You wouldn't believe the natural processes responsible for that thing's shape.
A type of landscape featuring natural formations that are the functional equivalents of theme park rides: Waterfalls, mountain torrents, glaciers or icebergs double as water slides, plot-sensitive erosion has created rock or snow formations that act as rollercoaster tracks or bobsled runs, complete with Ramp Jumps
, giant water lilies serve as trampolines or at least provide a fun and bouncy way to cross a stretch of water, hanging vines can be used as ropeways, swings, for bungee-jumping or Tarzan-style transportation and so on...
Alternatively, the setting can be industrial or urban, as long as the environment invites misuse as a carnival ride. This can be both Benevolent Architecture
or Malevolent Architecture
, depending on your viewpoint and if you liked the "ride"
or intended to take it in the first place.
Related to Skate Heaven Is A Place On Earth
. Rollercoaster Mine
and Lily Pad Platform
are subtropes. No relation of Theme Park Version
See Watching a Video Game
for the type of movie where this is popular.
- Ice Age: Perhaps most Egregiously, in the second movie there's actually a freestanding ice formation shaped like (and used as) a water slide complete with water mysteriously flowing from its highest point.
- The Rollercoaster Mine in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, most obviously.
- Neverland in Hook.
- In Disney's Tarzan the winding, moss-covered branches become a sort of jungle skate park for the Ape Man to do some sick moves.
- Almost any level from the Genesis era Sonic the Hedgehog titles would count; particularly the Green Hill Zone with its rolling hills, spirals, and loops.
- On any console, really. Sonic Adventure 2 even has a highway with loops and jumps.
- Speed Highway from Sonic Adventure, which does the same. It makes one wonder how normal, everyday people in the Sonic Universe go about their day-to-day lives, especially when they're trying to get to work...
- Minority Report cars?
- Sonic Colors takes this to literal extremes with giant amusement park levels, such as Planet Wisp, which is one in progress.
- Several Wile E. Coyote cartoons feature this type of landscape, most notably when the gag involves a falling boulder or rocket skates.
- The chute system in the Avatar: The Last Airbender city of Omashu counts, since it's sorta like a giant slide and rollercoaster all in one. It was even shown that Aang and Bumi used to play on them when they were kids.