4. Knott’s Berry Farm Perilous Plunge
Buena Park, California
Closed in 2012
Fun fact: If you introduce enough water rides with insanely steep drops from radical heights into the world, something bad is bound to happen.
That was just the case in 2001, when 40-year-old Lori Mason-Laurez somehow slipped out of her restraints and fell over 100 feet to her death while on the popular fun park attraction. The ride remained opened until 2012, when it was closed and dismantled so new rides could be built in its place.
5. Waterworld Banzai Pipeline
1 death, 30 injured
Closed in 1997
Thirty high school seniors were injured and one killed in 1997 after the students overcrowded this popular amusement park attraction, causing it to collapse. Despite a park guard’s efforts to regulate the amount of people in line for the slip-and-slide, the large group was able to climb to the top, where catastrophe struck. Seventeen students received their diplomas the following month in wheelchairs.