June 18, 2021 Blog
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigates serious accidents involving non-permanent rides, inflatables, and go-karts. Carnivals, fairs, and other amusement parks that move from location to location are regulated by the CPSC. Fixed-site amusement parks, such as Disney parks and Six Flags are regulated by local and state agencies and are not subject to federal regulation from the CPSC. The frequency of ride inspections, how and who reports on accidents and injuries suffered at fixed ride parks vary depending on the state’s regulations.
Although amusement park accidents are uncommon, they can be devastating. According to data from CPSC, in 2019 there were 1,299 injuries from amusement park accidents in the U.S.
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Which amusement park is known as the most dangerous?
Action Park in New Jersey is known as the most dangerous amusement park in the country, six people passed away from 1980 to 1987. From 1984 to 1985 there were 26 head injuries and 14 broken bones reported. The park closed in 1996 after several personal injury lawsuits were filed against it.
Worst amusement park accidents
How common are amusement park accidents?
Amusement park fatalities
Most common types of injuries
According to a 2013 study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital on child injuries at amusement parks:
Most common causes of amusement park accidents
What are the top 10 amusement parks?
According to review and visitor data from TripAdvisor, the best amusement parks in the U.S. include:
Six Flags is one of the world’s largest theme park companies with 27 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the U.S. each park is inspected according to state laws, these inspections help identify risky conditions that could lead to an accident impacting a visitor or an employee.
Types of injuries
Injuries suffered at Six Flags locations across the country include:
Who died in the superman ride in Six Flags?
On May 1, 2004 in Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, a 55-year-old man was thrown from the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster, he hit the rail and then fell a few feet to the ground. The man lost his life during this accident.
Theme parks in California with permanent rides, such as Disneyland, are required by law to report to state authorities every time a guest seeks medical attention beyond first aid for any injuries or other issues on a ride. The state investigates the most serious reports. Data from 2009 and 2010 show that the state investigated only five medical issues out of every 10 million rides taken at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Statistics from self-reported data from Disney World to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Most of the injuries reported by Disney World involve a guest with a pre-existing condition that lead to the injury. For example, in March 2020 a 9-year-old visitor with a pre-existing medical condition suffered a seizure after riding the Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run. In that same month, a 54-year-old guest suffered a heart attack after riding the Toy Story Mania ride.
(It’s important to note that most of the guests that passed away had a pre-existing condition that lead them to get sick at the park and consequently pass away.)
Reports show that the Skyliner gondolas at Disney World have crashed into each other in 2019 and 2021, no injuries were reported.
How common are roller coaster accidents?
According to data from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the chance of suffering a serious injury on a ride in an amusement park in the U.S. is 1 in 15.5 million rides taken.
How many roller coaster accidents happen annually?
In 2019, data from the IAAPA show that there were an estimated 449 injuries in a roller coaster. That is about 1.3 injuries per 1 million patron rides. Of these 449 injuries, 82 were reported to be serious.
Has anyone ever fallen out of a roller coaster?
Can a roller coaster derail?
Although unlikely, roller coasters can derail, in 2014 the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles derailed when a tree branch fell on the tracks. Four people were injured.
Accident data from 2015 to 2020, includes workplace accidents and injuries sustained at properties owned by The Walt Disney Company in Florida.
Accident data from 2014 to 2019 for workplace accidents and injuries suffered at Six Flags properties in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Missouri.