AmusementParksUlmer[Book: Jeff Ulmer – 1980 – 15x23cm – 340 Pages – Some B&W photos]. Amusement parks originated in Europe in the 1700s, nowhere else have they evolved so rapidly in such huge numbers with so wide a variety of attractions, or enjoyed such an immense popularity. No other place appeals to the five senses or evince so many good feelings from their visitors. This is the most thorough guide ever to all the pleasures American amusement parks have to offer, with everything you need to know to plan your visits. Covering more than 300 parks and family entertainment centres across the country. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.