The World’s Most Dangerous Water Slide
Unless you grew up in Northern New Jersey in the 1980s, you probably heard about Action Park through the internet. From 1978 to 1996, Action Park was open in Vernon, New Jersey and featured one of America’s first dedicated water parks. It also killed six people due to mishaps on its rides, injured countless others, and earned the reputation “for poorly designed, unsafe rides; under-aged, undertrained, and often under-the-influence staff; intoxicated, unprepared visitors; and a consequently poor safety record.”
Two years ago, a documentary team from DailyMotion set out to discover if the legends of Action Park were true (oh, they were) and ended up producing a short film titled The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever that collected the memories of those who were involved with the dangerous version of the theme park.
In 1998, the park was bought out by a different company and reopened as Mountain Creek Waterpark, but after the 2013 internet documentary went viral, the owners decided to revert back to the more famous name: Action Park. That’s how a theme park that ostensibly killed people through negligence ended up still kicking in 2015. Now, the park is trying to cash in on its extreme past without killing anyone, and they’ve done it by setting the record for the longest water slide.
Don’t get too excited, this slide isn’t open to public. Though it’s a marvel of water slide engineering (and not like Action Park’s former loop-de-loop death trap The Cannonball Loop), the state needs to certify the entire thing as safe before you can ride the monstrosity yourself.
Guinness World Records has certified Action Park’s new 1,975-feet long water slide as the longest in the world as of this month, meaning it’s sure to draw some record crowds as soon as New Jersey okays the 10,000 feet of of inflatable polyvinyl chloride.
The slide itself is made up of twenty 100 foot sections of inflatable material (basically twenty bounce houses) that are stitched together by six million stitches. Each stitch is capable of holding 25 pounds and the entire slide is built on a 1.8-inch thick base that protects the rider from the ground. Combined, those two facts mean the slide should have no weight limit for passengers.
It takes two generators to power the 15 engines that keep the slide inflated and 400 stakes to hold down the slide, while 1,000 gallons of water per hour run down the length of it. It’s pretty staggering to think about from a technical standpoint, but the results are very easy to see. With even the longer water slides at other parks maxing out around sixty seconds to ride, you’ll be zipping by the Northern Jersey landscape for almost a full 90 seconds on Action Park’s World’s Longest Water Slide.