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. In 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:

  • Ali Baba
  • Booster (Fabbri)
  • Freak Out (KMG Rides)
  • inversion 12 (KMG Rides)
  • Inversion 24 (KMG Rides)
  • XXL (KMG Rides)
  • Vortex (KMG Rides)
  • Sicko (KMG Rides)
  • Afterburner (KMG Rides)
  • Looping Starship
  • Pirate Ship
  • Kamikaze Ride (Fabbri/Sartori/ARM Rides/Vekoma/Três Eixos)
  • Screamin' Swing
  • Speed (KMG Rides)
  • Speed 32 (KMG Rides)
  • Swing boat
  • Topple Tower
  • Cyclops
  • Inversion XXL (Fabbri)
  • Capriolo 8 (Mondial Rides)
  • Capriolo 10 (Mondial Rides)
  • Capriolo Turbine (Mondial Rides)
  • Loop Fighter (Technical Park)
  • Street Fighter (Technical Park)
  • Street Fighter Revolution (Technical Park)
  • Typhoon (Technical Park)
  • Typhoon 360 (Technical Park)
  • Mini Typhoon 360 (Technical Park)
  • Mini Loop Fighter (Techncical Park)
  • Pegasus (Technical Park)
  • Air Spider (Fabbri)
  • Explorer Giant (Fabbri)
  • Niagara (Fabbri)
  • Turbo 360 (Fabbri)
  • Voyager/Júpiter (Fabbri)


  1. ^ "KMG - Machine construction - Freak Out". Archived from the original on 2007-05-09.
  2. ^ Bruce; Linda Bruce; Sam Bruce; Jack Bruce (2006). Entertainment TechnologyHow does it work?. Black Rabbit Books. p. 28. ISBN 1-58340-792-8.