'Extreme' N.J. Amusement Park Makes Fresh Start

Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 12:05 PM

By Elliot Jager

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Action Park has reopened for the 2014 season after being closed for 18 years following a lethal history of six deaths and innumerable injuries, New York Post reported.

"As a guest, you are responsible for your own safety," the park's website cautions. "Many attractions at Mountain Creek Action Park are dynamic and thrilling and may include features such as high speeds, steep drops, sharp turns, and other forces. There are inherent risks in participating in any amusement attraction. If you choose to participate, you accept these risks."

The amusement park bills itself as having been "extreme before extreme existed," according to the website.

The old Action Park's notoriety was given a fresh boost last year by the documentary "The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever."

Seth Porges, who co-produced the film, said: "It was the time before insurance companies had their hands in everything, before everything is tested and rubber coated within an inch of its life. You might get hurt, but if you walked away, you have a great story," the Post reported.

"I so want to go again," tweeted New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker who still has scars from the old park.

The reopened park is on the same 35-acre site in Vernon, NJ. Some of the old attractions are back, but others like race cars with bad brakes and a dodgy vertical loop water slide are gone.

The park now boasts the world's tallest water slide featuring 100-foot drops. Andy Mulvihill, son of the original owner, Gene Mulvihill, said his father was "not a big believer in government control."

In the old days, town of Vernon ambulances were stationed nearby to shuttle visitors to the emergency room. Purportedly, in 1987, five to ten Action Park visitors a day left by ambulance, according to the Post.

When confronted by a lawsuit from a patron claiming injury, Gene Mulvihill refused to settle out of court. He'd try to outfox and outlast those who tried to sue him. As the lawsuits mounted, however, and bad publicity kept people away, Mulvihill declared bankruptcy and shut down the park, the Post reported.

"The world's changed. I refuse to be involved in any rides where anybody can get hurt," said Andy Mulvihill.

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