Top 5 Non Disney Dark Rides at US Amusement Parks

Ride Station Calico Mine Ride Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park

Disney is the master of dark rides, having some of the best attractions in the world based on everything from original concepts like the Haunted Mansion, to movies like Star Wars. One thing they exceed at like no other are dark rides, or indoor slow moving attractions focused on scenery and storytelling. But not all of the best dark rides are located in Disney Parks.

Here are five amazing dark rides not found in the Disney Parks in the US.

5. Justice League Battle For Metropolis

Cyborg Animatronic in Justice League Battle for Metropolis Ride at Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags has not regularly get involved in highly themed rides, but this ride broke the mold in the best possible way. This gave DC superheroes the dark ride they had always deserved with some impressive animatronics and a fun story.

While definitely done on a Six Flags level budget, this ride has a lot of charm and has some fun mechanics with the shooting system.

4. Hershey's Chocolate Tour

Hersheypark is famous for its many great attractions, but right next door to the park is an amazing dark ride, Hershey's Chocolate Tour. Located in the Hershey's Chocolate World plaza outside of Hersheypark, this ride is a fun musical dark ride through a recreation of a Hershey chocolate farm and factory.

This ride also gets points for being completely free to experience, no park or ride ticket required. To have such a great ride available free to the public is just a great thing. And the theme song will get stuck in your head.

3. Calico Mine Train

Calico Mine Train Ride Building Ghost Town Knott's Berry Farm

Knotts Berry Farm threads a line between a theme park and an amusement park, holding a collection of both unthemed roller coasters and intricately themed attractions and dark rides. By far the best dark ride attraction at the park is the Calico Mine Train.

This ride is an almost 10-minute long journey through a classic western gold mine, filled with caves and miners working throughout the mine. This ride features several multilevel sets and tons of audio animatronics throughout the attraction.

Calico Mine Train Ride Vehicle Ghost Town Knotts Berry Farm

It is an amazing classic experience that gives the Ghost Town area an added bit of realism and is worthy of more appreciation.

2. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman Ride Entrance Universal Islands of Adventure

Ever since this ride opened it has been considered one of the best dark rides in the world. Perfectly combining physical theming with 3D screen segments on top of featuring a cutting-edge ride system combining a dark ride with a simulator, this ride was unlike anything else when it opened and it still reigns supreme as the best dark ride of its kind.

Telling a high-energy story featuring one of the most famous Marvel superheroes of all time, it has been consistently updated over the years to keep its sleek modern look with the latest technology.

This ride changed what a dark ride could be, and nothing has ever beaten it.

1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Loading Station Universal Islands of Adventure

This ride changed the dynamic of the theme park industry forever, solidifying Universal's status of being able to consistently meet if not exceed Disney at the game they started. Featuring one of the most intricately themed queue lines and ride buildings of all time, combined with a seamless combination of dark rides, simulators, physical sets, and screens, this ride put Universal on its current path to success.

It perfectly brings you into the world of Harry Potter, bringing you into many of the most iconic elements of the series in an all-new storyline. You encounter a dragon, escape the Forbidden Forest, play a game of Quidditch, and more, all with iconic characters like Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy in tow.

Ravenclaw Hogwarts Castle Projections Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was unlike anything else created before, and remains one of if not the best rides of its kind ever created by any theme park in the world.

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