AMUSEMENT PARKS, THEME PARKS, AND RECREATIONAL FUN SPOTS IN JAPAN.

AmusementParks400Japan[Book: 2007 – 21x29cm – 210 Pages – Full colour]. A Japanese catalogue detailing the main rides and attractions, major events, opening times, entry prices, park maps, websites, etc. of over 410 recreational destinations in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland; Tokyo DisneySea; Universal Studios Japan; Nagashima Spaland; La Qua and Tokyo Dome; Yomiuriland; Asakusa Hanayashiki; Tokyo Summerland (water adventure); Tama Tech; Yokohama Cosmoworld; Fuji-Q Highland; Seibuen Yuenchi; Nasu Highland Park; Picnicland; Hitachi Kaihin; Expoland; GrinPa Park; Hirakata Park; Monkey Park; Sea Paradise; Sega Joypolis; Mega Web; Palette Town; Toshimaen, and many more. (Japanese script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMUSEMENT RIDE-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES: 1987–1999.

AmusementParksDeaths[Book: C. Craig Morris – 2000 – 22x28cm – 36 Pages]. This report describes U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data on amusement park-related fatalities and hospital emergency room-treated injuries. Fatality data are presented for calendar years 1987-1999. Injury data are presented for calendar years 1983-1999. Hazard scenario data derived from in-depth investigations and incident reports are presented for the period from 1 January 1990 through 30 April 2000. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Amusement Ride-Related Injuries; Amusement Ride-Related Fatalities; Hazard Patterns Associated with American Ride-Related Incidents; Reported Fatalities; Investigated Cases: 85 incidents reported and recorded, and over 100 fatalities. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMUSING THE MILLION.

AmusingTheMillion[Book: John F. Kasson – 1978 – 18x21cm – 120 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. This book examines the historical context in which Coney Island (New York) made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture. Exploring it afresh in this way, the book shows Coney Island no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of modernity. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF PLEASURE.

TheArchitectureOfPleasure[Book: Josephine Kane – 2013 – 18x25cm – 264 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Between 1906 and 1939, nearly 40 major amusement parks operated across Britain. Focusing on Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach, Margate’s Dreamland and Southend’s Kursaal, we examine the spatial and architectural form taken by rides and other buildings. The roller coaster – a defining symbol of the amusement park – is given particular focus, as is the extent to which discourses of class, gender and national identity were expressed through the design of these parks. Chapter Points: List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; A Fortune in a Thrill – The Rise of the Amusement Park 1900-1920; A Whirl of Wonders! – Technology, Machine Bodies and Moving Images; A Great Fun City – Crowds, Space and Time; Putting Order into Chaos – The Amusement Park 1920-1939; Shifting Modernities – Pleasure and Leisure at the Amusement Park; Conclusion – Modern Pleasures; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

ARE YOU CHICKEN?

AreYouChicken[Book: Robert Reynolds – 1997 – 14x22cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos and cartoons]. “Are You Chicken? A Coward’s Guide to Roller Coasters.” Chapter Points: Looking for the Chicken Exit; Coaster Archaeology; America’s first Coaster; What makes a Great Coaster? Design, the Mad Science; Arrow Dynamics; Morgan Manufacturing; Premier Rides; Togo International; Using the Shoehorn at Knott’s; Theming; The Beauty of Coasters; Suspended; Inverted; But I am Chicken; Mean Streak; The Corkscrew; The Vertical Loop; Indoor Coasters; The Batwing, etc.; How do we stop this thing; Night Riding; Not for the Acrophobic; Ninja at Six Flags Over Georgia; Kumba; Transportable Coasters; Giant Dipper; The Coaster Wars; Steel; Raptor; Wood; The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ART OF DISNEYLAND.

TheArtOfDisneyland[Book: Jeff Kurtti & Bruce Gordon – 2006 – 27x34cm – 132 Pages – Full colour]. Showcasing 50 years of the rich, varied, and vivid artistic inspiration behind the development of the landmarks, attractions, architecture and shows that constitute Disneyland (Anaheim, California). Chapter Points: The Artist as Storyteller (by Martin A. Sklar); A Magical Little Park; Main Street USA; Adventureland; Frontierland; New Orleans Square; Bear Country and Critter Country; Fantasyland; Mickey’s Toontown; Tomorrowland; Biographies of the Principal Artists: (Ken Anderson, Mary Blair, Marc Davis, Harper Goff, John Hench, Sam McKim, Dorothea Redmond, Herbert Ryman); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE ART OF WALT DISNEY: FROM MICKEY MOUSE TO THE MAGIC KINGDOMS.

TheArtOfWaltDisneyChristopherFinch[Book: Christopher Finch – 1999 – Concise Edition – 24x30cm – 164 Pages – Many colour photos]. Presenting the remarkable story of Walt Disney and the company he built. Disney transformed the humble black-and-white animated cartoon into a new art form: inventing remarkably durable characters beginning with Mickey Mouse, adding sound and then colour before making the leap into feature films. His creations, including the theme parks that he pioneered, blossomed into the great entertainment company that still bears his name. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Roy E. Disney); Introduction; Early Enterprises; Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies; Hyperion Days; Five Animated Classics; Interruptions and Innovations; New Beginnings; A Second Flowering; Muskets and Mousketeers; Beyond Film; Themes and Variations; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ART OF WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

TheArtOfWaltDisneyWorld[Book: Jeff Kurtti & Bruce Gordon – 2009 – 27x34cm – 140 Pages – Full colour]. A showcase of the varied art and artists of Walt Disney Imagineering. Highlighting the rich and vivid creative inspiration behind the development of the landmarks, attractions, architecture and shows that constitute Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida). Chapter Points: A World of …Artists (by Roy Edward Disney); …Nostalgia; …Adventure; …Fantasy; …History; …On the Move; …Tomorrow. Biographies of Principal Artists: (Tony Baxter, Mary Blair, Collin Campbell, Marc Davis, R. Tom Gilleon, Paul Hartley, Sam McKim, Dorothea Redmond, and Herbert Ryman); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ASBURY PARK: A BRIEF HISTORY.

AsburyPark[Book: Joseph Bilby & Harry Ziegler – 2009 – 15x23cm – 132 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The history of New Jersey’s Asbury Park is a veritable roller coaster of challenge, triumph and change. In 1871, there was nothing but marshes and sand dunes between the sinful city of Long Beach and the holy haven of Ocean Grove, but for devout Methodist James Bradley, the deserted beachfront was a new Promised Land. Thus, the resort community Asbury Park was born as a wholesome entertainment and relaxation center… to become a raucous amusement park. Chapter Points: Preface; Acknowledgements; James A. Bradbury – the Founder (+6 sub chapters); The Hetrick Years (+6 sub chapters); The Fall and the Rise (+5 sub chapters); Notes; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ASBURY PARK’S GLORY DAYS.

AsburyParksGloryDaysPike[Book: Helen-Chantal Pike – 2005 – 22x24cm – 212 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Long before Bruce Springsteen picked up a guitar, Asbury Park (New Jersey) was a seashore Shangri-La filled with shimmering odes to civic greatness, world-renowned baby parades, temples of retail, and atmospheric movie palaces. It was a magnet for tourists, a summer vacation mecca – New Jersey’s own Coney Island. Here we chronicle the city’s [and the resort’s] heyday – between 1890 and 1980. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Prologue 1982; Location, Location, Location; The Avenues; The Beach, the Boardwalk, and the Palace; The Entertainment Circuits; Dining Out, Sleeping In; Downtown; The Society; Epilogue 2002; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK.

AtTheAmusementParkSky[Book: Lucinda Sky – 2013 – 20x20cm – 28 Pages – 11 colour photos]. “At the Amusement Park – Understand and Apply Properties of Operations.” Chapter Points: Adding at the Petting Zoo; Seeing the Clowns; Riding the Train; Sharing Cookies; Subtracting at the Ferris Wheel; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair, for young readers.

ATLANTIC CITY: 125 YEARS OF OCEAN MADNESS.

AtlanticCity125YearsOfOceanMadness[Book: Vicki Gold Levi & Lee Eisenberg – 1994 – 22x28cm – 224 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Starring Miss America, Mr. Peanut, Lucy the Elephant, the High-Diving Horse, and four generations of Americans cutting loose over and below the Boardwalk. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; By The Desolate Sea; Sand Castles (includes the attractions at Million Dollar Pier, Steel Pier and George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Pier); Ballyhoo (includes Reverend Ezra B. Lake’s 1890 “Ocean Tricyclemore Sea-Wagon / Sea Spider”, Isaac Newton Forrester’s 1872 “Epicycloidal Diversion”, 1894’s “Haunted Swing,” The Flying Zachinis human cannonball stunt, and motorcycle stunts); Intermission – Greetings From Atlantic City; Starshine (includes showbusiness and famous names); Mermaids Ascendant; Funny Money (includes casinos and big business); Picture Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BAY BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK: A PICTORIAL HISTORY.

BayBeachAmusementPark[Book: 1996 – 21x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. An affectionate look back at Bay Beach Amusement Park (Green Bay, Wisconsin). Chapter Points: Mitchell Nejedlo; Captain John Cusick; Street Car; Pavilion; Roller Coasters (Roller Coaster 1901-1922 & Grey Hound 1928-1936); Tercentennial; Swimming; Dances; Other Attractions; Myths; Amusement Rides; Bay Beach of Today; Postcards of the Past; Future of Bay Beach. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BAY SHORE PARK.

