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Buy Defucntland T-Shirts: on Patreon: takes on Vernon, New Jersey's infamous water park, Action Park! Watch and learn the full history of this dangerous amusement park. Facebook Group: Twitter: Subreddit: more great content, visit defunctland.com "Faceoff" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Battle" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Defiant" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Turn for the Worse" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Prelude" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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hope
hope

I live for the subtle micheal eisner roasts lmao

2017-10-20
skylilly1
skylilly1

That place looks like fun!

2018-02-24
Toxic Cam
Toxic Cam

Season pass holder here!

2018-03-20
Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Angry Joe gave you a nice shout out in his Action Point movie review. Great video, btw.

2018-06-05
Nerd Out With Me
Nerd Out With Me

Grew up going here. Every one of us got hurt in some way. Left a lot of skin there.

2018-04-30
dwite fry
dwite fry

the coffin gag was superb.

2017-10-17
itsmezed
itsmezed

I almost drowned in that tidal pool as a kid. And I can testify that the pool for the Tarzan Swing is testicular-numbing cold.

2018-03-22
Mercedes Swiftie
Mercedes Swiftie

wow that anchorman at the end was a disgusting creep

2018-03-25
Moving Parts Gaming
Moving Parts Gaming

Just the clips of some of the rides give me so much anxiety. I kind of feel bad for the owners too.

2018-04-21
Ayden Mowatt
Ayden Mowatt

I survived falling to the bottom of a 10 foot pool after a water slide, unassisted. I was 10 at the time. Your life really does flash before your eyes.

2018-01-30
KeeperOfPork Animations
KeeperOfPork Animations

I don't know which was more disturbing, the park's complete lack of safety or that guy at the end.

2017-11-08
Red Judas
Red Judas

"They cut out the middle-man by placing you directly in a coffin." Classic

2018-01-29
Aubrey Lane
Aubrey Lane

I have never heard of a bigger disaster than Action Park. I can't believe they had two deaths in two weeks! It's insane that they could stay open with so many deaths.

2018-04-05
Dustwarewolf 55
Dustwarewolf 55

Any sane business owner would have cut their losses and scraped that one water slide after the test dummies that were used to test it were FREAKING DECAPITATED.!

2018-05-01
Taina Elisabeth
Taina Elisabeth

Wow, that news anchor was gross. But they work at Fox so who’s surprised...

2018-04-25
G_Boy
G_Boy

*GET WET!*

2017-11-09
Sebastien Petit
Sebastien Petit

that FOX5 commentator at the end is a real jackass...

2018-01-28
Connor McKibbin
Connor McKibbin

Bets on when that news anchor will be on the receiving end of one of these recent sexual assault scandals?

2018-02-05
Nicky Nada
Nicky Nada

I used to go here when I was a kid and I honestly say.....It was the greatest theme park ever created. Danger is fun, it's that simple.

2018-02-03
antdude
antdude

Wow, sexual harassment with the news crew? :P

2018-04-23
RoachDoggJr
RoachDoggJr

Looks awesome

2017-11-05
Taylor Kennedy
Taylor Kennedy

the news segment at the end was so disgusting

2018-02-18
SavageGreywolf
SavageGreywolf

Action Park: the theme park so messed up it inspired a Johnny Knoxville movie

2018-06-03
XxstardropzdreammxX
XxstardropzdreammxX

OMG the creepy ass newscaster at the end

2018-05-06
Rebochan
Rebochan

Seriously, I never knew about this or its reputation and I immediately just look at the first minute of the video and think that it is the most New Jersey thing to exist. Questionable knock-off engineering, horrendous safety record, a kill count, drunk staff and guests taking their clothes off, and even a bit of government corruption letting them basically get away with all of the above? Yep, New Jersey in a nutshell 😂 The thick New Jersey accents from the news footage is just... *chef's kiss*

2018-05-10
Mindd Kidzag
Mindd Kidzag

Action Park: The only amusement park endorsed by the Grim Reaper!

