With Adventureland opening this weekend, we're feeling nostalgic for those warm weather trips to the amusement park. It doesn't matter how old you are, they're always a sure shot for a good time. That is, if you enjoy scaring yourself half to death on roller coasters, mid-air swings and other rides that seem to defy physics. And no matter how crazy the ride is, most of us just hop on and cross our fingers, hoping that nothing goes wrong.
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the chance of an injury occurring in a park is 1 in 9 million. Not bad. But if you wanna be even safer, we've come up with five precautions you should take before you go on your next amusement park ride. Learn about some past amusement park accidents below so you know what not to do. Don't say we didn't warn you...
IF YOU'RE SOFT, STICK TO SKEE-BALL
In 2007, a 68 year old women fractured both of her legs and one of her arms while trying to get off Peter Pan's Flight at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While it's endlessly unfortunate that the lady had to suffer such injuries, we can't help but wonder: if your body is that fragile, what are you doing on the ride in the first place?
HOLD ON TIGHT
Amusement park rides are built to be used a certain way. 99.99% of the time, when you follow instructions you'll have an enjoyable time. If only this kid would have sat up straight and held on to the bars like his mom.
BE EXTRA WARY OF CARNIVAL RIDES
The big name amusement park rides scare us enough, so why would you trust one that moves from town-to-town every week and is operated by a chain-smoking Carny? If it looks sketchy, skip it.
STAY ON THE BEATEN PATH
We've all lost things while riding roller coasters: keys, phones, shoes, lunch. But most of us have never risked life and limb by trying to retrieve those items while the ride was still active. That's what the park workers are for. A 17 year old was decapitated when he hopped two six foot fences to get back his fitted that was lost while riding the Batman ride at Six Flags over Georgia. We hope it was one of those super-limited New Era's Jeff Staple designed.
MATTER FACT, JUST DON'T GO ON ANY RIDES
Hey, ya never know when the shit could just break, like this ride in China. You're better off trying to win your girl a teddy bear in the shooting gallery.