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The plaque on the ride says: In memory of "The Crocodile Hunter" - Steve Irwin - a great Australian, Conservationist and Wildlife Warrior. note 

Ah, kiddie rides. Those things that practically suck the spare change out of your pockets (particularly if you're a parent) and are largely found in or near shopping malls. The things that attract little kids (and Periphery Demographic crowds like rowdy teenagers and YouTube video makers interested in old kids' shows) like magnets.

Originally invented as a Christmas present by an engineer for his kids, and then commercialized as a portable alternative of the carousel (and additional income earner for grocers), these have since crossed into Merchandise-Driven (and occasionally, Misaimed Marketing) subtrope territory with the introduction of the licensed kiddie ride. Now kids will be able to rent up to one and a half minutes of their favorite characters' time for a dollar or two.

Subset of The Merch.

If a TV show targeted at children gets very popular, it's bound to spawn at least one kiddie ride. If it has a catchy theme tune, the ride will play a snippet of it every five minutes to attract attention, and on repeat while in operation.

Note: This index is a list of shows and franchises that have been immortalized by having their characters licensed for being made into a kiddie ride. It does not involve works that feature a kiddie ride in their plots; those belong under another trope (that hasn't been made yet).


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  • Harris Teeter in the US has a dragon kiddie ride called Harry the Happy Dragon made specially for its stores. However, one that (strangely) plays It's a Small World was found at the Myrtle Beach Mall.
  • EMT created this, featuring the mascot of a shopping chain called Obi Bauhaus Baumarkt in Germany. It has to be seen to be believed.
    • EMT had also created rides that advertised Haribo Fritt candies and Benetton's racing team.
  • Jolly Roger somehow earned the rights to make a Tony the Tiger skateboard kiddie ride from Kellogg's Frosties.
  • Amutec created a ride based on Bassets' Jelly Babies sweets.
  • Chuck E. Cheese has moved from just having an arcade in their restaurant to having a set of specially customized rides featuring their mascots.
    • Showbiz Pizza apparently also has a set of rides made specially for its restaurants.
  • McDonald's once had a carousel featuring some pretty strange figures for its playland. It also had a Birdie kiddie ride by Technotots.
  • Toys-R-Us has had several Geoffrey Giraffe rides made, the most common taking the form of Geoffrey on a jetski.
  • In Japan, Pharmaceutical conglomerate Sato Chemicals actually commissioned rides featuring their mascots Sato-chan and Satoko-chan. They can usually be found in front of pharmacies.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Anpanman: Fairly common in Japan with several different types of rides made.
  • Daisuki! BuBu ChaCha: ChaCha in car form. It has a built in game that plays while the ride is in motion. Knockoffs of the ride has also been made by Chinese manufacturers.
  • Doraemon: All made by Bandai Namco Entertainment under the Banpresto brand, there's a Doraemon time machine ride with an interactive screen and buttons (actually, there are two versions of the time machine ride- the one with the interactive screen mentioned, and a older, smaller version of the ride that lacks the screen), a Giant Doraemon that fits two kids and move in a spinning motion (again, two models- one having an interactive screen and buttons, and another having just two steering wheels and some buttons), a Doraemon pirate ship (again, with an interactive screen and buttons), one with Doraemon sitting on a cloud with the rider, and a fire engine with Doraemon on it. Again, sadly, officially they're No Export for You and can only be found in Japan, although like other Japanese arcade machines they've been unofficially exported to other Asian countries via grey-market imports. Aside from that, however, there's also dozens of Chinese-made unlicensed knockoffs which are sadly, much more prevalent.
  • Dragon Ball: One where the child gets to ride on Nimbus with Goku. By Bandai Namco Entertainment.
  • Doctor Slump: Arale-chan on a time machine. It appears to be a very early ride by Banpresto. And yes, we know what you're thinking- the design is prone to abuse.
  • Gundam - Another Banpresto aka Bandai Namco Entertainment ride.
  • Hamtaro - Again, by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It appears to be a modified version of the Ojamajo Doremi ride.
  • Hello Kitty - Notable for being the few franchises where kiddie rides are manufactured in both Japan and Europe (the other being Thomas & Friends). It should be noted that there are also tons of unlicensed Hello Kitty rides. One can easily tell the fakes apart because the character looks Off-Model.
