A family trip to an amusement park has always been a holiday for a child: what could be better than a ride on swings, carousels or electric cars, and then eat a huge portion of cotton candy and drink soda from a vending machine? In the USSR, there were such amusement parks in every city, and the price of these entertainments was affordable for a simple family.
The first amusement park appeared in Moscow in 1928. It was Gorky Park of Culture and Recreation. The most popular attraction was the Ferris wheel, which was called the "devil". During skating, it was forbidden to stand up in full height, and speaking about the security measures, there was only a chain. The first wheel was small, only 14 meters. And in 1957, for the World Festival of Youth and Students, a large wheel with a height of 45 meters was built in the park, one of the highest attractions in the Union.
Attractions were made by separate workshops and, for the most part, made of wood (metal was saved in the country), and therefore practically have not been preserved. But in the 1950s, centralized production of metal rides began at a factory in Yeysk.
Although the set of attractions was not the most diverse, this made it possible to make the release massive and organize such parks in every city of the USSR. And the tickets were more than affordable: it cost 5-10 kopecks to ride the attraction, about like an ice cream.
Both adults and children loved to drive electric toy cars. They reached speeds of up to 10 km/h and it was possible to accelerate and crash into other road users. No rules and no penalties after that! The real test for future astronauts was the attraction "Centrifuge".
Since the 1970s, international exhibitions of attractions have been regularly held in the USSR. Japan brought carousels in the form of rotating cups, Germany roller coasters (they were called "Russian"), and Czechoslovakia arranged a tour of the luna park with a room of laughter and various unusual attractions and slot machines. Of course, there were a lot of those who wanted to visit them.
Many attractions continued to operate after the collapse of the USSR, but today they are replaced by new, more technologically advanced entertainment.