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What is it like to grow up in the world’s most dangerous amusement park

The son of the founder of the world’s most dangerous amusement park has revealed what it’s like to grow up there.

Andy Mulvihill spent his teenage years at Action Park in New shirt which was owned by his father Gene and was nicknamed “Pull Park” because of the numerous injuries inflicted there.

Andy Mulvihill has revealed what it feels like to grow up at Action Park - the most dangerous amusement park in the world

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Andy Mulvihill has revealed what it feels like to grow up at Action Park – the most dangerous amusement park in the world
He was the first to try the Cannonball Loop after an experimental dummy was beheaded

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He was the first to try the Cannonball Loop after an experimental dummy was beheaded

Andy was the first to try out the Cannonball Loop – a closed water slide that ends in a disorienting vertical loop.

He emerges unscathed but the same cannot be said for the test dummy that spins before him and is decapitated.

Park’s employees who followed him lost blood and teeth, but made $100 from Gene, who is known to have slipped workers’ cash for making an unsanctioned ride.

“Like a drug with serious side effects, human trials of Loop are not recommended,” Andy said.

Gene spent years trying to make the slide safe enough for visitors. The workers managed to shorten the loop, and Gene was even blessed by a priest for the ride. It finally opened in 1985 – only to be closed by state authorities a month later.

Gene built Action Park as part of a ski resort he owns, hoping to make a fortune during the season.

The businessman, who had a successful time on Wall Street, didn’t simply want rides – he wanted adrenaline pumping “sporting attractions” where parkgoers could take control and lift high risk, at their own risk.

There’s a skydiving simulator called Aerodium, Battle Action Tanks, where racers shoot tennis balls at each other, and a Tarzan swing – with crowds mocking as people jump into the cold water.

“There is all this bravery at Action Park. Andy said.

All this, and beer was also served. It’s no surprise that scratches, bumps, and bruises occur frequently.

Action Park is famous for its high rate of injuries, where people lose their teeth and blood

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Action Park is famous for its high rate of injuries, where people lose their teeth and blood
Gene wants

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Gene wants adrenaline pumping “sports attractions” where parkgoers can control and increase risk
The park serves beer to guests who will then participate in dangerous water rides

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The park serves beer to guests who will then participate in dangerous water rides

Many are attributed to the Alpine Slideway, where joystick-driven sleds plunge down a 2,700-foot concrete trail, often at vertical speeds.

Andy said: “I’ve had my fair share of write-offs – you’ll get severe burns. The surface of the rail scrapes off your flesh. “

Then there’s the Bailey Globe: a giant plastic ball, covered by trolley wheels, falling downhill – with a human inside. It was built by Ken Bailey, who Andy says is the custodian of the park.

Gene paid an employee named Frank $100 to test it. But the summer heat had melted the glue that held the skeleton inside the PVC together, sending the ball – and Frank – off the tracks and down the mountain, while a terrified state inspector watched in horror.

Andy said: “The man in the ball was probably the worst thing that ever happened. It rolled across a street! We can laugh at it now because Frank only sprained his arm.”

The Bailey ball eventually rolled into a forest, where it remained for a while.

Tragically, six people died at the park, including a 19-year-old employee who derailed while riding an Alpine sled, throwing him off the tracks.

Another person died of a heart attack after using the park’s Tarzan Swing, which plunges the user into shockingly cold water.

Another man died on Roaring Rapids after he stepped out of his kayak and stood on a lifeline.

Three teenagers drowned in the horribly named Grave Pool – an 8-foot-deep tidal pool that can hold up to 1,000 people at once and has meter-high waves.

Business started to take a hit after Gene pleaded guilty to insurance fraud. Facing numerous lawsuits and mounting debt, he closed the park in 1996.

Years later, Mountain Creek Water Park – a much more family-friendly venue – opened on the grounds of Action Park.

A man has died after using the park's Tarzan Swing, which plunges the user into shockingly cold water

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A man has died after using the park’s Tarzan Swing, which plunges the user into shockingly cold water
A 19-year-old employee died while riding an Alpine sled after his sled was thrown off the tracks

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A 19-year-old employee died while riding an Alpine sled after his sled was thrown off the tracks
Three teenagers drown in the terrifyingly named Grave Pool - an 8-foot-deep tidal pool that can hold up to 1,000 people at once and has meter-high waves

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Three teenagers drown in the terrifyingly named Grave Pool – an 8-foot-deep tidal pool that can hold up to 1,000 people at once and has meter-high waves
The park closed in 1996 after seven years and then a family-friendly water park was built on the land

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The park closed in 1996 after seven years and then a family-friendly water park was built on the land

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Emma Bowman

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