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Tagada in the Vienna Wurstelprater

A tagada is an amusement ride made by various manufacturers. Riders sit in a round bowl with no seatbelts or restraints. There are bars behind the riders which they hold on to. The ride starts to spin, the music starts playing and pneumatic arms bounce the riders up and down.

The Tagada is operated by a human operator who will synchronize the bounces with the music beat. Most operators give time for riders to get to their seats again before making the ride bounce (this occurs if turbulence is too strong). Sometimes riders will be told the ride is over and the gates will not open and the operator will restart the ride making everyone fall over and then open the gates.

Tagada rides are often associated with injuries, including ejections from the ride, such as 20 June 2011 in Newcastle,[1] or during the 2008 British Grand Prix[2] or October 2009,[3] or most recently in 2016 in Ayr, Scotland where three riders got launched from the ride. Most injuries are broken bones of riders who fall into the middle of the ride. Many street fairs ban tagada rides due to their generally poor safety records and cleanliness. The rides are banned in the United States and Australia due to these issues.[4]


  1. ^ Lawson, Ruth. "Westerhope teen thrown from Hoppings ride - Chronicle News - News". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Double prosecution after two thrown from fairground ride at British Grand Prix". Hse.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Girl, 12, 'could have been killed' in Birmingham fairground accident - Top Stories - News". Birmingham Mail. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  4. ^ Ashcroft, Cath (27 April 2019). "Horror as boy, 16, rushed to hospital after flying off 'banned' fairground ride". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 19 April 2020.

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