A SLICE OF LIFE: CAROUSELS.

VHS_ASliceOfLifeCarousels[VHS: H-Y-P-H-E-N-A-T-E Productions – 1990 – 60 mins]. A Slice of Life brings us the wonderful recollections of a first ride on a Merry-Go-Round from impassioned collectors; stories of the subtle nuances and strokes of genius of the master carvers by their modern day descendants; and tales of exciting discoveries of missing pieces of information by historians and aficionados alike. The accent is on personal anecdote over dry fact; letting the experts tell their own stories. This video presentation has been declared by enthusiasts as the most complete video ever offered on these magical machines and animated animals; and heralded for its compassion and many touching moments, and most importantly – intimate, revealing conversations and recollections, of novices and experts alike on this subject that keeps them youthful in their outlook on life; and hopeful for man’s continued ability to create. ANDY SHINE SAYS: As the above write-up suggests, probably the best carousel programme ever made. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

A TRIP TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK.

VHS_TerrificTrips[VHS: Lancit Media Productions / Churchill Films – 1987 – 15 mins]. From the “Terrific Trips” series. A group of children visit the famed Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) amusement park where they experience some of the exciting attractions: Six Flags Railroad, Flume Ride, Airplane Tower, Parachute Drop and Roller Coaster (Mind Bender). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Too short a programme to deliver anything worthwhile, really. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for children.

AMERICA SCREAMS.

VHS_AmericaScreams[VHS: Rhino Home Video – 1987 – 30 mins]. Buckle up! You’re about to go on the ride of your life! Vincent Price has found yet another way to make you scream as he takes you on a white-knuckle tour of some of the US’s most terrifying roller coasters. Experience the twists, turns, loops and plunges of these pulse-pounding wonders. From the earliest wood-frame coasters to the sleek metal scream machines of today, this non-stop, topsy-turvy look at thrill rides is guaranteed to leave you breathless! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme is interesting, and Vincent Price comes across as a genuine coaster enthusiast. Features some nice coaster footage with a history. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS.

VHS_AmericaCoasterThrills1[VHS: Goldhil Video – 1994 – 60 mins]. Dim the lights, turn up the volume, strap on your seat belt and hang on! You’re in for the video ride of your life! Features: Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Mean Streak (Cedar Point); Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point); Raptor (Cedar Point); Beast (Paramount’s Kings Island); Top Gun (Paramount’s Great America); Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas); Batman-The Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Kumba (Busch Gardens Florida); Big Bad Wolf (Busch Gardens Virginia); Drachen Fire (Busch Gardens Virginia); Thunderbolt (Kennywood); Steel Phantom (Kennywood); Cyclone (Coney Island, New York). With contributions from Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics. Two pairs of 3-D glasses are provided. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Even with the enclosed glasses, there is no 3-D effect. A nice enough programme, if a bit too stage-managed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS 2.

VHS_AmericasCoasterThrills2[VHS: Goldhil Video – 1996 – 75 mins]. Get ready for the newest, highest and fastest roller coaster action in America with the latest and greatest scream machines in the nation! Brace yourself for edge of your seat excitement! Features: Comet (The Great Escape); Great Nor’Easter (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Great White (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Grizzly (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); High Roller (Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas); Jack Rabbit (Kennywood); Loch Ness Monster (Busch Gardens Virginia); Mantis (Cedar Point); Montu (Busch Gardens Florida); Outer Limits Flight of Fear (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); Phoenix (Knoebels); Raven (Holiday World); Timber Wolf (Worlds of Fun); Wild Thing (Valleyfair!). Two pairs of 3-D glasses are provided. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Even with the enclosed glasses, there is no 3-D effect. A nice enough programme, if a bit laboured. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS: THE NEXT GENERATION.

VHS_CoasterThrillsNextGeneration[VHS: Goldhil Video – 1999 – 70 mins]. Theme parks the world over are locked in battle to build the tallest, fastest, most jaw-dropping roller coasters ever conceived. This competition has resulted in more coasters built during the past few years than any period in amusement park history. Features: Medusa (Six Flags Great Adventure); Joker’s Jinx (Six Flags America); Apollo’s Chariot (Busch Gardens Virginia); Alpengeist (Busch Gardens Virginia); Volcano – The Blast Coaster (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); Twister (Knoebels); The Great Bear (Hersheypark); Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America); Superman, The Escape (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Riddler’s Revenge (Six Flags Magic Mountain); GhostRider (Knott’s Berry Farm); Dueling Dragons (Islands of Adventure); Incredible Hulk (Islands of Adventure); Gwazi (Busch Gardens Florida). (Also available on DVD with two bonus programmes). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An enjoyable and educational programme crammed with coasters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMUSEMENT PARKS: THE PURSUIT OF FUN.

VHS_PursuitOfFun[VHS: Grandvue Productions, Inc. / Discovery Channel Video – 1997 – 54 mins]. American amusement parks draw nearly 300 million visitors each year. Containing some archive footage, experience the pleasures of Kennywood; Busch Gardens; Universal Studios, Knoebels Grove and Cedar Point with their atmosphere of joy and excitement. We experience the pleasures of these truly great parks that rekindles childhood memories – see how modern technology has contributed to the pursuit of fun. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching this, and would happily view it a second time as it has wide appeal. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good. 

AT THE FAIR.

VHS_AtTheFair[VHS: WKNO-TV / Memphis Production – 2000 – 55 mins]. Part of the “Memphis Memoirs” series presented by Rod Starns and featuring contributions from past and present employees and former fair presidents; the history of the Memphis Tennessee Mid-South Fair is detailed, from 1856 to the present day. Many historic amusement rides and sideshows are featured including: Pippin roller coaster, Grand Carousel, Old Mill, Noah’s Ark, Tumble Bug, Whip, etc… continuing with Libertyland and the Zippin’ Pippin roller coaster. Fast food, exhibitions, competitions, livestock, talent shows are covered too, as well as visits by famous people over the years, including Elvis Presley. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AWESOME RIDES.

VHS_AwesomeRides[VHS: Simitar Entertainment Inc. / Pinnacle Video Productions – 1994 – 30 mins]. Step right up and keep your hands inside the car at all times! This is an exciting look at how portable coasters and spin rides are put together: see a roller coaster assembled right before your eyes! The featured rides -the coasters of Cedar Point- are great and the action is super! Learning can be fun! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is for children with inquisitive minds, and for those youngsters who enjoy visiting the amusement park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BLACKPOOL: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.

VHS_BlackpoolAJourneyThroughTime[VHS: 1920s~ – 48 mins]. Take the ultimate walk down Memory Lane with this collection of unique archive films offering the viewer a nostalgic feast of images from 70 years of recordings (1920s-1990s). Featuring the Pleasure Beach; including footage of the white-knuckle rides: Virginia Reel and the Big Dipper! We race over ‘Valentines Brook’ too, aboard the Grand National! Also featuring the Golden Mile, The Tower, Beauty Queens, the Illuminations and dancing on the Prom! These and other sequences included in this film, offer the viewer a nostalgic and informative Journey Through Time. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some excellent vintage Pleasure Beach footage, alas it is over too quickly. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: THE EXPERIENCE!

VHS_TheExperience[VHS: Blackpool Pleasure Beach – 1997 – 45 mins]. This park-promotion video takes you through a brief history of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Blackpool, England), giving an insight into what goes on behind the scenes, and the name behind the success -the Thompson family- give their personal views on what the Pleasure Beach and its continued success means to them. This cassette is a souvenir of your visit to the capital of fun and relive the memory of all your favourite rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Pleasure Beach fans will love this. This programme held my attention from beginning to end. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good. 

BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH: THE FILM.

VHS_BlackpoolPleasureBeachFilm[VHS: David Thornton – 1992/3 – 10 mins]. A Blackpool Pleasure Beach Sales Video. It focuses on the rides and shows (many long-gone) as well as advertising “Project ’94” the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Blackpool, England) in 1994. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A typically short promotional film. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY: 1996 B-ROLL.

VHS_BuschGardensB-Roll[VHS: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – 1996 – 26 mins]. A collection of B-Roll (free-to-distribute promotional footage for use in television programmes, etc.) showcasing the main attractions and rides at Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay, Florida). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Roller coasters shown include Montu, Kumba, Scorpion and Python. Other rides shown include the Log Flume, Rapids, and The Phoenix (inverting ride), as well as various shows, animals, and general park scenes filmed during the summer months. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BUSCH GARDENS VIDEO ADVENTURE.

