100 JAHRE ACHTERBAHN.

100JahreAchterbahn[Book: Frank Lanfer – 1998 – 21x30cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W photos, diagrams and schematics]. “100 Years of Roller Coasters:” from European ice slides to today’s ultra-modern masterpieces; featuring photographs, ride schematics and plans, many not seen in print until now. Chapter Points: Preface; Slides (Rutschbahnen); Developments in America; Figure-8-Tracks; Mountain Railways in America; Mountain Railways in Europe; European Developments; Steel Roller Coasters; Modern Wooden Roller Coasters; Bobsled Runs; Wild Water Rides; Freefalls; Looping Roller Coasters; Modern Looping Roller Coasters; Modern Designs for Looping Coasters; The New Generation – 21st Century Coasters; What Persuaded the People?; Construction Plans; Footnotes; Source Directory; Thank you. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

100 OF THE BEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100BestUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [1 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Best Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE BEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100BestWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [2 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Best Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE FASTEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100FastestUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [3 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE FASTEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100FastestWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [4 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE MOST UNIQUE ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100UniqueUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [5 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Most Unique Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE MOST UNIQUE ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100UniqueWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [6 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Most Unique Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE MOST VISITED ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100MostVisitedUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [7 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Most Visited Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE MOST VISITED ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100MostVisitedWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [8 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Most Visited Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE SCARIEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100ScariestUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [9 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Scariest Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE SCARIEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100ScariestWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [10 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Scariest Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE TALLEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

100TallestUSA[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [11 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the United States, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

100 OF THE TALLEST ROLLER COASTERS IN THE WORLD.

100TallestWorld[Book: Alex Trost & Vadim Kravetsky – 2013 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. [12 of 12] Are you looking for a journey that will take you through 100 of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; it fits any criteria. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading, you will want to share it with others. Chapter Points: Introduction; Top 81-100; Top 61-80; Top 41-60; Top 21-40; Top 1-20; Knowledge Test Game; Recap and Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

125 YEARS OF ARNOLDS PARK AMUSEMENT PARK: 1889–2014.

ArnoldsPark125Years[Book: Arnolds Park 125 Year Book Committee (and others) – 2015 – 21x24cm – 86 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “It’s a place of enchantment: a singular stretch of lakeside acres along the southern shore of west Lake Okoboji (Iowa, USA) that was destined – a century-and-a-quarter-ago – to fashion memories for generations of fun seekers young and old. 2015 marks the celebration of the 125th – or quasquicentennial – anniversary of Arnolds Park Amusement Park, forever the centerpiece of the Okoboji experience. This book is dedicated to the enduring legacy of the park. Travel with us through its history, from humble beginnings to present day resoluteness, with an eye on a promising future.” Chapter Points: The Beginning; Park & Nautical Influences; The Legend Lives On; Rockin’ At The Roof Garden; Save The Park And Sustain The Park; Hapi Days Are Here Again; Eras – a timeline of the park and its history from the beginning in 1889 to the current state of the park in 2015. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE 1933 CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR.

1933ChicagoWorldsFair[Book: Cheryl R. Ganz – 2008 – 18x25cm – 220 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. “Chicago’s 1933 world’s fair set a new direction for international expositions. Earlier fairs had exhibited technological advances, but Chicago’s fair organizers used the very idea of progress to buoy national optimism during the Depression’s darkest years. The fair’s motto, “Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms,” was challenged by iconoclasts such as Harriet Helen Beck [aka: Sally Rand], whose provocative fan dance became a persistent symbol of the fair, as well as a handful of others including African Americans, ethnic populations and foreign nationals, groups of working women, and even well-heeled socialites.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Sally Rand and the Midway; Chicago Boosters Set the Stage; A New Vision for a World’s Fair; The Vision on Display; Women’s Spaces at the Fair; African Americans and the Du Sable Legacy; Ethnic Identity and Nationalistic Representations of Progress; Aviation, Nationalism, and Progress; Epilogue; Notes; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

THE 1939–1940 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR.

The1939-1940NYWorldsFairIoA[Book: Bill Cotter – 2009 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. After enduring 10 harrowing years of the Great Depression, visitors to the 1,216-acre, 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair found welcome relief in the fair’s optimistic presentation of the “World of Tomorrow.” Well known for its theme structures, the Trylon and Perisphere, the fair was an intriguing mixture of technology, science, architecture, showmanship and politics. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Creating the World of Tomorrow; The Theme Center; The Transportation Center; The Communications and Business Systems Zone; The Food Zone; The Government Zone; The Community Interests Zone; The Production and Distribution Zone; The Amusement Area (The Giant Safety / Cyclone roller coaster, Parachute Jump, and other smaller attractions); The 1940 Season. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE 1964–1965 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR.

1964-1965NewYorkWorldsFair[Book: Bill Cotter and Bill Young – 2013 – 17x24cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Advertised as the “Billion-Dollar Fair,” the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair transformed a sleepy park in the borough of Queens into a fantasy world enjoyed by more than 51 million visitors from around the world. While many countries and states exhibited at the fair, the most memorable pavilions were built by the giants of American industry. Their exhibits took guests backward and forward in time, all the while extolling how marvellous everyday life would be through the use of their products. Many of the techniques used in these shows set the standard for future fairs and theme parks, and the pavilions that housed them remain the most elaborate structures ever built for an American fair. This book showcases the beauty of this international spectacular through rare colour photographs, published here for the first time.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; General Tour; International Area; Industrial Area; Federal and State Area; Transportation Area; Lake Amusement Area; Night Scenes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

1997 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus1997[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 1997 – 21x28cm – 22 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

2002 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus2002[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2002 – 21x28cm – 82 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

2004 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus2004[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2004 – 21x28cm – 94 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

2006 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus2006[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2006 – 21x28cm – 100 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

2007 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus2007[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2007 – 21x28cm – 110 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

2008 WORLDWIDE ROLLER COASTER CENSUS.

ACECensus2008[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2008 – 21x28cm – 110 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all operating coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list detailing: coaster type, manufacturer, year debuted, park, statistics, location (state/country), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

25 EXTREME DROP TOWER RIDES.

25ExtremeDropTowerRides[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2017 – 15x23cm – 70 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “Besides your roller coasters, carousels, and Ferris wheels, a staple attraction of any major amusement park is the drop tower ride. While common today, these freefall attractions don’t have a long, hundred-year history like the roller coaster or amusement park. The first tower rides didn’t appear until the 1980s and didn’t start catching on until the 1990s when the technology and ride experience improved enough to make them ‘can’t miss’ attractions. ‘25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides – The Tallest, Fastest, Most Insane Freefall Rides Ever Built’ is a comprehensive list of the most extreme drop tower rides and also investigates how thrill ride engineers have been pushing the technology and the boundaries of the drop tower to new heights and terrifying experiences.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction – What Goes Up Must Come Down; Definition of a Drop Tower Ride; The First Drop Tower Rides; 25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides [25 listed, with statistics and facts]; Narrowly Missed the List; Future Drop Towers; Freefall Drops on Roller Coasters; Other Terrifying Freefall-style Attractions; Legacy of the Drop Tower; About the Author; Notable Dates in Drop Tower History; Resources/Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

30 JAHRE “LUST AUF SPAß” HOLIDAY PARK.

30JahreHolidayPark[Book: 2001 – 21x22cm – 92 Pages – Full colour]. Documenting and celebrating 30 years of action, fun, and fascination at Holiday Park (Hassloch/Pfalz, Germany). Selected Chapter Points: Introductory View; The Park in Pictures; The First Years 1971-1975; Snapshots 1976-1980; 1981-1982; Prominent Visitors 1983-1990; 1991 -20 Years of Holiday Park; 1992-1994; Short Messages; 1995 Aquascope and the Flower Festival; 1996 -25 years of Holiday Park; Special Meetings 1996; 1997 European Sensation – The Free Fall Tower; 1997-2000; 2001 Join the Festival Celebrating 30 Years of Holiday Park. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

31 MONTHS IN JAPAN.

31MonthsInJapan[Book: Larry K. & Lorna Collins – 2005 – 15x23cm – 222 Pages – Very few B&W photos]. The story of two Southern Californians embarking on an adventure of a lifetime – moving to Japan to participate in the construction of the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Combining interesting details and behind the scenes descriptions of how magic is made in the entertainment industry with funny and touching personal remembrances. The stories will be of particular interest to those visiting or intending to work/live in Japan, people doing business with the Japanese, theme park aficionados and anyone with a sense of adventure. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE 50 BIGGEST FERRIS WHEELS EVER BUILT.

