Amusement rides, sometimes called carnival rides, are mechanical devices or structures that move people to create enjoyment.
|Ali Baba||Pendulum ride|
|Booster (Fabbri)||Pendulum ride|
|1972||Bumper boats||Water ride|
|Double Shot||Drop tower|
|Freak out||Pendulum ride|
|Jump and Smile|
|1963||Log flume||Water ride|
|1982||Looping Starship||Pendulum ride|
|Loop Fighter||Pendulum ride|
|Old Mill||Water ride|
|c.1893||Pirate Ship||Pendulum ride|
|River caves||Water ride|
|1980||River rapids ride||Water ride|
|1700s||Roller coaster||The roller coaster is an amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. LaMarcus Adna Thompson obtained a patent regarding roller coasters on January 20, 1885, which were made out of wood, but this patent is considerably later than the "Russian mountains" described in the article.|
|2004||Screamin' Swing||Pendulum ride|
|1884||Shoot the Chute||Water ride|
|1996||Space Shot||Drop tower|
|Star Flyer||Swing ride|
|Super Shot||Drop tower|
|Swing boat||Pendulum ride|
|2002||Topple Tower||Pendulum ride|
|Tow boat ride||Water ride|
|1800s||Tunnel of love||Dark ride|
|Turbo Drop||Drop tower|
In Germany, fairground attractions can be found at traveling carnivals or at Volksfesten. The most common are carousels, bumper cars, swing boats, ferris wheels, roller coasters, as well as moveable tribunes, show booths and circus tents. While the fairground attractions installed in parks are normally stationary and permanent (i.e., they are planned and approved by officials), the amusement rides used at Volksfests are taken down at the end of the fair, transported to another location and reconstructed there, all of which has to be considered during the designing phase.
In Germany, amusement rides are subject to strict controls by the TÜV and need to be checked for wear and tear annually. After every setup the local building authorities have to check, whether the ride fulfills to TÜV regulations. Only after this inspection and seal of approval, which also includes a test run, is the ride allowed to launch. The German TÜV-standards are the most strict in the world and therefore highly regarded. This helps to sell German products worldwide.
There are similarly strict regulations in many other countries. In addition to the German TÜV, other organizations inspect the rides abroad, for example Det Norske Veritas.However, in some countries those inspections are necessary or the regulations are less strict.
The following rides are not amusement rides, strictly speaking, but they are considered as such:
The highest transportable amusement ride at 95 m is Top of the World.However, this is now permanently located.