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

ABANDONED: HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL DESERTED THEME PARKS.

[Book: Seph Lawless – 2017 – 22x29cm – 226 Pages – Full colour]. “Huffington Post called him ‘a master of the abandoned’ – and for good reason. The ‘artivist’ known only as Seph Lawless has spent the past ten years photo-documenting the America that was left behind in the throes of economic instability and overall decline – decrepit shopping malls, houses, factories, even amusement parks. Through more than two hundred gorgeous and elegiac photographs, Abandoned details Lawless’s journey into what was once the very heart of American entertainment: the amusement park. Lawless visits deserted parks across the country, capturing in stark detail their dilapidated state, natural overgrowth, and obvious duality of sad and playful symbolism. Previously self-published as Bizarro, this updated edition of Lawless’s photographic tribute to decaying American amusement parks contains new content and a new foreword. For the first time, the famed photojournalist makes this collection of moving amusement park photographs available in a stunning trade edition.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Aaron Smith, CNN Journalist); Six Flags Amusement Park (New Orleans, Louisiana 2003–2005); Disney World’s Discovery Island and River Country (1974–1999 and 1976–2001 respectively, Orlando, Florida); Joyland Amusement Park (Wichita, Kansas 1949–2006); Dogpatch USA (Marble Falls, Arkansas 1968–1993); Fun Spot Amusement Park and Zoo (Angola, Indiana 1956–2008); Bushkill Amusement Park (Easton, Pennsylvania 1902–2004); Land of Oz (Beech Mountain, North Carolina 1970–1980); Lake Shawnee Amusement Park (Lake Shawnee, West Virginia 1926–1966); Geauga Lake Amusement Park (Aurora, Ohio 1887–2005); Spreepark (Berlin, Germany 1969–2002); Chippewa Lake Amusement Park (Chippewa Lake, Ohio 1898–1969); Enchanted Forest Playland (Toledo, Ohio 2000–2005); Prehistoric Forest (Onstead, Michigan 1963–C. 2002). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

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.

EXCELSIOR AMUSEMENT PARK: PLAYLAND OF THE TWIN CITIES.

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

GLIMPSES OF CONEY ISLAND.

[Book: Isaac H. Blanchard Co. – 2017 – 15x21cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Glimpses of Coney Island – America’s Most Popular Pleasure Resort – Reproduced from Best and Latest Photographs (Copyright, 1904, By Isaac H. Blanchard Co.) Photographs include attractions and scenes: “Bird’s-Eye View of Coney Island”, “Johnstown Flood”, “Bowery Entrance To Steeplechase Park”, “Tilyou’s Walk”, “Prospect Candy Kitchen”, “Frankfurter Stand”, “Entrance To Luna Park”, “Tower And General View Of Luna Park”, “Flying Swings At Luna Park”, “Rifle Practice”, “Roller Coaster”, “Star Double Toboggan Racer”, “The Old Mill”, “Japanese Ball Game”, “Resurrection”, “View Of Dreamland From Chutes”, “Fighting The Flames At Dreamland”, “Airship At Dreamland”, “Fish Building And Haunted Swing At Dreamland”, “Midget Railway At Dreamland”, “The Tower At Dreamland”, “Camp’s Show”, “Scenic Musical Railway”, “The Galveston Flood”, and others… ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

IT’S AN AMUSEMENT PARK THING – A PICTORIAL ESSAY.

[Book: Michael Burkes – 2017 – 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos]. This book is about having fun. It’s about enjoying a pastime and taking photographs that you may not have thought about before. It’s about searching for that particular angle and shot that will be remembered by you and yours to keep always. It’s about having the patience and the knowledge to prepare to take a particular picture and the joy of the hunt to find that photo. I hope that this book will inspire you to get out and learn about your camera and the many functions and possibilities it offers. To travel to your local amusement park as well as outside your realm to find that one particular photo that has an angle you did not see before, whether it’s a roller coaster, spin ride, pastoral scene or an architectural wonder. To beam and smile as you take photos during the dusk of morning, late afternoon, early evening and late at night. This book will try to cover all those facets and more. Chapter Points: Dedication; Thank You / Acknowledgements; Introduction; Wood Coasters; Steel Coasters; Other Amusement Favourites; Scenic Areas; Adding Accents; Catching The Right Moment; Late Evening/Sunset And Speed; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

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.

LEGEND CITY.

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

LIBERTYLAND.

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

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.

LUNA PARKS: AUF DEN SPUREN EINER VERGESSENEN VERGNUGUNGSKULTUR.