The50BiggestFerrisWheels[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2015 – 15x23cm – 132 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “The race to build the largest observation wheel is on! Ferris wheels have been around for over one hundred years but have only just recently begun climbing to new heights. The classic Ferris wheel can be found towering over almost every amusement park and carnival midway. Today, these giant, high-tech observation wheels are becoming status symbols for cities around the world. The race to build the biggest is heating up. Who invented the Ferris wheel? How do they work? Where are the most unique Ferris wheels found? ‘The 50 Biggest Ferris Wheels Ever Built’ answers all of these questions and more. So sit down, strap in, don’t rock the gondola, and let’s roll!” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; What is a Ferris Wheel?; Observation Wheel or Ferris Wheel?; History of the Ferris Wheel; Notable Dates in Ferris Wheel History; Design and Development; Observation Wheel Technology; Ferris Wheel Safety; Unique Ferris Wheels; The 50 Biggest Ferris Wheels Ever Built [50 listed, with statistics and facts]… Q/A with the Author; Ferris Wheel Patents; Notable Ferris Wheel Accidents − 2002 to Present; Resources/Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

50 GROUNDBREAKING ROLLER COASTERS.

50GroundbreakingRollerCoasters[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2015 – 15x23cm – 114 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “50 Groundbreaking Roller Coasters – The Most Important Scream Machines Ever Built is a comprehensive list of the most influential scream machines that drove the evolution of the modern roller coaster. It’s a new and interesting look at roller coaster history. The groundbreaking scream machines that shaped the evolution of the roller coaster made this list because they were the first of their kind, crossed a threshold that had never been broken before, or have some other historical or cultural significance, such as: The first floorless coaster, The first to use lap bar restraints, The first to use Linear Induction Motors, The first to have two hills over 100 feet, The first modern wooden coaster built in China, The first inverting coaster, The first to break 100mph, The biggest wooden coaster ever built, and much more!” Chapter Points: Evolution of the Roller Coaster; The 50 Most Important Roller Coasters Ever Built…; Groundbreaking Coaster Statistics; Narrowly Missed the List; The Best and Worst Years for Roller Coasters; Legacy of the Roller Coaster; About the Author; Glossary; Acronyms; Notable Dates in Roller Coaster History [1400–Present]; Resources; Photo Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

50 LEGENDARY ROLLER COASTERS THAT NO LONGER EXIST.

50LegendaryRollerCoasters[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2016 – 15x23cm – 110 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “If you could resurrect any deceased roller coaster, which one would it be? There are currently over 4,000 operating roller coasters on the planet today. But did you know there have also been well over 3,000 coasters built throughout history that no longer exist? Countless historic scream machines are nameless, long since forgotten, having left no proof of ever terrorizing its riders, not even a photograph. While others, even after a hundred years, are still praised with regard and reverence. If a roller coaster is ‘legendary’ why is it torn down and removed in the first place? If it was such a special ride, why does it no longer exist? This book explains what goes into the tough decision to remove a multi-million dollar attraction and which roller coasters in history were the most notorious.” Chapter Points: Becoming Legend; 50 Legendary Roller Coasters That No Longer Exist…; Legendary Coaster Videos; Legendary Coaster Statistics; Narrowly Missed the List; Legacy of the Legendary Coasters; About the Author; Appendix and Resources. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE 50 MOST TERRIFYING ROLLER COASTERS EVER BUILT.

The50MostTerrifyingRollerCoasters[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2014 – 15x23cm – 90 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “Mega roller coasters of today reach heights of over 400 feet and speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Roller coasters towering taller than a certain height are terrifying for many individuals but it would be boring to simply make a list of the world’s tallest coasters. As a result, most of the bone-chilling machines in this list do not use sheer height to terrify, but instead prey on our fears and emotions in other, more creative ways. One element alone may not make a ride terrifying but the sum of all its parts does. What factors make a roller coaster terrifying? Height, speed, inversions, backwards segments, unique track elements, darkness, and unexpected surprises all contribute to making your head spin and your knees tremble. Where are the most terrifying roller coasters found? Who designs them? Which park builds the craziest rides? Find out inside…” Chapter Points: Introduction; The Fifty Most Terrifying Roller Coasters Ever Built…; Terrifying Coaster Statistics; White Knuckle Rides; About the Author; Appendix and Resources. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE 50 MOST UNIQUE ROLLER COASTERS EVER BUILT.

The50MostUniqueCoasters[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2015 – 15x23cm – 112 Pages – Few colour photos]. “Tired of the same old, rickety wooden roller coasters? Crave more thrills than the typical vertical loops and camelback hills found at every local amusement park? Fortunately, roller coasters come in a mind-blowing profusion of styles, shapes, and sizes. From innovative track designs to unusual seating configurations, from ridiculous locations to bizarre theming, the experience never gets old. Inside this book you’ll explore roller coasters… …powered by people. …inspired a popular computer game. …uses a Ferris wheel as a lift. …requires an on-board brakeman. …where the louder you scream the faster you go. …built on top of a skyscraper. …known as the “Dog Fart” coaster. Yes, you read that right!” Chapter Points: What Makes a Roller Coaster Unique?; The Fifty Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built…; Unique Coaster Statistics; Narrowly Missed the List; What the Future Holds; Enjoy the Ride; About the Author; Glossary; Acronyms; Resources; Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A CENTURY OF BIG ELI WHEELS.

ACenturyOfBigEliWheels[Book: Roger A. Deem – 2000 – 21x28cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Columbian Exposition, it seems appropriate for Eli Bridge Company to publish some facts, as we know them, about Mr. George Washington Gale Ferris and his wonderful Wheel; and how his idea had been perpetuated by William E. Sullivan (creator of the Big Eli Wheel) born two years after Ferris’s birth, who never met Mr. Ferris, but who made “Ferris Wheels” a permanent fixture on the midways of America. This is the history of America’s number one amusement ride, the story of the Eli Bridge Company, builder of dependable Big Eli products since 1900. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

A CENTURY OF FUN: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND AMUSEMENT PARKS.

ACenturyOfFunNewEngland[Book: Bob Goldsack – 1993 – 21x28cm – 138 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. Contents: Turn of The Century Amusement Parks; Acushnet Park; Canobie Lake; Crescent Park; Lake Compounce; Lake Kenosia; Quassy Park; Lakeview; Lakewood Park; Lincoln Park; Luna Park (Hartford CT); Merrimac Park; Mountain Park; Norumbega Park; Old Orchard Beach; Newport Beach; Paragon Park; Pine Island; Pleasure Beach (Bridgeport CT); Pleasure Island; Revere Beach; Riverside Park; Riverton Park; Rocky Point; Salisbury Beach; Savin Rock; Vanity Fair (RI); Whalom Park; White City Park; List of New England Amusement Parks Since 1890. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A. DEAKIN & SONS MODERN AMUSEMENTS.

ADeakinAndSons[Book: Bill Treen & Robert Deakin – 2011 – 22x30cm – 122 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The Deakin family became a bye word amongst Welsh showmen and public alike for their famous rides and their catering. After the Second World War, the family bought a number of new rides and established a reputation for innovation. Chapter Points: Introduction; In The Beginning; Onwards and Upwards; Memories of Mrs. Deakin; The Family; The Deakin Run; Transport; On the Road; ‘Our Men!’; The Rides; The War Years; The Fairs; The Return of ‘Supreme’; Memories [‘last longer than dreams!’]; And Finally… … ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A DREAM CAME TRUE.

ADreamCameTrue[Book: John Hutchinson – 1995 – 15x21cm – 74 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Over the years many articles have been written about the Dreamland site (Margate, England) and its development. This book marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the New Dreamland Cinema and Entertainment Complex, which first opened on the 22nd March 1935. The building as we see it today, is a tribute to the vision and foresight of two men: John Henry Iles who today would have been considered an entrepreneur, and Julian Rudolph Leathart, the architect responsible for the design. Chapter Points: Foundation for a Dream; The Man Behind the Dream; The Birth of the Cinema; The Man Who Created the Dream; The Dream Came True; The Great Organ; Dreamland at War; How a Piano Saved Lives; The Dream Moves with the Times. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

A EUCLID BEACH PARK ALBUM.

EuclidBeachParkAlbum[Book: James A. Toman – 2010 – 21x28cm – 84 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. This tribute to famous Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio) explores the amusement park, up to and beyond its last day of operation on Sunday 28th September 1969. From the Flying Scooters to the Flying Turns, from the Log Cabin to the Laff in the Dark, and everything in between, the scene is captured in never-before-published photographs. Chapter Points: Preface & Acknowledgements; Getting To Euclid Beach Park; Swimsuits & Dancing Shoes; Lunch Time; A Stroll Through The Midway; The Rides; Hills And Thrills; Kiddie Rides; A Winter Tale (1969); The Park Disappears; Last Thoughts… Lasting Thoughts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

A FAMILY GUIDE TO AMUSEMENT CENTERS.

