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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 bored or drunken teenagers) like magnets.

Originally introduced 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 and Merchandise-Driven. May cross paths with Misaimed Marketing.

If a TV show targeted at children gets too famous, it's bound to spawn at least one kiddie ride. If it has an Ear Worm theme tune, the ride will play it every five minutes to attract attention.

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 shows that featured a kiddie ride in their plots, those belongs in another trope.

Anime and Manga

Word of warning: The Japanese are very fond of kiddie rides. Expect to see quite a number of them, especially in Misaimed Marketing territory.


  • Batman - Tons of it. Perhaps one of the earliest known example of licensed vehicle rides.
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Peanuts - Two reasonably well-designed rides, and one that's just da-da. And oh, dozens of unlicensed ripoffs.
  • Spider-Man - Since when does he have a helicopter?
  • Superman - Yep, he's stopping the train you're in.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The turtle van.
  • Garfield - Two models exist- one with Garfield driving a taxi, the other design is a giant Garfield which the rider sits in. Plus one unlicensed rip-off of the latter model, complete with a bow on Garfield's head, if you want to get technical. The rides are made by the same company that put out the Stuart Little, Clifford, Arthur and the da-da design Peanuts ride.



Live Action TV

Western Animation

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