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.