[Book: Susan Hunter – 1975 – 19x26cm – 198 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Whether you are interested in a fun place for a day’s outing or an exciting summer vacation for the whole family – here is the complete, illustrated guide to America’s favorite family amusement centers from Maine to Hawaii…” Chapter Points: Introduction. ALABAMA: Alabama Space Center and Rocket Center. ARIZONA: Legend City, Old Tucson. ARKANSAS: Dogpatch USA, Ozark Fun Center. CALIFORNIA: Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Safari World, Lion Country Safari, Marineland of the Pacific, Marine World / Africa USA, Sea World of San Diego, Wild Animal Park, Frontier Village, Magic Mountain, Busch Gardens. COLORADO: Royal Gorge, Santa’s Workshop. CONNECTICUT: Mystic Seaport. DELAWARE: The Magic Age of Steam. FLORIDA: Ocean World, Walt Disney World, Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, Florida’s Silver Springs, Busch Gardens, Lion Country Safari. GEORGIA: Six Flags Over Georgia, Gold Hills of Dahlonega, Westville Village, Lake Winnepesaukah, Lion Country Safari, Stone Mountain Park. HAWAII: Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park. INDIANA: Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Spring Mill Pioneer Village, Santa Claus Land. KANSAS: Boot Hill / Old Front Street, Joyland. KENTUCKY: Kaintuck Territory, Beech Bend Park. MAINE: Animal Forest Park. MARYLAND: The Enchanted Forest. MASSACHUSETTS: Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village. MICHIGAN: Greenfield Village, Bob-Lo. MINNESOTA: Lumbertown USA. MISSOURI: Six Flags Over Mid-America, Worlds of Fun. MONTANA: Historic Virginia City. NEBRASKA: Pioneer Village. NEVADA: Ponderosa Ranch. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Storyland. NEW JERSEY: Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat. NEW YORK: Catskill Game Farm, Farmer’s Museum / Village Crossroads, Gaslight Village, Storytown USA, Sterling Forest Gardens. NORTH CAROLINA: Land of Oz, Carowinds, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Old Salem. OHIO: Geauga Lake, Sea World, Ghost Town, Kings Island, Cedar Point. OKLAHOMA: Frontier City USA, Tsa-La-Gi. OREGON: Pioneer Village, Wildlife Safari. PENNSYLVANIA: Animal Safari Game Preserve, Fantasyland Storybook Gardens, Hersheypark, Quiet Valley Farm Museum. RHODE ISLAND: Rocky Point Park. SOUTH CAROLINA: Middleton Place Gardens. SOUTH DAKOTA: Prairie Village, Reptile Gardens. TENNESSEE: Opryland USA. TEXAS: Seven Seas, Six Flags Over Texas, Alamo Village, Log Cabin Village, Sea-Arama Marineworld, Lion Country Safari, Astroworld, Aquarena Springs. UTAH: Lagoon Amusement Park. VERMONT: Shelburne Museum. VIRGINIA: Kings Dominion, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Festival Park. WASHINGTON: Seattle Center, Point Defiance Park. WISCONSIN: Stonefield Village, Pleasure Island, Wisconsin Dells. Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

A HISTORY OF LAKEMONT PARK 1894–1989.

LakemontPark[Book: Lakemont Park Historical Museum – 1990 – 22x28cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W, some colour photos]. Read about Lakemont Park (Altoona, Pennsylvania) through the years. See the various rides and attractions, including: The Figure Eight (later known as Leap The Dips), The E. Joy Morris Carousel, the imposing Shoot-the-Chute, the Skyliner wooden coaster, Kiddieland, and the miniature train. Chapter Points: The Origin; The Streetcar Company; Iron Ore Mines; Recreation on the Lake; The Casino; “Theatre in the Woods;” Historical Highlights; The Blue Island Pool; Flora and Fauna; Natural Disasters; Amusements and Rides; The Decline; Boyertown USA; The Park 1988-89; Looking Ahead. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A HISTORY OF SANS SOUCI PARK.

SansSouciPark[Book: C. Charles Ciesla – 2001 – 22x28cm – 246 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Hanover Park (Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania) opened on 4 July 1893 and closed as Sans Souci Park in 1970. Chapter Points: Overview and Timeline; 1893-1975 Brief History of Sans Souci Park; 1893-1904 The Beginning, Hanover Grove, Hanover Park; 1905 Grand Opening, New Name, Sans Souci; 1906-1927 Profitable Years, Lake Closed, Pool Built; 1928 New Owners, New Rides, The Bear Cat; 1929-1941 Depression Years, War Clouds; 1942-1957 Wartime and Peacetime; 1958-1970 Glen Alden Sells its Land; 1971-1975 Farewell, Sans Souci Closed; Memories; More Memories; Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

A PERSONAL GUIDE TO THE BEST THRILL RIDES AND AMUSEMENT / WATER PARKS.

APersonalGuideToTheBestThrillRidesAndAmusementWaterRides[Book: Pete Trabucco (photos and foreword by Joel Rogers) – 2017 – 22x28cm – 198 Pages – Few colour photos]. This is a classic story of a man who, for most of his life, was afraid of roller coasters and other thrill rides. Then at the age of 40, was able to finally see the drops and thrills at amusement parks for what they really are – an exciting experience that will always take your breath away and have you craving more! There is a certain magic to being at an amusement park that you just don’t experience anywhere else. The intention of this book is to explore the best coasters and parks around the United States that I have experienced firsthand – to explain why these rides are so breathtaking. In this book, you can expect to find the most innovative and most interesting rides that this industry has to offer. You will also find everyday tips for amusement park safety and a section on how to plan and pack for your amusement park experience. Finally, for those who are still afraid of roller coasters and thrill rides, I have more tips on how to enjoy the ride and beat that psychological “fear factor.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE CAROUSEL.

CarouselsFredFried[Book: Frederick Fried – 1964 – 24x31cm – 232 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “One of the lesser known, but nevertheless enduring discoveries of the Medieval Crusaders in Asia Minor, was the carousel. The word itself (derived from the Italian) meant “little war,” and described what was at first, a serious game played by horsemen in Arabia and Turkey during the twelfth century…” This book is for those interested in art, antiques, and a rich but often overlooked vein in history. Chapter Points: The Evolution of the Carousel; European Carousel Makers; The Carousel in America; American Carousel Carvers; Carousel Animals, Figures, Chariots, Carvings, Crestings, and Machines; The Band Organ and its Makers; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

A TALE OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY, THE NEW SAFETY RACER AND THE OLD MILL.

ATaleOfTheScenicRailway[Book: 1930s Reprint – 15x23cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Picturing / reporting on the many roller coasters manufactured by The L.A. Thompson Railway Co. Chapter Points: The L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway Company of New York; Construction Work; The L.A. Thompson Safety Racer; The Scenic Railway; Old Mill Boat Rides. (Includes rare photos of long-gone L.A Thompson wooden coasters and other rides). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

A WILD RIDE.

AWildRideMoreys[Book: Jack Wright – 2009 – 23x31cm – 194 Pages – Full colour]. Running the business of an amusement park is a lot like spending a day at one. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, full of highs and lows. So it goes with Morey’s Piers. The company launched 40 years ago with one simple slide on the boardwalk, and zero experience in the game. Now they’re running arguably the best seaside amusement park in Wildwood, New Jersey. This is their story. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Will & Jack Morey); Best In Show; The Invention of Fun; Kings of The Boardwalk; Building A Dynasty; Monster Attractions; Up, Up And Away; Tacky And Proud of It!; Disasters, Mishaps and Misunderstandings; The Drawing Board; Dream Team; The Future of Fun; The Visionary (Wilbert C. Morey 1927-1998). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

AAA GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICA’S THEME PARKS.

AAAGuidebook[Book: American Automobile Association – 1997 – 18x25cm – 250 Pages – Full colour]. Explores over 100 of the most popular theme parks. Features complete descriptions of rides, as well as information about restaurants, shows, operating hours, admission fees, and tips on how to get the most from your visit. Parks featured include: Old Tucson Studios; Knott’s Berry Farm; Santa Cruz; Elitch Gardens; Kennedy Space Centre; Splendid China; Disney; Weeki Wachee Spring; Water Parks; Valleyfair!; Silver Dollar City; Canobie Lake Park; Six Flags Parks; Darien Lake; Seabreeze; Carowinds; Cedar Point; Kings Island; Dorney Park; Hersheypark; Idlewild; Kennywood; Knoebels; Dollywood; Opryland; Schlitterbahn; Lagoon; Busch Gardens; Kings Dominion; Calaway Park; Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AbandonedAmusementParks[Book: Dinah Williams – 2013 – 21x26cm – 36 Pages – Full colour]. Detailing amusement parks closed because of natural disasters, fires, poor planning, accidents and fatalities. Chapter Points: Abandoned Amusement Parks; The Crash of the Coaster (Krug Park, Nebraska); Scorched Dreams (Pacific Ocean Park, California); Nuclear Ghost Town (Pripyat Park, Ukraine); One More Ride? (Lake Shawnee Park, West Virginia); Off the Rails! (Old Indiana Fun Park, Indiana); Blaze and Burn (Electric Park, Missouri); From Good Times to Ghost Town (Six Flags New Orleans, Louisiana); Eerie Erie Beach (Erie Beach, Ontario); Accident Park (Action Park, New Jersey); The Comet of Death (Lincoln Park, Massachusetts); A Giant Mistake (Gulliver’s Kingdom, Japan); Abandoned Amusement Parks Around the World (Map). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ABANDONED AMUSEMENTS.

