Located in Vernon, New Jersey, Action Park opened its doors in 1978. The amusement park was one of the pioneering waterparks, promising more excitement than any other theme park around with 75 rides: 35 self-controlled motorised rides, plus 40 waterslides. At the time of the opening the park was promoted with television commercials in the New York metropolitan area, using the jingle “There’s nothing in the world like Action Park!” and “The action never stops … at Action Park!”.
The park built up a reputation of being unsafe, due to the many injuries inflicted by poor construction and engineering of the rides. 1986 alone saw 110 reported accidents, including 45 head injuries and 10 bone fractures. The local hospital reported five to ten patients each day from the park. Park management even supplied the local township with more ambulances to keep up with the workload. Rumour has that six people have died at the park because of the rides. The park was quickly nicknamed Class Action Park, Traction Park and Accident Park.
The most infamous ride of the park was the Cannonball Loop, consisted of a long, straight section that was angled at around 45 degrees, ending in a full looping. A built-in trapdoor was later installed in the loop, as a result of riders getting stuck mid-loop.
Here is a brief list of the other experiences the park had to offer: taking part in head-on collisions on the Super Go Karts, getting bit in the snake infested pool of water on the Super Speedboats ride, getting bruised by tennisballs from the cannons on the Tank Ride or getting jumped on from the Diving Cliffs (Former employee Tom Fergus says the bottom of the pool at the cliffs was eventually painted white to make it easier to spot any bodies on the bottom).