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Family Night Out Turns Fatal

An unidentified girl was flung from a "Scrambler" ride in New Jersey

(Newser) - Tragedy struck a New Jersey amusement park Saturday when a 10-year-old girl was ejected from a ride and killed, Newsweek reports. The unidentified victim lay motionless amid distraught family members, per a witness, and was pronounced dead that evening at a hospital. "We are absolutely heartbroken," says the... More »

One Minute the Wave Pool Was Calm. Then, Screams of Terror

Officials say machine malfunction caused rogue wave at Chinese water park

(Newser) - The worst that most people usually suffer after a long day at the water park is a bit of sunburn and exhaustion—not bloody knees and broken ribs. But as Fox News reports, government officials say those more serious injuries took place this week after malfunctioning equipment in a wave... More »

'Ghostly Reminder' of Katrina Set for Destruction

New Orleans mayor says it's time for abandoned Six Flags amusement park to go

(Newser) - The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder... More »

Amusement Park Evacuated as Fast-Moving Fire Erupts

'It was pretty scary. We saw trucks packing people'

(Newser) - A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six Flags Magic Mountain... More »

3 Hurt in Amusement Park Log Ride Crash

Woman was critically injured after ride malfunctioned

(Newser) - Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a southern California amusement park. Fire officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside, the AP reports. Officials say riders... More »

Leaky Test Dummies Plunge From Roller Coaster

It's still safe for humans, amusement park says

(Newser) - Two test dummies flew off a Jersey Shore roller coaster and crashed into a hotel—but the amusement park promises that human riders won't have the same experience. The water-filled dummies fell off the GaleForce roller coaster at the Castaway Cove park in Ocean City, NJ, during a routine... More »

16 Trapped for Hours on SeaWorld Ride

Park says 'unusual gust' caused power outage

(Newser) - SeaWorld blames "an unusual gust of significant wind" for a power outage that left 16 people trapped in gondolas suspended above water for several hours Monday night. Authorities in San Diego say the passengers, including several children and an infant, were brought down by firefighters in stages starting around... More »

Next Up From Tyra Banks: ModelLand, the Theme Park

It's opening in Santa Monica this year

(Newser) - Some theme parks have boardwalks; one coming to California will have catwalks. The attraction, set to debut at the Santa Monica Place open-air shopping mall later this year, will be called ModelLand , and it's the brainchild of Tyra Banks, herself a former supermodel and America's Next Top Model ... More »

Amusement Park Tragedy Reveals a Surprise to British Visitor

There is no federal oversight of American parks

(Newser) - The New York Times reports on a sad story illustrating something that may come as a surprise to many: No federal oversight exists of US amusement parks. The incident at the center of the story took place three years ago at AJ's Family Fun Center near Grand Rapids, Michigan.... More »

Power Outage Strands Roller Coaster Riders

It took 2 hours to restore power at Cedar Point

(Newser) - A power outage at an amusement park in Ohio left riders stranded on some of its roller coasters and other rides for about two hours. A spokesman for Cedar Point in Sandusky says the park lost power Monday afternoon when a car hit a utility pole, the AP reports. Photos... More »

Suit: Trip to Amusement Park Ended With Eye-Eating Parasite

Robert Trostle is suing Kennywood for negligence

(Newser) - Its website proclaims Kennywood "Pittsburgh's best amusement park." Robert Trostle would likely append "for contracting an eye-eating parasite" to the end of that. That's what the Squirrel Hill man is claiming happened to him during a July 2 visit to the Pennsylvania park, per a... More »

Maker Explains Ride's 'Catastrophic Failure'

Corrosion ate away at beam for 18 years

(Newser) - The deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair last month was caused by "excessive corrosion" over the 18 years the Fireball ride had been in operation, according to ride maker KMG. Investigators in Columbus found that corrosion "on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the... More »

Death at Ohio State Fair as 'Thrill Ride' Malfunctions

Victims were hurled from Fire Ball

(Newser) - A man was killed and at least seven other people were injured in a horrific ride malfunction on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair. Officials say the 18-year-old man was killed after being thrown in the air from the Fire Ball ride Wednesday evening and landing around 50... More »

Police: 'Human Error' Behind Girl's Six Flags Fall

Police agree there was no malfunction

(Newser) - After a 14-year-old fell some 25 feet from a gondola ride and onto the crowd below at Six Flags Great Escape in New York on Saturday, park officials said they hadn't uncovered any malfunction that would have precipitated her fall. Now police are saying much the same. Though the... More »

Teen Tumbles 25 Feet From Six Flags Ride

Incident happened Saturday night on the 'Sky Ride'

(Newser) - A teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground. The Warren County Sheriff's Office said late Saturday the... More »

World's Tallest Water Slide to Close for Good After Death

Schlitterbahn water park's 168-foot Verruckt slide to be taken down

(Newser) - The 10-year-old son of a Kansas lawmaker died on the world's tallest water slide this summer, and that ride is now closed for good. Caleb Schwab, the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, suffered a "fatal neck injury" Aug. 7 on the 168-foot Verruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... More »

Child Falls From Roller Coaster

The young boy was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries

(Newser) - A young boy was hospitalized with unknown injuries after falling off an 80-year-old wooden roller coaster Thursday at Pennsylvania's Idlewild & Soak Zone, NBC News reports. The boy hasn't been identified, but he may have been around 3 years old. According to KDKA , the boy was riding the... More »

What Will Be the World's Most-Visited Theme Park Opens

Disney's Shanghai park is its first in mainland China

(Newser) - Walt Disney Co. opened its Shanghai theme park Thursday, its first in mainland China, with a Chinese children's choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters, and speeches by Communist Party leaders. Vice Premier Wang Yang joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened,... More »

10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in the World

Disney dominates, but Universal cracks top 5

(Newser) - A new list of the world's most popular amusement parks shows just how pervasive the Disney brand is. Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida tops the AECOM Index with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, and the brand dominates the top 10. It was a good year for... More »

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