Your worst experience at a park

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    Your worst experience at a park

    When I was little I went on a coaster with my dad. IO guess I was too small and I almost flew out of the thing. My dad saved me by holding onto me. I hate coasters, maybe because I have a PTSD thing about that incident which I barely remember. I just don't go to parks, mostly because of the sun/heat thing which I can't do.

    I am wondering what's your worst park experience?

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    Six Flags Great America. During FrightFest, park was open late and it was quite cold outside that time of year in the Chicago area. We decided to go on one last ride on the Superman 'flying' coaster before going home. Got through the ride fine, until the brake station right at the end, before going into the unload station...the ride broke, and we were left hanging there face down for over 30 mins in the freezing cold. Arms were hanging, falling asleep and turning numb, had to pee like the dickens, my head was hanging limp feeling like it should fall off my shoulders. Not a fun way to end the day. Finally we moved and were able to get off close to 1 am. Walking out...we were just about the only ones left in the park.

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    Oh poor Wowman... That's terrible! Not even a little something to ease the pain? A voucher or goodie or whatever?! Terrible service...
    Not going regular to theme parks or funfair and only mostly to Walibi Flevoland and Efteling. In Efteling i went on that wooden coaster Joris en de Draak. Terribly shaky and much to wild for me i was getting a unpleasant feeling in my tummy and my head was banging i had to recover for an hour. Afterwards i joined my friends for Droomvlucht a easy ride for little kiddies but i was getting that nasty feeling again in my head and tummy. And at the end when the ride stopped everything came out. I was getting nasty looks and people didn't understand why i'd get so sick from droomvlucht?

    Personnel were super friendly and cleaned everything right away i felt so guilty... Never ever i will go on Joris en de Draak!

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    In early teenage years I went with friends to a summerland, a park type that is mostly play structures, motor based circuits swimming pools but also a few carnival type rides.

    I went on a double swinging ride, that is doing a full rotation type. I went on that ride, and midway the shoulder bar went loose and I had it like hmm.. 50 cm open. I was alone in my row (row of 2 seats, and not easily seen because of walls) I braced against the front wall the whole ride. I wasn't happy camper. But because I was alone plus being deaf, early teenager embarrassed etc, I did not tell them, I just went off and walked from there.
    Park: Skara Sommarland, ride: dubbelkorven

    At Liseberg, simulator movie with moving seats. Simulatour.
    The strap went off and I was strapless. I jumped off it. Did not report here either. :P

    Then other than those "could have gone wrong" things, I have only gotten badly treated and such, but it is less of personal danger and more of "I feel mistreated" ways so I won't list.

    Oh yes, I forgot, at Lisebergsbanan, Liseberg, one quite recently the train got held up at the section brake/booster combo thingy and had to wait a few minutes, and then we got released and went on the whole circuit. Nothing odd in Planet coaster in poorly designed coasters But IRL it wasn't too fun. If not in know of how coasters work one could easily get nervous being slammed into, but it is not so. (but instead opposite, precisely because of that.)
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    this is a great thread.

    I have another story...years ago in an indoor park called Old Chicago. It was an amazing concept, but never really worked. Crowds were always very light. We drove out to the burbs from the city as teenage kids...this was one of our first big trips once we were allowed to drive on our own. All I remember was it felt like we were driving for hours, but years later I look back and think "That should have took us like 45 mins???" Anyway - light crowds and ride ops were giving extra bonus time on rides as no one else was in line waiting. I remember multiple runs on the coaster without getting off, and being on the round up for an eternity (and not getting sick)...then we went on the cliff hanger. Oh boy, spinning in that tight circle for way to long. It was fun for a while. Then we saw some other kid starting to get a sick look on his face. Everyone was screaming "STOP THE RIDE, STOP THE RIDE" as we all believed we were about to get splattered with puke. After several more minutes they finally stopped and the kid blew chunks just as we all drop back to the ground. Man was it close...the fear of getting sprayed with that was horrible.

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    Good lord. I thought I was nuts for liking this game after almost dying but you guys are right with me. HA!

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    I love going to parks! That has to said. Did not scare me off parks in entirety. But I am wary of rickety "moving carnival" fairs so I avoid those. Generally.
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    Hersheypark in 2016 and 2017 was pretty awful, one train operations on most rides, lines spilling out of the queue into the main midway, extremely rude staff, and worst of all extremely slow dispatch times. In short I will never go back to this park again.

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    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk used to have a steel mouse coaster that cranked up G forces too high. When riding it, I had to use my whole body to push my head against the head rest as hard as I could, otherwise the ride would snap my neck. Even then, I remember one time that I had a sore neck for a week after going on that ride. That was the last time I rode it. They finally got rid of that coaster.

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    ^ wow, did you tell seaworld what happened? Surely it's the sign of a poorly designed ride if you can break ribs just because you sat up.

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    ^ Yes I had a look on youtube at the ride.

    Still, as you would know, Australia has a poor track record of coaster safety. Movie World's "Lethal Weapon" ride had to be renamed and modified after it left too many riders with sore necks. I heard a rumour someone actually broke their neck on this ride, they survived but sustained neck fractures. I can't find confirmation of this online, it would have been about 10 years ago. There's plenty of old comments about how it "kills your neck" you can find if you search.

    I think feedback should be given when anything like this happens. They actually would want to know, and I think important to have that incident on record. Don't take all the blame. We trust coaster engineering and safety with our lives, but in truth it's an evolving science.

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    Not gonna get into full detail but i had to cut a day at Great America in half after i blew chunks near the Roaring Rapids sprayers due to overheating so ya

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    Mine was when I went to Port Aventura in Spain this summer. Full disclaimer, I love theme parks and rollercoasters and that was most likely my downfall, as I made my friend queue with me for the ride 'Red Force' as we were told it was a 45 minute wait time, in +34 celcius heat, but turned out to be 3 hours. Very overheated, mouth was so dry it was hard to swallow, covered in sweat. My friend who is very fair skinned and has never done well in hot temperatures was close to fainting when we got on. Considering the ride lasts about 10 seconds, it wasn't worth it and it basically turned in to a huge waste of money as it put my friend off riding most of the rollercoasters and we had time for two more rides. 8 hours in a park, 70 euros and 3 rides = a waste of our money and a waste of a day we could have spent in Barcelona, where we went to holiday. Extremely disappointed. Googled Port Aventura after to discover a lot of reviews saying the wait times are always a massive under-estimation. Would love to go again some day and ride the majority of rides, but definitely not in the height of the summer!

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