AbandonedAmusementsWest[Book: Michael J. West – 2010 – 25x21cm – 32 Pages – Full colour]. Unique images and vivid descriptions of two defunct amusement parks that were taken long after their doors had closed and the last riders’ rapturous screams had ceased to echo. Lincoln Park (North Dartmouth, Massachusetts) was opened in 1894 by the Union Street Railway Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Lincoln Park closed in 1987 and remained abandoned for many years. Rocky Point Park (Warwick, Rhode Island) was a very popular amusement park. Rocky Point Park operated from the late 1840s until 1995. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ACHTERBAHNEN.

AchterbahnenGarant[Book: Garant Verlag GmbH – 2012 – 16x22cm – 180 Pages – Full colour]. What was the first roller coaster like? What are the “inversions” called? From the Switchback Railways of the 1890s to today’s most spectacular thrill machines, this reference book offers the answers and technical data. Chapter Points: Introduction; Roller Coasters in Germany (25, +Black Mamba, Ring°Racer, El Toro, Blue Fire, Mammut, Silver Star, Fluch von Novgorod…); European Coasters (51, +Hullámvasút, Joris en de Draak, Kirnu, Balder, Lynet, Rutchebanen, Vuoristorata, Troy…); Coasters Worldwide (82, +Battlestar Galactica, The Voyage, Sheikra, Formula Rossa, Montaña Infinitum, X2, Eejanaika, Intimidator 305…). [German script]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE.

AdirondackMountainAdventure[Book: Arthur L. Bensen – 1979 – 14x22cm – 134 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Story of a New York City Tenderfoot and His Adirondack Mountain Adventure… “Frontier Town (North Hudson, New York) is one of the unique tourist attractions in the United States. It is the result of an idea of a Staten Island telephone man who adopted the Adirondacks as his home and then decided to preserve the history of the area in an entertaining fashion and share it with thousands of tourists each year. For more than a quarter of a century, Art Bensen and his associates Ed Ovensen and Magnus Andersen have brought fun and a sense of history to the American Tourist.” Chapter Points: Introduction (Rev. James E. Matherly); I Find My “Promised Land”; Construction of Frontier Town Gets Underway; I Get to Know My Adirondack Mountain Neighbors; July 4, 1952 – Frontier Town Opens to the Public; Attendance Grows and Frontier Town Expands; Frontier Aviation; Frontier Town Has Lots of Animals; Frontier Town’s Unusual Employees; Our Latest and Most Exciting Addition to Frontier Town; Adirondack Champlain Area – One of the Outstanding Vacation Lands in the United States; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ADVENTURELAND.

Adventureland[Book: Christopher Mercaldo – 2014 – 16x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. Since 1962, Adventureland (Farmingdale, New York) has been entertaining and thrilling the Long Island community. The park was constructed in a rural area of Suffolk County around the time of a suburban boom eastward on Long Island, which brought enormous population growth in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Since its opening, the park has seen significant change, with numerous rides and attractions being moved or retired to make way for newer attractions. Unique images of the park throughout its entire history afford the young and the young at heart to remember the park from opening to today. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1960s – Something for Anyone; 1970s – Rapid Expansion; 1980s – Exciting Eighties; 1990s – Nifty Nineties; 2000s – The New Millennium; 2010s and Beyond – The Adventure Continues. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AIRTIME: DIE GESCHICHTE DER ACHTERBAHN AUS SICHT DER WISSENSCHAFT.

Airtime[Book: Sacha Szabo – 2014 – 14x22cm – 30 Pages – 4 B&W photos]. “Airtime: The History of the Roller Coaster from a Scientific Perspective.” What motivates people to ride roller coasters? These fascinating temporary structures are investigated in this short text. Starting with the origin of the roller coaster, Dr. Sacha Szabo investigates why people receive so much pleasure from these scream machines. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ALL ABOARD FOR LUNA PARK.

AllAboardForLunaPark[Book: Patricia Filer – 2000 – 18x22cm – 48 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Between 1907 and 1913, visitors were drawn to Luna Park in West Seattle. This “Coney Island of the West” featured a marvellous carrousel, a Shoot the Chutes water slide, the Great Figure 8 roller coaster, a saltwater Natatorium, games of chance, exciting sideshow events, and a variety of shows and concerts. Visitors would come from Seattle by ferry or trolley and spend a day enjoying the Park and beach. Come with us now and visit Luna Park in her heyday… All Aboard! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR.

AllTheFunOfTheFair[Book: Graham Downie / The Showman’s Guild of Great Britain – 1987 – 15x21cm – 34 Pages – Colour photos throughout]. What happy memories! From younger days when the arrival of the annual fair was as eagerly awaited as the event itself. It is a feeling of anticipation that has been shared by countless generations, right down to the present. But have you ever wondered how fairs began? Or about the lives of the showmen who each year make possible the all-too brief hours of excitement and pleasure? This booklet traces the fascinating history of the fair and explains its enduring qualities. And reveals, perhaps, that the business of the showman is not all fun and games. (Reprinted 1998). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALL THE FUN OF THE TRAVELLING FAIR.

AllTheFunTravellingFair[Book: Reg Chandler – 2010 – 22x28cm – 112 Pages – Many colour photos]. Reviews: “It’s a MUST READ for all fairground fans” – Tony Beadman, Enthusiast. “A great guide to the funfair industry and good to see someone banging the fairground’s drum” – UK Showman. “This type of book should have been available years ago” – Paul Grimshaw, Amusement Provider. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; A True Fun Fair – Stanley Thurston & Sons; The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain; Planning a Funfair; Today’s Travelling Funfair; Famous Funfairs; Fairground Artwork; Fairground Enthusiasts; Fairground Modelling; Fairground Transport; Fairground Shows – A History from the 19th Century; Famous Fairground Rides; Working at a Fair; Fairground Memories; Fairground Poems; Internet Links; Contributors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALL THE SUMMERS WERE GOLDEN: A HISTORY OF CASCADE PARK.

CascadePark[Book: Beverly Zona – 2001 – 14x22cm – 74 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. “So bucolic a setting deceives modern-day visitors into thinking that few passed here before, but the story of Cascade Park (New Castle, Pennsylvania) is as rich and varied as the culture of the surrounding community. It’s a place that conjures up pleasant memories of bygone days – one of savvy businessmen and colourful characters; it’s left a legacy of great riches, and often, opportunities lost.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; 27 oral histories of the amusement park – its rides, attractions, events, and natural beauty. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALTON TOWERS: A GOTHIC WONDERLAND.

AltonTowersGothicWonderland[Book: Michael J. Fisher – 2002 – 17x24cm – 184 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams, few colour photos]. Alton Towers (England) is known as the picturesque backdrop to one of Europe’s most popular theme parks. Yet the story of this great house has lain hidden in archive repositories and picture collections – until now. From its origin as a mere hunting-lodge to its completion as the largest privately-owned house in Europe, crammed with costly furniture and works of art, the history of the Alton Towers estate is brought to life. This publication investigates the history of the towers, the rise and fall of the house and the people who owned the estate. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE ALTON TOWERS EXPERIENCE.

TheAltonTowersExperience[Book: John Seccombe – 1987 – Third edition – 10x21cm – 116 Pages – Full colour]. Everything you want to know about Alton Towers including the technical specifications of the big rides. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Getting Around +Monorail, Skyride and Miniature Railway. Festival Park; Talbot Street; Fantasy World; Kiddies Kingdom; Aqualand; Towers Street; The Towers; The Gardens; Alton Towers’ Past, Today and Tomorrow +John Broome. Kiddies Kingdom +free-fall slide, obstacle course, Biff n’ Bash. Live Entertainment +Circus Hassani, Planetarium, Doom and Sons Haunted House, and Space 1999. The ‘Little’ Rides and More! (16 small rides listed: Junior Apple Roller Coaster, Swan Ride, Around the World in 80 Days, Mini Dragon, Blue Carousel, Astroglide, etc.). The Big Rides (Log Flume and Dinosaurs, Four-Man Bob, Tea Cups, Pirate Ship, Wave Swinger, 1001 Nights, Enterprise, Black Hole, Corkscrew +Vekoma profile, Turbo Star, Octopus and Spider). Behind the Scenes (+building the Grand Canyon Rapids, testing, safety, checks and winter maintenance). Cinema 2000 and Cinema 360 +specifications. Hotels; Index. Includes a 1987 fold-out park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALTON TOWERS: OFFICIAL GUIDE & SOUVENIR.

