Definition of an Amusement Ride

"Amusement ride" means any mechanical or electrical device that carries or conveys passengers along, around or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, thrills or excitement and shall include all rides and devices included under ASTM international F24 Committee standards, including, but not be limited to:

  • ferris wheels;
  • carousels;
  • parachute towers;
  • bungee jumping;
  • reverse bungee jumping;
  • commercial zip line;
  • tunnels of love;
  • roller coasters;
  • boat rides;
  • water slides that are at least 35 feet in height and that use water to propel the patron through the ride;
  • inflatable devices;
  • trampoline courts;
  • go-karts;
  • equipment generally associated with winter activities, such as ski lifts, ski tows, j-bars, t-bars, chair lifts and aerial tramways; and
  • equipment not originally designed to be used as an amusement ride, such as cranes or other lifting devices, when used as part of an amusement ride.

“Amusement ride” does not include:

  • games, concessions and associated structures;
  • any single passenger coin-operated ride that: (i) Is manually, mechanically or electrically operated; (ii) is customarily placed in a public location; and (iii) does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator;
  • nonmechanized playground equipment, including, but not limited to, swings, seesaws, stationary spring-mounted animal features, rider-propelled merry-go-rounds, climbers, slides and physical fitness devices; or
  • a home-owned amusement ride, owned by an individual and operated solely within a single county for strictly private use.

Laws and Regulations

K.S.A. 44-1601, et seq