Personal Narrative: The Kiddie Ride

A Lasting Impression The gates opened as I passed through, allowing me to obtain my first glance at a new world. An endless array of attractions stood before me; roller coasters, log rides, colorful buildings, and more rolled across the horizon in a bright sea of color. The amount of opportunities for fun could last a kid for weeks. As I walked along the paths, I began to take note of the rides around me. “Oh, look at that one!” I exclaimed as I passed a space-ship looking coaster. I continued to make my way to each section of the park. “That looks fun too!” I mentioned, gesturing towards an attraction that resembled a pirate-themed water ride. So many possibilities. So much freedom. I could go on this, or that, or that, or even that. My mind …show more content…
The term “kiddie” is used to describe the target group of these rides. That group is children. Children race to get into the lines of Kiddie Rides, and no other ride offers more appeal to kids. Why is it that children are attracted to these rides, you might ask? This enticement relies on key factors that set Kiddie Rides apart from other labels. Bright colors, cheery sounds and music, and relatively slow speeds set up the perfect attraction for younger park-goers.
The Tea Cups ride at Walt Disney World stand as a classic example of a kiddie ride. Brightly colored tea cups spin in lazy circles, with circus-like music playing in the background. Although the spinning aspect of this ride can be a little much for some people, the overall low intensity and humorous theme of this ride creates a childish environment.
While these rides are widely-renowned among children, the issue with Kiddie Rides can be found in the fan-base that it supports. Very few people, other than children and reluctant parents, venture onto Kiddie Rides. This means that the targeted group of park-goers is relatively small and limited when compared to the entire park population, leaving Kiddie Rides with only a specific group of
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Instead of being at the mercy of the ride, people are able to have some degree of control. This allows a deeper impression to be made on the people that participate. Whether the park rider is attempting to beat a high score or race an opponent to the finish line, interactive rides change entertainment in amusement parks. One example of an interactive ride became known to me at a young age when our family went to Six Flags Great America. Not long after being inside the park, I found the bumper cars. This attraction allows riders to drive a small, round car throughout a confined area. The objective is to run into as many other drivers as possible within the time limit. The ride offers complete control to the driver, with the exception of when the car turns on or off. The possibilities and control that interactive rides give to park-goers cannot be matched by any other category. The downside with interactive attractions is that the outcome depends on the ability of the operator. This means that a person that is unable to adapt to the skills necessary on an interactive ride may not gather the full entertainment value. Without being able to reach the complete level of entertainment in an interactive ride, some of the fun may be

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