VHS_Busch GardensVideoAdventure[VHS: John Aikin Productions – 1994 – 29 mins]. “COME * SEE * CONQUER. Come to Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Virginia), to the land of myths and kings and legends. Come experience a fantasy land where 17th-century adventure awaits around every corner. A land where imagination is your passport to fun. See dazzling live entertainment amidst the charm of nine authentically detailed European hamlets, each brimming with their special treasures. Where high-tech attractions, mouth watering cuisine, great shopping and more… seem to go on forever. Conquer this land of lore and take flight aboard some of the most thrilling rides anywhere. A land where roller coasters roar like the dragons, beasts and mythical serpents which inspired them. A land where family entertainment is legendary. Busch Gardens Williamsburg.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: The majority of this video adventure focuses on the themed areas, shows, food, birds and animals at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We’re afforded fleeting glances of many of the park’s rides including the skyway, train, log flume, rapids, Escape from Pompeii, dodgems and wave swinger as well as other flat rides and motion theatre / simulation attractions. Roller coasters shown include Loch Ness Monster, Big Bad Wolf and Drachen Fire. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CEDAR POINT: A SUMMERTIME TRADITION.

VHS_CedarPointSummertimeTradition[VHS: Cedar Fair L.P. – 2001 – 37 mins]. Since 1870, generations of Midwesterners haven’t considered the summer complete without a visit to Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio). This collection of historic footage and fascinating details brings the past to life and celebrates the current excitement of the number one amusement park in the world. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is an informative and engaging film from Cedar Point. It is nicely shot, and details the history of the resort, its hotels, attractions and rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CEDAR POINT: GET TO THE PO!NT.

VHS_GetToThePoint92[VHS: Cedar Fair L.P. – 1992 – 20 mins]. “A Video Tour of Cedar Point on Lake Erie: Get to the Point is an entertaining and exciting collection of memories to take home from Cedar Point, the Midwest’s finest amusement park.” Ride the Magnum XL-200 – the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world. Challenge the 161ft tall Mean Streak – the tallest wooden roller coaster on the planet. Conquer the Iron Dragon – a totally suspended roller coaster. Take a raft ride through 1,600ft of raging rapids and, enjoy a nostalgic look at Cedar Point and its attractions through rare historical film footage in this entertaining and exciting collection of memories. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme could have done with being a bit longer and featuring all the coasters and major flat rides at the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CEDAR POINT: GET TO THE POINT.

VHS_GetToThePoint94[VHS: Cedar Fair L.P. – 1994 – 20 mins]. “A Video Tour of Cedar Point on Lake Erie: includes Raptor footage new for 1994! Get to the Point is an entertaining and exciting collection of memories to take home from Cedar Point, the Midwest’s finest amusement park.” Ride the Magnum XL-200 – the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world. Challenge the 161ft tall Mean Streak – the tallest wooden roller coaster on the planet. Fall prey to Raptor – the world’s biggest inverted roller coaster. Take a raft ride through 1,600ft of raging rapids and, enjoy a nostalgic look at Cedar Point and its attractions through rare historical film footage in this entertaining and exciting collection of memories. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme could have done with being a bit longer and featuring all the coasters and major flat rides at the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CEDAR POINT: MANTIS.

VHS_Mantis[VHS: Cedar Fair L.P. – 1995 – 4 mins]. How much can you stand? Cedar Point (Sandusky Ohio) is introducing its twelfth thrilling roller coaster in 1996. “Mantis is the world’s highest, fastest, steepest stand-up roller coaster. It’s 145 feet high, travels at 60 miles per hour, has a 52-degree drop, four upside-down turns and two first-ever features.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: This short promotional video shows a perspiring scientist who tells of his experiment – involving praying mantises – which has gone awry. Computer imagery shows ‘on-ride’ and ‘off-ride’ footage of the soon-to-debut Mantis roller coaster, as well as on-screen captions telling us additional facts about it. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CEDAR POINT MEMORIES.

VHS_CedarPointMemories[VHS: WBGU-TV – 1995 – 55 mins]. A nostalgic look at one of America’s most popular amusement parks. This presentation examines the 125-year history of Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) with interviews, photographs and rare film footage. The programme traces the development of the park from its beginnings as the Great Lakes’ pre-eminent bathing spot to its status as America’s largest ride park and the one with the greatest number of roller coasters. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An educational programme that held my attention for the duration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CEDAR POINT: RAPTOR RULES THE SKY.

VHS_RaptorRulesTheSky[VHS: Cedar Fair L.P. – 1994 – 15 mins]. Fall prey to the most incredible inverted roller coaster in the world! Dangle helplessly in Raptor’s fearsome grip as you swoop and soar through the air on the tallest, steepest and fastest inverted roller coaster. Watch the construction of this amazing ride through time-lapse photography and thrill to the disorientating experience of Raptor in your own home, any time of the year! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Exactly what you’d expect of a short promotional film. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CHIPPEWA LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK.

VHS_ChippewaLakePark[VHS: Ed Learner – 1992 – 60 mins]. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio) from the 1920s to the 1970s. The largest collection of movie film and photographic highlights ever assembled on Ohio’s Family Playground – Chippewa Lake Park. Compiled from over forty private collections of rare movie footage and memorabilia. Featuring on-board ride footage, actual Chippewa Lake Park promotional film, vintage ads, tickets, souvenirs, postcards, and over 300 photographs. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An engaging programme about a much-missed park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CIRCLE OF DREAMS.

VHS_CircleOfDreams[VHS: Visions Media – 1996 – 53 mins]. “Circle of Dreams – The Making of the Seabreeze Carousel: Since 1926 The Philadelphia Toboggan Company #36, (PTC 36) also known as the Seabreeze Carousel, has occupied a place in the hearts and minds of children of all ages who visit Seabreeze Amusement Park (Rochester, New York). In March of 1994, a tragic fire took the beloved carousel from this community. This is the story of the aftermath and the determination of the owners of Seabreeze Amusement Park to build a new carousel in the grand tradition of PTC 36. In this video documentary you will hear from members of the Seabreeze family – owners of the park, and you will watch as the carver, the painters, the craftsmen, and the builders create a new carousel and pavilion on the site of PTC 36. This video will give you a first-hand look at the time honoured practice of carousel operation, design and construction passed down through five generations of the Long family. Here you will watch first-hand as the beauty and craft of fine carousel making is revived and raised to its highest standard.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: An engaging programme detailing glorious triumph over crushing tragedy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

CLEVELAND’S EUCLID BEACH CAROUSEL – THE LONG JOURNEY HOME.

VHS_EuclidBeachParkCarousel[VHS: Kelleher-Russell-Young Productions – 1997 – 60 mins]. Built in 1909 by the PTC and designated simply “Carousel #19,” for two generations this carousel was the star attraction at Cleveland’s Euclid Beach park. When the park closed in 1969, it was sold and moved to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where it entertained yet another generation of children. When that park closed in 1997 many believed that it was also the end for PTC #19 and the 54 beautiful hand carved horses, seemed destined to be scattered to private collectors at auction. This is the true story of what happened next; the story of PTC #19, and its unforgettable 90-year journey home. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An intriguing story told well. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

COASTER & PARK FILMS FROM THE PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN COMPANY.

VHS_PTCCoasters[VHS: Tim Young Productions – 1920s~ – 45 mins]. From the archives of one of the most famous names in amusement park history comes this unique collection of exciting images. At various times from the 1920s through to the 1960s official cameramen from the PTC travelled about filming the rides at parks throughout the eastern United States. Filmed mostly at lesser known parks and locations, now through the generosity of “PhilTobCo,” for the first time these rare films have been made available to the public. See roller coasters, Carousels, Mill Chutes and many other PTC rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This one is for the dedicated PTC fanatic. It’s a worthwhile watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

COASTER CRAZY UK.

VHS_CoasterCrazy[VHS: Fabalus Films – 1999 – 50 mins]. Featuring the UK’s wildest roller coasters, digitally mastered in coaster vision with original soundtrack. Filmed from every conceivable angle, enjoy them all from the comfort of your living room. Features: Pepsi Max Big One; Grand National; Wild Mouse; Traumatizer; Oblivion; Nemesis; The Ultimate; Millennium Coaster; Shockwave; Megafobia. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Hosted by Andrew Hine, Chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain (RCCGB), and featuring some unique on-board coaster footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CONEY ISLAND.