BayShorePark[Book: Victoria Crenson, illustrated by Bryn Barnard – 1995 – 21x26cm – 46 Pages – Many B&W and colour illustrations]. “Bay Shore Park: The Death and Life of an Amusement Park.” How does a bustling amusement park become a busy natural habitat for trees, birds, insects, even a raccoon? Bay Shore Park (Baltimore, Maryland) had been around since nearly the turn of the 20th century, loved by young and old alike for its excitement and charm. In 1947, the park closed, and its big iron gates were locked up to keep trespassers out. But gates are not strong enough to keep nature out. Little by little, over many years, Bay Shore Park became a home for an amazing variety of plants and animals. Watch its life burst forth on the pages of this book. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK.

BehindTheScenesAtTheAmusementPark[Book: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk – 1983 – 18x23cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Describing the operation of an amusement park, including roller coaster safety maintenance and carousel restoration, as well as career opportunities. Selected Chapter Points: Scream If You’re Scared; Roller Coaster Mania and Maintenance; Lights, Camera, Computer! Save The Carousel; Fun on the Midway; Amusement Parks Then and Now; Disneyland – A Theme Park; A Good Business; Cleaning, Cooking and Constructing; Another World Underground (Disney); Who Works in an Amusement Park? Looking at Full Time Careers; Others Who Work To Make Magic; Look Who’s Having Fun; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF ROLLERCOASTER.

AmericanCinematographer[Book: American Cinematographer – 1977 – 22x30cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Features a 16-page article about the making of the 1977 movie: “Rollercoaster.” Includes an interview with director James Goldstone who discusses the staging of stunts and shooting various scenes. “Recording ‘Rollercoaster’ Sound in Sensurround” (by Robert Leonard – Sound Engineer). “Mixing ‘Rollercoaster’ Sound for Sensurround” (by Robert L. Hoyt – Re-recording Supervisor). “The Photography of ‘Rollercoaster’” (by David Walsh – Director of Photography) features behind-the-scenes images of the rides, camera rigging, crew, film stills, etc. “Along For The Ride” (by Leslie Goldman – Documentary Director of Photography)… for the crew, shooting “The Behind-The-Scenes of The Making of ‘Rollercoaster’” was almost as exciting as the main action! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BELLE VUE.

BelleVueIoA[Book: Jill Cronin & Frank Rhodes – 1999 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. For over a century everyone, it seemed, was going to Belle Vue gardens! This unique attraction brought anyone who was within a charabanc ride or train excursion to Manchester (England) for a day of fun. If you went to Belle Vue in its heyday this publication will evoke happy memories, and if you didn’t you will find this book a revelation. Chapter Points: The Way In and the Grounds; On the Water; Dancing and Music; At the Circus; The Amusements; At the Zoo; Eating and Drinking; VIPs and Special Events; Sports, Halls and – the End. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BELLE VUE: MANCHESTER’S PLAYGROUND.

BelleVueManchester[Book: Manchester Evening News – 2005 – 19x25cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. For over 150 years, Belle Vue (Manchester, England) was the entertainment centre of the North West. What started off as a small Zoological Gardens soon developed into a place for dancing, fun on the fair, firework displays, music, sport, boating, greyhound racing, and a multitude of dining areas. At its zenith, an incredible two million people a year visited Belle Vue, with over 170,000 recorded on one single day. Chapter Points: Introduction; Zoo; Funfair; Circus; Music; Sport; Speedway; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE BELLE VUE STORY.

TheBelleVueStory[Book: Robert Nicholls – 1992 – 20x30cm – 84 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams]. Telling the complete story of the Belle Vue (Manchester, England) Zoological Gardens. Chapter Points: The Establishing of Belle Vue by John Jennison; John Jennison’s Years of Success 1852-69; Prosperity Under the Family 1869-94; The Last Decades of Family Control 1894-1925; Belle Vue Ltd 1925-39; Years of Success and Decline 1939-56; Sir Leslie Joseph in Control 1956-63; Part of the Forte Empire 1963-77; 1977 to the Present Day. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE BEST OF BRITISH: BRITAIN’S GREATEST AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.

TheBestOfBritainsAmusementParks[Book: Marc Whitcombe – 2009 – 18x23cm – 78 Pages – Many colour photos]. A collection of photographs from the author’s travels to theme and amusement parks around the UK. Featuring the roller coasters, rides and other attractions at: Paultons Park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Wicksteed Park, Thorpe Park, Brighton Pier, Drayton Manor Park, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Flamingo Land, Oakwood (Wales), Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland Windsor, Fantasy Island, Adventure Island, Alton Towers, Funland Hayling Island, and The Hollycombe Steam Collection. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BEYOND THE CASTLE: THE ENCHANTED FOREST.

BeyondTheCastleEnchantedForest[Book: Mavis Tofte – 2002 – 14x22cm – 194 Pages – Many colour photos]. Nestled in the hills south of Salem, Oregon, is a unique tourist attraction called the Enchanted Forest. It has a quaint charm not often seen in most large conglomerate theme parks. This is the oldest family owned theme park in Oregon, and travellers are in for a special treat when they visit this gem found in the hills south of the State’s Capitol City. Chapter Points: Foreword (Roger Tofte); Discovering the Lower Trail; Tofteville; The Haunted House; Fairweather Theater; Big Timber Log Ride; Ice Mountain; The Old World Village; The Moods of Fantasy Fountains; Mother Nature; Rides For the Young & More; Looking Back; New Visions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BIG, FAST RIDES.

BigFastRides[Book: Alison Hawes – 2006 – 13x20cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. An item of juvenile literature, sure to appeal to young thrill-seekers. A loopy book of fun facts about roller coasters. Find out how they started, how they were built, and where you can find the biggest, the fastest and the scariest rides of all. Chapter Points: Roller Coasters; Wooden Roller Coasters; Steel Roller Coasters; Six of the Best UK; Six of the Best USA; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

BIG ROLLER COASTERS.

BigRollercoasters[Book: Catherine Ipcizade – 2009 – 24x29cm – 24 Pages – 9 Full colour/full page coaster photos]. Speed down hills. Spin upside down. Let big roller coasters take you for a ride. Learn about big roller coasters and the ways they give riders big thrills. Chapter Points: Big; Bigger; Biggest; Glossary; Read More; Internet Sites; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair, for very young readers. 

THE BIGGEST THRILL RIDES.

TheBiggestThrillRides[Book: Susan K. Mitchell – 2007 – 17x23cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. An item of juvenile literature investigating some of the tallest, longest, and largest thrill rides in the world. Read about the challenges, dangers, and successes in building these colossal structures. Explore how roller coasters reach top speeds and how they stop. Find out how a roller coaster stays on the track. Read about the newest and scariest thrill rides, and how gravity and high speeds affect riders. Chapter Points: The Earliest Coasters; Too Dangerous? (Son of Beast malfunction); Higher and Scarier Than Ever; Super Thrills; The Ultimate Scream Machine; Coaster Time Line; Glossary; Further Reading. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BLACKGANG CHINE.

BlackgangChine[Book: Blackgang Chine and Fidelity (Basildon, Essex) – 1975/6 – 15x21cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Blackgang Chine Gardens are to be found at the southern corner of the Isle of Wight, situated on a cliff-top almost 400 feet above sea level, overlooking the English Channel. From such a unique observation point the view is breathtaking. On a fine day, with the sea glittering in the sunlight, one can see the whole south-western coastline of the island stretching away for 15 miles to the majestic white cliffs at Freshwater, with the ‘Needles’ and the lighthouse beyond… The word ‘Chine’ is in fact of Saxon origin meaning ‘a chasm or gorge that has been formed in a cliff face by the erosive action of wind and water’. The origin of ‘Blackgang’ is little more than legend and is said to derive from the activities of a gang of smugglers who frequented this part of the coast and its small villages in bygone days… Blackgang Chine, which is privately owned, was first opened to the public as long ago as 1843 by Alexander Dabell and his wife and have been continuously developed ever since by succeeding generations of the same family. The Chine, now managed by the founder’s great grandson, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the South of England, and as can be seen, every effort has been made to preserve the landscape’s natural beauty, whilst at the same time providing visitors and their children with the facilities and comforts that they require to make this a memorable and exciting visit…”. Chapter Points: Introduction; Gnomes’ Garden; Model Village; The Fairy Castle; The Whale; Nursery Land; Dinosaurs; Map of Blackgang; Water Garden; The Mouth of Hell; Buffalo Creek; Totem Pole and Wigwams; Observatory; Adventure Park; Smugglers’ Cave; The Crooked House; The Museum; The Pillory and Stocks; The Wishing Chair and Well. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BLACKPOOL: CENTURIES OF PROGRESS.

CenturiesOfProgress1999[Book: Steve Palmer – 1999 / First edition – 21x30cm – 70 Pages – Many colour photos]. The story of Blackpool (England, UK) as a holiday and entertainment hot spot. Chapter Points: Foreword (Steve Palmer); Early History and Developments, [1714 on]; Creation of Entertainments; The Pleasure Beach – Centuries of Success; Colourful Blackpool; More Than 100 Years by Tram; Twentieth Century of Attractions; Carnival and Illuminations; News Features & Royal Visits; Highlights Besides the Sea. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL: CENTURIES OF PROGRESS.

CenturiesOfProgress2003[Book: Steve Palmer – 2003 – 21x30cm – 70 Pages – Many colour photos]. The story of Blackpool (England, UK) as a holiday and entertainment hot spot. Chapter Points: Foreword (Steve Palmer); Early History and Developments, [1714 on]; Creation of Entertainments; The Pleasure Beach – Centuries of Success; Colourful Blackpool; Three Centuries by Trams; Twentieth Century of Attractions; Carnival and Illuminations; News Features & Royal Visits; Progress – of New Developments. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL: CENTURIES OF PROGRESS.

