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.

CREATING MY OWN NEMESIS.

NemesisWardley[Book: John Wardley – 2013 – 14x21cm – 160 Pages – Few B&W photos]. John Wardley created some of the world’s most thrilling rides and attractions, including Alton Towers’ NEMESIS. John discusses his beginnings in the theatre, circus and magical cabaret, his time working on special effects in the James Bond films, and how he became associated with the development of Chessington World of Adventures and Alton Towers. Chapter Points: The Seeds Are Sown; The Secret’s Revealed; The Career Ahead; The Cunning Plan Backfires; The All-round Entertainer; The Career Begins; The Magic Bond; The Fun Begins; Professional Suicide?; Tomorrow’s World; The Wonderful World of Adventures; Vampires And Bubbles; The Towers; Into Oblivion; Air Today – Gone Tomorrow. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CRYSTAL BEACH IN COLOR.

CrystalBeachInColorKae[Book: William E. Kae – 2014 – 22x28cm – 158 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. A compilation of photographs celebrating Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada) marking the quarter century that has elapsed since the park closed its gates forever after the 1989 season. Rare color images capture the best of the midway from the late 1950s through the 1980s in a retrospective look at a lost Niagara Frontier treasure. By day or night, Crystal Beach Park was a kaleidoscope of sound, motion, color and art. Capturing many of the major spin rides and roller coasters, including the park at night, the final pages contain rare 1900 images of the park before the advent of color photography. Chapter Points: Introduction; Positive Spins (spinning rides); Need for Speed (roller coasters); Midway Favorites; Night Lights; Art Deco Architecture of Crystal Beach; Canadiana in Color; Crystal Beach Before Color; Contributors and Acknowledgements; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

 

CRYSTAL BEACH PARK: A CENTURY OF SCREAMS.

CrystalBeachKae[Book: William E. Kae – 2011 – 22x28cm – 264 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. From 1890 through to 1989, the amusements at Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada) provided escape from the rigours of daily life. The sounds, scents, and screams that emanated from the midway – regardless of the era – attracted Crystal Beach visitors, if only out of curiosity, to watch the brave (or foolhardy) ride the latest vertigo-inducing machinations, which ranged from the sedate to the sadistic. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1890-1906; 1907-1923; 1924-1945; 1946-1958; 1959-1971; 1972-1982; 1983-1988; 1989…; Post-mortem; Origins; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

CRYSTAL BEACH: THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

CrystalBeachRossi[Book: Erno Rossi – 2005 – 15x23cm – 188 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. An interesting collection (hundreds) of memories of Crystal Beach Amusement Park (Ontario, Canada) submitted by some of the patrons and colleagues over the years. See the many thrill and family rides, the roller coasters, (Backety-Back Scenic Railway, Cyclone, Comet, Wild Mouse) stalls and sideshows, and learn more about them from the people that worked there. Read about the many big band orchestras that wowed Ballroom audiences during the ’40s and ’50s, and share memories of dance marathons, roller coaster marathons aboard the Comet, and other special events. Crystal Beach Amusement Park is indeed greatly missed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CRYSTAL MEMORIES: 101 YEARS OF FUN AT CRYSTAL BEACH PARK.

CrystalBeach101[Book: Rose Ann Jankowiak-Hirsch – 2004 – 21x27cm – 206 Pages – Many B&W photos]. For generations of Southern Ontario and Western New York residents Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada) was the place to be. The closing of the park in 1989 was a blow to all who went there. This publication evokes warm summer evenings aboard the spine-tingling rides. Take one more ride on the terrifying twists and turns of the Cyclone or the intimidating hills of the lakeside Comet – two of the world’s finest roller coasters. Recall the animated chortle of Laffing Sal, the frightful fun of the Laff in the Dark and the Big Bands in the Ballroom. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

“THE CRYSTAL PALACE IS ON FIRE!”

TheCrystalPalaceIsOnFire[Book: Alison Edwards and Keith Wyncoll – 1992 – Second edition – 21x30cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Crystal Palace is on Fire! – Memories of the 30th November 1936.” The Crystal Palace (Sydenham, London) was destroyed in the biggest peacetime conflagration England had ever known. This “Palace of the People,” constructed of iron and glass, had been a centre for “enlightenment and entertainment” for more than 80 years. Read interviews with fire-fighters, police, Palace staff and those who witnessed the spectacle from near and far. Their memories form the core of this in-depth study of the fire and its background. Was it an accident, or was it arson? We share the theories which abounded at the time and are still the subject of many a debate today. These, together with previously unpublished official records, are examined in an attempt to solve the mystery of the Crystal Palace fire. Chapter Points: Introduction; “Quick, Girl, the Palace is on Fire!”; Palace of the People; The Night the Palace Burnt Down; Save the South Tower!; The Aftermath; Accident or Arson?; End of an Era; Facts and Figures; BBC Radio Transcript; Letter to a Loved One; The Concealed Inferno. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CULTURE AND IDEOLOGY AT AN INVENTED PLACE.

CulturePinggong[Book: Zhang Pinggong – 2007 – 15x22cm – 250 Pages – Few B&W photos]. The theme park is an extraordinary cultural landscape and extraordinary cultural experience. Academic analysis of theme parks has grown and diversified, as have the parks themselves, so we have the luxury of many and varied “variations on a theme park” to help us think about them. Too often an easy target for dismissive cultural critique, its landscape labelled as a simulacrum, its visitors as bearers of false consciousness as they explore cultural dupes. However, we need to move beyond such a dead-end approach as we explore China’s best theme park, Overseas Chinese Town. Theme parks are incredible lenses to explore issues such as national and cultural identity, popular culture, globalisation, mediatisation, and post modernisation. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CYPRESS GARDENS.

CypressGardensIoA[Book: Mary M. Flekke, Sarah E. MacDonald & Randall M. MacDonald – 2006 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Florida’s first theme park, Cypress Gardens (Winter Haven, Florida) was the brainchild of Richard Downing “Dick” Pope Sr. With his wife, Julie Downing Pope; he transformed a marshy, lakeside property in into a magnificent garden. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Building the Park; Promoting Cypress Gardens; The Gardens; Water-Ski Capital of the World; Boating at Cypress Gardens; Movies and Television; Celebrity Visitors; Park Expansion; Cypress Gardens Adventure Park [a short chapter featuring select rides]; Sources Consulted. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DAS OKTOBERFEST.

DasOktoberfest[Book: Michael Molin – 1985 – 25x32cm – 114 Pages – Full colour]. A rare book celebrating the München Oktoberfest. Begins with a brief history of Oktoberfest and how the celebration was started. Continues with a look at amusement ride construction, followed by chapters about Culture, Beer, Food, Musical Entertainment, Costume and Events. With numerous photographs of beer tents and people having fun. Back to the rides, and some world-renown roller coasters are featured, including: Herhaus’ Himalayabahn and Barth’s Doppel Looping. Gentler rides are documented: Electro Krinoline, Toboggan, Ferris Wheel, and the Wave Swinger. Motorcycle riding (Wall of Death) is detailed, as well as chapters about the flea circus, the circus, papier mache sculpture, and travelling-ride art. German script throughout. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

DE EFTELING: KRONIEK VAN EEN SPROOKJE 1952–2002.

EftelingSprookje[Book: H. Vanden Diepstraten – 2004 – 23x31cm – 206 Pages – Full colour]. A well-presented chronological history of De Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands). Read about the founding of the park in 1951/52 and see the conceptual drawings for many of the fairytale-themed attractions including, Sleeping Beauty; Langnek; The Dancing Shoes; The Little Match Girl; and the paper eater Holle Bolle Gijs. The many rides and attractions are featured too, including the steel looping coaster, Python (1981); the wooden coaster, Pegasus (1991); Villa Volta, the Haunted Swing (1996); and Vogel Rok (1998). It’s a fascinating tale from beginning to end. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

DEAR OLD NAT… SPOKANE’S PLAYGROUND.

DearOldNat[Book: Marla Hyder & Donald L. Johnson – 2003 – 21x28cm – 144 Pages – Many B&W photos]. If you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel Natatorium Park (Washington, USA), you have really lived. See and read about the rides and attractions, including: the Dragon Slide; Octopus/Spider; Dodgems; Joy Wheel; Circle Swing; Shoot the Chutes; and the Jack Rabbit coaster. Selected Chapter Points: A History of Spokane to 1889; From Trolley Park to Amusement Park (1895-1907); Audley Ingersoll’s Coney Island (1907-08); Louis Vogel Guides the Nat Through Depression and War (1929-52); Trains, Tricks, and Trouble for Lloyd Vogel (1952-62); Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend (1962-68); Nat’s Genuine Looff Carousel; The Ride of Your Life; The Legacy of Natatorium Park; Dear Old Nat Song. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE DEMISE OF THE ROTUNDA AMUSEMENT PARK, FOLKESTONE.

TheDemiseOfTheRotundaAmusementPark[Book: Martin Easdown & Linda Sage – 2011 – 21x30cm – 44 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Features the rides and attractions of this once thriving amusement destination. Chapter Points: The Demise of the Rotunda Amusement Park, Folkestone (Kent, England); A Brief History of the Rotunda Amusement Park to 1995; Erection of the Rotunda Dome; October 1998; 1999; List of Rides and Attractions 2000-1; 2002 The Final Year of the Full Park Opening; December 2002/January 2003 Demolition of the Rotunda Dome; January 2003 Trent’s Redevelopment Plans for the Rotunda; 2004; 2005; 2006 Roger De Haan’s Plans for the Seafront and Harbour; 2006 Thurston’s Last Season at Rotunda; February 2007 Runaway Coaster Demolished; December 2007; Folkestone Triennial 2008. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DENVER’S ELITCH GARDENS.

ElitchGardens[Book: Betty Lynne Hull – 2003 – 15x19cm – 144 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “To not see Elitch’s is to not see Denver,” ran an advertising slogan for Elitch Gardens (Denver, Colorado), and it was true. For more than one hundred years, Denverites have gone to Elitch’s to relax, to play, and to be entertained. Opened in 1890 by John and Mary Elitch, Elitch Gardens was always much more than just an amusement park. Chapter Points: Into the Gay Nineties; A Dream Is Born; The Promise of a New Century; The Beginning of a Dynasty; The Golden Era of the Park; The Sixties and Beyond; The End of an Era; Into a Second Century; The Legend of Mary Elitch’s Ghost. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DENVER’S LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK.

