PENNIES BY THE SEA.

PenniesByTheSea[Book: Nick Laister – 2006 – 20x26cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The story of what was Britain’s largest amusement arcade. It’s a rags to riches tale of how a glove seller from Sheffield market turned a collection of buildings on Bridlington seafront into a fabulous entertainment complex with slot machines, fairground rides and amazing sideshows. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Bridlington’s Wonderland; Before Joyland; Early Amusement Arcades; The Firth Family – Luna Park; Charlotte Yvonne Brown – The Birth of Joyland; Harry and Sidney Brown – Stability and Success; Peter and Robert Brown – Joyland Amusement Park; John Noble and Sons – Joyland Shrinks, Joyland Grows; The Rides and Attractions; About the Author; Further Reading. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE PERFECT PLAYGROUND: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE.

ThePerfectPlayground[Book: The Crystal Palace Foundation – 1990 – 21x29cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Much has been written by historians and researchers about the Crystal Palace at Sydenham (England). Now history comes alive, as ordinary people who enjoyed the building and events that took place there, share their memories with you. They were children at the turn of the century and knew the Palace in its heyday. The story is built up from recorded interviews made by the Palace Memories Group who are committed to preserving first-hand accounts of the Palace for future generations to enjoy – truly a perfect playground! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

PHANTASIALAND.

PhantasiaLand[Book: 2004 – 21x29cm – 68 Pages – Full colour]. Explore the rides and shows, restaurants, and everything else to do with Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany). Chapter Points: Wuze Town; Wupi- und Wözlland; Octowuzy Puppentheater; River Quest; Mystery Castle; Feng Ju Palace; China Town; Silver City; Mexico; Alt Berlin; Galaxy; 1001 Nacht; Temple of the Night Hawk; Kinderland; Märchen; Unforgettable (shows); Pirates in 4D; Festival der Lichter; Wintertraum; Parade; Hotel Phantasia; Events; History; Park Map. (Script is in German, English, Dutch & French). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN COMPANY: AMUSEMENTS FOR PARKS.

PTCAmusementsForParks[Book: 1929 Reprint – 15x23cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Picturing and reporting on the many roller coasters and amusement devices manufactured by the “PhilTobCo.” Chapter Points: Cashing In On The Play Instinct – With “PhilTobCo” Service; Roller Coasters; Carousels; Mill Chutes; Pavilions. (Includes rare photos of long-gone PTC wooden coasters). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

PICTORIAL HISTORY OF REVERE BEACH.

PictorialHistoryRevereBeach[Book: 1980 – 22x28cm – 62 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Featuring many postcard reproductions of Revere Beach’s (Revere, Massachusetts) most memorable sights and landmarks. Showing Rotherham’s The Jack Rabbit side-friction coaster; Dragon Gorge, Thompson’s Scenic Railway; Lightning 1927-33; The Giant Coaster / Over The Top; Virginia Reel; Louis Bopp’s Derby Racers, a racing side-friction coaster where the winning train gets a free ride; The Oriental roller coaster and the Thunderbolt. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE PIKE ON THE SILVERSTRAND.

ThePikeOnTheSilverstrand[Book: The Historical Society of Long Beach, California – 1982 – 22x28cm – 74 Pages – Many B&W photos]. At first there was just the beach, here people came, crowds of them. Everyone was proud of this little town by the sea and lost no opportunity to advertise its many advantages to all visitors. However civic pride determined that all those visitors should be amused. A pier, a few souvenir shops, cafes and the advent of the Pacific Electric street car service in 1902, even more people came. This was the birth of an amusement facility to rival Coney Island; this was, The Pike. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

THE PIKE (PAST ITS PEAK).

ThePikePastItsPeak[Book: Stephen Brown – 1981 – 20x26cm – 62 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. A very short read. At one time The Pike (Long Beach, California) was the premier amusement attraction of the western United States. The earliest structures commonly associated with The Pike were built in 1897, and eventually the park offered rides, theatres, open-air pavilions, swimming pools, lighted piers, amusement booths and a general atmosphere of fun. Originally a beachfront establishment, landfill for various construction projects reduced The Pike to an inland oasis of diminishing attraction. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.

PiratesOfTheCaribbean[Book: Jason Surrell – 2006 – 22x28cm – 150 Pages – Full colour]. Read how the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction made the voyage to all four corners of the world – with rare early concept sketches and never-before-published original story concepts. We will also take a virtual tour through the attraction showcasing variations and enhancements at each Disney theme park. Selected Chapter Points: Forewords (Martin A. Sklar and Tom Fitzgerald); Disney and the Magic Kingdom; The Spanish Main: (The Port of New Orleans, Laffite’s Landing, The Blue Bayou, Approaching the Waterfall, Entering the Grotto, Dead Man’s Cove, Hurricane Lagoon, Crew’s Quarters, Treasure Room, Ghostly Grotto, Bombarding the Fort, The Well, The Auction, The Chase, The Burning Town, The Jail, The Arsenal, The Upramp). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE PLAYFUL CROWD.

ThePlayfulCrowd[Book: Gary S. Cross & John K. Walton – 2005 – 18x22cm – 310 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places In The Twentieth Century.” Blackpool and Coney Island were the definitive playgrounds of the industrial working class. Teeming crowds partook of a gritty vulgarity that offered a variety of pleasures and thrills, from roller coaster rides to dance halls and dioramas of exotic locales. This publication explores the resorts’ very different fates as Coney Island is now a mere shadow of its former self while Blackpool continues to lure visitors and offer new attractions. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Coney Island and Blackpool about 1900; Industrial Saturnalia and the Playful Crowd; The Crowd and its Critics; Decline and Reinvention; The Disney Challenge; The Crowd Transformed? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PLAYLAND.

PlaylandIoA[Book: Kathryn W. Burke – 2008 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Recalling the early days of Playland (Rye, New York), a national historic landmark and America’s only publicly owned amusement park. Opened in 1928 as part of the newly developed Westchester County Park System, Playland originally drew crowds that arrived to enjoy the circus acts, sideshows, and rides, such as the Swooper, an oval roller coaster, and the Derby Racer, one of only two left in the United States. An all-purpose resort, the park included a beach, bathhouse, pool, and casino with restaurants and games. Today Playland draws even larger crowds -nearly a million people each season- that come to ride the Dragon Coaster and stroll along the boardwalk. Chapter Points: Introduction; Construction; Rides and Attractions; Kiddyland; Entertainers; Sports and Games; On the Water; Getting to the Park; Around the Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PLAYLAND: THEN AND NOW.

PlaylandThenAndNow[Book: 1985 – 21x28cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A photo documentary detailing Playland Park (Rye, New York). This book tells the story of the establishment of Playland Park in 1928. Features beautiful photographs of the roller coasters: Kiddyland Coaster (1936); Aeroplane Coaster (1938); Dragon Coaster (1984); Whirlwind (1984); as well as the other rides and attractions: Jack and Jill Slide (1932); The Whip (1932); Playland Express (1932); The Old Mill (1936); Derby Racer (1937); Kiddieland Carousel (1937) and the Magic Carpet – the Moorish fun house containing moving floors, lopsided rooms, dark passages with rotating floor disks, and a carpeted slide on rollers, (1937). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE PLEASURE BEACH: SOUTH SHORE, BLACKPOOL.

ThePleasureBeachSouthShore[Book: 1910s – 12x18cm – 36 Pages – 11 full-page B&W postcards]. A small booklet picturing the rides and attractions (with descriptions and write-ups of each) of the Pleasure Beach Blackpool (England): Picturing: The Casino; The Scenic Railway; Ye Olde Englyshe Street; The House of Nonsense; The Joy Tube; River Caves; Velvet Coaster; Water Chute and Toboggan; Bowl Slide; Witching Waves; Rainbow Pleasure Wheel; Battle of the “Monitor and Merrimac.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

PLEASURE ISLAND.

PleasureIslandIoA[Book: Robert McLaughlin – 2009 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Billed as Boston’s answer to Disneyland, Pleasure Island (Wakefield, Massachusetts) opened on 22 June, 1959. William Hawkes, president of Childlife Magazine, and executives at Cabot, Cabot and Forbes collaborated with Marco Engineering of Los Angeles to build what was called the “Disneyland of the East.” Pleasure Island rose from the wetlands off of Route 128 into an 80-acre theme park. Through photographs, Pleasure Island recalls memories of boat rides to Pirate Cove, searching for the great white whale, driving a Jenney car, getting dizzy in the Slanty Shanty, and taking a ride on Old Smoky. At Pleasure Island, children and children at heart entered into a world that traditional amusement parks could not provide, where character actors continually put on a show and the entire park was the stage. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Concept to Construction; Pleasure Island Trains; The 1959 Season; From 1960 to 1969; The End of Pleasure Island; Pleasure Island Revisited. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PLEASURE ISLAND 1959–1969.

PleasureIsland1959-1969IoA[Book: Robert McLaughlin – 2014 – 16x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. Pleasure Island (Wakefield, Massachusetts) opened on 22 June, 1959. Designed by Marco Engineering of Los Angeles, it was the second of three innovative theme parks built across America to mimic Disneyland. Pleasure Island was conceived by William Hawkes, president of ‘Child Life’ magazine, and with support from Bostons Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and local and national investors, the vision of the park was brought to life. Just by passing through a turnstile, children and the young at heart could leave the present and enter into a world of the past. Clipper Cove was a replica of an old New England fishing village, and Goldpan Gulch re-created the Old West. With state-of-the-art attractions and national and local live entertainment, Pleasure Island became one of the top-grossing parks in the nation. The park was enjoyed for 11 seasons, until its closing in 1969. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Disneyland to London Bridge; Child Life Goes to Hollywood; Disneyland East Opens; Attractions and Entertainment; Pleasure Island’s Site Lives On; Friends of Pleasure Island. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

PLEASURELAND MEMORIES.