CenturiesOfProgress2014[Book: Steve Palmer – 2014 – 21x30cm – 70 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Since it was the end of the Twentieth Century in 1999 when this book first appeared, it now seems an opportune moment to produce a fourth edition of “Blackpool Centuries of Progress” in 2014…” Chapter Points: Foreword (Steve Palmer); 1853 Uncle Tom’s Cabin; North Pier 1863; 1886 Central Pier; Victoria Pier 1893; 1871 Raikes Hall; Winter Gardens 1878; Building of the Blackpool Tower 1891; The Grand Theatre 1894; The Great Wheel 1896; 1899 The Alhambra to the Palace; Along the Promenade; The Pleasure Beach; A New Generation of Trams; Illuminations 1912 & Carnival 1923–4; Blackpool Illuminations; Stanley Park & Airport; Promenades South & North; 20th Century Attractions; Art – Deco of the Thirties; Central Station 1878–1964; North Station 1846–2014; Nostalgic Scenes; Royal Visits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL HIGHLIGHTS.

BlackpoolHighlights[Book: Steve Palmer – 1987 – 21x30cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Photographic images of Blackpool past and present. Chapter Points: Foreword (Barry Morris – Director, Tourism and Attractions Dept. Blackpool); Acknowledgements; Growth of a Skyline; North Pier; Central and South Piers; North Shore & Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Palaces of Pleasure; The Illuminations; Pleasure Beach; Beside the Sea; South Shore & Stanley Park; Lifeboat Launch; By Train and Tram; Changing Face; Fame. (+Derby Pool SplashLand & Blackpool Zoo advertisements). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS.

BlackpoolIlluminationsToulmin[Book: Vanessa Toulmin – 2012 – 25x27cm – 196 Pages – Full colour]. Blackpool Illuminations – The Greatest Free Light Show On Earth. Chapter Points: Foreword – The Light Fantastic; Introduction – A National Treasure; A Royal Affair – A Century of the Lights; Inter-War Years – Gleaming Nights of Beauty; The Big Switch On – Celebrities Turn On The Lights; Disney Comes to Town – Partners on the Prom; Illuminated Trams – Lighting Up The Promenade; The Lights Return – Post-War Expansion; Space Age & Beyond – The Modern Era; Designing the Lights – The Unsung Heroes (Sid Howell, Albert Howell, Charlie Crowther, Bob Bradshaw, Emilios Hatjoullis, Alan Cockcroft, Graham Ogden); The New Millennium – Lighting Up The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS & LIGHTPOOL.

blackpoolilluminationslightpool[Book: Andrew Hazlehurst, Dave Riche, Richard Ryan, Alex Rinsler, Mykey Young and the Illuminations Archive – 2016 – 21x26cm – 36 Pages – Full colour]. “This souvenir programme is the definitive guide to ‘The Greatest Free Light Show on Earth’ and includes photographs of some of your favourite features from today and yesteryear, plus lots of fascinating facts about the Illuminations’ history. The brochure’s content dates to the very origins of where it all began (in 1879) and features exclusive insights and interviews, including an in-depth feature telling the story of when the Disney Company was a key partner of the Illuminations.” Chapter Points: Foreword – ‘Welcome To Blackpool’ (by Gillian Campbell); Illuminations Now; Illuminations – Back In Time; The Golden Years; Lightpool; Lightpool Village; Lightpool Festival 2016; Neon – The Charged Line (exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery); Around The World; Illuminations Merchandise / Photos; Illuminations App; Laurence Llewelyn Bowen; Switch-On Stars (1934–present); Heritage Trams; Competition Time; The Friends of Blackpool Illuminations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH.

BlackpoolPleasureBeachToulmin[Book: Vanessa Toulmin – 2011 – 25x26cm – 146 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; In The Beginning – Earl’s Court By The Sea; Interwar Years – Entertainment For The Masses; Casino – A 1930s Masterpiece; Designing The Pleasure Beach; Postwar Prosperity – The Boom Years; Spectacular Live Performances; Roller Coasters; A Family Affair (By Amanda Thompson). Special features: Maxim’s Flying Machine, River Caves, Witching Waves, Noah’s Ark, Fun House, Ghost Train, Wild Mouse, Derby Racer, Valhalla, Joseph Emberton, Percy Metcalfe, Tom Purvis, Charles Paige, and Arrow Dynamics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: A CENTURY OF FUN.

BPBCenturyOfFun[Book: Peter Bennett – 1996 – 22x31cm – 152 Pages – Many colour photos]. Celebrating 100 years of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England). A “must read” for the Pleasure Beach enthusiast! Chapter Points: Foreword; Blackpool in the Nineteenth Century; W.G. Bean, Showman of Distinction; The Flowering of the Pleasure Beach 1914-1929; The Vision of Leonard Thompson; A Modernist Amusement Park; The Second World War and the Survival of the Pleasure Beach; Leonard Thompson’s Final Flourish; Geoffrey Thompson Takes the Reins; The Big One and the Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: A HUNDRED YEARS OF FUN.

BPBHundredYearsOfFun[Book: Peter Bennett – 1996 – 21x30cm – 58 Pages – Many colour photos]. Celebrating 100 years of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England). Chapter Points: Blackpool in the 1890s; The Sand Hills of South Shore; The Lad from London with “American Hustle;” The Growth of a New Partnership; The American Invasion; Bean, the “Napoleon of the Dunes;” The Flowering of the Pleasure Beach; Bean’s Finest Hours; The Younger Generation Takes Control; The Fading of the American Dream; Leonard Thompson’s Vision is Realised; The Pleasure Beach Achieves International Renown; The Second World War and its Aftermath; The Renewal of the Pleasure Beach; Leonard Thompson’s Legacy; WGT and the New World of Entertainment; The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: A PALETTE OF LIFE.

APaletteOfLife[Book: 2002 – 21x21cm – 42 Pages – Many colour sketches]. A chronological portfolio of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England, UK) images (2000-2002) brought to life by Julia Midgley, artist in residence at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Chapter Points: Introduction by Geoffrey Thompson; Launch of the Dipperthon; Valhalla; Summer Days; Summing Up; The Artist – Julia Midgley. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

THE BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH STORY.

TheBlackpoolPlesureBeachStory[Book: Steve Palmer – 1976/77 – 20x25cm – 30 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. A snapshot of Pleasure Beach, Blackpool (England) in the ’70s. Chapter Points: Welcome to the Fun Place; Panorama of Pleasure; Travelling Around; Into the Dark; Thrills day and night; Sunset Silhouettes; The Children’s Paradise; The Kiddies’ Amusement Park; Gulliver in Lilliput; Night Life; Funtastic Food; Pleasure Beach People; On With the Show; Behind the Scenes; Night Magic; Seventy Funtastic Years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: THROUGH THE CAMERA OF LICHFIELD.

BPBCameraOfLichfield[Book: 1989 – 21x30cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England) certainly wins the vote as one of Britain’s most photogenic venues. The profusion of colour, movement and the tremendous variety of shapes make it a fascinating place for the professional photographer to work. Foreword by Geoffrey Thompson. A portfolio of glossy photographs, showing: the Monorail; Show Venues; Astro Swirl; Rainbow; Log Flume; Funshineland (at night); Revolution; Children’s Carousel; Big Dipper (at night); Avalanche; and a spectacular night-time view of South Park from the Giant Slide. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: WHAT’S ON GUIDE.

BlackpoolPleasureBeachWhatsOnGuide[Book: 1992 – 15x21cm – 20 Pages – Many colour photos including a foldout park map]. “Welcome to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Greatest Free Admission Amusement Park in the World, and Britain’s most visited tourist attraction. Over 6.5 million people a year enjoy its world-famous rides, shows, shops and restaurants, and most of all, the electric atmosphere. Nearly a century’s experience has produced the 42 acre amusement park with more rides than you’ll find anywhere else in the world. It all started in 1896, when Blackpool’s south shore was mainly sand dunes. A far-sighted man, Alderman W.G. Bean, laid down a ride from America, the Hotchkiss Bicycle Railway, and the rest is history. A Helter Skelter and a Scenic Railway followed, and of course, Sir Hiram Maxim’s Captive Flying Machine and the River Caves, which are still there for you to see today. Then grew a veritable forest of wooden roller coasters, including the Big Dipper and Grand National, to be later complemented by the new generation of steel monsters like the Revolution and the Avalanche. The famous Fun House, which provided hours of enjoyment for millions, and many happy memories too, was lost in a fire last year. But the laughing man has a new home for 1992, and a multi-million pound ride is planned for the site. Nowadays, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is managed by W.G. Bean’s grandson, Geoffrey Thompson, who is continuing the family tradition of providing fun for all ages. Bean said he wanted ‘to make adults feel like children again’ and it’s still basically the same theme today. So, read on, and enter into the world of kids both big and small…” Chapter Points: Coaster City – A Fantastic White Knuckle World; Family Fundays; Showtime – Star Studded Days And Nights Out; Ocean Boulevard; Foldout Park Map; Eating Out – From Sandwiches To Soufflés; Great Events For Everybody In And Around Blackpool; Famous Faces At Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Local Information; Spectacular New Event at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool Pleasure Beach Discount Gold Card (application); Blackpool Pleasure Beach Official Travel Partners (official sponsors). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: WHERE THE THEME IS FUN.

