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Old 04-09-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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We are an independent documentary film production seeking to interview anybody (especially New Jersey residents) who have been to the legendary Action Park in Vernon, NJ between 1978 and 1996.

Have you or a friend ever been injured there? Ridden the famous looping waterslide? Worked there one summer? We would love for you to tell your Action Park story!

Email ActionParkDoc at gmail.com if you would like to be a part of documenting one of the world's most unique and dangerous theme parks, and a quintessential piece of NJ history. Whether you have a story, pictures, home video, or know some good people to talk to - please drop us a line.

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Action Park: The Documentary
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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Wow. Awesome concept. I'd love to see this.

I went two or three times as a kid to (TR)Action Park in the early 80s. I didn't die, I didn't lose any limbs, but I do remember almost launching into space going down one of those crazy water slides near the speed of light.

Some of our spoiled, sheltered suburban kids could use a theme park like Action Park today to scare the bejeezus out of them. We've made things too soft and easy for them.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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When my son was 10 years old while riding down one of the water slides, one of his testicals went back up. He needed surgery.

How about that one.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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wow I remember going there back in the 80s.

What's it like now? I haven't been up in Vernon in years. Is it still very rural?
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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Omg, I remember going to Action Park as a kid, lol!!!
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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wow I remember going there back in the 80s.

What's it like now? I haven't been up in Vernon in years. Is it still very rural?
Yes, it is very rural.

Mountain creek actually runs a water park using some of the action park stuff. But with more safety precautions presumably.

As for Action Park, it was before my time, but I would like to see this documentary. Please post up a link to where we can watch this once you finish.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:23 PM
 
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I remember 2 things. They had the real lola race cars, not fake look alike lola go-carts, I mean real lola race cars that hit 100MPH. It cost $10 per lap to drive them and every 10th lap was free. So $90 got you 10 laps in a real race car. Oh man they were awesome.

The other thing more thrilling to a young guy was that huge water slide. You just stood at the bottom and every single....not some.....every single girl that came down that thing lost their top. Some really lost it and had to hold their arm across their chest while frantically searching where the water washed their bathing suit top.

The greatest thing of all was that Alpine Slide....hey I even remember the name. You sat in a sled like cart with a hand brake that went between your legs. This brake would control your speed. The track was basically a half cement cove built into the ground. Though all lanes were the same, each had a sign listing one as slow, then faster and fastest. Now what self respecting kid would admit to being athletically incompetent? So some of the slow pokes who rode the brake all the way down would ride the fast lane and would pizz everyone off who wanted to go fast but was stuck behind the slow poke. Many a kid left that ride with some skid marks on their body. Seems the more scrapes and scratches you had the more respect you got from your peers.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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Best ride in the history of amusement parks has to be the OLD Colorado River at Action Park. Every trip to action park would include at least 10 times on that river. They used to make you actually carry up the River by yourself. Great Great Times!!
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I remember 2 things. They had the real lola race cars, not fake look alike lola go-carts, I mean real lola race cars that hit 100MPH. It cost $10 per lap to drive them and every 10th lap was free. So $90 got you 10 laps in a real race car. Oh man they were awesome.

The other thing more thrilling to a young guy was that huge water slide. You just stood at the bottom and every single....not some.....every single girl that came down that thing lost their top. Some really lost it and had to hold their arm across their chest while frantically searching where the water washed their bathing suit top.

The greatest thing of all was that Alpine Slide....hey I even remember the name. You sat in a sled like cart with a hand brake that went between your legs. This brake would control your speed. The track was basically a half cement cove built into the ground. Though all lanes were the same, each had a sign listing one as slow, then faster and fastest. Now what self respecting kid would admit to being athletically incompetent? So some of the slow pokes who rode the brake all the way down would ride the fast lane and would pizz everyone off who wanted to go fast but was stuck behind the slow poke. Many a kid left that ride with some skid marks on their body. Seems the more scrapes and scratches you had the more respect you got from your peers.
Alpine Slide...way cool!
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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Wow, I remember the alpine slide. It one was thrilling but dangerous ride. That kinda ride is a lawsuit waiting to happen now.

I remember my bro had a serious accident on the slide. He was scraped up pretty badly and had various nasty scars on his arms and legs to prove it.
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