Roadtrippers has a pretty good write up on the soon to be revived, Action Park. However, I think what you really should do is watch this video first. It may be long, but it’s totally worth it. If you’re lazy, skip to 8:20. If you’re really lazy, look at the photo below the video:
Yes, that is a water-slide with a full vertical loop on it. Let that sink in for a few minutes. Ok, have you thought enough about it. Because I’m about to blow your mind even more. Let’s take a gander over at the Wikipedia page of Action Park. It is full of amazing.
First you should know that over the park’s 18 year life, 6 people are confirmed to have died due to park rides. 6 People. Today if a person gets a bloody noise because they tripped on their own shoe lace parks are liable for something. Weren’t the 1980s a better time?
Action Park was divided into 3 distinct sections, Alpine attractions, Motorworld, and Waterworld (not to be confused with the 1995 Movie of the same name).
In the Alpine section was an Alpine slide, which was a concrete and fiberglass ride down a mountain (ski lifts took you to the top). This ride produced one of the park’s deaths, that of an employee who hit his head on a rock when his sled jumped the track. You see the sleds were poorly maintained, and had only two speeds, – crawling, and Ludicrous Speed.
Motorworld had motor sports and rides, the coolest would be the Tank Ride. Which pitted occupants who sat in a go cart like vehicle that was a tank, they then shot tennis balls out of the tank’s a main cannon at each other. Spectators could man tennis ball cannons around the perimeter of the chain link fence enclosed arena. Damn, that’s gotta be fun.
Waterworld was the bread and butter of the park though, (or at least it seemed like it). Being one of the first major water parks in the nation, the Waterworld section of Action Park invented alot of things that are taken for granted now a-days. There’s just too much to post about here, you might as well just read the Wikipedia section on Action Park, (that is, if you haven’t already read the entire thing).
The one ride I will call out though is Cannonball Loop, that amazing photo above. That ride was only ever open for short periods of time, most likely when the manager, or owner at the time forgot how dangerous it was. While no one died on that ride, it just doesn’t look safe. And the differences between people’s body weights and make ups was just too much for it.
It does look awesome though, doesn’t it?
In 1996, after it had lost it’s insurance, and piling personal-injury lawsuits, the park was forced to close. Parts of it are still open and running under new names – Mountain Creek is one. And this summer the name is supposed to be revived, weather that means all the awesome history or not is up in the air, but it’s a safe bet that none of the cool things will be open.