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


[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.


[Book: Takayuki Tokunaga – 2004 – 22x30cm – 40 Pages – Full-page pinhole camera colour photos]. One after another, Japanese amusement parks are disappearing. When the Ferris wheels and the roller coasters are being reduced to cold iron scraps, Takayuki Tokunaga’s photo book has seen the light. The minute-long exposures – a distinctive quality of the pinhole camera – dim the human figures and softly depict the colours and forms of the amusement rides placed in a large open space. The unnecessary details sink into oblivion as time flows… within these pages is captured the hazy world of dreams. Pictured parks: Pages 1, 2 and 16= Space World, Fukuoka in 2002. Pages 3, 13 and 20= Himeji Central Park, Hyogo in 1999. Page 4= Yomiuriland, Tokyo in 2002. Page 5= Expoland, Osaka in 2000. Pages 6, 28 and 30= Kobe Portopialand, Hyogo in 1999. Pages 7 and 34= Suzuka Circuit, Mie in 2003. Page 8= Nara Dreamland, Nara in 1999. Page 9= Hamanako PalPal, Shizuoka in 2002. Pages 10, 26 and 31= Kintetsu Ayame Ike Yuenchi, Nara in 1999 and 2003. Pages 11, 21 and 22= Skyland Ikoma, Nara in 1998. Page 12= Nihon Land HOW Yuenchi, Shizuoka in 2002. Pages 14 and 25= Itozu No Mori Koen, Fukuoka in 2002. Pages 15 and 17= Yase Yuen, Kyoto in 1998. Page 18= Nasu HIghland Park, Tochigi in 2002. Page 19= Takarazuka Family Land, Hyogo in 2001. Pages 23, 24, 32 and 33= Sayama Yuen, Osaka in 1998. Page 27= Shibukawa Skyland Park, Gunma in 2002. Page 29= Hirakata Park, Osaka in 1999. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.


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.


[Book: Aaron Shepard – 2017 – 22x28cm – 124 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Quite by chance, San Francisco has become one of the carousel capitals of the world. It today hosts carousels from all three of the most important historic American carousel makers – the only city anywhere with that distinction! What’s more, each carousel has been restored close to its original condition. ‘Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of San Francisco’ celebrates the beauty and diversity of these traditional, hand-carved wood carousels of the Golden Gate City.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; San Francisco Zoo Carousel; Yerba Buena Gardens Carousel; Golden Gate Park Carousel. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.


[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.


[Book: Guy Belshaw and The Fairground Heritage Trust – 2017 – 21x27cm – 118 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Author and historian Guy Belshaw explores the history of one of the most enduring and iconic fairground attractions of the twentieth century. Corny, scary, or both? Many children claim to have had several rides but seen nothing, as their eyes were tightly shut. This book pays homage to the builders, showmen and the artists who have put their stamp on the macabre ride over the decades since they first appeared in the 1930s. With a foreword by illusionist and Ghost Train owner, Richard Cadell, this book takes you inside the spooky world of the Ghost Train.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Foreword (Richard Cadell); Introduction; The Ghost Show; Pepper’s Ghost; Moving Pictures; Inventing the Dark Ride; The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley; Harry Kamiya; Travelling Ghost Trains [1]; Orton, Sons & Spooner; Robert J. Lakin & Co.; Hayes Fabrication; Johnny Scott; Bland’s Engineering; Supercar; Gilbert Chadwick; John Lock; Lawrence Appleton; Travelling Ghost Trains [2]; Amusement Parks; Cadell’s Terror Castle; Carnesky’s Ghost Train; Building up the Ghost Train; Decoration; Roger Vinney; Paul Wright; The Horror Film; Continental Ghost Trains; Ghost Train Recollections; Ghost Train Trivia. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


[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.


[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.


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.


[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.


[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.


[Book: Steven W. Wilson – 2017 – 17x23cm – 98 Pages – Many colour photos]. Marriott’s Great America (Gurnee, Illinois) first opened on May 29, 1976. Located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, it was the second of two Marriott Corporation theme parks [the first being Marriott’s Great America in Santa Clara, California]. Great America was created to be a place where families could have fun together while gaining an appreciation for United States history. The park’s five authentically themed areas based on America’s past included the best in family and thrill rides, restaurants, specialty shops, artisans, and games. First-rate live entertainment included Broadway-style musicals, bands, parades, a circus, and the Warner Bros. characters featuring Bugs Bunny. In 1984, the park became Six Flags Great America when it joined the Six Flags family of theme parks. Since then, the park has continued to innovate and expand. Today, including its 20-acre Hurricane Harbor water park, Six Flags Great America is one of the country’s finest theme parks. Since 1976, the park has entertained more than 100 million guests. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Building Marriott’s Great America; Marriott’s Great America; Six Flags Great America. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


[Book: Walt Disney Company – 1991 – 22x29cm – 174 Pages – colour photos throughout]. “This book is dedicated to Walt Disney. He had the courage and vision to follow his dream. Without Walt’s inspiration and drive, Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, Florida) would never have been conceived, much less built. Although he was just one man, he touched the lives of countless millions. He refreshed our spirits by appealing to the child in all of us. Each time he turned one of his dreams into reality, he showed us that our own dreams can come true.” Chapter Points: Introduction. THE MAGIC KINGDOM: Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland. EPCOT CENTER – FUTURE WORLD: Spaceship Earth, CommuniCore, Universe of Energy, Wonders of Life, Horizons, World of Motion, Journey into Imagination, The Land, The Living Seas. EPCOT CENTER – WORLD SHOWCASE: The American Adventure, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, Canada, IllumiNations. DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS THEME PARK: Hollywood Boulevard, The Great Movie Ride, Backlot Annex and Lakeside Circle, Backstage Studio Tour, The Magic of Disney Animation. THE VACATION KINGDOM: Waterways of the World, Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, The Disney Inn, Discovery Island, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, River Country, Disney’s Village Resort, Disney Village Marketplace, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Typhoon Lagoon, Pleasure Island. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.


