Amusement parks are popular locations for confrontations, probably because there's so much neat stuff to play around with:
- The roller coaster gives our hero a chance to show off their reflexes.
- The ferris wheel. Not for acrophobics.
- The haunted house. Forget the plastic spiders and fake ghosts, there's an actual scary villain in there somewhere!
- Creepy Hostile Animatronics, whether actually haunted or merely remotely controlled by said villain.
- Carnival games to show off the heroes' skill (or lack thereof) with guns or throwing.
- And, of course, the Hall of Mirrors, which is a trope of its own.
The amusement park is often abandoned or just closed for the night, which is an easy way of making things creepier, but it may also be open for business with the villain hiding in the crowd.
If it's abandoned or haunted, see Circus of Fear
If the villain has booby-trapped the park (or has actually built
the park for nefarious purposes), it's an Amusement Park of Doom
See also Souvenir Land
for the not-so-exciting version and Theme Park
for when it becomes more of a medium. Compare Pinball Zone
Anime and Manga
- The Firesign Theatre's I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus takes place in a Disneyland-style amusement park called The Future Fair, with rides like "The Wall of Science" and "A Visit to the President" (the latter being a reference to Disneyland's own Abraham Lincoln animatronic puppet show). Curiously, the clown-like Bozos mentioned in the title are all visitors, rather than participants.
- This is the standard hideout for The Joker. Sometimes it's an Amusement Park of Doom, sometimes it's an ordinary park. Given how often the Joker needs to resettle, Gotham City must have an awful lot of these.
- One story in Streets of Gotham, featuring villain realtor the Broker, explained that at the dawn of the 20th century, two rival amusement park owners created more and bigger attractions, until finally the bottom dropped out of it, leaving them all abandoned. It's not just the Joker who gets to take advantage of this; this is also the origin of abandoned aquariums for Killer Croc, Alice themed attractions for the Mad Hatter, etc.
- Bullseye once kidnapped the Black Widow and held her in an amusement park.
- Silver Sable once got ambushed by the Sinister Syndicate in an amusement park. Spider-Man and former villain Sandman saved her.
- Coney Island in New York City, and specifically Luna Park, built in 1903 and arguably the world's first amusement park, was a popular setting for filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s. Films that feature excursions to Coney Island include:
- Speedy features a long sequence where Harold Lloyd takes his girl to Coney Island, with many comic hijinks as Harold bumbles his way around while trying to impress a girl.
- Coney Island, a 1917 short co-starring Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, is set entirely at the park, and involves Fatty and Buster fighting over a girl.
- The rather humdrum, unremarkable lives of John and Mary Sims in The Crowd are underlined by their visit to, yes, Coney Island.
- The film adaptation of Anna Christie includes a scene where Greta Garbo and her man go to Coney Island—he's a sailor and she's an ex-hooker, but Coney Island was cheap.
- In Lonesome, a young man and young woman go to Coney Island separately, only to meet there and fall in love.
- Featured as a backdrop for a spy meeting in the Bond flick The Living Daylights.
- In The Wiz, in which Oz is a fantasy version of New York City, the Tin Man is an abandoned animatronic at a long-closed amusement park (represented by Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster). "Hurry, hurry, step right up and save a life..."
- The Ferris wheel at Vienna's Wurstelprater amusement park is where Orson Welles gives his famous "cuckoo clock" speech in The Third Man.
- Jeff and Ann get stuck on a scary looking ride in Mr and Mrs Smith.
- Pacific Playland, the fictional site of the climax in Zombie Land.
- Retroland in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
- Climax of Sudden Impact takes place in a closed amusement park.
- Wonder World in Beverly Hills Cop III.
- Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation.
- The Delos resort in Westworld and Futureworld.
- The 1977 disaster/suspense film Rollercoaster involves a terrorist bombing various amusement parks around the U.S.
- An early example can be found in the 1927 silent movie Sunrise.
- The titular street gang in The Warriors is headquartered in a Coney Island amusement park and spends the film trying to get there.
- The home movie Disneyland Dream, a record of the Barstow family of Weathersfield, Connecticut and their visit to a then-new Disneyland in 1956, was inducted into the National Film Registry.
- The Shadow novel The Freak Show Murders.