PleasurelandMemories[Book: Stephen Copnall – 2005 – 20x26cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Pleasureland Amusement Park (Southport, England) has been a major feature of the town’s tourist industry since the 1920s and long before that the seaward side of the town was synonymous with public amusement. This work tells the story of how the park rose from the foreshore sands despite opposition from Southport’s elite. Since then Pleasureland has ridden the roller coaster of change. From the very early promise of being a rival to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach it endured the tribulations of wartime requisition, but bounced back in spectacular fashion in its 1950s heyday. Changing tastes led to a period of decline; however, the park is enjoying renewed success at the dawn of the 21st Century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

PORTAVENTURA: THE STORY OF AN AMAZING JOURNEY 1995–2012.

PortAventura1995-2012[Book: PortAventura – 2012 – 30x30cm – 148 Pages – Full colour]. PortAventura is Spain’s first theme park. Chapter Points: Welcome – The History of a Dream. 1992-1995 Planning a World of Fantastic Experiences. 1995 The Dream Becomes Reality. 1997 The Earth Trembles – The Horizon is Covered in Dust: Stampida! 1999 Fiestaventura and Woody Woodpecker Arrive at PortAventura. 2000 Sea Odyssey – The Underwater Adventure. 2001 Templo Del Fuego, Halloween and Christmas Events Extend the Season. 2002 PortAventura Becomes a Holiday Destination. 2003 Hotel Caribe – a Unique Tropical Paradise. 2005 Hurakan Condor – A Spectacular Free Fall Experience. 2007 Furius Baco – Acceleration from 0 to 135 km/h in Less Than 3 Seconds. 2008 Bert and Ernie Come to PortAventura. 2009 Hotel Gold River and the Convention Centre Complement the Resort’s Offering. 2010 = 15 Years and Still Amazing. 2011 Sésamoaventura – The 6th Theme Area for the Whole Family. 2012 With Shambhala You Will Conquer The Skies. (Spanish, Catalan and English script). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

POST CARDS FROM A DEPARTED FRIEND.

PostCardsFromChippewaLakePark[Book: Robert E. Gardner – 2016 – 20x25cm – 188 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Post Cards from a Departed Friend – A Pictorial Post Card Diary of Chippewa Lake Park Ohio, 1878-1978. Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio) had been in business since the 1880s. The Beach family, Mac and his son Parker, had owned it for most of that time. Then in 1969 Parker sold it. Nine years later the new owners shut it down and left, leaving everything just as if it had closed for the night. Just like the ghost towns of the west, overnight it was deserted… For over 30 years the park sat waiting for someone to buy it and make it go again, but it was not to happen… This is the story of Chippewa Lake Park, from its start to its reclamation by nature.” Selected Chapter Points: Foreword – Post Card Collections of Chippewa Lake Park; Thoughts and Reflections on Chippewa Lake; Map of Chippewa Lake and Park; Chippewa Lake Park Timeline; Lake; Cottages; Beach Bathhouse; Boating; Inlet and Outlet; Park Entrance; Midway; Rides; Pier; Stands; Hotel; Dance Hall; Picnic Pavilion; Picnic Grove; Parker Beach; Ghost Park; Maps of Lake Station or Chippewa Lake the Town; Outdoor Stage – Death of a Clown; The Town; Postscript. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

POSTER ART OF THE DISNEY PARKS.

PosterArtDisneyParks[Book: Danny Handke & Vanessa Hunt – 2012 – 29x36cm – 148 Pages – Full colour]. Disney attraction posters are eye-catching works that build visitors’ excitement and disseminate information about the newest additions to the Disney landscape from around the world: from Tokyo to Paris to the US. This book provides a lively narrative to guide viewers through the evolution of Disney’s poster art. Chapter Points: Introduction (Tony Baxter); Here You Leave Today…; Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; New Orleans Square and Liberty Square; Frontierland; Fantasyland; Tomorrowland; Tokyo DisneySea; Disney California Adventure; Acknowledgements; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

QUASSY AMUSEMENT PARK.

QuassyAmusementPark[Book: Ron Gustafson – 2003 – 21x28cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The history of Quassapaug Amusement Park (Middlebury, Connecticut). Chapter Points: Early Views of Lake Quassapaug; Surviving the Test of Time; Quassy’s Carousels; Allan Herschell Rides Form a Foundation at Quassy; Saturn Six is a Unique Ride; Other Tummy Ticklers (Tilt -A- Whirl, The Trabant, Big Flush water coaster, Frog Hopper; Quassy trains, Paratrooper, and the Music Fest); A Quassy Amusement Park Chronology. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REALITYLAND.

RealityLand[Book: David Koenig – 2007 – 16x23cm – 340 Pages – Few B&W photos]. This book follows Walt and his hand-picked successors as they first surreptitiously acquire enough land to hold his ambitious dreams, then go about trying to make them come true – all the while battling thieving contractors, unlike-minded executives, unscrupulous corporate raiders, uncontrollable economic forces, and public-relations nightmares. Based on a decade of research and interviews with 100 Disney insiders, this publication also reveals what it is like to work for The Mouse, what lies in the Magic Kingdom’s subterranean tunnels, and how – despite extraordinary efforts to control every aspect of “the show” – not everything goes according to plan. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

REINVENTING THE WHEEL: THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRITISH AIRWAYS LONDON EYE.

ReinventingTheWheel[Book: Ian Lambot – 2005 Reprint – 28x30cm – 206 Pages – Full colour]. The culmination of more than five years of extensive planning – first by Marks Barfield Architects alone and later in partnership with British Airways and the Tussaud’s Group – construction of this remarkable project finally commenced in October 1998. This two-year project was completed in just 15 months, thanks to the incredible dedication and perseverance of a truly international team who devoted themselves to this project’s completion. Chapter Points: Foreword; The Concept; The Rim; The Hub and Spindle; The Site; Site Assembly; The Uplift; The Capsules; The Wheel Completed; Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REMEMBERING… FONTAINE FERRY PARK.

RememberingFontaineFerryPark[Book: Ron Puckett – 1980s – 21x27cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Oh, those were the days of our youth! There are amusement parks all across the USA, but there will never be another quite like Fontaine Ferry Park. Sitting at the end of Market Street, just north of Shawnee Park, it served the citizens of Louisville, Kentucky, for nearly 70 years. As one of the nation’s most famous amusement parks, it also served as a model for parks all around the country. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REMEMBERING ROY E. DISNEY.

RememberingRoyDisney[Book: David A. Bossert – 2013 – 22x15cm – 214 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Remembering Roy E. Disney – Memories and Photos of a Storied Life” This funny, enlightening, and inspiring collection of stories paint a unique picture of Roy E. Disney. Dubbed by a former Disney artist “the richest man in the trailer park,” Roy was a constant source of surprise. His regular-guy, down-to-earth nature was not necessarily expected considering his brand name and position within the company’s history. Filled with personal memories from the author and others who knew Roy well, it reveals a fuller picture of a special man. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Foreword (Roy Patrick Disney); Introduction; Wealth, Value, and Quality; Philanthropy and Generosity; The Prom Queen Syndrome; Sailing; Air Roy; The Company; Destino and the Academy Awards; True Life Separation; New Beginnings. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REMEMBERING TOLEDO’S AMUSEMENT PARKS.

RememberingToledoAmusementParks[Book: John M.W. Hayek & Ellen Covode Kuck – 2002 – 22x28cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: “Old Walbridge Park:” The Early Years; On a Roll; Life in the Park; The Great Fire of 1938; To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild; The “New” Walbridge Park; The Final Years. “Toledo’s Other Amusement Parks:” By Horse, Boat, Trolley or Just a Long Walk; Presque Isle Park; Lake Erie Park and Casino; White City; Forest Park; Toledo Beach; Willow Beach Park; Vollmar’s Park; Cedar Point; Boblo. Epilogue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

RESTORING THE GLEN ECHO PARK CAROUSEL.

RestoringGlenEchoParkCarousel[Book: Deborah Lange – 2004 – 22x29cm – 142 Pages – Full colour]. This book tells the story of the restoration of the 1921 Dentzel menagerie carousel at Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, Maryland). Between 1983 and 2003 the carousel was restored to the appearance it had when it was first delivered to the park in 1921. Chapter Points: The History of the Carousel; The Evolution of Restoration Techniques; Deciding to Restore the Carousel; The Parts of the Carousel; Preparing for Restoration; Restoring the: Indian Horse – Other Animals and Chariots – The Band Organ Facade – The Drum Panels and Pilasters – The Ceiling Panels – The Shell Sections – The Rounding Boards; Repair Techniques; Care and Maintenance; Catalogue of Animals and Chariots; Materials List; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REVERE BEACH.

RevereBeachIoA[Book: Leah A. Schmidt – 2002 – 16x23cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Revere Beach Reservation (Boston, Massachusetts) was created by the Metropolitan Park Commission in 1895. A successful amusement industry flourished here through much of the twentieth century, while later years witnessed the damage wrought by severe devastating storms, including the blizzard of 1978. This publication takes the reader on an unsurpassed pictorial journey detailing nine pivotal decades of a premier metropolitan seaside destination. Chapter Points: Revere Beach Reservation; The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad; Wonderland Amusement Park; Beach Scenes; Rides and Attractions; Along the Boulevard; Entertainment and Lodging; Destructive Forces of Nature. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

REVERE BEACH: A LAST LOOK AT YESTERDAY.