DenversLakesideAmusementPark[Book: David Forsyth – 2016 – 15x23cm – 324 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “‘Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park – From The White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun’ details the history of Lakeside, exploring how it has managed to remain in business for more than a century, and offers a unique view on larger changes in society and the amusement park industry itself. Once nicknamed White City in part for its glittering display of more than 100,000 lights, the park opened in 1908 in conjunction with Denver’s participation in the national City Beautiful movement. It was a park for Denver elites, with fifty different forms of amusement, including the Lakeshore Railway and the Velvet Coaster, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, a skating rink, and avenues decorated with Greek statues. But after metropolitan growth, technological innovation, and cultural shifts in Denver, it began to cater to a working-class demographic as well. Additions of neon and fluorescent lighting, roller coasters like the Wild Chipmunk, attractions like the Fun House and Lakeside Speedway, and rides like the Scrambler, the Spider, and most recently the Zoom Drop Tower changed the face and feel of Lakeside between 1908 and 2008. The park has also weathered numerous financial and structural difficulties but continues to provide Denverites with affordable, family-friendly amusement today.” Chapter Points: Foreword (Thomas J. Noel); Acknowledgments; Introduction – In Search of Blooming Gardens; Lakeside, an Amusement Enterprise; Just Take a Trip Out to Jolly Lakeside; Lakeside, the White City Beautiful; Keeping Lakeside’s Bright Lights Shining; Benjamin Krasner and Lakeside’s New Setup; Lakeside Speedway and the Roaring Bugs of Speed; The Wild Chipmunk versus the Mouse; The Stockers Take over at Lakeside Speedway; Lakeside Amusement Park, Public Nuisance?; Lakeside, the Most Entertaining City in America; Conclusion – A Century of Fun at Lakeside Amusement Park; Notes; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DER WIENER PRATER.

DerWienerPraterIoA[Book: Ingeborg Haas – 2010 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The unique atmosphere of the Viennese Prater (Austria) attracts both locals and tourists alike. The former imperial hunting ground is a Viennese institution. The restaurant owners, entrepreneurs, showmen and their attractions have remained for generations, so enjoy an exciting journey through one-and-a-half centuries of history. Selected Chapter Points: The Prater (introduction); Sport in the Prater; Venice in Vienna; Ferris Wheel – Liliputbahn; Hutsch’n and Rutsch’n; Hochschaubahn – Grottenbahn – Geisterbahn; Fun and Viennese Cosiness; Theatre and Circus World; From the World’s Fair to the Viennese Fair. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DESIGNING DISNEY: IMAGINEERING AND THE ART OF THE SHOW.

DesigningDisneyHench[Book: John Hench – 2003 – 23x28cm – 156 Pages – Full colour photos and sketches]. Illustrated with images from the vaults of Walt Disney Imagineering, this publication details the author’s personal journey during 60 (and counting) years with the Walt Disney Company. The story, character, and colour are all key elements in a successful design; whether the medium is architecture, animation, live-action film, theme parks, stage plays, costumes, restaurants, or shops. Here we take a look at them all and find out what makes a design successful, and why. Chapter Points: Preface by Frank Gehry; Foreword by Martin A. Sklar; The Art of the Show; The Art of Visual Storytelling; The Art of Character; The Art of Colour; Afterword: Mickey and Me; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

DESIGNING DISNEY’S THEME PARKS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF REASSURANCE.

DesigningDisneyArchitecture[Book: Karal Ann Marling – 1997 – 26x29cm – 224 Pages – Many colour photos and artists’ impressions]. From the day it opened in July 1955, in an event given live TV coverage, Disneyland has been a key symbol of contemporary American culture. It has been both celebrated and attacked as the ultimate embodiment of consumer society, a harbinger of shopping-mall culture, a symbol of American hegemony in entertainment, the epitome of fantasy, simulation, pastiche, and the blurring of distinctions between reality and mass-media imagery. This book discusses the making of this unique place, with its far-flung colonies in Florida, Japan and France. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DEUTSCHLANDS ACHTERBAHNEN / GERMANY’S ROLLERCOASTERS.

DeutschlandsAchterbahnenLatotzki[Book: Ralph Latotzki – 2011 – 26x33cm – 154 Pages – Full colour]. Showcasing Germany’s premier amusement parks and roller coasters. Chapter Points: NORTH: Hansa-Park; Heide-Park. EAST: Belantis; Freizeitpark Plohn. SOUTH: Bayern-Park; Erlebnispark Tripsdrill; Europa-Park; Freizeit-Land Geiselwind; Legoland Deutschland; Schwaben Park; Skyline Park. WEST: Fort Fun Abenteuerland; Holiday Park; Movie Park Germany; Phantasialand; Ring-Werk; Wild -und Freizeitpark Klotten. Travelling Roller Coasters; Portable Roller Coasters; Wild Mouse; Spinning Roller Coasters; Foreign Roller Coasters. Information; Basics; Roller Coaster Types; Index; Butterflies in Germany; Manufacturer: (Zierer, Schwarzkopf, Maurer Söhne, Gerstlauer, Cordes, Mack). Roller Coaster Variations; Credits. (German and English script). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DICK KINZEL: ROLLER COASTER KING OF CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.

DickKinzel[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2015 – 14x22cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Roller coasters took Dick Kinzel slowly to the top and a $1.24 billion acquisition ultimately led to his direst years. During his 39-year career (25 as president and CEO) with Cedar Point and Cedar Fair parks, he built the world’s first 200, 300, and 400-foot tall roller coasters. He is responsible for adding more than 37 multi-million dollar scream machines to the company’s 11 amusement parks. He brought big and edgy coasters to Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) knowing that the bigger the thrill ride, the bigger the crowds. His story is one of tenacity, conservatism and risk taking. It’s one of big business and one of fun making. Dick spent his life putting smiles on people’s faces and fear in their eyes. For the first time his journey is told in full: from his highs and lows to his laughs and tears. This is the official biography of Richard L. Kinzel.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Tim O’Brien); The Man and His Climb to the Top; The King’s Creations; Rounding out the Package; Dick’s $2 Billion Spending Spree; After the Spending Spree; Selected Bibliography; Acknowledgements; About the Author; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DIE SCHÖNSTEN FREIZEITPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND.

DieSchonstenFreizeitparksInDeutschland[Book: Stefan Blatt – 2002 – 18x24cm – 196 Pages – Many colour photos]. “The most beautiful leisure parks in Germany.” During the weekend, experience something for the whole family, for a couple, or alone. This book provides a wonderful overview of leisure, holiday parks and zoological gardens and fun sports facilities in Germany. With it, you can check quickly and comprehensively about the most interesting places to visit, attractions and opportunities. Listed inside are current prices and opening times. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword; Heide Park Soltau; Warner Brothers Movie World; Europa-Park; Playmobil Fun Park; Freizeit-Land Geiselwind; Holiday Park; Ravensburger Spieleland; Hansa-Park; Kurpfalz-Park; Fort Fun Abenteuerland; Phantasialand; Legoland Günzburg; Erlebnispark Tripsdrill; Churpfalzpark; Bayern Park; Funtastico; Universum Science Center; Spreepark Berlin… (includes dozens more zoos, water parks, alpine slides, ski centres, etc.). [German script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DIE SCHÖNSTEN FREIZEITPARKS IN NRW.

DieSchonstenFreizeitparksInNRW[Book: Ralph Jansen – 2002 – 15x21cm – 52 Pages – Many colour photos]. “The most beautiful theme parks in North Rhine–Westphalia.” Presented inside are the best theme parks and their most thrilling attractions located in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). This book not only details each park’s most popular rides the whole family can enjoy, but also lists useful and up-to-date information regarding their opening dates and times, addresses, telephone contact details and website information. Chapter Points: Foreword; Hollywood- und Safaripark Stukenbrock; Panorama-Park Sauerland; Fort Fun Abenteuerland; Potts Park; Warner Bros. Movie World; Phantasialand. [German script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DINGLES FAIRGROUND HERITAGE CENTRE.

DinglesFairgroundHeritageCentre[Book: The Fairground Heritage Trust – 2015 – 20x21cm – 64 Pages – Full colour]. An illustrated guide to Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (Devon, England). Chapter Points: Welcome To Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (by David Wallis); The Fairground Heritage Trust; Alfred Wilkins’ Overboats; Harry Tuby’s Victory Horses; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Super Dodgems; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Super Chariot Racer; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Supersonic Skid; Elizabeth Brett’s Ghost Train; Something For The Children; Dr. Edwin Lawrence’s Cinematograph Show Wagon; Manders’ Grand Star Menagerie Show Arch; Billy Wood’s Boxing Booth; The Crazy Mirrors; Fairground Games and Stalls; Percival’s Palace of Pleasure; Chicken Joe: The Man You All Know; Thomas & Sons’ Webley Rifle Range; A.G. Clowes’ British Sporting Saloon; Anderton & Rowland Collection; Philip Noble Collection; The Charles Heal Collection; Fairground Art; Joe Ling’s Moonrocket Popeye; The Fairground In Miniature; Rides Awaiting Restoration – Robert Edwards’ Galloping Horses; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DIRECTORY OF MOVED COASTERS 1978–2003.

ACEDirectoryOfMovedCoasters[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2003 – 21x28cm – 32 Pages]. The complete catalogue of all moved and relocated roller coasters worldwide. A comprehensive list sorted by: Chronological (starting with the first location); By Park & Coaster (other than the original location); Moved Coasters By Manufacturer (Intamin, Schwarzkopf, Vekoma, Zierer); Miscellaneous (B&M, Chance, Mack, Maurer-Sohne, Miler, Molina, Pinfari, Preston, Reverchon, S&MC, Sansei, SDC, Soquet, Togo, Zamperla). Details: coaster type, year debuted, year moved, etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DISCOVERING ALTON TOWERS.

