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Throwback Thursday – Your Favorite Amusement Park: ‘Action Park’ to Return for the Summer

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Maybe you’re too young to remember this harbinger of summer from back in the day.
The Palisades Amusement Park commercials that were ubiquitous on the radio.

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And since the announcement came out about Six Flags newest attraction, Zumanjaro – which officials are saying should be ready by Memorial Day weekend, it makes you think back to the places you used to go – and how much simpler they were compared to what we’ve seen crop up of late.

According to the NY Daily News:

The final track piece of the 41-story Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom — which will send riders back to earth at 90 mph — was locked into position at Jackson’s Six Flags Great Adventure on Tuesday.

Iron workers from Matawan-based Shamrock Construction signed the final orange segment before lifting it to its final resting place on the tower.

Workers will now focus on installing the winch-and-cable lift mechanism, three gondolas to whisk riders to the top of the tower and ride controls.

The attraction will then be extensively tested, inspected and certified before — it’s hoped — being opened on Memorial Day weekend.

The new ride is connected to the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster — the 456-foot monster that ranks as the world’s tallest coaster and fastest in North America — which launches riders up to 128 mph.

Riders will pause for a few terrifying moments 41 stories in the air on Zumanjaro, higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

Then, after catching a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the south, gravity will plunge them back to ground level in less than 10 seconds.

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Sure makes rides like the coasters at Palisades Park and Coney Island pale in comparison.

However, while it would be a daunting task to outdo Zumanjaro, the folks over at the once bustling Action Park have announced the reintroduction of Mountain Creek.

According to

The water park is returning to the same name abandoned about 20 years ago, the resort added.

Bystanders might be pardoned for thinking it was an April Fool’s joke, since the name several decades ago had wide connotations with a series of accidents, and a pair of drownings when the park was opened between 1978 and 1996, according to local news accounts.

People jokingly referred to the water park as variously “Class-Action Park,” “Accident Park,” or “Traction Park” due to the notoriety.

Bill Benneyan, the vice-president of marketing for Mountain Creek, did not return a message this morning. But he told The New Jersey Herald that the park has “kept the thrills and lost the spills.”

“We have found a certain nostalgia for Action Park. It was extreme before extreme was something everyone wanted to do,” Benneyan reportedly said.

And that’s the point – while Six Flags presses the limits of extreme – and Action Park may have been one of the first to do so – you can still remember a time when a simple ride on the Palisades Park roller coaster was enough of an adrenaline rush.

Take us back to your favorite throwback amusement park. We’d all love to share in the memories.

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