JumpOnJumpOn[Book: Brian Steptoe – 1994 – 21x26cm – 144 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Jump On, Jump On: Traditional Fairs and Showmen.” Parents and teenagers, young and old, who remember and enjoy a visit to the fair, will find the fascinating life stories and the history presented here of great interest. There is something in here for you whether you are a member of the public visiting the fair, or a showman, or a fairground enthusiast. Life in the fairground business is portrayed as it really is – hard work for an uncertain financial return. But the heritage associated with the well-turned out, more traditional fair comes across in abundance. The full colour illustrations form a quality record of traditional rides, stalls, transport and living vans as operating in the UK in the 1900s. Chapter Points: Introduction. FAIRS AND FAIRGROUND EQUIPMENT: Origins of Pleasure Fairs; Who made the Equipment; Gallopers Galore; Transport and Living Vans. LIFE WITH THE FAIR: Introduction; A hundred years of memories – Harry Lee; Travelling Wild West Shows – Maggie Bird, nee Shufflebottom; Things are a bit chaotic round here – Anna Carter; Six generations in Sussex – Harris Bros; 0.22 Winchester rifles – Tony Spurrett. LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON: End of the run for the Steam Fair; Back end at Loughborough; A Rebirth. Where to see these fairs; Photographic Section; List of photographs; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


JimmyJohnsonsPlaylandPark[Book: Ed Gaida – 2007 – 22x29cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The property at the intersection of Broadway and Alamo Streets in San Antonio (Texas) stands vacant today. It was not always so. Between 1943 and 1980 the site was occupied by one of San Antonio’s best-remembered places of amusement, Playland Park. Like a giant magnet its “Forty Rides and Attractions” drew thousands of San Antonians and South Texans through its gates to savour the thrills, chills, and delights it had to offer. Step back in history and take one more ride on the giant wooden roller coaster (The Rocket, before it was moved to Knoebels and renamed Phoenix) or gallop upon a hand carved wooden carousel horse. It’s all here and forms yet another addition to Playland Park’s motto: “Just for Fun.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


FairmountPark[Book: John M. Olinskey, Debra Topi & Leigh Ann Little – 2012 – 18x25cm – 232 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Full title: “Kansas City’s Fairmount Park 1892-1936 ~ Carnival ~ Electric 1 & 2 ~ Fairyland Forest ~ Swope ~ Troost ~ Winnwood & Washington Parks.” Did you know that Mount Washington Cemetery was once an amusement park called Washington Park? Also, that one of the first airports in Kansas City was once Fairmount Park? In the 1880s Kansas City was a boom town and was referred to in the newsprint of the day as the “New Chicago.” Fairmount Park was home to: cafes, concessions, skating rink, the Fairmount Hotel… as well as amusement rides such as: Giant Dipper, Mountain Speedway, Jack Rabbit, Merry -Go- Round, Circle Swing, Toboggan Slide and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


KennywoodIoA[Book: David P. Hahner – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Founded in 1898 at the terminus of the Monongahela Street Railway trolley line, Kennywood (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) quickly grew into a favourite summertime destination. In 1987, Kennywood was designated a National Historic Landmark and is known today as America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park. Chapter Points: Foreword; The End of the Line; Flowers, Trees, and Neon; Picnics and Entertainment – Kennywood Traditions; Riding the Painted Ponies; The Scream Makers – Roller Coasters; The Dark Side of Kennywood; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Ponies, Too!); Making a Splash at Kennywood; Pint-Sized Thrills – Kiddieland Memories; Rounding It All Up. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


Kennywood2016[Book: Brian Butko – 2016 – 13x19cm – 148 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Come along for a loving look at Kennywood’s (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) rides, games, and attractions. Long-time fans and new visitors will enjoy this walking tour through Kennywood as we explore the history of each ride and attraction. Founded in 1898, the park has layers of fascinating history that tell of changing architecture, entertainment, and regional history.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Andrew E. Masich, president and CEO, Heinz History Center); Introduction; Arrival; Midway; Lagoon; Kiddieland; Auto Race Plaza; Kennyville; Lost Kennywood; Volcano Valley; Kenny Lane; Carousels; Thanks; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


KennywoodRollerCoasterCapital[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1982 – 21x28cm – 204 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A comprehensive history of Kennywood Amusement Park (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). Chapter Points: Introduction; The Start of a Tradition; The First Decade; The Second Decade; The ’20s, A Golden Age; 1930-1934, Kennywood Survives; The Big Band Era; The War Period; The Late ’40s, Growth Resumes; The ’50s, Kennywood Survives Television; Meeting the Challenges of the ’60s; Kennywood’s Greatest Expansion; Looping into the 1980s. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.


TheKidOfConeyIsland[Book: Woody Register – 2001 – 16x24cm – 400 Pages]. A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the “boy-wonder” of American popular amusements. At the turn of the twentieth century, Thompson’s entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. This is the remarkable story of Thompson and examines the transformation of commerce and entertainment as American society moved into an era of mass marketing and large-scale corporate enterprise. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


KingsDominion[Book: Scott N. Rutherford – 2015 – 16x23cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. Kings Dominion officially opened in 1975 on a 400-acre site between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Modelled on sister park Kings Island in Ohio, it debuted with several iconic attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Rebel Yell, and Lion Country Safari. Over the decades, ownership has changed several times, yet the park continues to grow and remain popular, even “starring” in the 1977 film ‘Rollercoaster.’ Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, it has evolved into one of North America’s premier regional theme parks and is currently home to an impressive assortment of attractions and live entertainment. The park also boasts 14 roller coasters, including four of the wooden variety, three LIM-launched coasters, and the 30-storey-tall Intimidator (I-305) giga coaster. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Dennis Speigel); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Preview and Construction; Grand Opening; Popularity Spurs Growth; The KECO Years; Paramount Parks; Cedar Fair. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


Klugheim[Book: Phantasialand – 2016 – 21x30cm – 110 Pages – Many colour photos]. Read the complete story behind the new themed world (“Klugheim”) and the two new world-record-breaking roller coasters (“Taron” and “Raik”) at Phantasialand in Brühl, Germany, from the initial vision to completion, from the first artwork to its realization, from the first test runs until the opening. Within these pages is documented the idea behind Klugheim, the many engineers and artists involved in the implementation of the new themed world, as well as the construction process and statistics of the two thrilling roller coasters. The fascinating story is complemented by concept artwork and beautiful photographs. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


KnoebelsWithAHeart[Book: Harry J. Deitz – 2001 – 23x29cm – 218 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Knoebels (Elysburg, Pennsylvania) is an amusement park steeped in history. This book marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most popular traditional family resorts in America. Chapter Points: In the Beginning; A New Swimming Pool; An Investment in the Future; Henry and the Gang: The Family Tree; A Good Start in the Amusement Industry; Carousels, Organs, Covered Bridges; Rapid Growth Continues; The Fabulous ’60s; An Eventful Decade – The ’70s; A Time to Celebrate; Keeping Up With the Times; 1985: The Year of the Phoenix; The Flume and the Sklooosh; Building the Twister; A Year to Remember. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


TheKnottStory[Book: Terry Tebbs – 1992 – 11x15cm – 100 Pages – Few B&W photos]. The story of Walter Knott, his berry farm and theme park. Chapter Points: Acknowledgement; Preface; Walter Knott Creed; The Formative Years; Walter’s Mother Earth; Cordelia Nostalgia; The Original Berry Farm; Knott Family Creed; The Boysenberry; The Chicken Dinner Restaurant; Ghost Town; The Amusement Park; Calico; The Priceless Gift of Freedom; The Interdependent Knotts; Walter Knott – Know And Love; Knott’s Camp Snoopy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


KnottsEarlyYearsIoA[Book: Jay Jennings – 2009 – 17x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Before there was a Disneyland, there was a Knott’s Berry Farm. What started out in the early 1920s as a small, roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California, grew over the next 60 years into one of the most popular amusement parks in the world. Its founder, Walter Knott, along with his wife and family, knew no boundaries when it came to expanding his small berry market and tearoom into the world-famous Chicken Dinner Restaurant and later adding his ultimate achievement, Ghost Town. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Early Years of Walter Knott; Introducing Knott’s Berry Place; Building a Ghost Town; Knott’s Berry Farm and Ghost Town; Vintage Knott’s Memorabilia. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


KnottsBerryFarm[Book: 2003 – 21x28cm – 26 Pages – Full colour]. Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, California). Read a brief history of how Walter and Cordelia Knott founded their berry stand, and how their small enterprise grew into the massive resort it is today. Read about the Ghost Town area of the park and its rides and attractions. Move on into the Old West and read about one of the world’s longest and tallest wooden roller coasters: GhostRider. Visit Wild Water Wilderness and brave the geysers and exploding waves aboard the Bigfoot Rapids ride. Moving on into The Boardwalk, Knott’s challenge you to step aboard the Xcelerator – the high-energy ’50s-themed launched coaster that screeches from 0-82mph in 2.3 seconds! Make a big splash on Perilous Plunge, the tallest and wettest ride, and test your nerve on the Montezooma’s Revenge steel coaster, and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


KnottsPreserved[Book: Christopher Merritt & J. Eric Lynxwiler – 2010 – 24x24cm – 164 Pages – Full colour]. From the earliest days of the California farm, when Walter Knott, his wife Cordelia, and their children were serving up baskets of berries “as big as a man’s thumb,” to the advent of themed rides and the arrival of the fastest coasters the coast had ever seen – it’s all here. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword (Tony Baxter); Coughran’s Land; A Live Ghost Town; The Two Pauls; Gift Stars and Tom-Tom Seats; Ghosts Come To Ghost Town; The Family Builds A Mountain; Gypsies, Scares, And Bears; Enter The Beagle; New Beginnings. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


