Carnival Rides

United States
July 20, 2021 4:38pm CST
Do you love the rides at carnivals? Do you trust they're in working order? When a carnival comes to town, do you rush to it and get on the barf rides? Do you think mobile rides are safe? I have a friend, believe it or not, I DO have friends, that spent years traveling with a carnival. He told me horror stories of broken bolts and worn out safety equipment. He said that the same bolts holding the rides together, were used over and over until they failed. Each time the carnival moved to a new location, it was reassembled using the same hardware from the previous locations. I decided that amusement parks were a much safer place to enjoy the rides. Do you worry about the safety of these rides? Do you love the smells from a carnival? Do you buckle up before starting your car or after you start it?
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@GardenGerty (136725)
• United States
20 Jul
I have lots of anxiety about rides and such. Today I felt disturbed by one of the elevators at the VA. I buckle up when I get in. Sometimes hubby tends to start the car before I get to it, and then when the car starts dinging I talk back.
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• United States
20 Jul
I won't go near carnival rides. I'd rather go to a park with permanent rides. Keys in, buckle up, start, turn on headlights. Every time.
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@GardenGerty (136725)
• United States
21 Jul
@Vikingswest1 I have not been to a carnival in ages.
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@marlina (128452)
• Canada
23 Jul
@Vikingswest1 , those should be safer
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@TheHorse (134597)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Jul
I have to think about that last question.
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@kobesbuddy (130575)
• East Tawas, Michigan
20 Jul
I don't rush off to a carnival, to hop on their 'barf' rides. But, I do love the smell around a carnival, cotton candy and candied apples are delicious! I buckle up after I start my car.
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• United States
20 Jul
Isn't that smell wonderful?
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@kobesbuddy (130575)
• East Tawas, Michigan
20 Jul
@Vikingswest1 Yes, it's a yummy sweet smell, like no other place on earth!
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• United States
20 Jul
@kobesbuddy I agree. I LOVE the aromas of a carnival. Except the ones mentioned by the Horse.
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@TheHorse (134597)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Jul
I do not like the smell of vomit and teen armpits.
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• United States
20 Jul
Hahahah I never got used to those smells either.
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@TheHorse (134597)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Jul
@Vikingswest1 I was a Carney one summer. For about two hours.
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• United States
20 Jul
@TheHorse I thought about it one time but never did. I'll bet those two hours were hell.
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@cahaya1983 (10724)
• Malaysia
21 Jul
I do worry about the safety of the rides, which is why I also prefer amusement parks to carnivals. But the smell, yes! Nothing like the pop corn and cotton candy smells at the carnival.
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• United States
21 Jul
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. I like to smell the carnival before I even get there.
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@cahaya1983 (10724)
• Malaysia
21 Jul
@Vikingswest1 I think someone should come up with a word for the carnival smell .
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• United States
21 Jul
@cahaya1983 Fairoma. Hahah
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• Rupert, Idaho
27 Jul
I went to the carnival a ton when I was young...but it stopped coming to my town. I would still ride some of them though. I never worried about their safety....because I figured that the people in charge had to make sure they were safe.
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• United States
27 Jul
Apparently the people in charge were unsafe lol. I went to a lot of carnivals too but stick to amusement parks. I've been to Silverwood twice and even made the cover of one of their yearly brochures.
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• Rupert, Idaho
27 Jul
@Vikingswest1 Well, I never had an issue....but that stinks that not all are safe. Well amusement parks are fun too....I haven't heard of that one but that is cool! I only have been to one amusement park in my life lol...Lagoon.
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• United States
27 Jul
@MommyOfEli2013 Silverwood is in northern Idaho near Coeur d'Alene.
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@JimBo452020 (53248)
• Montrose, Scotland
27 Jul
What a waste of money these carnival rides are. So I don't do them, ever.
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• United States
27 Jul
It used to be a cheap thrill. I don't even know what they charge per ride now. Still very popular in small towns.
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@JimBo452020 (53248)
• Montrose, Scotland
27 Jul
@Vikingswest1 Aye. It visits our small town once every year. 5 rides. All the kids go on them time.after.time. I just don't get it. Each ride costs about £2 for 5 minutes. Very expensive. Our neighbours kids got through £40 very quickly.
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• United States
27 Jul
@JimBo452020 Ouch. That smarts. I would have a hard time dropping that much.
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@Bensen32 (21879)
• United States
27 Jul
I do not like them mostly cause I don't trust that I am not going to get killed on them. They always look unsafe not to mention some of the workers look like they can't even remember their names let alone put the rides together correctly.
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• United States
27 Jul
Yep. That sums it up pretty well lol. The food is great though.
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@Bensen32 (21879)
• United States
27 Jul
@Vikingswest1 not good for you but taste great :)
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• United States
27 Jul
@Bensen32 Terribly unhealthy but deep fried Snickers bars ARE pretty good lol.
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• United States
27 Jul
I used to love carnival rides when I was younger and never worried about it being safe. I enjoyed the thrill of all those crazy rides
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• United States
27 Jul
I did too as a kid. I never worried about safety and spent every penny on rides. I couldn't get on one today.
