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Amusement Parks History and Development

 
Picture of the productLegends: Pioneers of the Amusement Park Industry
Legends: Pioneers of the Amusement Park Industry, is a multi-book series that pays homage to the greatest of the great - those who made the amusement parks, theme parks and waterparks what they are today. There have been hundreds of books written on individual parks, on individual rides and attractions and on the business as a whole, while few have been written specifically about the people who dedicated their lives to creating the industry in which we all love. This series by Tim O'Brien and Ripley Publishing adds faces and personality to the rich history of the industry.

Pioneers included in this volume are: Harrison "Buzz" Price, who created, and then introduced professional data analysis into the industry; George Millay, visionary who created the SeaWorld marine park concept and Wet'n Wild, the world's first waterpark; Ron Toomer, roller coaster designer, with more than 80 coasters to his credit; Jeff Henry, waterpark ride creator and visionary; Harold Chance, founder of Chance Rides; Dr. Roberto Ortiz, Costa Rican physician who created the country's first theme park to raise money for his children's hospital; John Graff, 20-year president of International Assn. of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA); Bo Kinntorph, first international president of IAAPA and CEO of Liseberg Park in Sweden; Carl Hughes, first non-owner president of IAAPA, and a catalyst in modernizing the association; and Marty Sklar, creative guru for Walt Disney Parks for more than 50 years.


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Picture of the productTP on AB
This is the illustrious story of Tom Powell, the colorful, larger-than-life journalist who has spent more than 50 years traveling the world rubbing elbows with everyone from the President of the United States to Baseball Hall of Fame members and carnival.

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Picture of the productDick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point
Roller coasters took Dick Kinzel slowly to the top and a $1.24 billion acquisition ultimatley lead to his direst years. During his 39-year career (25 as president and CEO) with Cedar Point and Cedar Fair parks, he built the world's first 200, 300, and 400-foot tall roller coasters. He is responsible for adding more than 35 multi-million dollar scream machines to the company's 11 amusement parks. It was he who delivered the first shot in the coaster wars of the 1990's when he built the Magnum XL-200, the first to top the 200-foot barrier.

He brought big, edgy and expensive coasters to Cedar Point knowing that the bigger the thrill ride, the bigger the crowds. He made sure Ceder Point remained the "Amazement Park" and the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.


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Picture of the productAmusement Parks of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to many classic amusement parks, several of which began operating as early as the late nineteenth century. Some of these parks maintain rides and amusements from their early years, preserving an atmosphere of nostalgia.

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Picture of the productKennywood Park
This is a retrospective history of one of the greatest amusement parks in the US - Kennywood. Lots of great memorable coaster and ride photos. Learn all about the history of this top rated park and its wonderful roller coasters.

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Picture of the productMore Kennywood Memories
What is it about amusement parks, especially great ones like Kennywood in Pennsylvania, that resonate so vividly in our memories? Jacques puts his impassioned recollections into print and lets us all take a walk down memory lane.

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Picture of the productAmusement Parks of New York
This comprehensive guide profiles 16 major amusement parks in the Empire State and offers information on smaller parks as well, with complete information on rides and attractions, a history of each park, and best times to go. It also features vintage photographs and postcards scenes.

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