VHS_ConeyBurns[VHS: PBS Home Video – 1991 – 60 mins]. An “Electric Eden” – “Fabulous beyond conceiving” – “Ineffably beautiful” – “Sodom by the sea.” To the millions who poured into the mesmerizing seaside amusement empire as the twentieth century dawned, Coney Island was all this and more. The birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster – and the most dazzling laboratory of mass culture the world has ever seen – Coney Island and its three extraordinary amusement parks: Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland, delighted visitors. This absorbing documentary film by Ric Burns chronicles the greatest amusement empire the world has ever seen, from its emergence in the mid 1800s through to its demise after World War II. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A wonderful and thoroughly researched trip back in time. This is the Coney Island story told and captured on film as never before. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CONEY ISLAND – VOLUME II.

VHS_ConeyIsland2[VHS: Encore Entertainment – 1936~ – 58 mins]. Coney Island films from 1936 to 1954 captured by filmmakers from a variety of viewpoints. [1] “Movietone Newsreel” segment (1939 / 1:33) with comedian Lew Lehr with the opening of the 1939 season. [2] “Chimp’s Jamboree” (1945 / 9:26) is a recutting of “Shorty at Coney Island” (1936). [3] “Nickel Heaven” (1939 / 8:54) is perhaps the most interesting film for Coney buffs, as it takes a look at the decay setting in and ponders the future, which has almost come true. [4] “Coney Island” (1938-9 / 9:32) was produced by Eugene Castle for the home movie market. [5] “Carnival” (1941 / 8:03) is a curiously named short made for schools, and at no time do they identify Coney as the locale. [6] “Coney Island USA” (1954 / 19:53) International Prize Winner – Venice Film Festival. The gaudy razzle-dazzle of the World’s Greatest Amusement Park entering her final glory years. (Volumes 1&2 are also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching the rides and attractions of yesterday. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CRAZY MOUSE SPINNING COASTER.

VHS_SpinningCoaster[VHS: Reverchon – 1997 – 3 mins]. A Reverchon promotional videotape showcasing their recent “Crazy Mouse” installation at Dinosaur Beach (Wildwood, New Jersey). This short programme shows off-ride footage of this spinning roller coaster in operation during the daytime and at night time, filmed from within the structure and from atop the lift hill. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I was hoping for on-screen captions disclosing facts about the roller coaster’s dimensions and other promotional snippets – alas there was none. Instead, we’re afforded three minutes of spinning cars and smiling riders accompanied by a musical soundtrack. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

CYCLONE: THE ULTIMATE ROLLER COASTER.

VHS_Cyclone[VHS: Hirschberg Productions / Video Treasures – 1986 – 31 mins]. Thrills and chills and only for the very brave! Sit down, put your arms around each other and HOLD TIGHT! You are about to ride the most famous roller coaster in the world – the Cyclone at Coney Island in Brooklyn, USA. Relive the exuberant feeling of pleasure that only comes when you’re scared to death! With vintage footage of Coney Island in the ‘Old Days’ and we even show you how the Cyclone is maintained. Come along for the speed, colour and excitement! Okay, here we go – ready – set – scream! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Front seat footage of the Cyclone shown over and over, plus an interesting historical segment. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CYPRESS GARDENS: GARDEN OF LIGHTS.

VHS_CypressGardens[VHS: Cypress Gardens, Inc. – 1997 – 8 mins]. Cypress Gardens (Winter Haven, Florida) is Florida’s First Theme Park – Est. 1936. Featuring, GARDEN OF LIGHTS: Keep on celebrating the holidays every day of the year as you revisit the spectacular Garden of Lights on video. Share with your friends the 200 glowing displays which fill the night with over 4 million lights. SPECIAL SHOWS: Singing Belles, new Variete Internationale acts, a laser light show and strolling carollers offer special holiday shows during this splendid festival. FAMILY FUN: Moms, dads and kids are all “delighted,” during their visit to the holiday light festival. Share with your entire family the great time you had while you were here. ANDY SHINE SAYS: No rides are featured here. It seems like an illuminating event, but only worthy of 8 minutes of footage it seems! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DIE LILIPUTBAHN IM PRATER.

VHS_DieLiliputbahnImPrater[VHS: R&R Videofilmproduktion – 1998 – 20 mins]. A video-production made to celebrate the 70th year of operation of the Liliputbahn miniature train, which takes eager visitors around the 4km course surrounding Prater Park (Vienna, Austria) and through an impressive woodland landscape, culminating in a most beautiful and memorable journey. We see various engines, both steam and diesel, which will appeal to small-gauge-railway enthusiasts and anyone who has paid the Prater a visit. As an add-on, the programme features the Donauparkbahn, which is a miniature railway situated a few miles from the Prater. (German narration throughout). ANDY SHINE SAYS: No coasters, no rides except a pleasant journey aboard the miniature train encircling Prater Park. One for small gauge train enthusiasts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DISNEYLAND PARIS.

VHS_DisneylandParis[VHS: Disney – 1996 – 15 mins]. Someone you know can’t wait to go to Disneyland Paris. See the Newport Bay Club, the Golf Course, Pocahontas, the Parade, Space Mountain, and share magical moments with your favourite costumed character. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A typically short promotional film, but with this being Disney, brace yourself for a liberal sprinkling of idealism and glitter! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DOLLYWOOD: A MEMORY WORTH REPEATING.

VHS_Dollywood[VHS: Rowland Productions, Inc. – 1996 – 55 mins]. Dolly Parton provides a special message that will start your Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) tour and introduce you to this one-of-a-kind entertainment park. Be dazzled and entertained by a variety of fabulous shows and music – from country and gospel to the music of the 1950s. Marvel at the incredible talents of master craftspeople as they create beauty from the simplest of materials! Enjoy the unique attractions and rides – from the majesty of the bald eagle at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary to the thrill of our coal-fired steam train. See special memorabilia and photos from Dolly’s life story chronicled at her “Rags to Riches” museum. It is 125 acres of exciting moments and memories, all showcased in the beautiful Smoky Mountain setting that Dolly still calls home. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Dollywood comes across as a uniquely charming and homely park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EFTELING: EEN WERELD VOL WONDEREN.

VHS_Efteling[VHS: Efteling – 1996 – 32 mins]. Welcome to Efteling! This park-promotion video takes you on a tour of the park: The gardens and Fairy Tale Forest; Haunted Castle; Swinging Galleon; Vogel Rok and the Rapids. See Pegasus, the park’s wooden coaster and Python the steelie. See inside Villa Volta, the sensational haunted swing! Also features the history of Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) through vintage footage from 1952 to the present. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A worthwhile piece, with some great shots of the rides in motion. The park is covered well. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUCLID BEACH PARK IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

VHS_Euclid1ClosedForSeason[VHS: Kelleher, Young & Associates – 1991 – 60 mins]. (1 of 3) Euclid Beach – Cleveland Ohio – 1895 to 1969, America’s Greatest Amusement Park! Step aboard the “Bug” the “Flying Scooters” the “Racing Coasters” and the “Flying Turns.” Looking back it seems like yesterday. This video-presentation is guaranteed to re-ignite those jaded memories of a park long gone. (Also available on DVD with a bonus programme). ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of my favourite programmes. An absorbing documentary featuring some wonderful rare footage of the park and its rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH II – GONE TOO SOON.

VHS_Euclid2GoneTooSoon[VHS: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1993 – 62 mins]. (2 of 3) Just mention Euclid Beach Park and you immediately conjure up memories of the Thriller, The Flying Turns and the Racing Coasters. Come back with us again to the glorious 1950s and 1960s when you were young and ‘The Beach’ was the place to be. (Also available on DVD with a bonus programme). ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of my favourite programmes. An absorbing documentary featuring some wonderful rare footage of the park and its rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH III – FOOTSTEPS INTO YESTERDAY.

VHS_Euclid3FootstepsIntoYesterday[VHS: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1995 – 52 mins]. (3 of 3) Opened in 1895, Euclid Beach Park would delight hundreds of thousands of people from northeastern Ohio over the next 74 years of its life. Hop aboard the Thriller, the Flying Turns, the Racing Coaster with its triple down! And take a spin on the Racing Derby. Including interviews with patrons and former park employees, sit back and enjoy the delight of Euclid Beach Park. (Also available on DVD with a bonus programme). ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of my favourite programmes. An absorbing documentary featuring some wonderful rare footage of the park and its rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUROPA-PARK.

VHS_Europa-Park[VHS: Powerstation / Klemens Werner – 2002 – 30 mins]. A park-promotional videocassette -with German narration- featuring the rides, shows and attractions of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany). An educational resource for anyone planning a trip, and just as good at rekindling fond memories of previous visits to this most wonderful theme park. (Also available on DVD with 100 minutes of bonus material). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Europa-Park has yet to produce a poor programme. This film details rides and attractions to be found there. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPEAN COASTER THRILLS.

