FREIZEITPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND 2.

DVD_FreizeitparksInDeutschland2[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2012 – 51 mins]. (2 of 4) A film about Germany’s fun parks: 1=Introduction [2:00]. 2=Schloss Thurn: (miniature railroad, animals/zoo, monorail, Grand Prix ride) [11:10]. 3=Wildpark Bad Mergentheim: (nature/animal park) [7:30]. 4=Europa-Park: (monorail, Comic-Parade, log flume, children’s rides, miniature railroad, Schweizer Bobbahn) [9:30]. 5=Minidomm (scale models, etc.) [5:10]. 6=Serengeti Park (miniature railroad, children’s area, Marienkäferbahn coaster, drive-thru nature safari and zoo) [15:00]. German narration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was originally released on VHS in 1991, and it shows the parks as they appeared around that time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREIZEITPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND 3.

DVD_FreizeitparksInDeutschland3[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2012 – 45 mins]. (3 of 4) A film about Germany’s fun parks: 1=Introduction [2:10]. 2=Fort Fun Abenteuerland: (miniature railroad, log flume, corkscrew coaster, toboggan slide, land train) [6:10]. 3=Tierfreiheit: (Else Hoffmann-Park owner, animals) [7:03]. 4=Churpfalz Park: (animatronics figures, cycle monorail, manually-operated attractions, etc.) [4:30]. 5=Ibbenbüren: (animatronics displays, miniature railroad, toboggan slide, etc.) [4:45]. 6=Panorama Park: (mine train coaster, manually-operated attractions, shows, alpine slide POV, land train, etc.) [13:00]. 7=Tolk Schau: (butterfly coaster, nautic jet, miniature railroad, animals) [7:00]. German narration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was originally released on VHS in 1992, and it shows the parks as they appeared around that time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FREIZEITPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND 4.

DVD_FreizeitparksInDeutschland4[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2012 – 47 mins]. (4 of 4) A film about Germany’s fun parks: 1=Introduction [2:05]. 2=Tripsdrill: (animatronics displays, kiddie attractions, roller coaster) [5:50]. 3=Safari Park: (animals, Ladybird coaster, kiddie attractions, etc.) [12:30]. 4=Taunus Wunderland: (figures and displays, miniature train) [5:07]. 5=Lochmühle: (animals, miniature train, manually-operated attractions) [5:40]. 6=Heide Park: (Mississippi boat, log flume, animatronics figures, animals, Corkscrew coaster, etc.) [7:25]. 7=Traumland Bärenhöhle: (figures and displays, kiddie rides, animals, caves) [5:40]. German narration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was originally released on VHS in 1992, and it shows the parks as they appeared around that time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FREIZEITTECHNOLOGIE TOTAL 1.

DVD_KirmesTotal1[DVD: Lars Müller Videoproduktionen – 2004 – 208 mins]. (1 of 2) Presenting the various rides and attractions of the German fair circuit: [Disk 1 / 96 mins]: Airwolf; Big Monster (Polyp); Break Dancer #2; Dom Dancer; Flic=Flac; Fun Street (Funhouse); Geister Schlange (Ghost train); Olympia Looping; Phaenomenon (3-D Cyber Show); Picture Shuttle (Drive-thru movie ride); Pirates’ Adventure (Walk-through). Airwolf (Bonus footage); Geister Tempel (Ghost train). [Disk 2 / 112 mins]: Power Tower 2; Ranger; Star World (Spinning coaster); Take Off; Techno Power; Tropicana; Build-Up (Slideshow); Shaker; Top Spin; Action (Musik Express); Closing Credits. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I rather enjoyed watching this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FREIZEITTECHNOLOGIE TOTAL 2.

DVD_KirmesTotal2[DVD: Lars Müller Videoproduktionen – 2004 – 193 mins]. (2 of 2) Presenting the various rides and attractions of Heide Park and the German fair circuit: [Disk 1 / 115 mins]: Airwolf; Alpen Express (Powered coaster); Big Loop (Heide Park); Black Hole (coaster); Break Dance (Heide Park) Colossos (Heide Park); Condor (Heide Park); Countdown (Tower); Dom Dancer; Enterprise (Heide Park); Experience; Flic=Flac; Flipper (Heide Park) Grottenblitz (Heide Park); Heide-Park Express (Train POV). [Disk 2 / 78 mins]: Kanalfahrt (Heide Park); Limit (Heide Park); Magic (Heide Park); Monorail-Schwebebahn (Heide Park); Rainbow (Heide Park); Schweizer Bobbahn (Heide Park); Scream (Heide Park); Shaker; Top Scan; Top Spin (Heide Park); Willenborg Riesenrad; “Freizeittechnologie Total 1” trailer; Closing Credits. ANDY SHINE SAYS: More interesting kirmes footage! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FRONT SEAT THRILLS!

DVD_FrontSeatThrills1[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2003 – 53 mins]. (1 of 2) Take a front seat ride on 35 roller coasters: Superman Ride Of Steel; Ozark Wildcat; The Legend; Raven; Nemesis Inferno; Wolverine Wildcat; Shivering Timbers; Speed The Ride; Great White; Hoosier Hurricane; Cornball Express; Colossus (Ten Inversions!); Wild Thing; The Boss; Wildfire; Air; Son of Beast; Expedition GeForce; Top Gun, The Jet Coaster; Hurricane, Category 5; GhostRider; X-Flight; Nitro; Excalibur; Lightning Racer; Blue Streak; Mantis; Mean Streak; Millennium Force; Top Thrill Dragster; Drachen Fire; Timber Wolf; Volcano The Blast Coaster; Joker’s Jinx; Cheetah. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Just what it says in the title; no frills, no narration and no music – and occasionally no sound at all – just front seat coaster footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

FRONT SEAT THRILLS! 2.

DVD_FrontSeatThrills2[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2004 – 52 mins]. (2 of 2) Featuring a front seat ride aboard 35 roller coasters: Talon; Hercules; Steel Force; Thunder Hawk; Laser; Raging Bull; Superman, Ultimate Flight; Iron Wolf; Viper; Batman; Stunt Fall; Hangman; Goliath; CoasterSaurus; Magnum XL-200; Wild Wild West; Steel Eel; Incredible Hulk; Dueling Dragons (Ice); Dueling Dragons (Fire); Bandit (Japan); Crazy Mouse (Japan); Moonsault Scramble (Japan); Ultra Twister (Japan); Shuttle Loop (Japan); Gwazi; Montu; Tennessee Tornado; Medusa; Silver Star; Twister; Phoenix; Jack Rabbit; Thunderbolt; Cannon Ball. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Just what it says in the title; no frills, no narration and no music – and occasionally no sound at all – just front seat coaster footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

FRONTIER VILLAGE: A WESTERN WONDERMENT.

DVD_FrontierVillageWesternWonderment[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2009 – 65 mins]. (1 of 3). Opened 4 November 1961, Frontier Village (San Jose, California) became a family fun western wonderment of entertainment that was filled with exciting rides. But the park met its demise 28 September 1980. Features contributions from the park’s owners and former employees. The rides are documented too, including: Frontier Village Railroad; Antique Auto; Lost Frontier Mine Ride; El Sito Mysterio; Hunters’ Paradise; Old 99; Spirit of Kitty Hawk; Duster-Turnpike; Tarantula; Apache Whirlwind. See costumed characters: Kactus Kong; Tumbleweed and Theodore. Closes with the Frontier Village song. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A wonderful documentary. I enjoyed the many tales. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FRONTIER VILLAGE: BEHIND THE VILLAGE.

DVD_FrontierVillageBehindTheVillage[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2009 – 57 mins]. (2 of 3). The success of Frontier Village (San Jose, California) was largely due to the fantastic assistance of employees and the management team. Every employee was specifically chosen for jobs that would give every guest that ultimate fun experience. Come explore the secrets of the Village as told from those behind the scenes. Features contributions from the park’s owners and former employees. Also shares tales concerning the one-millionth visitor, celebrity visits, and explains the circumstances surrounding the closure of Frontier Village. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting and moderately revealing programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FRONTIER VILLAGE: THE OUTLAW EDITION.

DVD_FrontierVillageOutlawEdition[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2009 – 52 mins]. (3 of 3). One of the greatest forms of entertainment at Frontier Village (San Jose, California) was the good ol’ fashioned gunfights that occurred on Main Street. Such heroic gunslingers as Wild Bill Kelsey and Marshall Ron fought to keep the Frontier streets clean from fearful outlaws. The gunslingers explain their various roles at Frontier Village and discuss their many experiences working at the park – accompanied with appropriate park images. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This presentation will appeal specifically to those looking to learn more about the wild western gun-slinging shows. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

GORGO.

DVD_Gorgo[DVD: VCI Entertainment – 1961 – 73 mins]. A salvage vessel is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the small town. Fishermen from England catch the “60 foot-tall deep-sea creature” and take it to London for Dorkins’ Circus and with great shock it is discovered that the creature (Gorgo) is only a baby. Gorgo’s mother who is drastically larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Extras include: a behind-the-scenes mini documentary, photo gallery and original theatrical trailers. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This features scenes of Battersea Park and its rides, including John Collins’ Big Dipper. See an angry green eraser walk through and destroy – rather than navigate around – London’s landmarks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

GORILLA AT LARGE.

DVD_GorillaAtLarge[DVD: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation – 1954 – 83 mins]. A shocking tale of deception, drama, and murder under the Big Top! When a brutal murder is uncovered at the Garden of Evil carnival, all fingers point to the main attraction – a savagely powerful ape with a volatile temper and capable of unspeakable violence. But when more murder victims are discovered on the premises, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the carnival is a suspect, and no one – man or beast – is safe! (features optional subtitles) [Disk 2: “Mystery on Monster Island” 1981/104 mins]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Nu Pike Amusement Park (Long Beach, California) and its many rides feature from the outset. Extras include the theatrical trailer and image gallery. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

GREAT OLD AMUSEMENT PARKS.