    • From Japan, we have (in loose chronological order) Hello Kitty teaching in front of a blackboard, Hello Kitty sitting in a boat, Hello Kitty holding on to some balloons (all three are rocking rides, by the way), three Hello Kitty cars (one with a monitor to play out a simple game with the rider), a Hello Kitty Cinderella-like coach (again with monitor to play out a game), a battery-operated car, a "magical" piano with Hello Kitty standing on the top, and Hello Kitty hanging on to a Winged Unicorn which the rider will ride on. And that's just the known models. There are apparently several manufacturers, but the most prevalent one is apparently Bandai Namco Entertainment.
    • From Europe, we have two models of a different Hello Kitty "Happy Car" (one is a single-seater where the rider gets to sit next to Hello Kitty and the other is a two-seater where Hello Kitty is sitting in the back of the car instead), a Fun House ride, and a log-see-saw ride of the same design as The Smurfs, but with Hello Kitty on the other end. All models are made by Cogan of Italy.
      • There's even a knockoff version of the single seater Happy Car, made by an unknown company.
      • Allegedly, Sanrio embraces this trope, as aside from Hello Kitty, there's also Jewelpet kiddie rides among others.
  • Midori No Makibao - a carousel by Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Naruto - No official Naruto kiddie rides exist, however there is a bootleg Naruto kiddie ride carousel which can be found in China, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Ojamajo Doremi - another ride by Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • One Piece - The Going Merry with Luffy and Chopper on the front, again by Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Pokonyan- Miki-chan and Pokonyan in a hot-air balloon, by Capcom. The ride has a monitor that plays out a simple game while it's in use.
  • Sailor Moon - A Bandai Namco Entertainment ride. It dispenses either candy or capsule toys when the ride ends.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: An Obelix see-saw, courtesy of EMT (the makers of the offensive Donald Duck and Marsupilami rides).
  • Batman:
    • Tons of Batmobile rides, courtesy of Bafco, Kiddie's Manufacturing and Cogan. Perhaps one of the earliest known example of licensed vehicle rides. Also spawned a Batcave featuring Batman and Robin (Jolly Roger), and later, a carousel ride (Ride On! Entertainment).
    • When Batman (1989) came out, it spawned an unlicensed ride called the "Jetmobile", which resembled the Batmobile from the movie. The earliest ones were black and yellow, but newer models are usually silver. The ride strangely plays the Star Wars theme when it's in motion.
  • Spider-Man: With Spidey in either a helicopter, motorcycle, or sports car. There is also a Spider-Man vehicle carousel, courtesy of Ride On! Entertainment. Ital-Resina has also spawned a ripoff Spider-Man motorcycle, which can be found in Barry Island, Wales.
  • The Incredible Hulk: You get to drive a Jeep with Hulk in the back seat. Manufactured by Kiddie's in the late 1990s.
  • Superman: From Jolly Roger. With Superman stopping the train you're in.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • The licensed turtle van and the toy-exclusive turtle-copter, the former by Kiddie’s and the latter by Bafco, along with several lesser quality knockoffs.
    • Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK, had secured the license to produce new rides based on the 2012 series, but they never came to fruition due to the company closing it's doors in 2021.
  • X-Men: One of Wolverine in a disproportionately tiny Blackbird, manufactured by Kiddie's in the late 1990s.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield: Two models exist; one with Garfield driving a green taxi, the other design is Garfield himself which the rider sits in, plus one unlicensed rip-off of the latter model, complete with a bow on Garfield's head. The licensed rides were made in the 1990s by Jolly Roger, the same company that put out Stuart Little, Clifford, Arthur, Bob the Builder and Peanuts rides. Aside from that, the license was recently reassigned to Memopark, who put out a Garfield airplane with a video screen.
  • Peanuts: Has five licensed rides — a bi-plane with Snoopy and Woodstock, a fire truck, an ice-cream truck; all released in 1996 by Kiddie's (Kiddie Ride Enterprises), and Snoopy's doghouse as a race car and Snoopy driving a taxi by Jolly Roger. Also dozens of unlicensed ripoffs.
  • Popeye: One with Popeye on a boat by Jolly Roger and Popeye on a rocket, possibly an Italian origin. The notorious thing about the design of the Jolly Roger version is that the coin slot is (oddly) on Popeye's crotch.
  • Rupert Bear: Rupert with Podgy Pig and Bill Badger in a red-and-blue car, courtesy of Photo-Me. There was another design featuring Rupert in his red car, Bruce, for the 2000s Rupert Bear: Follow the Magic... series by Jolly Roger.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cars: Lightning McQueen, courtesy of EMT. Merkur Kids would later release Tow Mater as well as re-releasing McQueen with a different facial expression, a new soundboard, and an alternate livery depicting him in his Dinoco paint job from his fantasy sequence. Also spawned unlicensed rides of McQueen, Mater, and a minimal amount of the recurring cast.
