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Best Classic Rides at the Calgary Stampede

  • June 20, 2017
  • By Cody Battershill

Top 10 Classic Rides at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!Calgaryism Stampede Theme

Whether you’re a reasonably tall youngin’ (most rides have height limits) or a fully-fledged adult looking for some adrenaline Stampede pumping rides, these ones below will leave a smile on your face from ear to ear! And the best part is that they have been around for a while – hence, the best classic rides at the Calgary Stampede. We hope you have a wonderful stampede season this time around!

What are your favourite rides at this years’ Stampede? Leave us a comment below and let us know – we will include them on our next best in Calgary list! Also check out more of the Best in Calgary here.

1001 Nacthsbest classic rides calgary stampede

This ride reminds me of a pendulum clock; once you swing to the top, the ride swings back and forth until its momentum dwindles and leaves you at the bottom once again.

1001 Nacths is a good ride to check out for people who don’t like being strapped in and at the mercy of a machine a hundred feet up in the air, a.k.a. afraid of heights.

It is also good for those who need to break themselves in before getting onto one of the bigger and more thrilling rides.

Bonzaibest classic calgary stampede rides bonzai

This ride is pretty similar to 1001 Nacths (above), but instead of facing perpendicular you are strapped in parallel to the swinging motion.

On the way down (and facing forward), it's pretty exciting to see the other riding platform zip by your face at crazy speeds too.

Yet again, this is another good ride to check out for those looking to break themselves in for rides like Mach 3 (a good 100 feet in the air, upside down and swinging), or others even more intimidating like the Slingshot.

Drop of Doombest classic calgary stampede rides drop of doom

The drop of doom is about as high as it gets for coupon rides at the Calgary Stampede. It brings you up quite a distance then drops suddenly – without a moments’ notice – which really is the whole thrill to it.

The anticipation of the drop had a whole colony of butterflies flying around in my stomach before all the way up, especially when waiting for it to drop at the top.

The only downside is that for 6 coupons the ride is pretty short with just one time up and down, but it’s totally worth it!

Fire Ball (small)best classic calgary stampede ride fireball small

This ride puts a spin on what 1001 Nachts and Bonzai does – literally.

Instead of being strapped in parallel or perpendicular to the direction of the swing, this time you are strapped into a circular rotating platform that spins while moving back and forth in a pendulum motion.

This is another good “starter ride” for those looking to get their Calgary Stampede ride beginners belts before moving onto the more intense ones that you`ll find.

Fire Ball (big)best classic calgary stampede rides fireball (big)

The second Fire Ball ride is completely different than the smaller version. It reminds me of a roller-coaster loop – without the rest of the track.

Just the experience of spinning around and around again and again on the same track is totally worth the coupons and the wait. It's almost as if you are a hamster, running around in circles on your hamster wheel.

This is about as close as it gets to a good roller coaster ride at the Stampede

Orbiterbest classic calgary stampede rides orbiter

This orbiting ride keeps you close to the ground (for those scared of heights) and has a pretty reasonable duration at that.

Swinging underneath the arm is exhilarating because you feel like you might smash into the centre until it picks you back up and then down and around again and again.

This one is a favourite for families and young ones who make the height restriction.

Mach 3best classic calgary stampede rides mach 3

Mach 3 is the most thrilling ride that you can line up for and pay with coupons.

At each end of its massive structure is a seat for two people to enjoy getting whipped around in a circular motion at mind-bending speeds while feeling like you’re going to smash into the ground every time you come downwards.

Part of the ride includes a pause at the very top while the other seat is loading new riders; meanwhile, your seat is flipping back and forth which usually puts you in a freaking scary upside down position. Totally worth it!

Zippercalgary stampede rides zipper (280x272)

Of all the rides I have tried at the Calgary Stampede, I got to say that the Zipper was one of the craziest.

Each cage sits on a hinge that spins on its own while also being on a belt that moves around the perimeter of the wheel, making for one heck of a ride.

This is one ride that isn’t for the faint of stomach either – save yourself and everyone else from a messy puke if you can’t handle having your sense of direction being thrown forcefully into the twilight zone!

SlingshotCalgary stampede slingshot amusement ride scary

The slingshot is pretty self-explanatory.

You are strapped into a small ball-like structure with one other person, then are slung into the air at a ridiculous speed, top out, and fall back down to the ground with each bounce being lower than the last.

If you want to spend the $50.00 per person for a short but totally nutty thrill, then this is the ride for you.

SupermanCalgary stampede ride midway superman scary

I still today am not sure what the name of this ride is even though I’ve been on it a handful of times. Think of it like the Mach 3, but bigger and much more adrenaline-inducing.

I call it the superman because you really do feel like you are flying – with the full effects of the g-forces on your body – like superman would in a Hollywood blockbuster.

This one also costs $50.00, but it is 100% percent worth it and the ride lasts much longer than the slingshot. Check it out!

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