“Let me go down on the merry-go-round
All is fair ‘n’ a big fair ground”
The Ohio Players – “Love Rollercoaster”
It doesn’t matter what the place calls itself – whether it’s an amusement park. theme park, carnival, bazaar, or fair – the best part of sed place is the rides. The prices, (and general level of safety) vary from place to place. And you might stay for the live entertainment, or the evening fireworks, but you go for the rides. It could be a thrill ride; it could be a water ride; it could just be a slow-moving ride that provides a great excuse to get very close with your partner or S.O. If all you do is play Skee-ball, eat funnel cakes, and not partake in any of the rides, you are definitely not getting your money’s worth! (I mean, have you seen the prices for funnel cakes?!)
As summer comes closer and closer to an end, we take this moment to celebrate one of the best parts of summer. Of course the biggest and best parks are stationary, but as a wise woman once said, “The carnival comes and goes. If you wait for a while, it’ll always comes back to you”*
There are no height requirements for this list. So let’s get this thing started!
The Top Ten Amusement Park Rides
- 10. Roller Coaster
- 9. Carousel
- 8. Caterpillar
- 7. Ferris Wheel
- 6. Monster (octopus ride)
- 5. Pirate ship (Pendulum ride)
- 4. Motion Simulator (4-D ride)
- 3. Log Flume
- 2. River Rapids
- 1. Bumper cars / Bumper boats
Honorable mentions: Ali Baba (Pendulum ride); Alpine Slide; Bayern Curve; The Enterprise; Evolution; Flying Scooters; Free Fall; Haunted House; Rotor (Gravitron / Starship 2000);
Slide; Tea Cups.
- 10. Alpine Slide
- 9. House of Mirrors
- 8. Haunted House
- 7. Gravitron (Starship 2000)
- 6. Pendulum ride
- 5. Ferris Wheel
- 4. Go-Karts
- 3. Bumper cars
- 2. Log Flume
- 1. Roller Coaster
Honorable mentions: Carousel; River Rapids; Scrambler (hub and spoke); Slide; Tilt-A-Whirl; The Whip.
To see some cool pictures and descriptions of these rides, check out our sister blog here.
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* quote is from Ryoko in episode 26 of Tenchi Universe.