7 of the most bizarre theme park rides on the planet

When it comes to theme parks and rides, you would expect your typical customer to be focused on getting a rollercoaster-induced adrenaline rush while screaming at the top of their voice. This is all well and good. However, once you begin to explore the range of theme parks around the world, you discover that people like to get their kicks on a crazier, and often more disturbing, level than your typical ride plonked on the end of a British seaside pier. Here are some of the most baffling, bizarre and terrifying theme parks and rides from around the globe.

When it comes to theme parks and rides, you would expect your typical customer to be focused on getting a rollercoaster-induced adrenaline rush while screaming at the top of their voice.

This is all well and good. However, once you begin to explore the range of theme parks around the world, you discover that people like to get their kicks on a crazier, and often more disturbing, level than your typical ride plonked on the end of a British seaside pier.

Here are some of the most baffling, bizarre and terrifying theme parks and rides from around the globe.

1. Hell Horror Park – Thailand
This Thai monastery temple depicts Buddhist hell. It seems like a pretty rough place to visit as there are extremely graphic statues of humans being boiled alive in cauldrons, tortured and disembowelled, amongst plenty of other spirits and souls. Gorier than a Quentin Tarantino movie, Hell Horror Park greets customers with a sign saying ‘Welcome to Hell’ – you’ve been warned.


2. Sky Cycle, Washuzan Highland – Japan
Who says the best rides are all about the loops, drops and speed? The Japanese Sky Cycle requires its passengers to pleasantly peddle at their own pace. Though this style of ride is present all over the world, you would be hard pushed to find one with better views than the islands on the Seto Inland Sea. However, the slightly rusty track, rickety mechanics and sheer drop mean that Sky Cycle might not be as peaceful and relaxing as you would hope.


3. Mermaid shows, Weeki Wachee Springs – USA
Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida offers an aquarium performance with a difference. Instead of the regular dolphin or seal shows, punters marvel at the most fabled of aquatic creatures, the mermaid. These ‘mermaids’, which are (surprise, surprise) women in rather creepy fish-tail costumes, swim and perform underwater theatrics. If Walt Disney was choreographing a semi-professional synchronised swimming team, it might look something like this.


4. Takabisha, Fuji-Q Highland – Japan
Perhaps the most terrifying rollercoaster on the planet, Takabisha, which roughly translates as ‘domineering’, is officially the world’s steepest at a bloodcurdling 121°. In addition to the record-breaking drop, Takabisha also contains a number of loops, hills and inversions, and is certainly not for the faint hearted


5. The Farting Dog, BonBon Land – Denmark
The undeniably disturbing BonBon Land in Copenhagen uses toilet-based humour as the theme, with rides called Skid Mark and the Farting Dog, alongside depictions of peeing ants and seagulls defecating on to alligators. This unsettling amusement park sounds beyond bizarre and perhaps inappropriate for kids, but it’s one of the most visited attractions in Denmark.


6. Dwarf Empire – China
The idea of little people dressed in comical butterfly and soldier costumes, living in mushroom houses while performing for paying tourists sounds beyond degrading, right? Well, the politically incorrect Dwarf Empire exists in Kunming in China, where over 80 little people perform for hordes of tourists.


7. Jeju Loveland – South Korea
This Korean outdoor theme park, described as "a place where love-oriented art and eroticism meet", is strictly for adults – you must be 19+ to visit. Focused primarily on sex in a humorous fashion, there are over 140 raunchy statues. Jeju Loveland is supposedly popular with newlyweds, although we perhaps recommend honeymooning somewhere more traditional.

 

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