- Doc Savage story "World's Fair Goblin."
- The town of Big Cabbage on the Sto Plains in the Discworld novel Making Money is home to the Brassica World amusement park. This gets described in more detail in Mrs Bradshaw's Guide to the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway, which has a postcard of smiling children eating cabbages on sticks, with the Goofy Suit characters of Billy Broccoli and Cauliflower the Clown, and in the background a roller coaster with cars shaped like caterpillars.
- The episode "Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival" has Monk (who's afraid of heights, among many other things) eventually corner Leonard Stokes on the Ferris wheel, which also happens to be where the murder was committed.
- "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees" has a foot chase between Monk and Rob Sherman at a boardwalk amusement park (actually the Santa Monica Pier).
- Highlander: The Series had at least one battle/quickening in an amusement park.
- The Twilight Zone episode "In Praise of Pip".
- In The Prisoner's spoof episode "The Girl who was Death", Number 6 follows "Death", a.k.a. Sonia, to a fairground, where he first has to endure a boxing match, then a potentially deadly ride on the Tunnel of Love, and finally a comic chase through the fair (actually the Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea).
- The Japanese Game Show Tokyo Friend Park 2 is designed around an amusement park motif, complete with its own foam-rubber mascot, with the individual games referred to as "attractions". Additionally, the usual bonus prize for a perfect run in the main game is an international trip to a Disneyland (either California or Paris).
- An abandoned amusement park was the site of the final convergence and showdown in The Fugitive.
- The JAG episode "Boomerang, Part I" in which an American sailor kills an Australian sailor on the dock outside Luna Park in Sydney during The Vietnam War.
- The Brady Bunch episode "The Cincinnati Kids" has the family accompanying Mike on a business trip to King's Island in Ohio.
- The Mr. Bean episode "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean'' takes place at an amusement park. After a mix-up Mr. Bean finds a baby that has stowed away with him, and he is left to take care of the baby and find its mother while at the same time not being distracted from a day of fun at the carnival.
- Some games set entirely at an amusement park:
- Some Sonic games feature plenty of these:
- Witchyworld in Banjo-Tooie.
- Krazy Kremland in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
- Nameless has the amusement park be an important place to protagonist Eri. Each of the boys' route contains at least one trip to the amusement park and the final scene always takes place at the park on Christmas. The merry-go-round is the most important attraction in the place, because Eri has fond memories of it. The amusement park also is a place where Eri took the titular Nameless to during her past.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Pinna Park in Super Mario Sunshine (which also provides the page's image).
- The map of World Bowser in Super Mario 3D World is a rainbow-colored amusement park, as are some of its levels (The Bowser Express, The Great Tower of Bowser Land, and the two battle arenas where Motley Bossblob and Queen Hisstocrat are fought). Other levels in the game mix this setting with Circus of Fear.
- Baby Park from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and the games where it's present as a retro course. It consists of a compact racetrack surrounded by several other attractions. Due to its short length, drivers have to accumulate seven laps (five in Mario Kart DS) to win.
- Epic Mickey takes place in the Cartoon Wasteland, a modified replica of Disneyland.
- Hitman: Blood Money has a tutorial level which takes place in a (mostly) abandoned amusement park, in which Agent 47 has to assassinate the washed-up owner.
- A very twisted amusement park is featured in a level of Blood. It also has a merry-go-round of gargoyles, and several shooting games with prizes...
- The fifth chapter of Disgaea 4 is set in a themed amusement park, with the stalls, benches, and rides looking like various monsters in the series (Mostly Prinnies).
- Final Fantasy VII featured the famous Gold Saucer, which had, among a wide variety of more or less annoying mini games, a Ferris Wheel where you could date one of your female companions (or one of your male ones).
- Ace Lightning has the "Carnival of Doom" in the videogame - and it's not-quite-so-creepy-but-often-equally-dangerous equivalent in the Real World.
- The RollerCoaster Tycoon series are Simulation Games revolving around the construction and maintenance of Amusement Parks, as are the games Theme Park and its spiritual successor Theme Park World.
- Fahrenheit has a confrontation with the villainous Shaman on top of the rollercoaster in a closed-down amusement-park, in the dead of winter.
