Incidents at European amusement parks
This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at various European amusement parks, water parks, or theme parks. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that have a significant impact on the parks or park owners, or are otherwise significantly newsworthy.
The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, deaths that occur at a European park. While these incidents were required to be reported to regulatory authorities due to where they occurred, they usually fall into one of the following categories:
- Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
- The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
- Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
- Act of God or a generic accident (e.g., slipping and falling), that is not a direct result of an action on anybody's part.
- 1 Alton Towers
- 2 Battersea Funfair
- 3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- 4 Bridlington Bayside Fun Park
- 5 Botton's Amusement Park
- 6 Brighton Palace Pier
- 7 Camelot Theme Park
- 8 Chessington World of Adventures
- 9 Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
- 10 Drayton Manor
- 11 Energylandia
- 12 Europa Park
- 13 Flamingo Land
- 14 Gardaland
- 15 Gray's Amusement Park
- 16 Gulliver's Land
- 17 Gulliver's World
- 18 Guillena Zoo
- 19 Holiday Park
- 20 Legoland Billund
- 21 Lightwater Valley
- 22 Liseberg
- 23 Loudoun Castle
- 24 Luna Park (St Brieuc)
- 25 M&D's
- 26 Mirabilandia
- 27 Naudières
- 28 Nigloland
- 29 Oakwood Theme Park
- 30 Parko Paliatso LUNA PARK
- 31 Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
- 32 Paultons Park
- 33 Phantasialand
- 34 Parc Astérix
- 35 PortAventura World
- 36 Pleasureland Southport
- 37 Prater
- 38 Rotunda Amusement Park
- 39 Terra Mítica
- 40 Thorpe Park
- 41 Tibidabo Amusement Park
- 42 Tivoli Friheden
- 43 Tramore Amusement Park
- 44 Walibi Holland
- 45 Wheelgate Park
- 46 Wonderland Pleasure Park
- 47 See also
- 48 References
- On 8 May 2012, a 20-year-old man entered a restricted area of the ride and fell into the tunnel. He was rescued and then arrested by the police. The ride continued to operate shortly after.
- On 30 June 2004, due to a strong gust of wind, the Sky Ride cables became caught, jamming the ride. About 80 people were on the ride, and nine people had to be rescued by being abseiled down 200 foot (61 m) cables.
- During the 2007 Scarefest season, a fire broke out in the Forbidden Valley section of the park due to a halogen lamp that damaged the roof and mechanics of the ride. The damage was fortunately reparable and had to be closed for six months before reopening midway through the 2008 season. Fortunately, nobody was harmed.
- Another fire happened to the ride this time in the Cloud Cuckoo Land station in the 2009 season, due to a faulty vending machine, on 21 July 2009. The fire completely destroyed the whole station. Over the following season, the station was rebuilt, ready for the 2010 season.
Runaway Mine TrainEdit
- On 20 July 2006, when the train was entering the tunnel section of its course, two carriages uncoupled, the carriages comprising the front half continuing up the slope while the rear half of the train remained stuck in the tunnel. The front half failed to make it over the hill, rolled back and crashed into the rear half which had remained stuck in the tunnel. Six people were taken to hospital and 23 others were treated for cuts and bruises. Following the incident, the ride was closed for a total of 8 months before reopening on 6 April 2007. The train was only returned to full length operation in June the following year.
- On 2 November 2013, 4 people were injured after being hit by flying guide wheels when they fell off one of the trains.
- On 2 June 2015, a train with 16 passengers collided at 20 mph with a stationary test car that had failed part way round the track. Four passengers — two male, two female, aged between 17 and 27 — received serious leg injuries and were airlifted to hospital for treatment, one of the casualties had to have her left leg amputated due to her injuries while a second casualty had to have her right leg amputated due to the extent of her injuries. A fifth person with neck and abdominal injuries was also taken to hospital. The other 11 riders were believed to have only minor injuries and received medical treatment at the scene. This has been stated to be the biggest incident to ever occur at Alton Towers. The theme park was closed until 7 June 2015 pending the completion of the investigation. As of September, it had begun testing with both empty carriages and ones filled with test dummies. Ride staff operating The Smiler at the time of the incident were questioned, including the ride operator and engineer, after reports that it was manually restarted, in similar fashion to the Alton mouse during its incident in 1991. This accident also caused Sonic Spinball and three other roller coasters at sister parks Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures to close until additional safety procedures were researched or put in place, these rides reopened shortly afterwards, once deemed safe to continue operating. The Smiler reopened on March 19, 2016. Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd was prosecuted at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 22 April 2016, in which the firm pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to a £5 million fine on 27 September 2016 after a two-day hearing at Stafford Crown Court. Victims are suing Alton Towers in the civil courts.