  • Cars 2: Spawned a twin ride featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater, courtesy of Cogan.
  • Cinderella: Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, made by EMT.
  • Dumbo: Tons of ripoffs from China (albeit pretty well done ripoffs — the head even moves while the ride is in motion!) since the '70s before Coinstar finally produced an official Dumbo ride.
  • Finding Nemo: Unfortunately, no licensed Finding Nemo kiddie rides exist as of now. We do however, get an unlicensed carousel kiddie ride by an unknown Chinese company, which features three Nemo's and one Dory on top.
  • Frozen: There is a carousel ride by Linan Lian Technology Co., Ltd. featuring sleds with the different characters on the side. One of them has Olaf riding on the back. And before anyone asks, yes it does play Let It Go.
  • Ice Age: A jumbo Manny ride by Cogan. One photo incorrectly lists the movie the ride is based on as a Disney/Pixar movie.note 
  • Lady and the Tramp: One unlicensed kiddie ride exists, featuring Lady and Tramp in a cup, courtesy of Ital-Resina. The ride plays The Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" whilst in motion. It even features a few quotes and sound effects from the movie!
  • The Lion King: Made by Coinstar Explanation , based off Pumbaa. One could argue that they missed an opportunity to produce a cub!Simba ride, or even an adult!Simba one, given the numerous adult!Simba knockoffs in Asia (and that Bafco UK and Whittaker Bros. respectively produced their safari jeep and safari, zoo, and circus truck rides with a lion cub that looked suspiciously like cub!Simba on it).
  • The Magic Roundabout (2005) has Train, made by Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK.
  • Minions: Created by Jolly Roger. This ride is decorated to look like the Minion sized car (Minion Mobile) seen in the first Despicable Me film, and contains Bob the Minion riding in the booster seat. Unfortunately, bootleg Minion rides do exist.
  • Planes: Dusty Crophopper, courtesy of Italian kiddie ride maker Cogan. Motoi made a "Phantom Plane" ride that happens to look like Dusty's Turbo form and for some reason has Mater's face, complete with his iconic buck teeth. Cogan have now converted a few units into a generic airplane ride named Air Baby. note 
  • Shrek: There aren't any official Shrek kiddie rides out there, but a few bootlegs have popped up.
  • Toy Story: From Coinstar, we have Buzz Lightyear's spaceship. We also have a two-seater carousel featuring Bullseye the horse and Buzz Lightyear's spaceship, courtesy of Merkur Kids.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 102 Dalmatians: Both a single puppy and a three-seater carousel, both from Merkur.
  • Godzilla: A carousel and an interactive ride where you get to sit inside the titular monster himself. Both by Banpresto (Bandai-Namco).
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Merkur Kids has spawned the Black Pearl.

  • A Dog of Flanders: Somewhere in Japan there is a kiddie ride of Nello and Pastrache. Book or anime made you feel sad? Sit with them, give Nello a hug and you'll feel better!
  • Arthur: A school bus ride was made by Jolly Roger in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s. D.W., Buster, and Binky are just stickers on the ride.
  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry: Lowly's apple car and Bananas Gorilla's Bananamobile (the latter is actually quite rare), made by Jolly Roger.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: One made by Jolly Roger in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s.
  • Mr. Men: Three models (Mr. Funny's shoe car, Little Miss Sunshine's pink car, and Mr. Bump on a see-saw) were made by Jolly Roger in the 1990s. The Little Miss Sunshine car is particularly rare. There was also Mr. Happy on a train that was made in limited numbers, apparently by OMC Electronics for Kidzstuff Australia.
  • Noddy's Toyland Adventures: Noddy rides are just as popular as the Postman Pat rides, and it shows. Almost a dozen designs exist (including one version that plays back a LaserDisc video onto a monitor positioned in front of the ride; courtesy of Bell Fruit), and the ride manufacturer license has changed hands several times, from Bafco, to Photo-Me, to Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK, to Amutec. From Make Way for Noddy, we have Noddy and Tessie Bear in the car, which was released by Mitchells and later, Jolly Roger. Some of the JR versions feature a video screen. From Noddy in Toyland, there is a carousel by Jolly Roger featuring Noddy and Mr. Plod, which (for some reason) plays the Make Way for Noddy theme when the ride is in motion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all the rides feature Noddy's little yellow car. The rides have also been exported worldwide- one has been seen in a Walmart in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, of all places.
