ANDY SHINE SAYS: Displayed on this page are the newest, most recently added, and most recently updated titles to the RCML.

25 EXTREME DROP TOWER RIDES.

25ExtremeDropTowerRides[Book: Nick Weisenberger – 2017 – 15x23cm – 70 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “Besides your roller coasters, carousels, and Ferris wheels, a staple attraction of any major amusement park is the drop tower ride. While common today, these freefall attractions don’t have a long, hundred-year history like the roller coaster or amusement park. The first tower rides didn’t appear until the 1980s and didn’t start catching on until the 1990s when the technology and ride experience improved enough to make them ‘can’t miss’ attractions. ‘25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides – The Tallest, Fastest, Most Insane Freefall Rides Ever Built’ is a comprehensive list of the most extreme drop tower rides and also investigates how thrill ride engineers have been pushing the technology and the boundaries of the drop tower to new heights and terrifying experiences.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction – What Goes Up Must Come Down; Definition of a Drop Tower Ride; The First Drop Tower Rides; 25 Extreme Drop Tower Rides [25 listed, with statistics and facts]; Narrowly Missed the List; Future Drop Towers; Freefall Drops on Roller Coasters; Other Terrifying Freefall-style Attractions; Legacy of the Drop Tower; About the Author; Notable Dates in Drop Tower History; Resources/Credits. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ACHTERBAHN.

DVD_Achterbahn[DVD: Rohfilm/Strandfilm – 2009 – 88 mins +9 mins bonus film]. Showman Norbert Witte aims to expand Berlin’s Spreepark into the largest amusement park in the republic. But things don’t turn out as expected and the amusement park goes bankrupt and closes. Norbert sits with his family, Mrs. Pia, son Marcel and daughter Sabrina and decides to pack up what rides they can and flee to Peru to establish a permanent ‘Luna Park’ fairground. But things don’t go well there either. Out of desperation, Norbert gets involved with the Peruvian drugs mafia and attempts to transport 175 kilos of cocaine into Germany hidden inside the supports of the Flying Carpet ride. But the concealed cargo is discovered following a tip-off and Marcel is arrested in Peru. While Norbert serves his mild punishment in Berlin, Marcel is sentenced to 20 years in one of the most dangerous and harshest prisons in the world. Achterbahn (Roller Coaster) is a documentary film with everything: tension, tragedy, dazzling figures and a story like an adventure romance. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Norbert Witte, Pia Witte, Sabrina Witte, Marcel Witte and others tell their story in this incredibly thought-provoking documentary film. We see much of Spreepark during good times and bad. The bonus film shows Norbert Witte talking to camera with occasional footage from inside the deserted Spreepark. The spoken language is German with optional English subtitles. The bonus film is not subtitled. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A PERSONAL GUIDE TO THE BEST THRILL RIDES AND AMUSEMENT / WATER PARKS.

APersonalGuideToTheBestThrillRidesAndAmusementWaterRides[Book: Pete Trabucco (photos and foreword by Joel Rogers) – 2017 – 22x28cm – 198 Pages – Few colour photos]. This is a classic story of a man who, for most of his life, was afraid of roller coasters and other thrill rides. Then at the age of 40, was able to finally see the drops and thrills at amusement parks for what they really are – an exciting experience that will always take your breath away and have you craving more! There is a certain magic to being at an amusement park that you just don’t experience anywhere else. The intention of this book is to explore the best coasters and parks around the United States that I have experienced firsthand – to explain why these rides are so breathtaking. In this book, you can expect to find the most innovative and most interesting rides that this industry has to offer. You will also find everyday tips for amusement park safety and a section on how to plan and pack for your amusement park experience. Finally, for those who are still afraid of roller coasters and thrill rides, I have more tips on how to enjoy the ride and beat that psychological “fear factor.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMERICAN COASTERS 2.

