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Six Flags Accident Shows Why I Won’t Go To Any Theme Park Where There Isn’t A Mouse

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I’m such a mean mom. There is a theme park that recently reopened in my city and I refuse to take my children there no matter how much they beg me. I love the idea of theme parks, I love small little fairs and I pretty much always want to visit Disney World especially because of Dole Whips and I want to go to there can we go can we go can we go RIGHT NOW? But going to any other theme park or giant state fair or place that includes horrifying roller coasters and crowds and rickety looking rides and I’m all one big nope octopus about the whole thing.

Reading about this awful accident at the Six Flags Magic Mountain park in Santa Clarita where a roller coaster going 55 miles per hour smashed into a tree proves my point that these places are scary and possibly dangerous and a whole lot of not fun for me, who doesn’t even like roller coasters or ADULT rides. From KTLA5:

Four people received minor injuries at Six Flags Magic Mountain when the Ninja roller coaster derailed after hitting a tree, stranding 22 riders some 20 feet off the ground, fire officials said Monday evening.


This happened at about six o’clock, and at around eight o’clock reduce workers started bringing people down. So you know, you just were sitting there hanging out waiting to fall to your death.

(Image: twitter)

I rationally understand places like this go through all sorts of safety inspections and accidents like this rarely happen, but the idea of taking my kids to one of these places and paying a whole mess of money and standing in long lines in the heat all for the privilege of potentially getting injured is just my exact opposite idea of FAMILY FUN during the summer.

Which puts me at a disadvantage because my favorite food groups are corn dogs and cotton candy and also funnel cakes.

I love Disney because it is so beautiful and feels really safe and always has delicious food and enough baby rides for me. I would much rather go there. Unless someone creates a theme park with all the delicious garbage food of a normal state fair and baby rides like teacups and cute little trains and merry-go-rounds and not-so-scary haunted houses. I know this all makes me sound like I’m not very fun, and I’m not, really, just ask my kids, but I don’t want to go anywhere this summer that may involve me being trapped on a broken ride.

(Image: Twitter)


  1. Jenni

    July 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Eve. I need you to read this right now so we can discuss ASAP. I spent way too much time last week thinking about this park.

  2. Obladi Oblada

    July 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I hate theme parks. My kids refer to me as the fun sucker. Things like this make me break out in hives.

  3. Marie

    July 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    You do know that there have been deaths and serious injuries on Disney rides as well, right? A young boy was killed on the Roger Rabbit ride at Disneyland and another boy lost part of his foot while getting off Big Thunder Mountain just to name two. And it’s not terribly uncommon for people to get stuck on rides when they break down there. I agree that Disneyland and Disney World are safer than most parks. I won’t even go near those sketchy mall parking lot rides myself, but it’s a bit naive to just say Disney is 100 percent safe and the rest should be avoided.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      NO LISTEN, if you get injured at D-world they probably pay you a gazillion dollars and all the dole whip you want in hush money!

    • Megan Zander

      July 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I actually did a paper about this in college, law suits at amusement parks ( super nerdy I know) the big 7 theme parks in Orlando get the most suits, but many are frivolous and those that are not are mostly settled out of court, they work really hard to keep it out of the press. Disney has a suite IN THE CASTLE as a bargaining tool, so I’m sure that helps people decide.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Umm it would help ME decide.

    • Jessifer

      July 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      haha yeah right! I work in health claims and have dealt with tons of instances where people get injured at places like Disney World, or even some of the major casinos and cruise lines (they are the worst!) They are really good at sweeping things under the rug and refusing any kind of compensation, even if they are clearly in the wrong. They will MAKE you go through the motions of suing them rather than voluntarily part with a few thousand dollars for your medical bills. They can afford the risk of having a bit of bad press.

    • Rachel Sea

      July 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      All the deaths at Disney parks have been from guests doing stupid things. As long as you don’t stand up, or try to jump off a moving ride, you don’t have much to worry about.

    • Marie

      July 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Actually, the two I mentioned weren’t from stupid actions. The Roger Rabbit ride happened because the employee allowed the child to go in on the outside (there are signs saying that the smaller person should go in first, but the staffers are not supposed to let the car go if the child is on the outside) AND the door wasn’t latched properly and popped open, letting the little guy fall right out on a turn. The Big Thunder incident occurred when a little boy’s foot got caught between the ride vehicle and the track when he got out. So things do go wrong even at Disney. However, I do agree that the vast majority of theme park incidents are due to guests’ stupidity and not following the rules!

    • Rachel Sea

      July 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      But no one died in either of those incidents. Well, the Roger Rabbit kid died, but that was 9 years after the accident.

    • lin

      July 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      From injuries from the ride. So he suffered for 9 years, then died. Massive internal organ damage, brain damage he was in a coma for weeks.

