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 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;
  • non-mechanized 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;
  • antique amusement rides;
  • limited-use amusement rides;
  • registered agri-tourism activities;
  • any ride commonly known as a hay-rack ride in which patrons sit in a wagon or cart that is then pulled by horses or a tractor or other motor vehicle;
  • any ride commonly known as a barrel train, which has a series of handmade cars fashioned from barrels that are connected and pulled by a tractor or other motor vehicle; or
  • a home-owned amusement ride, owned by an individual and operated solely within a single county for strictly private use.

Please be advised that even though antique amusement rides, limited-use amusement rides, and registered agri-tourism activities do not fall under the definition of an amusement ride, all antique amusement rides, limited-use amusement rides, and registered agri-tourism activities must permitted by the Kansas Department of Labor before they can be operated in Kansas.

Applicable Law

K.S.A. 44-1601