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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"As long as it's not Alton Towers Smiler, we are perfectly fine." This kid is a GP, get lost and/or killed. - Maddox121

As long as it's not Alton Towers Smiler, we are perfectly fine.

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 - ThatStrangeKid42

2 Drop Tower


There is an exellent one at 6 Flags.

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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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

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3 Log Flume

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

Gets you wet on a hot day. Genius!

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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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

4 Ferris Wheel

My sister is scared of those.

So calm, so peaceful... yet so giant. They look beautiful at night. Examples: London Eye, Singapore Flyer - ThatStrangeKid42

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

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

5 Water Slide

so wet

These are the best things.

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

These are for water parks! -_-

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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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. - ThatStrangeKid42

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

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

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 like these because I get to ride a fake horse

The perfect ride for any young lover of amusement parks. Gets the kids to like rides before they can go on the roller coasters. - ThatStrangeKid42

I love these. Even though I'm a teenager. - Lunala

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10 Bungee Swings

For sure some of the scariest rides ever built! - ThatStrangeKid42

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. - ThatStrangeKid42

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 Simulator

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

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.

Should be higher!

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

18 Train

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.

19 Gravitron

The feeling of no gravity is quite the sensation! - ThatStrangeKid42

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! - HappyFlower

23 Starflyer/WindSeeker

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

24 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

25 Zipper
26 Helter-Skelter

Do they still have these?

27 Claw Ride
28 Whip
29 Teacups
30 Top Spin

Ride spinning riders upside down on two axis e.g. Talocan, The Crypt, Riptide, King Chaos

31 Skyride

Gives you a view while traveling on a cable car

32 Safari Ride

Ride in a truck and see animals e.g. Kilimanjaro Safaris, Safari Off Road Adventure, Rhino Rally

33 Pendulum
34 The Twist
35 Fun House
36 Pirate Ship
37 Super Man Rollercoaster
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