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.
From Redditor /u/puppy2010:
A girl I used to know worked at Wet and Wild Sydney for a season when she was in uni. One night, she was working on the lazy river ride (the kind of one where you sit on an inflatable tube and just bob along) when she noticed some legs coming out of the tube, with the rest of the body trapped in the water under the tube.
She sh*t herself when she saw it and ran over to help the trapped person, only to realize it was a mannequin that had obviously been placed there as a prank.
From Redditor /u/zach2992:
At SeaWorld, she was a camp counselor over a summer. Her kids one week were second and third graders, and she was taking them to... the dolphin area to watch them. Just so happens that at that time there was a dolphin orgy. Just 30 dolphins in one big ball, going at it.
They went up to go feed them and since they were all so busy, only one fat dolphin came up to eat while occasionally you would see some tails come up and splash.
From Redditor /u/MrFinch8604:
I worked at a certain amusement park in Ohio that was considered America's Rollercoaster in 2005. That summer, the transformer/generator of a particularly wicked roller coaster of a cyclonic nature blew, and we had to literally pull people back into the station with a rope tied to the car, and about 20 people. Instead of completely replacing it, they just worked at making it usable for the rest of the summer, and throughout the rest of the year, we would have the ride go into emergency shutdown mode at random times.
We were told just to try turning it off and on again until the code cleared, without any inspections or anything like that.
From Redditor /u/arethafeatherbottom:
My dad worked at Knott's Berry Farm as [the] head of maintenance in Southern California for like 15 years in the '80s and '90s, and I grew up... behind the scenes at the park, and riding the rides before it opened... Fun fact: my mom and dad met at the chicken dinner restaurant. :)
A guy jumped from the parachute ride and [killed himself]. I grew up going on that ride and it was terrifying! It was this tiny little latch at the top of that cage to keep you in. And it was all shaky in the wind.