RevereBeachALastLookAtYesterday[Book: Fred Nazzaro & Peter McCauley – 1983 – 21x28cm – 62 Pages – Many B&W photos]. An affectionate look at Revere Beach (Revere, Massachusetts) and its attractions. Photos of many unique rides have been included, some of which were at Revere Beach for a short time, and others that survived for decades. Some of the photos are indeed rare and speak volumes about Revere Beach, both in its heyday and during its decline. Rides documented include: The Whirlpool; Lightning; The Caterpillar; Hurley’s Hurdler’s; The Tickler; The Swan Boats; Mountain Scenic Railway; (Rides at Funland Park); The five abreast Hippodrome Merry-Go-Round; The Derby Racer; The Wild Mouse; Treasure Island; The Cyclone; Harding’s Auto Skooters; Virginia Reel; Thunderbolt; and the Rough Riders carousel. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

REVERE BEACH’S WONDERLAND: THE MYSTIC CITY BY THE SEA.

RevereBeachWonderland[Book: Edward and Frederick Nazzaro – 1983 – 21x28cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The story of America’s forgotten amusement park. You’ll be amazed to learn that such a park existed in New England so many years ago, and that sadly it vanished (like so many others) without mention, until now. See and read about many of Revere Beach’s (Revere, Massachusetts) rides and attractions: The Boardwalk; Circus Ring; The Beautiful Orient; Infant Incubators; The Airships; The Third Degree (Funhouse); Hell Gate; L.A. Thompson’s Scenic Railway; The Chute; Pilgrim’s Progress (Palace of Mirth); Little Railway; Love’s Journey (Tunnel of Love). Selected Chapter Points: Introduction (by Peter McCauley); The Dream; A Brilliant Beginning; The Attractions; Fire and Flames; Lights Out. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

RHODE ISLAND AMUSEMENT PARKS.

RhodeIslandParksIoA[Book: Rob Lewis & Ryan Young – 1998 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Rhode Islanders were once able to enjoy amusement parks without travelling far; the state was home to several ocean front parks as early as the mid 18th Century with some of them surviving into the late 19th Century. View the parks that provided a recreational outlet for so many Rhode Island families and the visitors who frequented them. Chapter Points: Introduction; Crescent Park; Vanity Fair; Aquidneck Island Park; Rocky Point; Boyden Heights and Oakland Beach; Nearby Massachusetts Parks (Lincoln Park and Jolly Cholly’s Funland). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

RIDE THAT ROLLER COASTER!

RideThatRollerCoaster![Book: Richard and Louise Spilsbury – 2015 – 19x24cm – 52 Pages – Full colour]. Featuring free-fall rides, waterslides, and bumper cars, Ride That Roller Coaster! reveals the forces at work in amusement parks. Experience all the fun of the fair as you find out what happens to a falling object, discover g-force, and see for yourself how forces act on eager thrill-seekers. Chapter Points: What Draws People to the Park?; Why Do I Feel Lighter as I Fall? (+activity: Weightless Water); How Do I Slide So Fast?; Am I Going to Fly Off This Ride?; How Does a Roller Coaster Work?; What Happens in a Loop-the-Loop? (+activity: Loop-the-Bucket); What Roller Coaster Features Are There?; How Do Bumper Cars Work? (+activity: Floating Bumper Cars); How Does a Simulator Ride Work?; Can I Have Thrills without Spills?; Did You Feel the Force?; Quiz; Glossary; Find Out More; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent for older children.

RIDING ON RAINBOWS.

RidingOnRainbows[Book: John K. Walton – 2007 – 15x23cm – 164 Pages – Few B&W photos]. An explorative piece about Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Blackpool, England). Read about this spectacular national and international phenomenon, and why, since the 1890s, it has been so successful over such a long period, while rival seaside amusement parks have faltered and fallen by the wayside. This publication offers new interpretations of the changes in leisure, amusement, technology and consumption that helped to transform popular culture and society in twentieth century Britain. Chapter Points: Blackpool and the Pleasure Beach; Creating the Pleasure Beach; A Modern Amusement Park, (The Pleasure Beach between the Wars); The Post-War Pleasure Beach, New Challenges, New Initiatives; Customers and Workers; The Pleasure Beach and the Wider World; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! AMUSEMENT PARK ODDITIES & TRIVIA!

RipleysBelieveItOrNot[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2007 – 15x23cm – 112 Pages – Many B&W illustrations]. A journey through more than 350 Believe It Or Nots! Explore the weird, wacky, and absolutely true world of parks, rides and attractions. Chapter Points: Introduction; Magical Midway; Roller Coasters; Entertainers; Disney; Carousels; Ferris Wheels; Amusement Park Food. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

RIVERSIDE PARK.

RiversideParkIoA[Book: David Cecchi – 2011 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From its earliest years as a picnic grove, to its subsequent evolution into a major theme park, Riverside Park (Agawam, Massachusetts) was synonymous with summer for generations of New Englanders. Thousands thrilled to the Cyclone roller coaster and countless other attractions. Riverside’s status as the epicentre of summer recreation in the Northeast continues to this day with the park’s current identity as Six Flags New England. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Grove; Let’s Go!; Let’s Dance!; Come on in, the Water’s Fine!; On the River Side; Playground of the Connecticut Valley (the rides); God Bless Ed Carroll; The Rollaway; The Speedway; A New Era. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

RIVERVIEW AMUSEMENT PARK.

RiverviewParkIoA[Book: Dolores Haugh – 2004 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Every summer from 1904 to 1967, for 63 years, Riverview (Chicago, Illinois) -the world’s largest amusement park- opened its gates to millions of people. For three generations, the Schmidt’s family park offered rides, shows, food and music to all. The park survived depressions, two World Wars, labour disputes, Prohibition and a World’s Fair that threatened to take a great deal of its business. This publication tells the story of Riverview’s growth from 22 acres and three rides to 140 acres and more than 100 attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIVERVIEW: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN 1904–1967.

RiverviewGoneButNotForgotten[Book: Chuck Wlodarczyk – 1977 – 21x28cm – 136 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Laugh Your Troubles Away at Riverview! For 63 years, just the mention of Riverview Park (Chicago, Illinois) sent tingles down the spines of children all over Chicagoland. Jump on the Fireball and the Crazy Ribbon, the Bobs, Chute the Chutes, Flying Turns, the Whip, and many more. Learn of the rise and fall of this much-missed U.S. amusement park. Also includes a chapter detailing other U.S. parks: Six Flags, Kennywood, Dorney Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island and others. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

RIVERVIEW PARK ON THE AURORA ELGIN & CHICAGO R.R.

RiverviewParkOnTheAurora[Book: Dave Hanks & Steve Hyett – 1979 – 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Riverview Park (near Aurora, Illinois) began life in 1899. The amusement park’s name was changed to Fox River Park in 1911 to avoid confusion with Chicago’s Riverview Park. Fox River Park’s decline began in 1925 due to the rise of a more modern park – Exposition Park – on Aurora’s north side. Chapter Points: Dedication; A Farm Becomes A Park; Physical Features (triple arch entrance, Chute-the-Chutes, dance hall, Merry Widow Swing, Figure eight roller coaster, etc.); The AE&C Rebuilds; Riverview Park Pleasure Resort; Fox River Park; Fox River Division – Railroad Timetable. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

RIVERVIEW PARK: THE LOST SUMMERS.

RiverviewParkLostSummersKooker[Book: Bill Kooker – 2013 – 16x24cm – 200 Pages – Many B&W photos]. What began in pre-1915 as a zoological garden and trolley stop, Riverview Park (Des Moines, Iowa) would grow to become the best known family entertainment oasis in early Iowa history. Chapter Points: The Idea; The Plan; The Opening; The Operations; W.E. and Me; The Rides: (Roller Coaster, Shoot the Chutes, Tumble Bug, Flying Scooter, Pony Ride, Wild Mouse, Rock O Plane, Dodgem, Speed Boats, Scrambler, Little Train, Himalaya, Haunted House, Scat, Cuddle Up, Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Junior Hot Rods); The Company Picnics; The Oldest Game; The Riviera; The Hardships: (Fire, Flood); The Myths; Now Silent; Your Memories; Epilogue; Acknowledgements. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROBISON PARK 1896–1919.

RobisonParkRoyMBates[Book: Roy M. Bates – 1964 – Second edition – 14x21cm – 18 Pages – Few B&W photos]. A small booklet detailing the history of Robison Park (Fort Wayne, Indiana) from its conception in 1896 to its closing in 1919. Chapter Points: Introduction (Robison Park – formerly known as Swift Park); A Dream Materializes; Change In Name; The Formal Opening; Access To The Park; Grounds and Attractions; Activities; The Canoe Clubs; Changes In Ownership; Nature Regains Control. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ROCHESTER’S LAKESIDE RESORTS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS.

RochestersLakesideResortsIoA[Book: Donovan A. Shilling – 1999 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Offering a window into yesterday, this book reveals many unusual facts, and features the fascinating characters who owned and operated the amusement concessions. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the appeal of the resorts, entertainment and excursions that enticed yesterday’s generation to the tinsel meccas on Lake Ontario’s golden shore. Chapter Points: Ontario Beach Park; Bartholomay’s Resort; Manitou Beach Park; Lake Ontario and Genesee River Attractions; Summerville Resort; Windsor Beach Resorts; White City; Sea Breeze and Boardwalk Parks; Irondequoit Bay Resorts; Glen Haven Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ROCK SPRINGS PARK.