- On 30 May 1972, one of the trains became detached from the lift chain and rolled back to the station (the anti-rollback mechanism having also failed), colliding with the other train. Five children were killed and thirteen others injured. The ride (the park's main attraction) was permanently closed, leading to the decline in the popularity of the funfair and its eventual closure at the end of the 1974 season.
Blackpool Pleasure BeachEdit
- On 10 May 2017, a 2-year-old girl was critically injured after falling off the ride and was struck by one of the cars. According to her father, she immediately panicked and then jumped off while it was moving, ripping her clothes in the process. He tried to rescue her, but the girl suffered serious burns to her face and neck afterwards. She was later treated by paramedics shortly after.
- On 11 August 2009, two trains carrying a total of 32 guests collided, resulting in 21 guests requiring treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from whiplash and broken noses, to cuts and bruises.
- On 31 August 2000, 23 people were injured, when two ride vehicles collided due to a failure of the ride's braking system.
- On 14 June 2011, a ride train stopped abruptly, causing minor injuries to its occupants. One person was reported to be hospitalised with whiplash injury.
- In 2004, due to an electrical fault, the entire ride station (Along with parts of the adjacent Alice ride) was completely destroyed by a fire. The new station was built in time for the 2005 season
- On 24 October 2014, a 58-year-old man broke his neck whilst riding the Grand National. It is understood he suffered from spondylitis, but ignored safety warnings and rode the wooden roller coaster with his 13-year-old nephew. Upon returning to the station, he was found slumped in the carriage and was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital.
Space Invader 2Edit
- On 21 July 2000, an 11-year-old boy died after falling out of a ride vehicle on the Space Invader roller coaster. Reports say that he may have panicked on the dark ride and unfastened his seatbelt. As a result of the accident, the ride was closed and carriages were re-fitted with over the head restraints. The ride opened after a short hiatus as Space Invader 2.
Bridlington Bayside Fun ParkEdit
Jungle River Log FlumeEdit
- On 29 August 2011, a 58-year-old woman sustained severe leg injuries when the Jungle River Log Flume became stuck and jolted, throwing her out of the cabin. She was riding with her four-year-old granddaughter when the accident happened. It is believed that the ride stalled as it didn't have enough water in it. The granddaughter was taken to hospital with minor bruising. In July 2017, the ride was replaced by a ferris wheel due to the accident.
Botton's Amusement ParkEdit
- On 30 August 2011 at 3:15pm, emergency services were called to the ride after reports that the arm had collapsed. Firefighters used ropes and ladders to rescue the 22 passengers who had become lodged at a 90 degree angle. Seven passengers were injured and taken to hospital, including one woman with life-threatening head injuries. It was reported that the ride had maintenance done in the previous few days.
Brighton Palace PierEdit
- On 8 April 2019, four people were injured when the ride became loose.
Camelot Theme ParkEdit
- On 23 August 2011, a 12-year-old boy fell from the ride. Fortunately, he survived. Witnesses say the boy clung to the ride until he fell 30 feet (9.1 m).
- On 22 October 2001, a 59-year-old employee was killed as he was struck by a train when he was performing maintenance on the ride. Prime Resorts Limited was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs, after a court decided the death was caused by fundamental management errors.
Chessington World of AdventuresEdit
- On 7 June 2012, a 4-year-old girl fell from an elevated walkway used as the queue for the Tomb Blaster attraction. The girl suffered broken ribs, a cracked skull, and brain hemorrhage after falling 14 feet (4.3 m) through a hole in the wooden fencing. On Friday 9 January 2015, Chessington plead guilty to the incident labeling it a result of improper maintenance. H&S investigators said the fall happened as a result of water from the roof dripping onto the paneling, rotting the wood. On Monday 12 January 2015, Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd. was fined £150,000 as a result of the fall. Operator Merlin Entertainments apologised and said that they had since spent millions on remedial work across the park to ensure something similar could never occur again. One improvement made involved adding a steel rail fence to the Tomb Blaster queue.