DVD_GreatOldAmusementParks[DVD: PBS Home Video – 1999 – 60 mins +extras]. Visit some of America’s most charming parks, from Lake Compounce in Connecticut to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. A celebration of places like Whalom Park in Massachusetts, Oaks Park in Oregon, Pennsylvania’s idyllic Idlewild and Ohio’s spectacular Cedar Point. It’s a fun trip from Lakeside to Lakemont and, of course, there are coasters, including the Thunderbolt at Kennywood, the Cyclone at Astroland, the Raven at Holiday World and San Diego’s Giant Dipper! Extras include: A look at long gone West View Park near Pittsburgh, stories about Olympia Park and Rainbow Gardens (McKeesport, Pennsylvania), with rare footage of Kennywood Park in 1941, and more! ANDY SHINE SAYS: I became totally engrossed in this wonderful programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

GREETINGS FROM BERTRAND ISLAND.

DVD_BertrandIsland[DVD: Herschberg Productions, Inc. – 2000 – 47 mins +extras]. For more than 70 years, an amusement park in the hills of north-western New Jersey provided summertime fun for the young and the young at heart. The roar of the roller coaster, the magic of the carousel, the smell of popcorn in the air, and the sense that adventure was only as far away as the next ticket booth. For countless thousands, the place that had all this and more was Bertrand Island Amusement Park (Mount Arlington, New Jersey), on Lake Hopatcong. Additional footage includes: Postcards From The Past; More Memories; Park Memorabilia; Lake Hopatcong Silent Classic; Extra Vintage Footage, and more. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A great documentary. I watched this a few times with growing fondness. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GREETINGS FROM… CONNEAUT LAKE PARK: AN EXPOSITION OF FUN!

DVD_ConneautLakePark[DVD: Michael Costello and Matthew Antonini – 2002 – 45 mins]. If you’ve ever been to this quaintly familiar amusement resort, tucked deep in the hills of western Pennsylvania, you know that it’s a place like no other. This delightful documentary captures the Conneaut Lake Park experience and, at the same time, spark a few old memories. This programme was completed by Michael Costello and Matthew Antonini for their senior project. Mike and Matt attended Riverside High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. This programme is donated to the historic preservation of one of America’s most beloved amusement parks – Conneaut Lake Park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This documentary details the turbulent history of the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

GREETINGS FROM SAVIN ROCK: “SEE YA AT THE ROCK!”

DVD_SeeYaAtTheRock-SavinRock[DVD: The Savin Rock Museum and the City of West Haven, CT – 2005 – 37 mins]. Savin Rock (West Haven, Connecticut). The name still resonates with a sense of excitement and wonder – echoes of an earlier time. Once commanding the West Haven shoreline, Savin Rock was the “Coney Island” of New England. “See Ya at The Rock!” is a nostalgic journey back to the sights and sounds of the amusement park and the memories that so many hold dear. Take one last grasp for the brass ring on the Flying Horses, one more ride on the Thunderbolt roller coaster, and enjoy one last stroll along the midway. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some impressive footage of the park and its rides. But I wish it was longer and more informative. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GWYNN OAK PARK: FINAL DAYS.

DVD_GwynnOakPark[DVD: Spicer Pro, LLC – 1974 – 5 mins]. Gwynn Oak Park (Woodlawn, Maryland) sat adjacent to the Gwynn Falls; the park met its demise in 1972 during Hurricane Agnes. It lay abandoned for a time and was eventually levelled; leaving an open area that exists today. The abandoned park was filmed in 1974 with additional scenes recorded at Hershey Park (Hershey, Pennsylvania). Interior scenes of the Roto Jets, Butterfly and Big Dipper are from 1963. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This colour film juxtaposes delighted patrons at Hershey Park, with the ghostly remains of Gwynn Oak Park, including: Gwynn Oak Park from the air, midway attractions, Funcade, “Welcome to Gwynn Oak” signage, Cafeteria, Play Golf, Rifleman’s Range, Baltimore and Ohio train, and the Big Dipper roller coaster +on ride footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HERITAGE USA: THE COMPLETE TOUR.

DVD_HeritageUSA[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2005 – 106 mins +extras]. Located in Fort Mill, South Carolina, was once the #3 most visited theme park in America, attracting over six million visitors in the ’80s. Now years after the collapse of the PTL Ministry which owned the park, Heritage sits abandoned and rotting away. Take a tour of the grounds, and see the before-and-after pictures and footage of some of its buildings and attractions, including Heritage USA Water Park, the “Barn” auditorium, The Upper Room, King’s Castle, Heritage Inn, arcades and other rides and attractions as they look today. Bonus feature: Jim Bakker (televangelist) 1985 interview. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A camcorder tour of the grounds, etc. with on-screen captions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HERSHEYPARK: SWEET MEMORIES.

DVD_HersheyParkSweetMemories[DVD: WITF, Inc. – 1997 – 56 mins]. Climb aboard the old electric miniature train. Take a dip in the largest pool in Pennsylvania. Then dance the night away at the Starlight Ballroom. Here’s your ticket to the memories and magic of Hersheypark, a small picnic grove that grew into a world-famous attraction in the shadow of Milton Hershey’s chocolate factory. Hersheypark Sweet Memories is a vintage tour of the park, beginning with its opening in 1907 and told through archival film footage, historic photographs, home movies and first-hand accounts of those charmed by the carousel’s painted ponies and thrilled by the roller coasters’ wooden dips and climbs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Everything you wanted to know about Hersheypark is documented here. An educational resource that I enjoyed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

HOLIDAY PARK.

DVD_HolidayPark[DVD: 2008 – 22 mins]. A series of five short films exploring Holiday Park’s (Hassloch, Germany) history through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and into the 21st Century. Highlights include: Super Wirbel (1979); Donner Fluss (1984); Burg Falkenstein (1987); Teufels Fasser (1992); Free Fall Tower (1997); Expedition GeForce (2001); Holly’s Kinderland (2004); Light House Tower (2006). German narration throughout. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I would have welcomed a much longer, more detailed history of the park and its attractions, together with a complete-circuit front-seat ride aboard Expedition GeForce and the other rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

I KIRMES: FUNFAIR RIDES & COASTERS.

DVD_IKirmesFunfairRidesAndCoasters[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2004 – 138 mins]. (2 of 6). Featuring: Revolution; Shaker; Countdown; Fun Factory; Bayern Breaker; Imperator; Musik Express 3000; Circus Circus; Eclypse; Skyrider II; Turbo Star; Fliegender Teppich; Techno Power; Power Tower 2; Breakdance #1; Tornado; High Energy (Contact); Happy Traveller; X Factor; Wellenflug; Ikarus Der Mythos; Super Schunkler; Sweety Star; Super Passat; (Huss) Booster; High Energy (Star Shape); Take Off; Scream; Big Monster; Sombrero; Hully Gully; Calypso; Sprungschanze; Euro Star; Cool & Fresh; Spinning Racer; Super Mouse; River Rafting; Power Shot; Space Roller; Jumping; Sound Factory; Speedy. +650 ride photos! ANDY SHINE SAYS: The optional subtitles will tell you all you need to know! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

I KIRMES: PRESS PLAY TO RIDE.

DVD_IKirmesPressPlayToRide[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2007 – 124 mins]. (3 of 6). Coasters: Alpina Bahn; Wilde Maus; Family Star; Wild Mouse. Major Rides: Maximum Speed; XXL; Speed; High Impress; Transformer; Flying Circus; Freefall; Maxximum; Canstatter Wellenflug; Break Dance; (Huss) Frisbee; Magic; Deca Dance; Experience; Rendezvous; Sky Flyer; Nightfly; Atlantis Rafting; Jungle River; Mach 1; Skate Board; Discovery; Polyp; Ikarus Der Mythos; Airgate; Beach Party; Airwolf; Salto Mortale; Rocket; Playball; Commander; Out of Space. UK Rides: Waltzer; (Fabbri) Frisbee; Top Buzz; Stargate; Terminator; (Woolls/Tivoli) Remix; Crazy Shake; Jump & Smile; Over The Top; Bungee; (ARM) Superbowl; (KMG) Remix; Meteorite; Body Count; Aftershock. +1,000 ride photographs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The optional subtitles will tell you all you need to know! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

I KIRMES: TAKE YOUR SEAT AND FLY.

DVD_IKirmesTakeYourSeatAndFly[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2008 – 100 mins]. (4 of 6). Rides shown: Air Maxx; Frisbee xXx; Speed; Octopus; Tagada-The Show; Breakdancer; Jet Force; Spiderman; Air Crash; Magic; Geister Villa; Chaos; Wheel of Excellence; Wildwasser; Das Omen; Euro Star; Hollenblitz; Cyberspace; Daemonium; Spinning Racer; Crazy Mouse; Wild ‘n’ Wet; Wilde Maus; Power Tower 2; Psychodelic; Star Flyer 24; Breakdance #1; Rotor; Shake; Skater; Disco Labyrinthe; Star Flyer 48; XXL. Also features a slideshow displaying over 500 images of ride transportation and set-up. Features optional German and English subtitles identifying ride name, manufacturer and interesting statistics. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Plenty of on and off-ride footage, including from inside ghost trains. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

I KIRMES: GET READY 2 SCREAM.

DVD_IKirmesGetReady2Scream[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2009 – 92 mins]. (5 of 6). This unique media source carries optional subtitles identifying ride name, manufacturer and interesting statistics. Features Big Flight; Intoxx; Devil Rock; Booster Maxxx; Breakdancer (Aigner); High Energy; Salto Mortale; Breakdance (Marc); Frisbee; Round Up; Breakdance (Bruch); Swing Up; Around The World. Olympia Looping; Alpina Bahn; Star Flyer 48; Techno Power; Phoenix; Wilde Maus; Dominator; Breakdance 3; Spider (Polyp); Turbo Force; Breakdance (Becker); X Factory; Top Spin. Also features five slideshows displaying more than 800 photographs of transportation, amusement rides and roller coasters. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Transportable rides have never been so well documented. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

I KIRMES: JUST•RIDE.

DVD_IKirmesJust-Ride[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2011 – 104 mins +extras]. (6 of 6). Programme 1 (45 mins) features: Air Crash; Rocket (Inverting Star Flyer); Flip Fly; XXL; Booster Maxxx; Breakdance; Circus Circus; Hexentanz; Das Fun Schiff; Europa Rad; Jupiter Rad; Action House (Fun House). Programme 2 (41 mins) features: Spinning Racer; Alpina Bahn; Teststrecke; Olympia Looping; Euro Coaster; Crazy Mouse; Take Off; Flipper; Alpha 1; Octopussy; Air Maxx; Star Flyer 48. Programme 3 (18 mins) features the time-lapse build-up of a giant wheel and ‘The Tower’ (observation walk-through and bar). Extras include more than 400 images featuring transportable amusement rides and roller coasters. With optional English and German subtitles. ANDY SHINE SAYS: ‘Rocket’ is a ride concept I didn’t know existed. I particularly enjoyed the fun house footage and time-lapse featurette. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

IDORA PARK.

DVD_IdoraParkHoldWithBothHands[DVD: Ed Learner – 1991 – 72 mins]. Hold on with both hands and enjoy the sights of Idora Park (Youngstown, Ohio). At last, the largest collection of movie film and photographic highlights ever assembled on “Youngstown’s Million Dollar Playground.” Compiled from over fifty private collections. Also includes slides, postcards, vintage ads, souvenirs, tickets, memorabilia, and on-board film footage. The film traces the changes and development of Idora Park over the years from its opening as “Terminal Park” in 1899 to its final days in 1984. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some nice footage aboard the coasters, although there’s very little narration, which is a shame. Idora visitors will find this programme of interest and with a high nostalgia factor. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

INDIANA BEACH AMUSEMENT RESORT.

DVD_IndianaBeach[DVD: Indiana Beach, Inc. – 2005 – 54 mins]. Celebrating 80 years of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort (Monticello, Indiana). Holding a special place in the hearts of guests of all ages, through the continued vision of the Spackman family who have owned and operated it since the beginning, Indiana Beach has grown from the Ideal Beach swimming area to one of the most exciting and unique amusement resorts in the world. Chapter Points: Ideal Beach 1926-1947; The Riviera of the Midwest 1947-1984; Moving On 1984-Present. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A thoroughly entertaining, researched, educational documentary that proves: “There’s More Than Corn In Indiana!” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

INTERNATIONAL THEME PARKS.

DVD_InternationalThemeParks[DVD: Carnival Films – 2007 – 135 mins +extras]. Showcasing Disneyland Paris, which opened 12 April 1992, comprising of 140 acres themed into five unique areas. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world is Tokyo DisneySea. Featuring a nautical theme, this 176 acre theme park opened 4 September 2001 and is truly stunning, with its rides and seven different ports of call. This programme will entrench you in all the magic and adventure these two resorts have to offer. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The subject matter is most interesting; however, the programme is compromised significantly by terrible camerawork and lack of narration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD.

DVD_ItsASmallWorld[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2013 – 55 mins]. The story of the “It’s a Small World” attraction began in 1964 with the coming of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York. It was there that Walt Disney created four new attractions for the world to view: the Ford Pavilion, the Carousel of Progress, the Illinois Pavilion and the ever charming “It’s a Small World”. The attraction would prove to be one of the world’s most enjoyable rides with dancing, colourful dolls from every country, and who could forget that memorable song written by the Sherman Brothers ♫ It’s A Small World (After All) ♫. Sail through the history of this ride and witness the changes that have occurred throughout the years, which include adding many Disney characters in Mary Blair’s fashion. This programme includes an interview with Disney legend Rolly Crump who talks in detail about this most loved Disney park attraction. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This film also discusses “It’s a Small World” attractions around the globe. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

JET COASTER.

LD_JetCoasters[Laser Disk: 1989 – 39 mins]. Filmed from the front seat of Japan’s premier ‘Jet Coasters.’ Height and length of each ride is given, and you get an amazing trip. Showing [1]= Bandit (Yomiuriland); [2]= Momonga Standing and Loop Coaster (Yomiuriland); [3]= Rusutsu Corkscrew Coaster (Rusutsu Resort); [4]= Mount Rocky Coaster (Tobu Zoo); [5]= Crazy Mouse (Tobu Zoo); [6]= Giant Coaster (Fuji Q); [7]= Moonsault Scramble (Fuji Q); [8]= Ultra Twister (Nagashima Spaland); [9]= Bobsled (Yokohama Dreamland); [10]= Shuttle Loop (Yokohama Dreamland); [11]= Tornado (Tokyo SummerLand); [12]= Dangai (Thrill Valley). This finishes with a montage of POVs showing riders’ contorted facial expressions! ANDY SHINE SAYS: No narration and no music, just front-seat footage and on-screen statistics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

KENNYWOOD MEMORIES.

DVD_KennywoodMemories[DVD: WQED13 – 1990 – 60 mins +extras]. Makes for compulsive viewing, thoroughly entertaining and educational. Whooooosh! It’s roller coasters! French fries! And lots of good times! It’s a high-flying, double-dipped, screeching, squealing, scream-your-eyes-out documentary about one of America’s greatest amusement parks, Kennywood! (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). Extras include: A compilation of vintage Kennywood television commercials; rare, unedited, black and white footage of the park in the twentieth century; and a Kodachrome movie of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company at Kennywood on 12 July 1941. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Produced and narrated by Rick Sebak, this is most entertaining and thoroughly absorbing. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

KIDSONGS: RIDE THE ROLLER COASTER.

DVD_KidsongsRideTheRollerCoaster[DVD: Together Again Video Productions – 1990 – 30 mins]. The Kidsongs Kids have so much fun on this musical visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California). Zoom around on the roller coaster, get soaking wet on the roaring rapids ride, drive the bumper cars and win prizes playing games in the arcade. There’s a comical dolphin show, sing-along fun aboard a pirate ship full of treasure and for the finale, a spectacular fireworks show. Songs include: Let’s Twist Again, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Little Deuce Coupe, Fast Food, Here We Go Loopty Loo, Anything You Can Do, Splish Splash, A Pirate’s Life, We’re Gonna Get Wet, and the 1812 Overture. Young children will love watching the rides and singing along to the music – lyrics enclosed. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Keep a look out during the “Anything You Can Do” games segment, for the same extras walking past the stall repeatedly – and also stopping to determine whether they’re out of shot… yet! Recommended for children aged between 1 and 8 years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

KÖNIGE DER KIRMES.

DVD_KingOfTheKirmes[DVD: SZ-TV – 2009 – 32 mins]. “King of the Fair” they are in sixth generation exhibitors: The Distels from Munich. The patriarch, 81 years-old Heinz Distel was even born in a car beside the roundabouts of his parents. Sons Eugen and Heiner and oldest daughter Gabi, operate the rides. When Heinz walks the fair, he meets familiar showmen from past times – and no ride seems unknown to him. The Autoscooter remains popular thanks to the Distels’ inventions, and they keep up to speed with the public’s expectations. Meeting safety requirements is par for the course, and it’s not all fun. This programme follows three generations of the Distels and the bustle in their life (German narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A revealing portrait of the travelling showman’s lifestyle. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

LAFF IN THE DARK: BEHIND THE SCENES AT KNOEBELS HAUNTED HOUSE.

DVD_LaffInTheDarkKnoebels[DVD: LaffInTheDark.com – 2008 – 46 mins]. (1 of 2) WELL-L-L-COME! For over 30 years, fans of spooky amusement park dark rides have known Knoebels (Elysburg, Pennsylvania) Haunted House is one of America’s top chillers. Walk through the eerie passageways of this classic ride as part of a guided tour led by Haunted House supervisor Dave Wynn. Featuring interviews with park president Dick Knoebel, who shares details about the ride’s design and construction history, and John Fetterman, designer of Knoebels’ Twister coaster and one of the first Haunted House ride operators. You will also see the cars, experience the sound effects AND take two full rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Interesting and fun, with marvellous footage and tales concerning the ride’s history. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

LAFF IN THE DARK: WALDAMEER’S WHACKY SHACK & PIRATE’S COVE.

DVD_LaffInTheDarkWaldameer[DVD: LaffInTheDark.com – 2011 – 105 mins +extras]. (2 of 2). Preserving the legacy of dark ride designer Bill Tracy, Waldameer Park (Erie, Pennsylvania) features the only operating Whacky Shack dark ride as well as Tracy’s Pirate’s Cove funhouse. Featuring a spectacular behind the scenes guided tour of these two classic rides conducted by Perry Duncan, Waldameer’s maintenance supervisor. This DVD features extensive interviews with Perry and Waldameer owner Paul Nelson, who explain the original construction, upkeep and continued operation of these two classic attractions. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Fun, quirky, informative and screaming with bonus material. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

LAKESIDE: 66 YEARS OF FUN IN THE SUN.

[DVD: Blue Ridge PBS – 2016 – 60 mins +extras]. The sound of a roller coaster flying down the tracks, screams and squeals of delight, blinking lights and cotton candy. Those are but a few of the things that immediately come to mind when thinking about a visit to Lakeside Amusement Park (Salem, Virginia). It has been more than 30 years since Lakeside turned off the lights and closed the gates in October 1986, and yet many still remember their time there fondly. What began as a two million gallon pool in the 1920s eventually became an amusement park with a variety of rides and games along with concerts from the likes of Conway Twitty, Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins and other top country music stars. This documentary takes a look back at the park through the years with archival photos and footage. Also included are memories from those who worked there during the 1940s, members of the Roberts family who owned the park the longest, “Whispering” Bill Anderson who performed at the park several times, and others. ANDY SHINE SAYS: There’s plenty of input from those who part-owned Lakeside Park as well as from those who worked or visited there. There is a good balance of interviews and park footage. The three minutes of extras include Lakeside newspaper adverts and details concerning a UFO sighting over Lakeside Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

LARRY SCHOLL’S GHOST TRAIN.

DVD_LarrySchollsGhostTrain[DVD: LarryScholl.net – 2005 – 6 mins]. Detailing the only independent full audio-animatronics haunted attraction in Northern California. Larry Scholl has worked as a storyboard artist for more than 20 years. His artistic expressions extend beyond the animated page and into the physical world with the Ghost Train. Special Features: Virtual Tour, Behind the Scenes, Devil’s Workshop, and a Virtual Cave Tour. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a fascinating subject to document, but why for only six minutes? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

LAST SUMMER AT CONEY ISLAND.

DVD_LastSummerAtConeyIsland[DVD: Creative Arson Productions – 2010 – 94 mins +extras]. A documentary by J.L. Aronson. “Coney Island is known as the birthplace of the hot dog, the roller coaster and – broadly speaking – popular culture. But Coney Island is not what it used to be and the area has lingered for years as a spectre of its former magnificence. Now, after years of false starts, change is coming. Come Hell or high water, the city of New York is determined to revitalize the once glorious world capital of amusements. Meanwhile, a private developer has been purchasing every square foot of land he can get his hands on. The neighbourhood’s residents along with the millions who cherish Coney Island’s legacy are left wondering what will happen next. This film juxtaposes images of the past and present and features many of the key figures involved in this historic transformation.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: A poignant film. The DVD features 58 minutes of extras. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

LAUGH YOUR TROUBLES AWAY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF RIVERVIEW PARK.

DVD_RiverviewLaughYourTroublesAway[DVD: Sharpshooters Productions, Inc. – 1994 – 66 mins +extras]. Riverview was Chicago’s largest and best known amusement park. Although Riverview closed at the end of the 1967 season, it is still lovingly remembered by the citizens of Chicago. This DVD – an extended update of the VHS of the same name – traces the development of the park as seen through postcards, vintage advertisements, photographs taken by the park and motion pictures. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A most interesting and captivating film sure to appeal to all amusement park enthusiasts. Well presented and featuring rare footage of the park and its rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

LINCOLN PARK REMEMBERED.

DVD_LincolnParkRemembered[DVD: Spinner Publications – 1999 – 45 mins]. In its 93-year lifespan, Lincoln Park (North Dartmouth, Massachusetts) was so much more than an amusement park. It was a vibrant meeting place for many generations of residents in southeastern New England. From the clambake pavilion, to the roller-skating rink, to the sounds of the big bands in the great ballroom, Lincoln Park was a magical part of many lives. The film opens in 1920 as we board the coaster, carousel, swings and roundabouts. In 1950 we are afforded a tour through the park – from the walkway to the Fun House and the Penny Arcade. Footage from 1954 takes us on boat rides and airplanes, through concessions and games, and finally a heart-stopping ride on the roller coaster. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A wonderful programme capturing the fun and excitement of this long lost park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

LINNANMÄKI: HUVIPUISTON RIEMUT AINA MUKANASI!

DVD_Linnanmaki[DVD: Poptori Oy – 2007 – 48 mins +extras]. “Linnanmäki: Theme Park Joys On The Go!” Enjoy a musical tour around Linnanmäki Amusement Park (Helsinki, Finland). Explore the rides and attractions with your host, Rolle Pelle (Linnanmäki’s mascot). Ride the Big Wheel; Dodgems; Carousel; Monorail; Top Spin; Rapids; Ghost Train; Rainbow; Funhouse; Space Shot; Swinging Galleon and the various roller coasters, including the Vuoristorata wooden scenic railway. Includes an interview with Risto Räikkönen detailing the history of the park. (Finnish narration throughout). ANDY SHINE SAYS: One very much for children with an interest in amusement parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

LITTLE FUGITIVE.

DVD_LittleFugitive[DVD: Keno International Corp. – 1953 – 80 mins]. This charming fable poetically captures the joys and wonders of childhood. When a seven-year-old boy is tricked into believing he killed his older brother, he gathers his meagre possessions and flees to New York’s nether wonderland: Coney Island. Upon and beneath the crowded boardwalk, Joey experiences a day and night filled with adventures and mysteries. This edition of Little Fugitive is the 80-minute version, and includes 5 minutes of extra footage not seen in the film’s original 1953 theatrical release. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Coney Island features prominently from 20 minutes on. Extras include the theatrical trailer and a feature-length audio commentary by Morris Engel. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MAURER SÖHNE: AMUSEMENT RIDES.

DVD_MaurerAmusementRides[DVD: Maurer Rides GmbH – 2011 – 32 mins]. [X-COASTER]: X-Car Launch “Formule X” (Drievliet, Netherlands); X-Car Launch “Freischutz” (Bavaria, Germany); X-Car Vertikal “G Force” (Drayton Manor, UK); Skyloop XT 150 “Skywheel” (Skyline Park, Germany); Skyloop XT 450 “Abismo” (Parque de Atracciones, Spain). [R-Coaster]: X-Car Launch “Fiorano GT Challenge” (Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE). [S-COASTER]: SC 2000 “Extrem” (Portable); SC 2200 “Spinball Whizzer” (Alton Towers, UK); SC 3000 “Tarantula” (Parque de Atracciones, Spain); SC 3000 “Winjas” (Phantasialand, Germany). Select English or German narration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A promo/sales programme. “Maurer Söhne: Innovations in Steel since 1876.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

MEGA BUILDERS: MEGA EXCITEMENT.

DVD_MegaBuilders[DVD: Ultimate 1 Productions – ~2012 – 268 mins]. (8×46 mins). “ROLLER COASTER” [2006] Six Flags Magic Mountain (California) is building Tatsu – a flying roller coaster. Park operations manager Tim Burkhart aims to get Tatsu open for the Spring Break. “WATERPARK” [2008] Labourers are building Siam Park (Tenerife) one of the most ambitious water parks ever conceived. They must figure out how to meet the giant wave machine’s exacting standards. “HARD ROCK PARK” [2010] Engineers are building Hard Rock Park (South Carolina), a rock and roll theme park. Time is tight and challenges are plentiful. (Prog 1= Burj Dubai, 2= Roller Coaster, 3= Rio Stadium, 4= WaterPark, 5= Hard Rock Park, 6= Las Vegas MGM, 7= South Africa Stadium, 8= London Aquatics Centre. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Part of an 8 disk / 34 shows “Mega Set” 2005-2010. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

MEGA SNAKE.

DVD_MegaSnake[DVD: Sci-Fi Channel – 2007 – 86 mins]. In 1986 East Tennessee, the father of Duff and Lester Daniels is killed by a snake’s bite during a cultish ceremony. Two decades later, Duff steals a rare and dangerous Unteka snake from dealer Screamin’ Hawk and takes it home. However, he accidentally drops the vessel the Unteka is kept in and it escapes, murders and grows exponentially. Now it is up to Les, Screamin’ Hawk and company to save the town from Mega Snake! (Language selection: Thai or English / Optional subtitles: Thai or English). ANDY SHINE SAYS: The final 15 minutes are set at the ‘East Tennessee County Fair’ which is, in fact, Sofia Land (Sofia, Bulgaria) which closed in 2006 before this film was released. CGI Mega Snake bites the heads from thrill seeking riders, etc. and wreaks havoc in a mock-shock manner. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

MEGA STRUCTURES: ULTIMATE ROLLER COASTER.

DVD_MegaStructures-UltimateRollerCoaster[DVD: National Geographic Channel – 2005 – 46 mins]. The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey) hits 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, shoots up a 90° incline and peaks 456 feet in the air. Find out what it takes to design and construct this world record-breaking ride. (Language is in Korean accompanied with optional Korean subtitling when English-speaking persons talk to camera). ANDY SHINE SAYS: an interesting programme and I was intrigued by the alternative designs featuring two hills after the tower. Altogether an okay programme, but we’re not afforded much of an insight beyond the weather hampering construction and the usual operational teething problems. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MEMORIES OF OPRYLAND.

DVD_MemoriesOfOpryLand[DVD: Nashville Public Television – 2008 – 58 mins +extras]. “It’s A Thrill Ride of Great Memories!” Journey back to “The Home of American Music.” You’ll relive the rides and coasters, shows, and fun that made this park a fan favourite for 26 years! Includes interviews with cast members and performers, managers of the park etc… who reveal what made Opryland (Nashville, Tennessee) so special to them and to the millions of visitors, some of whom visited practically on a daily basis! With plenty of on-park footage, fascinating tales, loads of extras and optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. “Memories of Opryland” is the next best thing to being there. ANDY SHINE SAYS: While the rides’ chapter is brief, it didn’t disappoint. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

MEYERS LAKE PARK: THE STORY BEGINS.

DVD_MeyersLakeParkTheStoryBegins[DVD: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1991 – 105 mins]. (1 of 2 / Two programmes on one DVD). “Meyers Lake Park Remembered” starts with the park’s early beginnings and takes us on a journey through intervening years until the park’s closing in 1974. “Stark County, Moments in Time” is a nostalgic look at growing up in Stark County in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The first programme features rare footage of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio). The second programme may only appeal to residents and enthusiasts of Stark County. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MEYERS LAKE PARK: THE STORY CONTINUES.

DVD_MeyersLakeParkTheStoryContinues[DVD: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1992 – 100 mins]. (2 of 2 / Two programmes on one DVD). Just the mention of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio) brings a tear to the eye and wonderful memories of the Comet, the Rocket Ride, the Carousel and dancing under the stars at the Moonlight Gardens. Come back with us again to the glorious 1950s and 1960s when you were young and Meyers Lake Park was the place to be. Includes the 50-minute programme: ‘Amusement Park Memories’ which takes a nostalgic look at: Kennywood, West View Park, Willow Grove Park, Palisades Park, Idora Park, Meyers Lake Park, Coney Island Cincinnati and Coney Island New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Two enjoyable, well put together programmes. The second programme is marvellous, containing much archive footage of parks and rides long gone. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

MIRABILANDIA 2005.

DVD_Mirabilandia2005[DVD: 2005 – 13 mins]. Visit Mirabilandia Park in Ravenna, Italy. See snapshots of the rides, shows and attractions: From Katun, the huge Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster to the gentle ascent of the 90 metre tall big wheel. See the costumed characters to delight the children, and the stunt show that is guaranteed to amaze all. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A lightning-quick, self-promotional DVD tour. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

MIRABILANDIA 2009.

DVD_Mirabilandia2009[DVD: 2009 – 15 mins +extras]. Visit Mirabilandia Park in Ravenna, Italy. See Mirabilandia Beach as well as all the rides, shows, costumed characters, and a host of additional attractions in this exciting presentation. Chapter Points: Per i più piccolo (rides for the smallest); Per tutti (rides for everyone); Extreme (major rides); Shows (stage show, laser show, stunt show, water show). Extras include: The Ghostville Story, iSpeed trailer, Katun on board, Niagara on board, and Speciale Reset Anno Zero (Special Reset Year Zero – zone). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An enjoyable promotional film set to music – no narration. The seven minutes of extra footage was a welcome bonus. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MIT VOLLGAS IN DIE SOMMERZEIT.

DVD_MitVollgasSommerzeit[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2014 – 103 mins]. “Full Speed In The Summertime – Germany’s Most Beautiful Theme Parks.” From thrilling roller coasters to more gentle rides; with shows and attractions to suit all tastes and budgets, Germany offers countless recreational activities for all. Disk 1 (52 mins): Hansa Park; Wildgehege Hundshaupten; Fränkisches Wunderland; Phantasialand; Freizeitland Geiselwind. Disk 2 (51 mins): Schloss Thurn; Wildpark Bad Mergentheim; Europa-Park; Minidomm; Serengeti Park. German narration throughout. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a re-release of the 2012 DVDs “Freizeitparks in Deutschland 1” and “Freizeitparks in Deutschland 2.” This 2-disk set was also released as “Freizeit-Park Atlas Deutschland 2013.” These programmes were originally available on VHS in 1991, and showcase the parks as they appeared around that time. Much attention is paid to animals and birds. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MODERN MARVELS: WALT DISNEY WORLD.

DVD_ModernMarvelsWaltDisneyWorld[DVD: The History Channel – 2005 – 89 mins]. The world-famous Orlando theme park is not only the most visited in the world, but is also the most technologically advanced. From a network of underground tunnels connecting various regions of the park, to the space-age propulsion technology of linear synchronous motors, the Disney dynasty has been on the leading edge of theme park innovation since the opening of Disneyland, its first park, in 1955. Chapters: Make-Believe World; The Magic Kingdom; Audio Animatronics; EPCOT Center; Motion-Based Technology; Disney Studios; Lights, Motion, Action! Animal Kingdom; Living Dinosaurs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a most entertaining, factual piece that is nicely paced and well presented. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MONTANHA-RUSSA.

DVD_Montanha-Russa[DVD: Discovery Channel – 1996 – 52 mins]. Strictly for those who love roller coasters. Witness unique design and breathtaking construction as we interview the people behind such machines, including John Wardley. Today, ultra modern computer technology is employed to design roller coasters, offering the thrill-seeker the tallest, fastest, most thrilling and daring twists and turns, loops and corkscrews in complete safety. (This Portuguese production carries both Portuguese and English narration with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An educational programme that also attempts to provide a thrill-seeker’s psychological profile – which adds a nice touch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

MOUNTAIN PARK MEMORIES.

DVD_MountainParkMemories[DVD: WGBY – 2002 – 35 mins]. Come; relive the Mountain Park (Holyoke, Massachusetts) experience. See the rides and attractions long gone. Take a front seat aboard the PTC Mountain Wildcat / Mountain Flyer wooden roller coaster (1929-1987). Enjoy tales told by park employees and learn of the relocation and restoration of the Mountain Park carousel in this delightful documentary. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is one of my favourite short films. Some have criticised the time spent discussing the many Mountain Park theatre productions; however, I think the balance between this and the rides on the midway is about right. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION.

DVD_NationalLampoonsVacation[DVD: Warner Home Video – 1983 – 94 mins]. The Griswolds have planned their vacation in painstaking detail, from their Chicago home to the wonders of Walley World fun park in California. Hilarity soon ensues, not least with a toe-curling rendition of Walley World’s National Anthem: ♫Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! Who’s the star of our favourite show? Marty Moose! ‘M’ is for merry, we’re merry, you see. ‘O’ is for ‘O’gosh! ‘O’golly! ‘O’gee! ‘S’ is for super-swell family glee. ‘E’ is for everything you want to be… M-A-R-T-Y – M-O-O-S-E. What’s that spell? Marty Moose, Marty Moose, Marty Moose! That’s me! (moose laugh)♫ [with optional subtitles]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The final 15 minutes sees Magic Mountain (California) as ‘Walley World.’ The characters ride Colossus (renamed: Screemy Meemy) and Revolution (renamed: Whipper Snapper). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

NOVA: ROLLER COASTER!

DVD_NovaRollerCoaster[DVD: WGBH Educational Foundation – 1993 – 54 mins]. We begin by exploring roller coasters and the physics behind how they work. Later we are taken on a behind the scenes tour of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Universal Studios’ Earthquake ride; Backdraft and Back to the Future immersive ride experiences. We’re also afforded a sneak peek at Virtual Reality simulations and are guided through these scenes by the people who design, build and operate these systems of entertainment. (Features optional Closed Captions for the deaf and hard of hearing). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme includes plenty of interesting rides footage, but spends too long on Virtual Reality systems. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ONE LAST RIDE: CRYSTAL BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK.

DVD_CrystalBeachParkOneLastRide[DVD: Last Ride Productions – 2000 – 54 mins]. (1 of 2). Documenting a family visit in August 1989, this film captures the thrill and excitement of Crystal Beach Amusement Park (Ontario, Canada) just days before it closed forever. Features: Magic Palace; Laff in the Dark & Laffing Sal; Giant Coaster (+on-ride); Pirate Ship (+on-ride); Kiddieland Rides; Miniature Train; Carousel; Little Dipper; Sky Ride (+on-ride); Comet; Tip Top; Muzik Express; [live music]; Tilt-A-Whirl; Sawmill River; Arcade; Ferris Wheel (+on-ride). Closes with various TV news reports detailing the park’s imminent closure, including the subsequent auctioning of the rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I viewed this with ever-growing fondness. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK: A CENTURY OF FOND MEMORIES.

DVD_PalisadesAmusementPark[DVD: Davids Productions – 1998 – 75 mins +extras]. A thrilling ride into the heart of a classic American amusement park. Chronicling the people and events that made this New Jersey park one of the country’s most popular amusement resorts. Palisades captures the passion of the people who visited its midways and evokes the time and spirit that were the hallmarks of a carefree innocence. Features interviews with park personnel, historians and celebrities, including: Freddy Cannon, Soupy Sales, Sonny Fox, Buddy Hackett, John Sebastian, Bruce Morrow, and Walter Cronkite. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Fresh, educational and entertaining. There’s plenty of nostalgic film footage, and the extras are great too! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

PARKS FROM THE PAST 1.

DVD_ParksFromThePast1[DVD: Sharpshooters Productions, Inc. – 2007 – 60 mins]. (1 of 2). Footage showing some of America’s favourite amusement parks as they were in the early 1970s. Featuring: Queens Park (Los Angeles, California). LA County Fair (Pomona, California) with Junior Coaster POV. Elitch’s Gardens (Denver, Colorado) with Wildcat and Mister Twister POV. Lakeside Park (Denver, Colorado) with Cyclone POV. Lagoon Park (Farmington, Utah). Riverside Park (Indianapolis, Indiana) with Flash Coaster POV. Silver Beach (St. Joseph, Michigan) with Comet POV. Idlewild Park (Ligonier, Pennsylvania). Hershey Park (Hershey, Pennsylvania) with Comet POV. Dorney Park (Allentown, Pennsylvania) with Thunder Hawk POV. Playland Park (Rye, New York) with Dragon Coaster POV. Rockaways’ Playland (Rockaway Beach, New York) with Atom Smasher POV. Palisades Park (Cliffside Park, New Jersey) with Giant Coaster footage. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Some fantastic colour footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PARKS FROM THE PAST 2.

DVD_ParksFromThePast2[DVD: Sharpshooters Productions, Inc. – 2008 – 55 mins]. (2 of 2). Showcasing: Riverview Park (Des Moines, Iowa) with roller coaster POV. Pacific Ocean Park (Santa Monica, California) closed, with shots of the Sea Serpent coaster. The Pike (Long Beach, California) closed. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California) with Giant Dipper POV. Belmont Park (San Diego, California) with Giant Dipper POV. Excelsior Park (Minnesota) with Cyclone POV. Silver Beach (St. Joseph, Michigan) with Comet POV. LeSourdsville Lake Park (Middletown, Ohio) with Space Rocket POV. Coney Island (Cincinnati, Ohio) with Shooting Star POV and Teddy Bear footage. Coney Island (New York) with Cyclone, Thunderbolt and Tornado POV. Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio) with Thriller, Flying Turns and Racing Coaster POV, and other rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Rare footage indeed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK.