DiscoveringAltonTowers[Book: Malcolm McIntosh – 1988 – 12x18cm – 46 Pages – Many colour photos]. A charming publication featuring the rides and attractions at Alton Towers theme park (England). Includes photos and interesting titbits about: Towers Street, The Monorail, Skyride, Bagshaw’s Restaurant, Corkscrew, 1001 Nights, Enterprise, Wave Swinger, Spider, Dragon Roller Coaster, Doom & Sons, Alton Beast, Alton Mouse, Around the World in 80 Days, The Four-Man Bob, The Log Flume and Rapids. Chapter Points: Getting In; Getting Around; Festival Park; Talbot Street; Aqualand; Kiddies Kingdom; The Gardens; Nature Trails; The Story of the Past; Fantasy World; The Towers; Live Entertainment; The Grand Parade. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

THE DISNEY MOUNTAINS: IMAGINEERING AT ITS PEAK.

TheDisneyMountains[Book: Jason Surrell – 2007 – 22x28cm – 130 Pages – Full colour]. Read how Disney’s Mountains challenged those who built them. Chapter Points: Forewords (By Martin A. Sklar & Tom Fitzgerald); Introduction; First Man on the Mountain (Matterhorn Bobsleds); The Disneyland That Never Was (Candy Mountain); Launching a Legend (Space Mountain); The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad); Just Add Water (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach); You May Get Wet (Splash Mountain); A Bear of an Icon (Grizzly Peak); The Jewel of Tokyo DisneySea (Mount Prometheus); Imagineering at its Peak (Expedition Everest…); Afterword (by Tony Baxter). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY: THE FIRST 100 YEARS.

DisneyTheFirst100Years[Book: Dave Smith & Steven Clark – 1999 – 22x28cm – 200 Pages – Full colour]. In the 100 years since the birth of Walt Disney in 1901, the world has undergone a spellbinding transformation. We discovered that if we believe, the world can turn into a place filled with magic and wonder – a place where animals can talk, a place where good and evil are at constant odds in magical lands. We owe much of the credit for this metamorphosis to a one-time farm-boy and the company he founded. Disney theme parks are the most popular, exhilarating and educational tourist attractions in the world. Chapter Points: 1901-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974; 1975-2000. Afterword by Michael D. Eisner. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY: THE MOUSE BETRAYED.

DisneyTheMouseBetrayed[Book: Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer – 1998 – 16x24cm – 390 Pages – Many B&W graphs, charts, corporate documents, etc.]. “What’s going on at the Magic Kingdom? For more than seventy years, the Walt Disney Company has been an icon of wholesome family entertainment. Now Disney is under attack by family and religious organisations. Are the complaints hysterical censorship, or has Disney lost its way? Acclaimed investigative journalists Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer set out to find the answer – and were shocked to find that the truth is far worse than even Disney’s critics charge. Exclusive interviews with Disney employees, internal corporate documents, and law enforcement records reveal a tragic story of a great American institution corrupted by greed and perverted by the lust for power – and even more bizarre vices. In 1984 Michael Eisner became CEO of Disney, the first outsider ever to hold that office. Almost overnight Disney went Hollywood, and dozens of Hollywood executives brought in by Eisner were ordered to transform the sleepy, folksy studio into a cash machine. The old Disney motto, “We create the finest in family entertainment,” was removed from business cards, and Hollywood morality became the order of the day.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEYLAND AND THE THEME PARKS.

DisneylandBerlitz[Book: Fred Mawer – 1995/96 – 11x15cm – 146 Pages – Full colour]. Whether you’re planning a short trip or an extended visit to Disneyland and the Theme Parks of Southern California, this guide will make your stay more enjoyable, interesting and comfortable. Details the best rides, attractions, hotels, nightlife and restaurants. Chapter Points: Disneyland and the Theme Parks; Theme Park Histories (Disneyland, Knott’s, Universal Studios, San Diego Animal Parks); Orange County Theme Parks (Disneyland, Knott’s); Los Angeles Theme Parks (Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain); San Diego Vicinity (Sea World). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DISNEYLAND PARIS.

DisneylandParis[Book: Walt Disney Company – 1996 – 19x28cm – 66 Pages – Full colour]. A lavish portfolio with text describing everything Disneyland Paris (France) has to offer. Chapter Points: Introduction – Disneyland 1955; Main Street USA; Parades; Frontierland (Big Thunder Mountain, Phantom Manor, etc.); Adventureland (Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones’ Temple du Péril, etc.); Fantasyland (Le Carrousel de Lancelot, It’s a Small World. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, etc.); Discoveryland (Les Mystères du Nautilus, Orbitron, Space Mountain, Autopia, CinéMagique, etc.); Disney Village; Disneyland Hotels; Disneyland Golf. (Text is in English and French). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEYLAND PARIS: FROM SKETCH TO REALITY.

DisneylandParisSketchToReality[Book: Alain Littaye & Didier Ghez – 2002 – 24x31cm – 324 Pages – Full colour]. This book presents a unique opportunity to discover how one of the most beautiful theme parks in the world came to being. From magnificent preliminary concept renderings to completion of the project, this book presents information about the various stages that governed the creation of Disneyland Paris. Readers will also become familiar with the legends that provided the foundation for each land, the prolific number of details that give them life, and the origin of high-tech Audio Animatronics characters, such as those seen in Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

DISNEYLAND: THE FIRST QUARTER CENTURY.

DisneylandQuarterCentury[Book: Walt Disney Productions – 1979 – 22x29cm – 126 Pages – Full colour]. For more than a quarter century more than 200 million guests have visited Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Disneyland (Anaheim, California) is a kaleidoscope of unique entertainment forms. Within its realms are medieval castles and rocket ships, horse-drawn streetcars and streamlined monorail trains, jungle elephants and elephants that fly, a snow-capped mountain and a “space” mountain. Selected Chapter Points: The Twenty Year Dream; Imagineering the Dream; The Lilly Belle Grows Up; Opening Day Draws Near; A World Premiere; The First Quarter Century; A Mountain Comes To Anaheim; The Many Worlds of Disneyland. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

DIXIE BEFORE DISNEY: 100 YEARS OF ROADSIDE FUN.

DixieBeforeDisney[Book: Tim Hollis – 1999 – 20x26cm – 196 Pages – Many B&W images]. Before Walt Disney built his mammoth entertainment complex in Florida, Dixie teemed with home-grown theme parks and whimsical roadside show places. Contrived to snare snowbird travellers and station wagons full of kids on vacation, wacky, tacky tourist traps extended from the Ozarks to Miami Beach in a never-ending string. When Disney entered the landscape, Dixie highways lost a load of whimsy. Many of the South’s jungle parks, reptile farms, bizarre museums, and roadside eateries closed down. But in this fun-filled book we open them again and take a vacation down 100-years of Southern roads. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; I Wish I Was in Dixie; Stuckey’s – Ten Miles; Peachy Beaches; Head for the Hills; Fantasy Lands; Old Times There are Not Forgotten; The Nature of Things; Spring Training; A Tropical Paradise in the Wild West; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DODGEMS.

Dodgems[Book: Kay Townsend – 2014 – 17x24cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. The dodgems have been with us for over 80 years, but where did they come from, who made them, and what makes them stop and what makes them go? With no indicating or gear change, you can just let yourself go! It is one of the few rides that you are in control of and that’s what you love. Here is the story of “The Dodgems.” Chapter Points: America (the beginning +James Adair, Theophilus Van Kennel, Chester Manzer, Max and Harold Stoehrer, John Stock and Henry Smoot, Corniel Brilstra, Henry E. Riehl, Aurel E. Vaszin, Lusse, Victor Baudette, Fred L. Markey); “Look Out,” Here Comes Europe! (+Reverchon, Ihle Brothers, Soli); How They Are Powered; British Manufacturing (+Orton & Spooner, Lakin, Supercar, Rytecraft, Lang Wheels); Individual Family Stories; Dodgem Transport; Don’t Be Confused With Speedways; Stories From The Top; Photo Gallery. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

DOIN’ THE PUYALLUP.

DoinThePuyallup[Book: Val Dumond – 1991 – 22x29cm – 250 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. The entire community turned out for the first fair in Puyallup in 1900, and they’ve been Doin’ The Puyallup ever since. This illustrated history takes you to the Western Washington Fair through good times and bad as seen through the eyes of people who were there: exhibitors, concessionaires, directors, reporters and fair-goers. Chapter Points: Let’s Have a Show! (1900-1909); Ballyhoo Draws the Crowds (1910-1919); Those Wild and Crazy ’20s (1920-1929); Enter the Freeway (1930-1939); War and the Comeback (1940-1949); Good Show for Kids (1950-1959); A Decade of Change (1960-1969); “The Fair’s Burning” (1970-1979); Fun Packs ‘Em In (1980-1989); And the Show Goes On (1990–); Remembering “The Puyallup.” Appendix. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND!

DollywoodAndBeyond[Book: Michael Fridgen – 2015 – 14x20cm – 266 Pages]. “Dollywood and Beyond! A Theme Park Lover’s Guide to Dollywood.” When country music legend Dolly Parton lent her name to Dollywood in 1986, she turned a regional amusement park into one of America’s premier family vacation destinations. Dollywood, with its myriad attractions and close proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, draws millions of visitors each year to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; What is Dollywood?; Dollywood History; Recent Awards; Getting There; Best Time to Visit; Where to Stay; Who the Heck Is this Dolly Parton Anyway?; Doggywood; Guest Services; Showstreet; Jukebox Junction; Rivertown Junction; Country Fair; The Village; Owens Farm; Mountain Sidewinder; Craftsman’s Valley; Daredevil Falls; Blazing Fury; Tennessee Tornado; Wilderness Pass; Wild Eagle; FireChaser Express; Timber Canyon; Mystery Mine; Thunderhead; Dollywood’s Splash Country; Food, Snacks, and Beverages; Shops; Events and Festivals; Outside Dolly’s World: (+Dixie Stampede, Sevierville Facts, Pigeon Forge Facts, Gatlinburg Facts, Great Smoky Mountains National Park). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE DOME OF MEMORIES.

TheDomeOfMemories[Book: Mick Sharp – 2011 – 21x26cm – 106 Pages – Mostly colour, few B&W photos]. Celebrating the centenary of the Spanish City Dome, Whitley Bay (England). Selected Chapter Points: Foreword; Before The Spanish City; The ‘Original’ Spanish City Opens; The Funfair Takes Shape; The Rides; Building The Dome; The Architects; Open To The Public; The Rotunda; The Theatre; The Picture House; Theatre Becomes Empress; Riehl’s Reel; The Winter Gardens Open; A Spanish City Family; Wartime In Whitley Bay; Hoadley’s Return; The Gordons; Illuminations And Dancing; We Had It All…; Lightning Strikes; Seventies Changes; ‘Playground Of The North’; The Battle For The Empress; The Corkscrew (roller coaster); Fading Glory; To The Next Century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DORNEY PARK.

