Top 3 Dark Rides

The Best Dark Rides
Different from indoor roller coasters, dark rides are indoor rides consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. This week I’m going to list my top three dark rides. I’m going to forgoe the ranking system (1-3) as it’s tough to compare the more tradional dark rides to the state-of-art 3D varieties of today.

Curse of Darkastle at Busch Gardens Europe
Darkastle is often compared to the Spider-Man ride at Islands of Adventure because it uses similar technology to take its riders on a journey. I feel Darkastle is more on par with Spider-Man than most would admit. Of course it doesn’t boast the lovable arachnid hero, but it does have a pretty cool story of a Bavarian castle frozen in time. More on Busch Gardens Europe…>>>

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure
Spider-Man takes riders on an adventure in a Daily Bugle vehicle known as the Scoop. Riders join Spidey as he battles Doctor Octopus, Scream, Electro, Hydro-Man, and the Hobgoblin. Via the 3-D effects and onboard technology riders feel the heat of Doc Ock’s blasters and Hobgoblin’s exploding pumpkins. The Spider-Man ride helps to make Islands of Adventure a must visit destination. It truly is amazing.

Haunted Mansion at Knoebels Amusement Park
The Haunted Mansion at Knoebels (Elysburg, PA) is more of a traditional dark ride. It uses darkness, walls, and a tight twisting path to scare riders half to death. While I don’t know the ride time, I remember it being a pretty long and scary ride. Haunted Mansion takes many of the best aspects of Morey’s Piers dark rides and combines them. I don’t want to give too much away, but as you would expect its dark and things jump out at you. The house has quite a bit of variety from ghosts to aliens, to weird haunting lights, and the usual dark ride fare. Knoebels’ Haunted Mansion is consistently rated among the best dark rides in the country.

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