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

"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.

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.

Yup yup yup

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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

Gets you wet on a hot day. Genius!

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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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

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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 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

6 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! -_-

7 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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8 Scrambler

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

Just overall fun. A little dizzy, but you can get used to them. - ThatStrangeKid42

9 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

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 Haunted House

Best Example: Haunted Mansion at Disney parks.

14 The Catapult
15 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.

16 Chaos Wheel

They create a sense of no control that not many other rides can give. - ThatStrangeKid42

17 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

18 Screamin Swing

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

19 Train

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.

20 Tilt A Whirl

These rides are basically vomit machines.

21 Gravitron

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

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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