DorneyParkIoA[Book: Wally Ely & Bob Ott – 2003 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Dorney Park (Allentown, Pennsylvania) was founded by Solomon Dorney in 1884. The park was owned by Dorney until the early 1900s, when Jacob Plarr assumed ownership. The Plarr family operated the park until 1985. Today it is known as Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and illustrates the development of one of America’s greatest historic amusement parks. Pictures of the Allentown amusement park from the 1880s to the 1900s, including the roller coaster, carousel and other important rides in the park. Chapter Points: In the Beginning; Castle Garden; Merry-Go-Rounds; Roller Coasters; Swimming Pool and Zoorama; Trains; Racetrack; Everything Else. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DRAYTON MANOR FAMILY THEME PARK AND ZOO.

DraytonManorAndZoo[Book: 1995 – 21x21cm – 28 Pages – Full colour]. Explore 250 acres of Family Fun at Drayton Manor Park (Tamworth, England). Chapter Points: Park History; Aerial Park (+Snake Train, Buffalo Coaster, Flying Dutchman, etc.); Pirate Cove (+Pirate Adventure, Jungle Cruise, etc.); Cowboy Town (+Rio Grande Railway, Drayton Queen paddle steamer, etc.); Action Park (+7-up Shockwave, Splash Canyon, etc.); Children’s Corner (+Mini Dragon, etc.); Dinosaurland; Zoo & Farm; Museums; Shops & Garden Centre; Banqueting & Conference; Ty Newydd Country Hotel; Park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DRAYTON MANOR: GEORGE & VERA BRYAN’S MEMORIES OF A FAMILY FUN PARK.

DraytonManorGeorgeAndVeraBryan[Book: Fred Bromwich – 2006 – 21x30cm – 90 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. When Drayton Manor Theme Park (Staffordshire, England) was originally opened to the public in 1950 by its current owners, the Bryan family, it was the unsophisticated era of the day-tripper – when families were happy to take a bus journey into the countryside for afternoon tea and spend a relaxing few hours away from the hustle and bustle of factory life. Not for them the heady heights of Shockwave, which was introduced in 1994 as Europe’s only stand-up roller coaster or white knuckle rides such as Pandemonium, where your world is turned upside down. So how did it all begin? This publication charts the history of the Midlands’ best-loved leisure venue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DREAM IT! DO IT!

DreamItDoIt[Book: Marty Sklar – 2013 – 15x22cm – 374 Pages – Few B&W and colour photos]. Featuring introductions by Ray Bradbury & Richard M. Sherman. “Marty ‘Ace’ Sklar played a major role in turning many of Walt Disney’s ideas into reality. Here Marty entertains the reader with behind-the-scenes stories about creating magic around the world for more than fifty years. Marty began his career with the company in 1955, one month before Disneyland opened. After the disastrous Opening Day in Anaheim – at which he had a front-row seat to the scores of mishaps – Marty helped address the issues that threatened to close the park before it barely got off the ground…” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DREAMLAND REMEMBERED.

DreamlandRemembered[Book: Nick Evans – 2003 – 21x27cm – 112 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Dreamland amusement park has been synonymous with Margate (England) since it first opened in 1920. Its origins go back further, to a time when rival railway companies vied to bring Victorian trippers to the seaside. This book charts the park’s attractions over the years, from the renowned Scenic Railway to the Big Wheel, along with Beanfeast outings and the birth of the “super cinema” in the 1930s. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Early Days 1863-1920; A Time of Prosperity 1920-1940; Post War Revival 1945-1968; New Brooms Herald a New Era 1969-1981; To the Millennium and Beyond 1981-2003; A Leisurely Life at the Lido 1920-2003. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

DREAMLAND REMEMBERED: 90TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

DreamlandRememberedAnniversary[Book: Nick Evans – 2009 – 21x27cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Margate’s (England) Dreamland Park opened in July 1920 and millions flocked to enjoy its attractions in the decades that followed. A visit to the Kent coastal resort wasn’t complete without a ride on the famed Scenic Railway or the Looping Star. This edition updates, expands and celebrates the Park’s 90th anniversary. With 250 illustrations – from earliest days to the latest ideas – to help create a heritage theme park. Chapter Points: Introduction; First Awakenings 1863-1919; Making The Dream Come True 1920-1945; Post War Revival 1946-1969; New Brooms Herald a New Era 1970-1981; The Bembom Years 1982-1995; To the Millennium & Beyond 1996-2010; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

DREAMLAND REVIVED.

DreamlandRevivied[Book: Nick Evans – 2014 – 21x27cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Margate’s (England) Dreamland Park opened in July 1920 and millions flocked to enjoy the famed Scenic Railway the Looping Star and the Dodgems. Dreamland’s trendsetting 1930s cinema led the way in design while the ballroom became famous for dancing and big name music concerts. Later on, Dreamland would hold its own as an exciting theme park. The resort’s decline over recent decades left its mark, leaving many yearning for a return to simpler times by the seaside. This is the story of Margate’s famous amusement park from its earliest days to the present plans for reopening as Britain’s first heritage theme park. Chapter Points: Introduction; First Awakenings 1863-1919; Making The Dream Come True 1920-1945; Post War Revival 1946-1969; New Brooms Herald a New Era 1970-1981; The Bembom Years 1982-1995; To the Millennium and Beyond 1996-2009; Building a New Dream 2010-2014; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

DREAMLAND REVIVED.

DreamlandRevivedIncludesReopening[Book: Nick Evans – 2015 – 21x27cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Margate’s (England) Dreamland Park opened in July 1920 and millions flocked to enjoy the famed Scenic Railway the Looping Star and the Dodgems. Dreamland’s trendsetting 1930s cinema led the way in design while the ballroom became famous for dancing and big name music concerts. Later on, Dreamland would hold its own as an exciting theme park. The resort’s decline over recent decades left its mark, leaving many yearning for a return to simpler times by the seaside. This is the story of Margate’s famous amusement park from its earliest days to the reopening in 2015 as Britain’s first heritage theme park. Chapter Points: Introduction; First Awakenings 1863-1919; Making The Dream Come True 1920-1945; Post War Revival 1946-1969; New Brooms Herald a New Era 1970-1981; The Bembom Years 1982-1995; To the Millennium and Beyond 1996-2009; Building a New Dream 2010-2015; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

THE DREAMLAND TRUST: MARGATE.

DreamlandExpo2014[Book: Stephen Mina, Lucy Austin and others – 2014 – 30x37cm – 12 Pages – B&W and colour photos]. Limited Edition Newspaper (only 5,000 printed). “Dreamland Expo: a past, present, and future. The local community, Dreamland supporters and volunteers have worked together to raise funds and transform this space into a vintage style Visitor and Learning Arcade evoking the atmosphere of Dreamland (Margate, England), charting the revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks, in the exciting lead up to Dreamland’s Phase One opening in 2015. Featuring a celebration of British youth culture, rides restoration and looking forward to things to come…” Chapter Points: Come One… Come All (foreword); Things To Come; Brief History of The Space; The Dreamland Cinema; Commemorating 50 Years of British Youth Culture (“Wild Ones ‘Beat Up’ Margate” by Jan Wheatley); The Weekend Started Here!; Margate Calling: The Sound of Dreamland (by Neil Sparkes and Nick Dermot); Iain Aitch +The Concept of Cool (by Iain Aitch); Scenic Railway; Rides Restoration – Whip, Gallopers +Pinball Museum; Acknowledgements; Contact Us. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Encouraging. 

DREAMWORLD: GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA.

DreamworldAustralia[Book: 2005 – 21x30cm – 36 Pages – Full colour]. When Dreamworld opened in 1981, the park was dedicated by its founder “to the happiness of all people.” It succeeded immediately and continues to make over 1.3 million visitors happy each year. Chapter Points: Introduction; Main Street; The Claw – swinging pendulum ride; Ocean Parade; Cyclone roller coaster; Nickelodeon Central; Wiggles World; Tiger Island; Tower of Terror – the fastest and tallest ride in the world; The Giant Drop – the tallest free-fall in the world; Big Brother (TV programme); Blue Lagoon; Rocky Hollow Log Flume; Gold Rush Country; Australian Wildlife Experience; (park map included). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DRIEVLIET 70 JAAR.

Drievliet70Jaar[Book: Sonja Havermans – 2008 – 20x21cm – 86 Pages – Full colour]. Celebrating seventy years of Drievliet Familiepark (Rijswijk, The Netherlands). From its founding in 1937, read about the many events that have shaped the park we see today. See and read about the Jet Star coaster, the Carousel, Enterprise wheel, Swinging ship, Dynamite Express, Bumping cars, Ferris wheel, and the 2007 launched coaster, Formule X. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Sonja Havermans); Bird in Flight; From Playground to Family Park; The Three of Drievliet; Afterword (by Willem van der Ende and Jan Eijken). [Dutch script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DUINRELL 1935–2010: KRONIEK VAN EEN FAMILIEBEDRIJF.

Duinrell1935-2010[Book: Luc Dietz – 2010 – 23x25cm – 194 Pages – Full colour]. “Duinrell 1935–2010: Chronicle of a Family Business.” This commemorative book has been published to mark Duinrell’s 75th anniversary. It provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into a high-profile company and successful amusement park located in leafy Wassenaar (Netherlands). Chapter Points: Foreword – Minister Maria van der Hoeven; Foreword – Mayor Jan Hoekema; Wonderful Horticultural Adventure; Up Until 1935; 1935–1940; 1940–1945; 1945–1961; 1962–1971; 1972–1981; 1982–1986; 1987–1992; 1993–2000; 2001–2010; Personal Memories; Afterword – H.R.J. Count van Zuylen van Nijevelt, President-Commissioner Duinrell; Number of Visitors; Admission Prices; Summer Shows and Artists; Awards and Certificates; Bibliography. [Dutch script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

DUTCH WONDERLAND.