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]


[Magazine Vol.39/No.1: Fall 2017. 22x28cm – 48 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Editorial (Tim Baldwin remains impressed with Texas’ hospitality during Coaster Con XL). Coaster Con XL (21 pages: ACE visits Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio including the San Antonio Riverwalk, ZDT’s Amusement Park and Morgan’s Wonderland +merchandise sales, ERTs, behind-the-scenes tours, food, games, industry presentations, the Coaster Con XL Photo Contest Competition and winners, etc.). Profile of Jeff Filicko (marketing manager at Six Flags Fiesta Texas). Profile of Danny Donhauser (co-owner of ZDT’s Amusement Park). SeaWorld San Antonio and Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster (a 6-page park and coaster review). The Coney Island Cyclone (a 6-page photo essay by Jim McDonnell in celebration of the Cyclone’s 90th anniversary). Japan Update (6 pages: Lisa Scheinin reports from Legoland Japan, Kisarapia, Kono Koen, and Lunapark Maebashi). 2 ACE members’ profiles. This issue includes two half-page Coaster Con XL group photos taken at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and ZDT’s Amusement Park, as well as two half-page Summer Conference 2017 group photos taken at Arnolds Park and Valleyfair! [Front cover: “Iron Rattler” at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Back cover: “Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster” at SeaWorld San Antonio]. [visit ACE]


[Magazine Vol.39/No.6: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Kings Island – Kings of Timber (5 pages: an in-depth look at Kings Island’s wooden roller coaster history). Bay Beach’s 125th Birthday Bash (2 pages: NAPHA visits the Green Bay, Wisconsin amusement park to celebrate). The Tippler Coaster (1 page: Albert G. Sharkey’s 1910 tilting ‘Car For Roller Coasters’ patent +the 1912 Tippler Coaster incident at Coney Island, New York). Good / bad times (photos: “Entrance” to West End Heights amusement park in 1895 / West End Heights’ Scenic Railway destroyed by 1913 fire, “The Mill” at Palisades Amusement Park / “The Mill” and additional buildings burning during a 1935 fire, “The Bucket O’ Blood” dark ride at Dorney Park / “The Bucket O’ Blood” engulfed in flames in 1983). Looking back to 1957 (news: rides and coasters opening that year). Haunting Memories (photos: the “Moulin de La Sorciere” dark ride at La Ronde in 1985, the “Haunted Inn” dark ride at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion in 1981, the “Haunted Mansion” walk-through at Thumb Fun amusement park in Wisconsin in 1987, and the “Cockeyed Circus” walk-through at Ponchartrain Beach in the early 1940s). Park Carousels (1 page: the Carousels of Le Sourdsville Lake, Americana Amusement Park, Cascade Park and Geauga Lake Park). International Amusements (photos: day and night views of the “Himalayabahn” roller coaster operating in Leipzig, Germany in 1939, the illuminated “Flight Tower” at Japan’s Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park in 1929, the “Teufelskutsche” roller coaster in 1930s Germany, and the illuminated “Alpenbahn” roller coaster in Hamburg, Germany during the 1930s). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Bergen Beach’s “L.A.Thompson Scenic Railway”, Central Park’s “Thriller” / “Giant Coaster”, Put-in-Bay’s “Figure Eight”, and Venice, California’s “Some Kick”. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate shares his photos and recollections of Quebec’s Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping mall / amusement park from his 1995 visit). Ghosts of Summers Past (1 page: Jim Abbate reminisces about the rides and coasters he was fortunate to experience before they were demolished). [Front cover: Views of Kings Island’s Beast roller coaster soon after debuting in 1979. Back cover: An imposing image of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park]. [visit NAPHA]


[Magazine Vol.18/No.1: Winter 2018. 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 +Fast & Furious – Supercharged racing into Universal Studios Florida, Dynamic Attractions’ All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle unveiled at IAAPA 2017, Alterface unveil Popcorn Revenge ride concept, and a next-generation darkride ‘Bazyliszek’ slated for Legendia theme park in Poland. “Luna: Pittsburgh’s Original Lost Kennywood” (1 page: a review of Brian Butko’s new book). Classic Caretakers (a 4-page insight into the history and operation of Trimper’s Haunted House, including the family dedicated to maintaining the attraction). Last Days of Morbid Manor (1 page: the four incarnations of Jolly Roger’s Morbid Manor, 1975 to 2017). Pirate Treasures (a 4-page tale of Trimper’s Pirates Cove and Waldameer’s Pirates Cove, including an insight into the history, the props, the changes, and the operation of each attraction). A Hard-won Masterpiece (3 pages: an interview with ride designer Jim Melonic about the Haunted Mansion suspended-tracked darkride at Funland in Delaware). Ocean City is a Scream (2 pages: an interview with Holly Starkey, the haunt manager at Ocean City Screams’ Haunted House in Maryland). The Dark Attractions of Tivoli Gardens (1 page: a brief description of each). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: A classic Bill Tracy prop in Trimper’s Haunted House. Back page: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (Joseph H. Maguire’s suspended air-ships darkride) 1906]. [visit DAFE]