KnottsScaryFarmHaunt[Book: Ted Dougherty – 2012 – 22x28cm – 196 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Foreword by Neil Patrick Harris. The incredible story detailing how Knott’s Berry Farm’s (Buena Park, California) annual Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt came to be is displayed in this hauntingly beautiful book. Through fascinating archival photographs and meticulously-researched ghoulish details, the author throws the switch and brings to life the forty-year history of an event that has terrified millions of helpless victims. The shrouds of mystery as to how the event became such a monster are lifted as the first book on the event demonstrates how “America’s First Theme Park” conjured a three-day affair in 1973 and created a legacy that has gone on to influence hundreds of copycat events around the globe. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


KursaalMemories[Book: Ken Crowe – 2003 – 20x26cm – 108 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Kursaal (Essex, UK) was the largest amusement park in the south of England for much of the twentieth century. This book tells the story of the Kursaal, from its origins in the late nineteenth century, to its closure in the 1980s, and re-opening in the 1990s. Chapter Points: In the Beginning, Early Fairgrounds; Grand Openings, The Kursaal and Luna Park; The First C.J. Morehouse; The David de Forest Morehouse Years 1921-1934; The Kursaal under Trustees 1935-1947; C.J. Morehouse 1948-1973; An Era Ends, Another Begins 1973-1998. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LaVaredaDelRecuerdo[Book: Flavio Rodríguez – 2011 – 19x25cm – 242 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Amusement Parks of Buenos Aires 1911-2003” is crammed with interesting facts and nostalgic reviews of Argentina’s amusement parks past and present: Roller coasters, spinning rides, tower rides, ghost trains, carousels, pleasure wheels, bumper cars, water rides, trains, sideshows, fireworks, etc. It’s a story of ups and downs and happiness and joy! Chapter Points: Prólogo (by Omar López Mato); Introducción; Generalidades; Parques Antiguos; Italpark; Parque de La Ciudad; Bibliografia; Agradecimientos; Sobre el Autor. (Spanish script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


LagoonAmusementPark[Book: Stephen G. Handy & Lagoon Corporation, Inc. – 2015 – 29x36cm – 202 Pages – Full colour]. “Thru these PORTALS pass people who have had more FUN than anybody” boasted the iconic exit sign at Lagoon Amusement Park in 1947. Although the sign has long-since been replaced, the statement is still true. Updating itself over and over again through 129 years, Lagoon has continually provided endless family fun, thrilling adventure, and an amazing leave-your-cares-behind respite from the world. This is the story of how a quaint, late nineteenth-century pleasure garden grew to become America’s largest, family-owned amusement park. Chapter Points: Introduction; From Lake Park to Lagoon (1886 to 1895); Beautiful Lagoon – the Prettiest Spot in Utah (1896 to 1917); The Lagoon – the Coney Island of the West (1918 to 1945); Plenty of Fun for Everyone (1946 to 1974); Pioneer Village and Rides, Rides, Rides (1975 to 1995); One of America’s Premier, Family-Owned Amusement Parks (1996 to 2015); Looking Ahead – Building on Our Legacy of Fun; Performing Artists; Maps; Acknowledgments; Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


LakeCompounceIoA[Book: Lynda J. Russell – 2008 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Founded in October 1846 by two local families, Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut) began its transformation from a rustic summer resort into a bustling amusement park. Gad Norton and Isaac Pierce teamed together to build a park that utilized the lake’s natural appeal for swimming, boating and picnicking. For generations, the park has been able to maintain its status as a local treasure while expanding and growing into what is today recognized as “America’s pioneer playground.” Chapter Points: Introduction; The Norton and Pierce Families; American Pioneer Playground; Crocodile Club; Amusements; Big Bands and Concerts; Memories; A New Beginning. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


LakeCompounce[Book: Lynda J. Russell – 2015 – 16x23cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. On October 6, 1846, Gad Norton invited the public to witness a scientific experiment to be conducted at his family-owned lake. The experiment failed, but the crowds of people inspired him to open a recreation area. In 1851, the firm of Pierce and Norton began land improvements. Not only were new attractions added, but corporate outings and outdoor concerts with big bands were also held, providing for a full day of fun and memories. As the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut) now offers 44 rides, including Thunder Rapids, Wildcat and Boulder Dash Roller Coasters, Crocodile Cove, Splash Harbor Water Park, and Bear Creek Campground. During the off-season, the infamous Crocodile Club is held every September, a haunted graveyard runs throughout October, and in December, the park showcases its holiday lights. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Early Days; Attractions; Entertainment; Changing Hands; Kennywood Era; Events; Present Day. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


LakeQuinsigamondIoA[Book: Michael Perna Jr. – 2004 – 16x23cm – 96 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In the 1800s and well into the 1900s, the area around Lake Quinsigamond, in Shrewsbury and Worcester (Massachusetts), was one huge summer resort. Boat clubs, picnic grounds and two amusement parks, Lincoln Park and White City Park, lined the shore. Experience once more the Chute The Chutes, the Funhouse and the White City roller coaster. Enjoy the fun atmosphere during those long-ago summers. Chapter Points: Lincoln Park, The Causeway and Crew Racing; White City Amusement Park; Clubhouses, Hotels and Beaches; Other Places and Attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


LakesideAmericanIcon[Book: Laura Russell – 2012 – 19x19cm – 36 Pages – Many colour photos]. Lakeside Amusement Park (Denver, Colorado) was billed by ambitious investors in 1908 as the “Coney Island of the West.” This photographic book explores the timeless architecture, graphics and neon signage of this once-glorious, world-famous theme park. Visitors today are surrounded by Art Deco buildings bathed in neon, the original, but tired 1908 carousel, and abandoned rides that are skeletons of their former glory. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


LakewoodParkIoA[Book: The Guinan Family – 2009 – 17x24cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Lakewood Park (Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania) was established in 1916 by the Guinan family as a place to bathe, picnic and camp. It became known as a nature retreat for the nearby miners and their families, and it developed into a destination for swimming, amusement rides, skating, big band dances, ethnic celebrations, political banquets, and more. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; In the Beginning; The Rides (1928 Spillman Carousel, Train, Kiddie Cars, Beep-Beep Cars, Helicopters, Junior Whip, Lindy Loop, Octopus, Looper, Loop-O-Plane, Roller Coaster, Dodgem, Hey Dey, Wild Mouse). The Dance Hall; Ethnic Celebrations; The Theater. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


thelandofoz[Book: Tim Hollis – 2016 – 17x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. “In 1966, North Carolina tourism moguls Grover, Harry, and Spencer Robbins began exploring ways to utilize their new ski facilities atop Beech Mountain during the summer. They brought in their associate Jack Pentes to come up with an idea. As a long-time fan of The Wizard of Oz, Pentes planned and developed the Land of Oz theme park, opening in June 1970. The park did not resemble the famous 1939 MGM movie or the Oz as depicted in L. Frank Baum’s book. Instead, Pentes interpreted his own vision of Oz, with a comical Wicked Witch and a wizard who did not turn out to be a fake. The Land of Oz closed after its 1980 operating season and was left to deteriorate [including its one amusement ride, a balloon-themed sky ride]. Since 1990, however, its remnants have been secured and restored. The property is now available for special events, and a giant Oz celebration takes place each autumn.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; No Place Like Home; Follow the Yellow Brick Road; The Emerald City; How About a Little Fire, Scarecrow?; The Merry Old Land of Oz; Beyond the Rainbow; Return to Oz. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LandscapeOfRecreation[Book: Francisco Asensio Cerver – 1994 – 25x34cm – 256 Pages – Full colour]. A look at worldwide recreation facilities from an architectural viewpoint: Parque Aquático (Brazil); Archeon (Holland); The Oregon Coast Aquarium (USA); New Biblical Zoo of Jerusalem (Israel); Euro Disney Magic Kingdom (France); Marineland (Spain); Parco di Pinocchio (Italy); Efteling (Holland); Parc del Tibidabo (Spain); Parque España (Japan); Healesville Sanctuary Wetlands Aviary (Australia); Aquacity Water Park (Spain); AmeriFlora ’92 (Ohio, USA); Giardino didattico Villa Milyus (Italy); Bassa de Sant Oleguer (Spain); Gorilla Rainforest (Australia); Night Safari (Singapore); Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (Florida, USA); Philadelphia Zoo (USA); Walk-through Aviary at Munich Zoo (Germany); SESC Itaquera (Brazil); Nagykálló Cultural Camp (Hungary); GreenPia Tsunan (Japan); Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort (Florida, USA). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


TheLastCarousel[Book: Kathleen Barach – 1991 – 13x18cm – 42 Pages – Few B&W and colour photos]. A small booklet detailing the history of the City Park Carousel. As you push open the wrought iron gate and step into a garden interlaced with brick walks and fragrant with jasmine, you see the strange, enchanting light that seems to come from a multifaceted jewel. As you draw closer you discover that the jewel is a carousel, a glittering, twirling gem of a carousel with lights and gold and stained glass windows, with spirited horses and a ferocious lion, calling, inviting. Come ride! It can take your breath away. Chapter Points: The Origins of Carousels; The Makers of Carousels; The City Park Carousel; A Carousel Reborn; The Carousel Today. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


TheLastDanceMeyersLakeAndZoo[Book: Jeffrey D. Brown & Raymond D. Fete – 2004 – 22x28cm – 372 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. A nostalgic recollection of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio). Featuring the rides and attractions once found there: The Dodgems, Carousel, Flying Scooters, the ever-popular Bug and not forgetting the Sky Rocket and Comet wooden roller coasters, and more. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Early Years (1812-1902); The N.O.T. and L. Years (1902-1926); Lake Park Theatre; A Personal Recollection; Maps; The Sinclair Years (1926-1979); Picnics; Moonlight Ballroom and Gardens; The Marathon Dance of 1933; Finis. Includes two music disks of the Big Band music once heard in the Moonlight Ballroom. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


LaughYourTroublesAwayRiverview[Book: Derek Gee & Ralph Lopez – 2000 – 21x27cm – 166 Pages – Many B&W photos, diagrams and maps]. A product of years of research by Derek Gee and the personal experiences of Ralph Lopez, who worked at the park for 11 years, make this the most comprehensive and factual history of Riverview (Chicago, Illinois) available today. It traces the development of the park as seen through postcards, vintage ads, and photographs taken by the park. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Before Riverview; Riverview is Born; Expansion!; Riverview Exposition Park; Thieves In the Park; Goodbye Riverview Exposition, Hello Riverview Park!; The War Years; The Roaring Twenties; The Depression Years; Post-War Riverview; The Turbulent Sixties; Appendix. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


[Book: John Bueker – 2014 – 16x24cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Conceived and built in the early 1960s by local artist and advertising man Louis E. Crandall, Legend City (Phoenix, Arizona) was an ambitious and star-crossed mid-century attempt to bring a world-class theme park to the Phoenix metropolitan area. Despite daunting financial challenges and an unforgiving Arizona sun, the park managed to survive for two full decades, entertaining countless Arizonans and forging an enduring place for itself in the hearts and minds of local residents. A sad tale of broken dreams and economic failure on the surface, the story of Legend City is actually an exhilarating and fascinating chapter in the cultural history of Arizona. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Crandall’s Dream; A Tour of the City; Bankruptcy and Renewal; The Twilight Years; The Legacy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


RipleysLegends[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2006 – 15x23cm – 268 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Highlighting ten pioneers who were instrumental in shaping the twentieth century fun park landscape. Presented here are the most detailed and comprehensive biographies about these individuals. Chapter Points: Introduction; George Millay (Father of the waterpark industry); Carl Hughes (The first president of IAAPA); Bo Kinntorph (IAAPA president & CEO of Liseberg Park); Marty Sklar (Creative guru for Walt Disney Parks); Harrison Price (Introduced professional data analysis into the industry); Dr. Roberto Ortiz (Created Costa Rica’s first theme park); John Graff (Changed the global landscape of the industry); Harold Chance (Founder of Chance Rides); Ron Toomer (Revolutionised the design and building of steel coasters); Jeff Henry (Industry visionary and waterpark ride designer). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.


LegolandBillund[Book: 2004 – 17x24cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. The official guidebook to Legoland Billund. Join the expedition and explore the seven areas of Legoland. Includes: Welcome to Legoland (Professor Kilroy); History of the Lego Company; Facts – Billund, Windsor, California, Germany. Norway and the Netherlands; Germany; USA and England; Duplo Land (Children’s area); Imagination Zone – Lego Studios, Music Fountain, Lego Mindstorms. Legoredo Town – Lego Canoe, Timber Ride. Knights’ Kingdom – Dragon Coaster & Facts. Eagle’s Nest; Adventure Land – Jungle Racers; X-treme Racers (coaster); Power Builder – Program Your Own Ride (Kuka Robots); Behind The Scenes (models’ care, gardening, how Lego models are designed/made); Hotel Legoland; Legoland Map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LegolandCalifornia[Book: 2000 – 22x28cm – 58 Pages – Full colour]. We hope that you enjoy this collection of memories from Legoland California – “A Country Just for Kids” and we exist to give children and their families a creative experience of development, play and learning. Clustered around a 1.73-acre man-made lake are six main activity areas or “blocks,” as we like to call them. Each block is filled with models, rides, shows, playscapes, eateries and beautiful sights that will involve and entertain the whole family. It’s like nowhere else in North America! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LegolandWindsor[Book: 2002 – 16x23cm – 28 Pages – Full colour]. At LEGOLAND Parks the child is the hero and is put in control. With that in mind let’s go on a journey through the park. Chapter Points: Introduction; Miniland (models); LEGO Explore Land (+Whirly Birds, LEGO Explore Train, Waterworks, etc.); LEGO Traffic (+L’Drivers School, Driving School, Boating School); My Town (+Adventurers’ Express, Wave Surfer, Jack Stone Stunt Show, Explorer’s Institute); Wild Woods (+Pirate Falls, Rat Trap, Pirate Goldwash, Spinning Spider); Castleland (+Dragon Coaster, etc.); Imagination Centre (+Space Tower, Sky Rider, Building Zone, Mindstorms, etc.); The Beginning (+Model Maker’s Workshop, Hall of Fame, Rocket Racers, Special Events, etc.); Park map. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


LeSourdsvilleLakeIoA[Book: Scott Fowler – 2010 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. LeSourdsville Lake (Middletown, Ohio), also known as Americana Amusement Park by a generation of visitors, was a popular recreational park for many decades. The park hosted hundreds of annual company picnics, high school proms and family reunions, and its success was maintained by featuring such classic rides as the Electric Rainbow, the Whip, and the Cyclone / Space Rocket / Screechin’ Eagle and Serpent roller coasters, while the Stardust Gardens provided quality entertainment. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Rise of an Amusement Park; New Challenges, New Direction; The Little Giant Awakens; Disasters Take Their Toll. (LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park, 1922-2002). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LetsGoToTheWhiteCity[Book: James Colello Jr. – 2013 – 22x22cm – 28 Pages – Few B&W and colour images]. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, thousands flocked to an amusement park in Hamilton, New Jersey, seeking thrilling rides and the amenities of Spring Lake. In 1907, C.H. Oberheide (an experienced amusement director) encouraged the creation of a large-scale amusement park. As his vision eventually came to fruition, one of the foremost summer parks of its day offered fireworks displays, band music and dinners at the casino restaurant. It was a place of enjoyment where revellers rode the carousel, circle swing, shoot-the-chute, the C.R. Cook-designed and built Figure 8 roller coaster, and more. Chapter Points: Introduction; History of the Land; Spring Lake Park; White City Park; The Lake Area; The Life of White City Park; The Demise of the White City; Addendum; Acknowledgments; Photo Credits; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


[Book: John R. Stevenson V. – 2017 – 16x24cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Nestled in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the Libertyland theme park debuted on America’s bicentennial: July 4, 1976. The quaint park celebrated America’s history, heritage, and culture. Not only was it home to Elvis Presley’s favourite roller coaster [the Zippin Pippin], Libertyland also offered guests rides on the historic Grand Carousel, exciting shows, gift shops selling handcrafted souvenirs, delicious food, and much more. The park’s themed areas – Colonial Land, Frontier Land, and Turn-of-the-Century Land – paid tribute to some of the country’s most historically significant eras. From its opening in 1976 until its closure in late 2005, Libertyland was a first roller coaster ride, a first date, a family reunion, a summer job, or simply a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the real world… Libertyland is a chronological look at the theme park’s life, from blueprints to its razing and beyond. Photographs were gathered from former park employees, guests, historians, Memphis-area libraries, and the Shelby County Archives… This book is not only a tribute to Libertyland’s legacy, but also a history lesson for generations of Memphians to come.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County historian); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Fairgrounds Amusement Park – 1900-1970; A Miniature Theme Park – 1971-1975; A Bicentennial Debut – 1976-1980; A Roller Coaster Ride – 1981-1995; End of the Ride – 1996-2005; Selling, Saving, and Razing – 2006-2010; Where Are They Now? – 2011-Present. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


ConeyIsland100YearsAgo[Book: Samuel Todd Walker – 2007 – 18x23cm – 48 Pages – Many full page B&W images / no script]. Capturing life and scenery at Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York) from 1880 to 1912. Views of: Luna Park, Steeplechase Park, sideshows, slides, miniature locomotives, roller coasters, Shoot the Chutes, Ferris wheels, concessions, beach scenes in Victorian bathing attire, and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


LincolnPark[Book: Joseph D. Thomas, Marsha L. McCabe, Tracy A. Furtado – 1999 – 21x24cm – 200 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. In its 93-year lifespan, Lincoln Park (North Dartmouth, Massachusetts) was a magical part of many lives. The smoothness of the polished dance floor, the stomach-dip of the roller coaster, the tinkle of carousel music – this was Lincoln Park. A few physical pieces remain as reminders; mostly only memories survive, but what memories they are. Chapter Points: The Early Years 1894-1940; The Amusement Park 1941-1987 (+5 sub-chapters); Year-Round Fun (+5 sub-chapters); Lincoln Park Scrapbook (+7 sub-chapters). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


Linnanmaki50[Book: Eeva-Kaarina Holopainen & Lasten Päivän Säätiö – 2000 – (21x26cm – 120 Pages – Many colour photos]. A photographic publication celebrating 50-years of Linnanmäki (Helsinki, Finland). See the park in its early days 1949/1950, and how it has developed over the decades to the visitor attraction it is today. Documents the many rides and attractions past and present, including: the games and stalls, shows, theatre, music and concerts, roller coasters and ghost trains, raging rapids rides and the auto speedway among others. Also see famous visitors and guests enjoying the popular events. The publication ends with a chronological timeline, a celebration of Linnanmäki from 1950 to 1999. (Written in Finnish with English captions). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LisebergEnjoyTheRide[Book: Shout & Liseberg and Jens Karlsson – 2014 – 17x24cm – 60 Pages – Full colour]. Liseberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) was established in 1923, and here we present facts and information about our past and present roller coasters. Thank you for riding. See you again soon! Chapter Points: “Life is a Roller Coaster” (introduction by Andreas Andersen – CEO of Liseberg and roller coaster enthusiast); An Introduction to Werner Stengel!; Bergbanan (1923–1987); Super 8 / Skyliner / Super Eight Cyklon (1966–1979); Lilla Bergbanan / Cirkusexpressen (1977–1985, 1986–2008); LisebergsLoopen (1980–1995); Lisebergbanan (1987–); Hangover (1996–2002); Balder (2003–); Kanonen (2005–); Rabalder (2009–); Stampbanan (2013–); Helix (2014–). [script is in English and Swedish]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


Liseberg[Book: Bo Sigvard Nilsson & Bo Johansson – 1998 – 22x24cm – 208 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Celebrating 75 years (1923-1998) of Liseberg (Gothenburg, Sweden). An historical piece charting the park’s founding through to the present day. Chapters detail rides and attractions past and present, musical events and celebrations, the landscaping and statuary, and of the millions who have enjoyed Liseberg and all it has to offer. [Swedish script throughout]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


TheLongBeachPike[Book: Patricia Ann Stockdale – 2014 – 19x24cm – 96 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Pike (Long Beach, California) was a street a mile long, solidly lined with amusements. When nighttime came, everyone took a stroll down the Pike to see the life in motion, with color and lights, and listen to the ingenious gentlemen whose wits were sharpened in the competition for patronage, and whose vocal powers, assisted by megaphones, competed successfully with the brass bands. It was an inspiring spectacle of fifty to a hundred thousand people endlessly moving, the wise and the simple, the great and the humble, all pleased, happy, and carefree.” Chapter Points: Dedication; Acknowledgments; Prologue; How the Pike Got Its Name; The Pike’s History; Charles I.D. Looff; Cyclone Racer; Ripley’s Believe It Or Not; Elmer McCurdy’s Burial; The Jungle on the Pike; The Rainbow Pier; End of an Era (Demise of the Amusement Park); Jergin’s Subway; Movies Filmed on the Pike; The Long Beach Pike’s Future; Pike Photo Memories; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LookingBackAtBelleVue[Book: Robert Nicholls – 1989 – 21x30cm – 78 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Belle Vue (England) is no more; the great zoo and pleasure gardens, so well known to generations, are now consigned to history. Closed down in stages in the years following 1977, the North’s greatest entertainment site is rapidly being obliterated by modern commercial and residential development. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Establishment of Belle Vue Under John Jennison up to 1869; Belle Vue Under the Jennison Family 1869-1925; Belle Vue (Manchester) Ltd. 1925-1956; Belle Vue Under Sir Leslie Joseph and Charles Forte 1956-1977; Final Closure of Belle Vue and Subsequent Site Development. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LostParksOfNewYorkCity[Book: Barbara & Wesley Gottlock – 2013 – 16x23cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks provided thrills; however, as real estate value increased, these parks disappeared. Rediscover the lost amusement parks of New York City. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Fort George (Manhattan); South Beach (Staten Island); Midland Beach (Staten Island); Golden City (Brooklyn); North Beach (Queens); Rockaways’ Playland (Queens); Starlight Park (Bronx); Clason Point (Bronx); Freedomland (Bronx); Index; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.


LostAmusementParksOfStatenIsland[Book: John Louis Sublett – 2014 – 15x23cm – 184 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Establishment of railroad service to Staten Island’s South Beach and Midland Beach areas in 1882 set off a wave of development. Hotels, dance halls, concessions, carousels, roller coasters, beer gardens, shooting galleries, bathing pavilions, theaters and Ferris wheels sprung up at both places. By 1890, ferries, trains and trolleys were filled to capacity with vacationers and day-trippers trying to reach Staten Island beaches. In the 1920’s, Staten Island beaches saw as many as 40,000 people each day during the summer months. A boardwalk was built in 1892 followed in 1906 by an amusement area called “Happyland.” Taking full advantage of the summer closings of most Broadway theaters, Happyland’s amusements, stage productions, and vaudeville shows attracted 30,000 visitors on opening day. It was a large park and lasted until 1927. Chapter Points: Happyland At South Beach; Beachland Amusements; South Beach Amusement Park; Midland Beach; Author’s Other Books. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LostParksOfTheHudsonValley[Book: Wesley & Barbara H. Gottlock – 2011 – 15x23cm – 180 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Starting in the 1870s, a burgeoning population along the Hudson River Valley and in New York City created a need for recreational outlets. With the valley’s natural beauty and its proximity to the nation’s largest metropolis, entrepreneurs were quick to respond. The mass appeal of large parks has been documented thoroughly; here, the authors highlight some of the lesser-known amusement parks, now largely forgotten, that entertained millions into the 20th century. Chapter Points: Introduction; Electric Park at Kinderhook Lake (Columbia County, New York); Woodcliff Pleasure Park (Poughkeepsie, New York); Orange Lake Park (Orange County, New York); Indian Point Park (Buchanan, New York); Fort George Amusement Park (Manhattan, New York); Here and There [smaller lost parks]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


LostAmusementParksOfTheNorthJerseyShore[Book: Rick Geffken and George Severini – 2017 – 17x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Jersey Shore has always attracted people seeking relief from summer heat and humidity. Long before Europeans came here, the native Lenape clammed, fished, and played games on the beach and in the surf. These original people could scarcely have imagined that, by the end of the 19th century, the 120-mile-long coastline of New Jersey would be dotted with amusement parks featuring gentle kiddie car rides, terrifying roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, and fast-food emporiums. James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr. in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. Their seaside recreation centers, along with those in Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Pleasure Bay, and others, endured for years but are just fond and fading memories today.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Randall Gabrielan); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Gateways – Boynton Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands. Classic Resorts – Highland Beach, Long Branch, Pleasure Bay. Twin Cities – Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. Boardwalk Fun – Bradley Beach, Belmar, Manasquan. Theme Parks – Storyland Village, Jersey Jungle, Cowboy City. Bibliography; About the Organizations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LunaParkClevelend[Book: David W. Francis & Diane Demali Francis – 1996 – 22x28cm – 156 Pages – Many B&W photos]. When Luna Park in Coney Island, New York, opened in 1903, outdoor entertainment was dramatically changed in America and the world. In 1905, another Luna Park opened on Cleveland’s (Ohio) east side to rival Euclid Beach, which began operation ten years earlier. Like its east coast namesake, Cleveland’s Luna Park dazzled visitors with a fantastic display of electric illumination and eclectic architecture. Within these pages the story is told of Cleveland’s other park, that was among the city’s favourite summer spots from 1905 until the end of the 1929 season, when it closed forever. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


LunaParkJustForFun[Book: Sam Marshall – 1995 – 22x23cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. A comprehensive and educational look at the various Luna Parks worldwide. Chapter Points: Preface; Open; Luna Park Coney Island – The World’s First; Luna Park St Kilda – Australia’s First; Luna Park Glenelg – South Australia’s First. Luna Park Milsons Point – Sydney’s Own; Luna Park Milsons Point – Heyday; Luna Park Milsons Point – A Change of Ownership; Luna Park Milsons Point – The Fall and The Fight; Luna Park Milsons Point – Fantasy and The Future; References; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.


[Book: Neil Montagnana-Wallace – 2012 – 26x26cm – 122 Pages – Full colour]. On the 13th December, 1912, Mr Moon opened his giant mouth to St Kilda and thousands of people flocked in. Since that day, Luna Park (Melbourne, Australia) has welcomed millions. With over 100 years of memories, Luna Park has seen many changes, highs, lows and rides throughout its years. Take a step back in time and discover Luna Park’s colourful and glorious past. Read all about how Luna Park came to be Melbourne’s most recognizable icon – meet the Park creators, view the past rides and the amazing carnival acts that once appeared inside Mr Moon’s iconic mouth. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Lindsay Fox, Director, Luna Park, Melbourne); Introduction – 100 Years of Fun; Prelude – A Seaside Escape Pre 1912; 1912-1922 – Opening With A Carnivale (+Scenic Railway, Giggle Palace, River Caves). 1923-1929 – The New Luna Park (+Big Dipper, Sideshows). 1930-1950 – Depression and War Years (+Old St Kilda, the Face, the Towers). 1951-1964 – Post War Excitement (+Rotor, Ghost Train, Carousel). 1965-1996 – Challenging Times Ahead (+Artists’ Muse, Luna Lights, Street Legal [Dodgems]). 1997-2012 – Coming Back (+A Sea of Colour, Public Art, Proud Purple People [the purple uniformed workforce], 21st Century Painting, Lunalicious [food], Interview with Brian Atkins – Restoration Consultant & Mr Maker, Interview with Dick Baird – Consultant Engineer & Ride God, Interview with Nigel Markov – Previous GM & Space Invaders Wizard, Interview with Dennis Marks – Previous Owner & Forward Thinker, Interview with Mark Harrison – Maintenance Manager & Scenic Doctor, Interview with Patricia Mullins – Carousel Restorer & Equine Artist, Interview with Lindsay Fox – Joint Owner & Head of Nostalgia, Interview with Mary Stuart – CEO & Reluctant Rotor Rider). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