DutchWonderland[Book: Austen Dennison – 2015 – 17x23cm – 98 Pages – Full colour]. “Dutch Wonderland’s story began with Earl Clark, a local potato broker and hotel owner who saw the need for an attraction in the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) area that would appeal to children. After almost nine months of construction, Clark officially opened Dutch Wonderland to the public on May 20, 1963. Like most parks, Dutch Wonderland started out small, but it soon became one of the biggest attractions in the area. Many groundbreaking changes were made to the park throughout its first years of operation, including the addition of a monorail, the International Botanical Gardens, and a wax museum based on the history of the Lancaster area. The 1990s saw the addition of two roller coasters: the Sky Princess and the Joust. For over 50 years, Dutch Wonderland has prided itself as one of the best family parks in the country.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments. Introduction. The Building of a Dream: 1959–1969. The Dream Continues: 1970–1989. Rolling into the 1990s: 1990–2001. The Hershey Era: 2002–2010. The Palace Era: 2011–Present. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EARLY AMUSEMENT PARKS OF ORANGE COUNTY.

EarlyAmusementParksOfOrangeCountyIoA[Book: Richard Harris – 2008 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Orange County coast (California, USA) had its Joy Zone and its Fun Zone in the early decades of the 20th Century. Knott’s Berry Farm sprouted from a simple berry stand in Buena Park. The spot that would become Walt Disney’s theme-park empire began as a citrus grove in Anaheim. Before long, Orange County was recognised as the nurturing ground for the growing amusement park industry. Some amusement parks have come and gone over a century of development, and some are still here, changing with the times to create new adventure and excitement for park goers. Chapter Points: Introduction; Coastal Amusement Parks; Knott’s Berry Farm; Walt Disney and Disneyland; Hollywood and Entertainment Attractions; Wildlife Attractions; Old MacDonald’s Farm. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EARLY SOUTH JERSEY AMUSEMENT PARKS.

EarlySouthJerseyAmusementParks[Book: Shirley Bailey & Jim Parkhurst – 1990 – 21x28cm – 56 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Featuring: Almonesson Park; Tumbling Dam Park; Burlington Island Park; Woodlynne Park; Whitaker Park (or Centerton); Clementon Lake Park; Pillings Lake Park; Silver Lake Park; Grenloch Park; Lake Lenape Park; Union Lake Park (or Luna); Lily Lake Park; Lincoln Park; Germania Park; Riverview Beach Park; Alcyon Park; Almond Road Park; Lubins Park (or Rainbow Lake); Washington Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

EDGAR STREIFTHAU: OHIO AMUSEMENT PARK FOUNDER – HIS STORY.

EdgarStreifthauHisStory[Book: Irene H. Wright – 1985 – 14x22cm – 146 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Edgar Streifthau started one of Ohio’s early amusement parks for a simple reason – water was too muddy after heavy rains for people to plunge into a swimming hole in a southwestern Ohio creek. In solving the problem of providing a clean place to swim, he ended up with LeSourdsville Lake Park, now known as Americana. But the poor farm boy with an eighth-grade education was never satisfied with just one project at a time. Here, Streifthau lets you share his experiences in creating that first park, and beyond. Features a chronological history of Streifthau’s major activities between 1913 and 1984. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

EFTELING SOUVENIR.

EftelingSouvenir[Book: 2006 – 16x23cm – 52 Pages – Full colour]. Written in Dutch, English, German, and French. There is a World of Wonders – a world where the first musical notes of the busy little gnome are carried on the tranquil air. Into the Fairy-Tale Forest. Past breathtaking attractions, adventures and discoveries. Past magical experiences where reality and fantasy merge into one. With this picture book, you can relive these wonderful moments page after page. Chapter Points: Fairy-Tale Forest – Sleeping Beauty, Long Neck, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Troll King, The Fakir, The Little Match Girl, Rumpelstiltskin, The Chinese Nightingale. Rides – Carrousel, Pagoda, Danse Macabre, Villa Volta, Dream Flight, Carnival Festival, Vogel Rok, Rapids, Swinging Galleon, Pegasus, Python, Bob, Fata Morgana. Shows – Fairy Tale Show, PandaDroom. Attractions – Der Holle Bolle Gijs, People of Laaf. Winter in Efteling – Golf Park & Hotel. Includes a large park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EFTELING: ‘ARE WE THERE YET?’

EftelingAreWeThereYet[Book: Efteling – 2012 – 28x28cm – 212 Pages – Full colour – English language version]. “60 years in words and images. With this book in hand, you can virtually hear yourself saying, ‘Are we there yet?’ The joy and excitement that a visit to Efteling brings may be experienced again within these pages. Relive the fairytales and adventure, excitement and wonder. This unique publication is packed with beautiful photos, original drawings of past and present attractions enhanced by anecdotes and facts. Each page imparts a little gift. Sometimes literally, in the form of stickers, photos, postcards, posters, a puzzle to original design by Anton Pieck and much more. The best part of 60 years of Efteling presented for the young, and the young at heart.” Chapter Points: Foreword; And so it came to pass (how it all began on Kaatsheuvel’s Europalaan); A long, long time ago… (the Fairytale Forest); Sailing, floating, riding, walking, climbing and puffing (transportation); Tea, treats and magic water (food and drink); From slides to roller coasters (the Python, the Piraña, Joris en de Draak / George and the Dragon and other thrill rides); Nature takes pride of place; Water guide; A world within a world (dark rides); Carousels; The world of Efteling; Efteling is always with you (souvenirs); Stars shine at Efteling (characters and shows); From doves to dragons (the creatures at Efteling); Songs, films, commercials and promotions for attractions; The world of wonders at home; Epilogue. [Also available in Dutch]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EFTELING: ‘ZIJN WE D’R AL?’

EftelingZijnWeDrAl[Book: Efteling – 2012 – 28x28cm – 212 Pages – Full colour – Dutch language version]. “60 years in words and images. With this book in hand, you can virtually hear yourself saying, ‘Are we there yet?’ The joy and excitement that a visit to Efteling brings may be experienced again within these pages. Relive the fairytales and adventure, excitement and wonder. This unique publication is packed with beautiful photos, original drawings of past and present attractions enhanced by anecdotes and facts. Each page imparts a little gift. Sometimes literally, in the form of stickers, photos, postcards, posters, a puzzle to original design by Anton Pieck and much more. The best part of 60 years of Efteling presented for the young, and the young at heart.” Chapter Points: Foreword; And so it came to pass (how it all began on Kaatsheuvel’s Europalaan); A long, long time ago… (the Fairytale Forest); Sailing, floating, riding, walking, climbing and puffing (transportation); Tea, treats and magic water (food and drink); From slides to roller coasters (the Python, the Piraña, Joris en de Draak / George and the Dragon and other thrill rides); Nature takes pride of place; Water guide; A world within a world (dark rides); Carousels; The world of Efteling; Efteling is always with you (souvenirs); Stars shine at Efteling (characters and shows); From doves to dragons (the creatures at Efteling); Songs, films, commercials and promotions for attractions; The world of wonders at home; Epilogue. [Also available in English]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

ELECTRIC DREAMLAND.

ElectricDreamland[Book: Lauren Rabinovitz – 2012 – 15x23cm – 240 Pages – Many B&W photos] Amusement parks were the playgrounds of the working class in the early 20th Century. During the rise of American parks (1896 to 1918), a simultaneous increase in cinema audiences was evident. Critics of the time often condemned parks and movies for inciting moral decline, yet they fostered women’s independence, racial uplift, and assimilation. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction – Artificial Distractions; Urban Wonderlands – “The Cracked Mirror” of Turn-of-the-Century Amusement Parks; Thrill Ride Cinema – Hale’s Tours and Scenes of the World; The Miniature and the Giant – Postcards and Early Cinema; Coney Island Comedies – Slapstick at the Amusement Park and the Movies; Conclusion – The Fusion of Movies and Amusement Parks; Appendix – Directory of Amusement Parks in the United States Prior to 1915; Notes; Films Cited; Selected Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ELECTRIC PARK: SUMMER RESORT & AMUSEMENT PARK 1905 TO 1920.

ElectricParkArkansas[Book: Stan Kujawa – 2000 – 22x29cm – 140 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour postcards]. Catch the trolley to see Electric Park (Fort Smith, Arkansas) under construction. Visit the gardens with their trimmed hedges and colourful flowers. Relax in the Casino, listen to the music emanating from the ornate bandstand, delight to the thrills of the Roller Coaster and take a ride on the electric Merry-Go-Round. Chapter Points: Notes; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Map of Electric Park Property and Buildings; Colour Postcards; Fort Smith Trolley Museum; Timeline of Electric Park; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE ELITCH GARDEN STORY.

TheElitchGardenStory[Book: Jack Gurtler & Corinne Hunt – 1982 – 17x25cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Elitch Gardens (Denver, Colorado) meant many things to many people. Some may remember Elitch’s when the Greats of Jazz was an annual affair, and others say that it was the rides that made Elitch’s great, particularly the two wooden roller coasters, the Twister and the Wildcat, they were the creation of the man who was known as “Mr. Roller Coaster,” John Allen. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Beginning; John M. Mulvihill; Growing Up in an Amusement Park; The Marvellous Trocadero; Memories of the Theatre; Kiddieland; The Golf Course. Also includes a chapter on the various rides and attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ELITCH GARDENS: GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIR 1891–1941.

ElitchGardensSouvenir[Book: 1941 – 23x31cm – 68 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Read the story of how John and Mary Elitch founded, developed and nurtured their amusement park destination (Denver, Colorado). Features many wonderful photographs of the First Gate (1891), The Main Entrance (1941): The Theatre, The Spitfire ride, Spook House, Wildcat roller coaster, and the gardens themselves. A chapter is dedicated to the stars of stage and screen who played at Elitch’s Gardens, as well as featuring many advertisements from Elitch’s sponsors. Chapter Points: Greetings (By A.B. Gurtler); Letters; Members of the 1941 Cast; From the Beginning (Chronological History); The Plays and Players; What Our Advertisers Say. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

EMILY’S WALK.

EmilysWalk[Book: John Krull – 2002 – 15x22cm – 200 Pages]. Emily Hunt was a lively four-year-old girl who dreamed of being a ballerina. One summer day, on an outing with her sisters, cousins and grandparents at a nearby amusement park, the miniature train they rode went out of control. The accident killed Emily’s grandmother and broke Emily’s neck, leaving her paralysed. The local sheriff’s department discovered that the miniature train was a disaster waiting to happen. Moreover, the train’s state inspection was a farce, the amusement park was negligent and the state could not be sued. This is a true story about a father, driven by the love for his daughter, taking on the state legislature and the governor’s office seeking justice for his family and assurance that nobody else would have to face his family’s tribulations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ENCHANTED FOREST.

