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 FAMILY GUIDE TO AMUSEMENT CENTERS.

[Book: Susan Hunter – 1975 – 19x26cm – 198 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Whether you are interested in a fun place for a day’s outing or an exciting summer vacation for the whole family – here is the complete, illustrated guide to America’s favorite family amusement centers from Maine to Hawaii…” Chapter Points: Introduction. ALABAMA: Alabama Space Center and Rocket Center. ARIZONA: Legend City, Old Tucson. ARKANSAS: Dogpatch USA, Ozark Fun Center. CALIFORNIA: Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Safari World, Lion Country Safari, Marineland of the Pacific, Marine World / Africa USA, Sea World of San Diego, Wild Animal Park, Frontier Village, Magic Mountain, Busch Gardens. COLORADO: Royal Gorge, Santa’s Workshop. CONNECTICUT: Mystic Seaport. DELAWARE: The Magic Age of Steam. FLORIDA: Ocean World, Walt Disney World, Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, Florida’s Silver Springs, Busch Gardens, Lion Country Safari. GEORGIA: Six Flags Over Georgia, Gold Hills of Dahlonega, Westville Village, Lake Winnepesaukah, Lion Country Safari, Stone Mountain Park. HAWAII: Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park. INDIANA: Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Spring Mill Pioneer Village, Santa Claus Land. KANSAS: Boot Hill / Old Front Street, Joyland. KENTUCKY: Kaintuck Territory, Beech Bend Park. MAINE: Animal Forest Park. MARYLAND: The Enchanted Forest. MASSACHUSETTS: Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village. MICHIGAN: Greenfield Village, Bob-Lo. MINNESOTA: Lumbertown USA. MISSOURI: Six Flags Over Mid-America, Worlds of Fun. MONTANA: Historic Virginia City. NEBRASKA: Pioneer Village. NEVADA: Ponderosa Ranch. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Storyland. NEW JERSEY: Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat. NEW YORK: Catskill Game Farm, Farmer’s Museum / Village Crossroads, Gaslight Village, Storytown USA, Sterling Forest Gardens. NORTH CAROLINA: Land of Oz, Carowinds, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Old Salem. OHIO: Geauga Lake, Sea World, Ghost Town, Kings Island, Cedar Point. OKLAHOMA: Frontier City USA, Tsa-La-Gi. OREGON: Pioneer Village, Wildlife Safari. PENNSYLVANIA: Animal Safari Game Preserve, Fantasyland Storybook Gardens, Hersheypark, Quiet Valley Farm Museum. RHODE ISLAND: Rocky Point Park. SOUTH CAROLINA: Middleton Place Gardens. SOUTH DAKOTA: Prairie Village, Reptile Gardens. TENNESSEE: Opryland USA. TEXAS: Seven Seas, Six Flags Over Texas, Alamo Village, Log Cabin Village, Sea-Arama Marineworld, Lion Country Safari, Astroworld, Aquarena Springs. UTAH: Lagoon Amusement Park. VERMONT: Shelburne Museum. VIRGINIA: Kings Dominion, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Festival Park. WASHINGTON: Seattle Center, Point Defiance Park. WISCONSIN: Stonefield Village, Pleasure Island, Wisconsin Dells. Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

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.

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.

JAYBANGS.

