Device types

This page lists the possible values for Device Type as defined by Saferparks and applied to the accident report records. Click on the device type name for more information.

Industry sector: amusement ride
Device category Device type Description
coaster Coaster - family/kiddie

Coasters intended for use by young children. In general, small children may ride without adult supervision on kiddie coasters, but should ride with a responsible adult on... more

coaster Coaster - steel

Steel coaster larger than kiddie coaster

coaster Coaster - wooden

A roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlaid upon a wooden track.

coaster Coaster - unidentified

Ride identified only as a roller coaster without name or description

spinning Carousel

A carousel or merry-go-round is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating platform with seats for passengers. The seats are traditionally in the form of wooden horses or... more

spinning Claw-type

A group of rides that look something like a giant claw with seats. The claw is attached to an arm that elevates and turns the claw. The rides are highly dynamic and intended... more

spinning Enterprise

Up to two people sit in one of 20 gondolas arranged in a circle, one in front of the other. The ride moves counter clockwise, dispelling a slight amount of centrifugal force. A... more

spinning Ferris/gondola wheel

A Ferris wheel (also known as an observation wheel or big wheel) consists of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas attached to the rim.

spinning Flipping platform

Top Spin and similar rides consist of a passenger platform suspended between two counterweighted arms. The arms are turned by motors, while the platform generally only has... more

spinning Hanglider ride

Circular amusement ride that simulates a hang-gliding experience. Riders lie flat on their stomaches in harnesses suspended from a circular boom. The ride starts off by the... more

spinning Himalaya-type

The ride features a number of 3-passenger cars connected in a circle. These cars rotate on a track with alternating sloped and flat sections. Rotation is possible in both a... more

spinning Looper

Tubs at the end of revolving arms can be spun in circles by patrons.

spinning Orbiter/octopus-type

A circular ride where arms attached to a central axis spin and move up and down. In some designs, the cars at the end of each arm also rotate about a secondary axis.

spinning Paratrooper-type

A circular ride where cars are suspended below a wheel which rotates at an oblique angle. The cars are free to rock sideways and swing out under centrifugal force as the wheel... more

spinning Plane/jet/helicopter

Mini jet type ride, intended primarily for young children, with cars on arms that go up and down while the ride revolves in a circle.

spinning Robotic ride

Human-carrying industrial robots spin riders in various ways.

spinning Roll-o-plane/booster/speed

These rides consist of a long arm connected at its midpoint to a tower support. cars are mounted at the end of each arm. The arm rotates about the central axis, and the cars at... more

spinning Rotor/gravitron

These are circular rides with a single large carrier that rotates at high RPMs. Riders stand facing the center and are pressed against the wall as the rate of rotation... more

spinning Roundabout

Flat circular kiddie ride where cars spin relatively slowly around a center hub.

spinning Sizzler/scrambler

Riders are seated in small carriages clustered together and connected by beams at the top to a central point. The clustered vehicles are spun in one direction, while the ride... more

spinning Spinning cups/tubs

Typically, each set of four teacup vehicles has a circular floor or a motor capable of turning 360 degrees. The circular floor or motor sits within a larger, turntable-like... more

spinning Spinning ride - misc.

Rides that have a circular motion and either do not fall into one of the other categories, or are not described with enough detail to determine the type of spinning ride.

spinning Spinning tower ride

A tall, circular ride with arms extending vertically from a central tower. The arms rotate about the central tower while moving upward, then down. One or more cars are... more

spinning Spinning track ride

Riders sit on a circular platform with outward-facing seats and rock back and forth while spinning.

spinning Swing ride

Patrons sit in swings that are spun in a circle, belling out as the speed increases. These rides range from kiddie/family versions to taller/larger/faster models.

spinning Tilt-a-whirl/waltzer

A platform-type ride, consisting of freely-spinning cars that hold four riders each, which are attached at fixed pivot points on a rotating platform. As the platform revolves,... more

spinning Tornado-type

Riders sit in cars that hang from a circular support. The center base spins all the cars and, additionally, each car can be spun by the riders. In some versions, the ride... more

spinning Trabant

Flat rides that spin horizontally, and then start fluctuating in a wavelike manner. During the duration of the ride, the ride will change speeds. When the ride is fluctuating... more

spinning Wheel w/spinning cars

Rides that consist of a large circular or oblong wheel with carriers that travel around the perimeter. Each carrier can spin about its own axis as well (either pitch or yaw... more

spinning Whip

A flat ride with cars that travel on an oblong track. When the car reaches one of the turn-tabel platforms at the endpoints, the speed picks up forcing riders to one side as... more

pendulum Flying carpet ride

Amusement rides that have two small arms attached to a gondola where riders sit in rows. The ride will swing in constant motion to the right, and then later in the duration of... more

pendulum Giant swing

Riders, singly or in groups, are harnessed in, then sent swinging through an arc until brought to a rest. Towers can range from 100-300 feet in height.

pendulum Kamikaze/inverter-type

Pendulum ride where riders sit in rows while the gondola swings back and forth like a pendulum, eventually completing the full circle. In some designs, the gondola also flips... more

pendulum Pirate ship

Pendulum ride with boat-style gondola where riders sit in rows. The gondola swings back and forth like a pendulum, but does not invert.

pendulum Reverse bungee

Amusement device that uses bungee cables or other technology to catapult patrons into the air and control their flight envelope.

pendulum Spinning pendulum

A pendulum is suspended between two support frames. Attached to the base of this pendulum in a circular gondola where riders are seated. When the ride cycle starts, the... more

vertical drop Bungee jump

Attraction that uses bungy cords or similar equipment to arrest vertical motion.

