I was a teenager in the early 80s growing up near Philly and am super glad that, while we were adjacent to New Jersey, that the ads for Action Park must have only reached the Northern parts of that state because, without a doubt, had we seen them, my friends and I would have absolutely gone there had we known it existed. I also know we'd all have been very seriously injured.
But I gotta say, the place looked squalid. Like, my absolute nightmare come true -- way too many people, nowhere to park, endless lines, janketty rides, and danger. But it did look fun. And I would have had the time of my life working there like the other kids did.
I felt super sad for the mother who was interviewed about her son who died there and for the pittance of a settlement she received from the asshole owner. While her inclusion was necessary for the narrative, it made me feel awful about laughing about other people's injuries.