For most theme parks, dark rides define the true character of what their park is all about.Personally, I find it to be the most fascinating, unique and intriguing form of storytelling. However, there are some really bizarre dark rides out there and I figured, why not highlight a few?
Keep in mind, this list only highlights the dark rides found in video form online. There are plenty that existed before video cameras were easily accessible and affordable, but what fun is talking about a dark rides when you can’t see them?
#10 Gremlins Invasion Adventure – Warner Brothers Movie World Germany
I loved the original Gremlins movie when it came out in 1984. It’s perfect for a theme park attraction and they created a great one in Warner Brothers Movie World Australia. They duplicated it for their park in Germany, with one major change – it starred Alf. Yup, Alf from the Planet Melmac that had the sitcom back in the 1980s. Apparently he is huge in Germany.
#9 American Adventure – Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
This American Adventure has nothing to do with the show at Epcot. Rather, it’s a shoot-em-up dark ride in China that gives riders the chance to kill cowboys. Want to read more about Beijing Shijingshan park? Click here.
#8 Nights in White Satin: The Trip – Hard Rock Park
Even though Hard Rock Park was only open a few months, this dark ride was their crowning achievement. The Trip referred to acid trip, even though top brass at the park never admitted to it. Instead, they called it a “psychedelic experience” and the results are both bizarre and soothing.
#7 Hollywood Tour Boat Ride – Phantasialand
Imagine Disney’s The Great Movie ride, in water. Now add in scenes from Universal properties like Jaws, King Kong and even Alfred Hitchcock. Now cut the budget in half.
#6 Bermuda Triangle Alien Encounter – Movie Park Germany
Back at Movie Park Germany, there are aliens in a volcano who seem to be ticked off. That’s all I can figure out.
#5 Pleasure Garden – Hitachi Kaihin Park
It’s not exactly a haunted house and there’s a Japanese serpent woman and a cat meowing in the background nearly the entire ride.
#4 Vi Pa Saltkrakan – Astrid Lengren’s World
Based on a popular Swedish television series, this dark ride follows the adventures of the Melkerssons on Sea Crow Island.
#3 Fata Morgana – Efteling
Even though it’s totally off-the-wall, Efteling can build some amazing dark rides and this one is no exception. Great effects, an amazing soundtrack and fantastic scenery. Yet, it’s still creepy as hell.
#2 Zombie Small World – Suzhou Amusement Land
I honestly can’t find the real name of this boat ride. It’s a great rip off of Disney’s small world, but look a little closer and the dolls seem to be possessed. You may also spot Ninja Turtles and Transformers…..?
#1 Magical Powder – Lagunasia
That’s right, Magical Powder is the name of a dark ride in Japan. Enough said.
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