Going to a theme park is a joyous occasion. Working at a theme park, however, is hardly as much fun. Theme park employees on Reddit have seen some serious stuff go down while at work. Their stories will make you seriously reconsider special family vacations to the water park.
And if you thought certain carnival rides were scary, you should prepare to learn about the horrible things that can happen at theme parks.
A Guy Jumps Onto Tracks, And Passengers Think A Conspiracy Is Afoot
From Redditor /u/finelineLD:
Some... years ago, I was working my summer vacation at an amusement park, running a rollercoaster. I got to sit and push buttons, give the safety instructions, etc.
So, we get the train full of people, I get the all-clear, hit the button to start the train up the hill, when I see something out of my periphery. A guy has somehow climbed the gigantic wall surrounding the ride, and has dropped down next to the track, where I am about to send a metal train full of people at 40 mph. I slam on the emergency stop button, which shuts down everything on the ride, and grab the phone for security.
My coworkers come up to see what's happening, and I point to the guy down in the ride zone. He's acting weird and erratic, and is actually climbing on the rollercoaster's track, and is taking off his clothes. Security tells us not to approach him, in case he's dangerous, and to move the people in line away. Meanwhile, I head up the stairs to talk to the people who are stuck in the ride. The stairs were open, metal things - extra narrow, steep, and - at this point - damp. In the best of times, I hated climbing them.
I get up and most of the people are calm, except for one woman who is freaking out. She's panicking that the ride is malfunctioning, and that she wants off. Now, I understand panic attacks and how you're completely [a] slave to them. So I'm calmly telling everyone that I was the person who hit the emergency stop, why I did it, etc. From their viewpoint, they literally could see the guy climbing up the track, security chasing after him, etc. I've called for a manager to let this lady off because I'm not able to do it.
So the manager finally arrives, lets this woman off with dire warnings about how dangerous the steps can be. By this point, the police are arriving, there's all sorts of stuff going on in the sights of the patrons as they are trying to arrest this guy.
And then, a guy on the ride announces he wants off, too. So the manager lets him off. He climbs over another guest, faces the train, and calmly announces that this entire thing - the half naked-man, security, the police - all of it was just a cover-up for the fact that the ride had malfunctioned and that they were all going to die.
And I'll be damned if they didn't believe him. We evacuated that ride, and two people slipped walking down those stairs. I had to fill out massive paperwork to keep people from suing, thankfully we were able to call a cop over to witness. After police left, the ride was started back up, with no issues.
One Passenger Gets Beheaded
From Redditor /u/M1n10nD4v3:
Guy lost his hat on a suspended roller coaster and decided to climb the fence to get it back afterwards. Quite literally had his head kicked off by a lady on the ride as it went by, which also shattered her leg.
The Ghost Of A Dead Boy Haunts The Six Flags Restaurant At Night
From Redditor /u/rootKRP:
Six Flags Magic Mountain. While stocking up one of the carts from within an unused, empty location, I had a unexplainable experience. The location I was in used to be a restaurant that served pizza (Laughing Dragon near Superman if you're familiar with the park). It's empty and void of life and only gets used on occasion for maybe some training. The tables that we used for the restaurant were stacked upside on one side. The tables were heavy, concrete-topped tables and would take two guys to move them. Upon entering the location and beginning my inventory I felt uneasy and chalked it up to being tired and creeped [since] it was late.
To get to the stockroom, you have to pass by the dining area with the tables, and I did so without incident. After counting our overpriced ice creams, I turn around to head out the way I came and lock up. What met me as I turned around the dark corner freaked me out. Right there, blocking my exit, [were] three tables sitting right-side up and lined up obstructing my path. I called out if anyone was there and was met with silence. I simply turned around and ran to the back entrance and left the building from there. Afterwards, I explained to a co-worker how I was alone up there and heard absolutely no one, and how the heavy-as-hell tables got moved and flipped so swiftly and silently.
I was then later told that a little boy with a heart condition ran all the way up the hill racing his friends and essentially dropped dead right in front of that restaurant, probably 10 feet from where the incident occurred. I hate closing at night now.
A Worker Lets Too Many People On Slide, So People Die
From Redditor /u/cheesewedge12:
Worked at a water park in high school. They had one of those slides where you get dumped out into a big funnel and rock up one side, then back down and up the other until you get funneled out. Well one of the workers wasn't doing his job right, and let several heavy people into one group tube and went way over the weight limit.
They went up one side, kept going, and fell 40 feet to the bottom of the funnel. I heard one of them died. They shut down the ride for a while after that.