Pendulum Rides

Pendulum rides are rides that have a fixed center on one end and a gondola or cart on the other end. As the ride takes off, the gondola swing back and forth, and sometimes all the way around in a circle. During a pendulum ride, the body is exposed to a certain amount of force due to the acceleration. Though the body can handle small amounts and durations of this force, it could pose threats to those who are suffering from medical conditions or even minor stress on the body.


Some of the conditions that may make pendulum rides dangerous for riders are:

  • Hyperventilation: If a person gets scared and starts panicking, the body may start to cope with this stress with short breathing. Hyperventilation can cause a lack of oxygen to the brain and can actually reduce the body’s ability to cope with the force of the ride.
  • Alcohol: Be cautious about drinking alcohol before riding a pendulum ride or any other thrill ride. Alcohol can increase the risk of dizziness and nauseousness, which can then be heightened by the impacts of a pendulum ride’s force on the body.
  • Colds or infections: Someone who is suffering from a cold or infection may be more vulnerable to the impacts of force on the body, especially if you have a fever or are dehydrated.
  • Heat: Heat stroke can cause the temperature inside the body to rise and increase dehydration, which can compromise the body’s ability to handle the effects of force from a ride.

Medical Conditions and Anxiousness

If you are suffering from a concussion, medical condition, or one of the conditions listed above, be careful going on thrill rides like a pendulum ride. Be cautious about children riding on these rides because they are more vulnerable to the effects of force from acceleration. If your child is scared or anxious about going on one of these rides, reassure them that they do not need to go on if they do not feel comfortable. Feeling anxious about riding can increase the chance of falls and other accidents.

Getting Help

Like all other rides, there is always a chance of an accident occurring. If you or your child is suffering from an illness or not feeling 100%, maybe sit this ride out. Be sure to follow all of the posted rules and restrictions of the ride, accompany children on the ride if they may feel uneasy, and if you see something like cracks or rust on the ride, report it to the manager. Taking these safety precautions may help avoid accidents. If you or your child has suffered from an injury on a pendulum amusement ride, call and speak with an attorney about the accident as soon as possible.

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