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    Classifications of a dark ride

    What makes A dark ride a dark ride?
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    I think the key ingredients are relatively slow-moving ride vehicles on controlled paths, indoors, and usually the use of paint that reacts in black light to achieve the bright colors in low light.
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    Thank You Pat!
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    Yup, I'd say that's some ingrediants to a dark ride.

    I also think dark-rides are story-intensive. However, this is Disney, so most rides are story-intensive, however, dark-rides are amongst a different classification of story-telling through the use of attractions.

    But yeah, I'd say the main ingrediant is a slow-moving vehicle on an entirely indoor track.
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    I always thought Dark Rides refered to the content such as Snow White. So under this description rides such as Peter Pan and Snow White at WDW qualify as dark rides. What about Pooh? And is Alice in Wonderland at DL count as one? I've never been to DL so I was curious about AiW.
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    I'd heard that it was any ride that you can't see the gist of from the outside. Basically, you might be able to see some of it but not much (i.e., Small World, Snow White, Space Mountain, etc). As opposed to rides you can see all of (i.e., Dumbo, Carrosel, etc). Maybe our resident expert triviologist can give us a definitive answer?
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    AiW at Disneyland IS a dark ride.

    the official definition from somewhere is:

    A dark ride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. Leon Cassidy[?] of the Pretzel Amusement Ride Company[?] invented and patented the single-rail dark ride in 1928. Notable dark rides include the Futurama at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
    A boat dark ride is sometimes called an Old Mill or Tunnel of Love. In the United Kingdom, dark rides are called ghost trains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiodisneydad View Post
    I always thought Dark Rides refered to the content such as Snow White. So under this description rides such as Peter Pan and Snow White at WDW qualify as dark rides. What about Pooh? And is Alice in Wonderland at DL count as one? I've never been to DL so I was curious about AiW.
    Dark rides would be any ride with HEAVY theming. So Snow White is a dark ride, Pooh & Alice are. But so is something like Spaceship Earth, or Journey into Imagination with Figment.
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