- In The Slayground, other criminals once cornered Parker in an amusement park.
- The Silent Hill Amusement Park is the seat of several cherished memories for the protagonists of the first and third games, as well as Shattered Memories, as well as the origin point for blood-spattered creepy series mascot Robbie the Rabbit, and it's home to some of the creepiest fights in the entire series, particularly in 3.
- The fourth level in a Spider-Man game for the SNES was set in Coney Island. The boss of the level was the Green Goblin.
- Specter Land in Ape Escape.
- In The Curse of Monkey Island, the villain has built his own evil amusement park.
- One of the maps included in the DLC for Modern Warfare 2 takes place in an abandoned Amusement Park.
- Le-MU in Ever17 may seem more like an Amusement Park of Doom, but the first incident with the real Takeshi Kuranari was an actual accident, which was later replicated with Kid/Kaburaki in place of Takeshi, Sara in place of Coco and You'aki in place of You'haru, making it an Amusement Park of Doom.
- LEGO Batman has a couple of levels set in an abandoned Amusement Park (once through for the good guys and once through as the Joker)
- Drawn to Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition has an amusement park world.
- Played with Scooby Doo Mystery Mayhem's Second Area — it's a Guitar Ghoul theme park. The reason it's play with as the following two reasons:) 1. The Haunted House is a roller coaster ride! & 2) The bad guy's home base is the Hall of the Mirrors!
- Pokémon Black and White has one of these. You ride the ferris wheel with N, then battle him, then go into the gym where you ride roller coasters to get to the leader. You can ride the ferris wheel again later, often with some apparent Getting Crap Past the Radar popping up with whoever rides with you.
- Sora's version of the Prankster's Paradise world in Kingdom Hearts 3D, which mostly takes place on Pleasure Island from Pinocchio.
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask had Pumpkin Park (or Tingly Town, depending on if you're playing the PAL version), where the gang has to solve puzzles based on amusement park rides in order to find where the Masked Gentleman's next "Dark Miracle" will take place.
- Clown Man's stage in Mega Man 8.
- Magic Man's stage in Mega Man & Bass.
- Napple Tale includes a winter-themed amusement park level, Fjordland. It's full of dancing snowflakes and mercifully devoid of Slippy Slidey Ice.
- One is present in the second level of Goat Simulator.
- Towards the end of Season 2 of Teen Titans, Beast Boy takes on Slade in an amusement-park one-on-one - complete with a duel on top of the Ferris Wheel, and a chase through the confusing corridors of the Hall of Mirrors.
- Similarly, Coney Island played the role of battleground in the Gargoyles episode "The Reckoning".
- Coney Island shows up again in The Spectacular Spider-Man. Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus duke it out, causing chaos amongst the fairgoers and practically destroying every ride in their way. Doctor Octopus pulls a Hostage for MacGuffin by leaving a Damsel in Distress hanging precariously from a roller coaster to goad Spider-Man into forking over some Applied Phlebotinum. When Octopus is defeated, he lands in the middle of the carnival's octopus ride.
- The Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Seer No Evil" takes the heroes to a full-blown fairground (which is sort of a mobile Amusement Park).
- In the world of Doug, there is a late 1970s-themed Amusement Park named Funkytown. Among other things, it features the world's fastest Ferris Wheel.
- An interesting coincidence: The Real Ghostbusters and Filmation's Ghostbusters have one episode apiece that not only take place in an Amusement Park, but also share the episode title "Rollerghoster"! That's about where the similarities end, though.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' second fight against Nano took place in Coney Island. Eventually, its roller coaster proves instrumental in its defeat.
- On Ben 10, Zombozo lives in one. Ben and Kevin lampshade how silly the whole thing is at various points. But the real star is Gwen, who Mind Rapes Zombozo something terrible.
- Ben 10: Alien Force has The Pier from "Pier Pressure" which is a more benevolent version that Ben takes his Love Interest Julie to for a date. Unfortunately it keeps getting interrupted by a mini-version of Upgrade who is looking for help.
- Hey Arnold! has Dinoland where a few episodes take place.
- The Simpsons has episodes set in Duff Gardens and Itchy & Scratchy Land.
- Peter Griffin went to school with the owner of Bob's Funland, and goes there for his birthday.