AltonTowersSouvenir1985[Book: John Seccombe – 1985 – First edition – 10x21cm – 104 Pages – Full colour]. Alton Towers in your pocket! This official guide offers a great deal to interest enthusiasts and the public alike. Using it will help you make the most of your time and will greatly increase your enjoyment of a visit to this famous leisure park. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction (+when to visit, opening hours, cost); Getting Around +Skyride and Miniature Railway. Fantasy World and Aqualand +tube slides and ball pond. Alton Towers’ Past and Today +John Broome. Shopping; Dining; Live Entertainment; Exhibitions +Doom & Sons Haunted House and Around the World in 80 Days. The ‘Little’ Rides and More! (17 small rides listed: Junior Apple Roller Coaster, Alpine Bobsleigh, etc.). Cinema 2000 and Cinema 360 +specifications. The Big Rides (Log Flume and Dinosaurs, Magic Carpet, Pirate Ship, Wave Swinger, 1001 Nights, Enterprise, Black Hole, Corkscrew +Vekoma profile, and Turbo Star). Behind the Scenes (+building the big rides, testing, safety and winter maintenance, and “STOP PRESS: Two new attractions announced for next year (1986) = Four-Man Bob and Ferris WheeI”). Hotels; Index. Includes a 1985 fold-out park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALTON TOWERS: OFFICIAL GUIDE & SOUVENIR.

AltonTowersSouvenir[Book: John Seccombe – 1986 – Second edition – 10x21cm – 116 Pages – Full colour]. Alton Towers in your pocket! This official guide offers a great deal to interest enthusiasts and the public alike. Using it will help you make the most of your time and will greatly increase your enjoyment of a visit to this famous leisure park. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction (+when to visit, opening hours, cost). Getting Around +Skyride and Miniature Railway. Kiddies Kingdom +tube slides and ball pond. Alton Towers’ Past and Today +John Broome. Shopping; Dining; Live Entertainment; Exhibitions +Doom & Sons Haunted House and Around the World in 80 Days. The ‘Little’ Rides and More! (17 small rides listed: Junior Apple Roller Coaster, Alpine Bobsleigh, etc.). The Big Rides (Grand Canyon Rapids, Log Flume and Dinosaurs, Four-Man Bob, Ferris Wheel, Octopus, Spider, Pirate Ship, Wave Swinger, 1001 Nights, Enterprise, Black Hole, Corkscrew +Vekoma profile, and Turbo Star). Behind the Scenes (+building the big rides, testing, safety and winter maintenance). Cinema 2000 and Cinema 360 +specifications. Hotels; Index. Includes a 1986 fold-out park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ALTON TOWERS: PASSPORT TO SCIENCE.

AltonTowersPassportToScience[Book: 1997 – 15x21cm – 46 Pages – Many B&W photos and graphs]. This booklet covers aspects of science following the National Curriculum guidelines. Pupils are encouraged to complete assignments concerning various scientific principles behind key Alton Towers attractions: The Corkscrew, The Beast, The Log Flume, The Blade, and Nemesis. Motion, forces, potential energy, kinetic energy, velocity and acceleration of each ride is investigated. Also includes a Quirky Alton Towers Trivia Quiz. Alton Towers – Where The Magic Never Ends! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ALTON TOWERS: PAST & PRESENT.

AltonTowersPastAndPresent[Book: Michael Fisher – 2009 – 17x25cm – 194 Pages – Many B&W photos and drawings]. Alton Towers (England) is now known as the backdrop to a theme park. This work traces the history and development of this Gothic-revival mansion and its gardens. Selected Chapter Points: Alveton Lodge. Alton Abbey: Entrance Hall; Family Rooms; Long Gallery & Great Drawing Room – Evolution of the ‘T-Room;’ Conservatory; South Entrance & Eastern Range. The Towers: Gallery Range; New Chapel; Romantic Interiors. Earl & Architect; Pugin at Alton: Talbot Gallery; The Octagon; The Grand Talbot; Doria Rooms; The Defence of Alton Towers; Great Dining Room; The ‘New Rooms’ & South Facade; Kitchens & Servants’ Quarters; Interior Decorations; Heating Systems & Glass; Garden Buildings; Railway & Lodges; The Towers Chapel; Ruins & Restoration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMAZING AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.

AmazingAmusementParkRidesGoldish[Book: Meish Goldish – 2011 – 21x26cm – 24 Pages – Full colour]. Some amusement park rides are so extraordinary it’s hard to grasp their incredible size and speed – unless you have something to compare them to. For example, the Steel Dragon 2000 roller coaster has an 8,133ft (2,479m) track. How long is that? If laid end to end it would stretch across 27 football fields. Look inside for more comparisons and find out just how big and fast amusement park rides around the world truly are. Chapter Points: Big Thrills; Steel Dragon 2000; The Singapore Flyer; The Giant Drop (Australia); Slingshot; Delirium (Kings Island); The Crypt (Kings Dominion); Jurassic Park – The Ride (Universal Studios Hollywood); Insano (Water Ride in Brazil); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for children.

AMAZING AMUSEMENT PARK STORIES.

AmazingAmusementParkStories[Book: Nathaniel Tolle – 2015 – 15x23cm – 168 Pages]. The stuff that’s not supposed to happen at amusement parks is often more amazing than the stuff that does. Death and dismemberment. World records and walks of shame. Civil rights and creepy rides. Melees and marriages. Sex, cockroaches, evangelists – you won’t believe your eyes! From Disneyland to Dogpatch USA, this book details the strangest, the silliest, the spookiest, the most amazing amusement park stories – all of them true! Chapter Points: Introduction. PART ONE: The Heart-Warmers – Making the Long Journey to the Front of the Line (details 17 heart-warming amusement park stories). PART TWO: The Head-Scratchers – It’s a Strange World, After All (details 17 bewildering amusement park stories). PART THREE: The Soul-Suckers – When the Cotton Candy Clouds Turned Dark (details 12 tragic amusement park stories). PART FOUR: The Gut-Busters – Putting the Amuse in Amusement Parks (details 10 amusing amusement park stories). Sources; Acknowledgments; About the Author; More Books from Theme Park Press. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMAZING HIRAM MAXIM.

TheAmazingHiramMaxim[Book: Arthur Hawkey – 2001 – 16x24cm – 174 Pages]. Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916) was one of the most significant figures of the Victorian/Edwardian period. Born the son of pioneering English parents in the backwoods of Maine, he emerged to make himself master of anything mechanical or electrical – his genius fuelled only by intermittent village school studies. Maxim was an outstanding pioneer in heavier-than-air flight. He amazed Victorians with a huge experimental aeroplane, powered by two steam engines, in which he took off from ground level; on one occasion he did so with the future King George V on board. This book seeks out to redress history’s neglect of Maxim in a rounded picture of him as an inventive genius, philanderer, bigamist and autocrat with a kindly streak. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMAZING STRUCTURES: ROLLER COASTERS.

AmazingStructuresRollerCoasters[Book: Rebecca Pettiford – 2016 – 20x24cm – 28 Pages – Full colour]. The structures people build are amazing: bridges, dams, roller coasters, skyscrapers, stadiums, tunnels… Learn about how they are built and why we build them. Chapter Points: A Thrilling Ride; How Roller Coasters Work; Building Roller Coasters; Try This! (activity: build your own marble roller coaster); Glossary; Index; To Learn More. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for young children.

THE AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARK.

TheAmericanAmusementPark[Book: Dale Samuelson – 2001 – 26x26cm – 160 Pages – Many colour photos]. For more than a century, amusement parks have been a source of fun and entertainment for young and old alike. Since its beginnings on the East Coast, the amusement park has been a part of the American way of life. And as America changed, the amusement park changed with it. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; Pleasure Gardens and Picnic Groves; Coney Island; An Idea Spreads; Hurry, Hurry Step Right Up, Folks! Round and Round; The King is Dead; Great Lost Parks; Survivors; Variations on a Theme (Park). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARK INDUSTRY.

