As far as amusement park rides go, bumper cars rank somewhere between Ferris Wheels and benches when it comes to thrills. They don’t drive anywhere near fast enough to do any real damage. Unless you swap out their electric motor for a gas-powered engine from a motorcycle, that is.
On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird.
If you get queasy even on a docile Ferris Wheel, you’ll want to avoid a ride called the Tagada at all costs next time you’re at a carnival in Myanmar looking for a cheap thrill. Safety concerns aside, it looks like it would make even Air Force test pilots lose their lunches as it spins and lurches, throwing riders in…
You’re already accepting some level of risk when you climb aboard any carnival ride, from the Ferris Wheel to the bumper cars, and for little payoff. So if you’re going endanger yourself for some cheap thrills, why not go big aboard a merry-go-round powered by real jet engines rocketing you around in circles.
Universal Studios is a bizarre theme park that welcomes over seven million people a year. Lately, the big draw is a sprawling replica of Harry Potter’s world, though it’s long been famous for making tourists feel like they’re characters in one of Universal’s many hit movies. The technology involved in these…
The world clearly needs more car-themed amusement parks, and these ten should be built first.
Amusement park rides from the early 20th century weren't exactly known for their safety. But if this terrifying attraction from 1919 had ever been built, it probably would've been the most dangerous ride ever constructed.
Six Flags New Orleans (formerly known as Jazzland) was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina. Almost six years later, it remains closed, a victim of both humans and the elements. Here are some photos of what it looks like these days.