How Does Florida Law Define an “Amusement Ride” and “Amusement Attraction”??

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Amusement parks can be fun, exciting, and memorable to adults and children. However, they can also be very dangerous if they are not designed or maintained properly. Amusement park operators should always make sure their rides and attractions are maintained according to state guidelines. In addition, before designing an amusement park, the amusement park operator should seek advice from expert engineers and architects to not only ensure exciting rides, but to build the ride as safe as possible. Before your child enters an amusement park, make sure the park is reputable and safe. Florida law defines amusement attraction and amusement ride as follows:

546.002 Definitions.—As used in ss. 546.001-546.008, the term:

(1)“Amusement attraction” means any building or structure around, over, or through which persons may move or walk, without the aid of any moving device integral to the building or structure, which building or structure provides amusement, pleasure, thrills, or excitement. This term does not include enterprises principally devoted to the exhibition of products of agriculture, industry, education, science, religion, or the arts.
(2)“Amusement ride” means any mechanical device which carries or conveys passengers around, over, or along a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, thrills, or excitement.
History.—s. 2, ch. 83-110.

To view the Florida statute in its entirety, please visit Florida Statutes.