The Infamous Amusement Park: Action Park Of New Jersey

One of the finest ways to experience an adrenaline rush without actually putting yourself at risk is to spend the day at a theme park. Many of us steer clear of activities like rock climbing and skydiving because they carry a risk of death. Even though a roller coaster may cause your pulse rate to increase to a billion miles per hour, we know that nothing as bad as death could happen; believing this, six thrill-seekers entered the Action Park in New Jersey.

Because of the dangers and possibilities for harm that were known, teenagers eager for a thrill with actual risk frequented the area. It was first opened in 1978, and it closed down in 1996. Six people were killed there. This is due to poor construction and lack of safety regulations.

A new attraction was launched in Vernon Township, New Jersey on May 26, 1978. Action Park, a water park and theme park, would make this an inconspicuous US home for the next 20-years.

Cannonball Loop is a world-famous enclosed tube waterslide.

What is the Cause of Six Deaths at The Action Park

Can you value putting your life in danger? Action Park, New Jersey was a unique amusement park that offered a thrill-seeking experience like none other. The Action Park deaths throw a somber shade on the history of the New Jersey park, even if there are undoubtedly many amusing anecdotes about the park’s glory days.
Cannonball Loop

Action Park visitors were immediately greeted with the famous enclosed tube waterslide. The slide’s first creation was tested on dummies, who were found to be terribly mutilated. Gene Mulvihill, the park creator, encouraged his young workers that they use the slide by flashing them 100 dollars. Riders were willing to agree, but they had bleeding mouths when they emerged before padding was introduced.

Once they discovered that the previous riders’ teeth had been locked in the loop and were cutting them up, the lacerations that the following riders suffered made sense. The slide was a brutal experience that left many people bruised, bloody-nosed and confused.

alpine slide action park

Action Park – Death and Danger

The Alpine Slide or The Skin Ripper

The tragedy of George Larsson Jr. following racing the Alpine Slide is among Class Action Park’s major concerns, and it is perhaps one of the worst and most disturbing of the tragedies at Action Park. Larsson, then 19, rode the Alpine Slide with his friend while exploring the park. The brake had failed and the sled went off the track.


wave pool at action park

Numerous deaths led to The Wave Pool being renamed The Grave Pool


He died on July 16 from injuries sustained after slipping into an edge and striking his head against a boulder. Because if Larsson was a staff, Gene Mulvihill, the founder of Park, wouldn’t have had to notify this death to the authorities. State records show that the Alpine Slide caused 26 head injuries and 14 fractures in the period 1984-1985.

The Grave Pool, The Wave Pool

Employees at Action Park nicknamed the Wave Pool “The Grave Pool” since it caused numerous fatalities. Because it was too strong and deep and many people who couldn’t swim dove in regardless, this was the cause. When the water reached shoulder height, or “The Death Zone,” as lifeguards dubbed it, people would grab each other or seek the ladders, which frequently resulted in accidents.

Lifeguards were always on duty and saved a few people in minutes. However, the water would often become murky from sunscreen, human skin, and runoff from the human mountain, making it difficult to identify those below.


Regardless of the fact there were always 12 lifeguards on duty, George Lopez, 15, was killed at the Wave Pool in July 1982. Gregory Grandchamps, a man named Gregory Grandchamps, drowned five more years later.


Action Park Amusement Park

The Kayak Experience was killed 27 years ago.

Kayak Experience Electrocution

The death of 27-year-old Jeffrey Nathan occurred while he was on “The Kayak Experience,” an attraction that saw 20 boats sail down 1,000 feet of rapids. To correct it, he stepped on a Kayak Experience grate. These rapids were caused by underwater fans. The grate accidentally came in contact with the live wiring of the underwater fans and caused him to experience cardiac arrest. Some of his relatives were also hurt.

While the park did not claim responsibility for the death of the victim, they said that electric current was the cause. They also claimed that there were no burns to the skin. The Kayak Experience was eventually shut down permanently.

Tarzan Swing Action Park

Tarzan Swing causes Cardiac Atrophy

Tarzan Swing

Unofficially, it was claimed that a visitor’s fatal heart attack in 1984 (unknown date) was brought on by the shock of the chilly water in the pool underneath the Tarzan Swing. Other water regions were in the 70-80 °F (21-27 °C) range, more usual for swimming pools, whereas the water on the swing and in that swimming area was 50-60 °F (10-16 °C). This region was home to spring water, which powered the Tarzan Swing as well as the Cannonball ride.

In the Tidal Wave Pool on August 27, 1984, a 20-year-old Brooklyn resident named Donald DePass perished after getting into the 110 by the 50-foot pool when roughly 20 lifeguards were on duty.

The Park Right Now

After closing in 1996, the attraction reopened as Mountain Creek Waterpark in 2014 with a stronger emphasis on safety. There are many opinions online about it. No fatalities have been reported thus far. Others believe it may be the Action Park’s half-destroyed structure. Although their ads tout ride security, personnel education, many people have moved to other amusement parks due to their controversial past.

One thing is certain: Action Park will continue to be one of the most famous New Jersey theme parks.

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