    • Kat

      July 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      I have fallen into the “Deaths at Disney Parks” Wikipedia black hole before. If you have an hour or so on your hands, google it.

    • Kat

      July 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Stop. Just stop. There’s only room for one Kat on this website. Forfeit your rights, or there will be dire consequences. I thought we went over this before? Lol!

  4. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    July 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I can’t stand most rides because they trigger migraines for me, so I avoid them like the plague anyway. But I feel you. I really do. We have the state fair nearby every October and the kids are all “I WANT TO RIDE ALL THE THINGS” and I am super paranoid.

  5. oceanlily

    July 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    It did not smash into a tree, a tree branch broke off and fell. Please read further in the article to get the real facts.

    I grew up going to that Six Flags. The Ninja is probably the best ride to be stuck on. It is wussy slow, there are no upside-down parts, you are hanging in a basket attached to the track. It is one of those rides you could easily nap on. I felt so cool at the age of six finally being allowed to ride it, it was my first “big girl” roller coaster that I was tall enough to get on. Tree branches break. Freak accident, they happen. You could get nailed by one walking through a park.

    • Jem

      July 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      55mph does not seem wussy and slow to me for a theme park ride…

    • oceanlily

      July 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Unless they have done some *real* work in the past four years that I have been out of the area, it sure as heck did not feel like you were going 55 MPH, you felt like making someone get out and push. It was the ride that only people scared of regular roller coasters or newbies to the park went on as all the regulars avoided it like the plague because it was the wuss ride. I liked going on it because there was never a line. Every time I got off the ride someone would be bemoaning how slow it was and it was a waste of time and whose dumb idea was it to ride it.

    • Jem

      July 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I’ve never been there, I was just going off of how fast the article said it was going.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      …. this sounds exactly like my kind of baby ride

    • Alexandra

      July 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Yea but still – hit a tree branch and derailed, so…

    • oceanlily

      July 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Just the front car. The people having to wait a few hours in the other cars were plenty comfortable…unless they had to pee. And that is one of the few rides they make you take all your personal belongings with you, so just whip out the smartphone and Facebook until rescue.

    • Alex Lee

      July 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I keep remembering Fabio getting nailed in the face by a bird.

      (there are higher-res pictures available if you’re into that sort of thing)

    • joanne

      July 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

      My sister and niece were on a roller coaster car that hit a bird. As animal lovers that traumatized my niece (for about 10 minutes until they went on the next coaster) 🙂

    • coffeeandshoes

      July 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      My husband LOVES that ride (Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg) but the last time he rode it in the front row his shirt was covered in dead gnats when he got off. He said that there was a crazy swarm of them and I heard a bunch of other people saying the same thing as they were exiting the ride. Ick!

    • whiteroses

      July 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      I live in the area, I go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg all the time, and this was a HUGE story. Getting smacked in the face by a goose? I mean, what are the odds? I can only think that the bird community had been waiting for YEARS to get Fabio in a roller coaster, then one of them nobly sacrificed themselves for the cause.

      It took an inaugural roller coaster ride full of women dressed like vestal virgins (yes, you read that right) to a whole new level of ridiculous. And just for anyone interested- Apollo’s Chariot rocks, though my personal favorite is Alpengeist 🙂

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm


    • guest

      July 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Eve, I’m really starting to love you.

    • SunnyD847

      July 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah, I’ve been on this ride tons of times and, except for the people in the front car which had derailed, no one should have been in danger or even uncomfortable. Although it can be very hot there. I have been to several of the Six Flags parks and they are always clean and well-maintained.

  6. Megan Zander

    July 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Yaaaay Disney! We are disney snobs, we go at least once a year, ok, so this year we went four times but so what. This January I’m running the half marathon through the parks and I am so scared but so exited!!!!

    • wispy

      July 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Four times I am so jealous!!!

    • Megan Zander

      July 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      It was an outlier for sure. My perfect world would be twice a year. Maybe three times.

    • wispy

      July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      We haven’t been since 2012 but are going to TRY to go this fall since my in-laws just moved to Tampa. Fingers crossed!

    • BW2

      July 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Do you take your twins? How do you handle the lines with them?

    • Megan Zander

      July 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      We do! They were seven months the first time. Ergo baby carriers were the best way to carry them when they were smaller, we take a stroller but there are so many places you can’t bring them that we honestly leave it parked for most of the day. We use the ergo carrier with the sleep hood and a pair of baby headphones for naptime while we walk around or go on quiet slow rides. Now that they’re walking we let them burn off energy in the play areas and carry them in ride lines unless they are tired and want to go in the carrier. With the new fast past system we don’t wait more than 20 minutes for anything, and since we go often if they get fussy or a line is long we move on, it’s not like we HAVE to do anything. And a backpack instead of a diaper bag makes it easier to bring what we need for the day. It’s honestly more relaxing than being home with them bc they are entertained by the parks and I’m not reading Goodnight Moon 23 times in a row.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I love the AKL lodge so much. It’s my happy place

    • Megan Zander

      July 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Oh man, Boma is so good I want to eat there RIT NAO. We’ve been loving wilderness lodge lately though, that boat to the Magic Kingdom and not having to fold up the stroller is really nice.