  • Spot the Dog: Did not do well in arcades and malls in the United Kingdom due to the design (most operators complained that the ride design put too much focus on the train as Spot is just a relatively small figure on the back. Allegedly only 11 units were produced in the UK OMC factory for the entire European market), but apparently did well enough in Australia to warrant a rumored second design.
  • Stuart Little: One of a '50s car by Jolly Roger.
  • Thomas & Friends is probably one of the most prolific franchises when it comes to kiddie rides:
    • The first one was made when The Railway Series was at the height of its popularity in 1975 (even though the ride is just a recolor of their original Puffin' Billy). Of course, based on the franchise's iconic character, Thomas.
    • R.G. Mitchell produced two distinct models in the 90's - the "Big Thomas" and "Mini Thomas".
    • New Zealand TV tycoon Trevor Spitz designed the U-Drive Thomas ride for Ride On! Entertainment in 2000, which came in two versions - one where you "drove" Thomas to the mountains and one where you "drove" him to the beach. A voice-over by Thomas' Thomas and the Magic Railroad voice actor Edward Glen (some sources state it was Trevor Spitz himself) instructs the rider how to operate Thomas.
    • Jolly Roger remade R.G. Mitchell's "Mini Thomas" model in 2006, also issuing a video option version of their Thomas ride.
    • There are also a half dozen models (including an interactive model with a video screen) that have been produced for the Japanese market by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
    • A big carousel (and a mini Lo-Boy variant) were produced by Kiddy Rides Australia.
    • A Chinese/Taiwanese kiddie ride company also spawned an unlicensed Thomas ride, with the eighth season theme tune and... bombing sounds. (This is real. note )
    • There's also a Korean Thomas kiddie ride by Hankook Leisure, which plays the Korean "Engine Roll Call" song.
  • Winnie the Pooh: No less than five designs exist, including a rotating honey pot (Coinstar), a carousel with two Pooh's (EMT) and a log-see-saw (also EMT). There is a Tigger boat ride and a carousel with Pooh and Tigger too, also by EMT.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Andy Pandy: Spawned a carousel based on the 2002 reboot, courtesy of Ride On! Entertainment.
  • Bananas in Pyjamas: One of B1 and B2 in the Ratmobile by Fun2Learn.
  • Barney & Friends: At least four different ride designs are known to exist (a car, a train, an anthropomorphic tractor, and a vehicle carousel). The train model was made by Fun2Learn in 2000, while the car was made by Kiddy Rides Australia in 2001, the tractor was made by Jolly Roger in early 2002 and the carousel was made by Ausride Amusements Co Ltd shortly after.
  • Bear in the Big Blue House: Two versions were made by Fun2Learn, both of them feature Bear, Pip and Pop on a boat. The first version, released in either the 1990s or the early 2000s, had boat sounds (could be something to do with licensing) and no start message, whilst the second version, released in October 2002, had boat sounds as well as the theme tune and a start message. Both versions feature Noel MacNeal as the voice of Bear.
  • Bill & Ben, The Flowerpot Men: We have Bill and Ben riding a wheelbarrow based on the 2001 reboot, courtesy of Mitchells.
  • Brum: Brum himself, courtesy by Amutec in the late 90s and other versions released in the early 2000s. The ride has had several minor revisions during its run.
  • Crocodile Hunter: As seen on the page image, complete with fiberglass Steve Irwin mannequin, by Kiddy Rides Australia. Each ride also has a plaque saying that each ride was built in memory of the late Steve Irwin.
  • Doctor Who gave rise to a coin-operated Dalek ride back in The '60s and a TARDIS kiddie ride in The '80s.
  • Here's Humphrey: A two-seater car and a single seater car, featuring Humphrey Bear. Courtesy of Kiddy Rides Australia.
  • Hi-5: Spawned a carousel where kids could ride on various instruments, by Ride On! Entertainment. The ride was originally released with decals depicting the original cast (Charli, Kellie, Nathan, Kathleen and Tim) in 2005 and then again in 2011 with two updated designs and soundtrack featuring the second generation cast (Casey, Lauren, Tim, Fely and Stevie). Both versions also featured the puppets. It played a selection of three Hi-5 songs while in motion which were eventually replaced with newer recordings. Both versions of the ride are extremely hard to find.
  • In the Night Garden...: Spawned Igglepiggle's boat in 2008, courtesy of Jolly Roger.