VHS_EuropeanCoasterThrills[VHS: ECV Project – 2002 – 73 mins]. Features 12 European roller coasters: Colossos (Heide Park); Superman – The Ride (Six Flags Holland); Wild Wild West (Warner Bros. Movie World); Eurostar (German Fair); Colorado Adventure (Phantasialand); Weerwolf/Loup Garou (Six Flags Belgium); Tonnerre De Zeus (Parc Astérix); G’sengte Sau (Tripsdrill); Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park); Poseidon (Europa-Park); Blue Tornado (Gardaland); Katun (Mirabilandia). Also available on DVD with extra footage! ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of the best coaster / park films I have seen, featuring some breathtaking footage accompanied with interesting and informative narration. This VHS held my attention for the full duration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

EXTREME MACHINES: EXTREME RIDES.

VHS_ExtremeMachines[VHS: The Learning Channel – 2000 – 51 mins]. Follow a group of thrill-seekers as they experience various thrilling activities. Take a ride aboard Top Gun, the inverted roller coaster. Scream aboard Stealth and race along the tracks of Millennium Force. Other than roller coaster riding, we follow the group as they try power boats, ejection seat rides, sky coasters and virtual reality simulators that are guaranteed to turn your world, and stomach, upside-down! ANDY SHINE SAYS: The coaster segment is too short, and the programme goes off the boil frequently. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

EXTREME RIDES.

VHS_ExtremeRides[VHS: Pioneer Productions / The Learning Channel – 1996 – 52 mins]. Experience The Gut-Wrenching Insanity of Extreme Rides! Confront thrill rides based on over-the-top pursuits such as skydiving, bungee-jumping, white water rafting and drag strip racing. Launch yourself on rides you thought could only exist in your imagination! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This could have done with a longer, more in-depth segment on coasters. Not really to my liking. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FANTASY ISLAND.

VHS_FantasyIsland[VHS: Blue Anchor Leisure Limited – 1997 – 10 mins]. Imagine a lost Island Paradise deep in the Bermuda Triangle. Imagine the world of the award winning Fantasy Island. Situated beneath the giant pyramid, the thrills and excitement of a Theme Park stand hand in hand with leisure and shopping facilities at Britain’s first themed indoor family resort (Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire). ANDY SHINE SAYS: During this promotional film a number of rides and attractions are shown, including: Superbowl ride, dodgems, indoor flume ride, carousel, Top Spin, mine-train roller coaster and the Eli Bridge Scrambler ride. The shops and catering establishments are covered too, including a stage show. The programme takes a moment to discuss the outdoor marketplace before showing Fantasy Island at night with illuminated rides and guests enjoying the facilities, eating and playing games in the arcade. During the closing minutes a few facts about two exciting attractions coming to Fantasy Island in 1998 and 1999 are disclosed, with computer-generated previews of both. In 1998 we are to expect “Eruption” (a tower ride), and in 1999 the “Millennium Coaster” will debut. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

FLAMINGO LAND.

VHS_FlamingoLand[VHS: Wizard Home Productions – 1991 – 42 mins]. Featuring all the rides, slides and shows, the animals, the holiday village and the evening entertainment at Flamingo Land (Malton, England). See the sea lion show and the parrot show before travelling on the Crazy Water Creek boat ride; The Cable Cars; The White Knuckle Railway and the Log Flume. See the Bullet, Corkscrew, and Crazy Loop roller coasters and more in this nostalgic film. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A look at the zoo and all your favourite rides. Easy viewing. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FONTAINE FERRY PARK: A TIME OF INNOCENCE.

VHS_FontaineInnocence[VHS: Tim Young Productions – 1992 – 58 mins]. Remember bouncing and sliding through Hilarity Hall? Hands-up thrills aboard the Comet? Dancing under the stars at Gypsy Village? Relive all those wonderful, carefree days at Louisville’s (Kentucky) 1905-1969 mainstay amusement park. This presentation combines the park’s fascinating history with sights, sounds and memories gleaned from all generations – “Fountain” Ferry’s “one big, happy family” of patrons. Return to a simpler era, to endless summers filled with laughter and friends. To perhaps something misplaced… a time of innocence. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A nostalgic look back, witness the rides and attractions of this long-lost and much missed amusement park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FREIZEITPARK SLAGHAREN.

VHS_Slagharen[VHS: MM–TV – 2000 – 25 mins]. A park promotional film showcasing the many rides and attractions, shows and accommodation at Ponypark Slagharen (Netherlands). Also features the rides and attractions at OK Corral (Cuges-les-Pins, France) and Ferienpark Collendoorn (Netherlands). Chapter Points: Freizeitpark Slagharen; Wig-Wam-Welt Slagharen; Caravan City Slagharen; Ferienpark Collendoorn; OK Corral. (Narration is in German). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting film showing the delights of Ponypark Slagharen and OK Corral. Their main rides and attractions are shown, including their roller coasters. Emphasis is placed on the Wild West shoot-out shows and abundant accommodation, including plenty of images of tulips, windmills and close-up shots of the French landscape! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

GARDALAND.

VHS_Gardaland[VHS: Gardaland – 2004 – 30 mins]. Le piu’ belle immagini di Gardaland. A park-promotional videocassette featuring the rides, shows, attractions and themed events at this Italian amusement park. Take a ride aboard the Rapids, Magic Mountain coaster and experience the Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster – Blue Tornado. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is your average park promotional programme. It was interesting to watch, but I probably won’t view it again for quite some time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

GO FOR A RIDE.

VHS_GoForARide[VHS: American Twist / Gofar Productions Inc. – 1988 – 30 mins]. Travel on a fantastic journey across the country as you discover the magic and excitement of America’s 10 greatest roller coasters. [Colossus, Vortex, Shockwave, XLR-8, Texas Cyclone, Racer, Big Bad Wolf, Loch Ness Monster, Twister, Revolution… and more!]. “Go For A Ride” introduces a unique camera system which puts you in the front seat for all the loops, twists, spins and turns imaginable. Experience the colossal drops from an 11-storey wooden legend. Relive the curves of a futuristic steel screamer. Dangle from a suspended coaster moving 50 feet per second. Now you can take home America’s favourite roller coasters and ride them over and over again. Filmed entirely on location at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California), AstroWorld (Houston, Texas), Elitch Gardens (Denver, Colorado), Kings Island (Kings Mills, Ohio), and Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Virginia). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This videocassette is also listed on the RCML as “Roller Coaster Thrills.” It’s cringing and corny – not riding roller coasters, but imagining them! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

GREAT OLD AMUSEMENT PARKS.

VHS_GreatOldAmusementParks[VHS: PBS Home Video – 1999 – 60 mins]. In this delightful documentary you get to visit some of America’s most charming parks, from Lake Compounce in Connecticut to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. A celebration of places like Whalom Park in Massachusetts and Oaks Park in Oregon, Pennsylvania’s idyllic Idlewild and Ohio’s spectacular Cedar Point. It’s a fun trip from Lakeside to Lakemont, a perfect summertime escape, an unabashedly affectionate look at some great old amusement parks. And, of course, there are coasters, including the Thunderbolt at Kennywood, the Cyclone at Astroland, the Raven at Holiday World, and San Diego’s Giant Dipper! (Also available on DVD with lots of exciting extras!). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I became totally engrossed in this wonderful programme. It is sure to appeal to all those with nostalgic inclinations, and to general amusement park and coaster enthusiasts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

GREETINGS FROM BERTRAND ISLAND.

VHS_BertrandIsland[VHS: Hirschberg Productions, Inc. – 2000 – 47 mins]. For more than 70 years, an amusement park in the hills of north-western New Jersey provided summertime fun for the young and the young at heart. The roar of the roller coaster, the magic of the carousel, the smell of popcorn in the air, and the sense that adventure was only as far away as the next ticket booth… for countless thousands, the place that had all this and more was Bertrand Island Amusement Park, on Lake Hopatcong. (Also available on DVD with extra features and footage). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A great documentary film. I watched this a few times with growing fondness. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GREETINGS FROM CONEY ISLAND CINCINNATI.

VHS_ConeyIslandCincinnati[VHS: Tim Young Productions – 1993 – 60 mins]. Remember when… the summer air was filled with the rattle and roar of the Shooting Star and the Wildcat? Getting splashed in the Lost River? From its humble beginnings as a wooded picnic grove more than a century ago through its glorious heyday, demise and marvellous rebirth, Cincinnati’s Coney Island has captured the hearts of generations. Here is its story, a story of summers filled with innocence, laughter, and joy. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting documentary that I would happily watch again. Features some good ride footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GREETINGS FROM… CONNEAUT LAKE PARK – AN EXPOSITION OF FUN!

