A dark ride is an industry term for any amusement park or theme park ride that uses vehicles to send passengers into an indoor environment and through a series of scenes or tableaus. In the early days of amusement parks, classic dark rides such as Coney Island's Spook-A-Rama
were almost always designed to scare guests with stunts such as light-up skeletons. Today, attractions such as it's a small world
(sic) aren't necessarily spooky--or even dark--but are still considered "dark" rides. Many dark rides now include interactive features such as onboard guns to score points and compete against other passengers.
Also Known As: haunted rides, spook house, tunnel of love, Pretzel ride
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