RockSpringsParkIoA[Book: Joseph A. Comm – 2010 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Rock Springs Park (Chester, West Virginia) remained a landmark along the Lincoln Highway in Chester until 1970. In its heyday, this panhandle playground captivated 20,000 visitors daily with attractions including the World’s Greatest Scenic Railway, Leap the Dips, Shoot-the-Chutes, the Figure Eight Coaster, the Cyclone Roller Coaster, Lusse Bumper Cars, Big Eli Wheel, Kiddie Cars, Aeroplane Ride, Octopus, Whip, and a hand-carved 1927 Dentzel Carousel. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Allure of Rock Springs -Earliest History 1889; J.E. McDonald Years (1890-1899); C.A. Smith Years (1900-1925); C.C. and Grace MacDonald Years (1926-1934); Robert and Virginia Hand Years (1935-1970); A Long Farewell (1971-1974); The Magic Lives On (1975-Present). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ROCKAWAYS.

TheRockawaysIoA[Book: Emil R. Lucev Sr – 2007 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Rockaway Peninsula, also known as the Rockaways, is located off Long Island, within the borough of Queens (New York). Its remoteness from Manhattan has made it a popular retreat and has provided an out-of-the-way area for families looking to locate and live by the sea. The Rockaways became a popular area for seaside hotels beginning in the 1830s, and its popularity grew… The Rockaways was also the home of Rockaways’ Playland, a world renowned amusement park from 1901 to 1985. Through vintage postcards, The Rockaways captures the history of this seaside community across ten chapters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROCKY POINT: A RHODE ISLAND TREASURE.

RockyPointARhodeIslandTreasure[Book: Donald W. Wyatt – 1997 – 20x27cm – 78 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Rocky Point Amusement Park offered recreation, entertainment and rest for city dwellers from all parts of New England. Things were not always easy for the park: natural disasters, economic downturns, new competition and changing tastes forced the facility to close several times in its history and finally to declare bankruptcy on 17 July 1997. Chapter Points: Rocky Point – Part of Rhode Island History; The Rocky Point Saga; Rocky Point and the First Presidential Phone Call; The Visit of President Bush; The Great Fire of 1883; The Bankruptcy Drama; Mr Rocky Point; A Photograph Spurs Memories; Rocky Point Was Rhode Island’s Own Disneyland; Where Else Would I See A Water Spout? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROCKY POINT PARK.

RockyPointParkIoA[Book: David Bettencourt & Stephanie Chauvin – 2009 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1847, Rocky Point Park’s (Warwick, Rhode Island) humble beginnings as a Sunday school picnic ground gave birth to a true Rhode Island tradition. For nearly 150 years, until its closing in 1995, the park evolved as it welcomed resort vacationers, hosted two U.S. presidents, suffered through devastating hurricanes, and was afterward revived by the Ferla family. By the mid 20th Century, no summer in Rhode Island was complete without a trip to Rocky Point to experience the wonderful rides and attractions. Although no longer standing, Rocky Point Park remains an iconic piece of Rhode Island history and the subject of many fond memories. Chapter Points: Introduction; Early Years; Food and Fun; Rides and Attractions; Ruins and Demolition. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROCKY POINT PARK.

RockyPointPark2015[Book: David Bettencourt – 2015 – 17x24cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. In 1938, a tremendous hurricane devastated southern New England, including Rocky Point Park (Warwick, Rhode Island). The shore dining hall was washed away, and the roller coaster lay in ruins. Owners began to look into other options for this beautiful 80 acres of land along the coastline of Narragansett Bay. The park’s future was in jeopardy until 1948, when Providence businessman Vincent Ferla bought it and brought it back to life. He revitalized the midway and brought in new and exciting rides, and on the park’s first day back, more than 35,000 people visited. The park thrived for nearly 50 years until its eventual closure in 1995. Today, this scenic spot along the Atlantic Ocean has been returned to the people of Rhode Island as a nature preserve and is flourishing once again. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Rides of Rocky Point; Clamcakes, Shore Dinners, and All that Food; Family and Fun. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROCKY POINT PARK COLORING BOOK.

RockyPointColouringBook[Book: Rocky Point Park – 1993 – 21x28cm – 36 Pages – B&W line drawings]. Rocky Point Park (Warwick, Rhode Island) is over 146 years old and still full of fun and good times. Over 30 Rocky Point rides and attractions are inside for you to colour. (sketches: Ferris wheel and balloons, Family fun, Tickets booth, Hamburger stall, Food, Carousel building, Corkscrew, Carousel lion, Carousel horse, Cyclone coaster, Rok ‘n Rol, Jolly Caterpillar, Rocky Point Express, Musik Express, House of Horrors, Rides’ signage, Spider, Freefall, Flume, Kiddie Swinger, Kiddie Cars, Rocky ‘maze’, Red Barron, Fun faces, Rhode Island Red +Violets, Horse > square, Rhode Island tee-shirt +birds, Providence map, Rutherford B. Hayes’ presidential phone call). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

ROLAND MACK: HERR DER ACHTERBAHNEN.

RolandMack[Book: Benno Stieber – 2014 – 14x21cm – 212 Pages – Few colour photos]. “Play hard, work hard” the inversion of the well-known expression has become a motto for Roland Mack, founder of Germany’s largest theme park. Since opening in 1975, Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) has grown, flourished, diversified, and now breaks industry records for excellence. What is the secret of this unparalleled success? This is a portrait of the indefatigable entrepreneur, and discloses facts about the early days of Europa-Park, the incredible success, the energy and the visions that drive Roland Mack. It tells of the objectives and dreams that he still wants to achieve and the difficulties he’s experienced balancing business and family time. It’s a very personal insight into an extraordinary life and the phenomenon that is Europa-Park. Chapter Points: The Park of Dreams; The Mack Principle; Seven Generations of Tradition; The Idea of Little Europe; Big Steps; Artificial Worlds; The Wide World is My Domain; Milestones 1870 to 2013; Awards and Prizes 1991 to 2014; Thanks and Pictures. (German script throughout).  ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLAND MACK: KING OF FUN.

RolandMackKingOfFun[Book: Benno Stieber – 2014 – 14x21cm – 212 Pages – Few colour photos]. “Play hard, work hard” the inversion of the well-known expression has become a motto for Roland Mack, founder of Germany’s largest theme park. Since opening in 1975, Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) has grown, flourished, diversified, and now breaks industry records for excellence. What is the secret of this unparalleled success? This is a portrait of the indefatigable entrepreneur, and discloses facts about the early days of Europa-Park, the incredible success, the energy and the visions that drive Roland Mack. It tells of the objectives and dreams that he still wants to achieve and the difficulties he’s experienced balancing business and family time. It’s a very personal insight into an extraordinary life and the phenomenon that is Europa-Park. Chapter Points: The Park of Dreams; The Mack Principle; Seven Generations of Tradition; The Idea of Little Europe; Big Steps; Artificial Worlds; The Wide World is My Domain; Milestones 1870 to 2013; Awards and Prizes 1991 to 2014; Thanks and Pictures. (English script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTER.

RollerCoasterGlover[Book: David Glover – 1994 – 20x21cm – 18 Pages – Full colour]. Where is the tallest roller coaster in the world? Look inside this book and find out. Chapter Points: The Roller Coaster Ride; Old and New Rides (1810-1994); Different Roller Coasters; Roller Coaster Records; Index. Quote: “Old roller coasters were made of wood. Sometimes the tracks caught fire. There were some terrible accidents. Now wooden rides are banned.” & “Some roller coasters have loops in the track where the cars turn upside down. The cars don’t fall off because they are going so fast.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor, for young children.

ROLLER COASTER!

RollerCoasterFusion[Book: Paul Mason – 2007 – 19x24cm – 34 Pages – Many colour photos]. This piece of juvenile literature delivers curriculum concepts with a high-interest twist. Key science concepts are clearly explained, and expertly levelled text ensures accessibility. With fun facts about some of the world’s best roller coasters, it is sure to generate interest in physics, and maybe coaster designing (!) at an early age. Selected Chapter Points: Design Your Own Roller Coaster; Newton’s First Law of Motion; What Goes Up; On Track for Thrills; Losing Speed; Friction; Air Resistance; The Best Seat on the Train; Roller Coasting Around the World; Coaster Glossary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

THE ROLLER COASTER ALMANAC.

TheRollerCoasterAlmanac[Book: Jack Ryan, Bill Driggs and the Magic Mountain Public Relations Department – 1978 – 14x22cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “A Comprehensive Compendium of Fascinating Facts, Figures, Fancies and Photographs Concerning That Transcendent Titan of Thundering Thrillers.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgements and Introduction; How big is Colossus?; From Russia, with ice!; Roller coaster center of the World!; The Mauch Chunk Marvel; America’s first “real” coasters; A Carpenter’s dream!; Coaster encounters across the Continent; On thin ice…; A weighty matter; Remember the Revolution!; California Coasters; Speedmania!; Building Colossus…; Bibliography; About Magic Mountain… (Valencia California); Colossus’ Facts and Figures. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER: AN AMERICAN THRILLER.