VHS_ConneautLakePark[VHS: Michael Costello & Matthew Antonini – 2002 – 45 mins]. If you’ve ever been to this quaintly familiar amusement resort, tucked deep in the hills of western Pennsylvania, you know that it’s a place like no other. This delightful documentary captures the Conneaut Lake Park experience and, at the same time, spark a few old memories. This programme was completed by Michael Costello and Matthew Antonini for their senior project. Mike and Matt attended Riverside High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. This programme is donated to the historic preservation of one of America’s most beloved amusement parks – Conneaut Lake Park. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This documentary film details the turbulent history of the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HEIDE PARK.

VHS_HeidePark[VHS: Heide Park – 1999 – 40 mins]. A park promotional presentation featuring the rides and attractions of Heide Park (Soltau, Germany). An educational resource for anyone planning a trip to this beautiful location and just as good at re-kindling memories of visits past. German narration throughout. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Just the sort of thing you would expect from a park promotional videocassette! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HERE COMES A ROLLER COASTER.

VHS_HereComesARollerCoaster[VHS: WarnerVision Entertainment, Inc. – 1995 – 30 mins]. This presentation serves as a primary introduction to the roller coasters of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Children (3-8 Years) and their parents are afforded a look at Colossus; Revolution; Flashback; Viper; Psyclone; Ninja; Batman and others in action. It’s non-stop family fun as Dave and his son Taylor travel around the theme park sampling some of the best. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This rather corny programme is for children and their parents to watch together. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

HERSHEYPARK: SWEET MEMORIES.

VHS_HersheyparkSweetMemories[VHS: WITF, Inc. – 1997 – 56 mins]. Climb aboard the old electric miniature train. Take a dip in the largest pool in Pennsylvania. Then dance the night away at the Starlight Ballroom. Here’s your ticket to the memories and magic of Hersheypark, a small picnic grove that grew into a world-famous attraction in the shadow of Milton Hershey’s chocolate factory. Hersheypark Sweet Memories is a vintage tour of the park, beginning with its opening in 1907 and told through archival film footage, historic photographs, home movies and first-hand accounts of those charmed by the carousel’s painted ponies and thrilled by the roller coasters’ wooden dips and climbs. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Everything you wanted to know about Hersheypark is documented here. An educational resource that I enjoyed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

I REMEMBER CRYSTAL BEACH.

VHS_IRememberCrystalBeach[VHS: WEX Studio – 1998 – 66 mins]. Twelve years in the making, “I Remember Crystal Beach” is your ticket to delicious thrills and fond memories. The Comet, Giant Coaster, Laff in the Dark, Magic Palace, Hall’s Suckers, and the Crystal Beach Ballroom are all here waiting for you! Seen through the eyes of a filmmaker and park enthusiast, this film depicts the yearly cycle of Crystal Beach Amusement Park. Experience the park covered in snow, spring preparations, a day in the park, night time, and the park’s final closing after 101 years of thrilling its guests. Historical events include renewed boat service from Buffalo, the reopening of the Dance Hall, a backwards Comet coaster, and most sadly, Crystal Beach’s final destruction. Filmed year round from 1981 through 1991, filmmaker Tim Wagner captured the last decade of Crystal Beach Park on film. Two years were spent editing this priceless footage. The end result is the most comprehensive film of the park in operation. More than a documentary, this film captures the heart and soul of a very special place. It will bring a smile to your face, laughter to your heart, and tears to your eyes. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this enormously. It’s always a shame to see amusement parks meet with the wrecking ball, especially after surviving for so long. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

IDORA PARK.

VHS_IdoraPark[VHS: Ed Learner – 1991 – 72 mins]. Hold on with both hands and enjoy the sights of Idora Park. At last, the largest collection of movie film and photographic highlights ever assembled on “Youngstown’s Million Dollar Playground!” Compiled from over fifty private collections. Also includes slides, postcards, vintage ads, souvenirs, tickets, memorabilia, and on-board film footage. The film traces the changes and development of Idora Park over the years from its opening as “Terminal Park” in 1899 to its final days in 1984. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some nice footage aboard the coasters, although there’s very little narration, which is a shame. Idora visitors will find this programme of interest and with a high nostalgia factor. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

JUST FOR FUN: AMUSEMENT PARKS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

VHS_JustForFunUK[VHS: Encore Entertainment, Inc. – 1997 – 74 mins]. A home-video / camcorder-quality diary of NAPHA’s 1996 tour of UK Amusement Parks. Features: Big Dipper (Blackpool); Antelope (Gulliver’s); Roller Coaster (Blackpool); Texas Cyclone (Morecambe); Nemesis (Alton Towers); Grand National (Blackpool); Pepsi Max Big One (Blackpool), and Megafobia (Oakwood). Plus: Funhouses; Tyrolean Tubs; Steeplechase; River Caves; Waltzer; Helter Skelter; Noah’s Ark; Circle Swing, and more! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is full of shaky footage; however, the content is fairly interesting. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

KENNYWOOD MEMORIES.

VHS_KennywoodMemories[VHS: WQED13 – 1990 – 60 mins]. Makes for compulsive viewing, thoroughly entertaining and educational. Whooooosh! It’s roller coasters! French fries! And lots of good times! It’s a high-flying, double-dipped, screeching, squealing, scream-your-eyes-out documentary about one of America’s greatest amusement parks, Kennywood! Also available on DVD with many extras! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Produced and narrated by Rick Sebak, it’s an entertaining and thoroughly absorbing documentary film. Amusement fans will love this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM: OFFICIAL VIDEO TOUR.

VHS_KnottsBerryFarm[VHS: Knott’s Berry Farm / Finley-Holiday Films – 1989 – 40 mins]. “This enjoyable video captures the adventure, the charm and the excitement that has made Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, California) world famous. There is no better way to re-live your Knott’s experience and to share it with family and friends. In 1920, Walter and Cordelia Knott started a little berry stand. In this programme, learn the fascinating story of how Knott’s captured the appeal of the Old West and grew into one of the most successful theme parks in America. At Knott’s, there is an adventure for everyone: Enjoy the nostalgia of the Old West with a ride on a real steam locomotive, come face to face with prehistoric beasts in Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, or experience the high energy excitement of Knott’s thrill rides. And if you want to experience Knott’s biggest splash, try a ride on Bigfoot. Don’t miss it!” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Starting with a historical segment, I enjoyed this humorous whistle-stop tour of the park’s many attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

LAUGH YOUR TROUBLES AWAY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF RIVERVIEW PARK.

VHS_RiverviewLaughYourTroublesAway[VHS: Sharpshooter Productions, Inc. – 1994 – 35 mins]. A product of years of research by Derek Gee and the personal experiences of Ralph Lopez, who worked at the park for 11 years, make this the most comprehensive and factual history of Riverview available today. It traces the development of the park as seen through postcards, vintage ads, photographs taken by the park and motion pictures. (Also available on DVD containing much bonus footage and extras). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A most interesting and captivating film sure to appeal to all amusement park enthusiasts. Well presented and featuring rare footage of the park and its rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

LIFE WAS A LARK AT WILLOW GROVE PARK.

VHS_WillowGrovePark[VHS: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 50 mins]. Willow Grove Park (Philadelphia) was perhaps the grandest and most elegant of all the trolley-company-inspired amusement parks in the US. A venture by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Willow Grove opened on Memorial Day in 1896. Thrill-seekers flocked to such attractions as the ‘Mountain Scenic Railway’ or the ‘Captive Flying Machine.’ Throughout the years, Willow Grove continued to grow. In the late 1950s, following the establishment of Disneyland (1955), urban amusement parks began to die. The nation’s taste in recreation was changing too rapidly for parks like Willow Grove to survive. After a brief life as “Six Gun Territory” theme park, Willow Grove eventually ceased operations at the end of the 1975 season. (Also available on DVD including two bonus programmes). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I could watch this over and over. A glimpse at a park lost to the wrecking ball. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

LINCOLN PARK REMEMBERED.

VHS_LincolnParkRemembered[VHS: Spinner Publications – 1999 – 45 mins]. In its 93-year lifespan, Lincoln Park (North Dartmouth, Massachusetts) was so much more than an amusement park. The film opens in 1920, as we board the coaster, carousel, swings and roundabouts. In 1950 we are afforded a tour through the park – from the walkway to the Fun House and the Penny Arcade. Footage from 1954 takes us on boat rides and airplanes, through concessions and games, and finally a heart-stopping ride on the coaster. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A wonderful piece that captures the fun and excitement of this popular park. This held my attention from start to finish. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MIRABILANDIA.