BPBWhereTheThemeIsFun[Book: 1990 – 21x30cm – 16 Pages – Many colour photos]. A History of Fun. Alderman William George Bean, founder of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England, UK) proclaimed: “Our aim is to found an American style amusement park, the principle of which is to make adults feel like children again.” For nearly a century, the Pleasure Beach, while remaining a family business, has kept apace with changing tastes in fun and thrill entertainment, and today boasts rides which are renowned throughout the world. Executives annually travel worldwide to bring new rides and attractions to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, maintaining the reputation of Europe’s Greatest Amusement Park. Join us in this glimpse behind the scenes of past and present rides and attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE BLACKPOOL STORY.

TheBlackpoolStory[Book: Brian Turner & Steve Palmer – 1994 – 21x30cm – 150 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. This publication was commissioned by the Corporation of Blackpool (England, UK) to celebrate the Centenary of the Borough 1876-1976. Chapter Points: The Infant Blackpool; The Coming of the Railway; Laying the Foundations; Walking on the Water; The Entertainment Boom; The New Influence; Lowering the Tone; The Popular Theatre; The Eiffel Tower; Having a Good Time; The Blackpool Bubble; The Transport Revolution / Trams; Aviation in Blackpool; The Illuminations; The Pleasure Beach; Taxis and Tanks, 1904-1918; The Expansive Years, 1919-1939; Blackpool at War, 1939-1945; Towards the Century, 1945-1976; The Changing Face of Blackpool, 1977-1985; The Blackpool Festival, 1994. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL TOWER.

BlackpoolTowerBillCurtis[Book: Bill Curtis – 1988 – 18x23cm – 140 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Blackpool (England) was emerging as a major holiday resort serving the thriving mill towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire at the time Monsieur Gustav Eiffel built his great tower of iron and steel in Paris. The Lancashire town’s amusement caterers were turning from serving well-to-do visitors to a new concept of wooing the masses. And what better to attract hordes of day trippers than a tower, soaring up into the sky? A tower that would be visible from miles away. A tower that could be ascended to the top – if you were daring enough you could leave the lift and clamber up the last flight of steps to a platform near the top from which you could see the Welsh mountains, the Isle of Man, the Lakeland hills and almost the whole of the Lancashire coastline. Associated with the Tower was the Circus, described in early programmes as “A Palace of Pleasure in itself”. The Tower also incorporated the Menagerie, Aviary and Aquarium established earlier by a Dr William Cocker. And before long there was also a magnificent ballroom where holidaymakers could dance the day away.” Chapter Points: Dedication; Acknowledgements; Opening Day; The Emerging Resort; Palaces and Towers; The Tower is Born; Opposition; Celebrations and Disasters; The Ballroom; The Wonder Wurlitzer; The War Years; Children in the Tower; The Menagerie and the Aquarium; The Circus; Maintenance; The Ballroom Fire; “The Tower needs people”; Yesterday and Tomorrow; The Tower Structure; The Tower Ascent; The Circus; The Tower Aquarium; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL TOWER.

BlackpoolTowerToulmin[Book: Vanessa Toulmin – 2011 – 25x27cm – 146 Pages – Full colour]. “Following the foundation laying in 1891, Blackpool Tower (England) opened to the public on 14 May 1894. Chapter Points: Foreword (Steve Weaver); Introduction (Gordon Marsden MP); The Tower – The Wonderland of the World (Chronology, John Bickerstaffe, Aquarium, Menagerie and Zoo, Roof Gardens…); Design & Construction (Finance, Building, Blueprints, Interior Designs, Frank Matcham, Tower Lounge, Chinatown); Tower Ballroom (Dance Bands and Musicians, Reginald Dixon and the Mighty Wurlitzer, 1956 Fire, Pauline Rivers Ballet); Tower Circus (Jeanne Mount, Key Personalities, Charlie Cairoli, The Water Circus, Shows); The Future (Blackpool Council, Merlin Entertainments, Continuing Remodelling and Restoration). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL TOWER: A HISTORY.

BlackpoolTowerPeterWalton[Book: Peter Walton – 2016 – 16x24cm – 194 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “When Blackpool Tower was being built, many people said it would be a failure. Originally estimated at £150,000, it ended up costing twice that much and John Bickerstaffe nearly went bust building this unique attraction. But he was right. Once the Tower was open, his company made a profit every year that it existed as an independent public entity. Not only was the Tower profitable, but it fuelled the Tower Company as Bickerstaffe built it into the dominant entertainment group in Blackpool (England). Under his leadership it acquired the Palace and later the Winter Gardens and Opera House. By the 1930s it was running ballrooms, cinemas, live theatre and the famous Tower Circus. The Bickerstaffe brothers were also key figures in Blackpool’s civic life. This is a story of the Victorian entrepreneurship that created Blackpool’s most iconic building, and led to Blackpool being the apogee of seaside entertainment.” Chapter Points: Preface; Acknowledgements; Blackpool and the Development of Resort Towns; The Bickerstaffe Family; A Tale of Two Towers; Building the Blackpool Tower; Development and Consolidation; The First World War; The Winter Gardens Co. Succession and Depression – The 1930s; The Second World War; The Last of the Bickerstaffes; The Delfont Years; Notes; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL’S ILLUMINATIONS.

BlackpoolsIlluminations[Book: Andrew Hazlehurst & Steve Palmer – 1997 – 17x24cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. 1997 will see the 65th anniversary of the illuminations – a tourist attraction so popular, that it has earned the title: “The Greatest Free Show On Earth.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Arthur Elliot, Director of Electrical Services 1974–1988); Acknowledgements; Introduction; The History of the Illuminations; The Twenties; The Thirties; The Forties; The Fifties; The Sixties; The Seventies; The Eighties; The Nineties; The Illuminations Year; Construction and Creation in the Workshops; The Infrastructure; List of Features – 1997; The Switch-On Ceremonies; Dates of Illuminations and Switch-On Personalities; Illuminated Trams (Tramnik One, etc.); Mobile Displays (Glimobile, etc.); Storm Damage; Sales of Illuminations and Sponsorships; Plan of Illuminations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BLACKPOOL’S SEASIDE HERITAGE.

BlackpoolSeasideHeritage[Book: Allan Brodie & Matthew Whitfield – 2014 – 21x21cm – 152 Pages – Many colour photos]. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Foreword (by Laurie Magnus); Introduction; Early Blackpool 1750–1840 (+The origins of Blackpool, Blackpool in the late 18th century, Blackpool before the railway); The arrival of the railway 1840–1870 (+The development of the town, Blackpool in the 1860s); The rapid growth of Blackpool 1870–1914 (+Blackpool’s entertainment facilities, The Winter Gardens, Progress, Blackpool’s entertainment industry, Blackpool Tower, Catering to visitors, Blackpool before World War I, Defending Blackpool); Blackpool after 1918 (+Interwar, Post-war, Challenges); Blackpool in the early 21st century (Blackpool’s Masterplan, Implementing the Masterplan, The future); Notes; References; Further reading. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BOB-LO REVISITED.

BobloRevisited[Book: Bill Rauhauser – 2003 – 21x25cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A photographic look back at Boblo Island (Ontario, Canada). Photography is the art of our time and, when used with skill and integrity, its impact is enormous. The camera produces images that record our most cherished moments and our most important events. In so doing, the photograph acquires a dignity that is unique to the medium. Chapter Points: Introduction; On The Boats; The Island (Including the stalls, rides and roller coasters); Going Home. Boblo Island: Detroit’s Canadian Jewel (A History by Martin Magid). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE BOOK OF CHANCE.

TheBookOfChance[Book: Harold Chance – 2004 – 22x28cm – 340 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Book of Chance: A Pictorial Review of the Life of Harold Chance, His Family and His Friends.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; My First Real Job; Harold and Marge; Chance’s Carnival and Parks; Today’s Factory; The Allen Herschell Merger; The Minibus Merger; The New Joyland Park in Wichita; The Rides We Built (including: Ottaway Steam Train –1946, B-14 Streamline Train –1955, B-20 Aerotrain –1958, Pump-It Handcar Ride –1959, C.P. Huntington Train –1961, Trabant –1963, Old 99 Train Ride –1964, Skydiver –1965, Rotor –1966, Astro Wheel –1967, Starliner Tram Train –1967, Olympic Bobs –1968, Zipper –1968, Toboggan –1969, Radar –1970, Turbo –1970, 36’ Carrousel –1971, Flying Bobs –1971, Helicopter –1971, Tumbler –1974, Music Fest –1974, Zumer –1975, 80’ Giant Wheel –1975, Sidewheeler –1976, Pixie Plaza –1976, Sunliner Trackless Train –1976, Casino –1976, Minibus –1977, Sea Dragon –1979, Space Shuttle –1981, Star Fighter –1982, Wagon Wheeler –1983, Falling Star –1984, 50’ Carrousel –1985, Thunderbolt –1985, etc.); The World’s First Powerized Pogo Stick – Hop Rod; The Number One C.P Huntington at Macy’s; The Velare Brothers; My Retirement From Chance; Chance Chariots Ltd; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BOULDER AMUSEMENT PARK.

BoulderAmusementPark[Book: Cyndy Hennig Hanks – 2003 – 22x28cm – 114 Pages – Many B&W photos]. For more than 20 years, the community of Indian Falls, New York, wondered where the vanished carrousel went that whirled at Boulder Amusement Park. In the 1980s, several unique, magnificently carved carousel figures were put up for auction. They created a stir. Collectors asked, what ride had the figures come from? When were they carved? This is the true story of a one-of-a-kind carrousel designed by Emilie Morrot Bourgard – and of her brother, Theophilus John Morrot, who brought it to Boulder Park. Chapter Points: A Boy at Sea; Glass Works; Epiphany; Reims; Emilie’s Carrousel; Departures; Indian Falls; Boulder Amusement Park; Quietus; Epilogue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BRANDYWINE SPRINGS AMUSEMENT PARK.