  7. Alex Lee

    July 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    You can’t fool me. You’d be all like “Alex, c’mon – let’s ride the Everest coaster again, blindfolded at midnight. What are you? Chicken?!!? BAWK BAWK!”

    I try to guess how many G’s my body is experiencing during rollercoaster rides.

    That new “Tallest water slide ever” looks intriguing…

    • journalgal2

      July 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I’m the worst, all I can think about is the wedgie waiting for you at the end of that thing.

  8. guest

    July 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Yeah, I have fond memories of going to two theme parks in my area. The first I remember being really scared of the log ride..and then heard about a kid who jumped off the thing because he was scared (I don’t get the logic either) and I’m pretty sure he died. Another one of their new rides (at the time) got stuck upside down with people on it which would suuuuck. The other park I thought was bigger and therefore safer and the rollercoaster that everyone loved came derailed as it was whipping down at the very end of the ride (thankfully) and I haven’t been on since. I am all for rides and stuff but I do not wish to die.

  9. Kthomps

    July 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    You and your kids have a seriously higher risk of getting hit by a car in the parking lot at the grocery store than you have going on a theme park ride.

  10. Rachel Sea

    July 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    When I was 13, at a little school fundraising fair near my hometown, I got stuck in the Ranger, a sausage shaped cage that did loops opposite a counterweight. My harness broke so that the carny couldn’t get me out, so he just left me there, and continued to run the ride, over and over. Eventually I kicked my way out, but I have never gotten in one of those tweaker-assembled death traps ever again.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      But then you fire danced your way out of it

    • Rachel Sea

      July 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      LOL. Yeah I just fire-dance my way out of everything. People do give me a bit of side-eye for walking around with cans of white gas though.

  11. SunnyD847

    July 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’m super excited for my annual trip to Mission Beach in San Diego this year, because I heard there’s a Dole Whips place there now! Yay!

  12. Alicia

    July 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    See, I’m all about amusement parks, but carnival rides? No thanks. I’ve been going to parks all my life. I’ve been to Disney twice, Universal, Busch Gardens (VA), Six Flags (NJ) Kings Dominion, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Geaga Lake (sp?), Idewild, Conneaut Lake Park, HersheyPark, Knoebel, Dorney Park.. and those are just the names I remember. I love them. I’ve only ever seen a roller coaster stuck with people on it one time and that was last fall at Dorney.

    It’s scary when you hear about people dying on rides, but the parks really do all they can to prevent injuries. But accidents happen. It’s easy to say anyone could die without getting out of bed in the morning. Might as well enjoy life while you can, in whatever way you want. These things are to be fun, if you don’t like them, don’t go. Your kids will find another way to go. Several of mine were school-related trips 😉

    • whiteroses

      July 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Yeah, I don’t do carnival rides, mainly because there’s not a lot of safety regs in place for them. Theme parks, though? I am all about them, mainly bc you have to be trained to run the rides properly.

  13. JJ

    July 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    That’s some Final Destination shit right there! Granted I realize it is rare and you can’t not live life over a few risks but you don’t see my ass on roller-coaster for a variety of reasons and this is one of them.

  14. Alice

    July 9, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I’m sure it’s been said before, but you do know you and your kids are at far more risk of serious injury every time you get in a car? Or cross the road? Or stay home – injuries in the home far outnumber injuries in theme parks!

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  16. joanne

    July 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I’ve never been a fan of the Six Flags theme parks because they are located in places that are super HOT with little to no shade and little to no ‘easy’ rides. I like roller coasters but will get motion sick as hell if I do too many in a row. Throw in being in Santa Clarita, CA or Dallas, TX or somewhere equally disgustingly hot and I’m sick and done for the day by ride number 2. Disney at least has a lot of variety in the rides so that I can ride a roller coaster and then spend the next two rides recovering on something easier like It’s a Small World or the Carousel of Progress (bonus air conditioning!).

  17. Sarah Murchison

    July 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

    This kind of thing doesn’t happen everyday though it’s been more prevalent in the last ten years or so. Smaller injuries are a lot more common in theme parks. It happens. You need to get professional help if you’ve been wrongly injured in a theme park. This kind of things cannot stand The folks over at Florida Trial MD have the litigation and medical know-how.

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