VHS_Mirabilandia[VHS: 1997 – 10 mins]. In this park promotional film, you’ll discover all the diverse attractions of Mirabilandia (Ravenna, Italy) and witness the most incredible atmosphere of colour, lights, fun, and lots and lots of energy! Here at Mirabilandia, the surprise and excitement never ends. This magnificent theme park is located two steps from the sea and light years from worry. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A great park is worthy of more than 10 minutes! Pfft! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

MOONLIGHT MEMORIES OF MEYERS LAKE PARK.

VHS_MeyersLakeMoonlightMemories[VHS: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1992 – 48 mins]. Just the mention of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio) brings a tear to the eye and wonderful memories of the Comet, the Rocket Ride, the Carousel and dancing under the stars at the Moonlight Gardens. Come back with us again to the glorious 1950s and 1960s when you were young and Meyer’s Lake Park was the place to be. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An enjoyable, well put together programme that held my attention throughout. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

MORE BOBLO MEMORIES.

VHS_MoreBobloMemories[VHS: Lawicki Productions, Inc. – 1995 – 42 mins]. “Cruising down the river, dancing ’til your feet got numb. Ah… Boblo Memories.” Return to the carefree days of summer and the unique pastime of taking a steamboat ride down the Detroit River to the island amusement park. Though the island park and the steamboat rides have become another part of the Great Lakes area history, this is your ticket to revisit that special place and time. Chapter Points: Boblo Memories; Let’s Twist Again; History; More Memories; 1991; 1992; Farewell. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Boblo Island (Amherstburg, Ontario) operated from 1898 until 1993. Here we see various shows, shops, games of skill, and Boblo Bear! Roller coasters: Sky Streek, Screamer, Little Dipper and Galaxie. Other rides: Falling Star, Carousel, Log Flume, Antique Cars, Pirate Ship, Sky Tower, Fort Fun (children’s rides), etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

MOUNTAIN PARK MEMORIES.

VHS_MountainParkMemories[VHS: WGBY – 2002 – 35 mins]. Come along for the ride of a lifetime! Celebrating one of America’s grand old amusement parks. Mountain Park in Holyoke, Massachusetts closed in 1987 after almost 100 years of operation. But the thrills, romance and excitement live on. Old film footage, archival photos and Mountain Park memorabilia are part of the nostalgia, along with the reminiscences of park employees and regulars. From the Sky Ride and the Fun House to the Casino and the Ballroom, the memories are so vivid you can almost smell the popcorn on the midway! (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is one of my favourite short films. Some have criticised the time spent discussing the many Mountain Park theatre productions; however, I think the balance between this and the rides on the midway is about right. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

NEMESIS.

VHS_Nemesis[VHS: Alton Towers Films – 1993 – 10 mins]. “Nobody Knows Where It Came From… Or What It Wants… But It Must Be Controlled… Before It’s Too Late!” Features imagineer John Wardley who is on-site during Nemesis’ construction and who provides a brief insight into what is to come in 1994. Includes an interesting piece reporting on ‘The Marketing of Nemesis’ as well as a featurette concerning the promotion and marketing of Alton Towers’ Toyland Tours. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A short film detailing the legend behind Alton Towers’ (Staffordshire, England) 1994 roller coaster sensation, Nemesis. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

NOVA: ROLLER COASTER.

VHS_NovaRollerCoaster[VHS: WGBH Educational Foundation – 1993 – 56 mins]. We begin by exploring roller coasters and the physics behind how they work. Later we are taken on a behind the scenes tour of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Universal Studios’ Earthquake ride; Backdraft and Back to the Future immersive ride experiences. We’re also afforded a sneak peek at Virtual Reality simulations and are guided through these scenes by the people who design, build and operate these systems of entertainment. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features plenty of interesting ride footage, but spends too long on Virtual Reality systems. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK: A CENTURY OF FOND MEMORIES.

VHS_PalisadesPark[VHS: Davids Productions – 1998 – 90 mins]. A thrilling ride into the heart of a classic American amusement park. Chronicling the people and events that made this New Jersey park one of the country’s most popular amusement resorts. Palisades captures the passion of the people who visited its midways and evokes the time and spirit that were the hallmarks of a carefree innocence. Features interviews with park personnel, historians and celebrities, including: Freddy Cannon, Soupy Sales, Sonny Fox, Buddy Hackett, John Sebastian, Bruce Morrow, and Walter Cronkite. After the final credits have rolled, we get to see several vintage newsreels of the park and its attractions. (Also available on DVD with many exciting extras!). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Fresh, educational and entertaining. There’s plenty of nostalgic film footage, including first-hand reports from people who worked at, and visited the park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

PARC ASTÉRIX.

VHS_ParcAsterix[VHS: VIC Productions – 1997 – 10 mins]. Fun-packed excitement for young and old alike at Parc Astérix (Plailly, France). There are seven adventure areas spread over 20 acres of undiluted fun. THRILLS: A myriad of attractions guaranteed to take your breath away and keep you smiling. EMOTION: Thoroughly captivating shows and entertainment with magnificent scenery. DISCOVER: A journey through 20 centuries of civilisation. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A typically short promotional film. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

PEOPLE NEAR HERE: COMET PEOPLE.

VHS_CometPeople[VHS: Mountain Lake PBS – 1994 – 27 mins]. A documentary about the Crystal Beach Comet. Observe coaster enthusiasts as they work together to raise awareness of this endangered Herbert Schmeck creation. Follow this wooden coaster, from the very last circuit at Crystal Beach to the first successful test run, on 03 June 1994, at The Great Escape Park. This videocassette also contains vintage footage of the Crystal Beach Cyclone – probably the roughest, toughest coaster of all time – and Steeplechase Park at Coney Island, New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features plenty of old footage that will hold your attention for the duration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

PHANTASIALAND: FESTIVAL DER LICHTER.

VHS_Phantasialand_Lichter[VHS: Phantasialand – 2002 – 30 mins]. You won’t believe what fun and thrills await you at Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany). This park promotional videocassette features the illuminations and parades of this most beautiful theme park. “See how Phantasialand magically transforms into a gleaming sea of light. Phantasialand stages the “Festival of Light” annually. After sunset all attractions are spectacularly illuminated with millions of shimmering lanterns. Dip into the romantic atmosphere of lights, music, magic and charm… Phantasialand leads you along a journey through time and space!” ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of the better park promotional films. I enjoyed this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PHANTASIALAND: SHOWTIME.

VHS_PhantasialandShowtime[VHS: Phantasialand – 2002 – 30 mins]. You won’t believe what fun and thrills await you at Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany). This park promotional videocassette features the various stage and ice shows of this most beautiful theme park. “One day in Phantasialand is never enough. With this videocassette you can immerse yourself again in Phantasialand’s warm, inviting atmosphere and relive fond memories of the fun and joy you experienced. See once more our wonderful theatrical performances: Wintergarten-Show “L’Ar(c)tistique,” the Ice Review “Cold Rhythm,” the “Wild West Stunt Show” and more… Phantasialand leads you along a journey through time and space!” ANDY SHINE SAYS: A park promotional film of respectable duration! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PHANTASIALAND: WER NICHT DA WAR, GLAUBT ES NICHT!

VHS_PhantasialandGlaubtEsNicht[VHS: Phantasialand – 2002 – 30 mins]. You won’t believe what fun and thrills await you at Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany). This park promotional videocassette features the many rides of this most beautiful theme park. “One day in Phantasialand – far from everyday life, purely in the pleasure – experience our six fantastic worlds full of fun, action and romance. It’s a shame that a day at Phantasialand passes so quickly. With this videocassette you can immerse yourself again in Phantasialand’s warm, inviting atmosphere and relive fond memories of the fun and joy you experienced. View the breath-taking rides, attractions, magic and charm. Phantasialand leads you along a journey through time and space!” ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of the better park promotional films. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

PHYSICS OF FUN.

VHS_PhysicsOfFun[VHS: Classroom Video – 1998 – 23 mins]. A classroom resource for GCSE (Grades 11 – 12) students: Topics include, Changing potential energy to kinetic energy, and back: Pirate Ship, Roller Coaster loop, Water Slide. Work = Force X Distance. Vectors. Components of motion: Free Fall tower. Horizontal rides: Carousel, Roller coaster track banking. Vertical rides, angular momentum and moment of inertia. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Just as the title says: An educational resource for use in the classroom. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for children.

PLEASURELAND TRAUMATIZER CONSTRUCTION VIDEO.

VHS_TraumatizerConstruction[VHS: One-Box Productions – 1999 – 10 mins]. This film was commissioned by Pleasureland Southport (England, UK) to document the construction of their Traumatizer (Vekoma – Suspended Looping Coaster). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was never intended for commercial release. The film was purchased direct from Pleasureland Southport’s senior management in 2003. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.