RollerCoasterAmericanThriller[Book: Adam Sandy – 2002 – 23x30cm – 74 Pages – Few B&W images and photos]. “Who would have thought that Russian ice slides created for Catherine the Great would spawn a child that can be found in countless forms today, providing a release for people the world over? Its history is dramatic, featuring dynamic characters who designed some of the most thrilling machines. It’s amazing that these rides have affected so many people in so many different ways. Every time I ride a roller coaster, I get the same feeling I felt during my first experience – one of pure euphoria.” Chapter Points: The Birth of a Thrill; The Roaring Twenties; Coney Island; The Great Depression; Designers: Harry Guy Traver, Walter Elias Disney, Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Thomas Prior and Frederick Church, National Amusement Device; Sixties Amusement Parks; The Late Seventies; The Eighties; Nineties Steel Coasters; Revival of the Wooden Coasters; Bibliography. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER: DER ACHTERBAHN-DESIGNER WERNER STENGEL.

RollerCoasterDesignerWernerStengel[Book: Klaus Schützmannsky – 2001 – 23x28cm – 168 Pages – B&W and colour photos and diagrams]. A unique and entertaining compilation of the numerous innovations by civil engineer Werner Stengel, who, in the 1960s transformed the construction of roller coasters all over the world. The first German steel roller coaster was built according to his calculations and in the following years, thanks to Stengel’s unbroken creativity, technical specialties like the famous looping coasters that came to realization. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

ROLLER COASTER FEVER.

RollerCoasterFever[Book: John Waldrop, Richard Munch, and Jon-Michael Reed – 1979/80 – 21x27cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. A rare book investigating all the thrills of coaster riding. Chapter Points: Why Ride a Roller Coaster? The Rise and Fall and Rise of Roller Coasters; Types of Coasters; Coaster Location Maps; The Experts Pick the 15 Most Exciting; A Colour Photo Review; Coast to Coast Coaster Directory; Making the Most of Your Ride; Cyclone Cloning: Did History Repeat Itself? Killers or Pussycats, How Safe are Coasters? Catching the Fever; The Great American Coaster Revival; Endangered Species; Marathoning Tips; The Classics: Gone But Not Forgotten; From the Ground Up. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTER GIANTS.

RollerCoasterGiants[Book: Frank J.M. Romijn – 2006 – 23x27cm – 156 Pages – Full colour]. A publication to bring enthusiasts right up to date in the coastering world. Featuring chapters on: Coaster History; Technical Issues; Coaster Design and Construction; Werner Stengel; Bolliger & Mabillard; Intamin; Vekoma; Steel Coasters in Europe; Wooden Coasters in Europe; European Coaster Index; Japanese Coasters; World Records; Roller Coaster Jargon and Terms. Containing large -sometimes full page- colour photos of your favourite roller coasters, including Rita: Queen of Speed (Alton Towers); Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure); Stealth (Thorpe Park); X (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Top Thrill Dragster (Six Flags Magic Mountain; Thunder Dolphin (Tokyo Dome City); White Cyclone (Nagashima Spaland); Kanonen (Liseberg), Booster Bike (Toverland), and dozens more. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

THE ROLLER COASTER LOVER’S COMPANION.

TheRollerCoasterLoversCompanion1[Book: Steven J. Urbanowicz – 1997 – 17x25cm – 164 Pages – Few B&W photos and diagrams]. A Thrill-Seeker’s Guide to the World’s Best Coasters. Chapter Points: From Russia With Love; Thrill Machines, Thrill Makers; Getting the Most When You Coast; Types of Roller Coasters; The World’s Best Wood Coasters; The World’s Best Steel Coasters; The Parks With the Best Collection of Coasters; The Guide to Roller Coasters Worldwide; The Best Roller Coaster Trips; The World’s Major Wood Coasters; The World’s Major Steel Coasters; The Top Five Roller Coaster Lists; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ROLLER COASTER LOVER’S COMPANION.

TheRollerCoasterLoversCompanionUpdate[Book: Steven J. Urbanowicz – 2002 – Revised edition – 17x25cm – 146 Pages – A few B&W photos and diagrams]. A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the World’s Best Coasters. Chapter Points: From Russia With Love; Thrill Machines, Thrill Makers; Getting the Most When You Coast; Types of Roller Coasters; The World’s Best Wood Coasters; The World’s Best Steel Coasters; The Parks With the Best Collection of Coasters; The Guide to Roller Coasters Worldwide; The Best Roller Coaster Trips; The Top Five Roller Coaster Lists. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER: WOODEN AND STEEL COASTERS, TWISTERS, AND CORKSCREWS.

RollerCoasterDavidBennett[Book: David Bennett – 1998 – 23x31cm – 194 Pages – Many colour photos – Soft cover version]. “The air whistles past your face, your hands grip tightly to the handlebars, you begin to scream, your stomach has jumped out of your mouth… You get out with tingling hands, a trembling body and streaming eyes… and do it all over again! Everybody remembers their first ride in a roller coaster, an experience of terror, joy, and dreams. Towering over amusement parks, the curves and loops of these tremendous constructions are full of magic and memories. This book takes a breathtaking journey through the history of the rides – from the Russian ice slides of the 17th century and the golden age of the 1920s, to today. Profiles of the legendary designers show the daring skill and technical brilliance which make the dream into reality. The great rides of the past and present across the world are brilliantly pictured and discussed – even the dynamics of the thrill factor are explained. Anyone who is fascinated by the ultimate dream-machine will love this book.” Chapter Points: Foreword; Origins of the Roller Coaster; Legendary Designers of the Roller Coaster; How a Roller Coaster Works – the Anatomy of the Ride; The Greatest White Knuckle Rides of Today; An Insight into the Amusement Park Industry; Gazetteer (A Selection of Major Roller Coasters, Parks and Rides Around The World); Roller Coaster World Records; Roller Coaster History At a Glance; Useful Sources of Information; Useful Reading; Picture Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER: WOODEN AND STEEL COASTERS, TWISTERS, AND CORKSCREWS.

RollerCoasterDavidBennett2000[Book: David Bennett – 2000 – 24x31cm – 194 Pages – Many colour photos – Hard cover version]. “The air whistles past your face, your hands grip tightly to the handlebars, you begin to scream, your stomach has jumped out of your mouth… You get out with tingling hands, a trembling body and streaming eyes… and do it all over again! Everybody remembers their first ride in a roller coaster, an experience of terror, joy, and dreams. Towering over amusement parks, the curves and loops of these tremendous constructions are full of magic and memories. This book takes a breathtaking journey through the history of the rides – from the Russian ice slides of the 17th century and the golden age of the 1920s, to today. Profiles of the legendary designers show the daring skill and technical brilliance which make the dream into reality. The great rides of the past and present across the world are brilliantly pictured and discussed – even the dynamics of the thrill factor are explained. Anyone who is fascinated by the ultimate dream-machine will love this book.” Chapter Points: Foreword; Origins of the Roller Coaster; Legendary Designers of the Roller Coaster; How a Roller Coaster Works – the Anatomy of the Ride; The Greatest White Knuckle Rides of Today; An Insight into the Amusement Park Industry; Gazetteer (A Selection of Major Roller Coasters, Parks and Rides Around The World); Roller Coaster World Records; Roller Coaster History At a Glance; Useful Sources of Information; Useful Reading; Picture Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersChandler[Book: Gil Chandler – 1995 – 16x22cm – 48 Pages – Many colour photos]. A charming little book to interest a teenage audience. Chapter Points: The First Drop; Steelies and Woodies (Coney Island’s “Cyclone,” Kennywood’s “Steel Phantom,” Kings Dominion’s “Avalanche,” Busch Gardens’ “Loch Ness Monster,” Elitch Gardens’ “Mr Twister,” Kings Island’s “King Cobra,” La Ronde’s “Le Monstre,” and Busch Gardens’ “Big Bad Wolf”). Rolling in a Coaster; Coaster History (Russian Ice Slides, The Golden Age, Disneyland, Steel Coasters). Building a Roller Coaster; Rolling into the Future (Virtual Reality); Useful addresses. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersSchaferRutherford[Book: Mike Schafer & Scott Rutherford – 1998 – 21x23cm – 96 Pages – Many colour photos]. Chapter Points: Introduction; Our Roller Coaster Heritage; Roller Coasters of the Northeast, Coney Island’s Cyclone to Pittsburgh’s Thunderbolt; Roller Coasters of the Southland, Atlanta’s Georgia Cyclone to Arlington’s Texas Giant; Roller Coasters of the Heartland, Kansas City’s Timber Wolf to Cincinnati’s Beast; Roller Coasters of the Wild West, Santa Cruz’s Giant Dipper to Denver’s Cyclone; Thrill Guide to America’s Best Roller Coasters; Coaster Glossary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersThrogmorton[Book: Todd H. Throgmorton – 2000 – Second edition – 18x26cm – 304 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From the wildest white-knuckle racer to the tamest kiddie ride, roller coasters are the thrill choice for amusement-seekers of all ages. Includes a state by state listing of amusement and theme parks includes addresses, as well as numerous photographs of the rides that make children laugh and grown men cry. Full of interesting information to delight any thrill-seeker with a need for speed. Chapter Points: Roller Coaster History and Ice Slides; Roller Coasters in the United States; Roller Coasters in Canada; Famous Designers; The Longest Roller Coasters in North America; Number of Coasters per State and Province; Chronology of Wooden Coasters Still in Operation; Coaster Facts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersScottRutherford[Book: Scott Rutherford – 2003 – 26x26cm – 160 Pages – Full colour]. Was your first coaster experience in the 1940s when rattling woodies were hotter than the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra? Maybe it was in the 1970s when steel corkscrews assaulted hairstyles that were questionable to begin with? Whenever it was, millions fondly recall their first lump-in-the-throat ride. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; Humble Beginning 1880s-1920; The Golden Years 1920-1940; Nuts and Bolts – How Coasters Work; Postwar Coastering 1945-1972; The Coaster Renaissance; New Age Coastering – Now and Beyond. [Originally published in 2000 as “The American Roller Coaster”]. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersEdge[Book: A.R. Schaefer – 2005 – 18x23cm – 32 Pages – Many colour photos]. Speed, power, performance, and fun! Ready for Wild Rides? Start off by exploring how roller coasters have evolved over the years, then discover why they continue to fascinate people today. Speeding down a steep hill at more than 100mph (160kph), new coasters are built every year, and they get faster all the time. Read about the history of roller coasters and how designers push the limits of height and speed. Chapter Points: Roller Coasters; Early Roller Coasters (Ice Slides, Mauch Chunk); Designing a Roller Coaster; Famous Roller Coasters (Incredible Hulk, Top Thrill Dragster, Coney Island Cyclone); Glossary; Read More; Internet Sites; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersRau[Book: Dana Meachen Rau – 2011 – 21x21cm – 26 Pages – Full colour]. This book discusses the basic scientific principles and historical context of roller coasters. Around and around and upside down – that’s how roller coasters go! Who first built these exciting rides and how do they work? You might be surprised! Chapter Points: A Wild Ride; Roller Coaster History; How Roller Coasters Work; Keeping It Safe; Glossary; Books and Websites; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for young children.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersGoTurbo[Book: Jim Brush – 2011 – 17x24cm – 50 Pages – Full colour]. “Roller Coasters (Go Turbo).” This book is about roller coasters, featuring everything from scream machines to dark rides. Also includes a story called “Riding the Dragon.” Power-packed with more facts, more records and more websites than most books. Chapter Points: What is a Roller Coaster?; Runaway Trains; Getting Going; How Roller Coasters Work; Wooden Roller Coasters; Feeling the Force; Going Loopy!; Crazy Rides; To the Limit; Building the King; Riding the Dragon; Tower Drops; In the Dark; Super Ridefilms; Wet and Wild; Coaster Crash; Fast Facts; Answers; More Websites; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersCunningham[Book: Kevin Cunningham – 2013 – 16x23cm – 68 Pages – Many colour photos]. Calling all innovators! Roller coasters have been thrilling people for more than 100 years. These incredible thrill machines give riders a sense of danger, but careful engineering ensures that they are perfectly safe. Find out how some of the coaster industry’s most legendary innovators (La Marcus Thompson, John Miller, John Allen, Anton Schwarzkopf, Bolliger & Mabillard, etc.) have changed the field throughout history, and discover whether you have got what it takes to help create some of tomorrow’s most incredible roller coasters. Chapter Points: Twists, Turns, Loops, and Drops; The Latest Thrills; Engineering Excitement; An Interview With Roller Coaster Engineer – Korey Kiepert; Coaster Creation; Career Stats; Resources; Glossary; Index; About The Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