Coney Beach Pleasure Park, PorthcawlEdit
- On 1 April 1994, a 9-year-old boy was killed after being flung off the 58-year-old "Water Chute" ride when a steel hoop collapsed in wet and windy conditions and fell onto the open-topped carriage in which he was travelling.
- On 3 August 2012, a 42-year-old woman collapsed and died of a heart attack after coming off the Maelstrom ride. It has been stated that the woman was on a day out with her 14-year-old daughter, who later posted on Facebook "RIP Momma, I love you". 
- On 9 May 2017, an 11-year-old girl on a school field trip fell into the Splash Canyon rapids ride. According to Drayton Manor's director, George Bryan, park staff responded immediately and rescued the girl from the water. The victim was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital, but died from her injuries soon after arrival at hospital. The park was closed after the incident. It was reported as the first fatality in a British amusement park since an accident at Oakwood in 2004.
Pirates of BataviaEdit
- On 1 June 2004, a 32-year-old employee was injured by the Magnum Force roller coaster due to him crossing through a restricted area under the coaster as a shortcut through the park.
- On 22 May 2015, a 15-year-old girl and a 26-year-old woman were injured after a foot-rail dislodged while in motion and landed in the queue for the ride. The 15-year-old girl was taken to Scarborough General Hospital where she received treatment for her head injuries, whereas the 26-year-old woman was treated at the scene. Although both have sustained head injuries, North Yorkshire Police released a statement claiming that neither was life-threatening. The ride has been taken out of operation in accordance with Flamingo Land's operational procedures, and is undergoing a full inspection in conjunction with North Yorkshire Police and the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The ride has since reopened with nets above the waiting line to catch any falling items, and is in full operation.
Mr. Ping's Noodle SurpriseEdit
- On 26 December 2016, a 6-year-old girl suffered head injuries while riding in the rotating teacups. She was hospitalized at Borgo Trento Hospital in Verona.
Gray's Amusement ParkEdit
- On 2 June 2000, a 12-year-old boy died as a result of injuries sustained at Gray's Amusement Park in Ingoldmells near Skegness. He was hit in the chest by a manual swing, known as The Swinging Gym. The incident was described as a tragic accident.
- On 13 July 2002, a 15-year-old girl with Down syndrome fell 30 feet (9.2 m) from a Ferris wheel. She was taken to the hospital, and died two days later from her injuries. The park were fined a total of £80,000 for failing to ensure a person's safety, and not carrying out risk assessments.
- On 17 September 2018, The Crazy Train rollercoaster malfunctioned, which caused wheels to fly off the ride. 21 people including children were trapped 50 foot (15 m) above the ground for up to two hours.
- Eighteen people were injured when a Flying Swinger ride collapsed at Guillena Zoo near Seville, Spain. The accident happened on 9 April 2005. Of the 18 injured, fifteen were children. Four people were seriously injured, including an 11-year-old girl and a woman, who were airlifted to a hospital in Seville, after sustaining serious head and leg injuries. Witnesses said that the attraction's main support snapped in two, trapping victims under the debris. The ride, built in 2001, had just passed all of its required safety inspections.
- On 15 August 2014, an 11-year-old girl was killed after getting run over by several gondolas. The girl entered the ride via an unlocked door. When an employee turned on the ride and did not notice the girl was not inside the gondola, the girl tripped and fell. An employee of the park was sentenced to a fine of €2,400 for negligent homicide. After the incident, the ride was closed and sold.
The Xtreme RacerEdit
- A 20-year-old woman died on 21 June 2001 following an accident the previous day when two carriages on the Twister roller coaster collided.  Police decided not to prosecute a maintenance worker, who claimed that he had only received an hour's training on that ride and had not seen its manual. Faulty wiring had also caused a malfunction on the ride. In October 2004, the deputy coroner ruled death by misadventure. On 14 November 2006, the park was charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of riders, and the ride operator was charged with failing to ensure safety through his work. Both pleaded guilty. The ride manufacturer, Reverchon Industries SA, was convicted of two charges of failing to ensure the ride's safe design and construction.
- On 30 May 2019, a 6-year-old boy fell off the ride and was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary. The guest suffered head injuries.
- On 14 July 2016, a 55-year-old man nearly fell 85 ft from his seat off the ride after his safety restraints were unlocked. His carer rescued him by grabbing onto his wrists.
- In June 1994, a deer was decapitated by roller coaster when it stumbled onto the tracks. The roller coaster smashed into the deer in a collision, causing passengers to be covered in blood. The ride was closed and reopened shortly. A 12 year old boy was injured in the accident and was taken to hospital.