2017-10-17
Si Stockbridge
Si Stockbridge

Bit creepy that reporter at the end

2018-04-10
Marshal Tenner Winter
Marshal Tenner Winter

The Action Park Water Slide (or as I call it, "My 40-MPH Enema")

2018-03-10
Brady McGriff
Brady McGriff

This park looked/looks like Roller Coaster Tycoon in real-life

2018-02-01
Hausdrache
Hausdrache

I lived in what was then called Great Gorge/Vernon Valley Ski Resort which is attached to Action Park when I was 13-15, just a couple of years before it closed. So we went all. the. time. I never got seriously injured but I still have a scar from a splinter I got from one of their awfully maintained wooden bridge walks on my finger, and I'm 36. 😂

2018-02-06
Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams

I'm Johnny Knoxville and I'm going to ride the Alpine Slides in the pouring rain. With no brakes. Are you ready boy's? Roll camera action.

2018-03-31
turboboy1983
turboboy1983

I remember that Tarzan swing. It felt like landing in a tub of needles it was so damn cold. Action park was the mutts nuts.

2018-06-02
Kemruss
Kemruss

"The action never stops.... AT ACTION PARK!!" Man, I loved growing up in Central, NJ in the 80's. Along with Great Adventure and Dorney Park, Action Park was always on the Summer theme park visit list. It's a shame that kids will never get to experience a place like Action Park ever again. Bruised and skinned legs and elbows were rite of passage. Miss those days

2018-06-05
Calbeck
Calbeck

Okay, serious talk: this is the kind of park I would have come up with if I'd been given $10M and free clearance to build it when I was a kid.

2018-04-28
William Sith
William Sith

Do a video on a theme park called The Land Of Oz

2017-10-17
Camerin Robertson
Camerin Robertson

This is getting a movie now

2018-03-21
Jack Perry
Jack Perry

What a god damn creep

2018-05-01
RoC 77
RoC 77

Omg, I just saw a trailer for Knoxville's movie Action Point today and I run into this going through old Defunctland episodes.

2018-04-08
imagede zach
imagede zach

I don't know if this is a very fair account of Action Park. The park existed at a time when Americans were ok with the idea of risk and danger as part of the experience instead of being nannied around everywhere like they are today. Almost everyone who went to Action Park knew the risk involved and that is why they came. Was there some serious negligence on the part of the park and its designers? Yes, but most American theme parks at the time had what we today would consider relatively elevated death and injury rates. I recommend reading Mental Floss's oral history of Action Park for a better account: http://mentalfloss.com/article/536412/action-park-water-park-oral-history

2018-05-15
heirofaniu
heirofaniu

Rollercoaster Tycoon wasn't intended to be an instruction manual.

2017-11-08
KingVega_YT
KingVega_YT

In Melrose Park IL which is near Chicago there was an amusement park called Kiddieland, it was the best and it was safe too bad it closed in 2009 due to owner issues

2018-05-30
Mason French
Mason French

The sad part is that some of the rides are actually cool looking, like the Tarzan Swing. The go karts, speed boats, alpine slides. And even the gladiator challenge. If you perfect each ride, then you have some badass rides.

2018-05-15
ya Boi sir dankis
ya Boi sir dankis

Watching this after the Action Point trailer came out

2018-03-23
xJennova
xJennova

omg that fox news guy is creepy asf!!! :o

2018-03-25
IceyPie
IceyPie

2:49 "There's nothing in the world like ACTION PARK!" *yeah ain't that the truth.*

2018-01-19
FrostingFluff
FrostingFluff

Stuff like this makes me so sad for the people trying to have fun but instead, their life ending. Rest In Peace everyone who went to this horrible park.

2018-05-14
random consumer
random consumer

Loike comin to broadWAY.

2018-02-22
chris columbia
chris columbia

LOVED ACTION PARK!!!! This park was huge with amazing thrill rides, great food and even live stage shows (can you say Broadway), all set in the gorgeous mountains of northwest New Jersey. It never felt unsafe or dangerous, nor did the crowds seem rowdy. It was just fun, the #1 go to park close by New York City.

