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The Most Dangerous Amusement Park Ever

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Revisiting The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever

A new documentary revisits Action Park, a now-closed amusement park that featured ridiculous attractions like a looping water slide. How in God’s name would you get out of that thing if you didn’t make it all the way around?

Here's a fun-sounding description of the park from its Wikipedia page:

The park's popularity went hand-in-hand with a reputation for poorly designed, unsafe rides; underaged, undertrained, and often under-the-influence staff; intoxicated, unprepared visitors; and a consequently poor safety record. At least six people are known to have died as a result of mishaps on rides at the park.

Here's how our own Jason English recalled his summers at Action Park back in 2007.

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