and reopened as Mountain Creek. The former Action Park became Mountain Creek Waterpark, its old rides having been either torn down or heavily renovated (with much better protection for the riders, obviously).

We could say more, but the Wikipedia article elaborates on it in much more depth, as well as this article from Weird NJ and the documentary The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever. Just know that they once attempted to build a looping water slide, and that it was actually open to the public for a brief period.

In April 2014, Mountain Creek's owners announced that they were officially opening for the summer season as Action Park, complete with a new looping slide. Tropers beware...


Action Park provided examples of the following tropes: