JUST FOR FUN: AMUSEMENT PARKS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

VHS_JustForFunUK[VHS: Encore Entertainment, Inc. – 1997 – 74 mins]. Amusement Parks have remained popular the world over since the late 1890s. During the 1950s, theme parks rose in popularity in the United States. Luckily, the amusement parks in the UK stayed healthy despite World War II and the traditional park survives and thrives there today. On this tape we will visit Dreamland, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Joyland, Gulliver’s World, Alton Towers, Oakwood, Frontierland Morecambe, Southport and the granddaddy of them all, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Wooden coasters are plentiful, fast and fun. You’ll ride two Scenic Railways, a Cyclone from a World’s Fair, and the world’s biggest roller coaster. The crown jewels of the British parks are their historic rides that have all but disappeared from the American scene. In this tape you’ll experience two Noah’s Arks (Morecambe and Blackpool); one of the few surviving circle swings and dark rides from as far back as 1904. We also visit three Fun Houses (Great Yarmouth, Morecambe and Southport). A trip to a UK amusement park is like stepping back in time 40+ years – a delightful experience you will never forget. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This camcorder-quality diary of NAPHA’s 1996 tour of UK amusement parks is full of shaky footage; however, the content is interesting. Strangely, not one mention is made of Blackpool’s wooden Wild Mouse or their wooden Zipper Dipper! It does feature: Scenic Railway (Dreamland), Scenic Railway (Great Yarmouth), Antelope (Gulliver’s), Nemesis (Alton Towers), Megafobia (Oakwood), Texas Cyclone (Morecambe), Cyclone (Southport), Big Dipper (Blackpool), Roller Coaster (Blackpool), Grand National (Blackpool), Avalanche (Blackpool), Pepsi Max Big One (Blackpool), plus Funhouses, Tyrolean Tubs, Steeplechase, River Caves (Blackpool and Southport), Greatest Show On Earth, Gold Mine, Magic Mountain and more! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.