BrandywineSprings[Book: Mark R. Lawlor – 1993 – 18x25cm – 164 Pages – Few B&W photos]. The illuminated entrance arch to Brandywine Springs Amusement Park (Wilmington, Delaware) declared, “Let all who enter here. Leave care behind,” – and many thousands of Delawareans did just that, from the park’s founding in 1886 until its demise in 1923. Chapter Points: The Early Years 1886-1899; Rapid Expansion 1900-1904; Progress and Problems 1905-1910; Time for Major Improvements 1911-1914; An Ageing Park 1915-1919; The Crowds Disappear 1920-1923; Times Change, 1924-Present. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BRET WITTER’S CARNIVAL UNDERCOVER.

BretWitterCarnival[Book: Bret Witter – 2003 – 14x20cm – 210 Pages – Few B&W illustrations]. Step right up, ladies and germs! You’re about to enter the secret world of amusement parks, carnivals and fairs. Discover the skills, thrills, and chills that carnies don’t want you to know! Learn how to win the prize every time, how to choose the best seat on the roller coaster, and how to make a carnival-quality funnel cake at home. Cringe at the worst -and most hilarious- accidents in amusement park history; uncover the secrets of sword-swallowing and ride design; and thumb through the “Field Guide to Roller Coasters” to discover the fastest, steepest, wildest and deadliest rides in America. WARNING! Contains spoilers, tips, and inside information that reveal for the first time the secrets of the amusement park. Enter at your own risk. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BRITAIN’S GREATEST COASTERS.

BritainsGreatestCoasters[Book: A. G. Preston – 1996 – 14x21cm – 232 Pages – Many B&W photos]. There have been many books written on the history of roller coasters both in the States and in Europe, but none have put forward Britain’s best. That is what this publication sets out to do. Also features an interesting introduction: a year -by- year look at roller coaster milestones, from the Russian ice slides of the 16th & 17th Centuries, to 1996 and Megafobia! Chapter Points: Introduction; How It All Began; Pepsi Max Big One; Nemesis; Shockwave; Ultimate; Grand National; Vampire; Big Dipper; Wild Mouse; Texas Tornado (Morecambe); Cyclone (Southport); The Woodies Fight Back!; Other Sparkling Coasters; European Coasters; The Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain; Coaster Manufacturers; My Record; The Future; Coaster Terminology. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY.

BuschGardensTampaBay[Book: Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez – 2017 – 16x24cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. “When Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened in 1959, the Tampa, Florida, park became an immediate hit with locals and tourists alike. Over the decades, Busch Gardens has grown to become an internationally acclaimed and accredited zoological facility and world-renowned theme park. Serving as a sanctuary for thousands of exotic and endangered animals from around the globe and offering up unique thrilling rides and world-class entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay proudly welcomes millions of guests each year.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Jim Dean); Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1957-1964 – New Gardens Brew; 1965-1974 – It’s a Zoo!; 1975-1982 – The Gardens Grow; 1983-1992 – Extinction Is Forever; 1993-2008 – Racing to the Top; 2009 and Beyond – The Future Blooms. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BUTTE’S PRIDE – THE COLUMBIA GARDENS.

ButtesPrideColumbiaGardens[Book: Pat Kearney – 1994 – 21x28cm – 132 Pages – Many B&W, Some colour photos]. Copper king William Clark built the Columbia Gardens (Butte, Montana) shortly after he purchased land east of Butte in 1899. In a short period of time Clark constructed one of the most elegant parks in the history of the United States. The park featured gorgeous floral designs, unique equipment, a magnificent dance pavilion, amusement rides, and more. The park was closed to pave the way for mining in 1973. During its 74 years of operation, the park provided many wonderful hours of enjoyment for patrons. The Columbia Gardens was more than just an amusement park for Butte residents; it was a way of life. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA.

ByTheBeautifulSea[Book: Charles E. Funnell – 1975 – 16x24cm – 228 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. By The Beautiful Sea: The Rise and High Times of That Great American Resort, Atlantic City. From its beginnings on the windswept New Jersey coast at the end of the 1860s, Atlantic City was a forthright monument to the pursuit of pleasure, the very first place in America devoted to the principle that there was nothing evil about having a good time. It was shortly after the Civil War when Philadelphia entrepreneurs hit upon empty Absecon Island as a potential gold mine, bought it up, and laid the rail line that would soon bring customers rolling in for a breath of sea air – and whatever else was going. Hotels, restaurants, pavilions, boarding houses, piers, the great Boardwalk of amusement…” Chapter Points: Preface; The Great Democracy Claims a Washbasin; Newport of the Nouveaux Bourgeois; Games for the Mauve Predicament; The Perspectives of Janus; Babylonian Days (+A Photographic Album); Not Too Far From the Madding Crowd; “Fallen Lady”; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE CALIFORNIA SOURCE’S TOKYO DISNEYLAND GUIDEBOOK.

TheCaliforniaSourceTokyoDisneyland[Book: William Nash-McAdam – 2012 – 22x28cm – 104 Pages]. Expertly crafted by theme park touring professionals at TheCaliforniaSource, our guidebook is the largest, most informative, and up-to-date Tokyo Disneyland guide on the market. Find pertinent, important information on every attraction, shop, and restaurant in both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (including ticket prices, average temperature, rainfall, etc. for given periods). Save time, save money… and with this guidebook, unlock the secret to memories to last a lifetime! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE CALIFORNIA SOURCE’S UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, SIX FLAGS, & LOS ANGELES GUIDEBOOK.

TheCaliforniaSourceUniversalStudios[Book: William Nash-McAdam – 2012 – 22x28cm – 68 Pages]. From the seasoned experts at TheCaliforniaSource, our guidebook is the only modern, complete, guide on the market. From the stunning new Transformers – The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood to the adrenalin-pumping Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain to the inspiring J. Paul Getty Center, we bring you the best. Every attraction, show, shop and restaurant in both Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain is covered in detail with reviews and time and money-saving tips. We make YOU the expert to Los Angeles’ most thrilling adventures. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CALIFORNIA THEME PARKS.

CaliforniaThemeParks[Book: Alex Miller & Bryce Walker – 2010 – 22x28cm – 128 Pages – Full colour]. Discover how these magical theme parks came to be, and read the little-known secrets that make them such memorable landmarks. Chapter Points: About the Authors; Foreword (Charles Canfield); Adventure City; Belmont Park; California’s Great America; Castle Park; Children’s Fairyland; Disneyland Park; Disney’s California Adventure Park; Funderland; Gilroy Gardens; Knott’s Berry Farm; Legoland; Pacific Park; Pixieland Amusement Park; Rotary Storyland and Playland; Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; Scandia Amusement Park; SeaWorld San Diego; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom; Six Flags Magic Mountain; Universal Studios Hollywood; Timeline. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA.

CaliforniaGreatAmericaIoA[Book: Steven W. Wilson – 2014 – 16x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. In May 1972, actor Fess Parker of Davy Crockett fame announced plans for a huge theme park complex in Santa Clara, California. Eventually, the Marriott Corporation joined the effort. Parker later departed, while Marriott continued with what was the corporation’s largest project to date. Marriott’s Great America opened its gates on 20 March, 1976. It featured a variety of family and thrill rides, live entertainment and a circus. From the Marriott Corporation to the park’s current owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Great America continues to entertain millions of guests every season. Chapter Points: Foreword (J.W. Marriott Jr.); Acknowledgements; Introduction; From Frontier Worlds to Marriott’s Great America; Marriott’s Great America; Kings Entertainment Company’s Great America; Paramount’s Great America; California’s Great America. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CANOBIE LAKE PARK.

CanobieIoA[Book: Douglas W. Seed & Katherine Khalife – 2006 – 11x16cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Canobie Lake Park (Salem, New Hampshire) was opened in August 1902 by the Massachusetts Northeastern trolley company. It provided New Englanders with a shared recreational experience regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status. Since then, generations have played, met, danced, and fallen in love at the park. This book tells the fascinating history of this great New Hampshire landmark, and illustrates the people, the events, and the everyday scenes that have made Canobie Lake Park a favourite destination for over a century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CARNESKY’S GHOST TRAIN: BOOK OF THE DISAPPEARED.

Carneskys[Book: Marisa Carnesky – 2008 – 10x16cm – 24 Pages – Few illustrations]. Co-written by Natasha Davis, Rasp Thorne & Bob Karper, and details the story (and victims) behind Blackpool’s (UK) darkride. “Not such a long time ago, in a small country not very far away, there came to be a terrible war. Fire ravaged city citadels and orchards, and people were stricken with fright… Some of the daughters of this ransacked nation decided to flee but they had no means. No money, no passports, no goods left to barter, they found their only route of escape was to smuggle themselves onto a night train. Once boarded, the train mysteriously vanished and the daughters were never seen again… Folklore has it that this train was not of this world, that it was in fact a Ghost Train sent by the spirits to deliver the daughters from terror. Some people say they were already dead…” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE CAROUSEL KEEPERS.

TheCarouselKeepers[Book: Carrie Papa – 1998 – 15x23cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This book records the voices of the people who manufactured, crafted, owned, operated, and cared for carousels during the golden age of American amusement history, and of those who have studied, preserved, and revitalized interest in this beloved part of our national heritage. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Carousel Keepers; The Charm of the Past; The Biggest Problem We Have; Buying and Selling; A Magical Transformation; Friends of Our Carousels; A Tremendous Quality and Charm; The End of an Era; To Bring Joy to People; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE CAROUSELS OF THE PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN COMPANY.

