Mashable has done an awesome 2-part mini-documentary (Part 1, Part 2) about the Vernon Township, NJ amusement park Action Park. Some might remember it & visited it before it closed in ’96, and some might know it as Mountain Creek now. Before Mountain Creek, it was Action Park and practically run by high school kids. It was an awesome park but rides were freakin dangerous! Two words: Looped Waterslide!
The documentary is only about 15 minutes long between the two vidoe clips but it’s very amusing, considering it takes me back my childhood of going there. I went maybe 3-4 times altogether but I believe I definitely got scrapped up on the Alpine Slide and/or had a water raft flip over. The park was known for its dangerous wave pool, which claimed a few lives. It was also known for it’s arctic temperature waters, which I do remember! The park was notorious for bathing suits flying off at a rapid rate. I always loved the tennis ball tanks. I was always too young to drive around the tanks themselves but man, was it fun shooting the tennis balls at the tanks and the employees who worked there haha.
In the summer of 1996, I had double set wisdom teeth taken out. My twin brother had that done too and we spent a week inside the house recovering. Yeah, it was pretty bad; throwing up, bruised chipmunk faces. But then we went to the Vans Warped Tour, which was only in its second year! Fishbone, CIV, 22 Jacks, Dancehall Crashers, NOFX and a small band named Blink-182 or something. Blink 182 played a tiny ass stage. I remember you could go on the rides and see the Warped Tour, which was awesome. My Mom begged us not to go on any of the rides, because she knew how bad they were. We ended up almost jumping off the dangerous water cliffs with our stitches in our mouths but backed out of it last second. Later on we did some other rides that weren’t as bad but ended up waiting on line with Angelo Moore (whose ass was hanging out of his pants as usual haha), the guys of NOFX and The Figgs. It was an amusing sight seeing all these punks going down these water rides I grew up going on myself. After that Warped Tour, Action Park ended up closing and I wondered why it didn’t go back there the next year. Not sure if Warped Tour did any other amusement parks after that one, but wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. Too many injuries and liabilities.
Anyway, enjoy this 2-part mini-Documentary!