A visit to the fairground wouldn`t be complete without having a go at some of the amazing rides. Young people go to amusement parks just for the thrill offered by the rides. These are mechanical structures that move at varying speeds with people inside them. They come in three basic categories:
1) Flat rides
2) Gravity rides, and
3) Vertical rides
All the rides you have ever ridden and enjoyed before fall in one of the categories listed above. Let`s now go into the details of a few of the notable ones.
This is one of the fastest rides you will find in any funfair. It`s designed with three primary arms and a second set of smaller arms. On the smaller arms, are attached a cluster of toy cars which can seat one or two people. It is engineered such that both sets of arms rotate when it is powered. The inner arms rotate at a faster rate compared to the outer ones. It has several names but Americans refer to it as she scrambler?
The Ferris wheel
The idea of the Ferris wheel dates as far as the 19th century. It`s a huge rotating device that takes the shape of a wheel. It is still considered the most amazing attraction and has been featured in several romantic movies. It stands a stunning 260 feet and has a diameter of about 250 feet. Each of the cars attached to its structure can accommodate about 60 people.
These miniature cars have been in amusement parks since 1918. These electrical ars?are designed to accommodate a single individual at a time. The riders drive them about on graphite floor and constantly bump into each other. This provides them with the thrill and excitement of being involved in a fender- bender.
The Log Ride
Borrows its name and technology from the lumberjack community in America. It is designed to imitate a hollow log that is large enough to accommodate a number of people. The flume is made very steep to make it accelerate faster. he sawmill?is one such ride and it was constructed in the sixties.
The haunted mansion is one of the finest creations of Sidney. This ride is designed to instil fear and terror in the riders who are daring enough to try it. Filled with ghostly images, murderous creatures and blood-spilling specters, it is one of the most memorable rides you won forget in a long, long time. It has also been featured in many horror movies.
Based on the principles of centrifugal and centripetal force, this ride offers its riders a rare sensation of being in free-fall. It was engineered in the year 1940 by an engineer called Ernst Hoffmeister. Some of its more common names are the Vortex and Gravitron. It is also one of the fastest rides available in funfairs.
Some of these rides can be very traumatic to people who are not used to being subjected to sudden accelerated speeds. They need to be monitored at all times by professionals in an attempt to enhance safety.