DVD_PCNDelGrosso[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 24 mins]. Peter Gardella (DelGrosso’s Vice President and General Manager) is our host, as he guides us through DelGrosso’s Amusement Park (Tipton, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Picnic Groves; Dodgems; Casino Ride; Flying Bobs; Miniature Railroad; Carousel; Zyklon (steel coaster); Sea Dragon; Balloon Race; Scrambler; Kid’s Kingdom Children’s Area; Staged Entertainment; Miniature Golf Course; The Speedway Go Karts; Water Park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A pleasant and relaxed guided tour through the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM.

DVD_PCNDorneyPark[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 17 mins]. Chris Ozimek (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s Public Relations Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Fish Pond; The Whip; Train Ride; Thunder Hawk (wooden coaster); Scrambler; Steel Force (coaster); Laser (coaster); Little Laser (kiddie coaster); Dominator (tower ride); Children’s Rides; Shoot The Chutes; Talon (steel coaster); Carousel; Wildwater Kingdom (water park); Ferris Wheel; Swan Boats. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Recorded on location. The shots are unsteady; however, this does not distract from the subject matter. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: DUTCH WONDERLAND.

DVD_PCNDutchWonderland[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 41 mins]. Chris Barrett (Dutch Wonderland’s Assistant General Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. The Castle; Miniature Train; Themed Scenes; Off-Road Rally Ride; Frog Hopper; River Boat; Gardens; Sky Ride; Joust (junior steel coaster); Diving Show; Turnpike Ride; Astro-Liner; Voyager Simulator Ride; Sky Fighter; Old ’99; Castle Cafe; Giant Slide; Sky Princess (wooden coaster); ‘Lancaster, Pennsylvania’ Museum. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An enjoyable tour through the kiddie-oriented park and its attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

PCN TOURS: HERSHEYPARK.

DVD_PCNHersheypark[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 36 mins]. Kathy Burrows (Hersheypark’s Public Relations Manager) is our host, as she guides us through Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Carrousel; Costumed Characters; Ferris Wheel; Helicopters Ride; Comet (wooden coaster); Great Bear (steel coaster); Zoo America; Amphitheatre; Observation Tower; Turnpike Ride; Whip; Shoot The Chutes; Monorail Tour; Wild Cat (wooden coaster). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An informative tour of Hersheypark, its rides and attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: HERSHEYPARK – BEHIND THE SCENES.

DVD_PCNHersheyparkBehindTheScenes[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2001 – 51 mins]. Rodney Underkoffler (Hersheypark’s Rides Maintenance Supervisor) is our host, as he guides us through Hersheypark’s (Hershey, Pennsylvania) maintenance and machine shops during the closed season (January -March- April 2001). Shows the machining of parts for various rides, including the roller coasters. Ultrasound testing of rides’ parts. Maintenance of Comet, Wildcat and Lightning Racer wooden coasters cars. Wild Mouse, SideWinder, Trail Blazer, Sooperdooperlooper, Great Bear steel coasters cars. Flat rides’ maintenance; Sign writers/makers. On park: Wildcat coaster track replacement. Wooden coaster lift chain replacement. Comet coaster track walking / train testing / block-zone testing. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this peek behind the scenes. A real eye-opener. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

PCN TOURS: IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE.

DVD_PCNIdlewild-Soakzone[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 32 mins]. Jerome Gibas (Idlewild & Soakzone’s General Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Idlewild & Soakzone (Ligonier, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Story Book Forest attractions; Jumping Jungle (adventure area); Puppet Show; Picnic Area; Haunted Swing; Auto Ride; Hand-Car Ride; Auto Race; DoodleBug; Miniature Turtle; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe; Soakzone (water park); Spin Rides; Sweet Treets Store; Satellite Ride; Rollo Coaster (wooden coaster); Wild Mouse (steel coaster); Caterpillar; Waffle Cone Stand; PTC Carousel; The Auditorium; Ferris Wheel. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This was pleasant to watch, and reasonably informative. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: KENNYWOOD AMUSEMENT PARK.

DVD_PCNKennywood[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 29 mins]. Mary Lou Rosemeyer (Kennywood’s Public Relations Manager) is our host, as she guides us through Kennywood Park (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Old Mill; Skycoaster; Jack Rabbit (wooden coaster); Racer (wooden coaster); Log Jammer (flume); Picnic Groves; Aero 360 (looping ride); Kiddieland Rides; Pagoda Refreshment Stand; Auto Race; Miniature Railroad; Laffing Sal; Parkside Cafe; Carousel; Kangaroo Ride; Noah’s Ark; Lost Kennywood; Shoot The Chutes; Wave Swinger; Whip; Freefall Ride; Exterminator (indoor/dark coaster); Arcade Games; Pirate Ship; Enterprise Wheel; Turtle Chase; Thunderbolt (wooden coaster); The Phantom’s Revenge (steel coaster); Turnpike Ride. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The shots are unsteady; however, this does not distract from the subject matter. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: KNOEBEL’S AMUSEMENT RESORT.

DVD_PCNKnoebels[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 54 mins]. Joe Muscato (Knoebels’ Public Relations Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Water Park; Alamo Restaurant; Grand Carousel; Pioneer Train; Shoot the Chutes; Balloon Race; Scrambler; Ferris Wheel; Picnic Pavilion; Galleon Pirate Ship; Whip; Boats Ride; High Speed Thrill Coaster; Rocket Ride; Dodgems; Stalls and Attractions; Kiddie Attractions; Haunted Mansion; Carousel Museum; Flying Scooters; Twister (wooden coaster); Antique Cars; Phoenix (wooden coaster); Log Flume; Knoebels’ Museum. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A more detailed look at the key rides would not have gone amiss. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

PCN TOURS: LAKEMONT PARK.

DVD_PCNLakemontPark[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 28 mins]. Barry Kumpf (Lakemont Park’s General Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Lakemont Park (Altoona, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Miniature Golf Course; Antique Car Ride; Monster Motorway Go Karts; Mini-Indy Go Karts; Skyliner (wooden coaster); Round-Up; Scrambler; Twister (spin ride); Tilt-A-Whirl; Chance Toboggan (coaster); Leap The Dips (1902 side friction coaster); Miniature Train; Picnic Pavilion; Bumper Cars; The Mad Mouse (junior steel coaster); Gaming Arcade; Monster Ride; Water Park; Ice Skating Rink. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An informative whistle-stop tour of the park and its attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

PCN TOURS: PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN ROLLER COASTERS.

DVD_PCNPhiladelphiaTobogganCoasters[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 1998 – 50 mins]. Tom Rebbie (PTC Manager) is our host, as he guides us through each stage of roller coaster car/train manufacture from the PTC (Lansdale, Pennsylvania). Witness each part being machined: wheels and assemblies, articulated chassis, safety dogs, anti-rollback ratchets and brake fins. See car assembly right up until they’re placed in the showroom ready for shipping to destinations all over the world. Our host also touches on the history of the PTC Company, and explains how the business has grown, diversified and prospered from their days as a manufacturer of carousels, to today as a maker of roller coaster rolling stock and other amusement park items. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Filmed on location, the shots are unsteady; however, this does not distract from the subject matter. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

PCN TOURS: WALDAMEER PARK & WATER WORLD.

DVD_PCNWaldameerPark[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 29 mins]. Steve Gorman (Waldameer’s General Manager) is our host, as he guides us through Waldameer Park & Water World (Erie, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. We’re afforded a tour around the park: (journey on the Sky Ride, above: Kiddieland, Car Ride, Paratrooper, Picnic Area, Scrambler Ride, Ferris wheel). Whacky Shack (fun house); Pirate’s Cove; Log Flume; Comet (wooden coaster); Merchandise Stores; Gaming Arcade; Water World / Water Park. Carousel. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This film was recorded on location during low-season operation. The shots are unsteady; however, this does not distract from the subject matter. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PCN TOURS: WILLIAMS GROVE AMUSEMENT PARK.

DVD_PCNWilliamsGrove[DVD: Pennsylvania Cable Network – 2002 – 21 mins]. Ingrid Hughes (Williams Grove’s Owner) is our host, as she guides us through Williams Grove Amusement Park (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania). The history of the park is discussed, covering significant milestones and past and present rides and attractions. Magic Show; Cyclone (wooden coaster); Carousel; Go Karts; Traction Engines; Picnic Pavilion; Dodgems; Paratrooper Ride; Wave Swinger; Kiddie Go Karts; Dante’s Inferno (dark ride); Twister (spin ride); Musik Express; Miniature Train; Fun House; Monster Ride; Tilt-A-Whirl; Wildcat (steel coaster); Water Slides; Kiddie Coaster (steel); Kiddie Rides and Attractions. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An enjoyable tour through the kiddie-oriented park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

PENNSYLVANIA’S LOST AMUSEMENT PARKS.

DVD_PennsylvaniasLostParks[DVD: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 2007 – 145 mins]. (Three programmes on one DVD). “Life Was A Lark At Willow Grove Park” (49 mins). Willow Grove opened in 1896 and was perhaps the most elegant of all the trolley -company- inspired amusement parks in the US. Thrill-seekers flocked to such attractions as the Mountain Scenic Railway and the Captive Flying Machine. “Rediscover the Excitement: West View Park” (47 mins) documents 71 years of West View, that provided generations of Pittsburghers with fond memories of the Dips, Racing Whippet, and the Haunted House. “Amusement Park Memories” (49 mins), takes an affectionate look at: Euclid Beach Park, Kennywood, West View Park, Willow Grove Park, Palisades Park, Idora Park, Meyers Lake Park, Coney Island Cincinnati and Coney Island New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Guaranteed to send the Nostalgia-O-Meter into the red zone. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

PHANTASIALAND: DIE GANZE WELT DES ENTERTAINMENTS!