- In September 2014, another deer was hit by a train. No riders were injured, but the deer was killed instantly. The ride was shut for 30 minutes and resumed normal operation afterwards.
- On 15 July 2006, 21 people were injured when two roller coaster trains, on the rollercoaster Lisebergbanan, collided. The crash happened when the chain that pulls trains up the initial climb malfunctioned, causing a fully loaded train to roll backward into the loading platform, hitting another train that was unloading riders. Since only part of the train was on the lift, the anti-rollback mechanism had not fully engaged and broke. The steel roller coaster was built in 1987 and is one of Sweden's largest, reaching speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph). Since the accident the roller coaster has opened again, after a technical adjustment.
- On 8 October 2006, a woman in her thirties was seriously injured on the log boat ride Flumeride. At the second and final drop, a 14 metres (46 ft) slope, the woman apparently panicked, and tried to keep the log boat from travelling down the slope by holding onto the railings. She was ejected from the boat into the water and slid down the slope, where she was hit in the head by at least one of the two following log boats. Since she had managed to temporarily keep the log boat from dropping down the slope, the following two log boats passed the last safety gate, and couldn't be stopped from falling down the last slope where the woman was located. The event was witnessed by the staff who stopped the ride, but were unable to prevent two of the log boats from continuing. The woman, who was travelling together with her 11-year-old daughter and another woman, was taken to Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where she was reported to be in critical but stable condition. An investigation has been initiated by the authorities, and Liseberg has also initiated an internal inquiry. She eventually recovered fully.
- On 15 July 2008, 30 people were injured when the ride collapsed. The park manager stated that he believes a ball bearing on the ride failed. The ride was dismantled on 17 July 2008. Investigators then confirmed on 19 July 2008 that they had discovered a faulty drive shaft during their inspection. They believed that one of the axles that is designed to hold the passenger carriage horizontal failed. The drive shaft had been replaced by Huss Maschinefabrik, the ride's manufacturer, in 2003.
- On 16 July 2007, an 18-year-old park worker with mild cerebral palsy died after falling 80 feet (24 m) from the Rat ride at the Scottish Park. He was on a day off on 15 July 2007 when it is believed he saw one of the carriages stuck on the ride. He climbed up to attempt to fix the ride; however when it started to move he was dragged to the highest point, when he lost his grip and fell. The park voluntarily closed the ride even after it passed inspection.
Luna Park (St Brieuc)Edit
- On 10 August 2015, a woman broke her leg after one of the bungee lines snapped on a slingshot-style bungee ride, causing the carriage to hit one of the supporting poles.
- On 4 July 2011, nine people, ranging in age from 9 to 49, had to be rescued from the Tsunami roller coaster, after a mechanical failure on the ride left them stranded 60 ft (18.2m) above the ground for up to eight hours.
- On 26 June 2016, the roller coaster Tsunami derailed, falling into the crowd below, injuring seven children and two adults. On the way down it hit the main structure and came to rest on a toddlers' ride. Ten park guests were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The park was evacuated following the incident. The ride was dismantled and removed eight months later.
White Water Log FlumeEdit
- Around 2013 there was an incident on the White Water Log Flume in which a woman's leg was trapped between a barrier and a splashback on the ride's structure, causing a serious injury.
- In August 2015, three people were injured when the White Water Log Flume slipped on its track, and later the same month a 58-year-old woman and three teenagers had to walk down from the top of the ride after it stuck at the highest point.
- On 28 September 2007, a man was killed at the Mirabilandia theme park in Ravenna, Italy, when he was hit in the head by the leg of a female rider on the Katun inverted coaster. The girl whose leg struck the man was injured. The man was in a restricted area when he was struck, however the ride was still closed so officials could investigate.
- On 13 August 2011, a 24-year-old ride operator was crushed by two trains at the Naudières theme park in Sautron, France. The man left the control booth of the ride whilst it was in motion. He slipped trapping his legs beneath the track and then was hit by a train, trapping him between two cars, crushing him beneath the ride's structure. Doctors amputated his legs at the scene, but he later died of his injuries. The park closed the next day due to 'very bad weather'.
- On 4 April 2005, the former golf coaster, was stopped by a guest while going into a curve that would naturally slow down the ride. The technician called managed to make the ride work again but it ended colliding with the technician's machine, hurting several rider's legs, one seriously. The attraction was closed down and removed from the park afterwards.