  • LazyTown: One was made by Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK in 2010. The ride vehicle is a contraption made specifically for the ride called a "flypod", featuring Sportacus. In 2016, some of these were converted into generic "Afterburners" flypods.
  • Muffin the Mule: The titular mule by Edwin Hall in the '50s. There was supposed to be one of the 2005 animated revival series, but the revival series flopped before the ride could be made.
  • Okaasan to Issho: Doremifa Donuts, the mascot characters from the 1990s, got a kiddie ride with the characters riding on a train. In the ride, there was a video screen that played an interactive video.
  • Play School: The Australian version, at least, spawned a carousel, big and small, by Kiddy Rides Australia.
  • Ultra Series: several, including a ride with a simple racing game. It is also the original template of the ride on a superhero's back rides that are so prevalent in Japan and copied by several Chinese knockoff makers. All are made by Banpresto (Bandai-Namco) except the racing game ride which was made by Sega.
  • The Wiggles - The Big Red Car in 5 distinct versions from Amutec / Bandai Namco, a carousel by Kiddy Rides Australia, and a rare Ensemble Dark Horse Dorothy the Dinosaur swing ride, made by Ride On! Entertainment's New Zealand branch.note  New Zealand TV tycoon Trevor Spitz designed the original prototypes for Amutec's "V3" Big Red Car kiddie ride and Ride On's Dorothy kiddie ride, using parts from a failed generic kiddie ride model called the Honey Pot Kart for the V3 Big Red Car and a washing machine for the Dorothy ride.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Mr. Blobby: A see-saw and a boat, manufactured in 1994 by Jolly Roger. However, on the boat, the start and sound buttons appear to be placed on Mr. Blobby's chest while the coin slot is disturbingly placed on his crotch. The see-saw design was later re-used for the Mr. Bump see-saw. During Christmas times in the '90s, some see-saws had Mr. Blobby replaced with Father Christmas/Santa Claus.
  • The Muppets has several, most notably of the Muppet Babies (1984) characters, from EMT.
  • Rosie & Jim: We have the Ragdoll by OMC Electronics (John Cunliffe era), and later an updated version by Amutec (Neil Brewer era) that features two options: one with a peekaboo window featuring Rosie & Jim and one with a LCD display showing four clips that's probably a modified version of the Peekaboo window ride (the latter being rare; good news: Joseph Isted and Amber The Fangirl found one in Skegness, but some buttons don't work and the audio is mute).
  • Sesame Street: Kiddie Ride Enterprises (Kiddie's Manufacturing) manufactured three rides in the U.S. in 1997-1998; a race car featuring Elmo and Zoe, a fire truck featuring Ernie and Bert, and an airplane featuring Big Bird and Little Bird. A few other rides based on the show, particularly prevalent in other countries, were manufactured by Fun2Learn, featuring Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Big Bird & Elmo in various vehicles. Ausride Amusements Co Ltd also produced a carousel with Elmo as a fire engine, Abby Cadabby as an airplane, and Cookie Monster as a school bus.
  • The Sooty Show: From Sooty & Co, there is the camper van from the show that is interactive and educational and is produced by Mitchells. Matthew Corbett was the voice-over for the ride, and while Sooty is a figure in the ride, Sweep, Soo and Scampi (except Matthew) are decorations on the ride.
  • Teletubbies actually had three rides spawned. The Tubbytronic Superdome and a three-seater carousel, both with the main characters and the other one featuring the Ensemble Dark Horse Noo-Noo. Noo-Noo and the Tubbytronic Superdome were by Amutec, while the three-seater carousel was by Jolly Roger.
  • Thunderbirds: Spawned two rides, Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 2, both by Mitchells. There did exist a Jolly Roger-refurbished Thunderbird 2 in a Tesco somewhere.
  • Tweenies: Actually spawned two rides: the rocket from the opening theme, and Ensemble Dark Horse Doodles, both by Amutec. Strangely, the Tweenies rocket rides were often refurbished with Stamar sound boards, it has come to a point where refurbished rides with the Stamar sound boardsnote  are far more common than those with the original boards.

  • Shopkins has a ride based on Motor Melon from the Cutie Cars range, released by Jolly Roger.
  • There was a Mister Potato Head in a car ride by Kiddie's back in the late 90s.
  • There were also several Tonka vehicle rides, also by Kiddie's.
  • Memopark of Italy produced three Hot Wheels branded car rides, those being the red Twinduction, blue Yur So Fast, and green Twin Mill II models. Date unknown.
  • A Barbie ride also exists, by Memopark.