[Book: Sacha Szabo – 2017 – 20x21cm – 176 Pages – Many B&W and colour postcard images]. “Luna Parks: On the Trail of a Forgotten Pleasure. Luna Parks – while still prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century, have now disappeared from the scene of leisure and amusement culture. There were almost a dozen such parks in Germany alone. The Hugo-Haase-Park in Hamburg and the Luna Park Hamburg-Altona existed simultaneously with the parks in Dortmund, Köln and Leipzig. In Berlin from the beginning of the century to the Second World War there existed three such parks. Sacha Szabo has lovingly prepared this piece of culture and compiled a wide range of sources and pictures. He asks: What makes these parks uniquely different, and how and why did they disappear from the German cities? He takes the reader on an exciting trip of discovery to the very origins of these special meeting places, which – unlike today’s theme parks – were dominated by dancing, beer halls and public bars and which were an integral part of urban entertainment culture.” Chapter Points: Introduction; Nymphenburg National Park in Munich – The Beginnings of the Amusement Park Culture; Coney Island – A Place of Excitement; Urban Sensations – American Amusement Park Köln; The Three Luna Parks – The Amusement Mecca of The 20th Century; Thrill Seeking A Hundred Years Ago – The Luna Parks in Hamburg; Out Into The Greenery – The Luna Park Dortmund Fredenbaum; Water Fun in the Luna Park – The Luna Park Leipzig-Wahren; Luna Park or National Park? – The Park in Leipzig Meusdorf; Experience at the Turn of the Century – The Luna Park in Dresden; An Archaeology of Pleasure; Photo Credits; Acknowledgements. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


[Book: Brian Butko – 2017 – 15x23cm – 148 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Luna follows the intriguing, intertwined stories of two very different amusement parks in suburban Pittsburgh: Kennywood in West Mifflin and Luna Park in North Oakland. Butko takes readers on a rollicking trip to the rowdy picnic spot first called Kenny’s Grove, and then we meet the Ingersoll family of inventors who go from building rides at Kennywood to creating its chief competitor. Frederick Ingersoll, today credited with inventing and spreading the concept of amusement parks, was the visionary who conjured Luna by literally blowing apart a hillside along Craig Street in 1905. While he continued building more rides and more parks, he was also slipping into bankruptcy. Luna, for all its exotic architecture and dazzling lights, went dark after just five seasons. An escaped lion that killed a visitor is usually blamed for starting the park’s decline, but Luna was also competing with the first Nickelodeon (in downtown Pittsburgh) and nearby Forbes Field (among the first modern ballparks). All but forgotten a century later, Luna saw its legacy revived when Kennywood Park opened Lost Kennywood, an area modelled after Luna and other ‘world’s fair’-style parks. Kennywood and its competitor now co-exist in their own unique way.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Andrew E. Masich, president and CEO, Heinz History Center); Amusing Pittsburg(h); Making Figure Eights; A Wizard’s Wand; Lions & Pirates & Fairs; Darkness on the Edge of Baum; Afterword – Lost Kennywood;  Appendix; Notes; Thanks; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


Mack[Book: Mack – 2003 – 21x28cm – 52 Pages – Colour photos and diagrams throughout]. The history of the Mack Company, and their amusement park rides and attractions. The Mack Company has remained true to itself since 1780 when the company was founded. The motto of that time: “Only what’s good can blaze a trail and stay on top” still applies for us today. The company has survived for many generations. It has continually expanded and has successfully coped with changes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MagicMountain[Book: Robert McLaughlin – 2016 – 17x23cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, construction started on Magic Mountain [in 1977] just two years after Disneyland’s opening season. Through never-before-seen photographs, Magic Mountain tells the exciting story of the first attempt in America to spread the Disneyland model. The dream of a theme park in Colorado was conceived by Walter F. Cobb and designed by Marco Engineering of Los Angeles. The park saw tens of thousands of visitors, even during the construction period. They witnessed live gunfights and playhouse melodramas and took a ride on the Magic Mountain Railroad. Unfortunately, the park closed at the end of its premier season in 1960, but it would eventually evolve into Heritage Square. For over 40 years, this venue brought fun and entertainment to the young and young at heart, following Cobb’s vision of a clean, entertaining, and educational park for the whole family.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Hollywood Comes to Colorado; Construction; Magic Mountain Railroad; Showtime; One Dream Ends, Another Begins. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


TheManWhoInventedTheFerrisWheel[Book: Dani Sneed – 2013 – 20x24cm – 52 Pages – Few colour photos]. Exploring genius inventors and their great ideas – George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (1859 – 1896); inventor of the iconic Ferris wheel, which made its spectacular debut at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Chapter Points: A Dreamer Is Born; A Wheel Idea; Racing to Build the Wheel; Queen of the Midway; The Wheel Stops Turning; [George Ferris’] Timeline; You Be The Inventor!; Words to Know; Learn More, Books and Internet Addresses; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent, for children.


MangyongdaeFunfair[Book: Pyongyang Publishing House – 1984 – 19x26cm – 54 Pages – Full colour]. Mangyongdae Fun Fair (North Korea) covers over 600,000 square metres, and accommodates over 100,000 people a day. The double looping coaster swarms with visitors, riders feel as if they’ve flown in space and are tempted to ride again. The carrousel consists of 72 horses and eight floral carts on two floors; passengers gallop lightly through a green forest. There are so many attractions here that it would take you three or four days to do everything and contest your skill at the many games. The fun fair has become a merry recreation centre for working people who visit in great numbers. The fun fair is a playground that imbues people with bravery and boldness. (English script with French translation). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MarylandsAmusementParksIoA[Book: Jason Rhodes – 2005 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From Ferris wheels to roller coasters to tunnels of love, everyone has a favourite amusement park memory. For nearly 130 years, many of those memories have been made at Maryland’s amusement parks. Today only five exist, but throughout history, nearly three dozen have been part of Maryland’s landscape. This publication offers a glimpse of those parks and how they helped millions quench their thirst for recreation. Chapter Points: Introduction; Western Maryland Parks; Glen Echo Park; Washington Area Parks; Baltimore Area Parks; The Enchanted Forest; Southern Maryland Parks; Eastern Shore Parks; Trimper’s Rides and Amusements; Ocean City Parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MathAtTheAmusementPark[Book: Ian F. Mahaney – 2013 – 20x20cm – 28 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Math Is Fun!; The Price of Admission; The Ferris Wheel; Next Stop – Bumper Cars; At the Concession Stand; Roller Coaster Math; Step Right Up!; Line Time; So Much Amusement Park Math!; Figure It Out – The Answers; Glossary; Index; Websites. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for young children.


MemoriesOfColumbiaGardens[Book: Frank Quinn – 1973 – 20x27cm – 44 Pages – B&W photos throughout]. Accounts of historical interest regarding Columbia Gardens, the recreational area established in 1899 on the west slope of the continental divide in the vicinity of Butte, Montana. This publication details dances, birthday parties, high school reunions, balloon ascensions and other activities that took place at beautiful Columbia Gardens. Also features a couple of photos of the wooden roller coaster, but mainly focuses on the events that took place until the park’s unfortunate demise in 1973. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


MemoriesOfCrystalBeachVermilion[Book: Sandra Calvert Mueller, Marlene Calvert Feldkamp & Tom Ryan – 2007 – 15x23cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Crystal Beach Park closed its doors for the last time in 1965. But for the people who enjoyed all that it had to offer, sweet memories linger on. This book offers the nostalgic reader photos and tales of the amusement park rides, the buildings, and -most importantly- the people who were part of the Crystal Beach family. Whether you worked at the park, rode all the rides, or simply love to learn about what life was like in days past, this publication will take you on a most enjoyable trip down Memory Lane. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Founding Family; The Early Years; The Golden Years; After the Fire; Picnics and Other Attractions; The Sunset Years; Epilogue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MemoriesOfFontaineFerryPark[Book: 1990 – 21x28cm – 64 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Fontaine Ferry Park (Louisville, Kentucky) provided fun and excitement for countless patrons between 1899 and 1969. Captain Aaron Fontaine came west from Virginia in 1798 and settled in Louisville. In the 1880s, a resort area was built on the Fontaine estate and in 1899 William Jennings Bryant sowed the seeds that grew into one of the world’s most famous amusement parks. Fontaine Ferry! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


KishacoquillasPark[Book: Paul T. Fagley – 2012 – 22x28cm – 372 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “For many present and former Mifflin Countians, Kishacoquillas Park (Lewistown, Pennsylvania) was a place of childhood memories, of riding the vintage merry-go-round, of the Comet [wooden] roller coaster, or a dip in the pool. Maybe it was driving those little tractors around a dirt track, or cranking a handcar around the loop. Maybe you remember roller skating or dancing in the ballroom, or enjoying the music of a big band. Maybe it was hitting a ball around the mini-golf, or slugging a baseball in one of the athletic fields. These are just some of the memories of our hometown park – Kishacoquillas Park…” Chapter Points: Preface (Foreword, Acknowledgements); Introduction; Dedication; Prologue (The Era of Trolley Parks, The Trolley Company); The Trolley Company Years (Central Park 1900–1901, Gibboney Park Co-Lease 1902, Burnham Park 1904–1915, New Burnham Park 1916–1918, Kishacoquillas Park 1919–1930); The Depression Years (Arthur Jarvis 1931–1939); The World War II Years (James and John Moren 1940–1946); The Post-War Years (Russell and Fisher Families 1947–1953); The Miller Family Years (Miller Family 1954–1972, Gallery of the Park, The Rides, The Activities, The Agnes Flood of 1972); The Derry Township Years (Derry Township Ownership 1974–Present, Derry Township Community Park – 1988); Epilogue; Bibliography; Appendix (Movies Shown in the Open Air Theatre); Indices (Index of Bands and Musical Groups, Index); About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