DVD_Phantasialand[DVD: Phantasialand – 2004 – 25 mins +extras]. A park promotional DVD exploring the many rides and attractions of Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany). See the River Quest rapids and the Winja’s Fear and Force spinning roller coasters. Come for a ride aboard the Colorado Adventure mine train before exploring the rides and attractions made especially for the children. Why not take in a show too. When twilight comes, the celebrated Festival of Light takes to the streets – a beautiful and truly unforgettable experience. Phantasialand really is a world of entertainment. (German narration throughout). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A guided tour exploring the sights and experiences Phantasialand has to offer. I enjoyed this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

POPULAR MECHANICS FOR KIDS: RIP-ROARING ROLLER COASTERS.

DVD_PopularMechanicsForKids[DVD: Koch Vision – 1997~ – 92 mins]. Prog 1: Strap in and hold tight while whizzing along on the world’s fastest roller coasters! You’ll cruise around the coolest coasters around. Meet world-record-breaker Richard Rodriguez, who talks about his 549-hour Big Dipper marathon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Prog 2: You’ll be whisked away to Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure to experience your favourite movies -and more- from the inside! Join our presenter as she tames the Incredible Hulk coaster, and you’ll get wet on Poseidon’s Fury. Prog 3: Under The Big Top [circus]. Prog 4: Behind The Scenes at Big Events, [concert and wrestling match]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed the coaster / park programmes and was educated along the way. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REAL SCIENCE.

DVD_RealScience[DVD: 4 Ventures Limited – 2003 – 150 mins]. 6×25 minute programmes. Real Science is a stimulating and thought-provoking series that gives insight into how science works in the real world, revealing what is at the core of many human activities. How do theme park rides give you an adrenalin rush but also manage to keep you safe? How do bodies cope with the pressures of being in a jet plane, or escaping from a submarine? Programme 1= Incriminating Evidence, 2= Roller Coaster, 3= Outbreak, 4= Pushing the Limits, 5= That’s My Baby, 6= Wannabe Biker. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This features Thorpe Park (England) and their Colossus roller coaster to reveal the physical, mechanical and psychological forces that make the coaster the king of thrill rides. With input from those who know coasters best: John Wardley (designer), Otto Meier (Intamin AG), Andrew Hine (Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain), and coaster enthusiast KerryAnn Bestow. See how coasters are designed using the very latest software. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REAL SCIENCE: ROLLER COASTER.

DVD_RealScienceDesigningRollerCoastersStartToFinish[DVD: Films For The Humanities & Sciences – 2003 – 25 mins]. “Real Science: Roller Coaster – Designing Thrill Rides From Start To Finish” travels to the home of Colossus (Thorpe Park, England) -the world’s first ten-inversion steel roller coaster- to reveal the physical, mechanical, and psychological forces that make the roller coaster the undisputed king of thrill rides. Concepting, computer-assisted track design, 3-D simulation, track construction, and car safety mechanisms are covered by some of the experts who know roller coasters best. The goal? Pulse-pounding speed and mind-blowing disorientation through the manipulation of potential and kinetic energy and plenty of positive and negative Gs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: See how coasters are designed using the very latest software. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REDISCOVER IDORA PARK & AMUSEMENT PARK MEMORIES.

DVD_RediscoverIdoraPark[DVD: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 35 mins +bonus programme]. Idora Park is still loved and missed by the people of the Mahoning Valley. Generations of people from Youngstown (Ohio) and the surrounding suburbs spent many long days at this great old amusement park. Ride once more on the Wild Cat coaster, the Water Chute, the Rocket Ships and a whole host of other rides and attractions. You’ll be thrilled to the delights of Idora Park – Youngstown’s Million Dollar Playground! Includes the 50-minute programme: ‘Amusement Park Memories’ which takes a nostalgic look at: Kennywood, West View Park, Willow Grove Park, Palisades Park, Idora Park, Meyers Lake Park, Coney Island Cincinnati and Coney Island New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An affectionate look back, and you really feel for the park and the terrible twist of fate that destroyed the magic. The bonus programme is most entertaining. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REMEMBER WHEN: NAT PARK.

DVD_RememberWhenNatPark[DVD: KSPS Public Television – 1996 – 58 mins]. Remember… Natatorium Park (Spokane, Washington). Times seemed simpler then; there were rides, dances and amusements. It was a place where families and friends played, strolled and picnicked. Nat Park was an idyllic place: from the dance halls to the Midway, with bumper cars and carousel, miniature train and trolleys, where “The Jack Rabbit” and “The Hammer” reigned. From 1889 to 1968, Natatorium Park was a “Spokane” place to be, where fondest memories for many generations were born. Use your television as a time machine and Remember When: Nat Park. (Features optional closed captions). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Tells the story of Nat Park very well, with interviews and plenty of rides footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REMEMBERING CRYSTAL BEACH PARK.

DVD_RememberingCrystalBeachPark[DVD: WNED-TV – 2008 – 42 mins +extras]. Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada) was the perfect place to spend a summer day enjoying a ride on the Comet, relaxing on the beach or savouring a famous Hall’s Sucker. Includes archive photographs and films from private collections that take you back to the park through its 101 year history. Relive memories of the Canadiana, Grand Ballroom, Cyclone, Comet, Laff in the Dark, Magic Carpet, Sugar Puff Waffles and more. Extras include: Comet Love Affair; Inside the Comet; Comet Break-in; Comet POV; Crystal Beach Collectors; Giant Coaster POV; Ride on the Turnpike; Photo Galleries. (Main feature is Closed Captioned). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Crystal Beach Park memories live on here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

REMEMBERING PLAYLAND AT THE BEACH.

DVD_RememberingPlayland[DVD: November Fire Recordings – 2010 – 58 mins +extras]. Revisit San Francisco’s 10-acre seaside amusement park. See Laffing Sal, the Fun House, Carousel, Big Dipper, Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Fun-tier Town, and much more. Extras include: [1]= The Funhouse Song (2:04) -A clip from Bob Lesoine’s cabaret show, “The Year They Tore Down Playland” circa 1979. [2]= The Man Behind the Giant Camera (3:15) -David Warren explains the operation of the “Camera Obscura” at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. [3]= Playland in Miniature (4:21) -Charlie Moran discusses his model of Playland at the Beach. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most enjoyable, but I longed for more stills and film. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REMEMBERING THE COLUMBIA GARDENS.

DVD_RememberingColumbiaGardens[DVD: Montana PBS – 1999 – 58 mins]. Family picnics, scary roller coaster rides, cracking the bar on the cowboy swings, and beautiful carousel horses. They’re all great memories of historic Columbia Gardens (Butte, Montana). This programme uses historical photographs, rare home movies and firsthand accounts about the history and myth of the beloved amusement park built by Copper King and former U.S. Senator William Clark. The park operated from 1899 to 1973. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting look at a long lost park. There’s plenty of footage, and the programme discloses lots of fascinating facts and additional information. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RETURN TO NORUMBEGA.

DVD_ReturnToNorumbega[DVD: Remember Productions – 2005 – 50 mins]. This is the remarkable story of Norumbega Park (Newton, Massachusetts), and the Totem Pole Ballroom. In its heyday, the park was a prime recreational site for patrons of all ages. This presentation is the work of the late Bob Pollock, a Norumbega enthusiast who spent more than a decade documenting the park’s rich history. Come take a ride upon the Dentzel carousel, Ferris wheel, tumble bug, and circle swing. Enjoy a game of pinball in the penny arcade, and stroll around the zoo and gardens. Norumbega Park 1897-1963. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A superb look back at the trolley park era, capturing the changing trends of the time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIDE IT! 1.

DVD_RideIt1[DVD: Point of No Return Coaster Videos – 2006 – 53 mins]. (1 of 2) Featuring: California Screamin’ (Disney’s California Adventure); Greased Lightnin’ (Paramount’s Great America); Cannon Ball (Lake Winnepesaukah); Dolphin Coaster (Sea Paradise); Hoosier Hurricane (Indiana Beach); Jack Rabbit (Seabreeze); Gran Montserrat (Parque España); Giant Dipper (Belmont Park); Aska (Nara Dreamland); Comet (The Great Escape); Balder (Liseberg); Giant Dipper (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk); Bandit (Yomiuriland); Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce); Colossus (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Scandia Screamer (Scandia Amusement Park); Regina (Tobu Zoo Park); Tremors (Silverwood Theme Park); Matterhorn Bobsleds [left & right] (Disneyland California); Skyliner (Lakemont Park); Wildcat (Williams Grove); Judge Roy Scream (Six Flags Over Texas); West Coaster (Pacific Park); Legend (Arnolds Park); Roller Coaster (Hanayashiki); Spellbreaker (Legoland California); Roller Coaster (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach); Twister (Knoebels); Red Falcon (Hirakata Park). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Non-stop action with optional subtitles. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIDE IT! 2.

DVD_RideIt2[DVD: Point of No Return Coaster Videos – 2006 – 53 mins]. (2 of 2) Featuring: Daidarasaurus (Expoland); Kanonen (Liseberg); Big Dipper (Camden Park); Cornball Express (Indiana Beach); Crazy Mouse (Tobu Zoo Park); Cyclone (Williams Grove); Leap The Dips (Lakemont Park); ELF (Hirakata Park); Hurricane (Myrtle Beach Pavilion); Grizzly (Paramount’s Great America); Bobsleds (Seabreeze); Big Thunder Mountain (Disneyland California); Big Thunder Mountain (Tokyo Disneyland); Cyclone (Lakeside Park); White Canyon (Yomiuriland); Phoenix (Knoebels); Twister II (Six Flags Elitch Gardens); Slope Shooter (Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo); Stampida (PortAventura); Tree Top Racers (Adventure City); Swamp Fox (Adventure City); Thunder Run (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom); Tornado (Stricker’s Grove); Raven (Holiday World); Screechin’ Eagle (LeSourdsville Lake); Sea Dragon (Wyandot Lake); Scenic Railway (Dreamland, Margate); Revolution (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Rampage (Visionland). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Also features footage of Dodonpa’s (Fuji Q Highland, Japan) safety video, as recorded in the station. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIDE THIS: PARK + FUNFAIR RIDES 1.

