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A screenshot from a video by a Cedar Point rider shows the view at the moment the Magnum XL-200 begins a 200-foot plunge. Passengers of the ride were evacuated near this point on Tuesday after the roller coaster faced a mechanical issue. Cedar Point/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Randy Curry, a mechanic who's part of the family that owns Funland, has been working at the park since 1972. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

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An amusement park Haunted Mansion delivers summer screams and lifelong memories

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Wongel Estifanos of Colorado Springs, Colo., died from her injuries on Sept. 5, 2021, after investigators said she fell 110 feet. She was visiting the amusement park during Labor Day weekend while on vacation with her family. Dagne Estifanos/Estifanos Family hide caption

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The Haunted Mine Drop is shown in this July 2017 file photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo. A recent investigation revealed a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died earlier this month after operators of the vertical drop ride did not properly check her seatbelts. Chelsea Self/AP hide caption

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The Haunted Mine Drop is shown in this July 2017 file photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The Haunted Mine Drop is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain. Chelsea Self/AP hide caption

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"Firefighters working as fast as they can to rescue 2 riders that are in a dangling rollercoaster car," the Daytona Beach Fire Department tweeted late Thursday. Daytona Beach Fire Department hide caption

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Emergency services personnel are seen at the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, on Tuesday. Four people died after a malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride at the popular Gold Coast theme park. Dan Peled/AP hide caption

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At Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., riders of the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster wear VR goggles to play a video game while the roller coaster twists and turns. Courtesy of Six Flags hide caption

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On Six Flags' Virtual Reality Coaster, The Ride Is Just Half The Thrill

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Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, reported record revenues for the first half of 2015. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks On Track For A Record-Breaking Year

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A woman slides on the nearly 300-feet Bristol Park and Slide project, an interactive temporary installation by artist Luke Jerram in the center of Bristol in southwest England Sunday. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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