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Easily the most popular ride on the fairground. Ideal for all age groups young and old. Everyone loves to drive a dodgem car.
We have a selection of traditional and ultra modern tracks available. Suitable for most venues, and ideal to create a centerpiece attraction for your guests.
State of the art sound and lighting systems help create the perfect atmosphere. The overhead canopy means the ride is still fun in inclement weather. We can supply a dodgem track on its own, or with our other popular funfair rides. The carousel, waltzer or Miami can create a complete event.
If you want to make a big impression then dodgems hire is the way to go for your wedding or party.
How much to hire dodgems, is a regular question we receive. Unfortunately there is no simple answer to that. It depends on where, when and what type. The where and the when are easy to answer. The other questions might need an explanation.
There are basically 2 types of rides available. The traditional type which is supplied totally dismantled and erected piece by piece. The advantage of this is that they can be carried through small gates, even upstairs. The disadvantage is that the set up time is 6-8 hours.
The alternative is commonly referred to as a continental track. These are folded up onto a centre trailer for transport. They tend to be more highly decorated than the traditional model. Contain more elaborate lighting systems and higher powered music and can be erected in around 3 hours.
The drawback is that they need to be driven into position, they cannot be carried up stairs or through narrow gaps.
You also need to take into account the track size to ensure whichever you choose will fit in your intended venue.
You need to take care when hiring rides like the dodgems. The internet is great for finding something you need,but there are plenty of cowboys out there. Our short article on finding the best dodgems for your money will help.
Like most things in life, if you are offered a super cheap dodgem ride, beware. Some companies will provide a ride, with only 6 or 7 cars. No lights or music, and sometimes without the top cover for rain. When you complain, you will be informed that you have hired the cheap version. You can add all the additional extras to build you dodgems to the normal standard. But you may well find that it has worked out more expensive than hiring it that way in the start.
Looking back on our long term records, this is by far our most booked fairground ride. Smaller children can be accompanied by adults, so its suitable for kids. Teenagers love it, even the older generation find it a fun experience. Together with the Carousel, Ferris Wheel and Helter Skelter it is one of the iconic fairground rides.
We can advise you on what type and size of track would best suit your venue and requirements. Also what other funfair attractions work best with the ride to create a fabulous event for your guests. This takes into account the ages and requirements of your guests. A well presented dodgems has music and lighting systems. Helping to create a fabulous centrepiece. Easily the most popular attraction you can have.
This ride works well with other offerings from our stable of attractions including;
Let us propose a complete package for your needs. Incorporating a selection of attractions, games, catering ,photography to provide a complete event service. Why not enjoy the event yourself and leave the planning and stress to our team.
Fun Facts About Dodgems
The first patented ride was in December 1920, by the Dodgem Company.
Made of tin, the first dodgem cars had to be hammered back together between rides due to their flimsiness.
The Ride Originally was meant to have the drivers avoid hitting each other, not crashing.
The original cars were pretty much unsteerable.
Graphite is spread on the dodgem track to decrease friction.
Disney introduced a ride based on the table air hockey principle, with floating cars, but it wasnt a success.
The current largest dodgem track is in Six Flags park in America, it is 51ft 9 inches wide by 124 ft 9 inches long.
In America, the two major brands were traditionally Dodgem and Auto Skooter.
On the traditional U.K. rides, the floor supplies one polarity of the D.C. power, the roof the other.
U.K. tracks run on 110v Direct Current power.
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