5 amusement park rides that went from fun to deadly very soon. Viral videos
If I had to tell you about my best experience of having a crazy rush of adrenaline, dopamine and nervous excitement, it would be my 20 second ride at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
There’s this ride called Turbo Track that literally shoots you vertically out of the whole Ferrari World stadium for about 3-4 seconds, it stays there for 2 seconds and then you fall (no matter how high that thing is stop). Obviously, it was an experience of a lifetime!
But not everyone chooses to do these kinds of rides. That’s the problem with gigantic, out-of-proportion rides that shoot you hundreds of feet into the air. People have scary thoughts like, “what if it falls out of the air?”, “what if you fall out of it”, “what if you hurt yourself in the air”, “what if something goes wrong?” .
Now life is dear to everyone and even dearer when you get on such a merry-go-round. Although people generally have a good time, some unfortunately turn fatal. Here are 5 amusement park rides that turned into disasters.
1. WORN AND RIPPED
Surabaya. Water park Kecelakaan di Wahana Kenjeran Surabaya. Seluncuran ambrol dari ketinggian 8 meters. pic.twitter.com/QwfNelbQBh
— @InfoJakarta (@infojakarta) May 7, 2022
All you want from a waterslide is to slide through the loops and be happily thrown into the pool of water. But on May 7, 2022, tourists at Kenjeran Park in Indonesia experienced quite a traumatic twist when parts of the slide they were on collapsed. The slide broke in two and caused adults and children to fall 30 feet and crush them to the ground. When the slide crashed, 16 were trapped on parts of the slide and 3 broke their bones.
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— A-Hoesin (@HoesinLwi) May 7, 2022
Investigations revealed that the ride had worn out and weakened over time, leading to this disaster.
Kenjeran surabaya berduka water park pic.twitter.com/Y0LpoCSRYX
— teote (@supraxkece) May 8, 2022
2. THE PENDULUM IS DOWN IN THE AIR
Doing these pendulum rides is usually fun because of the excitement that hits you every time the pendulum changes direction.
But you might remember that fatal incident in 2019 when a pendulum ride in Kankaria Adventure Park, Ahmedabad, Gujarat broke down and the seats carrying 30 people crashed down. At the time of the accident, the large pipe, which holds all the seats together, broke and crashed. 28 people were seriously injured and 3 people were killed due to the accident.
— Shishir Choudhary (@shishir1986) July 14, 2019
3. TIGHTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS PLEASE
Tire Sampson, a 14-year-old boy, had visited Icon Park in Orlando, USA to enjoy the ‘Free Fall’ Ride. ‘The Free Fall’ Ride was launched in December 2021 as the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower and riders were raised to a height of 430ft and then jettisoned. Unlike everyone else, Tyr died as the ride descended.
Investigations by a forensic engineering firm revealed that Tyr’s death was due to the negligence of the ride and park operators.
—Joshua Rodriguez (@Joshuajered) March 25, 2022
First of all, Tyr was overweight and ideally shouldn’t have been on the ride in the first place since he weighed around 380 pounds. The passenger capacity, which was later discovered, was only about 280 pounds per seat. But since there were no weight restrictions mentioned anywhere, he was allowed in.
Second, he was not properly strapped into his seat. There was only one harness that could secure the top riders. Now, once a rider is seated in their seat, the gap between the seat and the harness is allowed to be 3 inches. But since Tyr was tall ever since, the gap between his harness and seat was 7 inches.
Third, didn’t the safety sensors detect this excessive gap before the ride started? It made. But the safety sensor was manually set by someone. And when the ride went downhill, the gap went from 7 inches to 11 inches. And this gap proved fatal for Tyr as he slipped to his death by this gap.
Alternatively, an extra $22 belt could have saved his life.
What happens when you pay for a wave, but get a tsunami instead?
— V for Viral (@VForViral1) July 31, 2019
In July 2019, 44 people were injured and 5 were hospitalized with fractured ribs at a water park at Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Longjing, China. There was a malfunction in the wave pool that triggered a tsunami-like wave of water that swallowed dozens of swimmers and threw people out of the pool.
The sudden tsunami slammed into the tourists and as people ran they landed on the pavement injured and bloody. A government notice on Weibo in China said the incident was caused by a power outage that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room. This led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too large and injuring people.
5. LIFE SAVED
In June 2019, a funny experience proved fatal for a lady when she fell out of her seat while on a commute when it rolled over. She hung from the pendulum for a split second as the carousel spun overhead. She was then struck by the pendulum after she fell. As she fell to the ground, she was pushed backwards due to the momentum of the ride.
As the operators tried to somehow stop the ride, the woman managed to stand, having been thrown backwards.
We hope you never have to go through something as traumatic as this. Especially after paying a bombshell for a ticket to amusement parks.