Altoona Adventureland theme park announced ride closures via Facebook


Safety concerns and supply chain issues have caused Adventureland theme park’s new owners to close several rides this summer.

Adventureland officials said in a Facebook post On Saturday, Altoona Park’s tallest ride, the Storm Chaser, will be closed for the remainder of the 2022 season. The Sidewinder, Sky Ride and Raging River are also closed.

The post did not specify what issue was preventing the 260-foot-tall Storm Chaser from working. He said: “Due to ongoing supply chain issues, Storm Chaser will not be able to open this summer. We continue to work with the ride manufacturer with the goal of making the ride available again in 2023.”

The Storm Chaser, which opened in 2014, can reach spin speeds of up to 35 mph. It was made by a company named Mondial in the Netherlands and cost around $3 million.

After:Rides like Adventureland’s Raging River are linked to serious, sometimes fatal crashes

The Sidewinder, a swinging and spinning thrill ride, is temporarily closed while the park waits for parts to complete “necessary maintenance,” according to the post, which continued to say the Sky Ride, a ski lift-style ride, would also remain closed while a safety review was underway.

“Our primary focus is safety, and that sometimes means rides need to be shut down to allow for necessary maintenance work,” the post said.

A-Train, which offers passengers a slow tour of the park, is also listed as temporarily closed on the park’s website. And the Raging River has been closed since a fatal accident last summer that killed 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo of Marion and seriously injured his brother and father.

After:Adventureland’s negligence led to the death of a boy in 2021 on the Raging River ride, family lawsuit alleges

Michael drowned when the raft he and his family rode on the Raging River overturned on July 3, 2021; the family was visiting the park to celebrate his older brother’s 16th birthday.

Pittsburgh-based Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Madrid-based Parques Reunidos, bought the nearly 48-year-old theme park from the children of its founder, Des Moines real estate magnate Jack Krantz, in December.

Park officials announced in the spring that the ride would remain closed for the 2022 season. General Manager Bill Lentz later told the Des Moines Register that his team had not decided whether the 39-year-old arena would ever reopen.

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The Jaramillo family filed a lawsuit in June against the former owners of Adventureland. The 55-page filing alleges poor maintenance, a lack of training and the decision by Adventureland officials to operate the ride in the face of “serious problems” led to Michael’s death and left his brother and father seriously injured.


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