ROLLER COASTERS.

RollerCoastersJennyMacKay[Book: Jenny MacKay – 2013 – 18x24cm – 112 Pages – Full colour]. “Roller Coasters (Technology 360).” This educational resource uses intriguing photographs and illustrations, visual timelines, fascinating sidebars and fact boxes to complement the text and hold user interest, while ancillary materials such as bibliographies and a subject index help users target their research into roller coaster technology and development. Chapter Points: Foreword; Important dates in the development of roller coasters – 1600s-2011; Introduction – an industry built on adrenalin; Thrill rides – then and now; How coasters roll – the physics of the coaster phenomenon; From blueprint to ride – building a coaster; Experiencing the coaster – what makes riding fun?; Coaster technology of the future; Notes; Glossary; More information; Index; About the author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS: A THRILLSEEKER’S GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE SCREAM MACHINES.

RollerCoastersCoker[Book: Robert Coker – 2003 – 28x30cm – 144 Pages – Many colour photos]. With thousands of gravity-defying examples across the United States – and more continuously cropping up all over the world – roller coasters are the driving force behind the phenomenal success of amusement parks everywhere. An amusement park without a roller coaster is like a sports car without an engine. Chapter Points: I Scream Therefore I Am; Laying Down the Tracks – Roller Coaster History; Everybody Loves a Woodie – Wooden Coaster Rides; Hot Wheels on Steel Coasters; Extreme Machines; Aftershock; Appendix; Glossary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS, FLUMES AND FLYING SAUCERS.

RollerCoastersFlumesFlyingSaucers[Book: Robert R. Reynolds – 1999 – 14x22cm – 192 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams]. The story of Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon, ride inventors of the modern amusement parks. Chapter Points: Early Days; Lil’ Belle; Building Disneyland; How to Build a Dark Ride; Inventing the Modern Roller Coaster; A New Partner; Guide-Limited Automobiles; Subs and Space Monkeys; Freedomland; The Flume Ride; Flying Saucers; Mine Train; New York World’s Fair; It’s a Small World; Pacific Ocean Park; Pirates of the Caribbean; Walt Disney World; Busch Gardens; The Return of the Loop; Partners. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS OF AMERICA.

RollerCoastersOfAmericaThrogmorton[Book: Todd H. Throgmorton – 1994 – 19x23cm – 160 pages – Many B&W photos]. Roller coasters are built on one basic principle: People will pay to be terrified. From this simple tenet has sprung a tradition for scaring the living daylights out of ourselves on roller coaster rides that is as all-American as apple pie and Elvis Presley. This is your guide to the most famous coasters still operating in the USA and Canada. Packed with photos, drawings and diagrams, this is your ticket to the thrills and chills on roller coasters from Coney Island to Disneyland and everywhere in between. Chapter Points: The History of the Roller Coaster; Famous Designers; Location Guide to Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS OF WALT DISNEY WORLD.

RollerCoastersOfWDW[Book: Coddington / DMagicalEducation.com – 2016 – 16x22cm – 50 Pages – Few colour photos]. “How many of the roller coasters at Walt Disney World’s four major parks have you ridden? With this book as your guide, learn about the history of roller coasters, along with fascinating information on each of Walt Disney World’s (Florida) famous roller coasters.” Chapter Points: Vintage Disney Roller Coasters (Matterhorn Bobsled); Roller Coaster History; Roller Coaster Works; Roller Coaster Types; Roller Coaster Wheels; Crossword Puzzle; Space Mountain; Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; The Barnstormer;  Expedition Everest; Primeval Whirl; Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster; Word Search Puzzle; Notes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ROLLER COASTERS: OR I HAD SO MUCH FUN, I ALMOST PUKED.

RollerCoastersSoMuchFunIPuked[Book: Nick Cook – 1998 – 21x24cm – 56 Pages – Many colour photos]. The thrill of a roller coaster has attracted people of all ages for over 500 years. Learn how coasters developed and changed throughout the decades until they became the exciting and scary ride found in many amusement parks throughout the world. Chapter Points: Fear Rules the Rails; Scream Machines; These Dogs Don’t Bark; Curves, Corkscrews, and a Few Gs; Engineering, Psychology, plus a Little Courage; A Coaster Spotter’s Guide. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTERS! RECORD BREAKERS & FAN FAVORITES.

RollerCoasters![Book: Randy J. Dreamer – 2015 – 22x28cm – 342 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Roller Coasters are amusement rides for amusement parks and modern theme parks. Ranked by height, speed, length, inversions, and steepness, roller coasters are also rated through public opinion polls. Amusement parks often compete to build the tallest, fastest, and longest rides to attract thrill seekers and boost overall park attendance. However, many records do not usually last long. “Roller Coasters! Record Breakers & Fan Favorites” is a collection of articles and information all about record breaking and roller coasters. This book includes a brief history of roller coasters, details the characteristics, ride experience, operation, reported incidents, etc. relating to 95 fan favourite roller coasters worldwide, and tons of additional information. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTERS: SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL!

RollerCoastersShakeRattleRoll[Book: Robert E. Preedy – 1996 – 20x21cm – 64 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Introduction; The L.A. Thompson Story In The UK; The Great Yarmouth, Blackpool and Huddersfield Connection; The Wembley Scandal; Aberdeen; Morecambe; The Isle of Man; Barry Island; Crystal Palace; Shooting The Chutes; Southend -On- Sea; Shipley Glen; Belle Vue Manchester. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS: THEIR AMAZING HISTORY.

RollerCoastersTheirAmazingHistory[Book: Robert E. Preedy – 1992 – 20x21cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Chapter Points: Introduction; Barry Island; Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Clacton and South Shields; Lot Morgan; Great Yarmouth; Manchester’s Two Amusement Parks; John Henry Iles; Margate; Morecambe; Skegness; Southend -On- Sea; Amusements at the Exhibitions; Southport; John Collins; Sutton Coldfield; Whitley Bay; Fast Facts; Switchback Railways; Figure Eight Railways; Scenic Railways; Coasters With Under-Track Rollers; The Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

ROLLERCOASTER: THE HIGH-ROLLER TO TERROR!

