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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    Seaworld - Gold Coast Australia. The year was 2016 - it was relatively warm and balmy summers day 37 degrees Celius and I was feeling kinda exhilarated and excited for the new Storm Water Coaster had just opened.

    After experiencing the thrills and watery chills from the brilliantly themed water coaster - me and a group of youngsters decided to dry off and go on the Jetski Rescue launch coaster. I was excited, young and carefree and decided to ride with 'hands up' - even though it said at least five times through the boarding line to ' please keep body down in a bike riding position and and hold on to the jetski steering wheel ' . . .

    Well, we blasted to 80km/hour out of the station and I automatically sat upright and flailed my arms up into the air all excited like, happy as a school girl and happy as any coaster enthusiast is on many a roller coaster ride occasion.

    The coaster shoots into a sharp near 90 degree turn . . . my body was reefed around like a rag doll - i suddenly went right very quickly - and the lap support - over my knees and right below my rib cage - came crashing into my body as the train tilted to the left . . .

    CRACK -

    I got off the ride - I said to a friend, 'I think I just broke my ribs' - my friend replied, 'Don't be ridiculous . . .' - Well - since I had an annual pass that let us go to three Gold Coast parks, we then went to Warner Bros MovieWorld - I was pale and my tummy kinda hurt - so we decided to go on the Green Lantern Coaster first - with its 121 degree drop and three upside down elements . . . and extremely tight restraints. I felt kinda funny and as we unloaded and walked from the ride into the main entrance area of Warner Bros - my tummy and insides were really starting to hurt . . . I suddenly had to go (if ya know what I mean) and sprinted to the loo - Coming back to the group - I said - "I really don't feel so good!" and we then went home.

    Turns out I had broken Three ribs and that night I went into severe delayed shock . . . Probably the worst theme park experience I've had - Would I do it again? - probably, for I love roller coasters and theme parks - oh well, it was really fun though . . . It's amazing how Adrenalin numbs pain.

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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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    No - I thought about it, but then I thought - 'Well - there were signs up everywhere stating correct seating position.' It was my own fault, like I said - love of roller coasters is a strange beast at times - and we were all having fun and the there was the photos . . . and we were all trying to out do each other in the coaster photos as well - was my own stupidity.

    The Jetski coaster is like the one an American Seaworld got last year - forgot which, but you really need to almost lay onto the jetski car. So my stupid - It is so fast and twisty that I just got caught up in the moment - still - I couldn't think of a better way to do it.

    The Doctors and xray people all nearly fell over laughing when I told them how it happened!
    I also think it was one of the first launch motor-bike or jetski type coasters - it has been there for years and has had major work done on the launch system - it was closed for ages after it opened - just Googled - it has been there since December 2008 - so it might have been the first.

    The cars are amazing - just as the name suggests - two jetski's side by side. My ribs were right on the harness also, because I am so tall, only just made it on due to the height restriction.

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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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    True - Lethal Weapon was really painful until they replaced the aging trains - a friends little sister - who wore earrings, actual had her ear split from the rides restraints smashing into her pierced ear all the way through the ride.
    Must say though - the new restraints have made it one of the best coasters out there - because you only have straps around your shoulders and the rest of the restraint is kind of on your lap - you feel like you are sitting in a comfy arm chair - I kid you not - your neck has complete freedom - it is quite freeing and disconcerting at the same time due to the freedom.
    As for the safety issue - before - very lapsed - but now - since the Thunder River Rapids Deaths of four people - may they rest in peace - the whole safety issue is now so far the other way, that it can only be for the better.
    Google the Rocky Hollow Log Ride - Dreamworld - and new 'log covers' and see - it is absurd what they have done to the logs - put plastic canopies over the vehicle - they look RIDICULOUS. But that was due to young, silly teens rocking the logs until one of them flipped . I have been in groups where the kids have tried to do this - it seems like they could roll quite easily. Still love the parks though and they have some amazing attractions now. Movie World is excellent.

    Oh yeah, the Green Lantern - and El Loco S&S - that has eight passengers instead of the usual four - had one of the four wheel arrangements leave the track - after it went through an upside down element and then it kind of skidded to a halt on a flat section - luckily with block brakes. The train was stuck and high up and tilting precariously over a 13 meter drop off - forgot about that - . . . The passengers were up there for four hours until they could safely harness - with straps - the train to the rails and super structure - I kid you not! Great ride though . . .

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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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