    Video Games 
  • Angry Birds: Red, Chuck, and Bomb, courtesy of South Korean kiddie ride company Hankook Leisure.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • There's one where you get to ride on Yoshi and watch a Mario figure kick a Koopa Troopa shell repetitively while the ride was in motion. It's by Banpresto (now Bandai Namco Entertainment), who at that time (the mid-90s) had an alliance with Nintendo for amusement arcade games. There's another ride in the shape of a carriage with a monitor and interactive buttons, and even one where you get to ride on Mario’s back. Unfortunately, they're Japan-only (although they've been parallel imported into several Asian countries).
    • There's also a Mario Kart ride made by OMC Electronics, which features the Super Mario World theme tune.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is also not exempted:
    • The Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car and SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter are two early kiddie rides made by Sega themselves back in the classic Sonic days. These rides also featured built-in monitors that played out a basic "game" while the ride is in use, blurring the line a bit between them and arcade games. (The Segasonic Popcorn Shop from the same era worked similarly, though it was a vending machine rather than a ride). Although it is unknown if Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car was released internationally, SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter got a Western release with an English translation. A unit with the English version was found at Sega World Sydney, allowing the software to be emulated in MAME.
    • There's also a modern Sonic ride based on Sonic's car in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, again built by Sega themselves. Unlike the other Sonic attempts, this one is a straight up kiddie ride. It features a pushbutton with lots of classic sounds.
  • Pokémon, both the games and anime, is also not exempt from the treatment. Especially prominent are rides featuring Pikachu. Sadly, like many Japanese licensed kiddie rides, they're rarely officially exported out of Japan.
  • Mega Man actually has one, again a spinning ride. Apparently Capcom started producing this one shortly after deeming the Pokonyan ride a success.

    Western Animation 
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: A car with Alvin in it by EMT.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold spawned the Batmobile, courtesy of Cogan.
  • Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom: From Jolly Roger. You sit on Gaston the Ladybird, complete with Ben Elf and Holly Thistle accompanying you.
  • Bing has one with Bing himself pushing the Talkie Taxi by Jolly Roger.
  • Blinky Bill has Blinky himself in a green car, which was made by OMC Electronics for Australia's Kidzstuff.
  • Blue's Clues: There appears to be one where you ride in a car with Blue somewhere in Latin America, using the car mold used for the Alvin and the Chipmunks ride, suggesting that it’s either an EMT ride, or possibly unofficially modified from a broken EMT ride. There’s also a ride where you get to ride on Blue’s back, however that one is much more apparent to be blatantly unlicensed.
  • Bob the Builder: Scoop and Roley, courtesy of Jolly Roger. Scoop was one of the biggest kiddie rides of the early 2000s, and is quite common around the United Kingdom and United States. Also, Ausride Amusements Co Ltd spawned a carousel featuring Scoop, Lofty and Muck. Unfortunately, there's also a knockoff version of Scoop made by an unknown company (one was made by Automaty Kupper), which looks and acts almost like the real thing. In a unique variation of Adjustable Censorship, operators could order Jolly Roger's Scoop and Roley rides with either the Neil Morrissey version U.S. dub's theme song (despite the characters' original UK voice clips being intact) or the original British theme song. That didn't stop some Scoop and Roley's from making it to the U.S. with the British theme song intact and vice-versa.
  • Budgie the Little Helicopter: The titular helicopter and the Black Rock Lighthouse, both courtesy of Mitchells. There were also two versions of Budgie, both made by OMC Electronics for Kidzstuff Australia in 1997. Surprisingly enough, a Mitchells Budgie was found at a mall in South Carolina, USA.
  • Chuggington has inevitably spawned a carousel, courtesy of Ride On! Entertainment.
  • Classic Disney characters:
    • Perhaps most infamously, a questionably designed Donald Duck ride. The ride itself was designed so that Donald was laying on his back, chilling, while the rider would be on his tummy... and his bill would end up being close to any given rider's crotch. The ride was originally designed by ElektroMobilTechnik (EMT) GmbH when they first secured the Disney license, but the license persisted when Merkur bought over EMT, in which then production of those rides were dropped and more sensible designs were made. However, some of the EMT-era machines are still out in the open, including in Johnny's Saloon in Huntington Beach, California, USA, where it's used as a naughty photo op (for adults, of course). Merkur still holds the license to manufacture Disney rides, however the license is now shared with Cogan (Merkur and Cogan also shared the license with Coinstar before Coinstar sold off their coin-op amusements business). Disturbingly however, Chinese ride makers have started making rip-off versions of said offensive Donald ride. Apparently they don't understand why it's so popular but want a piece of the pie nonetheless.
