How do I style the names of amusement rides?
Like proper names of other types of physical structures, such as buildings, proper names of amusement rides are capitalized like titles but are not italicized or enclosed in quotation marks.
Adapted from the controversial 1946 film Song of the South, Splash Mountain has long been “a thorn in Disney’s side” (Cochran).
Cochran, Jason. “How Splash Mountain Became Disney’s Most Problematic Ride.” Frommer’s, 10 July 2022, www.frommers.com/trip-ideas/theme-park/how-splash-mountain-became-disneys-most-problematic-ride-2.
However, references to generic amusement rides are not capitalized like titles:
The county fair offered visitors a large selection of rides, including a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and an assortment of roller coasters.
(Fun fact: The Ferris wheel was named after its creator, the American civil engineer George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. [“George Washington Gale Ferris”]. This is why Ferris is capitalized in the phrase Ferris wheel.)
“George Washington Gale Ferris.” Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania State U, 2021, www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/literary-cultural-heritage-map-pa/bios/Ferris__George.