RollerCoasterBurtonWohl[Book: Burton Wohl – 1977 – 11x18cm – 144 Pages]. The tense novel based on a screenplay by Richard Levinson and William Link. Now a super-sensational movie starring George Segal (1977 = “RollerCoaster”). High above the crowded amusement park, the roller coaster climbs towards its summit. Soon the cars will begin their gut-wrenching 60mph plunge. And down below a pleasant-looking young man, Eddie Parnassus, presses the button on a remote control detonator… Seconds later, the revellers’ squeals of excitement turn to screams of terror as the ‘coaster hurtles off into a void where death and mutilation wait. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ROTON POINT.

RotonPointIoA[Book: Roton Point Committee – 2011 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From the 1870s through to 1941, Roton Point Park (Rowayton, Connecticut) was one of the pre-eminent attractions along the shores of Long Island Sound. From its shady picnic grove overlooking the water to its sand beaches, hotel, dance floor, carousel, roller coaster and midway rides, Roton Point attracted thousands of visitors each season. Damage from the 1938 hurricane and the start of World War II led to the park’s closing in 1941. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Getting to the Park; In the Grove; Dancing on the Shore; Fun in the Sun; Around Pine Point; Amusements for All; Greetings from the Park; The Final Years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SACRAMENTO’S OAK PARK.

SacramentosOakParkIoA[Book: Lee M.A. Simpson – 2004 – 17x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The history of American cities is a history of suburbs. Oak Park was Sacramento’s (California, USA) first suburb, and before being officially annexed to the city in 1911, it prided itself on having (amongst other things) its own amusement park – Joyland.” Ten chapters detail a different aspect of the town; however, chapter six entitled “A Walk in the Park” written by Michael Farda details the history of Joyland Amusement Park and showcases this and the area’s associated leisure activities across 14 pages. Details the Scenic Railway, “Midget” miniature steam train, various concessions, James McClatchy Park, McClatchy Playground, and the California State Fair. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SALEM, NH: TROLLEYS, CANOBIE LAKE AND ROCKINGHAM PARK.

SalemNewHampshireIoA[Book: Douglas W. Seed & Katherine Khalife – 1996 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The clang of the first trolley bell in 1902 signalled the beginning of a century of excitement and celebrity that would transform the tiny town of Salem, New Hampshire, into a recreation destination for millions. With the trolley company’s opening of Canobie Lake Park in August 1902 and the “big gamble” on Rockingham Park in 1906, New Englanders, regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status now shared a recreational common denominator. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SAN FRANCISCIANA PHOTOGRAPHS OF PLAYLAND.

SanFranciscianaPlayland[Book: Marilyn Blaisdell – 1989 – 17x19cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Features a brief history of Playland in San Francisco. (Arthur Looff, John Friedle, George K. Whitney and Leo Whitney). Crammed with many interesting photos of Playland’s rides and attractions, including: the Big Dipper, Funhouse, Laffing Sal, Bob Sled Dipper, Carousel, Dodg-em, Chute the Chutes, Bughouse, Topsy’s Roost, Sea Planes, Sky-Lark, and the Submarine Diving Bell. Includes Herb Caen’s (September 1972) reminiscence: “We’ll Never Go There Anymore.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SAN FRANCISCIANA PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOODWARD’S GARDENS.

SanFranciscianaWoodwardsGardens[Book: Marilyn Blaisdell – 2012 – 20x18cm – 64 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour images]. Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco’s first amusement park – has been mostly forgotten. It was a combination of zoo, museum and amusement park in a beautiful garden setting. Thousands visited to enjoy the surroundings and to learn more about their world. The gardens’ motto was “Education, Recreation and Amusement.” Admission was 25-cents for adults and 10-cents for children. There were Sunday hot-air balloon rides and the ever-popular “Rotary Boat” – a circular boat with multiple billowing sails that rotated on a track in a circular lake, carrying up to one hundred people for a fun ride. Robert B. Woodward kept things new and interesting, and he was often called the “Barnum of the West.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SAN FRANCISCO’S OCEAN BEACH.

SanFranciscosOceanBeachIoA[Book: Kathleen Manning & Jim Dickson – 2003 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Where the waves of the Pacific Ocean wash up against the quiet neighbourhoods of San Francisco, Ocean Beach has endured as a popular destination for tourists and San Francisco residents alike. Captured here is the history and beauty of Ocean Beach. Selected Chapter Points: History of Ocean Beach; Sutro and Sutro Heights; Other Attractions at Ocean Beach; Playland at the Beach (Amusement Park); Fleishhacker Pool, Playfield, and Zoo. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SAN FRANCISCO’S PLAYLAND AT THE BEACH: THE EARLY YEARS.

SanFranciscosPlaylandEarlyYears[Book: James R. Smith – 2010 – 22x28cm – 154 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The most comprehensive story of San Francisco’s premier amusement destination. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Foreword (John Rothmann); Introduction; Playland and Chutes at the Beach – a Short History; Views of Chutes/Playland at the Beach and Its Surrounds; Chutes’ Structures; Arcades; Playland Attractions: (Fun House, Goofy Village, Noah’s Ark, The Ship A’Joy, Motor-Drome, Sideshows, etc.). Rides: (Shoot the Chutes, Bob Sled Dipper, Figure 8 Coaster, Aeroplane Swing – Seaplane Ride, Whip, Dodg-Em, Ferris Wheel, Hippodrome Merry-Go-Round, Big Dipper, Whirlpool, Tumble Bug, Sleigh Ride, Frolic, Red Bug, Loop-O-Plane, Merry Mix-Up, Kiddie Rides, Lindy Loop, Rocket Speedway, Extended Bartlett Rocket Speedway, etc.); Playland Clubs: (Billows, Hawai’Land, Topsy’s Roost); Cafés: (Yum-Yum, Surf Café, Hot House, “It” Stand, Sea Lion Café, Lake Inn Café, Ye Olde Village, Pie Shop); Events; Chutes and Playland Staff and Friends; Map of Playland 1945; Playland Tickets; Timeline 1906-1972; Index. About the Author; The “Remembering Playland at the Beach” DVD. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

SAN FRANCISCO’S PLAYLAND AT THE BEACH: THE GOLDEN YEARS.

SanFranciscosPlaylandGoldenYears[Book: James R. Smith – 2013 – 22x28cm – 166 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The definitive history of San Francisco’s landmark amusement park. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Foreword (John Rothmann); Introduction; Playland and Chutes at the Beach – a Brief History; Views of Playland at the Beach and Its Surrounds; The Midway; Attractions: (The Musée Mécanique, The Lord’s Last Supper – The Little Theatre, Camera Obscura, Skateland, Fun-Tier Town, Playland Modelcar Raceways, Kookie Kube); The Merry-Go-Round; The Fun House: (Human Laundry, Joy Wheel, Japanese Bridge, Barrel of Fun, Giant Slide, Crazy Mirrors); Laffing Sal; Playland’s Dark Rides: (Laff in the Dark, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Mad Mine); Rides: (Alpine Racer, Big Dipper, Bashing Bagels, Caterpillar, Merry Mix-Up, Captain Satellite’s Space Copter, Diving Bell, Dodger, Flying Coaster, Fly-O-Plane, Hey-Dey, The Miler Roller Coasters, Racing Derby, Octopus, Ridee-O, Rock-O-Plane, Roll-O-Plane, Roto-Jet, Rotor, Shoot the Chutes, Skyliner, Strato-Ship, Tilt-A-Whirl, Kiddie Rides); Clubs; Cafés; Events; Getting There; Planning Playland’s Demise; The Destruction of Playland; Maps; Timeline 1906-1972; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

SAND IN OUR SHOES.

SandInOurShoes[Book: Walnut Beach – Myrtle Beach Historical Association – 2004 – 22x28cm – 546 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A complete history of Walnut Beach and Myrtle Beach, Milford Connecticut. Chapter Points: Introduction – The Beach; Whatever Happened to Myrtle Beach?; Tributes; The Early Years – The Beginning of the Beach Community; The ’30s and ’40s; The ’50s and ’60s; The Walnut Beach Amusement Park (Founding, Harrison Park, Walnut Beach Amusement Park (1924), Ferris Wheel, Greyhound Roller Coaster, Airplane Ride, Merry-Go-Round, Kiddie Rides, Games of Chance, Car Ride, The Whip, Bumper Cars, Arcade, Train, Bath House, and Picnic Pavilion). Businesses; Our Churches; Walnut Beach School; War; Charles Island; Storms and Hurricanes; Redevelopment. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK.

SantaCruzBeachBoardwalkBeal[Book: Chandra Beal & Richard Beal – 2003 – 15x23cm – 262 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A stroll through the early history of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California). Visit the Boardwalk through historical photographs, personal interviews, and extensively researched records. Rekindle memories and meet the colourful characters who shaped the town’s image as a world-class resort. Features a chronological, year-by-year timeline… including the inception of Thompson’s Scenic Railway in 1908 (–1924), the building of the Giant Dipper in 1924 (–present), the Wild Mouse 1955/8 (–1977) and the 1977 introduction of the Jet Star modern steel coaster to the present day. Thoroughly researched and an educational read. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

THE SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: A CENTURY BY THE SEA.

TheSantaCruzBeachBoarwalkCenturyByTheSea[Book: The Santa Cruz Seaside Company – 2007 – 26x26cm – 168 Pages – Full colour]. Warm sand and cool surf, the sweet smell of cotton candy, and the thrill of your first roller coaster ride. These are the kinds of memories the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California) has inspired over its first one hundred years. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; 1866-1906 Never a Dull Moment; 1907-1914 The Second Casino and the Birth of the Boardwalk; 1915-1938 The Santa Cruz Seaside Company; 1939-1951 A Time Like No Other; 1952-1983 The Vacation Parade; 1984-2007 Warm Sand, Cool Surf, Hot Rides; Employees and Concessionaires; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

SANTA MONICA PIER: A CENTURY ON THE LAST GREAT PLEASURE PIER.

