Madhouse (ride)

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A Madhouse is a flat ride manufactured by Vekoma.[1][2] The ride is designed to be an optical and physical illusion, consisting of several rows of seats attached to a swaying gondola within a rotating drum. The ride creates the impression that the rider is turning upside down, whereas it is actually the room that is moving around them.

The ride is a modern implementation of a haunted swing illusion.

Mack Rides also builds similar attractions, calling them "Revolving House".[3]

Ride experience[edit]

Madhouses are often extensively themed during the ride sequence, and usually in the queue line. Several Madhouses feature pre-shows explaining a story behind the ride. Once in the ride, lapbars are lowered onto the riders, before they gradually experience an odd sense of movement. This is achieved through two mechanisms - the separate floor can move in a controlled swing from side-to-side by up to 15 degrees in each direction, but the surroundings of the room can rotate through a full 360 degrees. The pivot mechanism for the floor is hidden by two large objects at the end of the room, which are themed to match the ride.

At this point, both the floor and the room are slowly moving in unison. As the ride continues, the floor starts a separate movement from the rotating drum which gradually gives the impression that the room is rotating backwards and forwards further each time. Vekoma offers theme parks the option of programming their own sequence of how the room and floor move. In many Madhouses, the lighting subtly changes from moment to moment to add to the disorientation. Eventually, the drum mechanism turns through a full rotation and, by careful synchronisation with the sensation of the swinging floor mechanism, the riders are fooled into feeling as if they themselves are being repeatedly turned upside down.[4][5][6]

List of Madhouses[edit]

Name Park Country Opened Manufacturer
Alpenhotel Rasch (parts of) - (Mobile Mad House) Germany 2011 ?
Défi de César, le Parc Astérix France 2008 Mack Rides
Feng Ju Palace Phantasialand Germany 2002 Vekoma
Fluch der Kassandra Europa-Park Germany 2000 Mack Rides
Haunting, The Drayton Manor Great Britain 1996 Vekoma
Herzogschaukel Märchengarten Blühendes Barock Ludwigsburg Germany 1972 ?
Hex – The legend of the Towers Alton Towers Great Britain 2000 Vekoma
Hex’n Wippn - (Mobile Mad House) Germany 1968 Lielie
Hexenschaukel - (Mobile Mad House) Germany 1894 U. Keller
Hotel Embrujado Parque Warner Madrid Spain 2002 Vekoma
Houdini – The Great Escape Six Flags New England USA 1999 Vekoma
Houdini’s Great Escape Six Flags Great Adventure USA 1999 Vekoma
Jack the Ripper Wiener Prater Austria 1997 ?
Maison d’Houdini, la Bellewaerde Belgium 1999 Vekoma
Magic House Gardaland Italy 2002 Vekoma
Maison Houdini Rainbow MagicLand Italy 2011 Vekoma
Merlin’s Magic Castle Walibi World Netherlands 2000 Vekoma
Merlin's Mystical Mansion Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln New Hampshire USA ? Vekoma
Noah’s incredible adventure Noah’s Ark Water Park USA 2003–2009 Mack Rides
Palais du génie, le Walibi Belgium Belgium 2001 Vekoma
Rotating House Everland South Korea 2007 Mack Rides
Space Adventure Genting Theme Park Malaysia 1998 Vekoma
Spukhaus Taunus Wunderland Germany 1973 Schwingel GmbH
Valhalla Borgen Tivoli Kopenhagen Denmark 1998–2007 Vekoma
Verlies des Grauens Belantis Germany 2003 Vekoma
Verhextes Schloss Freizeitpark Traumland Germany ?  ?
Villa Volta Efteling Netherlands 1996 Vekoma


  1. ^ "Vekoma". Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV - madhouse". Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Revolving House by Mack Rides". Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV - madhouse". Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Revolving House by Mack Rides". Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Video of the mechanism". Retrieved 2014-11-17. 

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