TheEnchantedForest[Book: Janet Kusterer & Martha Anne Clark – 2013 – 15x23cm – 148 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The history of the Enchanted Forest (Ellicott City, Maryland) is one of magical beginnings. Young visitors could climb aboard rides like the Little Toot tugboat, Mother Goose and Ali Baba or encounter live animals. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction – An Idea Is Born; Finding the Land; Building the Park; Opening the Park (1955); Growing Up Enchanted; Visiting the Storybook Land – Charm, Innocence, Magic; A Tour Through the Enchanted Forest; Working In-Season; Working Off-Season; Out of the Ordinary; After Closing (1989); A New Home and a New Life; References; Index; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ENCHANTED FOREST AND ITS FAMILY.

TheEnchantedForestAndItsFamily[Book: Mavis Tofte – 2001 – 20x26cm – 102 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. A history of the Enchanted Forest (Oregon, USA), and the family that grew with the concept of giving pleasure to others. Today, as yesterday, visitors are sheltered from the cares of the outside world as they stroll through this magical land of enchantment. Chapter Points: Introduction; A Dream Maker; A Growing Family; Birth of the Dream; Opening for Business; Living an Enchanted Life (with Haunted House, Indian Caves, Ice Mountain Bobsleds, and Big Timber Log Ride development); More, Bigger, Better (with a Behind-the-Scenes feature, including the Park today); Special Memories; A Place in History; The Family Now. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE END OF AN ERA: WILLOW GROVE PARK.

TheEndOfAnEraWillowGrove[Book: Sandra C. Davis – 2007 – 16x17cm – 40 Pages – many B&W photos, few colour postcards]. Featuring original photographs of Willow Grove Park (Pennsylvania, USA), just months before it was demolished, as well as reproductions of historic postcards. (including: “The Lower Midway” in 1907, “Ladies Pavilion” in 1908, “Illuminated Electric Fountain” in 1907, “Willow Grove Park Entrance Sign” in 1940, “Mountain Scenic Railway” in 1939, “The Alps” in 1979, +Water Scooter Entrance, Thunderbolt Cars, Tunnel of Love, Bumper Cars building, The Willow Grove Mall in 2007, etc.). This book is filled with personal memories from its heyday as well as the author’s experiences of photographing the park while it lay in its abandoned state. Chapter Points: Introduction; Epilogue; References and Suggested Reading; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE END OF THE INNOCENCE: THE 1964-1965 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR.

TheEndOfTheInnocence[Book: Lawrence R. Samuel – 2007 – 18x26cm – 55 B&W photos and illustrations]. On the eve of opening day, a 12 billion-candlepower beam of light was turned on over the fairgrounds. Soon the world’s biggest fountain would be turned on and a 610-bell carillon would ring out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” From 22 April to 17 October in 1964 and 1965, some 52 million people from around the world flocked to the New York World’s Fair. Already a highly contentious political battleground and social phenomenon, ‘the single greatest event in history’ was finally about to begin. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Greatest Event in History; Heigh Ho, Ho Hum; Second Time Around; The House of Good Taste (including Walt Disney’s “It’s A Small World”); Global Holiday; Sermons from Science; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE ENGLISH PLEASURE GARDEN 1660–1860.

TheEnglishPleasureGarden[Book: Sarah Jane Downing – 2009 – 15x21cm – 66 Pages – Many B&W and colour images]. This book will transport you back to the most glorious days on the Pleasure Gardens of Britain. Chapter Points: Introduction; The First Gardens; Stolen Moments And Halcyon Days; Ranelagh-The Divinest Place Under Heaven; Marylebone And Vauxhall-The Later Years; Eighteenth Century Provincial Gardens; Nineteenth Century Provincial Gardens; The Victorian Pleasure Gardens; Arcadia Fallen; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ENTERTAINMENT IN EARLY MILWAUKEE.

EntertainmentInEarlyMilwaukeeIoA[Book: Larry Widen – 2007 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “What did early Milwaukeeans do to have fun and relax? From the earliest tavern stages hosting traditional German plays and musicals, to the large travelling circus acts that arrived via the railroad, to the beer gardens, nickelodeons, and old grand cinemas that dominated the city’s landscape during the first half of the 20th century. In its heyday, Milwaukee had several classic amusement parks with roller coasters, fun houses, water rides, and more…” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Theatre, Music, and Museums; Amusement Parks and Outdoors (includes Mineral Spring Park, Wonderland / Ravenna Park, Schlitz Park, Blatz Park, Pabst Garden, Wisconsin State Fair, State Fair Park, and Lake Park); Social Gathering Places; Hotels, Taverns, and Restaurants; Shopping; The Movies. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ERIE COUNTY FAIR.

ErieCountyFair[Book: Martin Biniasz on behalf of the Erie County Fair Agricultural Society – 2016 – 17x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. “During the mid-20th century, the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, began a journey that transformed a traditional, agriculturally based fair into the largest independent county fair and exposition in the United States. As the number of fair days and exhibits expanded, so did the number of fairgoers, increasing gate attendance figures to over one million visitors annually. While fair traditions have provided continuity over the decades, the fair continues to evolve and renew itself through improvements to the fairgrounds, the addition of unique attractions, and an ongoing commitment to agriculture. This book showcases the many dramatic changes that have taken place during the modern era of this fair. From the thrills of the midway and entertainment to nationally recognized agricultural, creative arts, and livestock competitions, the fair’s history comes alive through colour photographs from the archives of the Erie County Agricultural Society.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The 1950s – Bigger, Better, Longer; The 1960s – Superiecountyfairious!; The 1970s – Largest County Fair in the USA; The 1980s – Welcome to Fairadise!; The 1990s – America’s County Fair; The 2000s – Growing Strong. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ESSENTIAL EYE.

TheEssentialEye[Book: Kester Rattenbury – 2002 – 20x21cm – 50 Pages – Full colour]. The British Airways London Eye (London, England), also previously known as the Millennium Wheel, was successfully lifted off its temporary islands in the River Thames to provide a publicly accessible vantage point from which to appreciate one of the best cityscapes in the world. Chapter Points: Foreword (by David Marks and Julia Barfield); The Concept; The Challenge; The Components; The Capsules; Raising the Eye; Facts and Figures; Awards. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SIX FLAGS THEME PARKS.

TheEssentialGuideToSixFlags[Book: Tim O’Brien & Carrie O’Brien – 1996 – 18x25cm – 288 Pages – Colour photos and cartoons throughout]. When Angus Wynne Jr. opened the gates of the first Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas, on 15 August 1961, the regional theme park concept was born. Now, more than 30 years later, it’s easy to look back and see what a tremendous influence that first park – and the entire Six Flags organisation – has had on practically every theme park in existence. This publication is an essential guide offering in-depth descriptions of each park’s rides, shows, midway games, gift shops, restaurants and guest services. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUCLID BEACH PARK.

EuclidBeachParkIoA[Book: Euclid Beach Park Now – 2012 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1895, five Cleveland businessmen opened Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio). Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, this parcel of land would become a magical place. However, in 1900 “the Beach” faced financial collapse under the original owners. After being rescued by the Humphrey family, Euclid Beach began its ascendancy in the 1901 season. Euclid Beach offered a vast array of major rides and attractions and also utilised industry innovations in ride design, construction, and park management. Few amusement parks have garnered the affection, memories, and respect that surround the wondrous spot that is Euclid Beach Park. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Early Years; A Walk through the Park; The Memories Live On. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUCLID BEACH PARK – A SECOND LOOK.

EuclidBeachParkASecondLook[Book: Amusement Park Books – 1979 – 22x28cm – 230 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “A multitude of people created, shaped, maintained and sustained Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio). Some worked there for an hour; some worked there for months; some worked there for years or even a lifetime. To those people whose work and devotion became transformed into the Park’s image, we dedicate our second volume on Euclid Beach Park.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction (By Richard Flint); Way Back When; Roaring Through the 1920s, Waiting Out the 1930s; Adrift in the 1940s and 1950s; A Land for Kiddies; Beauty and the Beach; Round and Round; Ride Biography; Postscript; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH PARK IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

EuclidBeachParkClosedForSeason[Book: Amusement Park Books – 1977 – 22x28cm – 332 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Euclid Beach Park existed in Cleveland, Ohio from June 1895 to 28 September 1969. Although “The Beach” was a classic example of an American amusement park, it possessed an uncommon vitality which enhanced its character. Under the guidance of the Humphrey family from 1901 until its closing, the park gained worldwide recognition for the policy of its management and the innovations of its technology. However, to most who knew “The Beach,” it was not the technology that drew them to it. It was simply a part of life that never could be replaced! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH PARK YEARBOOK.

EuclidBeachYearbook[Book: Blake LeDuc Sr. – 1996 – 21x28cm – 186 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This publication is not meant to be a history of Euclid Beach, but another look at the park and its employees through rare and mostly unpublished material. Featuring the park’s year-by-year employee rosters and interesting trivia: each ride’s construction cost, ride counts, employee wage totals, etc. Also features many drawings, photographs and postcards, in fact everything you wanted to know about Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio) is here to quench your thirst for knowledge. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

EURO DISNEY RESORT PARIS: THE GUIDE.

EuroDisneyTheGuide[Book: 1992 – 15x22cm – 160 Pages – Many colour photos]. Walt Disney wanted to make Disneyland “the happiest land in the world.” The Euro Disney Resort is a new “happy land” that has just seen the light of day at Marne-la-Vallée, only a few kilometres from Paris. This guidebook is an invitation to discover that land, giving you all the information and advice you need to plan your visit. It takes you through the Euro Disneyland Theme Park with its five lands. Chapter Points: Foreword; Once upon a time…; How to use this guidebook; When to go; How to get there; Arriving at the Euro Disney Resort; Getting into the Park; Your Euro Disney Resort holiday; Life at the Euro Disney Resort; Main Street, USA.; Frontierland; Adventureland; Fantasyland; Discoveryland; Festival Disney; Hotels; Camp Davy Crockett; Golf Euro Disney; Restaurant Index; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPA-PARK: 40 JAHRE.