SantaMonicaPierJamesHarris[Book: James Harris – 2009 – 23x23cm – 130 Pages – Full colour]. There’s something for everyone on the Santa Monica Pier, a classic pleasure pier with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’ For a hundred years the Pier has represented the link between people and the Pacific, a connection to all that’s possible, probable and worthy of dreams. This commemorative collection of vintage images, colourful artwork, fascinating history and amazing lore invites anyone who has ever enjoyed the Pier to revisit its past and contemplate its future. Main Chapter Points: Foreword (by Robert Redford); The Early Years; The Last Great Pleasure Pier; Pier Icons (rides and amusements). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SANTA MONICA PIER: A HISTORY FROM 1875 TO 1990.

SantaMonicaPierJeffreyStanton[Book: Jeffrey Stanton – 1990 – 23x30cm – 176 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. This book completes the history of Santa Monica Bay’s (California) three great amusement piers. Chapter Points: Santa Monica’s North Beach 1875–1907; Construction of Municipal and Looff Piers 1908–1918; Pier Expansion and Rebuilding 1919–1928; Santa Monica Harbour and Breakwater 1928–1941; Santa Monica Pier on the Skids 1941–1974; City Owned Pier 1974–1990. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

SANTA’S VILLAGE GONE WILD!

SantasVillageGoneWild[Book: Christopher Dearman – 2010 – 14x22cm – 292 Pages]. A revealing look at some of the fun, hilarious, and often outrageous stories that took place across 46 seasons of Santa’s Village (Dundee, Illinois). Selected Chapter Points: Author’s Note; Foreword; Prologue; Santa’s Village: Historical Overview; Employee Memories. Santa and The North Pole: Phil Wenz Interview; The North Pole. Rides and Games: Ride Memories; The Fire Truck; The Ferris Wheel; The Skyliner; The Tarantula. Games Memories; Clean Your Plate; Scarred For Life; Jawbreaker; The Wacky Wire; I Could Be Such An Ass; Don’t Try This At Home; The Duck Pond. Grounds and Old McDonald’s Farm. Racing Rapids. Love, Lust and Longing. After-Hours, Accidents and Urban Legends. All Good Things Come To An End: Poster Pitch Shakedown; The Last Day. Santa’s Village Facts; Acknowledgments. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SAVIN ROCK.

SavinRockDorman[Book: Bennett W. Dorman – 1998 – 22x28cm – 256 Pages – Many B&W photos]. To those of us who remember the Rock (West Haven, Connecticut), it was a very special and wonderful place, full of gaiety, hoarse-voiced barkers, refreshment stands filled with the aroma of French fries and popcorn and, best of all, the rides, when we could afford them. This volume should take you along Beach St. with its beautiful views of Long Island Sound, through the Upper and Lower Groves to the Trolley Waiting Stations and, across the tracks, the beloved section called White City. Transport yourself back in time. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Way We Were; The Way We Remember; The Way We Are; Among Our Souvenirs. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SAVIN ROCK AMUSEMENT PARK.

SavinRockParkIoA[Book: Edith Reynolds – 2006 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Savin Rock Amusement Park (West Haven, Connecticut) began to grow in the 1870s when George Kelsey constructed a pier to extend ferry service between the opposite coastlines of New Haven Harbor. This opened the door for further, more sophisticated development of amusement attractions that drew fun-seeking patrons from southern New England. The park thrived until the combination of affordable personal transportation and urban redevelopment forced its demise in the 1960s. Today, Savin Rock is a quieter spot filled with beachside apartments, a shopping plaza, and a more tranquil grassy park jutting into the harbor. Chapter Points: The West Shore; Kelsey’s Plan; The Grove; Savin Restaurants; The Golden Age; The Flying Horses; Mechanized Rides; On The Wane; Urban Renewal. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SAVIN ROCK MEMORIES . . .

SavinRockMemories[Book: Gil Johnson & Bennett W. Dorman – 1993 – 14x21cm – 350 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Gone is the glitter, the thrills, the great fun days of Savin Rock (West Haven, Connecticut). GONE FOREVER into legend beneath the bulldozers, burying its last laugh, its last scream, its last remnant. Only the surf laps the sand now along the Savin Rock shores, but if you listen beyond the cry of the seagulls, a dim drone of past generations of funsters by the million will become amplified with the sounds of the clanking roller coaster chains of the Thunderbolt and Sky Blazer, the hysterical laughter of the funhouse lady and the clang of the trolley bell. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SCARIEST ROLLER COASTERS.

ScariestRollerCoasters[Book: Joseph Spark – 2014 – 13x20cm – 92 Pages]. “Scariest Roller Coasters: United States Vs. The World” takes you on a journey like no other – from the roller coaster’s historic beginnings in Russia to the United States and other countries that influenced this modern day thriller. Chapter Points: Introduction; A Brief History of Roller Coasters; The Height of the Track; The Tallest Roller Coasters in the World; The Most Complex Coaster Track; The Steepest Coaster Tracks in the World; The Most Inverted Coasters in the United States of America; The Most Inverted Roller Coaster in the World; The Length of the Track; The Longest Coasters in the World; The Fastest Coasters in the United States; The Fastest Coasters in the World; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SCARY DARK RIDES.

ScaryDarkRidesWhite[Book: Doug Higley – 2004 – 22x28cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. The first book of its kind to be published on the subject of dark rides! From the carnival midways to Disneyland, 100 years of spooks, fantasy and adventure… the book that turns the lights on. Scary Dark Rides is the story of the dark ride from the inside out! It is not a where-to list of rides but is a why-to and gets inside the rides and why we love them! Read at your own risk and watch for a few surprises along the way! Chapter Points: Foreword (by Bobby Reynolds); Scary Dark Rides; Beyond The Crash Doors…; Enter The Road Warriors…; So… You Want To Get REALLY Scared?; Paradise (Tossed…); The ‘50s Exposed; The Big Guns; The Artful Dread; No Time For Popcorn…; A Garage Mentality…; This Way To The Egress…; Scary Dark Rides Photo Album of Really Cool Stuff!; About The Author; A Few Reviews. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SCARY DARK RIDES.

ScaryDarkRidesBlack[Book: Doug Higley – 2007 – 15x23cm – 104 Pages – Many B&W images and photos]. The first book of its kind to be published on the subject of dark rides! From the carnival midways to Disneyland, 100 years of spooks, fantasy and adventure… the book that turns the lights on. Scary Dark Rides is the story of the dark ride from the inside out! It is not a where-to list of rides but is a why-to and gets inside the rides and why we love them! Read at your own risk and watch for a few surprises along the way! Chapter Points: Don’t Be Afraid – It’s Only A Book; Foreword (by Bobby Reynolds); Scary Dark Rides; Beyond The Crash Doors…; Enter The Road Warriors…; So… You Want To Get REALLY Scared?; Paradise (Tossed…); The ‘50s Exposed; The Big Guns; The Artful Dread; No Time For Popcorn…; A Garage Mentality…; This Way To The Egress…; A Few Reviews. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

SCRANTON LUNA PARK.

ScrantonLunaPark[Book: Jack Hiddlestone – 1991 – 21x28cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Scranton Luna Park (Scranton, Pennsylvania) is unquestionably the grandest and most complete amusement and recreational place between the great ocean resorts. It was built by Frederick Ingersoll of Pittsburgh at a cost of $300,000. To wander through this park is to meet constant novelty. There’s the roller coasters, the Chutes, the bands and dancers… This book is your invitation to take a trip back in time for a while, to a place you have only dreamed about! Chapter Points: Area Amusement Parks; Luna’s Birth; Luna’s Attractions; Transportation to Luna; Luna’s demise and the Ensuing Years; Additional Photos and Area Maps. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SCREAM MACHINES.

ScreamMachinesDunn[Book: Karen Lewit Dunn – 2006 – 17x22cm – 24 Pages – Full colour]. A light read for those budding roller coaster designers of tomorrow. Explores scientific terms such as: kinetic energy, potential energy, friction and gravity. Chapter Points: Roller Coasters; How Roller Coasters Work; Two Types of Roller Coasters; The Best Seat; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

SCREAM MACHINES: ALL ABOUT ROLLER COASTERS.

ScreamMachinesKarr[Book: Susan Schott Karr – 2004 – 13x19cm – 34 Pages – Few small colour photos]. A booklet full of interesting roller coaster facts and statistics geared mainly towards a teenage audience. Contents: The Thrill of the Ride; Roller Coasters Then and Now; How Do Coasters Work?; Designing a Scream Machine; Are Roller Coasters Safe?; In Search of the ‘Best’ Rides; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

SCREAM MACHINES: ROLLER COASTERS – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

ScreamMachinesHermaSilverstein[Book: Herma Silverstein – 1986 – 16x24cm – 90 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Snap! The switch is thrown. You dig your fingernails deep into the leather harness as it locks against your chest – too late to back out now. Wham! You are catapulted out of the station on the start of a high-speed ride on one of today’s space-age roller coasters. Chapter Points: In the Beginning There Were Ice Slides; Coasters Cross the Atlantic; Turn of the Century Thrill-Hills; Roaring Twenties, Roaring Roller Coasters; Theme Parks and the Coaster Revival; Space Age Scream Machines; Coaster Encounters Across America; List of America’s Best Roller Coasters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.