Best Types of Amusement Park Rides

These are the REAL reasons amusement parks stay in business. Please note: if you want to vote for roller coasters, just vote for the item already there. Please don't pile up this list with things like, "Inverted Coaster, Flying Coaster, Stratacoaster"... We get the point.
The Top Ten
1 Roller Coaster

The most famous type of ride. The monument of every amusement park. Towering over every other ride, casting shadows on them. No other ride can compare to the thrill, the adrenaline rush, of a roller coaster. Examples: Millennium Force, Kingda Ka

Only ever been on a kiddie one when I was 9 because I am not the bravest person in the world. But one day I'd like to ride a roller coaster with a loop in it. It sounds like fun!

You gotta love those roller coasters that make you feel so sick before you get on and then while you're riding it you still feel sick. I love the giant rollar coasters that go upside down.

2 Drop Tower

Not the longest of rides, but very few other rides can compare to the airtime feeling of a drop tower. Examples: Six Flags' Zumanjaro, Kings Island Drop Zone, Disney's Tower of Terror

I'll go on one when I'm older. But they look fun!

I love them a lot and I mean A LOT.I'm in the UK and I think the best drop tower I've been on is Detonator at Thorpe Park.

3 Log Flume

Some of them gets you REALLY drenched. The ones I got drenched on was at Six Flags in NJ, Dorney Park, Hershey Park, and Jurassic Park at Universal Hollywood. (do the last 3 even count as flume rides? )

Creates a buildup throughout the entire ride... Then a climatic plunge, then a huge splash! Examples: Disney's Splash Mountain, Cedar Point's Shoot the Rapids

Gets you a little wet but not drenched e.g. Splash Mountain, Dudley Do Right Ripsaw Falls, Timber Mountain Log Ride, and Coal Cracker

4 Ferris Wheel

The best ferris wheel I've ever been on was the one at Disney California Adventure back in May 2014. I loved how it would swing you back and forth.

Peaceful and anyone can go on one. Babies, children, teens, adults and old people.

So calm, so peaceful... yet so giant. They look beautiful at night. Examples: London Eye, Singapore Flyer

5 Water Slide

I love these. I prefer the ones with the 70+ ft straight drop.

6 Dark Ride

Packed with amazing scenery and special effects. A successful dark ride is an artistic masterpiece. Examples: Disney's Haunted Mansion, Universal's Transformers 3D

Awesome and thrilling but there are mild dark rides too e.g. Star Tours, Forbidden Journey, Spiderman, and Test Track

7 Bumper Cars

I used to love every bumper cars ride and thought they were amazing, but after Knoebels, I would consider theirs a real bumper car ride and the other ones as lame kiddie rides.

I like these because I get to practice driving (even though I won't be ever driving a real car in my life).

8 Scrambler

Just overall fun. A little dizzy, but you can get used to them.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of these ones!

9 Carousel

There are a few where you can grab brass rings. I've ridden only 2 of those: the one at Gillian's Wonderland Pier in Ocean City NJ and the one at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. The one in OCNJ didn't have the brass rings displayed last time I rode it but the once at Santa Cruz did. I had a lot of fun grabbing the rings and throwing them into the hole even though I missed all the shot.

I have ridden them at Dorney Park, malls, Disneyland, Disney World, Hersheypark, Six Flags Great Adventure, the NJ Shore, the Santa Monica Pier, the Santa Cruz Boleach Boardwalk, Pier 39 in San Francisco, and Ocean City MD.

They were lots of fun, and I am looking forward to riding many more in the future!

10 Bungee Swings

For sure some of the scariest rides ever built!

The Contenders
11 Lazy River
12 Giant Frisbee

Spinning and swinging thrill rides e.g. Maxair, Black Widow, Delirium, and Riddler Revenge

13 The Catapult
14 Haunted House

The feeling of fear consuming you is a little addictive.

15 Chaos Wheel

They create a sense of no control that not many other rides can give.

16 River Rapids Ride

I love these! Not only riding them, but also standing on the bridges and soaking other riders with water guns!

Soaks riders with waterfalls and rapids e.g. Grizzly River Run, Kali River Rapids, Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges

Soaks you to the bone e.g. Popeye and Bluto's Blige Rat Barges, River Quest, Grizzly River Run, and Kali River Rapids.

17 Train

Whoever thinks the train is boring does not know the REAL PURPOSE of this kind of ride. Gives you a scenic view of the park and a relaxing ride after the adrenaline rush of the roller coasters. Every park should have a train ride.

Whatever The American Adventure Derbyshire, England R.I.P. June 1987- 4 January 2007, it had The Runaway train. Which looked like a cool ride shame I never went there when I was a kid but I went to Camelot, Lancashire England.

A great ride to take a break from the gut-wrenching roller coasters and enjoy a classic ride on a steam train traveling across the park!

18 Screamin Swing

Swinging tower rides might not be everyone's cup of tea, but to me they are a great thrill ride.

19 Simulator

A type of ride synchronized to a movie. Such as Star Tours or Back to the Future: The Ride.

These are awesome! One of the best ones is a 7D one at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

20 Gravitron

The feeling of no gravity is quite the sensation!

21 Tilt A Whirl

I went on this ride on May 5th, 2019 at a carnival my family took me to.

These rides are basically vomit machines.

22 Starflyer/WindSeeker
23 Music Express

These rides have always been my favourite. Blasting music, while riding through a track. Especially if you're with your friends!

24 Whip

One of the most classic rides around, and the grandfather of the modern Tilt-A-Whirl!

25 Helter-Skelter

These rides are common in UK, but extremely rare in the US, but you can find one at Knoebels in Elysburg, PA.

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