TheCarouselsOfThePTC[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1984 – 21x27cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Discovering the PTC Carousel Story; PTC Carousels – World’s Finest And Most Substantially Made; Building PTC Carousels; Ups And Downs; Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousels (More than 90 PTC Carousels catalogued with Year Debuted, Number of Rows, Park Name and Location, Relocations, etc.); Carousel Payroll – Carving Work on Carousel Horses on PTC Carousel #17, the 1908 Riverview Park machine (Chicago, Illinois); The Limits In Researching the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CAROWINDS.

CarowindsIoA[Book: Scott Rutherford – 2013 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Carowinds was the brainchild of self-made businessman and real estate developer, Earl Patterson Hall. In 1973, after four years of planning and construction, Carowinds opened on a site that straddles the North Carolina / South Carolina border. Throughout the 1970s, visitors enjoyed rides such as the Witchdoctor and White Lightnin’. Currently, the park features attractions for all, including Intimidator, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the Southeast. 2013 marks Carowinds’ 40th anniversary. Chapter Points: Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Carowinds Founder E. Pat Hall; Building the Dream; The First Years; The Taft/KECO Years; The Paramount Years; The New Millennium. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CARTERS.

Carters[Book: Anna Carter – 2010 – 21x21cm – 42 Pages – Full colour]. Carters Steam Fair is unique. It preserves the heritage of the British fair with vintage rides, traditional showmans’ living vans and period transport. It regularly operates nine major rides and many juvenile rides and sideshows. The rides date from 1895 to the 1960s and everything is restored, decorated and illustrated in its period. Chapter Points: No Ordinary Fair; The Story of Carters Fair; The Gallopers, Chair-O-Planes, Steam Yachts, Dodgems, Octopus, Dive Bomber, The Ark, The Skid. Arcade; Juvenile Rides and Sideshows, Living Vans & Haulage; Work Never Stops; Carters Fair People. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CASCADE PARK.

CascadeIoA[Book: Anita Devivo and the Lawrence County Historical Society – 2010 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Since its opening in 1897, Cascade Park (New Castle, Pennsylvania) has welcomed thousands to its varied amusements. The park is an unusually beautiful natural setting, and in the 1890s, when it was called a trolley park, crowds arrived by streetcar. Eventually automobiles took over, and the roller coaster was dismantled to make way for a parking lot. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Brinton Park; Cascade Park; Rides (Toboggan Roller Coaster, Carousels, Bumper Cars, Gorge Coaster, Comet Coaster, Caterpillar, Cascade Flyer, Tumble Bug, Seaplanes, Old Mill, Ferris Wheel, Kiddieland). Attractions; The Dance Pavilion; Events; Changes; Winter; Scenes; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CEDAR POINT.

CedarPointOhio[Book: Cedar Point Inc – 1965/66 – 18x25cm – 36 Pages – Colour photos throughout]. A publication charting Cedar Point’s history: How the land was acquired for the fledgling park. The managers and owners who have come and gone, and everything else you wanted to know about that historic acquisition. See colour views of the Funway, the Mill Race, Blue Streak roller coaster, the Western Cruise Boat Ride, the Famous Sky Ride, the Merry-Go-Round, Fascination, Earthquake Ride, and the Giant Double Ferris Wheel. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CEDAR POINT.

CedarPointIoA[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1870, Louis Zistel began ferrying passengers from Sandusky to the Cedar Point (Ohio) Peninsula’s beer garden and sandy beaches. In 1888, the Grand Pavilion was built, housing a massive theatre, bowling alley, photographic studio, and kitchen, and shortly thereafter, the resort’s first roller coaster was installed. George Boeckling transformed the resort into a self-sufficient city and amusement park, but the park suffered badly in the 1930s economic depression. However, after Cedar Point changed hands several times in the 1950s, it became one of America’s leading amusement parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CEDAR POINT: THE QUEEN OF AMERICAN WATERING PLACES.

CedarPointQueen[Book: David W. Francis & Diane Demali Francis – 1995 – 22x28cm – 222 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1995, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) celebrated its 125th anniversary – When a small bathhouse was built along the shores of Lake Erie in 1870, no one ever dreamed that it would someday evolve into one of the largest and most successful amusement parks in the world. Chapter Points: Cedar Point at its Best – The Summer of 1918; Before the Resort Era; The Early Resort Years; The Arrival of George A. Boeckling; Cedar Point’s Golden Age; The Resort During The 1920s; Depression and War; On the Road to Recovery; The Renaissance of Cedar Point; The Amazement Park; America’s Roller Coast. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CELORON PARK ON CHAUTAUQUA LAKE.

CeloronPark[Book: Thomas J. Goodwill – 2009 – 15x23cm – 190 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. (Often misspelled “Celeron” – Celoron Amusement Park was located in Jamestown, New York). Chapter Points: Before the Beginning, to 1893; The Gay Nineties, 1894-1899; The Aught Years, 1900-1909; The Trying Teens, 1910-1919; The Roaring Twenties, 1920-1929; The Depressed Thirties 1930-1939; The War Years, 1941-1953; The Fifties, in Decline, 1954-1959; The Sixties, End of the Park, 1960-1962; After the End; An American Family – Broadhead; An American Family – Takagi; People of the Park = Harry Illions; People of the Park = Lucille Ball; People of the Park = L. Wayne Hofius; People of the Park = Jule Delmar. Appendix A – The Rides and Attractions; Appendix B – The Buildings; Appendix C – Getting to the Park; Bibliography; Index to People; Maps. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CHARLES WICKSTEED.

CharlesWicksteed[Book: Hilda M. Wicksteed – 1933 – 13x18cm – 110 Pages]. The Wicksteed [amusement] Park is the strongest of many links between Kettering in Northamptonshire (England) and its citizen-benefactor, Charles Wicksteed, who first arriving in 1871, at the age of twenty-four, set up works in the town in 1876, and, from then until his death in 1931, lived and thrived and spread goodwill there. This story of his life has particular interest to Northamptonshire people, and should appeal to a wider public for its vivid narrative of the family life, private enterprise, and public benevolence of a man of many interests (including healthy radicalism), who was active in Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian days, and who succeeded in buying happiness with the money he made. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE CHEAPSKATE’S GUIDE TO THEME PARKS.

TheCheapskatesGuideToThemeParks[Book: Steven J. Urbanowicz – 2004 – 14x21cm – 212 Pages – Few B&W photos and maps]. Featuring 25 of the most popular theme parks in the United States. Do you love to ride but hate to stand in line? Live for thrills but don’t want to pay outrageous prices? Want to know more about how to save big bucks on everything from admission prices to parking, food and even souvenirs? Then you need this ultimate insider guide chock-full of great tips for saving time and money so you can make the most of your theme park adventure. What rides to hit first. How the ‘fast lane’ operates, and how to work it to your advantage. Where to find food and accommodation that won’t break the bank. How to avoid lines and when and where to look for serious discounts (They’re easier to find than you think!). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR OF 1893.

TheChicagoWorldsFair1893[Book: Stanley Appelbaum – 1980 – 21x28cm – 120 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Originally conceived to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was one of the largest (633 acres) and most influential aggregations of human talent, energy and industry ever assembled. In just six months, more than 27 million visitors came to marvel at this colossal spectacle. Chapter Points: From Conception To Opening Day; The Architectural Program; The Court Of Honor And Its Buildings; The Buildings On The Lagoon; North Pond; South Pond; Midway Plaisance; From Opening To Closing Day, And Beyond; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

CHICAGO’S 1933–34 WORLD’S FAIR.

Chicagos1933-34WorldsFair[Book: Bill Cotter – 2015 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “It took six years and cost $100 million, but on May 27, 1933, the gates swung open on the biggest birthday party the city of Chicago had ever seen. The Century of Progress Exposition, better known as the 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair, commemorated the amazing progress that had been made since the founding of the city just 100 years earlier. Many of America’s largest companies joined with countries from around the world to showcase their histories and advertise their newest products. The road to opening day was not an easy one, with the Great Depression making it look like the fair might never be built, but thousands of small investors stepped forward to help close the financial gap. The fair went on to an unprecedented second season, and when the gates finally closed after the last of the 39 million visitors went home, it had achieved something quite rare among world’s fairs: earning a profit.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The North End; The North Lagoon; The South Lagoon; The Center of the Fair; The South End; The 1934 Fair; The Fair at Night. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CHIPPEWA LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK: IN THE BEGINNING.

ChippewaBeginning[Book: Sharon L.D. Kraynek & Eli R. Beachy – 2003 – 22x28cm – 296 Pages – Some B&W and colour photos]. Tracing the history of the Grand Old Lady of amusement parks – Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio), from its beginnings in 1847 to the entry into the Twentieth Century. Dozens of photos and hundreds of reports. (As printed in The Medina Mirror, The Medina Examiner, The Medina County Gazette, The Wadsworth Enterprise, Tuscarawas Chronicle, The Cleveland Leader, Elyria Weekly Republican, and The Akron Beacon Journal). This collection of newspaper reports is for everyone who enjoyed the good times at Chipp’, once upon a time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CHIPPEWA LAKE PARK.

ChippewaLakeParkIoA[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In the 1880s, Oscar Townsend and the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad developed a prosperous vacation resort, eventually called “Chippewa Lake Park” (Medina, Ohio) on the banks of Ohio’s largest natural lake. In 1937, Parker Beach purchased the resort, and it enjoyed a swinging Golden Age through 1969. In 1978, after more than 100 years of operation, Chippewa Lake Park joined the ghostly ranks of the last traditional amusement parks. Chapter Points: The Emergence of an Amusement Park; Depression, War, and Survival; The Post War Boom; Chippewa Lake Park at its Zenith; Chippewa’s Final Years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CHIPPEWA LAKE PARK: 1800–1978.