2018-05-21
anastasiagirl1342
anastasiagirl1342

The movie is called Action Point. And I hope it fails.

2018-04-13
Legoguy9875
Legoguy9875

If the first thing you have to say to your guests regarding your water slide is "here's how to minimize the chance of injury," you should seriously reconsider if the ride is a good idea to begin with.

2017-11-08
Hector Latorre
Hector Latorre

I survived Action Park.

2018-05-25
Nicole
Nicole

Well, the park was in the state where they came up with Jersey Shore so...

2018-05-14
cambellfan22
cambellfan22

is this the same park that the movie that is coming out based on ?

2018-06-01
Wesley B.
Wesley B.

I wish the Action Point movie had told the real story. Could’ve been interesting.

2018-06-06
jpd632
jpd632

Dude was such a perv at the end...

2017-10-17
TheOddboy5
TheOddboy5

This looks like one of those “safe” water parks you see in a horror movie.

2018-04-17
Nill
Nill

You might as well just run the wikipedia article through an auto-thesaurus. There's not a single granule of original footage or research here that anyone interested in Action Park wouldn't have already read on Wikipedia or seen on YouTube. There are no first-hand interviews, no on-location shots done by the creator of this video, nor any first-hand experiences recounted. As someone that loves watching stories and documentaries about Action Park, this video left me less than excited. I highly recommend watching "The Most Insane Amusement Park in the World" (v=KKDx_piZvsg).

2018-04-26
Captnrex
Captnrex

I wonder how many people are going to watch this after seeing the "action point" movie and reviews from people like angryjoe lol

2018-06-09
The Alpha Beaver
The Alpha Beaver

Did any see bill Burr in the commercial?

2018-06-01
PugandOwn
PugandOwn

so unheated pools and alcohol were present in the same place and only 6 people died... they had superhumans for lifeguards. and absolute dunces for planners.

2017-11-20
Jonathan Samet
Jonathan Samet

action park in the 80s would have been the jackass crews wet dream come true. its not at all surprising that JK would create and star in a film about it.

2018-06-02
95keat
95keat

To be fair 6 people in total in a place that had hundreds to thousands of guest a week is a very low ratio so I can see why the locals would still enjoy the park

2018-02-18
cbass
cbass

the new movie Action Point looks like it took inspiration from this

2018-05-19
Aidan Lewis
Aidan Lewis

Final Destination:The Park

2017-10-17
Kilroy G
Kilroy G

New Johnny Knoxville film called Action Point is likely based on Action Park

2018-04-27
John Major
John Major

I’ve been to action park about 5 times. It was as dangerous as it looks. My friend flew off the alpine slide and slid down on a rocky Mountain side going about 20-25 mph. Got all cut up and bruised. Second friend stopped for him, and the third friend smashed his face on stopped friends back and broke his nose bad. You controlled your own speed and if you leaned into a turn you could/would get launched off the track. Another time I was struggling to get out of the wave pools deeper end, getting up the ladder was just as difficult because of the power of the waves. Friend above me got knocked off ladder and kneed me in the eye and almost KO’ed me. Most of the water attractions were in shaded areas and just cut onto the mountain. It was freezing cold. Place was insane....

2018-06-05
Polka Naut
Polka Naut

I grew up going there and it wasn't all that bad. Only scary thing was that frigin loop slde. But I never saw it actually open. Don't think it made it past the testing phases to be honest. The wives tales about the park were worse then the park itself. Most of the attractions are very common at any of today's waterparks in similar fashion. People die at parks in general, its just a fact.

2018-05-17
Jonathan Samet
Jonathan Samet

i survived my kid jerseyan rite of passage. albeit with some lost skin courtesy of the alpine slide.

2018-06-02
Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell

Is this the place they are basing the new Johnny Knoxville movie after???

2018-04-26
BardicLiving
BardicLiving

"Class Action Park" too good.

2018-04-24
random dude
random dude

omfg i cannot believe that looped water slide was a real thing, who would want to go on it????

2018-06-04
Robert Rios
Robert Rios

Can't wait for the Action Point movie.

2018-05-19
NateTheNerdy
NateTheNerdy

I have that lab report due tomorrow and a test to study for, I should probably get started on those. *Sees the Action Park Defunctland was uploaded* College isn't even that important.

2017-10-17
jac of harts
jac of harts

Screw bleach I know how I'm going out.

2018-05-29
sprdvx
sprdvx

6 people died and it still stayed open. It was a much different world before the internet.

2018-06-01
pussypasta64
pussypasta64

the movie is good btw

2018-06-06
Weeaboss
Weeaboss

Angry Joe brought me here!

2018-06-04
Aya Reiko
Aya Reiko

So Action Park was a real life KrustyLand?

2018-01-27
trippin916
trippin916

honestly this just makes me what to open a theme park.....

2018-06-04
anthony lopez
anthony lopez

Angry Joe shout out

2018-06-04
Brian Mcminn
Brian Mcminn

Not gonna lie those rides looked awesome

2018-06-03
swagswagify
swagswagify

This park looks dope

2018-05-24
Dracomut
Dracomut

If I have learned one thing from Rollercoaster Tycoon, there are a lot of people who should not be allowed to design parks.

2017-10-17
mushroomhill
mushroomhill

Not an obese person in sight. Try and go to a water park in this day and age and say that.

2018-06-11
Reborn O-O
Reborn O-O

Get wet? More like ''Get Wrecked'' at Action Park.

2018-04-08
Mylee Metz
Mylee Metz

There is a funny movie coming out called action point

2018-06-09
Mike Nice
Mike Nice

I survived Action Park

2018-06-15
YouveGotMidge
YouveGotMidge

My mother used to work selling tickets at action park. All of the employees called it "traction park" due to the amount of injuries they had to deal with. My Grandparents briefly lived at the base of the mountain, and I was forbidden from going.

2017-10-17
R&R
R&R

WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS!

2018-06-09
R&R
R&R

WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS! WILD RIVERS!

2018-06-09
Rubin Mefail
Rubin Mefail

Po-co-no

2018-06-09
Matt Kimbro
Matt Kimbro

Angry Joe brought me here.

2018-06-04
jhhwild
jhhwild

Employees sticking tennis balls into go-karts to over-ride the max speed limiter and driving them after hours. Lifeguards having to rescue 30 people from the tidal pool on a busy day. Underage drinking and tragic deaths. Am I alone in thinking this would make a pretty awesome TV series or movie? The shenanigans of employees and guests in the worlds most dangerous theme park. I'd watch that!

2017-11-08
Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams

Imagine if Jasckass did a whole 90 minute movie at the old Action Park. A Lot of paperwork before shooting begins in the fall. The death toll would be amazing and the injuries would be a excellent sacrifice for the movie industry. Poor Steve O would be gone. And, Bam would be next. Weeman lol! Rip.... Cool movie.

2018-03-31
alex mcwilliams
alex mcwilliams

And then the made a movie.

2018-06-02
PersonUknown
PersonUknown

Loved this park as a kid. Went there for the first time In 79 and went every year until It closed In 96. Yes, a lot of the rides were dangerous but everyone new this and It was part of the allure and attraction. Receiving a scrape, bump or bruise was like a right of passage for those of us who went there regularly and If you left the park not feeling beat up at the end of the day, you weren't playing hard enough.

2018-06-15
Calliou bo
Calliou bo

I looked on yelp and death gave it 5/5 stars

2018-05-20
Yes man jr.
Yes man jr.

(chuckle) i'm in danger

2018-05-11
A Fellow Commenter
A Fellow Commenter

So this is the real action point?

2018-06-01
Charles Mattson
Charles Mattson

This video crashes the YouTube app, lol

2018-06-15