DVD_RideThisPark+FunfairRides[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2010 – 88 mins]. Featuring: Sledge Hammer (Bobbejaanland); Fly Away (Bobbejaanland); El Volador (Bellewaerde); El Toro (Bellewaerde); Stratosphere Swing Tower (KMG); Parkour (Gerstlauer); Enterprise (Geiselwind); Enterprise (Slagharen); Screaming Eagle (Bellewaerde); Speed Flip (Moser Rides); The Tower Event Center; Devil Rock (Flic=Flac); Diamond Wheel (Mondial); Typhoon (Bobbejaanland); Teststrecke (Doppel Looping); Thunderloop (Slagharen); Traum Boot (Slagharen); King Kong (Bobbejaanland); Shuttle (Ranger, Geiselwind); Top of the World (Geiselwind); Octopus (Slagharen); Troika (Slagharen); The Eagle (Slagharen); T-Rex Tower (Geiselwind); Enterprise (Huss). +500 ride images. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most entertaining. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIVERVIEW 1904-1967: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

DVD_RiverviewGoneButNotForgotten[DVD: Riverview Publications – 1986 – 120 mins]. Journey down Riverview Park’s (Chicago, Illinois) midway and experience The Bobs; Fireball; The Water Chutes and the Pair -O- Chutes! See The Silver Flash wooden roller coaster with its impressive enclosed cars and take a bumpy jaunt around The Flying Turns. The double Ferris Wheel; Bubble Bounce; Water Bug; Hot Rods and the Wild Mouse are all here waiting to be viewed again and again. Some great colour and B&W archive footage and a slide show are sure to re-ignite those most jaded memories. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A captivating production that certainly taught me a thing or two about a much missed park. Features professionally shot film aboard the Bobs. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

RIVERVIEW: KINGDOM OF MAGIC & AMUSEMENT PARK MEMORIES.

DVD_RiverviewKingdomOfMagic[DVD: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 36 mins +bonus programme]. For 64 years from 1903 to 1967 on 72 acres of land in Chicago stood Riverview Park, the home to thrilling rides like the Bobs, the Fireball, the Shoot the Chutes and the Flying Turns, to name but a few. It was also home to more gentle rides and attractions, such as the Great Riverview Carousel and Aladdin’s Castle. In short, Riverview Park was a magical place and everyone from Chicago knew that and went there. On Labor Day in 1967, Riverview Park closed for the last time without fanfare. “Riverview Kingdom of Magic” was filmed by Clarence Hintze and George Berbert, it preserves those good times forever. Includes the 50-minute programme: ‘Amusement Park Memories’ which takes a nostalgic look at: Kennywood, West View Park, Willow Grove Park, Palisades Park, Idora Park, Meyers Lake Park, Coney Island Cincinnati and Coney Island New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Two wonderful programmes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROCKET TO THE MOON AND THE FLYING SAUCERS.

dvd_rockettothemoon-flyingsaucers[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2013 – 57 mins]. 3, 2, 1… Blast Off! In July of 1955, Disneyland (Anaheim, California) unveiled a new attraction in Tomorrowland: The Rocket to the Moon. This exciting ride took guests on a simulated journey through space towards their lunar destination! In 1961, another attraction opened its space ports in Tomorrowland. The Flying Saucers allowed guests to hover and manoeuvre across a metal floor in their own two-seat spacecraft! This double feature explores the history of both attractions. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed these programmes, but fast-forwarded through the lengthy on-ride portion of the Rocket to the Moon (total length 31-mins). The Rocket to the Moon attraction was clearly much more fun to experience first-hand than to watch on television some 60-years later. The Flying Saucers programme (total length 26-mins) features Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, who shares his unique insight. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROCKY GLEN PARK.

DVD_RockyGlenPark[DVD: Pippin Pictures – 2009 – 61 mins +extras]. “Rocky Glen Park” (Moosic, Pennsylvania) features more than 20 interviews connected to the amusement park, including descendents, former owners, employees and park visitors. The documentary also includes video footage from the 1930s through to the 1980s, including rare scenes of the Laurel Line, famed ‘Million Dollar Roller Coaster’ and the ‘Duck Boat.’ Bonus material includes roller coaster footage and the Rocky Glen historical marker dedication ceremony. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I’d have preferred more on-park footage (Perhaps it doesn’t exist?). Still, it was a nice enough programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LEGACY: ELITCH GARDENS.

DVD_RockyMountainLegacy[DVD: Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc. – 1995 – 57 mins]. For over a century, Elitch Gardens (Denver, Colorado) was considered one of America’s most unique amusement parks. It was the site of Denver’s first zoo, home to America’s oldest summer stock theatre and had one of the country’s greatest ballrooms, the Trocadero. Turn-of-the-century motion picture film, archival photographs, and interviews celebrate the lasting legacy of Elitch Gardens. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Four chapters detail the history of John and Mary Elitch’s park: “The Gardens,” “The Theatre,” “The Ballroom” and “The Park,” including the many attractions through the years, up to 1995 when old Elitch Gardens closed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLERCOASTER.

DVD_RollerCoaster1977[DVD: Universal City Studios – 1977 – 119 mins]. A determined terrorist begins to turn America’s amusement parks into battlefields. Tension mounts as affable safety inspector George Segal attempts to track down the saboteur (Timothy Bottoms) who has targeted the country’s most popular roller coaster, and its riders, for senseless destruction. The edge-of-your-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Segal and Bottoms builds to an explosive climax. This widescreen presentation also has cast and film-maker’s biographies, film highlights, theatrical trailer and production notes. Carries optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Filmed on location at Ocean View Park, Kings Dominion and Magic Mountain, and featuring footage of the rides and coasters, including: Rocket, Rebel Yell and The Great American Revolution. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLERCOASTER.

DVD_RollerCoaster1999[DVD: Rollercoaster Productions, Inc. – 1999 – 87 mins]. Five troubled teenagers choose a bankrupt amusement park to pursue a dark fantasy. The angst-ridden youths exact revenge on the security guard and lock him into a Chance Zipper ride and subject him to an extended spin…! They enjoy exploring and riding the attractions, but their gaiety is short-lived, however. In their midst, a darker purpose lurks: a suicide pact confronts them with a choice between death and their tortured lives. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The entire movie is set at defunct “Vancouver WonderWorld” (in fact, still operating Playland in Vancouver, Canada). Many rides are featured, including the Wild Mouse, Corkscrew, and a precarious track-walk of the woodie. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 1.

DVD_RCAdventures1[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2001 – 46 mins]. (1 of 7) In this volume you will see some of the greatest, fastest, tallest and most exciting roller coasters in the US. Showing: The Legend; The Raven; Lightning Racer; Kraken; Hangman; Cheetah; Boomerang; Top Gun; Vortex; Flying Super Saturator; Hurricane, Category 5; Déjà Vu; Riddler’s Revenge; Wildfire; Buzz Saw Falls; Stealth; Psycho Mouse; Invertigo. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 2.

DVD_RCAdventures2[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2002 – 52 mins]. (2 of 7) In this volume we travel all over the world in search of the most thrilling roller coasters on the planet. Taller and faster coasters are being built every year and in this edition you will see a few of these new ‘mega coasters’ with some reaching speeds of 85mph! Showing: Expedition GeForce; Superman – Ride of Steel; X-Flight; Steel Eel; Great White; Speed – The Ride; Titan; Wild Thing; Excalibur; High Roller; Corkscrew; GhostRider; Montezooma’s Revenge; Boomerang; Jaguar. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 3.

DVD_RCAdventures3[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2002 – 56 mins]. (3 of 7) Experience these amazing roller coasters with exclusive, never-before-seen footage, full circuit and point-of-view rides, and all access admittance inside the massive steel and wooden structures. Showing: Nitro; Medusa; Shivering Timbers; Wolverine Wildcat; Manhattan Express; Superman – Krypton Coaster; Mamba; Vertical Velocity; Raging Bull; Viper; Batman – The Ride; Iron Wolf; Tower of Terror; Thunderbolt; Twisted Sisters; Roadrunner Express; Chang. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 4.

DVD_RCAdventures4[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2002 – 60 mins]. (4 of 7) This volume takes us all over the planet in search of the latest and greatest roller coaster thrills! Showing: X; Air; Incredible Hulk; Dueling Dragons; Superman Ultimate Flight; Georgia Scorcher; Mind Bender; Zeus; Cornball Express; Jeremy Reid’s (Home-made) Backyard Coaster; Batman Knight Flight; Primeval Whirl; Talon; Steel Force; Hercules; Laser; Excalibur. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 5.

DVD_RCAdventures5[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2002 – 55 mins]. (5 of 7) Experience the world’s fastest coaster and take a ride on the massive wooden giants of today! Showing: Dodonpa; Xcelerator; Colossus (Ten Inversions!); The Boss; Millennium Force; Mean Streak; Volcano, The Blast Coaster; Hypersonic XLC; Grizzly; Anaconda; Ricochet; Hoosier Hurricane; Cornball Express; Thunderbolt; Phantom’s Revenge; Jack Rabbit; Racer. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 6.

DVD_RCAdventures6[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2003 – 53 mins]. (6 of 7) Experience the world’s first Terra/strata coaster, Top Thrill Dragster. Ride the first looping woodie, Son of Beast, or the world’s first tilt-coaster, Gravity Max in Taiwan. Also showing: Wicked Twister; Top Gun; Ozark Wildcat; Nemesis Inferno; Cannon Ball; Superman – The Ride; Robin Hood; Stealth; Quicksilver Express; A featurette on Vekoma’s coasters; Upcoming innovations and more. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.