TheAmericanAmusementParkIndustry[Book: Judith A. Adams – 1991 – 15x22cm – 228 Pages – Few B&W photos]. In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition rose from the swamps of Chicago, a shining “White City” that dazzled visitors with its vision of Utopia. Here, people could escape from everyday reality to marvel at technological innovations, thrill on the newly invented Ferris wheel, and gape at representations of exotic cultures. Selected Chapter Points: Pleasure Parks and Mechanized Amusement Apparatus; The World’s Columbian Exposition; Steeplechase, Luna, and Dreamland; The Rise and Decline of the Traditional Amusement Park 1900-1950; Disney; Theme Parks; A Chronology 1133-1990. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMERICAN COASTERS.

AmericanCoasters[Book: Thomas Crymes – 2012 – 29x23cm – 180 Pages – Full colour]. Join one coaster enthusiast’s photographic journey across the USA in search of the next great thrill. From Massachusetts to Florida, from New Jersey to California, this book contains heart-pounding images of more than 100 different roller coasters from 21 different parks in 12 states. This thrilling look at American coasters also covers nearly 40 featured coaster profiles complete with all their vital statistics and a brief commentary. Whether you like wood or steel, loops or launches, this book showcases a wide variety of different roller coasters built over the last 90 years. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Cedar Point; Knoebels; Six Flags New England; Carowinds; Six Flags America; Kennywood; Busch Gardens Williamsburg; Kings Island; Six Flags Over Georgia; Kings Dominion; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom; Six Flags Great Adventure; Best of the Rest (Islands of Adventure, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair!, Busch Gardens Tampa, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld Orlando, Dollywood, Six Flags St. Louis, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMERICAN COASTERS 2.

americancoasters2[Book: Thomas Crymes – 2016 – 29x23cm – 196 Pages – Full colour]. Thrill-seekers are invited to join a roller-coaster enthusiast’s journey across the United States to photograph these marvels of engineering. From Maine to Minnesota to California and points in between, this book contains breathtaking photographs of more than 100 roller coasters in 38 parks and 17 states. See the oldest operating roller coaster in the world, as well as the recent record-breakers. Get statistics on their gravity-defying feats, and learn the inside scoop from one of the nation’s premier roller coaster manufacturers. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Six Flags Great America; Valleyfair!; Holiday World; Six Flags St. Louis; Worlds of Fun; Six Flags Over Texas; Six Flags Fiesta Texas; Busch Gardens Tampa; Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure; Dollywood; Q&A with Adam House (Great Coasters International); Knott’s Berry Farm; Six Flags Magic Mountain; American Coasters – A Thrilling Photographic Ride; Best of the Rest (Lakemont Park, Lake Compounce, Conneaut Lake Park, Idlewild & Soakzone, Canobie Lake Park, Playland Park (NY), Quassy Amusement Park, Luna Park (NY), Waldameer Park & Water World, Kentucky Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando, Fun Spot America, Beech Bend Park, Frontier City, Disneyland, California’s Great America, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk); Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMERICAN HERITAGE.

AmericanHeritage[Book: American Heritage – The Magazine of History – 1958 – 22x28cm – 114 Pages – Many B&W and colour images]. One chapter is titled: “The Master Showman of Coney Island” (By: Peter Lyon). Featuring: George Cornelius Tilyou’s Steeplechase Horses (100 million admissions!); A colour view of Steeplechase Park (painted in 1903 by Park employee, McKay) showing Giant See-Saw, the Stadium, Canals of Venice, Scenic Railway, Steeplechase Horses. G.C. Tilyou’s Story: Life, Business, Steeplechase, Intramural Bicycle Railway, Double Dip Chutes, A Trip to the Moon (cyclorama), Darkness and Dawn (cyclorama). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE AMERICAN ROLLER COASTER.

TheAmericanRollerCoaster[Book: Scott Rutherford – 2000 – 26x26cm – 160 Pages – Full colour]. Try to remember your first coaster experience. Was it in the 1940s when rattling wooden coasters were hotter than the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra? Maybe it was in the 1970s when steel corkscrews assaulted hairstyles that were questionable to begin with? Whenever it was, millions of coaster fans, young and old, fondly recall their first lump-in-the-throat ride. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; Humble Beginning 1880s-1920; The Golden Years 1920-1940; Nuts and Bolts – How Coasters Work; Postwar Coastering 1945-1972; The Coaster Renaissance; New Age Coastering – Now and Beyond. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

THE AMERICAN STATE FAIR.

TheAmericanStateFair[Book: Derek Nelson – 1999 – 26x27cm – 164 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Step right up for a walk down the midway of a truly American icon, the state fair. Grab an ear of hot, buttered corn, check out the hog barn, and take a wild ride on The Whip. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; The Calendar Was Built around Fair Week; The Ultimate Fulfilment of Agrarian Aspirations; The Most Reckless, Fearless Men and Women Who’ve Ever Lived; An Avalanche of Attractions; Riding the Moon Rocket, the Octopus and the Spitfire; Something You Don’t See at Home; Holding On to History; Something for Everyone; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

AMERICAN THEME PARK: THE CREATION OF SILVERWOOD.

AmericanThemePark-Silverwood[Book: Gary Norton – 2012 – 15x23cm – 272 Pages – Few colour photos]. Meet the man behind the creation of Silverwood (Athol, Idaho). Gary Norton candidly reveals his history, perspective, and his challenges in his personal context as they were experienced along the way. Sit back, and enjoy the ride as you embark on this incredible journey inside his mind. This ride will truly keep you “hanging onto the edge of your seat.” Learn amazing facts about the 25 years of Silverwood! Chapter Points: Introduction (by Gary Norton); Life’s Inspirations; Move West Young Man; The Great Northwest; ISC Systems; The Turning Point; Expanding Lifestyle; Yachting Adventures; Flyers Dreams; Creating Silverwood (+the Last Dance With ISC, Opening Day, Country Carnival, Thousands of Employees, Lions and Tigers, Silverwood On Ice, Air Shows, More Life Changes, Thunder Canyon, Wooden Coasters, A Few Backsteps); Old Programmers Never Die; Scarywood; Current Affairs; Reflections. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMERICA’S BEST THEME PARKS – A VISITOR’S GUIDE.

AmericasBestThemeParks[Book: Patrick D. Cartwright – 1980 – 15x23cm – 72 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “A day at one of America’s greatest theme parks can be a wonderful and everlasting experience for everyone in the family. This booklet will not only help you decide which parks to visit, but will maximize the enjoyment you get out of your next visit to a theme park! HAVE FUN!” Chapter Points: About the Author; Introduction; About Theme Parks; General Information; Planning Your Visit; Helpful Tips; How to Avoid Long Lines – Even on a Crowded Day; Cost Saving Tips; Which Theme Park Is the Best?; The Nation’s Top Rides, Shows and Attractions; America’s Biggest and Best Theme Parks. (Theme parks featured include: AstroWorld, Carowinds, Cedar Point, The Dark Continent – Busch Gardens, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Geauga Lake Park, Hersheypark, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Knott’s Berry Farm, Marriott’s Great America (California), Marriott’s Great America (Illinois), The Old Country – Busch Gardens, Opryland U.S.A., Silver Dollar City, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Mid-America, Six Flags Over Texas, Worlds Of Fun). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

AMERICA’S BOARDWALKS.

AmericasBoardwalks[Book: James Lilliefors – 2006 – 22x24cm – 210 Pages – Many B&W, some colour photos]. Gaudy, alluring, bright, loud and lucrative; they are the nation’s boardwalks. In a time of Victorian values, the seashore resort represented an intoxicating alternative to American life. As boardwalks evolved, they increasingly offered roller coasters, funhouses and Ferris wheels. Chapter Points: Introduction; Atlantic City, New Jersey. Coney Island, New York. Asbury Park, New Jersey. Wildwood, New Jersey. Cape May, New Jersey. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Ocean City, Maryland. Virginia Beach, Virginia. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Daytona Beach, Florida. Venice Beach, California. Santa Cruz, California. Acknowledgments; Selected Bibliography. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S TOP ROLLER COASTERS & AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AmericasTopCoastersTrabucco[Book: Pete Trabucco – 2009 – 15x20cm – 236 Pages – Few colour photos]. A guide for those who ride them, and tips for those who fear them. Here, you’ll be afforded an inside look at why amusement parks remain as popular and as successful as ever. Chapter Points: Search for the Ultimate Scream Machine; Closing the Loop! (Author’s Story); Brief Coaster History; Is This Ride Safe?; Overcoming Coaster Fear; Coaster Types; Mighty Wood Coasters; Steel Marvels; The Best Mass-Produced Coasters; Top Manufacturers; America’s Top Steelies; America’s Best Woodies; Top US Parks; Top 25 (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) Coasters; Coaster Future; List of North American Amusement Parks; Terminology. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMUSEMENT PARK 9-1-1.

