Stampede at South Korea's Lotte World injures dozens
Let's take a visit to "Irony-land" for a moment.
More than 50,000 people gathered outside South Korean theme park Lotte World Sunday, the first day of a six-day free admission promotion at the park. The crowd rushed the gates, and the resulting stampede injured 24 people, according to the Associated Press.
The reason for the promotion? Again, according to the AP, the park was trying to improve its image after a man fell to his death from the park's Atlantis Adventure Intamin water coaster on March 6.
Park officials cancelled the free admission promotion after the injuries.
Thats gotta be a kick in the groin for the clever soul who organised that!!
That definatly is some kind of irony. However, I can see this injury prone happening in the US at least for free admission to a park. People are crazy no matter where they are from! Perhaps it has something to do with the values of South Koreans and theme parks. What I am saying is they might been looking at theme parks a different way that US conterparts. I would be very suprised if a park would give out free admission just because somebody died!
I agree with Gareth. Has the exit of large numbers of patrons been examined in the major parks? I suppose that it has, but it would be a concern. Look at other areas that have expereinced this problem going back to the Who concert years ago and the Soccer riots that have trampled many a fan. On top of this, with the turnaround of CM's at many of the parks, are the emergency procedures covered? I figure that it is part of the overall orientation, but do you know of a new, or soon to be, High School grad that could remember the procedures in the face of an horde of frightened vacationers.
Well, kudos to Six Flags for a far, far, far more responsible way to handle a free admission promotion. Six Flags gave away Great Adventure tickets via its website (tickets were gone in, literally, minutes, from what I hear.)
I know from walking around, that there are many exits at the Orlando theme parks. You just have to look at events like Halloween Horror Nights to see how many exixts can be opened up. \The problems that would arise are the familiararity of eits that the guest see (Way in - Way out) so if procedures needed implementing then the existing staff would be the oes who would have to remain calm to direct patrons to the nearest Emergency exit.
I wonder how well Cedar Point would do in massive evacuation of guests, since there are only two roads leading from it and its surrounded by water. I know there are a lot of exits out of the actual park, but off of the peninsula there aren't many.
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