Amusement parks are always a fun time for adults and kids who are looking for thrills and adventure. According to The International Association of Amusement Parks, there are over 400 theme parks in the United States alone, which means thousands of people love the electrifying experience of fast rides and letting loose.
Roller coasters are one of the most hair-raising rides at amusement parks. Not everyone can muster up the courage to strap themselves in one of these thrilling and extremely fast rides, and it's not only because they are frightened of heights, twists, and turns, but because of the countless dangers that can occur.
There have been way too many incidents at amusement parks around the globe that can have anyone refusing to ride certain rides. Here we've listed 20 theme parks in different parts of the world that are dangerous AF.
19 Schlitterbahn Waterpark Ride In Kansas City Shuts Down After Horrifying Incident
A water slide at the Kansas City, Kansas Schlitterbahn waterpark was the world's tallest water slide when it opened in 2014. At the slide's lower bump, rafts would reach a speed of 70 mph. However, after a few too many non-fatal injuries and a very horrifying incident, the water slide was later dismantled.
18 Trainers At SeaWorld Are Risking Their Lives
At SeaWorld, trainers often perform a number of stunts with orcas. These killer whales are not meant to be circus performers and things can easily go awry. Most of the trainers are not even experts on these whales and SeaWorld has been cited over the safety of their trainers a number of times, reported Los Angeles Times.
17 Kings Island In Ohio Isn't The Park You'd Want To Take The Kids
If you're in Ohio, you may want to skip going to Kings Island amusement park, especially if you aren't a fan of roller coasters. The amusement park has had a number of incidents that would make anyone want to turn around and check out what other attractions the state of Ohio has.
16 Only Thrill Seekers Would Ride The Tallest Roller Coaster In The World
Don't attempt to go on Kingda Ka, located in Six Flags in New Jersey, if you're terrified of heights. The roller coaster is the tallest model in the world and the second-fastest. Guests who board this coaster will go 0 to 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, and once at the top, they'll plummet back down in a 270-degree spiral.
15 This Famed Park In New York Has Had Its Fair Share Of Accidents
Rye Playland, located in New York, along the Long Island Sound was built in 1928 and has had reoccurring incidents that make this amusement park dangerous. According to Fox News, there have been six different, major incidents here, with the last accident in 2007. While this dragon coaster seems harmless, there's sadly been an incident there too.
14 Action Park, New Jersey Rated The Most Dangerous
According to Fox News, this park has a reputation as the "most dangerous ever," with nicknames like "Accident Park" and "Class Action Park." In just one year there were 110 injuries! Action Park was one of the first modern water parks in the United States, but the number of accidents was enough to ultimately close it down in 1996.
13 SCAD Dives Is Not For The Faint Of Heart
Guests who attempt Scad diving are given no parachute or bungee cord attached and ultimately free fall until dropped into a large specially-designed double net. According to The Guardian, just imagine jumping out of a building and landing safely on your back. Even some thrill-seekers would opt out of this one.
12 Las Vegas Isn't All About The Casinos
At the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, the thrilling rides aren't for the faint of heart. On one ride, guests are perched over 900 feet in the air at the edge of the 1,149-foot tall Stratosphere that resembles a giant seesaw. The vehicle races headlong down a platform and magnetic brakes stop the vehicle at a terrifying edge.
11 Dream World Rides In Australia Aren't Being Updated
Dream World, located in Queensland, Australia is the country's biggest theme park with over 40 rides, shows, and attractions. However, according to reviews from Trip Advisor, a lot of the rides like the Tower of Terror are rundown and slow, and that's enough for anyone to want to stay away from this park.
10 Six Flags Magic Mountain Promises To Spin Guests Into Another Dimension
Six Flags Magic Mountain in California has a ride called X2 that offers groundbreaking use of music, sounds effects and fire all while guests are going through flips, twists, and dives. The ride isn't for people who are afraid of heights, speed or having their bodies flipped around 360 degrees over and over again, writes Six Flags.
9 Fuji-Q Highland's "4D" Coaster Is One Of The Scariest In The World
According to Travel and Leisure's, "10 Scariest Thrill Rides on the Planet," Japan's Fuji-Q Highland park offers guests an experience like no other with their "4D" roller coaster. It is the second of its kind. With endless sound effects, 360-degree turns and an "insane style of head-over-heels spinning," this is one advanced coaster.
8 Cedar Point Is Home Of The Roller Coaster With Seventeen In Total
There are 17 roller coasters at Cedar Point, Ohio, and its last one, Maverick, might be the park's scariest. Newly built, passengers find themselves in a pitch-black tunnel getting launched 400 feet at 70 mph in three seconds. There are also features like eight airtime-filled hills and of course, many twists and turns.
7 Hersheypark's Roller Coasters Will Get Anyone's Nerves Going
One of the best rides at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania is the "Great Bear." According to Penn Live, this roller coaster leaves riders' feet dangling as it lifts 90 feet off the ground and launches into a course of drops, twists, and turns. This ride will definitely get anyone's nerves going.
6 Future World At Epcot, Mission: SPACE Can Leave You Feeling Claustrophobic
If you are claustrophobic you may want to skip Mission: SPACE at Disney World's Epcot. One component takes you on a journey to Mars and offers the feeling of being an astronaut and spinning into space in very tight capsules. According to Touring Plans, guests have experienced going into panic mode while on this ride.
5 Ecoventure Valley's Space Journey Rocket Launch Simulator Is Not What You'd Expect
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Ecoventure Valley in Shenzhen, China's Space Journey ride was designed to simulate the experience of a rocket launch, including acceleration twice that of gravity. After an alarming incident at Space Journey in 2010, we don't think anyone should take a chance on this ride.
4 Pleasure Beach Blackpool's Wooden Coasters Will Leave You Feeling Shaken
Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire, England is one of the top 20 most visited amusement parks in the world. There are ten very thrilling roller coasters with four of them wooden: the Big Dipper, Blue Flyer, Grand National and Nickelodeon Streak. If you aren't afraid of riding wooden coasters at high speeds, then this park is for you.
3 Skip Silverwood Theme Park's "Metal Monster" If You Get Queasy
This "metal monster" called Aftershock at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho is only for those seeking an electrifying ride. The roller coaster is like two coasters in one because not only does it take passengers forward through a cobra roll and inverted loop, but it also goes backward!
2 Coasters At Alton Towers Are Hair-Raising
Alton Towers in the United Kingdom boasts a number of roller coasters that will leave passengers frantic. There are coasters that only hold passengers at the waist and one named "Shockwave" which has passengers standing rather than being seated. One of the most thrilling is "The Smiler," which has 14 inversions, the most on any roller coaster in the world.
1 Nagashima Spa Land's Roller Coaster Is The Entire Length Of The Park
Nagashima Spa Land is a very unique amusement park located in Japan because not only does it have rides for adults and kids, there is a nearby spa and hot spring area. So after guests scream their lungs out on the Steel Dragon 2000, a roller coaster that spans the entire park, they can relax at one of 17 outdoor or indoor baths.
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