REDISCOVER IDORA PARK.

VHS_RediscoverIdoraPark[VHS: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 36 mins]. An affectionate look back at a park long gone. Ride once more on the Wild Cat coaster, the Water Chute, the Rocket Ships and a whole host of other rides and attractions. With informative commentary throughout, you’ll be thrilled to the delights of Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Thoroughly researched and entertaining. There’s some wonderful coaster footage, and you really do feel for the park and the terrible twist of fate that destroyed the magic. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

REDISCOVER THE EXCITEMENT: WEST VIEW PARK.

VHS_WestViewPark[VHS: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 47 mins]. In 1905, T.M. Harton and Fred Henninger leased 18.5 acres of swamp-land on the Belle Vue trolley loop to build West View Amusement Park. For 71 years West View provided generations of Pittsburghers with fond memories of family and school picnics, ‘Danceland’ evenings and who could forget the laughter and screams from the amusement rides? See once more the Dips; the midway Carousel; the Racing Whippet; Kiddieland; Talkie Temple and the Haunted House. West View Park’s decline and demise was due to lost patronage and increasing pressure of real estate value over entertainment value. Only the photographs and memories now remain. This historical film recaptures the life and times of this Pittsburgh institution. Return with us once more to rediscover the excitement. (Also available on DVD including two bonus programmes). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A thoroughly researched informative programme about a park long gone. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REFLECTIONS OF YESTERDAY: MEYERS LAKE PARK REMEMBERED.

VHS_MeyersLakeReflectionsOfYesterday[VHS: Kelleher, Young & Associates – 1991 – 45 mins]. This film traces the history of Meyers Lake Park (Canton, Ohio) from its founding in 1879 until its tragic demise in 1974. All of the great rides, like the Bug, the Comet roller coaster, the Rocket ride and the Carousel come alive again as we follow the history of the park from the construction of the Lake Park Hotel through the Sinclair family’s acquisition in 1926. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A well researched informative programme about a park long gone. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REMEMBER WHEN: NAT PARK.

VHS_RememberWhenNatPark[VHS: KSPS Public Television – 1996 – 58 mins]. Remember… Natatorium Park (Spokane, Washington). Times seemed simpler then; there were rides, dances and amusements. It was a place where families and friends played, strolled and picnicked. Nat Park was an idyllic place: from the dance halls to the Midway, with bumper cars and carousel, miniature train and trolleys, where “The Jack Rabbit” and “The Hammer” reigned. From 1889 to 1968, Natatorium Park was a “Spokane” place to be, where fondest memories for many generations were born. Use your television as a time machine and Remember When: Nat Park. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme tells the story of Nat Park very well, with interviews and plenty of park and rides footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

REVERE BEACH: THE CHANGING TIDE.

VHS_RevereBeachChangingTide[VHS: Sunrise Productions – 1995 – 57 mins]. 100 years ago an architect, named Charles Eliot, redesigned three miles of crescent coastline on his way to creating America’s first public beach. The beach became popular not only for its beauty but for the magnitude of its amusement capacity. Wonderland Park with The Cyclone roller coaster and The Virginia Reel were only a few of the attractions that brought millions to this unique metropolitan playground. See the beach in its glory days and share with historians, the pioneers and residents, a forgotten piece of history. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Perhaps I was expecting too much from this programme. I wanted more time spent at the amusement park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

RIDE THE MOVIES – BEHIND THE SCENES.

VHS_RideTheMovies[VHS: Universal Studios – 2001 – 25 mins]. Universal Studios Hollywood is the world’s largest movie studio and theme park, and this programme goes behind the scenes of the Studio Tour, and shows where your favourite movies were made. The documentary then gives an insider’s look at the amazing rides and attractions such as: Terminator 2-3D, Jaws, Waterworld, Psycho, Back to the Future, and more. Don’t just watch the movies – Ride The Movies! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme should have concentrated only on the rides; it would have been much more interesting. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

RIVERVIEW & 1933 WORLD’S FAIR.

VHS_ChicagoWorldsFair-Riverview[VHS: Window To The World Network / Chicago Stories – 2000 – 53 mins]. RIVERVIEW= “Riverview was billed as the world’s largest amusement park. Located in the heart of Chicago at Belmont and Western, it remained a summertime favourite from 1904 to 1967. Always thrilling, and occasionally frightening, Riverview made a deep impression on several generations of Chicagoans. Years later, mention of the park’s name still conjures up vivid memories. Using home movies and interviews with the people who worked and played at Riverview Park, we look back on a place that’s gone… but not forgotten.” A BREAK IN THE CLOUDS – CHICAGO’S 1933 WORLD’S FAIR= “In the early 1930s the United States was living through The Great Depression. Yet, in the middle of all the misery, Chicago had the audacity to throw a party on the lakefront – a World’s Fair celebrating the city’s 100th birthday. Here’s a look at an event that endures as one of Chicago’s shining moments – a fair that awed visitors with its beautiful buildings, amused them with its fun and games, and amazed them with its vision of the future.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Featuring many rides and attractions, I enjoyed this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

RIVERVIEW: KINGDOM OF MAGIC.

VHS_RiverviewKingdomOfMagic[VHS: Kelleher, Russell, & Young – 1991 – 37 mins]. For 64 years on 72 acres of land stood a magical place known to all Chicagoans as Riverview Park. In this exciting film all of the great rides and good times live again, see the Fireball roller coaster, The Flying Turns, the Chute the Chutes and many more. Through colour footage you can take that front seat aboard The Bobs again and again. Filmed at Riverview between 1956 and 1967 by Clarence Hintze and George Berbert, this film captures forever most of the great rides. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most entertaining and enlightening. It is easy to become absorbed into this programme as if you were really there; or were you? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTER THRILLS.

VHS_GoForARide[VHS: Gofar Productions Inc. – 1988 – 30 mins]. Take a front seat on some of the fastest, most daring roller coasters in the United States. Travel to Magic Mountain (Valencia, California) to brave the famous “Colossus,” the largest wooden roller coaster in the country, or “Shock Wave,” a twisting excursion that you’ll experience standing up. Journey to AstroWorld (Houston, Texas) to fly on “The Accelerator,” [“XLR-8”] a one-of-a-kind suspended roller coaster. Also at AstroWorld is the “Texas Cyclone,” a devilish wooden coaster sporting a 92 foot drop. Zoom along “Vortex” at Kings Island (Kings Mills, Ohio) as you’re turned upside down six times! And ride the “Racer,” the first twin-track coaster to travel backwards. Come face-to-face with the suspended coaster, “The Big Bad Wolf” at Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Virginia) and the 13 storey “Loch Ness Monster.” Ride the “Twister” at Elitch Gardens (Denver, Colorado), a first-rate all-time chiller full of turns and tunnels. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This videocassette is also listed on the RCML as “Go For A Ride.” It’s cringing and corny – not riding roller coasters, but imagining them! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

ROLLER COASTERS: THE SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE THRILL RIDE!

VHS_ModernMarvelsRollerCoasters[VHS: The History Channel – 1997 – 50 mins]. Part of the “Modern Marvels” series. Examining one of America’s favourite pastimes – riding roller coasters. Reaching its zenith in the 20th Century, the roller coaster is the thrill-seeking embodiment of the Industrial Revolution and technology. As roller coaster engineers and designers search for new heights twists and turns to build, American thrill-seekers eagerly wait on line to experience the fastest, scariest and most exciting coasters. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: The history of the roller coaster on one VHS. An interesting, factual programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLERCOASTER.

VHS_Rollercoaster1977[VHS: Universal City Studios – 1977 – 119 mins]. Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn about a determined terrorist (Timothy Bottoms) who is turning America’s amusement parks into battlefields. The tension is really mounting for the easy-going safety inspector (George Segal) who must get into the mind of a sociopathic saboteur to beat him at his own deadly game. As time begins running out, the terrorist plans a horrifying finale: He has targeted the country’s most popular rollercoaster and its riders for a white-knuckle ride into real terror and destruction. Co-starring screen legends Richard Widmark, and Henry Fonda, Rollercoaster will take you on an unforgettable trip filled with edge-of-the-seat twists and nerve-shattering turns. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Filmed on location at Ocean View Park, Kings Dominion and Magic Mountain, and featuring footage of the rides and coasters, including: Rocket, Rebel Yell and The Great American Revolution. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROSELAND AMUSEMENT PARK: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

VHS_RoselandPark[VHS: Bare Hill Software Co. – 2001]. A slideshow / collection of stills & informative on-screen captions geared towards educating the viewer about the history of this long-gone amusement park (Canandaigua, New York). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this informative slideshow, but I don’t think I’ll be watching it again anytime soon. There is at least one dedicated book about Roseland Amusement Park in the Roller Coaster Media Library (use the “Search” function to find it!) which serves as a more detailed and informative resource. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SAVIN ROCK: A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME.