[Book: Sam Gennawey – 2016 – 15x23cm – 232 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “JayBangs: How Jay Stein, MCA, & Universal Invented the Modern Theme Park and Beat Disney at Its Own Game. After years of sitting fat and happy atop the theme park totem pole, Mickey Mouse discovered a big cat in his backyard named Jay Stein. Against stiff odds, corporate politics, and fierce opposition from Michael Eisner’s Disney, Jay Stein founded Universal Studios Florida. This is how he did it. Starting in the mailroom of MCA (now NBCUniversal), where his duties included delivering messages to stars like Alfred Hitchcock and Ronald Reagan, Jay Stein soon found himself in charge of the Universal Studios Tour, reporting directly to MCA chairman Lew Wasserman. He became a keen observer of what Walt Disney had accomplished in Disneyland – and how one day he might do even better. That day came when Wasserman gave Jay the go-ahead to build a Universal theme park in Orlando, Florida. With help from Steven Spielberg, Jay got to work, in Jay style: no excuses, no retreats, no failures. Despite Disney’s relentless attempts to sabotage the project, and ruinous infighting among members of his own team, Jay did not give up. When the new theme park opened in 1990, it was full of Jay’s patented ‘JayBangs’ – rides and attractions that stunned, shocked, and surprised guests, dousing them with water, blasting them with air, heat, or cold, and giving them what the Disney parks of that time lacked: fear and visceral delight. It was beating Michael Eisner at his own game. It was catching Mickey in a trap he couldn’t aw-shucks his way out of. It was Jay Stein’s triumph. But the man who went from delivering messages to building theme parks wasn’t done yet…” Chapter Points: Foreword (Robert A. Finkelstein); Introduction; Becoming an MCA Man; Universal Studios Tour; The National Parks; On The Hunt; Universal Studios Florida – Take One; Universal Studios Florida – Take Two; Universal Studios Hollywood; Cartoon World; That’s a Wrap; Epilogue; Appendix; Acknowledgments; About the Author; More Books from Theme Park Press. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 231.

[Magazine Vol.39/No.3: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Krug Park ­– Omaha, Nebraska (a 5-page feature about the amusement park’s rides and attractions, including the 1930 Big Dipper roller coaster derailment). Looking back to 1927 (2 pages: ­roller coasters opening that year). Amusement Park Anniversaries: Tuscora Park in Ohio =110, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California =110, Clementon Lake Park in New Jersey =110, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania =110, Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire =115, Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania =125, and Bay Beach in Wisconsin =125 years-old. Good / bad times (photos: 1909 Whirlwind roller coaster at Coney Island / Whirlwind meets its demise during the 1911 Dreamland fire, Rock Springs’ Old Mill / Old Mill destroyed during 1915 fire, Frederick Road Park’s Dips roller coaster / Dips damaged during 1923 fire). Haunting Memories (photos: “Fun Factory” at Cincinnati’s Coney Island in Ohio, “Buster Brown’s Castle” at Melville Park in New Jersey, “Laff In The Dark” at Ponchartrain Beach in New Orleans, and “Bug House” at Crystal Beach Park in Ontario). Giggles and Grins – amusement park humour and oddities. International Amusements (photos: Prater Park’s “Sport Automobile Caroussel”, Bi-plane “Circle Swing” at an unidentified park in Japan during the 1920s, “Figure Eight” roller coaster and pier at Skegness, and a “Figure Eight” coaster at Luna Park in Bucharest during the 1910s). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Shellpot Park’s “Wildcat,” Pleasure Island Amusement Zone’s (Port Arthur, Texas) 1913 roller coaster, Starlight Park’s “Giant Coaster”, and the “Figure Eight” at Tuscora Park. Editor’s page (Coney Island’s Cyclone turns 90 this year, with this in mind, Jim Abbate details the five longest operating roller coasters at New York’s Coney Island). NAPHA visited England in 1992 (1 page: photos and observations from 25 years ago). [Front cover: The Ultimate at Lightwater Valley. Back cover: An on-ride look of the Rocket roller coaster at Ocean View Park]. [visit NAPHA]

DARK TIMES 67.

[Magazine Vol.17/No.3: Summer 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 +Tim O’Brien joins the DAFE team, and Na’vi River Journey to set sail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Gatlinburg Fire Reflections (a 3-page report: the November 2016 wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – from a dark attractions and theme park enthusiast’s perspective). The Ghostly Stream – ‘Marketing Monday’ the Haunted Attractions Network’s podcast. Ads from the past (‘Gravity Double-Decker Dark Rides’ from the Pretzel Amusement Ride Company, 1970). Halfway to Halloween (a 4-page feature: Makeup classes, character development, props making and haunting classes at Castle Blood). TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show 2017 (an 8-page report from a first-time visitors’ perspective, including a visit to City Museum in St. Louis). City Museum – St. Louis (a 2-page insight +review). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: A live actor demonstrating Hallucinations Creations’ products at the 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show. Back page: Patent from the past “Amusement Walk” (Gaston Lacomme’s alternating floorboards funhouse stunt) applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]