My favorite dark ride was in an abandoned amusement park.
It seems like a ride would be missing something vital without sound effects or the sharp fsshh
of a pneumatic prop, but it was one of those experiences that turns exploring into an addiction.
Following the tracks, walking further and further into the stillness, you get to take your time and really soak in the unsung craftsmanship of the industry. On a cart you bounce from thrill to thrill, but you never get to see the finer details in the paint jobs or the rigged-together mechanical workings. Bill Tracy designed the ride, so there were even more neat little touches to notice.
Granted, there's a certain horror movie itch that gets scratched by going through a dusty dark ride with only a headlamp to light the way.
My least favorite dark ride was at a fair in Texas. It lasted all of one minute and I don't even remember one jumper. Just two quick turns and lots of cheap static props. I would have been disappointed, but the artwork out in front of the ride was neat as all get out. Plus, I had just gone through a cool freak show that featured a Feejee mermaid. There's really only so much you can ask from a small fair.