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

LUNA: PITTSBURGH’S ORIGINAL LOST KENNYWOOD.

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

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]

ROLLERCOASTER! 141.

[Magazine Vol.38/No.3: Spring 2017. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Editorial (Tim Baldwin’s opening welcome). Intamin Turns 50 (a 14-page feature celebrating Intamin Amusement Rides’ 50th anniversary 1967–2017). Small Parks In North America (10 pages: +Calaway Park, Galaxyland Amusement Park, Perimágico, El Parque De La Selva, Parque De Diversiones Selva Mágica, Camden Park, Enchanted Forest, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Oaks Amusement Park, Pixieland Amusement Park, and Sonoma Traintown Railroad). Baynum Painting Inc. (6 pages focusing on Chris Baynum and his 32-year career painting roller coaster structures). Profile of Chris Baynum (president at Baynum Painting Inc.). Pinfari – Zyklons, Big Apples and Other Coasters (8 pages: the history of Pinfari and their roller coasters). The Wide World of Wacky Worms (1 page: “Pinfari’s classic ‘Big Apple’ has given rise to one of the most imitated coasters of all time: the Wacky Worm”). Sign Me Up (4 pages of mistranslated amusement park signage). 2 ACE members’ profiles. [Front cover: Cedar Point’s “Millennium Force.” Back cover: a twilight/silhouetted view of “Rollies Coaster” at Morey’s Piers]. [visit ACE]

NAPHA CHRONICLE 232.

[Magazine Vol.39/No.4: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Chicago’s Riverview… a half-century ago (a 5-page feature charting the good-times and end-times of Riverview Park that closed 50 years ago). The Whirl-Fly (2 pages: William D. Cronin’s ‘Novel Cycloidal Pleasure Railway’ and similar attractions and patents). Jus’ Down the Street (1 page: Three featured coasters pictured at the ‘end of the street’). Good / bad times (photos: Chutes ride at Riverview Park in Des Moines /  Chutes ride being demolished in 1978, Blackbeard’s Castle at Buckroe Beach / Bluebeard’s Castle deserted and overgrown with weeds in 1985, Redondo Beach’s Lightning Racer / Lightning Racer severely damaged following March 1915 storm). Looking back to 1937 (news: rides and coasters opening that year). Haunting Memories (photos: “Joyland” funhouse at Riverview Beach Park in New Jersey, “Haunted House” at West View Park in Pennsylvania, “The Wreck of the Hesperus” dark ride at Pleasure Island in Massachusetts, and the “Polarama” Pretzel dark ride at Clementon Park in New Jersey). John A. Miller’s Racing Monorail Coaster – Monterrey, Mexico (1 page). International Amusements (photos: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Virginia Reel”, an illuminated “Scenic Railway” at Barry Island in Wales, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and Miniature Train in Japan in the 1960s, and “Montagne Russe” operating in Torino, Italy in 1908). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Luna Park’s “Royal Giant Dips Coaster” in West Virginia, L.A.Thompson “Russian Railway / “Scenic Railway” / “Breezer” at Ontario Beach Park in New York, “Willow Grove Park’s “Coal Mine & Additional Scenic Railway”, and John A. Miller’s “Triple Racing Coaster” at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate reminisces about Wisconsin Dells‘ Familyland). A Step Back in Time to 1982 (1 page: photos and observations from 35 years ago). [Front cover: Illuminated façade of Aladdin’s Castle at Chicago’s Riverview Park. Back cover: Aladdin’s Castle lit at night, with the Pair-O-Chutes tower in silhouette]. [visit NAPHA]

DARK TIMES 68.

[Magazine Vol.17/No.4: Fall 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 +2018 National Haunter’s Convention dates, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Haunted Mine Drop is open, Europa-Park’s Voletarium flying theatre is open, and Ghostbusters 5D comes to Heide Park in Germany. Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure (2 pages: Martin Palicki interviews Shanghai Disney Resort’s Creative Executive and Imagineer Luc Mayrand, about his career and the new attraction). The 2017 Midwest Haunter’s Convention (a 6-page feature from the seminar rooms, the Masquerade Ball and from the show floor). A Darkride Story – Part 1 (6 pages: Bell’s Phantasmagoria Hush-Puppy-style cars and mystery Pretzel cars to operate again in a forthcoming darkride). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Dark Attractions (1 page: a brief description of each). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: A party prop at the 2017 Midwest Haunter’s Convention. Back page: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (Alfred Pitzer’s Haunted Swing variation) applied for 1908 / granted 1909]. [visit DAFE]