The following list contains terminology used in the rcdb and their respective definitions. Click on any term's title for more options related to the term.
Wild Mouse - rides using single-car trains on a track with very tight turns. The cars' wheels are positioned closer to the rear of the car than a traditional coaster. The front of the car travels past the turn before changing directions, giving the sensation that the car will fall off the track
Cyclone - roller coaster whose track layout is designed after the legendary Coney Island Cyclone.
Double Figure Eight - Figure eights are side-by-side.
Steel - a roller coaster with track consisting of steel tubes or rails. Occasionally steel roller coasters will use wood structures to support the steel track, this does not have an affect on its steel status.
Wood - a roller coaster with track consisting of layers of wood. Occasionally wooden roller coasters will use steel structures to support the wooden track, this does not have an affect on its wooden status.
Kiddie - a small roller coaster designed solely for children.
Family - a small roller coaster designed for young riders, but adults may comfortably ride also.
Thrill - This ride classification entry is a under development and searches for it will be incomplete.
Extreme - This ride classification entry is a under development and searches for it will be incomplete.
Dark Ride - A coaster that is principally and mainly designed to be a dark ride with a constant sequence of theming and show elements. It does have one or more typical roller coaster elements - mainly gravity dips - which qualify it as a roller coaster.
4th Dimension - a coaster with cars that spin on a horizontal axis.
Indoor - a roller coaster built inside a structure unrelated to the ride.
Shuttle - a roller coaster traveling to the end of its track and returning in the opposite direction. A shuttle roller coaster's track contains a beginning and end, unlike a traditional roller coaster which forms a continuous circuit.
Möbius - The two tracks are continuous forming a single circuit or 'Moebius Loop'.
Twin - a roller coaster with two tracks. The tracks often follow a similar course, allowing the trains to race with each other.
Enclosed - a roller coaster built inside a structure intended solely for the ride. This structure often imparts a theme or houses special effects.
Stacked Storage - Stacked Storage means that the coaster's storage track is located underneath the station track. Standard storage track is generally located parallel to the general start or ending of the ride's layout and is whether or not covered by a shelter or building. It is reached by a track switch system. With Stacked Storage, the storage track is situated one level below the station track itself. With the station being at a level of +1, the storage track is situated at level 0. The train is moved into and out of storage by a lift system. This lift system lifts the station track one level (+2) so the track from level 0 is connected to the rest of the track at level +1. A train can then be moved out of or into storage after which the station lift lowers the station track back to level +1 and the storage track back to level 0. With this arrangement it is as if both track sections are stacked one upon the other, hence Stacked Storage.
Sit Down - a traditional roller coaster ridden while sitting down.
Inverted - a roller coaster which uses trains traveling beneath, rather than on top of, the track. Unlike a suspended roller coaster, an inverted roller coaster's trains are rigidly attached to the track.
Suspended - a roller coaster using trains which travel beneath the track and pivot on a swinging arm from side to side, exaggerating the track's banks and turns.
Flying - a roller coaster ridden while parallel with the track.
Stand Up - a coaster ridden while standing up instead of sitting down.
Bobsled - designed like a bobsled run -- without a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough.
Pipeline - a coaster where riders are positioned between the rails instead of above or below.