ChippewaLakeParkDiary[Book: Sharon L.D. Kraynek – 1988 – 21x27cm – 156 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Diary of an Amusement Park. Located about 35 miles south on interstate 71 from Cleveland or 15 minutes west on interstate 76 from Akron, in the village of Chippewa Lake, Ohio; Chippewa Lake Park was open to the public for thirteen summer weeks each year. On hot summer days the blinking lights of the red and white Chippewa Lake Park sign, complete with an Indian head rigged in full bonnet welcomed arrivals. There were no gates to pass through, no one collecting money for parking the car – just an open atmosphere welcoming one and all to a good time and enjoyment. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CHIPPEWA LAKE PARK CHRONICLES: 1800–1969.

ChippewaChronicles[Book: Sharon L.D. Kraynek – 1993/94 – 21x28cm – 208 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A collection of newspaper articles and oral interviews that keep the memory of Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio) alive. Chapter Points: Foreword; The Onset (1800-1889); Arise (1890-1899); Early Years (1900-1909); Good Old Days (1910-1919); Outbreak of the 1920s (1920-1929); Depression Years (1930-1939); Big Band Era (1940-1949); Rock & Roll Times (1950-1959); The Conclusion (1960-1969). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

CHIPPEWA LAKE PARK: THE GLORY YEARS 1930–1949.

ChippewaGloryYears[Book: Sharon L.D. Kraynek & Eli R. Beachy – 2006 – 22x28cm – 236 Pages – Few B&W and colour photos]. An extensive chronological compilation of newspaper articles concerning Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio). Featuring photos of the park’s hotel, rides (Tumble Bug, Kiddie Train, Big Dipper, Rocket Ships) midway, dance hall and boating lake. There are also many poster reproductions advertising the special events that took place at Chippewa Lake Park across two glorious decades. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CHIPPEWA LAKE REVISITED.

ChippewaLakeRevisited[Book: Sharon L.D. Kraynek – 1996 – 22x28cm – 94 Pages – A few B&W prints] Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio). A compilation of newspaper articles that appeared in the Medina Town Square Post as a regular featured column, taken from memory, personal interviews and photographs. Chapters include: Back in Time 1875; The Flying Dutchman; Fezziwigs in 1911; The Roaring Twenties; Hotel Chippewa; Starlight Ballroom; The Swinging Forties; Big Dipper; Theatre; Penny Arcade; WHLO Day 1965; The Chippewa Mystery. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

CINCINNATI’S CONEY ISLAND.

CincinnatisConeyIsland[Book: Charles J. Jacques Jr. – 2002 – 21x28cm – 234 Pages – Many B&W, some colour photos]. Chapter Points: Parker’s Grove 1867-85; Ohio Grove 1886-95; The First Island Queen: A Floating Palace 1896-1912; Fire, Flood, Ice and War 1913-23; New Owners Take Control 1924-29; The Great Depression and Big Bands 1930-39; World War II and Its Aftermath 1940-47; Baby Boomers, Television and Integration 1948-61; America’s Finest Amusement Park 1962-71; Yesterday’s Memories and Tomorrow’s Dreams 1972-today. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended. 

CIRCLES IN THE SKY.

CirclesInTheSky[Book: Richard G. Weingardt – 2009 – 18x25cm – 162 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “The Life and Times of George Ferris.” In the summer of 1893, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, an engineering marvel was unveiled and immediately captured the world’s attention. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. and his wheel helped usher America-eager to identify itself with ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, and innovation-into the twentieth century. Yet the very wheel that came to define George Ferris in the end consumed him, leaving him ruined. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword (Norman D. Anderson); Legendary He Was; Westward to the Colonies; Taming the Prairie; Carson Valley to Troy; Founding of a Firm; Building Big Bridges; Incredible Wheel; Lawsuits & Ruin; Aftermath-Epilogue; George Ferris’ Family Tree; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

CLEMENTON.

Clementon[Book: Danielle L. Burrows – 2007 – 17x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Nestled inconspicuously less than 20 miles east of Philadelphia, the village of Clementon (New Jersey) once bore all the markings of an early-20th-century county seat: mills, lumberyards, a thriving charcoal industry, waterworks, locomotive access, and entrepreneurial residents. Incorporated as a borough in 1925, the town’s abundant lakes and the allure of Clementon Lake Park quickly elevated Clementon’s status to a popular recreational hotspot. Vacationers and residents alike recall traffic at the towns small intersections on Sunday nights as Depression-era amusement seekers headed home from weekends spent diving, boating, and picnicking. Declared “The busiest little town in South Jersey” in an early promotional film, Clementon remains etched in collective memories as a mecca of busyness and merriment. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Early Settlers, Industry, and Development; Clementon Park [amusement park]; Scenes throughout the Century; Schools, Churches, and Civic Events; Recreation. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CLEVELAND AMUSEMENT PARK MEMORIES.

ClevelandAmusementParks[Book: David & Diane Francis – 2004 – 21x25cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Revisit the glory days of Cleveland’s (Ohio) classic amusement parks! Each park had its own distinct personality, its own peculiarities, and its own alluring array of popular attractions. Savour this scenic excursion into the past! Chapter Points: Introduction; Euclid Beach Park; Luna Park; Geauga Lake Park; Puritas Springs Park; Cleveland’s Other Parks: (Kiddie Playland, Scenic Park, Lincoln Park, Willoughbeach Park, Woodland Hills Park, Gordon Gardens Park, Edgewater Park, Mentor Beach Playland, The Great Lakes Exposition, Orchard Lake Park). White City; Memphis Kiddie Park; Geneva-on-the-Lake; Cleveland Zoo Kiddie Park; Acknowledgements; Further Reading. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CLEVELAND COUNTY FAIR.

ClevelandFairIoA[Book: Marie Farrow Patterson & U.L. “Rusty” Patterson – 2012 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In the fall of 1923, the Shelby Kiwanis Club developed a plan to establish the Cleveland County Fair. The first fair was held in 1924. Since then, the theme has always been to celebrate city and farm life coming together through such popular attractions as agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, stage show revues and demolition derbies. The Cleveland County Fair is the largest county fair in North Carolina. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Formula for Success; “Drivers, Start Your Engines”; The Stars Come Out; Agriculture Impacts Economic Development; The Magic Midway (rides, concessions, etc.); It’s a Brand New Day at the Cleveland County Fair. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

COASTERS 101: AN ENGINEERING GUIDE TO ROLLER COASTER DESIGN.

Coasters101[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2011 – 15x23cm – 54 Pages]. Designing roller coasters is not as easy as computer games make it out to be! Chapter Points: Introduction – The Three Dimensional Puzzle; Design Constraints and Considerations; Design Software and Computer Technology; Project Management; Producing Safe Accelerations; Obtaining Maximum Potential Energy; Designing the Vehicles; Banking the Track through a Curve; Wheel Design and Material Selection; Speed Influencers; Track Fabrication Techniques; Supports and Foundations; Brakes, Blocks, Sensors, and Switches; Racing / Dueling Control Systems; Ride Analysis; Construction; Test and Adjust; Operations; Amusement Industry Safety Standards; Lock Out Tag Out Procedures; Daily Inspections and Preventive Maintenance; Example Equations; Career Advice; Enjoy the Ride!; About the Author; Acronyms; Glossary; Resources. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE COASTERS OF THE PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN CO.

TheCoastersOfThePTC[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1984 – 21x27cm – 38 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Philadelphia Toboggan Company Coasters – The Early Years (Featuring the Giant Coaster at Paragon Park); Coaster Construction Resumes; The Busiest Years (Featuring the Woodside Wildcat, and the Coney Island Twister in Cincinnati); Limping Along (Including The Flying Turns at Rocky Point); Modern Coasters (Including Lakemont Park’s Shooting Star); Includes a catalogue of 145 PTC Coasters 1904-1975. Includes details such as year debuted, park name and location, details concerning the coaster’s designer and builder as well as brief description of each roller coaster’s fate. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

COASTING AROUND THE UK: ROLLER COASTERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

CoastingAroundTheUK[Book: Peter Andrews – 2016 – 22x29cm – 230 Pages – Full colour]. Covering the length and breadth of the UK, this photographic and historic guide includes many behind-the-scenes perspectives that prove these compelling structures are not merely fun rides but also mechanically magnificent and, at times, visually stunning machines. Chapter Points: Foreword (John Wardley); Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction. THE PARKS: Adventure Island, Alton Towers Resort, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Bottons Pleasure Beach, Brighton Pier, Chessington World of Adventures, Clacton Pier, Clarence Pier, Codona’s Amusement Park, Crealy Devon’s Great Adventure Park, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Dreamland Margate, Fantasy Island, Flambards, Flamingo Land Resort, Fun City, Funland, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Greenwood Forest Park, Gulliver’s Kingdom, Gulliver’s Land, Gulliver’s World, Joyland, Landmark Forest Park, Legoland Windsor Resort, Lightwater Valley, M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park, Milky Way Adventure Park, Oakwood Theme Park, Ocean Beach, Paultons Park, Pleasure Island, Pleasureland Southport, Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Thorpe Park, Twinlakes Park, West Midland Safari Park, Wicksteed Park. PAST PARKS (American Adventure Theme Park, Camelot Theme Park, Loudoun Castle Theme Park, Frontierland Western Theme Park, Metroland, Southport Pleasureland). PAST RIDES (Alton Towers’ 4 Man Bob, Alton Mouse, Alton Beast/Beast, Black Hole, Corkscrew, Thunder Looper. Flamingo Land’s Bullet, Magnum Force. Lightwater Valley’s Soopa Loopa. West Midland Safari Park’s Cobra). Bibliography; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

COME HAVE FUN WITH FRANK RUSH AT CRATERVILLE PARK AND SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK.

