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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

STRIKE ME PINK.

[DVD: Samuel Goldwyn / Warner Bros Home Video – 1936 – 100 mins]. Ethel Merman reunites with her ‘Kid Millions’ co-star Eddie Cantor in this frothy bit of film fable from celebrated director Norman Taurog and legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn. Ol’ Banjo Eyes stars as meek Eddie Pink, who, thanks to a mail-order assertiveness course, ends up managing Dreamland amusement park which is beset by the mob. While doing his best to transform from milquetoast to manly, Eddie stymies the slot-machine gangsters while falling head over high-kicking heels for lovely chanteuse Joyce Lennox (Merman). In addition to Eddie’s antics – climaxing in a spectacular chase across the amusement park rides – viewers are treated to rousing renditions of toe-tapping favourites like ‘The Lady Dances,’ ‘First You Have Me High,’ ‘Calabash Pipe,’ and ‘Shake It Off With Rhythm.’ And that’s not to mention appearances by Parkyakarkus, William Frawley, Brian Donlevy and the always lovely Goldwyn Girls. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features many fleeting shots of ‘Dreamland’ (real life Nu Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California) and the action escalates towards a rather awe-inspiring four-minute comedic stunt-laden chase over and aboard the Cyclone Racer roller coaster. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA AT 50.

[Book: Chadwick Miller – 2017 – 15x23cm – 124 Pages]. “Growing up in metro Atlanta and unable to go to Disney World in Florida, Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) was the only amusement park most of us were able to experience. Now that our beloved childhood friend is turning 50, it’s time to take a look back at some of the attractions you may have forgotten about or never knew and hopefully get a look back into your childhood as well.” Chapter Points: Preface; 50 Six Flags Over Georgia Facts; Six Flags Over Georgia Timeline (1961… 1967–2017); Six Flags Over Georgia Dictionary (A-Z of past and present rides and attractions with a commentary, facts, dates operational, etc.). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

VOM KULTURPARK BERLIN ZUM SPREEPARK PLANTERWALD.

[Book: Christopher Flade / Sacha Szabo – 2011 – 15x21cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “‘From Kulturpark Berlin to the Spreepark Plänterwald’ provides an insightful tour through the famous Berlin amusement park. Since its closing on the 5th November 2001, the abandoned Spreepark-Plänterwald amusement park has become overgrown with weeds and its rotting attractions strike a poetic image of decay. And yet, when you look at this terrain, you can still hear the hustle and bustle of 40 years of fun and excitement.” Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; The History Of Kulturpark And Spreepark; The History Of The Egg House; On The Way To Pleasure; The Entrance Into A World Beyond Everyday Life; Memories Of The Cultural Park; Rotating Cups (ride); Leisure In The GDR; Pirate Ship (ride); Anxiety And Thrill Creations; Jet Star (roller coaster); Culture Shops; Spreeblitz (roller coaster); Changing Times In The Leisure Park; Area Attractions Including The Giant Ferris Wheel; Experiences In The Spreepark; From A Fairground To A Theme Park; “Ferris Wheel” (ride); Welcome To The Spreepark; “Grand Canyon” (water ride); The Attractions In The Park; Legends Around The Spreepark; The Nerve-Tingling Roller Coaster; Well, Why Does Man Want To Be Happy? “Ghost House” and “Ghost Castle” (attractions); Spreepark Is Hustle And Bustle All Year; Life In The Closed Spreepark; The Spreepark Today; The Decay Of The Park; A Spreepark Essay; Bibliography; References; About The Authors; Acknowledgements. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

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]

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 coasters). 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]

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]