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For something that’s supposed to be nothing but fun and joy, there are few things as divisive as amusement parks. Some people love the costumed characters, fun rides, TV shows they could be based on, and delicious carnival food. And others hate the constant walking, brutal overcharging, and, oh yeah, IMMINENT DEATH. If you fall into the latter camp, your friends might give you sh*t for being irrationally afraid of roller coasters. Well, guess what? Your fear is TOTALLY rational. And here’s proof.

(Note: This list is meant to highlight the most dangerous amusement parks, so large parks like Disneyland won’t be on the list – even though around 20 people have died there, albeit mostly from pre-existing conditions.)

 

5. Battersea Funfair – London, UK

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Fatalities: Five

The deadliest roller coaster accident — and third deadliest amusement park accident — happened in 1972 at the Battersea Funfair in London. A roller coaster called “The Big Dipper”, which had been in operation for over 20 years without injuring anyone, malfunctioned on May 30th, 1972, killing five children and injuring 13 more. Granted, roller coaster technology has come a long way in the 60-plus years since the Big Dipper was built, but why take the chance?

3-4 (tie). Overseas Chinese Town – Shenzhen, China

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Fatalities: Six

And this is the second deadliest amusement park accident. But unlike the Battersea accident, it happened just five years ago, proving that this kind of thing is still a very real risk. Also unlike Battersea, no one really knows what happened, thanks to the tight lid put on this story by either the Chinese government, the corporation that owns the park, or the Chinese media. The only information we have is that the Space Journey ride, a ride meant to simulate being launched into outer space, malfunctioned somehow, killing six people and injuring at least ten more.

Now, China’s manufacturing doesn’t have the best reputation. At the same time, Shenzhen is a huge, modern city, around the size of Los Angeles. So what’s to say that the same thing can’t happen at Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Six Flags Magic Mountain?

3-4 (tie). Playland – New York, USA

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Fatalities: Six

Playland made this list not for one major accident, but for six different ones. Playland is probably no more dangerous per capita than your average amusement park — one of the deaths was in ye olde 1938, another was from a girl choking on gum, and another was from a woman drowning in an off-limits lake — but the three modern deaths it is responsible for are especially horrifying. In 2004, a seven-year-old girl died on the Mind Scrambler when her restraining bar opened and she fell off (AKA everyone’s worst fear when they get into a ride). Three years later, on the same ride, a park employee died (probably in front of dozens of screaming children) when a second employee started the ride while she was still strapping guests in. (The ride is now closed.)

But worst of all is what happened on August 3, 2005. A seven-year-old boy somehow climbed out of a boat on the Ye Olde Mill ride — something that should not be possible — and got trapped underwater by a conveyor belt, dying of head trauma. Unlike most accidents at theme parks, Playland was held responsible, having to pay the victim’s family $1.25 million and establish a scholarship in the boy’s name. Keep those kids on a very short leash, folks.

2. Action Park – New Jersey, USA

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Fatalities: At least six, plus hundreds more injuries

They didn’t call it “Traction Park” for nothing. Three people drowned in the Tidal Wave Pool in five years, and they didn’t freaking close it. All six reported fatalities from Action Park happened between 1980 and 1987, meaning that this park killed more of New Jersey in the 1980s than Richard Biegenwald. At least it finally closed down in 1996– oh wait it reopened last year. The new owners claim a commitment to safety. I’ll believe it when I see it.

1. Six Flags Great Adventure – New Jersey, USA

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Fatalities: Ten

I know I said “no large parks” at the beginning of this article, but Six Flags Great Adventure gets a pass. Why? Because the deadliest event in amusement park history happened here. And it wasn’t even a roller coaster — it was the freaking Haunted Castle, AKA the ride you go on when you’re scared the roller coasters will kill you. Someone set the Haunted Castle on fire on May 11, 1984, trapping and killing eight teenagers. Two other people died in the park in the 1980s, both when they failed to secure themselves on roller coasters. Give Six Flags Great Adventure a little credit, though — they haven’t had any deaths or injuries since 1987. Optimists say that means all is well. Pessimists say it means we’re due.

 

 

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The 5 Deadliest Amusement Parks Ever

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