Let's be careful out there: How to stay safe at a theme park, and what happens when you don't
Published: April 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM
First, the State of California faulted Knott's Berry Farm and Intamin this week for the cable snap on Knott's Xcelerator launch roller coaster last fall. Essentially, the state knocked Intamin for confusing maintenance instructions and Knott's for not inspecting and repairing the cable often enough. The cable shredded during a launch last year, a moment that was captured in a YouTube video that the park swiftly had taken down. With the report filed, repairs made and a new maintenance schedule in place, the ride's now reopened for visitors.
Another water sprite has collided with the ferryboat at Walt Disney World. In an incident last Thursday, a man drove the small boat in which he and his wife were riding too close to the ferry. He tried to swerve, but didn't have enough room. The ferryboat driver switched to reverse, but the wife was pinned against the ferry, suffering chest injuries.
Authorities might press charges against the sprite driver, for reckless boating. If the circumstance warrant, bravo, I say. If the park is a fault in an incident (as with Xcelerator), then the state should take action against the park. But if a park visitor is at fault, and violates a law in doing so, then appropriate charges should be on the table against the park visitor, as well. (In this case, I would keep in mind that the wife's injuries are punishment enough, so any appropriate charge should be pretty light.)
Since so many of the incidents that result in people getting hurt in theme parks can be prevented, we've put together a list of Top 10 Theme Park Safety Tips. I hope that all Theme Park Insider readers will take a look at that list before visiting the parks this year.