MemoriesOfRevereBeach[Book: Peter McCauley – 1989 – 22x28cm – 76 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Revere Beach (Massachusetts), being the first that I know of to be set aside and governed by a public body for the enjoyment of the common people.” 23 January 1897 – Charles Eliot. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword; Charles Eliot; Old Revere Beach (Railroad, Old Narrow Gauge, Boardwalk, New Pier, Bath House, Ballroom, Jack Rabbit Roller Coaster, The Tickler, Daffy House); Styles on the Boulevard; Building a New Coaster, The Lightning; Hurley’s Giant Coaster; The Cyclone; Carousels; Revere Beach Postcards; Revere Beach Today. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MeyersLakeASecondLook[Book: Jeff Brown & Ray Fete – 1988 – 22x28cm – 154 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A follow-up publication and complement to “Meyers Lake Revisited.” Features many rare photographs of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio): the old Toboggan Slide; the Shoot the Chutes; Merry-Go-Round; Tunnel of Love; The Bug; Caterpillar; Octopus; Cuddle-Up; The Rocket; Dodgems; Ferris wheel; Kiddie Rides. Chapter Points: The Early Years (1880-1902); The “Northern Ohio Traction and Light Company” Years (1902-1926); The Sinclair Years (1926-1974); Picnics; Moonlight Ballroom and Gardens; Sports; Finis. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


MeyersLakeParkRemembered[Book: Jeffrey Brown & Ray Fete – 1993 – 21x28cm – 324 Pages – Many B&W photos]. For almost 100 years, Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio) was the social and entertainment centre of eastern Ohio. Comprising two hotels, a casino, a ballroom and open-air dance gardens, a roller rink, a zoo, boating lake, camping grounds, and various amusement rides including the Sky Rocket and Comet wooden roller coasters. All this and more could be found at Meyers Lake. Chapter Points: The Early Years; The North Ohio Traction and Light Years; The Sinclair Years; Picnics; Moonlight Ballroom and Gardens; Sports; Finis. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MeyersLakeRevisited[Book: Jeffrey D. Brown & Raymond D. Fete – 1985 – 21x28cm – 192 Pages – Many B&W photos) Meyers Lake was the social and entertainment centre of eastern Ohio for nearly 100 years. Over its lifespan, Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio) and the surrounding area offered a wider range of attractions, entertainment and recreational outlets than any other park in Ohio. It was an area of natural beauty, with peaceful picnic groves and the tranquil lake. By contrast there was the sound of merriment emanating from the various amusement park rides, including intermittent screams of excitement aboard the Comet roller coaster. Chapter Points: The Early Years 1812-1902; The North Ohio Traction and Light Years 1902-1926; The Sinclair Years 1926-1974; The Sporting Life; A Final Word. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MidwayPark[Book: Ron Gustafson – 1996 – 22x28cm – 62 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Midway Park, located in Maple Springs (New York, USA) was established in 1898 by the Jamestown and Lake Erie Railway as a picnic grove, and quickly grew to a full-fledged family fun centre. Discover much about the history of Midway Park and the amusement ride manufacturing industry, which once thrived in New York State. Chapter Points: Forward; Survivor Among “Trolley Parks”; Walsh Brothers Turned Park Into “Family Affair”; History of the Midway Park Carousels; History of the Allan Herschell Co, Inc.; History of the Smith & Smith Company; History of the W.F. Mangels Co.; Midway Park Rebounded From Tragedy On Several Occasions; Into The Next Century; Midway Park Memories. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MillerAndBaker[Book: 1923 Reprint – 15x23cm – 80 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Picturing and reporting on the many roller coasters and amusement devices manufactured by Miller and Baker, Inc. Chapter Points: Greetings; Introduction; Labour-Saving Construction Methods; Miller Under-Friction Locking Device; Machinery and Equipment; Coaster Cars and Equipment; Old Mills; Miller Domed-Roof Pavilions; Fun Houses; Miller’s Tandem Seat, Serpentine Coaster (Includes rare photos of long-gone Miller and Baker wooden roller coasters). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MoreKennywoodMemories[Book: Charles J. Jacques Jr. – 1998 – 21x28cm – 216 Pages – Many B&W, some colour photos]. Kennywood (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) has become a local icon. The historic amusement facility is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, and if anything would happen to it, the park would be sorely missed. Kennywood is a survivor, almost an anachronism, a successful urban amusement park in the 1990s. Chapter Points: 1898-1939 The Early Years; 1940-1979 The Park Faces New Challenges; 1980-1982 The Laser Loop; 1983-1984 Idlewild and More; 1985-1986 The Raging Rapids; 1987 Historic Kennywood; 1988 Kennywood Memories; 1989-1990 Sandcastle; 1991-1994 The Steel Phantom; 1995 Lost Kennywood; 1996-1997 Noah’s Ark and the Pit Fall. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


MoreMouseTales[Book: David Koenig – 1999 – 15x22cm – 240 Pages]. More stories! Meet the horse that broke free from a street-car and stormed Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. The Mad Hatter who panhandled for change from visitors as well as other mischievous employees and devious guests. More secrets! Discover how Disney Imagineers create the illusions of the Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, and other attractions. More revelations! Find out why Disneyland really closed the popular Skyway tram ride, Submarine Voyage and Mike Fink Keel Boats. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


MoreThanMerryGoRounds[Book: John Hayek – 1984 – 22x28cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The National Carousel Association – Merry-Go-Roundup (Vol 11/#1). Chapter Points: From the Editor. Lake Lansing Park (Haslett, Michigan): Early History; A Camp at Nemoka and the Years of Spiritualism; The Amusement Park Era: Waverly Park Penny Arcade, Waverly Roller Coaster; Waverly Theater. Haslett Park; Pine Lake Amusement Center; The Sprague Years (1934-1947); Lake Lansing Amusement Park: +Silver Streak and 1921 Dentzel Carousel. The Haney Years (1947-1958); Giant Coaster; The Johnson Years (1958-1974); Dismantling the Rides. A New County Park is Born. The Rocky Springs Park Carousel Moves to Lake Lansing Park-South. Editor’s Commentary; A Final Footnote. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


TheMostCrazyRollerCoasters[Book: Tamaki Miyata – 2011 – 11x15cm – 322 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. Chronicling the most significant roller coasters and major thrill rides’ development (mostly between 2000 and 2011). Keywords include: Aska; Balder; Beyond vertical drop; Bizarro; Bolliger & Mabillard; Boulder Dash; Bungee jump; Cyclone; Drop tower; El Toro; Expedition GeForce; Flying coaster; Formula Rossa; Fujiyama; Goliath; Hades; Hypersonic XLC; Inversion types; Millennium Force; Riding positions (flying, standing, suspended, etc.); Mystery Mine; Oblivion; Ring°Racer; Rocket/launched coaster; Sheikra; Steel Hawg; Superman – The Escape; Suspended coaster; Texas Giant; Tilt coaster; Top Thrill Dragster; Troy; Voyage; Wooden coaster; X; X-Scream. (Japanese script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


MountainParkIoA[Book: Jay Ducharme – 2008 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Following Mountain Park’s (Holyoke, Massachusetts) opening in 1894 as a picturesque retreat on the side of Mount Tom, Mountain Park expanded and evolved into one of the most beloved amusement parks in New England. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Holyoke was the most prosperous community in the state, and the first planned industrial city in the United States. The city’s progress drew crowds of visitors to the park, and it gradually developed into a bustling destination. Although Mountain Park closed its gates in 1987, the echoes of laughter from generations of visitors still reverberate throughout the Pioneer Valley. Chapter Points: Introduction; Cow Pastures with Scenery; The Phoenix on the Mountain; The Valley Players; Soldiers Return; A Place for Families; Riding into the Sunset. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.