americancoasters2[Book: Thomas Crymes – 2016 – 29x23cm – 196 Pages – Full colour]. Thrill-seekers are invited to join a roller-coaster enthusiast’s journey across the United States to photograph these marvels of engineering. From Maine to Minnesota to California and points in between, this book contains breathtaking photographs of more than 100 roller coasters in 38 parks and 17 states. See the oldest operating roller coaster in the world, as well as the recent record-breakers. Get statistics on their gravity-defying feats, and learn the inside scoop from one of the nation’s premier roller coaster manufacturers. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Six Flags Great America; Valleyfair!; Holiday World; Six Flags St. Louis; Worlds of Fun; Six Flags Over Texas; Six Flags Fiesta Texas; Busch Gardens Tampa; Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure; Dollywood; Q&A with Adam House (Great Coasters International); Knott’s Berry Farm; Six Flags Magic Mountain; American Coasters – A Thrilling Photographic Ride; Best of the Rest (Lakemont Park, Lake Compounce, Conneaut Lake Park, Idlewild & Soakzone, Canobie Lake Park, Playland Park (NY), Quassy Amusement Park, Luna Park (NY), Waldameer Park & Water World, Kentucky Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando, Fun Spot America, Beech Bend Park, Frontier City, Disneyland, California’s Great America, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk); Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKGANG CHINE.

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

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS & LIGHTPOOL.

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

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: WHAT’S ON GUIDE.

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

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY.

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

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

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

DENVER’S LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK.

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

HANG ON TIGHT!

HangOnTight![Book: Jeremy Kennedy – 2016 – 20x26cm – 282 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. “Like every automobile, appliance, or any other shelf-ready product, eventually technology will pull the coroner’s sheet over their existence in lieu of something touted as ‘better’. This same manifest has kept the amusement ride industry competitive and exciting since amusement rides became popular nearly a century ago. However, never have we seen a sweep in variety on the midway of both travelling carnivals and amusement parks as we witnessed from the 1950s through the 1980s as the second generation of amusement rides was defined by space travel, European interpretation, and empirical design. While sky-high parachute drops may be a gasp of the past, flat rides like Wave Swingers and Scramblers are still spinning strong day after day. ‘Hang on Tight! – A Retrospective Look at the 2nd Generation of Amusement Rides (1950s–1980s)’ takes a closer look at the popular, the mysterious, the forgotten, and even the prototypes of many of the generation’s most intriguing leisure and thrilling amusement installations. Coasters, kiddies, verticals, wheels, transports, splashers, flats, virtual rides, and even skyscrapers are all celebrated in this magnificent retrospective of press releases, theme park public relations materials, travel brochures, and ride manufacturer promotional profiles.” Chapter Points: Introduction – Making Tracks; Transports (monorails, cable cars, etc.); Splashers (water rides); Kiddies (junior rides); Skyscrapers (tower rides); Flats (spinning, swinging rides, etc.); Virtuality (dark rides, simulated rides, etc.); Roller Coasters; Verticals and Wheels; Appendix; Acknowledgements; Photo Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HEART & SOUL: SILVER DOLLAR CITY.

Heart&Soul[Book: Danita Allen Wood, Sarah Herrera, Lisa Rau, Martha Hoy Bohner, and others – 2016 – 14x14cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. “We invite you to begin your journey through these pages by first thinking of mid-20th century America, before there even was a Silver Dollar City. All around the country, there was so much change: inventions that would replace the old ways, new contraptions, loud music and fast cars – so much hustle and bustle. There was one family, who lived in Chicago, yearning for the quiet and colorful call of the Ozark Mountains. With their teenage boys in tow, they came to the Ozarks and traveled the dusty mountain roads, exploring the hills and valleys. They found wildflowers, a massive cave, and colorful mountain folk, genuine settlers who were self-sufficient and eking out life in the Ozarks… The family shared a dream, a dream that part of America’s colorful past could be preserved, that the men and women of an earlier America could show us our heritage. Wouldn’t it be something to share the skills of our forefathers, tell the tales of the past, and entertain with the music and lore of yesteryear? Leave your cars and computers, cell phones and jet planes, television sets and hectic schedules behind. Become immersed in the sounds, the smells, and the tastes of a simpler time. Welcome to Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri.” (This book was created in tribute to the Herschend Family as part of the First Annual Founders’ Weekend at Silver Dollar City, May 6-8, 2016). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HOW TO DESIGN THE WORLD’S BEST ROLLER COASTER.

