Injuries and deaths are becoming increasingly rare, with fewer than 1 injury per million rides in 2019, according to the National Safety Council. Ride-related injuries dropped by more than 60% between 2004 and 2019, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
“When you look at the the the 157 million rides that we deliver in a year, and when you look at us versus other industries, you’ll see that we are a very safe industry,” said Jason Freeman, vice president of security, safety, health & environmental at Six Flags. “You’re more likely to be injured on your way to a theme park in your car than you are at a theme park.”
The amusement park industry is emerging from two years of a pandemic-induced sales slump, but is expected to reach $16.8 billion in revenue in 2022.
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