MouseTales[Book: David Koenig – 1994 – 14x21cm – 240 Pages]. A behind the-ears-look at Disneyland. The most famous amusement park in the world – but is it really the Happiest Place on Earth? What’s it like to work at the Magic Kingdom. Climb inside the skin of your favourite cartoon character, are all these clean-cut, ever-smiling “cast members” really as innocent as they seem? Find out what’s behind the Keep Out signs and security cameras. Explore the underground complexes beneath Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Visit the Matterhorn’s secret attic, and the park’s private, members-only club. And what happens when reality invades Fantasyland. Witness the breakdowns and blackouts, riots, fires and fatal accidents. And the lawsuits that follow. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MouseTalesSpecialEdition[Book: David Koenig – 2005 – 16x24cm – 288 Pages – Few B&W photos]. This “Golden Anniversary Special Edition” celebrates Disneyland’s 50th year, and is limited to just 4,000 copies. It’s a completely expanded and updated edition of ‘Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears look at Disneyland.’ Featuring: “When the Magic Began,” a whole new chapter reliving the first months of Walt’s Magic Kingdom, as told by the park’s pioneers. Also includes: “A Walk in the Park: a Guided Tour of Disneyland in 1955” – a 60-minute audio CD featuring Mouse Tales’ author David Koenig and nostalgia radio personality Randy Brian recreating a trip to the Disneyland of a half-century ago. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MouseUnderGlass[Book: David Koenig – 1997 – 15x22cm – 288 Pages]. Both in feature animation and theme parks, Disney is in a class by itself. But why? What separates The Little Mermaid from The Swan Princess, and the Magic Kingdom from Magic Mountain? This publication takes a whimsical unauthorized look at the unknown and the unusual, from animated classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, plus theme parks Disneyland and Disney World. Details theme park attractions that never made it, such as rides based on Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and other classics. You’ll be amazed and amused by a side of Disney you’ve never seen before. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


MovieParkGermany[Book: Parkscout-Redaktion – 2006 – 11x21cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. Visiting Movie Park Germany (Bottrop), is like living inside the movies, and the park is celebrating ten years of “Hollywood in Germany” in 2006. Immerse yourself in the attractions and shows in this great world of cinema. This book is a useful aid to planning your trip to Movie Park Germany, and it is also a beautiful souvenir to help you remember your visit. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Andreas Stickel – executive director at Movie Park Germany); Movie Park Germany; All Subject Areas; Attractions and Shows; Shopping; Seasonal Highlights; Events Centre; The Film Studios; Hotels and Accommodation; Finding Out More; Attractions Around The Park; More Fun In The Movie Park Germany. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MrFerrisAndHisWheel[Book: Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford – 2014 – 26x26cm – 46 Pages – Many colour illustrations]. It was a bizarre idea, presented by an eccentric young engineer. Yes, it might be showy, but wouldn’t the flimsy contraption collapse? Wouldn’t it be undignified? Or frightening? Finally, the young inventor was told he could try – but only with his own money and with barely enough time. Here’s the true, uplifting story of George Ferris and his dazzling, unlikely invention – an invention that would become the world’s most magical ride of all time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.


MrWarwicksRevolvingTowers[Book: Martin Easdown & Linda Sage – 2011 – 21x30cm – 74 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Story of a Failed Seaside Attraction in Great Yarmouth, Morecambe, Scarborough, Southend-on-Sea, Douglas and Cleethorpes. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; An Earlier Scheme – The Revolving Tower and Public Amusement Company; The American Origins of the Warwick’s Revolving Towers; Thomas Warwick Brings the Revolving Tower to the British Isles; The Opening of Morecambe and Scarborough… and Southend-on-Sea Revolving Towers; The Opening of the Douglas Revolving Tower and the Financial Troubles of the Warwick’s Revolving Tower Company; The Failure of the Company; Company Dissolved […and Cleethorpes’ Revolving Tower]; The Fate of Warwick’s Revolving Towers; Technical Details of Each Tower; Modern Counterparts; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


MunichOktoberfest[Book: 1997 – 16x22cm – 96 Pages – Many colour photos]. Explore the community and culture that is the Munich Oktoberfest. From rides and food to beer tents! It’s all here. Chapter Points: Introduction (Dr. Gabriele Weishäupl); Munich and the “Wiesn”; That’s the Way It Works! (What you should know about the “Wiesn”: Customs, Traditions, Rituals, and Peculiarities); The “Wiesn” – Hosts; Attractions and Sensations (Side Shows – The Past and the Present); “Wiesn” – Hits: (Things that taste best at the “Wiesn”); Almost 200 Years: (A Historical Survey of the “Wiesn”); Index of “Wiesn” – Recipes. (English script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


MyBuckeyeLakeStory[Book: Donna Fisher Braig – 1997 – 14x22cm – 194 Pages – Few grainy B&W photos]. A memorable and historical review of Buckeye Lake, “The Playground of Ohio.” Chapter Points: Introduction; The Beginning (1800s); The Beginning of Prosperity (1900s); The Community (1920s); The “Crystal” Days (the Park, Dips roller coaster, and other rides, 1930s); People of Buckeye Lake; 1930s, 1940s and 1950s – Bands, People, and Park; 1950s Changes; Businesses Past and Present – Historical Houses and Farms; Islands, History and Updates – ‘Headlines’ from the Past; The 1960s the Decline; The 1970s and 1980s Celebration and Controversy; The 1980s and 1990s Progress and Development; Epilogue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


MyrtleBeachPavilionIoA[Book: Lesta Sue Hardee & Janice McDonald – 2010 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. For almost a century, the heart of Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) was defined by a place simply called “The Pavilion.” From the original structure built in 1908, the Pavilion was the center of the resort town’s growing tourism industry. Here you could stroll the Boardwalk, play arcade games, make faces in the fun mirrors, ride rides, dance the Carolina Shag, or sit on a bench and watch everyone else do all of the above. The beloved structure and its rides fell pray to economics and a wrecking ball in 2006. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Birth of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion; The Pavilion; The Rides; The 2006 Farewell Season; Pavilion Ever After; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


TheNationalDirectoryOfThemeParks[Book: Pilot Books – 1996 – 14x22cm – 74 Pages]. Whether you’re planning a day’s outing or a cross-country trip, if you’ve got children – you’ll want to know where to find theme and amusement parks wherever you travel. This book lists over 400 parks in virtually every state of the USA – from petting zoos to Disney World. One thing they all have in common is a healthy, fun-filled outing for friends and family, so pick your park, get your group together and have a great time! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


ButlinsOfficialHistory[Book: Kathryn Ferry – 2016 – 20x25cm – 324 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Eighty years ago Billy Butlin changed the face of British holidays. His aim was to make the British seaside break accessible to all. He wanted to create a place of colour and happiness where quality activities and entertainment would be provided so that families could really enjoy their time together. So, in 1936, Billy bought a plot of land in Skegness, where the resort still stands today, and set about making this dream come true. Butlin’s resorts sprang up all over the country. At one point there was a total of nine resorts, seven hotels, and even a Butlin’s in the Bahamas. To celebrate their eightieth anniversary Butlin’s has collaborated with seaside historian Kathryn Ferry to write the official history, giving her unique access to the Butlin’s Heritage Collection archives.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Jacquie Butlin); Billy Butlin And The Seaside Holiday; Camping Deluxe; Jollidays Are Here Again; One Million People Can’t Be Wrong; Holiday Villages By The Sea; You Make New Friends At Butlin’s; All For Fun, Fun For All; Butlin’s Holiday Pie; No Standing Still At Butlin’s; Twenty-First-Century Butlin’s; Further Reading; Index; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


NunleysIoA[Book: Marisa L. Berman – 2013 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Nunley’s Amusement Park (Baldwin, New York) was a beloved family destination from 1939 until it closed in 1995. The Nunley family established several amusement parks in the Long Island area, such as those found in Bethpage, Rockaway Beach, and Broad Channel. After the park closed, the rides and games were auctioned. Recognising the passion residents held for the park, Nassau County purchased the Stein & Goldstein carousel, and a campaign was established for its restoration. Nunley’s Carousel currently operates at Museum Row in Garden City, New York. Chapter Points: Introduction; William Nunley and the Family Amusement Park; The Life of the Park; Nunley’s Famous Carousel; The Arcade and Other Amusements; End of an Era; The Nunley’s Legacy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


ObservationWheels[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2013 – 15x23cm – 116 Pages – 2 B&W photos]. Ferris wheels have been around since 1893, and they’re found towering over almost every amusement park and carnival midway. Today, these giant high-tech structures are becoming status symbols, and the race between cities to build the biggest and most impressive is on! Read about the Ferris wheel’s inventor and about its colourful history. Inside are facts and statistics concerning 68 of the world’s most unique giant wheels (location, year opened, height, diameter, number of cabins, theoretical hourly capacity, ride duration, construction cost, manufacturer, etc.). Also details accidents and catastrophes, as well as safety measures and proposed projects for 2014, 2015 and 2016. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


OceanViewIoA[Book: Amy Waters Yarsinske – 1998 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Ocean View (Norfolk, Virginia), a rich historical beachfront hamlet on the northern-most reaches of the city, was at one time a major destination for beachgoers and amusement park lovers. This is a pictorial history of the resort, its development as an important residential and recreational location, and the people who made it happen from 1862 to 1965. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Mr. Lincoln Walks the Beach; The Ocean View Company; By the Bay; Hurricane!; Fisherman’s Paradise and the Coney Island of the South (Ocean View Amusement Park: Main Entrance, Leap-the-Dips, Bumper Cars, Canals of Venice, Auto Ride, Tom Thumb Golf Course, Teacups Ride, Carousel, Kiddyland, Sky Ride, Fire -26 February 1958). World War II and the Big Band Era. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


OdorfersAtlas[Book: Kurt Odörfer – 1995 – 16x21cm – 290 Pages – Full colour]. A guide to 49 German theme parks and zoos, including: Hansa-Park; Freizeit-Park Verden; Heide-Park; Serengeti; Rasti-Land; Potts Freizeit-Park; Hollywood-Park; Schloß Beck; Sommerrodelbahn Ibbenbüren; Ferienzentrum Schloß Dankern; Phantasialand; Eifelpark; Panorama-Park Sauerland; Fort Fun; Freizeitpark Lochmühle; Taunus Wunderland; Kurpfalzpark; Holiday-Park; Traumland auf der Bärenhöhle; Schwabenpark; Erlebnispark Tripsdrill; Europa-Park; Schwarzwald-Park Löffingen; Fränkisches Wunderland; Erlebnispark Schloß Thurn; Sommerrodelbahn Pleinfeld; Churpfalzpark Loifling; Freizeit-Land Geiselwind. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


