Dark Ride

The entrance to Curse of DarKastle, a defunct dark ride that used to operate at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

A dark ride is an indoor amusement ride in which passengers board guided vehicles that travel through specially lit scenes, usually containing an on-ride soundtrack, special effects, and animatronics or animations.[1]

The first single-rail dark ride was invented in 1928[2], however; there have been concepts similar to dark rides, such as the first "tunnel of love", which was created in the late 1800s.[3]


  1. "Home - Small World Studios".
  2. "Early dark ride history in a nutshell".
  3. "The power of dark rides, part 1: the spark that started in the dark".