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

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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

"As long as it's not Alton Towers Smiler, we are perfectly fine." This kid is a GP, get lost and/or killed.

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!

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!

There is an exellent one at 6 Flags.


3 Log Flume

I think Log Flumes are GENIUS like the one in Universal Studios, I think it was called Popeye's something...

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

"I love log flumes even though I've only ever been on 2 (Frightful Falls at Holiday World, then Splash Mountain at Disney)

They look fun, they seem to be not too scary. I can't find them anywhere which is a shame.

4 Ferris Wheel

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

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

My sister is scared of those.

Relaxing fun and amazing views e.g. Wonder Wheel, Sun Wheel, Giant Wheel, and Sky Whirl

5 Water Slide

These are the best things.

ridden over 100 slides

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

so wet

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 Scrambler

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

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

8 Bumper Cars

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

E.g. Skooter, Rue Le Dodge

9 Carousel

I don't ride carousels for the thrill, but because of the lovely sounds of band organs, beautiful colorful horses, and their historical value.

The perfect ride for any young lover of amusement parks. Gets the kids to like rides before they can go on the roller coasters.

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 love these. Even though I'm a teenager.

10 Bungee Swings

For sure some of the scariest rides ever built!

The Contenders

11 Giant Frisbee

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

12 Lazy River
13 The Catapult
14 Haunted House

Best Example: Haunted Mansion at Disney parks.

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

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.

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!

NO WAY these are boring!

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.

18 Simulator

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

Should be higher!

Examples: Star Tours, Soarin, Mission Space, The Simpsons Ride, Spider-Man 3-D, Transformers 3-D, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and the Avatar Flight of Passage.

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

19 Gravitron

The feeling of no gravity is quite the sensation!

20 Screamin Swing

Thrillseekers swing ride e.g. Skyhawk, SwingShot, Xtreme Swing, Thunder 'n' Lightning

21 Tilt A Whirl

These rides are basically vomit machines.

22 Music Express

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

23 Whip

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

24 Starflyer/WindSeeker

Towering carousel swings e.g. WindSeeker, New England SkyScreamer, Texas Starflyer

25 Shoot the Chute

I love these rides

Soaks riders in a big boat with a giant drop e.g. Jurassic Park River Adventure, Pittsburgh Plunge, Tidal Force, Escape From Pompeii, and Shipwreck Falls

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