On May 11, 1984, a tragedy unfolded at the Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. The fire took 8 young lives and started both criminal and civil proceedings against the company. The fire and the investigation that followed was not only a horrible tragedy, but an event that forever changed the entire industry.
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're taking a long, hard look at this fire, which turns 35 later this year. We look at how it unfolded, the mistakes that were made and how it altered the entire haunted attraction industry.
This is, to be blunt, not a fun episode. However, it is an important one and one we've been wanting to do for some time. So strap in for an episode that will, most likely, be a difficult one.
This Week's Episode Includes:
- Conference Reminders
- Citing Our Sources
- History of the Haunted Castle
- The Fire
- The Aftermath
- Industry Impacts of the Fire
- Mistakes Made by Six Flags
If you're interested in learning more about this tragedy, you can view the documentary Doorway to Hell? for free on YouTube, read the book by the filmmaker or check out this mini-documentary by Theme Park History, which also has comments by Gary Kaplow.
All in all, as difficult as this episode is, it's definitely an episode you do not want to miss.