vertical drop Drop tower

Amusement rides based around a central structure or tower. With most drop towers, the gondola is lifted to the top of a large vertical structure, before being released and... more

cars & track rides Bumper car

This participatory ride consists of many small electric cars which draw power from the floor and/or ceiling, and which are turned off by the operator at the end of a session.... more

cars & track rides Car ride

Slow car rides where car or trucks travel on a track, generally with patron controlling the accelerator.

cars & track rides Track ride

Ride travels on track; can be slow and meandering or fast, including 360-degree vertical loops.

cars & track rides Train/tram

Trains and trams ranging from tiny kiddie trains to full-size monorails and railroad models used in theme parks.

water ride Boat ride

Amusement rides that float on water and are not included in more specific water ride categories. They can range from tiny kiddie boat rides to themed dark boat rides to large... more

water ride Bumper boat

Inner tube-based watercraft that can be steered by the rider. Some are driven by electric motors, some by gasoline engines, and some require the rider to propel the craft by... more

water ride Flume ride

These rides consist of a water flume and artificial hollow logs or boats. Passengers sit in the watercraft, which are propelled along the flume by the flow of water. The ride... more

water ride Rafting ride

River rapids rides feature circular rafts comprised of two main components: the fiberglass body in which passengers are seated and the rubber ring upon which the body is... more

water ride Shoot the chute

Similar to a log flume, but with steeper drop and larger boats. The chutes ride consists of a boat that slides down a long chute and splashes into a lake or large pool.... more

other attraction Non-motorized spinners

An amusement device that is designed to be spun without a motor, either by the operator's effort or the rider's effort.

other attraction Simulator

Amusement devices that use computer-controlled movement and visual/auditory effects to simulate experiences such as space or airplane flight.

other attraction Sky ride/ski lift

A type of aerial lift which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of... more

other attraction Walk-through

Carnival funhouses, walk-through haunted houses, and mazes.

Industry sector: water park
Device category Device type Description
water slide Body slide

Riders slide directly on the surface of the waterslide without tubes or mats.

water slide Bowl slide

Riders descend a steep drop into a round bowl, then circle the outer area of the bowl before exiting through the middle.

water slide Family raft slide

4-6 riders board a circular raft and travel down a long, twisted channel.

water slide Funnel

Riders sit in a 2-6 seater round tube, then drop from inside a tunnel into a big sideways funnel and into a splash pool.

water slide Gang slide

Short wide slide that can be used by multiple children at the same time.

water slide Half pipe

Features a slide in which riders oscillate back and forth.

water slide Mat slide

Riders slide on mats head-first down lanes in a slide with several dips.

water slide Speed slide

Body slide where riders are sent down steep, free-fall plunges to the ground.

water slide Tube slide

Riders sit on inner tubes as they descend the slide.

water slide Water coaster

Water slide that mimics a roller coaster by providing ascents as well as descents.

water slide Water slide - undefined

Water slides without sufficient information to categorize further.

aquatic play Aquatic play area

Interactive water play attractions not covered under water slides and wave pools, including small kiddie pools and cliff jumps.

float attraction Lazy river

Slow meandering water attraction generally used with inner tubes.

water inflatable Water inflatable

Captured air inflatables intended for use in bodies of water

wave device Continuous wave

Machine generates a continuous wave and patrons use body boards to ride it.

wave device Wave pool

Any kind of water attraction with a wave-generating machine.

Industry sector: recreation
Device category Device type Description
go-kart Go-kart

Simple, small four-wheeled vehicles that are made available for the general public to drive and/or race on tracks. Go-karts may be gas-powered or electric.

inflatable Inflatable bouncer

Amusement device designed to allow children to jump and bounce on air-inflated surfaces.

inflatable Inflatable game

Any air-supported structure used as an amusement device that doesn't fit into one of the more specific categories.

inflatable Inflatable obstacle course

Air-supported structure designed to be used as an obstacle course.

inflatable Inflatable slide

Air-supported structure designed to be used as a giant slide.

inflatable Air bag

Stunt bag-style inflatable impact attenuation system

trampoline Bungee trampoline

Amusement device that incorporates bungee cords to assist and contain patron while jumping on a trampoline

trampoline Trampoline court

Trampoline incorporated into an amusement venue

play equipment gymnastics equipment

Gymnastics equipment used in amusement facility

play equipment Play structure

Net climbs, soft play, and other play areas intended primarily for young children.

play equipment Slide

Tall dry slide used in carnivals, etc. Patrons generally slide on a burlap sack or other material.

alpine activity Alpine gravity course

Amusement attraction typically installed at an alpine resort

alpine activity Snow tubing/toboggan

Winter recreation courses devoted solely to tubing or toboggans. Such courses often have slopes or barriers on the periphery to guide the tubes along a safe course. Motorized... more

challenge activity Adventure course

Zipline, Tough Mudder, Via Ferrata, etc.

challenge activity Climbing wall

Solid or inflatable rock climbing walls.

challenge activity Freefall

Patron is lifted up to high platform in a cage, then the patron freefalls into a net or airbag

challenge activity Indoor skydiving

Indoor skydiving interactive amusement attraction.

challenge activity Water ski tow

Concession water ski park with mechanized tows.

challenge activity Human-powered ball

Large inflated ball where patron gets inside and moves/rolls ball

challenge activity Mechanical bull-type

A machine-operated ride that replicates the sensation of riding a bull or a surfboard, where the patron is challenged to stay on the mechanized part of the device as long as... more

agricultural attraction Hayride

Wagon pulled through a course with patrons riding inside.

laser tag Laser tag

Game played with guns which fire infrared beams. Infrared-sensitive targets are commonly worn by each player and are sometimes integrated within the arena in which the game is... more

Industry sector: unknown
Device category Device type Description
unknown Other

Ride was identified, but didn't fit into any category.

unknown Unknown

Insufficient information provided; could not determine ride type.