HowToDesignTheWorldsBestRollerCoaster[Book: Paul Mason – 2016 – 22x27cm – 34 Pages – Full colour drawings and photos]. “Imagine being given a sackful of money and being told to build a roller coaster. You’d definitely want it to be the best roller coaster in the world. But how do you go about designing that? Using your imagination and some smart research, you’ll see how to create a dream design. Then you’ll refine it, and in 10 simple steps, make changes and improvements based on real-world considerations and calculations, to turn it into a design fit to compete with the world’s best.” Chapter Points: Designing the world’s best roller coaster; What makes a top roller coaster?; Step 1 – dream design – the plunger!; Step 2 – safety first! (well, second…); Step 3 – wood v. steel; Step 4 – the lift hill; Step 5 – the corkscrew; Step 6 – fog city; Step 7 – special seating; Step 8 – the accelerator; Step 9 – zero-g… or not zero-g?; Step 10 – the forest zone; The world’s greatest roller coaster?; The world’s top roller coasters; ‘Work it out’ answers; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended for children.

KENNYWOOD: BEHIND THE SCREAMS (POCKET EDITION).

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

KLUGHEIM – EINE NEUE THEMENWELT ENTSTEHT.

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

THE LAND OF OZ.

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

LOST AMUSEMENT PARKS OF THE NORTH JERSEY SHORE.

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

THE NATION’S HOST: BUTLIN’S AND THE STORY OF THE BRITISH SEASIDE.

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

OPRYLAND USA.

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

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.

ROLLERCOASTER! 140.

ACE140[Magazine Vol.38/No.2: Winter 2017. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Editorial (Tim Baldwin invites you to enjoy the “new coasters” issue of RollerCoaster!). Members’ letters. Phantasialand’s “Raik” and “Taron” (a 5-page feature +a park and rides review). Origins of Adventureland’s “Monster” (5 pages: Adam Sandy explains all from an industry insider’s perspective). Cedar Point’s “Valravn” (a 4-page review). SeaWorld Orlando’s “Mako” (a 4-page insight +review). Interview with Ed Hart (4 pages: the president of Kentucky Kingdom answers questions about the “Storm Chaser” roller coaster). Profile of Ed Hart (park president of Kentucky Kingdom). Dollywood’s “Lightning Rod” (a 5-page insight). Busch Gardens Tampa’s “Cobra’s Curse” (a 4-page review). Kolmården’s “Wildfire” (a 4-page review). Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s “The Joker” (a 5-page insight +review). Two New Coasters For 2016 (1 page: “Phobia Phear Coaster” at Lake Compounce, and “The Joker” at Six Flags Great Adventure). Virtual Reality (2 pages: is Virtual Reality on roller coasters a momentary industry flirtation?). [Front cover: Phantasialand’s “Taron.” Back cover: Kentucky Kingdom’s “Storm Chaser”]. [visit ACE]

FIRST DROP 101.

FD101[Magazine: February 2017. 21x30cm – 84 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner +Chairman’s column, Troy roller coaster marathon, trips’ news, members’ ton ups, members’ reviews and park remarks. Ride reports and members’ reviews: Timber! at Walibi Rhône-Alpes, Lost Gravity at Walibi Holland, Taron and Raik at Phantasialand, The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure, Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom, Pulsar at Walibi Belgium, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park, Wildfire at Kolmården, Lightning Rod at Dollywood (12 pages: +Wildfire and Lightning Rod compared). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back on his 2014, 2015 and 2016 travels). Ride reports and reviews continued: The Monster at Adventureland, Drifting Coaster at the European Fairs. On Track news: 18 pages of worldwide news +Alton Towers’ wooden coaster latest, Blackpool Pleasure Beach “Construction MMXVIII” update, Europa-Park’s water park expansion, and what else is new for 2017, 2018 and beyond. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]

NAPHA CHRONICLE 230.