OhiosAmusementParksIoA[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 2002 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W postcards]. By 1912, there were 54 amusement parks in Ohio. They came in all sizes, and some, like Cleveland’s White City, seemed to be courted by bad luck from the beginning, and folded after a few disappointing seasons. Others, like Youngstown’s Idora Park, enjoyed long lives and fostered beloved memories but eventually closed in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. A few, like Sandusky’s Cedar Point, have grown to be considered among the greatest amusement parks in the world. But most are now forgotten. Chapter Points: The Golden Age of Ohio Amusement Parks: 1895-1919; The Uneven Prosperity of the 1920s and the End of the Golden Age; Depression, War and Partial Recovery: The 1930s and ’40s; The Demise of the Traditional Amusement Park and the Rise of the Super Park: 1950s and ’60s. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


OldRockaway[Book: Vincent Seyfried & William Asadorian – 2000 – 22x30cm – 116 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This publication recaptures the lively summer vacation spot with vintage photographs of grand hotels, carousels, dance halls, roller coasters: (Thompson’s Scenic Railway, Wolz’s Thriller and the Atom Smasher) and other tourist attractions. It’s an evocative look at a bygone era and cultural phenomenon. Chapter Points: Introduction – An Historical Overview; Far Rockaway; Edgemere; Arverne; Rockaway Beach; Rockaway Park and the Western Section. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


OmahasPeonyParkIoA[Book: Carl D. Jennings – 2001/02 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. What began in 1919 as a modest gas station and restaurant on famous Lincoln Highway, Peony Park (Omaha, Nebraska) would grow to become the best-known entertainment oasis in Omaha history. Eventually blossoming into a beer garden and ballroom, and with the addition of a swimming pool in 1926, Peony also became the official headquarters for the Lawrence Welk Band in the 1930s. All of this ensured the park’s popularity. Peony Amusement Park lasted 75-years, and during that time people travelled from all over the country to ride the rides, soak up the atmosphere and admire the colourful valley. Chapter Points: The Early Years 1919–1959; The ‘50s and ‘60s; The ‘70s and ‘80s; The End and the Beginning; Epilogue – The Legend Returns. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


OnceUponACentury[Book: John Robinson – 1978 – 21x28cm – 144 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Celebrating 100 Years of the Canadian National Exposition (1879-1979). Chapter Points: Walking on a Piece of History; Born out of Protest; Agriculture; Memories; Transportation; Buildings and Gates; Grandstand Shows; Communications; “The Incredible Mrs. A”; Midway Magic (A history of the midway pre 1896). Also, Rubin and Cherry side shows; hand-cranked pleasure wheel, freak shows, Chute the Chutes; Roller Boller Coaster); Armed Forces; Big Bands; Sports; Toronto Harbour Commission; The People Place; Officials. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.


OnceUponATimeInPlayland[Book: Shoreline Historical Museum – 2005 – 22x28cm – 40 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From 1930 to 1960 Playland Amusement Park (Seattle, Washington) did more than just amuse the population. It became the darling of the northwest throughout the Depression and beyond, entertaining many thousands more. It was the last trolley park to be built in the United States, and throughout World War II, Playland presented one of the few opportunities to have fun inexpensively. Chapter Points: Introduction (Kay Schlegel); Bitter Lake Amusement Company; Playland Beginnings; The Fun House; Entertainment and Oddities; The Dipper; The Train; Shoot the Chutes; The Red Bug; More Rides; Getting There; The Fire of 1953; Aurora Speedway; Fond Memories. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


OneMinuteToPuritasSprings[Book: Ralph A. Pfingsten & Gary Swilik – 2011 – 21x27cm – 202 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. Puritas Springs Park (Cleveland, Ohio) 1898-1958. Chapter Points: The Early Years; Interurban and Puritas Springs Mineral Springs Water Co; Puritas Springs Park Opens; The Gooding Family and Puritas Springs Park; Dance Hall; Roller Rink; Merry-Go-Round; Cyclone; Rides (Roll-O-Plane, The Bug, Dodgem, Rock-O-Plane, Flying Scooters, Rocket Ships, Whip, Old Mill, Comet, Rumpus House, Hey Dey, Kiddie Land Rides, etc.). Jungle Larry and Safari Jane; Food and Concessions; Familiar Faces; Monkey Speedway; Wanda the Witch; Puritas the Clown; Twin Bridges; PS 50; Epilogue, Bibliography, Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


OprylandUSA[Book: Stephen W. Phillips – 2016 – 16x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. By the late 1960s, the Ryman Auditorium – the fifth home of the Grand Ole Opry – was a deteriorating firetrap in a seedy part of Nashville, yet, it still attracted thousands of people each weekend to the “show that made country music famous.” In an effort to develop an attraction that could sustain a larger Opry all week long, Opryland was born. Opryland USA operated from May 27, 1972, until December 31, 1997, attracting millions of visitors each year and giving many celebrities their first taste of show business. The park consisted of nine areas, dozens of rides, and Broadway-caliber shows featuring live bands and orchestras. As the “Home of American Music,” Opryland USA still lives on in the hearts and minds of those who visited its wooded trails, lazy streams, exciting attractions, and toe-tapping performances. Chapter Points: Foreword (Ty Herndon); Acknowledgements; Introduction; A New Home for the Grand Ole Opry; The Home of American Music; Come Share the Wonder; America’s Musical Showplace; The Most Fun in the Country; A Circle Broken. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.


OrlandosOtherThemeParks[Book: Kelly Monaghan – 1999 – Second edition – 15x23cm – 482 Pages – 6 B&W maps]. Orlando isn’t just a one mouse town. Within the greater Orlando area, or just a short ride away, you’ll find all the ingredients for a non-stop, thrill -a- minute vacation, with an occasional oasis of quiet beauty thrown in for good measure. A reference source detailing the places to visit and amazing activities to do once you’ve done Disney. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Universal Studios; CityWalk and Islands of Adventure; SeaWorld Florida; Cypress Gardens; Gatorland; Splendid China; Kennedy Space Centre; Busch Gardens Tampa; Wet ‘n Wild Water Park; Index to Rides and Attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


TheOutdoorAmusementIndustry[Book: William F. Mangels – 1952 – 14x22cm – 206 Pages – A few B&W prints]. Public amusement is as old as recorded history. The Greeks had their Olympic games; the Romans, their chariot races. Even in the Dark Ages and in medieval times, the common man of Europe sought amusement on occasion… Chapter Points: Outdoor Amusement Resorts; Early American Amusement Parks; Carnivals; Coney Island; Amusement Devices; The Carrousel; Merry-Go-Round Music; The Roller Coaster; Centrifugal Pleasure Railways; Pleasure Wheels; Water Amusement Rides; Oscillating and Circle Swings; Flat Rides; Observation and Parachute Towers; World’s Fairs; Funhouses and Illusion Rides; Menageries; Dance Halls; Festive Lights; Fireworks; Miscellaneous Attractions; Appendix. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


PacificOceanPark2014[Book: Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore – 2014 – 22x29cm – 366 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Full title: ‘Pacific Ocean Park – The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.’ “It was 1956, and Charles “Doc” Strub had decided to take the last big gamble of his life. As a lifelong poker enthusiast and entrepreneur, he was used to taking sizeable risks. On February 20, his company, the Los Angeles Turf Club signed a one-year option to purchase the old Ocean Park Pier in Santa Monica for $3,000,000. His plan? To build an amusement park that rivalled Disneyland. He called it Pacific Ocean Park / P.O.P.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Brian Wilson); Turf Club & Television (The Creation and Design of P.O.P.); Suspension of Disbelief (The Attractions of P.O.P.); Teenage Wasteland (The Death of P.O.P.); Photographic Fun Map; Acknowledgements; Image Credits; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.


PaintedPonies[Book: William Manns, Peggy Shank & Marianne Stevens – 1986 – 24x30cm – 256 Pages – Many colour photos]. The joyous carousel rekindles wonderful childhood memories. These icons of yesteryear were carved around the turn-of-the-century, when more than 6,000 of them revolved to the brassy tune of the band organ. Storms, fires and neglect have taken their toll; only slightly more than 200 have survived. This book is a larger -than- life look at these vanishing antique treasures. Chapter Points: America’s Carousel Heritage; Gustav and William Dentzel; Daniel C. Muller; The PTC; Charles Looff; William F. Mangels; Marcus C. Illions; Stein & Goldstein; Charles Carmel; Charles W. Dare; Charles W. Parker; Armitage Herschell; Herschell / Spillman; Spillman Engineering; Allan Herschell; Carousel Preservation; Collecting and Restoring Carousel Art; Carousel Directory. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.


PalisadesParkIoA[Book: Vince Gargiulo – 2005 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. High atop the Palisades cliffs once stood Palisades Amusement Park (Cliffside Park, New Jersey), the home of the famous Cyclone roller coaster, the Tunnel of Love, and the many other rides that even today, several decades after it closed, are still warmly remembered. For those who ever visited the park, this book is sure to bring back cherished memories and re-create the thrills, laughter, and joy that was Palisades. Chapter Points: The Trolley Park (1898-1909); The Schenck Brothers (1910-1934); The Rosenthal Era (1935-1971). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.