AmusementPark911[Book: Kermit Gonzalo – 2014 – 15x23cm – 144 Pages]. “Amusement Park 9-1-1: Stories Of Death, Debauchery & Disaster From An Amusement Park Near You… The amusement park industry claims your trip to an amusement park is one of the safest forms of entertainment in the country. Industry statistics state the odds of being severely injured on an amusement ride are 1 in 24 million; the chances of being killed on one are 1 in 750 million. However, if you are that one, your accident is likely catastrophic and devastating.” Chapter Points: Introduction; Universal Studios; SeaWorld; Six Flags (+SF Over Texas, SF Fiesta Texas, SF AstroWorld, SF Great Adventure, SF Over Georgia, SF New Orleans, SF Kentucky Kingdom, SF New England, SF Great America, SF St. Louis, SF Elitch Gardens, SF Magic Mountain, and SF Discovery Kingdom); Busch Gardens; Regional Favorites (+Battersea Fun Fair, West Edmonton Mall, Action Park, Kings Island, Sesame Place, Rockin Raceway, and Old Indiana Fun Park); Selected Bibliography; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE.

AmusementParkGuide1[Book: Tim O’Brien – First edition – 1991 – 14x21cm – 222 Pages – Few B&W photos and maps]. Looking for an all-day treat for the whole family? Or for a smart way to relax on a hot summer’s day? Perhaps you’re in search of the most thrilling roller coaster ride – or the wettest water ride. Look no further! With this book you have everything you need to enjoy 250 amusement and theme parks in the U.S. and Canada. YOU CAN: Enjoy the longest roller coaster ride in the country – four earth-shattering minutes – on the Beast, a wooden coaster at Kings Island, near Cincinnati. And, smell King Kong’s banana breath and ride a bicycle to the Green Planet to return E.T. home at Universal Studios Florida. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE 2.

AmusementParkGuide2[Book: Tim O’Brien – 1997 – Second edition – 12x23cm – 262 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Look no further. Here’s the guidebook to the most thrilling and exciting amusement parks in North America and Canada. With more than 275 locations, this guide promises to deliver the ride of your life. CHECK IT OUT! The Hydroblaster – rumble through an enclosed water chute – and stay dry – at Whitewater Country in Minnesota. The Giant Dipper – brave the twists and turns on this wooden roller coaster that wouldn’t die, at Belmont Park in San Diego. The Viper – encounter zero-gravity on Six Flags Great America’s roller coaster in Illinois. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE 3.

AmusementParkGuide3[Book: Tim O’Brien – 1999 – Third edition – 12x21cm – 306 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Coast to coast thrills! “…The Amusement Park Guide is a must read for park lovers and an essential companion on any road trip. This is the guidebook to the most thrilling, fantastic amusement parks in North America and Canada. Covering more than 290 locations, this guide delivers the goods -what to see, what to do, and when- on where to go for the rides of your life.” CHECK ‘EM OUT! (1) Rampage: Ride this new wooden roller coaster, now the tallest and fastest in Alabama, located at Visionland, one of the prettiest amusement parks in the country. (2) Journey to Atlantis: Enjoy the cutting edge, the first combination roller coaster/flume ride, now in Orlando. (3) The Poltergeist: Reach 60 mph in less than four seconds on this linear induction-powered roller coaster in San Antonio. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE 4.

AmusementParkGuide4[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2001 – Fourth edition – 12x22cm – 304 Pages – Few B&W photos]. This publication is packed with information about the most thrilling, fantastic amusement parks in North America and Canada. Covering some 290 locations – big and small – this guide delivers the goods: what to see, what to do, and where to go for the ride of your life! CHECK ‘EM OUT! (1) Spiderman Adventure: This Orlando ride has it all – moving vehicles, 3-D filmed action, and live action. (2) Millennium Force: Experience a 300-foot, 80-degree drop on North America’s tallest coaster in Sandusky, Ohio. Hold On! (3) Soarin’ Over California: Sit below glider wings, swing into a dome-shaped movie screen, and fly from the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Diego Bay – while your body remains in Anaheim. (4) Hypersonic XLC: Go from 0 to 80 in 1.8 seconds on this pneumatically powered coaster in Doswell, Virginia. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE 5.

AmusementParkGuide5[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2003 – Fifth edition – 12x21cm – 326 Pages – Few B&W photos]. This new edition includes updated listings for all new parks, new photographs and trivia items, and sidebars with information on the author’s favourite parks, as well as the latest details about new rides at each park. The latest in the series of comprehensive guides to the parks in the USA and Canadian provinces by an amusement park connoisseur. CHECK ‘EM OUT! (1) Top Thrill Dragster: Get launched from 0 to 120 in 4 seconds on this brand-new coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It’s the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. (2) Shrek 4-D: New at the Universal parks in Orlando and Hollywood, this attraction was filmed in “all-new Ogrevision” – can’t you just hear, see, feel, and smell the fun? (3) Celebration City: This brand-new night-time theme park in Branson, Missouri, features a 95-foot-tall Ferris wheel and the Ozark WildCat, an 80-foot-tall twisting wood coaster. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDEBOOK: 1987 EDITION.

AmusementParkGuidebook1987[Book: James W. Reed – 1987 – 21x27cm – 250 Pages]. Includes write-ups and information about 152 amusement parks in the USA and Canada with 8 or more adult rides. Selected Chapter Points: Park Status Reports; Alphabetical Listing of Parks; Description and Details of Parks; Alphabetical Listing of Top Rated Parks; Alphabetical Listing of Most Beautiful Parks; Ranking of Parks by the Number of Adult Rides & Children’s Rides; Ranking of Rides based on the Number of Units in Operation; Ride Descriptions; Rating of Dark Rides; Unusual or unique Rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

AMUSEMENT PARK MACHINES.

AmusementParkMachines[Book: Christine Hahn – 1979 – 20x26cm – 32 Pages – Full colour]. An interesting piece of juvenile literature describing the various machines, (and what they do) to be found in several amusement parks across the USA: Hersheypark, Kings Island, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marriott’s Great America, Cedar Point, Opryland and Six Flags Over Texas. Whilst the minimal amount of text is not always absolutely correct, it features full colour and full-page photographs of coasters and thrill rides long gone. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS.

AmusementParkPhysicsEscobar[Book: Carole Escobar – 1994 – 21x28cm – 116 Pages – Many B&W diagrams]. Have fun with physics using this workbook as your guide for a safe and productive day at the amusement park. Many worksheet pages on kinematics, Newton’s laws, accelerometers, measurements, and specific rides will keep physics students on track. Helpful figures, diagrams and answer keys are included. Complete with learning goals and pre-trip activities, this workbook is all you need for a successful physics field trip. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS.

AmusementParkPhysicsUnterman[Book: Nathan A. Unterman – 2001 – Second edition – 21x27cm – 200 Pages – B&W Illustrations, Diagrams & Tables]. This book is for the budding thrill-ride designer / physicist. Physics students will enjoy the activities within. Including formulas and notes on every conceivable spin ride and roller coaster out there: Rotor; Merry-Go-Round; Tilting Rides; Rotating Swing; Dual-Axis Spinners; Double Ferris Wheel; Enterprise Wheel; Bumper Cars; Free Falls; Looping Coasters; Non Looping Coasters, etc. Includes student / teacher papers. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS.

AmusementParkPhysicsClarenceBakken[Book: Clarence Bakken – 2011 – Second edition – 22x28cm – 154 Pages – Many B&W drawings and graphs, etc.]. From the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Amusement Park Physics gives teachers a gamut of subjects ranging from ways to incorporate amusement parks in classroom work to practical suggestions for taking a class to Physics Day. In between are methods of collecting data and approaches to analyzing it. Many resources are included, as well as suggestions of useful Internet sites. Covers all manner of popular amusement park rides, from spin rides (e.g. Round Up, Calypso & Monster), to drop towers and roller coasters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.

AmusementPartksUltimate10[Book: Susan K. Mitchell – 2010 – 16x23cm – 50 Pages – Full colour]. Few things are as exciting as a fast-paced roller coaster ride. The thrill of a huge, sudden drop or a giant loop can be both exhilarating and terrifying. From Kingda Ka in New Jersey to Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan, get an inside scoop on the fastest, tallest, most incredible amusement park rides in the world. Chapter Points: Introduction; Kingda Ka; Millennium Force; Steel Dragon 2000; Son of Beast; Perilous Plunge; X2; Giant Drop (Dreamworld, Australia); Superman-The Escape; Superman-Ride of Steel; Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower (Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity); Honorable Mentions (Colossus at Thorpe Park, and Fahrenheit at Hersheypark); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.

