Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks

AMUSEMENT ATTRACTIONS

According to the National Safety Council, in 2012 about 324 million people visited an estimated 373 fixed-site amusement facilities in the United States. The council reports that there were a total of 1,347 injuries that year, or 0.9 injuries per million patron-rides. About 54 percent of the injuries occurred on family and adult rides, a decrease of 13 percent from 2011. Roller coaster injuries, which are counted separately, accounted for 38.2 percent of all injuries, up 27.2 percent from the previous year. The remaining 8 percent of injuries occurred on children’s rides, down 41 percent from a year earlier.

SNAPSHOT OF AMUSEMENT PARKS AND INJURIES, 2012 (1)

Number of facilities 373
Attendance 324.1 million
Ridership 1.51 billion
Ride-related injuries 1,347
Injuries per million patron-rides 0.9

(1) Facilities that operate fixed-site amusement rides only. All data are estimated by the National Safety Council.

Source: National Safety Council.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission collects data on fixed rides at amusement and theme parks, along with mobile rides at events such as carnivals, and other events. It estimates that there were 43,846 hospital-treated injuries from accidents at these sites in 2012, up 18 percent from 2011. In 2012, 19,491 -- 45 percent -- of these injuries were sustained by children between the ages of five and 14. The majority of those injured of all ages were treated and released, but over a thousand people were hospitalized or killed.

AMUSEMENT ATTRACTION INJURIES BY AGE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT, 2008-2012 (1)

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
By age group          
Under 5 4,280 4,006 4,159 5,139 6,364
5 to 14 13,435 14,490 16,595 17,189 19,491
15 to 24 4,503 7,093 5,447 6,536 6,989
25 to 64 8,108 7,929 10,214 8,097 10,407
Over 65 263 246 355 193 595
Total (2) 30,590 33,765 36,749 37,154 43,846
By medical treatment          
Treated and released 29,797 32,768 35,721 35,977 42,734
Hospitalized and deceased 713 997 1,028 1,177 1,112
Total (2) 30,590 33,765 36,749 37,154 43,846

(1) Includes fixed rides in amusement or theme park; mobile rides; inflatables (e.g., "moon bounces"); rides at
shopping malls or restaurants; and waterslides.
(2) Based on a probability sample. Data are estimates of the number of persons treated in U.S. hospital
emergency departments with consumer product-related injuries.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.