It seems like every week this summer, the news has stories of horrific injuries or deaths at an amusement park. With that, comes the predictable “I knew that ride wasn’t safe. They should have never opened it,” chatter online.
But, as hard to believe as it is: Amusement parks are not trying to hurt or kill you.
Around the turn of the century, things were different. Rides were a new concept and safety systems were, well – non-existent. In fact, a ride with a “killer” reputation was actually MORE popular, as people were willing to test their mettle against the machine.
But as the industry matured, so also did it’s guests – and the demand went from a killer coaster to a safer one. Manufacturers responded with the lap bar, seat belt and over the shoulder restraint.
It’s no longer in the best interest of a park to have a ride that’s not safe – and that’s been the case since the 1920’s. Coasters and flat rides can be millions of dollars of investment – and one accident could turn that investment into a fancy lawn ornament.
Yeah, there’s always the exceptions to the rule, but thankfully in this industry – they tend to be easy to spot. If a ride doesn’t “look” right – it probably isn’t. And if you don’t like the way it looks, you don’t have to ride.
So, with this rash of incidents across the country – could better oversight lead to safer rides? I’m not sure. Currently, the states regulate amusement rides, to varying degrees depending on location. Could a uniform standard be better? Maybe. But uniform rules have their drawbacks, too.
It’s hard to create a “one size fits all” methodology for the entire United States. If we can’t agree on anything in Washington, it would be tough to push through legislation that would work fairly for everyone.
I repeat this stat often, because it’s worth repeating: You have better odds of being injured driving to an amusement park than you do while inside. You may hear about a deadly crash on the freeway, only mentioned as a “Sig Alert” in a traffic update. A death on a coaster, however will cause the news choppers to be summoned to the scene.
So go to your local amusement or theme park with confidence – just follow the safety rules. A park doesn’t want to hurt or kill you, despite what the internet says. Because if they did – you wouldn’t be able to go back and spend more money there…
Ever want to experience death, but without the whole, “being gone forever” part?
Well then, thrill seekers – pack your bags for China, where a new 4D cremation simulator might be just the ticket.
You read correctly…CREMATION. And you thought simulators were going out of style…
According to UPI, the ride is called Samadhi: 4D Experience of Death. It’s designed to give riders the sensation of being dead, cremated and then reborn.
The details are sure to send shivers up your spine. You’ll first enter a morgue, then you’re placed in a single passenger casket (complete with lapbar no less) to begin your journey from this world to the other. Sounds like someone took this scene from “Diamonds are Forever” a little TOO far in my opinion…
(Clip ownership: EON Productions / MGM. Used under “Fair Use” doctrine of copyright law)
The actual “cremation” is a sudden blast of hot air over the rider, along with flashes of light to simulate the flames. Did we mention the temperatures are up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit? We probably should have mentioned that.
Finally – and as if it gets any crazier – an image of a womb is projected onto the ceiling and riders must crawl out of their open air coffins until they reach a white, padded room, to be “reborn.”
Count me the f*ck out.
And for that “authentic” feel, know the creators of the ride pulled something straight out of Disney Imagineering, by visiting a real crematorium and even took a quick lay down in the actual incinerator.
Those who have watched riders exit note they’ve been drenched in sweat – whether that’s from the heat in the attraction or just from the fear, I suppose we’ll have to leave up to the imagination.
Here’s the whole story from UPI, by the way: http://bit.ly/1epfUPX
What do you think? Would you ride a “Death simulator?” Talk to me on my social media channels or leave a comment below!
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