Pendulum ride

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A KMG[1] Freak Out at the top of its swing with Super Star on the left

Pendulum rides are amusement rides based on the motion of a fixed pendulum.[2] The configuration of the ride consists of a gondola, arm, and an axle. One end of the arm is fitted with a passenger-carrying gondola, while the other is attached to the axle. On some models, the arm extends beyond the axle and is fitted with a heavy counterweight. The counterweight is often used when the gondola swings through an inversion. In addition to swinging back and forth, some designs incorporate rotating gondolas and may send riders through a complete inversion. Pendulum rides are propelled by one of two methods: a series of DC motors driving the axle, or wheels at the base of the station pushing the gondola as it swings by.

List of rides[edit]

Rides that can be considered pendulum rides include:


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  2. ^ Bruce; Linda Bruce; Sam Bruce; Jack Bruce (2006). Entertainment TechnologyHow does it work?. Black Rabbit Books. p. 28. ISBN 1-58340-792-8.