Europa-Park40Jahre[Book: Mack International GmbH – 2015 – 21x30cm – 60 Pages – Full colour]. This celebratory publication provides an insight to the past and explains how Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) began. Chapter Points: The Mack Company: from Wagons to Carousels. The Visionary: Franz Mack. The Makers: Roland Mack, Jürgen Mack, Michael Mack, Thomas Mack. The History of Euromaus. How it all began: From Idea to Site-search +Construction and Opening of Europa-Park. The Early Years: 1975 to 1979 – Crowds at Europa-Park. Ulrich Damrau: The Architect of Europa-Park. The Theme Park is Created: 1980 to 1989 – Implementation of the European approach. On the way to the 21st Century: 1990 to 1999 – From the land of the Fjord to the Matterhorn. The Decade of Superlatives: 2000 to 2009 – With Formula-1 pace in the future. Arise new Worlds: 2010 to 2015 – Exploring new places. Curiosities from 40 Years of Europa-Park. From our Guest Book: Prominent guests in Europa-Park. Facts, Facts, Facts. [German script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPA-PARK: A DREAM DAY.

Europa-ParkADreamDay[Book: 2014 – 17x26cm – 92 Pages – Full colour]. ‘A picture book featuring “Magic Moments” from Europa-Park’ (Rust, Germany). Chapter Points: [Introduction]: We Strive To Guarantee Your Dream Day. [Themed areas]: Germany; Italy; France; Switzerland; Grimm’s Enchanted Forest; The Kingdom of the Invisibles; Adventure Land; Austria; Spain; Portugal; Iceland; Scandinavia; Netherlands; Russia; Greece; England; Children’s World. [Europa-Park accommodation]: Bell Rock; Colosseo; El Andaluz; Castillo Alcazar; Santa Isabel; Camp Resort. Shows; Europa-Park at a Glance; Europa-Park Highlights; Halloween; Winter Magic. [Available in German, French and English. This is the English language version]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPA-PARK: IHR PARKFÜHRER.

Europa-ParkParkfuhrer[Book: 2004 – 21x27cm – 64 Pages – Full colour]. A park brochure showing the rides, attractions, hotels, restaurants, shows and events of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany). Includes a large (A2 size) colour poster of Europa-Park’s newest attraction: Silver Star! German script throughout. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPA-PARK: MENSCHEN UND EMOTIONEN.

Europa-ParkMenschenUndEmotionen (2)[Book: Mack International GmbH – 2015 – 31x31cm – 204 Pages – Full colour]. “People and Feelings: Europa Park is a charming tribute to Germany’s biggest theme park. Actors, friends and companions tell their stories and the history of Europa-Park. Their enthusiastic reports are complemented with fascinating images and photographs. This book explores behind the company Europa-Park and also details a family business with a healthy down-to-earth attitude and unwavering commitment, which propelled their theme park branch to the top of the international market.” [German script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

THE EXCELSIOR AMUSEMENT PARK … FROM RISE TO DEMISE 1924–1974.

TheExcelsiorLakeAmusementPark[Book: The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society – 1991 – 22x28cm – 66 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The park’s welcoming signage said: “Excelsior Amusement Park on Beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Rides Galore – An Ideal Place For Your Picnic – Lots of Fun For All.” Chapter Points: The First Five Years (The Pearce Family); The Challenging ’30s; The Feverish ’40s; The Rewarding ’50s; The Uncertain ’60s; The Last Chapter. Shows the rides and attractions: Streetcars; Caterpillar; Ferris Wheel and Dock Station; Ballroom; Speedboats; Mountain Railway Roller Coaster (construction, station and cars); Penny Arcade; Merry-Go-Round; Oscar V. Babcock’s Loop-the-Loop Cycle Stunt; Aeroplane Swings; Whip; Pretzel (dark ride); Fun House; Kiddy Land; Miniature Train and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EXCELSIOR AMUSEMENT PARK: PLAYLAND OF THE TWIN CITIES.

[Book: Greg Van Gompel – 2017 – 15x23cm – 132 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Minneapolis roared into the 1920s as a major metropolis, but it lacked the kind of outdoor amusement facilities common elsewhere across the country. In 1925, Fred W. Pearce introduced the Twin Cities to his “Picnic Wonderland.” Crowds eagerly poured onto the shores of Lake Minnetonka by the trolley load. Luckily, Excelsior Park survived the Great Depression and World War II on the strength of its celebrity acts. Changes in the forms of transportation, combined with innovations in the outdoor entertainment industry such as Disneyland and an ageing infrastructure, eventually forced the park to close its gates [in 1973]. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Kate Pierce); Playground of the Twin Cities; The Life of Excelsior Park’s Founder; Management Throughout and After the Great Depression; Making It through the War; Kiddielands and Disneyland Affects the Park; Big Reggie’s Dancelend; From the 1960s to the Grand Finale; What Happened with the Park Property and the Rides After the Park Closed? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EXPERIENCE THE POINT: UNOFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK TO CEDAR POINT.

ExperienceThePoint[Book: Andrew Hyde – 2007 – Third edition – 14x21cm – 110 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Cedar Point Amusement Resort (Sandusky, Ohio) is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations. With nearly 100 rides, shows and attractions, two water parks, four hotels, and a campground, the park is not an average amusement park anymore. This guide provides every little detail needed in planning (and enjoying!) a successful trip to Cedar Point. Completely updated and redesigned, this edition features money-saving secrets, and information on every ride and attraction in the park. Chapter Points: Introduction; History; Planning a Trip; Park Information; Main Midway; Wicked Twister Midway; Frontier Trail/Town; Top Thrill Dragster Midway; Kiddie Areas; Challenge Park; Soak City; Outside the Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

EYE: THE STORY BEHIND THE LONDON EYE.

Eye[Book: Steve Rose & Marcus Robinson – 2007 – 24x29cm – 192 Pages – Full colour]. This is the story of what happens when a couple of idealistic, young architects, backed by the Chief Executive Officer of one of Britain’s biggest corporations, challenges the status quo. Beautifully written and with stunning photographs, this is a must read for the Ferris wheel enthusiast. Chapter Points: Foreword; Pure Form; Revolutions in the Sky; Factory Plates (Photos); Seeing and Believing; Construction Plates; Full Circle; Landmark Plates; Descriptions of the Plates; Biographies. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

FABULOUS FARMER.

FabulousFarmer[Book: Roger Holmes & Paul Bailey – 1956 – 16x23cm – 186 Pages – Few B&W sketches]. “Fabulous Farmer – The Story of Walter Knott And His Berry Farm” …which grew, diversified and expanded to become America’s first theme park – Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, California). Chapter Points: Pay Dirt; Rosamond of Texas; The Good Earth; The Farmer Takes a Wife [Cordelia (Hornaday) Knott]; Sand and Survival; Be It Ever So Humble; The Sharecropper; Miracle of the Boysenberry; Growing Pains; Ghost Town; A Railroad Comes to Ghost Town; The Farmer’s Wife; What Shall the Harvest Be?; Calico. (Reprinted in 2011). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FAIRGROUND ARCHITECTURE.

FairgroundArchitecture[Book: David Braithwaite – 1968 – 23x25cm – 198 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The fairground has reflected many facets of social history, and this book gives an absorbing account of its development from the pagan festivals of ancient Greece to the great medieval trading fairs, and how the various forms of popular entertainment provided at these fairs eventually became the principal attraction. The author analyses the three basic elements of the fair: the ‘Joy Ride’, including all the different types of Carousel, Merry-Go-Round, Whirligig and Scenic Railway. The ‘Joints’ – that is, the side-shows and stalls. And the ‘Transportation’ used for travelling between fairs. There are chapters on the planning of fairground sites, and on the construction and decoration that are the essence of fairground architecture and remarkable for their spontaneity and diversity of style. Among the illustrations are scale plans of fairgrounds, original works drawings and templates used for the carved work. Also included is a glossary of terms and words enjoying special usage in the business, biographical notes on some of the leading personalities and a Calendar of Fairs. This book forms the first comprehensive study of a fascinating subject.” Chapter Points: Introduction (by John Smith); Background; The Tober; The Joy Ride; Booths and Joints; Transportation; The Changing Idiom; Construction and Decoration 1; Construction and Decoration 2; Glossary; Biographical Notes (William Allchin, Nellie Chapman / Pauline de Vere, Patrick Collins, F.W. Dickinson, Ludovic Gavioli, R.J. Lakin, C.H. Marenghi, George Orton, Frederick Savage, Henry Thurston); Bibliography; A Calendar of Fairs; The Illustrations; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

FAIRGROUND ART.

FairgroundArt[Book: Geoff Weedon and Richard Ward – 1981 (this edition 2005) – 23x28cm – 316 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The Art Forms of Travelling Fairs, Carousels and Carnival Midways. Chapter Points: Preface; PART 1 – THE AGE OF STEAM: The Fairground Revolution; The English Gallopers; C.J. Spooner, Burton-On-Trent; Anderson’s of Bristol; The German Karussell; The Carousel in France and Belgium; The American Carousel – Coney Island Style; Dentzel and The Philadelphia Style; The Philadelphia Toboggan Company; Country Fair Style; C.W. Parker of Kansas; Carousel Chariots and Americana; Fantastic Creatures. PART 2 – FAIRGROUND BAROQUE: Show-Cloths and Showfronts; Early American Showfronts; The European Salon Carousel; The Circular Switchback; The Travelling Scenic Railway. PART 3 – THE MODERN MOVEMENT: Fast Rides and Futuristic Designers; The English Round Stall. PART 4 – THE FIGURATIVE TRADITION: Targets, Shies and Shooting Galleries; Painted Banners; Humour and Figurative Artists; Sex and Horror; Heroes and Heroines. Appendix 1 – M.C. Illions & Sons Painting Techniques. Appendix 2 – List of Sources/Original Source Material. Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTIONS.