AmusementParkRidesEasdown[Book: Martin Easdown – 2012 – 15x21cm – 58 Pages – Many B&W & colour photos]. This book outlines the history of roller coasters in the US and Europe before charting the development of the UK’s coasters, aerial rides, Ferris wheels and water chutes. Key venues: Aberdeen, Barry Island, Blackpool, Brighton, Clacton-on-Sea, Cleethorpes, Edinburgh, Folkestone, Great Yarmouth, Isle of Man, London, Manchester Belle Vue, Margate Dreamland, Morecambe, New Brighton, Oakwood (Wales), Porthcawl, Ramsgate, Redcar, Rhyl, Scarborough, Shipley Glen, Skegness, Southend-on-Sea, Southport Pleasureland, Weston Super-Mare, Whitley Bay, etc.). Chapter Points: Introduction; Early Roller Coasters; Water Chutes and Other Rides; Aerial Rides and Flying Machines; The Inter-War Period; Modern Rides; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARK SCIENCE.

AmusementParkScienceGreenberg[Book: Dan Greenberg – 2003 – 20x23cm – 34 Pages – Many colour photos]. Amusement park rides push and pull your body in all directions. They can spin you in circles, turn you upside down, and even make you feel weightless. Learn the role science plays behind rides such as the bumper cars, carousel, roller coasters, and more. Chapter Points: Welcome to the Amusement Park; On a Collision Course – Bumper Cars; Round and Round – Carousels and Ferris Wheels; In the Swing – Pendulum Rides; The Biggest Thrill – Roller Coasters; More Forces at Play; Websites; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AmusmentParksGuidebookNorris[Book: John & Joann Norris – 1994 – Second edition – 15x23cm – 160 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Your essential guide to amusement park facilities across the United States. Arranged state -by- state, this book discusses amusement park entrance fees, special admissions packages, seasons, hours of operation, eating facilities, gift shops, types of rides, amusements, and conveniences. Chapter Points: Introduction; A Brief History of Amusement Parks in the US; Park Information (by State); Other Sites of Interest; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AmusementParksAlter[Book: Judy Alter – 1997 – 19x22cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos]. Roller coasters, Ferris wheels and cotton candy. An educational resource which charts the history of the amusement park and theme park. Chapter Points: Long Before Disneyland; The Great Columbian Exposition; Trolleys and Roller Coasters; Coney Island; New Entertainments; The Disney Concept; Theme Parks; The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AmusementParksAwesomeParks-World[Book: Miriam Bardswich & Julie Flannery – 2006 – 23x31cm – 50 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Introduction; Long Before Disney (Bakken, Tivoli Gardens, World’s Columbian Exposition, Trolleys, Ice Slides); The History of Amusement Parks (1843-2005); Disneyland Opens; Palisades Park; Parks Around the World: Alton Towers (England), Disneyland & DisneySea (Japan), Dreamworld (Australia), Gardaland (Italy), Marineland (Canada), Ratanga Junction (South Africa). Fabulous Food; Carnival Games; Wonderland (story); Roller Coaster Science; Kingda Ka – The King; Scaring Ourselves; Roller Coaster (poem); Haunted Castle (short story). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent for children.

AMUSEMENT PARKS.

AmusementParksHillman[Book: Jim Hillman – 2013 – 15x21cm – 68 Pages – Full colour]. From Jones’s Woods, America’s first amusement resort, to Coney Island during the golden age, and well beyond into the 21st Century, the thrills of the amusement park have been a treasured part of childhood. Though many of the country’s grand amusement treasures have now vanished, and many others are struggling for survival, their memory and legacy remain alive: there will be a fascination with these American classics as long as the clatter of the coaster cars and the thumping of the carousel organ remain. Chapter Points: Genesis; Beyond Coney Island; Hard Times And Opportunities; The Theme Park Challenge; Lost Parks And Those That Remain; What Next?; Places To Visit; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF AMERICA.

AmusementParksUlmer[Book: Jeff Ulmer – 1980 – 15x23cm – 340 Pages – Some B&W photos]. Amusement parks originated in Europe in the 1700s, nowhere else have they evolved so rapidly in such huge numbers with so wide a variety of attractions, or enjoyed such an immense popularity. No other place appeals to the five senses or evince so many good feelings from their visitors. This is the most thorough guide ever to all the pleasures American amusement parks have to offer, with everything you need to know to plan your visits. Covering more than 300 parks and family entertainment centres across the country. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF GREATER CINCINNATI & NORTHERN KENTUCKY.

AmusementParksKentuckyWimberg[Book: Robert J. Wimberg – 2002 – 22x28cm – 212 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Opening with a large chapter on long-gone Chester Park, and continues with Rainbow Park, Coney Island in Cincinnati and LeSourdsville Lake Park. Later sections cover: Ludlow Lagoon; Fantasy Farm; Highland Grove (Winslow Park, Meyer’s Grove); Hillsdale Park (Inwood Park); Kings Island; Latonia Springs; Martz’s Playground (Riverview); Meadowbrook Park; Monarch Park (Oakley Grove); Parlor Grove; Pee Wee Valley; Queen City Beach; Stricker’s Grove; Tacoma Park; Wonderland Park and Woodsdale Island Park. It’s a nostalgic look at amusement parks before the Golden Age. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF NEW JERSEY.

AmusementParksNewJersey[Book: Jim Futrell – 2004 – 15x23cm – 228 Pages – Frequent B&W photos]. Chapter Points: A History of the Amusement Park Industry; A History of the Amusement Park in New Jersey; Steel Pier; Keansburg Park; Clementon Park; Jenkinson’s Boardwalk; Casino Pier; Playland’s Castaway Cove; Bowcraft Park; Land of Make Believe; Storybook Land; Funtown Pier; Wild West City; Gillian’s Wonderland Pier; Morey’s Piers; Six Flags Great Adventure; Fantasy Island; Blackbeard’s Cave; Other Amusement Facilities; Index of Major Rides in Operation in New Jersey; Bibliography; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF NEW YORK.

AmusementParksNewYork[Book: Jim Futrell – 2006 – 15x23cm – 232 Pages – Many B&W photos]. New York State is home to an extensive collection of amusement parks and attractions, New York has it all! Selected Chapter Points: A History of Amusement Parks in New York; Coney Island; Seabreeze Park; Sylvan Beach Park; Midway Park; Playland; Santa’s Workshop; Hoffman’s Playland; The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom; Enchanted Forest/Water Safari; Martin’s Fantasy Island; Adventureland; Magic Forest; Nellie Bly Park; Six Flags Darien Lake. New York’s Smaller Parks: Catskill Game Farm; Harris Hill Park; Long Island Game Farm; Fun Zone; Boomers! Olcott Beach Carousel Park; Victorian Gardens; Other Amusement Facilities. Also includes: Index of major rides in operation in New York. An educational read. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF PENNSYLVANIA.

AmusementParksPennsylvania[Book: Jim Futrell – 2002 – 15x23cm – 212 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Introduction; A History of the Amusement Park Industry; A History of the Amusement Park in Pennsylvania; Williams Grove; Idlewild and Soak Zone; Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom; Conneaut Lake; Lakemont Park; Waldameer Park and Water World; Kennywood; Bushkill Park; Hersheypark; DelGrosso’s; Knoebels; Dutch Wonderland; Sesame Place; Pennsylvania’s Smaller Parks (Weona Park, Pocono Play Park, Land of Little Horses, Bucktail Family Fun Park and Camping Resort, Carousel Village at Indian Walk, etc.); Index of Major Rides in Operation in Pennsylvania. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS OF VIRGINIA, MARYLAND & DELAWARE.

AmusementParksDelaware[Book: Jim Futrell – 2008 – 15x23cm – 214 Pages – Few B&W photos]. A unique reference source detailing park locations, operating schedules, admission policy, food, rides, special features, and useful tips on how to make the most of your visit. Chapter Points: Foreword (By Dennis Spiegel); Introduction; A History of the Amusement Park Industry; Trimper’s Rides and Amusements; Jolly Roger at the Pier; Funland; Frontier Town Western Theme Park; Kings Dominion; Six Flags America; Busch Gardens Europe; Baja Amusements; Motor World; Go-Karts Plus; Virginia Beach Amusement Park; Blue Diamond Amusement Park; Adventure Park USA; Other Amusement Facilities; List of Major Rides in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMUSEMENT PARKS: PERIMETER AND AREA.

AmusementParksPerimeterAndArea[Book: Dianne Irving – 2009 – 18x23cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. Amusement parks are lots of fun. They have rides, games, and other entertainment. There are different kinds of amusement parks. Some are small with only a few rides. Some are huge and have themes. Each park is carefully planned to fit a certain area. This exciting book is designed to help educate children about perimeter and area, and features interesting and useful information about amusement parks and roller coasters worldwide. Chapter Points: Amusement Parks; History of Amusement Parks; Amusement Park Rides; Water Parks; Getting Around the Parks; Planning for Fun; Problem-Solving Activity; Glossary; Index; Answer Key (answers to tasks). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for young children.