Oakwood Theme ParkEdit
- On 15 April 2004, a 16-year-old girl from Pontypool was killed after falling approximately 30 m (100 ft) from the top of the Hydro (now called Drenched) ride. During the Coroner's inquest, the jury returned a narrative verdict stating that the victim died due to not being properly restrained. In February 2008, Oakwood was charged by the Health and Safety Executive for park staff not ensuring that guests were properly and safely restrained. On 22 May 2008, magistrates in Haverfordwest magistrates court rejected Oakwood Leisure Limited's request for an adjournment and directed that the hearing should proceed on the assumption of a not guilty plea. The magistrates declined jurisdiction and adjourned the case which was committed for crown court trial in Swansea Crown Court on 7 July 2008. The magistrates' court was limited to fining the company £20,000, the crown court can impose an unlimited fine. On 8 July 2008, Oakwood plead guilty under the Health and Safety Act 1974 for failing to conduct its business such to ensure that its guests were not exposed to risks. In December 2008 the company was fined £250,000 plus £80,000 in costs.
Parko Paliatso LUNA PARKEdit
- A 44-year-old mother and her 7-year-old son were ejected from the 180 foot (55m) tall aerial chair-swing when parts of their seat tore off, due to their chair hitting a nearby ride after reportedly going too fast on too wide an angle. The boy suffered an exposed fracture on his right leg, while his mother lacerated her left knee, broke her right hand and suffered concussion.
Parque de Atracciones de MadridEdit
Tren de la MinaEdit
- On July 16, 2017, 33 people were injured when two trains both collided into each other as the train they were riding in failed to stop after finishing its run and hit another one which was just about to leave the station. 27 of them were taken to the hospital suffering minor injuries. Paramedics said that six children who were under the age of 10 were also injured in the accident. An emergency service spokesperson said that none of the injuries were considered serious and the guests who were riding have all been treated for neck, back and stomach pains.
- On 26 May 2016, 15 passengers were evacuated from the ride after being stuck 45 ft in the air for 40 minutes when it broke down during the morning hours of operation. No injuries were reported.
Gebirgsbahn & Grand Canyon AchterbahnEdit
- On 1 May 2001, a fire broke out at the Phantasialand theme park in Brühl, near Cologne, Germany. 54 people were injured during the fire, however no one was seriously hurt. The fire broke out on the powered roller coaster Grand Canyon Achterbahn, which was located inside the structure of the bigger roller coaster Gebirgsbahn on a day when the park was filled with 20,000 visitors. The park's founder said a cable fire was most likely the cause of the blaze. There were 150 passengers on the two rides when the fire broke out. Some passengers of the Gebirgsbahn were only able to exit the cars using a 60 foot (18 m) ladder. The mostly polystyrene facade was coated with a fire-resistant film; however, it had lost its effect after years of operation and caught fire. The two roller coasters and the nearby Tanagra Theater were completely destroyed and demolished shortly after. Following this accident, the park improved the safety standards on many of its attractions. This resulted in some compromises. Some of the effects on the park's rides had to be removed, the upper floor of the IMAX simulator Galaxy (later: Race for Atlantis) was permanently closed and the track of the Gondelbahn 1001-Nacht dark ride was shortened to make room for a rescue passage for firetrucks. The park also installed new sprinkler systems in some of the rides like the Silbermine dark ride. Today the rapid river River Quest is located on the site of the two roller coasters. The Tanagra Theater was replaced with the Vekoma Mad House Feng Ju Palace.
- On 14 May 2011, a 48-year-old man died while riding Black Mamba, an inverted roller coaster. According to German safety inspectors the roller coaster and all safety features were sound and passed extensive testings by the TÜV. Autopsy showed that the death was caused by a heart attack.
Winja's Fear & ForceEdit
- On 14 March 2017, a 58-year-old employee fractured his neck while performing maintenance on the ride. He later died from his injuries.
- On 5 July 2006, a 6-year-old Belgian boy drowned as he was dragged underwater by the current. The boy was with a group of friends and supervisors in a boat propelled by rapids, waterfalls and geysers in the attraction 'La Descente du Styx'. It is alleged that the boy stood up too early as the boat reached the end point. Another boat collided with the boy's boat, knocking him into the water. Two people dived in after the boy, but he'd disappeared in the artificial waves of the attraction. When he was found 20 minutes later, resuscitation efforts were of no avail.