    • Also from the maker of said Donald Duck ride: A slightly less suggestive but still questionably designed Marsupilami ride.
    • In the interest of full disclosure, there is a third ride in said design, but it was that of a generic bear.
  • Dora the Explorer: Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK had gotten the rights to produce a ride based on the series, but because of their closure in 2021, it never happened. Bootleg Dora rides do exist though.
  • Engie Benjy: Dan the Van by R.G. Mitchell. One was spotted in the USA, despite the fact that the series wasn't officially released Stateside.
  • The Fairly OddParents! had a kiddie roller coaster in King's Island called the "Fairly Odd Coaster", years prior to that, it was known as the "Scooby-Doo", and in between that, it was called "The Beastie", after the park's signature ride, "The Beast".
  • Fireman Sam: One of Jupiter by OMC Electronics, with Sam Jones, Elvis Cridlington, and Basil Steele. There was also a Mitchells version featuring Penny Morris in place of Cridlington and Steele and Jupiter with less detailing.
  • The Flintstones: Rides include Fred Flintstone (Flintmobile) and Barney Rubble's (Loggin Continential) cars along with Dino, made by Kiddie's Manufacturing in 1994. The ride license has changed hands to Memopark of Italy however, and revamped versions of the Flintmobile and Dino have been released, along with a new interactive hydraulic glider ride featuring Fred and Wilma.
  • Horrid Henry: Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK had gotten the rights to produce a ride based on the series, but because of their closure in 2021, it never happened.
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane: From Fun2Learn (the same team that brought us the Sesame Street rides), we have Jay Jay and Snuffy, which were released in 2003. Also, Coinstar spawned three models; their versions of Jay Jay and Snuffy with extra detailing and different buttons and soundboard, along with the red Latino plane, Lina.
  • The Jetsons: Several rides by Kiddie's Inc.
  • The Koala Brothers: The brothers' plane, courtesy of Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK.
  • Little Einsteins: A ride based on Rocket, courtesy of Merkur, but the main characters only exist as stickers stuck to the ride.
  • Jolly Roger made a school bus kiddie ride based on the obscure British cartoon Little Monsters. A few have popped up in the USA, despite the show never airing there (but it did get some DVD releases in that country).
  • Looney Tunes: Memopark had a license to produce Looney Tunes rides, with a hydraulic Daffy Duck plane ride in production at one point, and they still make a regular Sylvester plane. Additionally, there was a Baby Looney Tunes train that was in production in Japan.
  • The Magic Roundabout: Two versions of the titular roundabout were made, by Edwin Hall and Bafco respectively. note 
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has spawned the Mouska Train from the special episode, Choo-Choo Express, brought to you by Merkur.
  • Mighty Mouse: Carrying a rocket, courtesy of Jolly Roger.
  • Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK had gotten the rights to produce a ride based on the series, but because of their closure in 2021, it never happened.
  • Muppet Babies (1984): Several models by EMT Germany, including a car with Kermit or Fozzie Bear and a spaceship with Kermit and Gonzo.
  • My Little Pony: Based on My Little Pony Tales, by Jolly Roger. The default design is based on Starlight, although customers could order one in a different color. Notable in that the ride frequently mismatches the cutie mark and the colors of the pony, largely because Jolly Roger offered the ride in several different colors, but with the same cutie mark.
  • The Octonauts: GUP-A, courtesy of Jolly Roger. UNIS later made their own version of GUP-A with Captain Barnacles, along with designing GUP-B with Kwazii and GUP-C with Peso.
  • Paddington (1975): an open-top blue taxi by OMC Electronics in 1993 based on the 70s stop-motion series note , and later, a regular taxi by Jolly Roger (which comes in two colors - dark red and black) which was based on the 1997 Cinar series, The Adventures of Paddington Bear.
  • PAW Patrol: Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK has produced a ride in 2016 that features Marshall in his fire truck. Northern Leisure released Chase's police cruiser with a decal of Skye riding along in 2017.
  • Peppa Pig: two models of Daddy Pig's car (one with a monitor and one without), a space rocket, two models of a carousel (comes in two and three-seater variants), and the yellow camper van both by Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK. There is also a "dome" ride as well as a two-seater carousel, both courtesy of Memopark. Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK distributed Memopark's Peppa Pig rides in the UK in an joint attempt by both Memopark and Northern Leisure to block grey-market imports of Memopark's Peppa Pig rides. There was also an unlicensed Peppa Pig rocket ride featuring a video screen, courtesy of Ital-Resina. The unlicensed rocket ride can be found in Italy and in the Circus Circus arcade in Great Yarmouth, UK.