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• United States
29 Jul
@Vikingswest1 sometimes I wish I was as carefree as the days when I was young
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• United States
29 Jul
@Marilynda1225 I wish the same thing. But my carefree youth is responsible for many of the aches and pains I have today lol.
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@id_peace (14410)
• Singapore
21 Jul
I cannot take rides in the carnival. I have motion sickness. I will vomit when I come down.
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• United States
21 Jul
That's why they are called barf rides lol. I have motion sickness on saltwater. Boats and ferries will make me sick but I can ride a roller coaster all day without a problem.
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@id_peace (14410)
• Singapore
21 Jul
This is a strange motion sickness. Can you go on cruise.
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• United States
23 Jul
@id_peace I sometimes get sick on a twenty minute ferry ride. No cruises for me lol.
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@allknowing (94666)
• India
21 Jul
In my younger days I have been on a giant wheel and the merri-go-round. But never the roller coasters.
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• United States
21 Jul
I could spend all day on a roller coaster. The giant wheel was the place to take a girlfriend and hope she got scared so you could cuddle high above it all.
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@allknowing (94666)
• India
21 Jul
@Vikingswest1 So you went on a giant wheel to cuddle your girl friend (lol)
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• United States
21 Jul
@allknowing Yep. Hahah
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@kaylachan (23437)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Jul
Depends on the day. Sometimes I will before sometimes after. As for the rides, I feel perfectly safe. I also haven't been to the county fair in years.
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• United States
20 Jul
I went to the carnival here two years ago but it was just for mini-donuts and elephant ears.
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@kaylachan (23437)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Jul
@Vikingswest1 If we had the money, George and I would've gone to our county fair, but we didn't. So we couldn't. Maybe this year.
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• United States
20 Jul
@kaylachan I really hope you'll get the chance to go this time around. Last years carnival was canceled here. I don't even know if it will go on this year.
@cacay1 (56409)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Jul
I never experience ride like that , I am so afraid. When I was a kid, I preferred to eat ice cream in a corner than ride. I was so terrified.
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• United States
27 Jul
I wasn't terrified as a kid. I am terrified as an adult. There sure are good treats though
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@cacay1 (56409)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Jul
@Vikingswest1, you already had strong adrenalin when you were a child.
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@moonandstars (52141)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
23 Jul
as a child, until high school, i liked them. for several years now, i don't need that kind of excitment
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• United States
24 Jul
I still like the thrill of some rides, I just like to know they're safe.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
26 Jul
@Vikingswest1 i understand that
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@CarolDM (145849)
• United States
20 Jul
I used to enjoy the rides with my son Dustin. Many years we would go to Disney and to the local fairs. He enjoyed more than I did. But to see him smile made it all worth it to me.
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• United States
20 Jul
I have SO many fun memories of carnivals and their rides, I just got a wake up call about the safety of those portable rides.
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@CarolDM (145849)
• United States
20 Jul
@Vikingswest1 The safety is of utmost concern.
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@Deepizzaguy (52262)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
20 Jul
I used to ride in the amusement parks in New Orleans until they closed around 1979. These days I am scared to take rides on rides that are scary.
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• United States
20 Jul
If the scare is with the ride itself, I'm ok with that. If the scare is how the ride was put together, I'm not riding.
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@Deepizzaguy (52262)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
21 Jul
@Vikingswest1 I do not blame you since I am scared of heights.
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@porwest (46907)
• United States
20 Jul
I used to. But I think those days are long gone. And you bring up an interesting thing to consider nowadays. "How well are these rides maintained?" I think the answer is actually "not very well." But it does depend on where you are of course. Rides at big parks like Disney or Six Flags or Busch Gardens are going to have regular inspections and certified inspectors, and will be much better maintained than say, "The Flying Octopus" at the local carnival that's in town for a couple of short days and operated by a one-eyed 70 year old with no teeth and ratty hair.
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• United States
20 Jul
Yes. I prefer rides that are welded together. A one-eyed 70 year old man with no teeth, ratty hair and a bottle of MD 20/20 in his back pocket.
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@porwest (46907)
• United States
22 Jul
@Vikingswest1 That is probably more like it. lol
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@snowy22315 (118248)
• United States
24 Jul
Man, not honestly sure when I have been on a carnival ride..I am sure I have but probably not in a billion years. I prefer amusement parks.
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• United States
24 Jul
I do too. But I still go to carnivals for the treats lol.
@sol_cee (26998)
• Philippines
24 Jul
I went to carnivals for the food lol
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• United States
24 Jul
Me too. So many things to eat at carnivals. I don't ride anymore but enjoy the food and atmosphere.
@much2say (50680)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Jul
I used to love rides - didn't matter where. But somehow as I aged, I started having "fears" - I don't know how that happened. We all heard horror stories about carnival rides, but thanks to videos evidence (and a lot of 'em), I cringe at the thought of riding them. I worry about the lack of safety of these rides. I like the smell of food at a carnival . . . I think those smells are planted out there on purpose. I think I buckle up as soon as I get in the car, and then start it.
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• United States
24 Jul
That smell sure draws you in. I've seen too many videos of ride failures too. I would still ride roller coasters at a park but carnivals are for mini-donuts, elephant ears and cotton candy. You covered everything. Thanks for playing
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