A big question going through a lot of people’s heads after more tragedies have occurred: Are theme parks/rides safe? After the incident occurring at Orlando’s Icon Park last Thursday, a new perspective has come out. However, theme park accidents have been a thing for a while. When you go to Disneyland/world, some people would say they trust it because it’s Disney or some other big franchise that millions of people go to every day. Unlike fairs and carnivals that could easily be put together wrong that can cause a technical failure. In reality, a malfunction can happen anywhere, but some places or rides are deemed safer than others for sure.
A list of ride incidents is given out for many parks and fairs; and even places like Disney parks and Universal Parks have had complications. Not many (but also some) have been covered up. Within a span of 20 years, around 55 deaths were recorded from amusement park rides, with there also being a total of 30,000 amusement park-related injuries per year.
Although the likelihood of dying on a roller coaster is pretty low, with odds at roughly one in 750 million according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. But, when injuries do happen, they can be life-changing and tragic. However life-changing these accidents can be, especially if you’re suspended in the air, they do happen but not all the time. Think about how many fairs and amusement parks run all day almost every day of the year and the accidents are at random and usually have a cause. For example, the death of Tyre Sampson was supposedly because his harness and restraint were not secured correctly which led to him slipping out.