Fast Times, Wild Rides, And The Untold Story Of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park | WAMC

Fast Times, Wild Rides, And The Untold Story Of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

Jun 30, 2020

Ask almost anyone who grew up in the tri-state area during the 1980s and they will have a story (and probably a scar) from the infamous amusement park Action Park—or, as it was often known, “Class Action Park” or “Accident Park.”

But for Andy Mulvihill, Action Park was the family business, it was home. In his new memoir, "Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park, " Mulvihill takes readers on an outlandish, hilarious, terrifying, and almost impossible-to-believe ride through the history of this iconic landmark.

His story chronicles the rise and fall of a uniquely American attraction, a wild and crazy 1980s adolescence, and a son’s struggle to understand his father’s quest to become the Walt Disney of New Jersey. Action Park placed no limits on danger or fun, a monument to the anything-goes spirit of the era that left guests in control of their own adventures—sometimes with tragic results.