- On 18 May 2009, a 55-year-old park employee died after being run over by a roller coaster train as he was performing maintenance.
Silver River FlumeEdit
- On 14 September 2018, a 19-year-old boy was injured after falling while waiting in line to ride the log flume. He suffered a traumatic cranioencephalic injury and fractured his arms and legs. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later recovered.
- On 7 April 2017, an online viral video showed a man being attacked by a pigeon while riding the roller coaster speeding at 112 mph (miles per hour) at the park. The area of the park also opened the same day when it occurred. The man suffered minor injuries and received some cuts on his face, which was bleeding after the ride.
- On 5 April 2010, a Viennese man was seriously injured after trying to jump onto a high-speed carousel ride at Vienna's Prater amusement park. The 34-year-old was drunk when he attempted to get back on the ride after it had started by hurling himself at the spinning carousel. He died soon after from multiple life-threatening injuries.
- Three people were injured on the Volare roller coaster on 22 October 2010, when a crane crashed against the ride. The 'wagon' steered into the crane's hoist, set close to the ride. A 21-year-old Macedonian man sustained serious head injuries when he fell 8 metres (26 ft) to the ground from the platform supported by the crane. One tourist sustained a broken arm while her friend suffered cuts and bruises. The official accident report says the employee operating the roller coaster was unaware the worker was busy on the scaffolding when he started up the ride. Newspapers, however, report that the attraction has been in operation many times while the painters were busy.
Rotunda Amusement ParkEdit
- On 11 September 1999, an 8-year-old girl died after falling from the coaster and hitting her head on a steel support. On 19 February 2003, Dreamland Leisure denied the charge but was found guilty of negligence in ensuring guest safety. The company was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £140,000 in costs and £15,000 in compensation to the victim's mother.
- In April 2014, a 14-year-old girl from Colchester was injured by the safety bar. In a subsequent claim against the park's insurers, she was awarded £20,000 for nerve damage, a swollen knee joint, long-term hypersensitivity, and soft tissue damage. The claim stated that the ride attendants put too many guests into the ride vehicle, which forced the victim's legs into the safety barrier. The ride closed in November 2015, this was unrelated to the accident.
- In the ride's opening year of 1987, an 11-year-old boy was thrown from a boat and lost an ear. The news was broken by Children's BBC TV news programme, Newsround.
X:\ No Way Out (now The Walking Dead: The Ride)Edit
- On 31 August 2000, an 11-year-old boy broke both his legs and was left with slurred speech after suffering a brain injury (left vertebral artery dissection) on the ride caused by falling out of the car.
- On 15 September 2018, a piece of foam from the rear of a ride seat fell off mid-ride. The seat was unoccupied (labelled 'Do not use') at the time of the incident. Nobody was injured.
- On July 21, 2000, a fire broke out in the Ranger County area of the park. The fire started at 3pm at Mr. Rabbit's Tropical Travel, quickly spreading to Wicked Witches Haunt. Wicked Witches Haunt was removed and the indoor section of Mr Rabbit's Tropical Travels was destroyed. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is unknown, but sources say that the fire was started by a lit cigarette that was thrown aside. 
Tibidabo Amusement ParkEdit
Tramore Amusement ParkEdit
- On 5 August 2002, a 16-year-old male employee of the park was struck and killed by the ride while it was in operation.
- On 26 August 2006, a 22-year-old man died in an accident after he drunkenly stood up in the ghost train car, fell out over the side, and broke his neck against the wall.
El Rio GrandeEdit
- On 24 July 2013, a 10-year-old girl was seriously injured when her foot got stuck on one of the boats. It was later reported by the police that once they rescued her, one of her feet was missing. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital and had her foot amputated. After the incident, many signs were put on the ride to ensure the safety of all guests.
- On 16 April 2016, a 3-year-old boy was unconscious while visiting the park with his parents. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was dead after arriving to the hospital. It was stated that the boy was not on a ride at the park and also had a health condition at the time of his death.
- On 11 August 2016, a 9-year-old girl cut both her legs which were bleeding profusely after one of the mirrors shattered in the Martians Mirror Maze attraction. She was taken to a nearby hospital and received 20 stitches.
Wonderland Pleasure ParkEdit
- On 5 September 2004, a seven-year-old girl died after sustaining severe head injuries after falling to the ground while exiting the ride.
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