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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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! - Lunala

The best one of these is Fury 325 for steel and Lightning Rod for wood

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

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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 - ThatStrangeKid42

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

There is an exellent one at 6 Flags.


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3 Log Flume

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)

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

Gets you wet on a hot day. Genius!

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4 Ferris Wheel

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

My sister is scared of those.

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

These are the best things.

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

so wet

These are for water parks! -_-

7 Carousel

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

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. - Lunala

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!

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8 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

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 Lazy River
12 Haunted House

Best Example: Haunted Mansion at Disney parks.

13 Giant Frisbee

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

14 The Catapult
15 Chaos Wheel

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

16 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.

17 Screamin Swing

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

18 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.

19 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

20 Gravitron

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

21 Music Express

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

22 Tilt A Whirl

These rides are basically vomit machines.

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
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