I watched on Friday and started a thread (now locked) under Movies, not realizing this there was already a thread under HBO Documentaries. I was already past the target customer age in the 80's, so if I ever saw ads for this place, they didn't register. I'm kind of glad I never went, as I'm a big chicken even about most rides at regular amusement parks. This doc was fun to watch, but also heartbreaking to learn about the deaths. I too was more interested in the reminiscences about the park than in the business details, though it was fascinating to learn that even Donald Trump wanted no part of it!
@JTMacc99, did you get that horrible alcohol-iodine spray squirted on you after you scraped your side?
I found myself thinking about this place being a perfect setting for The Goldbergs : Barry gets a job as a lifeguard, Erica's bikini top flies off on the Tarzan Swing, and Adam gets stuck in the Cannonball Loop. I can imagine him shouting "Ohhh, Balls!"as he plummets. Of course Beverly has a huge hissy fit at the thought of her schmoopies in such a dangerous place.
For more details on the test run of the "man in the ball in the ball," look here.