NAPHA230[Magazine Vol.39/No.2: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Mountain Ride – Detroit (1 page: the Ingersoll-Gaukler Co. castle-themed roller coaster of 1914). Lake Woods Park (2 pages about the short-lived amusement park located in Gary, Indiana). Looking back to 1917 (news: a sample of parks, coasters and other attractions opening that year). People of the Parks – Adrianne White Rhodes (2 pages: Lake Winnepesaukah’s owner talks about her park, its history, her family and the future). Farcical Frivolity (1 page: amusement park humour and oddities). Good / bad times (photos: Sky Rocket roller coaster at Ocean View Park / Rocket coaster partially razed following filming of the 1978 movie “The Death Of Ocean View Park”, Four Mile Creek’s roller coaster / coaster damaged by 1915 flood, Fontaine Ferry Park’s Velvet Racer triple-racing coaster / Velvet Racer damaged during 1937 flood). Edgewater Park – Through the Years (1 page detailing the park’s single wooden coaster and its many name changes). Haunting Memories (photos: “Hilarity Hall” at Summit Beach Park in Ohio, “Laughing Gallery” at Wheeling Park in West Virginia, “Pretzel Ride” at Toledo Beach in Ohio, and “Fun House” at White City in Massachusetts). Revere Beach – Gulliver’s Travels (1 page about the 1921 walk-through attraction). International Amusements (photos: recreation ground in Port Said, Egypt in 1915, Autobaan ride in the Netherlands during the 1950s, Crazy House at Butlin’s Amusement Park in Felixstowe, and roller coaster and Helter Skelter at Fun City in Edinburgh during the 1930s). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Orcutt Lake Park’s roller coaster, Maple Leaf Park’s “Figure Eight,” Idlewild Park’s (formerly Roseville Park) “Figure Eight,” and the “Wildcat” at Hershey Park. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate reflects on his amusement park enthusiasm of 40 years ago). Brian Butko’s book “Kennywood Behind The Screams” (advertisement). [Front cover: The Big Beast at Edgewater Park in 1981. Back cover: Aerial view of the Cannon Ball roller coaster at Lake Winnepesaukah]. [visit NAPHA]

DARK TIMES 66.

DAFE066[Magazine Vol.17/No.2: Spring 2017. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +VRstudios’ Virtual Reality experience for Knott’s Berry Farm, Pandora World of Avatar for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy to open at Efteling this summer, Identity Games’ ‘Escape Room the Game’ review, etc. Ads from the past (“It’s Fun to get Lost in… National Amusement Device’s Mirror Maze” from 1948). The Ghostly Stream – the Room Escape Divas’ podcast. Escape Rooms – how they began and their prevalence today. Escaping the Diletto Winery (review). Murfreesboro Escape Rooms (review). Exit Strategy Escape Room – Charlotte, North Carolina (review). Café de la Morte (1 page about the Café of Death dark attraction quoted from the ‘History of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition 1898’). Guests of the Castle (3 pages: a tour of Castle Blood). Find ten differences (picture puzzle). Hunting Ghosts (a 4-page report on the Ghosts N’at St. Valentine’s Day ghost hunt at the Hotel Conneaut +a visit to the Devil’s Den darkride). The Ghost of Elizabeth (2 pages: newspaper cuttings documenting the 1943 Hotel Conneaut fire, and also the back story and inconsistencies concerning the ‘Elizabeth the Bride’ legend). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: Palace Games’ Houdini’s Great Escape at the 2016 Halloween and Attractions Show. Back page: Patent from the past ‘Revolving Doors Maze / Escape Rooms Attraction’ (George Ramsay Williams Lawson’s 1924 patent). ‘Find ten differences’ puzzle answers. [visit DAFE]