  • Pingu: Spawned a rather weird half-barrel-half-sled thing featuring Pingu and Robby, designed by OMC Electronics. This ride references the episode "Barrel of Fun". The ride plays "Woodpeckers from Space" (with the audio taken from the first season episode "Pingu Looks After the Egg", sound effects included) and the original seasons 1-2 Pingu theme tune.
  • The Pink Panther: At least three designs were made by Jolly Roger in the 1990s: a police van featuring both the Panther and Clouseau and a see-saw featuring the Panther which were both made in 1994; and a train with both the Panther and Clouseau again, made later in 1998. Aside from that, there's an older ride of the Panther pulling a classic fire engine, the exact age and manufacturer of that ride is unknown, although the ride is thought to be from the 60s or the 70s.
  • Pip Ahoy!: The Bucket (Uncle Skipper's boat) has been made into a kiddie ride by Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK. The ride has an interactive Pip figure which, sadly, kids can't touch as he's encased inside the ride. To get the figure to move, just press the Pip button and something will start lighting up and Pip will rotate in a semi-circle. However there is also a budget model where the Pip figure would not rotate.
  • PJ Masks: The Cat-Car has been spawned into one twice, one by Memopark and the other by Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK.
  • Poppy Cat: One featuring Poppy and Zuzu in their airplane, courtesy of Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK.
  • Postman Pat: The post van (PAT 1) (which has been redesigned twice over note ), the Special Delivery Service Helicopter (PAT 3) from Postman Pat: SDS (Amutec), and a ride where you get to sit on a sack of mail next to Pat and Jess (OMC). The signature van design is a pretty common ride all over the UK. It even appeared in the Mr. Bean episode "Mind The Baby."
  • Roary the Racing Car: The titular racing car has been made into one by Jolly Roger.
  • The Real Ghostbusters: From Kiddie's, now you can drive Ecto-1! There is also a fire truck, also by Kiddie's.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! has spawned a ride based on the Mystery Machine by Memopark. Aside from that, Memopark also has a Scooby Doo boat and a video coaster ride in the shape of a generic bike helmet with a Scooby-Doo livery. Allegedly the rides has a monitor and controls that plays out a simple game while the ride is in motion.
  • The Smurfs (1981): Can't say for sure if the ATM Italy rides from the '80s were officially licensed, but now Cogan is producing a line of officially licensed Smurfs rides, including a log-see-saw with Clumsy on one end and a carousel-swing ride under the name "Swinging Smurfs".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Brace yourselves — after years of only cheapo unlicensed Chinese ripoffs, Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK has gotten the rights to produce an official SpongeBob SquarePants ride from Nickelodeon featuring SpongeBob and Gary riding in the Patty Wagon from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Thomas & Friends has plenty of them.
  • Tickety Toc: There's one for Pufferty, the dog-train hybrid who carries Tommy and Tallulah (who're also on the ride) to Chime Time. The ride is manufactured by Jolly Roger. Some rides also have a huge mirror.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Ride with Buster Bunny in his carrot-shaped racing car, complete with the show's theme song. Made by Bafco.
  • Tom and Jerry: Kiddie's Manufacturing released two models of rides featuring Tom and Jerry in the mid 1990s. One with the two riding a motorcycle, and a "Cheesemobile" car with 5 buttons that make strange sounds. Some versions of the Cheesemobile are labeled as "Kiddie's Cheese Rider" on the platform. Recently the license was passed to Cogan of Italy which is producing a new version of the motorcycle ride under the name "Tom & Jerry Chopper".
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots: Due to its target demographic, has actually spawned a carousel by Ride On! Entertainment.
  • TUGS had a coin-operated ride of Big Mac by Maxman Leisure. It plays the series' theme song during the ride time, and a push button hooter illuminates Big Mac's eyes when pressed. Some of these rides were modified to look like an original character named "Old Toby Tug".
  • Wacky Races: Dick Dastardly and Muttley, by Kiddie Rides USA or Amutec.
  • Woody Woodpecker: Two designs were made by Jolly Roger in the 1990s: one with Woody and Chilly Willy in a plane (made in 1996/1997, although the decals say 1995), and another with the two on a fire engine (made in 1998/1999). However, a Woody/Chilly fire engine (thought to be a 2000s reissue) can be found at the West Gate Mall.