FairgroundAttractions[Book: Deborah Philips – 2012 – 16x24cm – 298 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Investigates the cultural production of the visual iconography of popular pleasure grounds, from the 18th Century pleasure garden to the contemporary theme park. Chapter Points: Pleasure Gardens, Great Exhibitions and Wonderlands – A Genealogy of the Carnival Site; Illustrations and Innovations – The Metonymic Icons of the Carnival; Mickey Mouse Chivalry – Chivalric Romance; Fairy Tale Romance; Monsters, Murders and Vampires – The Gothic Tradition; The Riddles of the Sphinx – Egyptomania; Boy’s Own Stories – Explorer Heroes; Treasure Islands and Blue Lagoons; Future Imperfect – Science and Technology; Constructing the Frontier – The Western; Consuming the West – Main Street, USA; Notes; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FAIRGROUND FUN AT FOLLY FARM.

FairgroundFunAtFollyFarm[Book: Brian Steptoe – 2001 – 20x21cm – 38 Pages – Few B&W and many colour photos]. The Williams family of Folly Farm (Pembrokeshire, Wales) first opened a behind the scenes viewing gallery for the public in 1988. Their aim is to provide a fun-packed day out the whole family can enjoy. The fairground rides of yesteryear have been a major part of this experience since 1996. The displayed rides and attractions are of national heritage importance. Chapter Points: Hiring Fairs; Major Rides; Rides for the Youngest; Side stalls; Games and Swingboats; Fairground Organs, and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE FAIRGROUND HERITAGE CENTRE.

TheFairgroundHeritageCentre[Book: The Fairground Heritage Trust – 2010 – 20x21cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. An illustrated guide to Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (Devon, England). Chapter Points: Welcome To The Fairground Heritage Centre (by David Wallis); Background To The Collection; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Super Chariot Racer; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Super Dodgems; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Supersonic Skid; Robert Edwards & Sons LTD Galloping Horses; William Wilson’s Rodeo Switchback. Elizabeth Brett’s Ghost Train; Robert Edwards’ Speedway Track; Travelling Shows; Dr. Edwin Lawrence’s Cinematograph Show Wagon; Stalls And Games; Percival’s Palace of Pleasure; Arthur Swift’s Children’s Roundabout; Anderton & Rowland Collection; Charles Heal’s Living Wagon; Painted And Carved Panels; John Powell’s Motorcycles; A.G. Clowes’ Chariot Racing Scene; Sam Crow’s Dodgem Racing Cars; Ashley Bros’ Noah’s Ark Bull Fighting Scene; Joe Ling’s Moonrocket Popeye; Fairground Models; Compton Cinema Organ; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FAIRGROUNDS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS: A CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE.

FairgroundsHealthAndSafety[Book: The Health & Safety Executive – 1992 – 21x29cm – 48 Pages – Few B&W diagrams]. Chapter Points: Foreword. Introduction. Information on Designing, Manufacturing, Supplying and Modifying Amusement Devices. Siting and Locating Amusement Devices. Assembling and Dismantling Passenger Carrying Amusement Devices. Testing, Examining, Inspecting and Maintaining Amusement Devices. Safely Operating Amusement Devices and Training Ride Operators and Attendants. Passenger Safety. Safely Operating Shooting Galleries and Storing Ammunition and Pyrotechnics. Safely Installing, Using and Maintaining Electrical Equipment. Gas Safety. Fire Precautions. Legal Obligations. Shock and Burn Risk from the Use of Electricity. Choosing Portable Fire Extinguishers. References. Glossary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

FALLING.

Falling[Book: Garrett Soden – 2003 – 16x22cm – 344 Pages]. Anyone who has gone over the crest of a roller coaster should wonder why that terror is so much fun. Read the astonishing story of how taking a fall has evolved from an experience that the ancients used as a metaphor for damnation to one so prized that today millions crave its intense rush. Discover why some people love falling, while others hate it (blame it on our genes). Selected Chapter Points: Introduction (Birth of the Bungee Jump); The Gravity Century; Terrified Imagination; Troubles in the Theatres of Gravity; Fall of the Noble Daredevil; Got Air?; Falling for All; Sensation Seekers; The Metaphor of Falling; Falling Today and Tomorrow; Acknowledgments; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE FANTASTICAL ENGINEER.

TheFantasticalEngineer[Book: Celeste Baine – 2000 – 13x21cm – 138 Pages]. “The Fantastical Engineer: A Thrillseeker’s Guide to Careers in Theme Park Engineering.” This book is your perfect reference for engineering in the entertainment industry. It is a source of compiled information to help you search for glamour jobs in engineering. It is about applying a foundation of engineering knowledge and study, adding a creative spin, and landing a dream job. Chapter Points: Thrill Rides for the 21st Century; Theme Park Design; Merging Art and Science; Create a Compelling Story; Preparing For Your Career; Roller Coaster Design; The Future of Themed Entertainment Design; What Do I Do Now? (useful contacts and addresses). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FANTASY FARM AMUSEMENT PARK.

FantasyFarm[Book: Scott E. Fowler – 2014 – 17x24cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. Not many developers would build an amusement park next door to the successful LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park in Ohio, but Edgar Streifthau was a one-of-a-kind man in Butler County. Streifthau, the original owner of LeSourdsville, was forced to sell his beloved park, but he still had the amusement-park bug, and in 1963 he built Fantasy Farm directly next to LeSourdsville. Fantasy Farm’s audience was young children, and the concept was successful for decades. The two parks coexisted for 28 years despite periodically appearing in court opposite each other. In 1982, Streifthau sold Fantasy Farm to local carnival owner William Johnson, who ran the park for another decade before finally closing Fantasy Farm in 1991 and selling off its assets. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Fantasy Begins; The Farm Really Does Exist; It Was a Kid’s World; The Fantasy Continues; The Big Rides; The Fantasy Ends. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FASZINATION KARUSSELL- UND WAGENBAU: 200 JAHRE MACK.

200JahreMack[Book: Willi Thoma – 1988 – 22x26cm – 386 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos and diagrams]. “Fascinating Carousels and Wagons – 200 Years of Mack” offers an in-depth and detailed history of the Mack Company and the Mack family, builders of mechanical masterpieces and the owners of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany). Major Chapter Points: Carts, Carriages and Coaches for Farmers, Citizens and Mail; Swimming and Showmen and the Carousel Construction Business; Propelling People – Fairs and Exhibitions; Worldwide Circus Magic; Carousel and Wagon Construction as a Family Affair; A Source of Joy and Relaxation; The Height of the Breakthrough in the Amusement Park Business; Chronicle of the Black Forest Entrepreneur’s Family (Includes a pictorial Mack family tree, from 1755 to 1988); Credits. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

FERRIS WHEEL!

GeorgeFerrisAndHisAmazingInvention[Book: Dani Sneed – 2008 – 20x24cm – 36 Pages – Few B&W and colour photos]. “Ferris Wheel! George Ferris and His Amazing Invention.” Chapter Points: A Dreamer Is Born; A Wheel Idea; Racing to Build the Wheel; Queen of the Midway; The Wheel Stops Turning; Timeline; Words to Know; Learn More – Books and Internet Addresses; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent for older children.

FERRIS WHEELS.

FerrisWheelsAndersonBrown[Book: Norman D. Anderson & Walter R. Brown – 1983 – 20x22cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Nobody knows when a spin on a “pleasure wheel” first thrilled fair-goers. But rides like this had been around for hundreds of years when George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. built the giant wheel that gave all future wheels his name, back in 1893. Here is the remarkable story of this well-known and well-loved ride, from a hand-turned wooden wheel sketched by a traveller in the 1620s, to a wheel with cars big enough to hold a forty-piece band, to the space-age marvels that fill today’s amusement parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FERRIS WHEELS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.

FerrisWheelsAnIllustratedHistory[Book: Norman Anderson – 1992 – 21x28cm – 408 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams]. The Ferris wheel, perhaps more than any other amusement ride, symbolises all that is magic about amusement parks and county fairs. The Ferris wheel lifts young and old alike for never -to- be forgotten views, and passengers never forget their first ride on the “Queen” of the midway. Selected Chapter Points: Secrets of the Past; America’s Early Wheels; The Star of the Columbian Exposition; Wheels and Expositions, A Hundred-Year-Old Love Affair; From Astro Wheels to Zippers; Ferris Wheels – A Chronology; Ferris Wheel Patents and Components. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

FLORIDA THEME PARKS: A GUIDE.

FloridaThemeParksAGuide[Book: Alex Miller – 2013 – 18x25cm – 164 Pages – Full colour]. In less than 50 years, Florida’s blossoming travel industry has earned recognition as the theme park resort center of the world. Discover 20 of the state’s unique venues and the attractions that make them famous. Chapter Points: Foreword (Tony Baxter); Introduction; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay; Fun Spot America; Fun Spot USA; King Richard’s Family Fun Park; LEGOLAND Florida; Miracle Strip at Pier Park; Old Town; Sam’s Fun City; Silver Springs; Zoomers Amusement Park; SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment – Orlando; SeaWorld Orlando; Universal Orlando Resort; Universal Studios Florida; Universal’s Islands of Adventure; Walt Disney World Resort; Magic Kingdom Park; EPCOT; Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Timeline. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FLYING TURNS: THE NEW AVIATION RIDE.

FlyingTurnsNewAviationRide[Book: Charles J. Jacques Jr. – 1989 – 21x27cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams]. A unique publication charting the history of the Flying Turns amusement park ride from the 1929 prototype until the 1970s. Chapter Points: The First Flying Turns; Bartlett Perfects the Flying Turns at Euclid Beach; The Miller and Bartlett Company; PTC Encounters Rough Sledding in the Depression; Bartlett Builds a few Flying Turns in the early 1930s; The Greatest Flying Turns of all – The Lake Placid Bobsled. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FLYING WITH FRANKIE.

FlyingWithFrankie[Book: Charles F. Gobel – 2012 – 15x23cm – 396 Pages – Few B&W photos]. A true story: “I’m about to lose my wife and I don’t want to lose my son too. That thought raced through my mind all day long, as my five-year old boy, Frankie, and I were enjoying our first day ever at an amusement park in 1994. Before exiting the park, my boy lured me onto the big roller coaster. That solitary journey hooked the two of us to the joys of gallivanting upon these flying machines, and for the next fifteen summers that’s basically all we did. The divorce proved no match for the wonderful memories that accompanied all of our trips, and the steadfast bond grew between us, merely in pursuit of our beloved joyrides.” 37 Chapters +“The Not for the Squeamish List,” a critical analysis of over 115 major roller coasters that Charles and Frankie rode. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.