VHS_SavinRock[VHS: Denise Kearns / Nu Entertainment Productions – 2000 – 42 mins]. An archival presentation of the attractions of Savin Rock (West Haven, Connecticut) repeated twice – once with merry-go-round music and then again with narration. The film begins in 1948, with the trolley arriving at the park. See the Merry-Go-Round; The Thunderbolt wooden roller coaster; Jitterbug (Turtle Chase); Midget Auto Speedway; Carousel; Mill Chute (Water Chute); Big Eli Wheel; The Whip; Rocket; Flying Skooters; Boomerang; Tilt-A-Whirl; Sky Blazer wooden roller coaster; The Miniature Train; Caterpillar; and the B29s! (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An affectionate – if grainy – look at a much-missed park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SING AS WE GO.

VHS_SingAsWeGo[VHS: 1934 – 80 mins]. “Widely recognized as Gracie Fields’ best film, this magical musical comedy has all the right ingredients – and a feast of nostalgia!” An amusing star vehicle for popular comedienne Gracie Fields, which sees her cast as a larger-than-life mill girl. When the financially troubled mill is forced to close down during the summer, Fields makes do by going through a series of holiday-related jobs in Blackpool – including performing as ‘The Human Spider’ in a ridiculous magic show – that lead to some clever comedic situations. One day Fields meets wealthy businessman Grossmith and persuades him to invest in the ailing mill, thus saving the day. Starring: Gracie Fields, John Loder, Dorothy Hyson, Stanley Holloway. Produced and Directed by Basil Dean, and written by J.B. Priestley. (Also available on DVD). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features various scenes of the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool (England). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN: THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE!

VHS_SixFlagsMagicMountain[VHS: Video Tours Inc. – 1989 – 30 mins]. Challenge Six Flags Magic Mountain’s (Valencia, California) world-renowned roller coasters and action-packed rides. Dare to relive the awesome power of Ninja, the black belt of roller coasters. Unveil the magic of Colossus, the world’s largest, and one of the fastest wooden duel-track roller coasters. And along the way take a heart-pounding plunge on Tidal Wave, it’s the wettest, wildest water ride ever conceived. Experience total weightlessness on Freefall and Z Force. With Roaring Rapids, Jet Stream and Log Jammer, it’s a splash landing all the way. Also features Condor, Gold Rusher, Revolution and more. This presentation brings home the excitement and memories of a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where action is the attraction. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A mediocre attempt at showcasing Six Flags Magic Mountain. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SPEED MACHINES: DIE VERRÜCKTESTEN ACHTERBAHNEN.

VHS_SpeedMachines[VHS: Discovery Channel – 1996 – 52 mins]. Strictly for those who love roller coasters. Witness unique design and breathtaking construction as we interview the people behind such machines, including John Wardley. Today, ultra modern computer technology is employed to design roller coasters, offering the thrill-seeker the tallest, fastest, most thrilling and daring twists and turns, loops and corkscrews in complete safety. German narration throughout. (Also available on DVD with Portuguese and English narration / Original broadcast title: Extreme Machines – Roller Coasters). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An educational programme that takes a look at the design and construction of roller coasters. The film also attempts to provide a psychological profile of a typical thrill-seeker, which adds a nice touch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

SPLENDID CHINA: THE UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY.

VHS_SplendidChina[VHS: Splendid China – 1995 – 24 mins]. “Our 76-acre theme park features the magnificent work of more than 120 artisans and crafts people from China. They spent over two years re-creating 60 of the most wondrous sights, in full and reduced scale, of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.” THE GREAT WALL stretches for thousands of miles and was built by millions of workers over many centuries. Our half-mile-long reduced scale wall contains six-and-a-half million two-inch bricks – each laid by hand. Also marvel at: The Imperial Palace / Forbidden City, Stone Forest, Leshan Grand Buddha Statue, Terra Cotta Warriors… ANDY SHINE SAYS: Splendid China (Orlando, Florida) operated between 1993 and 2003. With no amusement rides it wasn’t a theme park exactly; more a model village with shops, theatres and restaurants on an impressively grand scale. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

STRIKE ME PINK.

VHS_StrikeMePink[VHS: Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment – 1936 – 100 mins]. Eddie Cantor and Ethel Merman co-star in this madcap musical comedy, set in a raucous amusement park. Eddie takes over the management of Dreamland Park, which is threatened by a pay-off racket and a gang of thugs, adamant on installing hundreds of slot machines into the park. But the wily comedian outwits the mobsters and delivers the laughs in his flamboyant style. 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.

TERRIFIC TRIPS: A TRIP TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK.

VHS_TerrificTripsFisher-Price[VHS: Lancit Media Productions – 1987 – 31 mins]. Two programmes on one cassette. Programme 1 =15 mins: “A Trip to the Farm” sees a group of young children milking cows, collecting eggs, etc. down on the farm. Programme 2 =15 mins: “A Trip to the Amusement Park” sees a group of young children visit the famed Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) amusement park where they experience some of the exciting attractions: Six Flags Railroad, Flume Ride, Airplane Tower, Parachute Drop and Roller Coaster (Mind Bender). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Two short programmes which may appeal to younger children with an interest in amusement rides and animals. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for children.

THE CANADIANA & CRYSTAL BEACH.

VHS_CanadianaAndCrystalBeach[VHS: WEX Studio – 1999 – 59 mins]. Sail back to the days of the Big Band dances, scream-filled rides on the Cyclone, and smooth, breezy rides on the popular Crystal Beach (Ontario, Canada) boat. This presentation covers the rich history of these summertime traditions. From its simple beginnings as a religious campground in 1888 to its colourful heyday in the ’50s & ’60s, witness the fascinating history of Crystal Beach Park. See turn-of-the-century growth and expansion. Celebrate the opening of the Dance Hall and gasp in awe at the 1927 debut of the Cyclone! Watch as familiar attractions begin to appear and be amazed by those you missed! Experience the brand-new Comet coaster and delight in the colourful playground of the Crystal Beach at its playful best. Enjoyed by millions of Western New Yorkers, witness the splendour and beauty of the Canadiana as she glides between Buffalo and Crystal Beach. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this film very much. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE COASTER ENTHUSIAST’S DREAM.

VHS_CoasterEnthusiastsDream[VHS: Clapperboard Video Productions – 1994 – 55 mins]. 17 of the United Kingdom’s top theme parks joined forces to celebrate The Year of the Roller coaster. 1991 saw the opening of the longest coaster in the world with the Ultimate. 1994 then saw the opening of three major new rides in the UK: The Pepsi Max Big One, Nemesis, and Shockwave. This video features all these rides with both on and off ride footage. Each ride is shown in three different ways, forming this unique video. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this. The front seat footage is interesting and the programme in general is well put together. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE COMET SHINES AGAIN!

VHS_TheCometShinesAgain[VHS: WEX Studio – 1999 – 16 mins]. Witness the continuing legend of the Comet! Observe the lonely sentinel standing silent when Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada) closed in 1989. Bought at auction, see the dismantling of this huge structure and witness the massive reconstruction effort underway at The Great Escape Fun Park (New York). Re-kindle fond memories as the Comet once again takes shape for a 1994 grand opening! Experience the thrills you thought were gone forever! ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this film. I watched once, and it would probably be some time before I watch it again. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good. 

THE DAY WE WENT TO DRAYTON.

VHS_DraytonManorPark[VHS: Drayton Manor Park – 1994 – 8 mins]. ♫ Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Drayton. The Park and the zoo with so much to do and all the rides are so much fun… The pirates were great, and so was the lake and we all enjoyed Splash Canyon. And up in the sky we let out a cry on the Seven-Up Shockwave ride.♫ ANDY SHINE SAYS: A very brief promotional film of Drayton Manor Park (Tamworth, England), the family theme park and zoo. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE NEW EXPLORERS: ROCK AND ROLL PHYSICS.

VHS_RockAndRollPhysics[VHS: A&E Home Video – 1991 – 21 mins]. An educational production which takes a look at the science behind riding roller coasters. With practical on-board experiments we investigate and explore potential and kinetic energy, Newton’s 1st 2nd and 3rd laws of motion. Mass and friction, centripetal force, etc. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An entertaining short programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good for older school children.