The notorious New Jersey theme park, Action Park, which has been dubbed the most dangerous amusement park in America, is getting its own series thanks to Hulu.
The Action Park comedy series is going to be based on the book Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park that was written by Andy Mulvihill and Jake Rossen. That book was acquired by 20th Century Fox Television and Hulu.
The show is described as “the almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained. It will be told through the eyes Andy Mulvihill, the son of the park’s idiosyncratic founder, Gene Mulvihill.”
The park first opened in the late 1970s and closed in 1996. Due to the unsafe rides and attractions that made the park infamous, a lot of guests were injured during their time in the park, and there were also multiple fatalities.
Here’s the description from the book:
Often called “Accident Park,” “Class Action Park,” or “Traction Park,” Action Park was an American icon. Entertaining more than a million people a year in the 1980s, the New Jersey-based amusement playland 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. Though it closed its doors in 1996 after nearly twenty years, it has remained a subject of constant fascination ever since, an establishment completely anathema to our modern culture of rules and safety. Action Park is the first-ever unvarnished look at the history of this DIY Disneyland, as seen through the eyes of Andy Mulvihill, the son of the park’s idiosyncratic founder, Gene Mulvihill. From his early days testing precarious rides to working his way up to chief lifeguard of the infamous Wave Pool to later helping run the whole park, Andy’s story is equal parts hilarious and moving, chronicling the life and death of a uniquely American attraction, a wet and wild 1980s adolescence, and a son’s struggle to understand his father’s quixotic quest to become the Walt Disney of New Jersey. Packing in all of the excitement of a day at Action Park, this is destined to be one of the most unforgettable memoirs of the year.
This sounds like the kind of amusement park I would have loved to go to when I was growing up! I was already doing all kinds of dangerous crap when I was growing up for fun! Too bad it was all the way out in New Jersey. It’s ok, though. I’ll enjoy watching the stories of the insanity play out in this new series safely from home.
The park was also the subject of Johnny Knoxville’s 2018 film Action Point, where Knoxville played a fictionalized version of Gene Mulvihill named D.C. Carver.