CratervilleFrankRush[Book: Frank Rush III – 2006 – 15x23cm – 384 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The history of Craterville Park (Oklahoma) and Sandy Lake Amusement Park (Texas) 1800s-2005. Selected Chapter Points: Hey, Cowboy! Let’s Talk!; Introduction; The Rush Family Tree; Where Did the Train Come From?; Where’s this Train Going?; All Aboard For Sandy Lake Amusement Park, (Includes Jerry Nowak’s “The Sandy Lake March;” Pulling Out of the Station in 1971; Fun Facts; High Diving Mules; The Family Circus; The Show Goes On; Company Picnics; Nearly Derailed at the Bush Tollway; Sandy Lake Park Christmas; Remembering Old Craterville Park; More About Craterville Park; Let’s Rodeo; Meers Store; What Would Mr. Bicket Do?; Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!; The Wrong Track; Nearing the End of the Line; The Last Stop; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CONEY ISLAND.

ConeyIslandStein[Book: Harvey Stein – 1998 – 22x23cm – 128 Pages – Colour photos throughout]. A pictorial look at Coney Island, New York. See the various rides, including the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone roller coaster. Also features a chronological look at Coney Island milestones, from 1609 to 1997. An excellent reference tool for anyone researching the amazing amusement parks: Sea Lion Park (1895-1902), Steeplechase Park (1897-1965), Luna Park (1903-1946) and Dreamland (1904-1911). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CONEY ISLAND.

ConeyIslandSolomon[Book: Professor Solomon – 1999 – 13x21cm – 152 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Coney Island – Past and Present. Delve headfirst into the history of Coney Island (New York), the seaside resort that was once America’s most celebrated amusement centre. Come with the author as he goes there to see what remains of the place. Wandering about, he looks for antiquities… talks with old-timers… explores the Boardwalk and surviving amusements. It’s an enlightening excursion to this legendary fun spot. Chapter Points: Personal Note; Coney Island History; Excursion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONEY ISLAND.

ConeyIslandBerman[Book: John S. Berman – 2003 – 17x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. As the ultimate summertime destination for tens of thousands of New Yorkers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Coney Island is famous for its historical amusement parks and attractions: The Cyclone, The Bobs, Virginia Reel, Wonder Wheel, Grand Canyon Toboggan Railway and the Thunderbolt roller coaster. Coney Island was the place to get a Nathan’s Famous hot dog, enjoy the penny arcades and dance pavilions. The boardwalk bustled with excitement and was the scene for many first kisses. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CONEY ISLAND.

ConeyIslandIoA[Book: Laura J. Hoffman – 2014 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York) is famous for so much more than just hot dogs and wild rides. At the turn of the 20th century, it was known as the “Playground of the World.” In the beginning, this upscale resort area catered to the rich. Between 1897 and 1904, three lavish amusements parks opened. By 1920, the subway extended to Stillwell Avenue, which made Coney Island more accessible for everyone. Coney Island hit its apex between 1910 and 1930. Afterwards, it suffered through the Great Depression, went into major decline after World War II, and hit bottom in the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, there has been a profound revitalization effort to bring the area back to its glory days. Despite the major setback caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the spirit of Coney Island is alive and well. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Early Days; Steeplechase Park; Luna Park; Dreamland; Surf Avenue; The Bowery; The Beach and Boardwalk; Brighton Beach; Index; Bibliography. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONEY ISLAND: A POSTCARD JOURNEY TO THE CITY OF FIRE.

ConeyIslandRichardSnow[Book: Richard Snow – 1984 – 23x23cm – 118 Pages – Many colour photos and pictures]. George C. Tilyou wrote in 1886, “If Paris is France, then Coney Island (New York), between June and September, is the world.” This might seem to be nothing more than commercial bombast, but in fact, Tilyou was right – or would be. In the next twenty years Coney Island was to become the most famous resort in the world, a carnival grand enough to draw visitors from Europe…” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CONEY ISLAND AND ASTROLAND.

Coney-AstrolandIoA[Book: Charles Denson – 2011 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. New York’s Coney Island is where the roller coaster and the hot dog were introduced to the world. The glow of a million bare light bulbs at Luna Park dazzled early visitors, and rocket ships at Astroland fuelled intergalactic fantasies. Astroland Park, created at the dawn of the space age, was the vision of Dewey and Jerome Albert. They transformed the three-acre Feltman’s Restaurant property, one of Coney Island’s oldest attractions, into a futuristic amusement park that would anchor the amusement zone for the next half century. The park’s ambitious opening in 1962 helped Coney Island survive the closure of the venerable Steeplechase Park. Chapter Points: Introduction; Coney Island Streetscapes; Feltman’s and Wonderland; Building Astroland; Astroland’s Journey to the 21st Century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended. 

CONEY ISLAND KALEIDOSCOPE.

ConeyKaleidoscope[Book: Lynn H. Butler & John B. Manbeck – 1991 – 25x27cm – 108 Pages – Portfolio with text]. The text is informative, although it’s basically a collection of large blurred photographs! Chapter Points: Foreword (English & French – By Charles-Henri Favrod, Director of the Swiss Museum of Photography); Introduction; Coney Island Mood; Amusements; The Boardwalk; Food and Drink; The Beach; Surrounding Communities; Coney Island Experience; Afterward-The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

CONEY ISLAND: LOST AND FOUND.

ConeyLostAndFound[Book: Charles Denson – 2002 – 20x25cm – 296 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. A ride on the legendary Cyclone roller coaster, a bite of a Nathan’s hot dog, an afternoon spent at New York City’s most beautiful beach – these have long been iconic experiences for Coney Island visitors. Chapter Points: Introduction; Coney Island 1646-1955, (plus five sub-chapters); Coming of Age in Coney Island, (plus eleven sub-chapters); Decline and Comeback, (plus nine sub-chapters); Amusement Milestones. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONEY ISLAND: THE PEOPLE’S PLAYGROUND.

ConeyIslandImmerso[Book: Michael Immerso – 2002 – 22x28cm – 200 Pages – Many B&W, some colour photos]. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Coney Island (New York) was the uncontested epicentre of America’s emerging mass culture. It was the quintessential American resort: the birthplace of the amusement park, hot dog and the roller coaster. Chapter Points: Coney (1824-1911); Carousels, Coasters and Amusements; The Nickel Empire (1920-1933); The Mermaid Parade (1965-2001). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK.

ConneautLakeParkIoA[Book: Michael E. Costello – 2005 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1877 a humble boat landing was constructed on Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania’s largest natural lake. Colonel Frank Mantor, a visionary, discovered and purchased the property. In 1892, Exposition Park -a permanent fair exhibiting machines and livestock- was founded. Amusement rides were added alongside hotels, cottages, restaurants and other businesses. The resort grew into an amusement park and was renamed Conneaut Lake Park in 1920. Featuring many long-gone attractions including the Wild Mouse, Blue Streak, Tumble Bug, the Devil’s Den and more. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Beginning of a Legacy– 1892-1919; A New Direction– 1920-1943; Pennsylvania’s Perfect Playground– 1944-1973; The Flynn Era– 1974-1992; The Next One Hundred Years– 1993 and After. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF FUN.

ConneautLakePark[Book: Lee O. Bush & Richard F. Hershey – 1992 – 22x28cm – 176 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This publication celebrates and documents Conneaut Lake Park’s (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania) first 100 years. See and read about the Wild Mouse, the elusive Blue Streak coaster, the Three Way Figure 8 Toboggan, the Scenic Railway and of the many other rides and attractions at this holiday destination. Selected Chapter Points: A Century Spanned; Rails and Sails; Games People Played; On with the Show; Taken for a Ride. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE COTTON CANDY ROAD TRIP.

TheCottonCandyRoadTrip[Book: Pam Turlow – 2015 – 15x23cm – 210 Pages]. In the shadow of Disney and Universal there exists a dying breed of little-known theme parks brimming with regional charm, authenticity, and the American spirit. Starting in 2009, the author visited 40 of them. Chapter Points: Introduction; Kiddieland (IL); Cedar Point (OH); Memphis Kiddie Park (OH); Tuscora Park (OH); Kennywood (PA); Idlewild (PA); Del Grosso’s Park (PA); Lakemont Park (PA); Conneaut Lake Park (PA); Waldameer (PA); Storybook Gardens (WI); Santa’s Workshop (CO); Lakeside Amusement Park (CO); Nelis’ Dutch Village (MI); Silver Springs (FL); Hershey Park (PA); Dorney Park (PA); Knoebels (PA); Hoffman’s Playland (NY); Seabreeze Amusement Park (NY); Darien Lake Park (NY); Arnold’s Park (IA); Children’s Fairyland (CA); Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (CA); Silver Dollar City (MO); Belmont Park (CA); Santa Monica Pier (CA); Universal Studios Hollywood (CA); Knott’s Berry Farm (CA); Disneyland (CA); Carousel Park (LA); Enchanted Forest (OR); Oaks Park (OR); Flintstones’ Bedrock City (SD); Storybook Land (NJ); Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (NJ); Keansburg Amusement Park (NJ); Coney Island (NY); Rye Playland (NY); Palace Playland (ME). Five Trees; Epilogue; Appendix; Acknowledgments; About the author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.