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Amusement Parks History and Development

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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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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 productRipley's Believe It or Not: Amusement Park Oddities & Trivia
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amusement Park Oddities & Trivia is an uncanny journey through the weird, wacky, and absolutely true world of amusement parks, rides, and attractions! Tired of the traditional ho-hum trivia book? Rejoice, here's one that's unique, enjoyable, accurate AND edgy! With a bit of history, a bit of trivia and a lot of totally unbelievable facts, this is a first of its kind book for the amusement industry.

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Picture of the productDream It! Do It!
Marty Sklar was hired by the Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the month before the park opened. He spent his first decade at Disney as "the kid," the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises. But despite his youth, his talents propelled him forward into substantial responsibility: he became Walt's speech writer, penned Walt's and Roy's messages in the company's annual report, composed most of the publicity and marketing materials for Disneyland, conceived presentations for the U.S. government, devised initiatives to obtain sponsors to enable new Disneyland developments, and wrote a twenty-four-minute film expressing Walt's philosophy for the Walt Disney World project ant Epcot. He was Walt's literary right-hand man.

Over the next forty years, Marty Sklar rose to become president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he devoted his entire career to creating, enhancing, and expanding Walt's magical empire. This beautifully written and enlightening book is Marty's own retelling of his epic Disney journey, a grand adventure that lasted over half a century.


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Picture of the productOne Little Spark!
We've all read about the experts: the artists, the scientists, the engineers- that special group of people know at Imagineers for the Walt Disney Company. But who are they? How did they join the team? What is it like to spend and day in their shoes?

Disney Legend Marty Sklar want to give back to fans and answer these burning questions. When Marty was president of Walt Disney Imagineering, he created a list of principles and ideals for the team, aptly named Mickey's Ten Commandments. Using this code of standards as his organizational flow, Marty provides readers with insights and advise from himself and dozens of hands-on Imagineers from around the globe. It's a true insider's look like no other!


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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 productRoland Mack: King of Fun
Play hard, work hard.

The inversion of the well-known expression has become a motto for Roland Mack, founder of Germany's largest theme park. Europa-Park breaks all existing records. Children as well as adults are thrilled by spectacular roller coaster rides, magic shows and the experience of and idyllic world, created with love. But what, or rather who, is behind all this? Benno Stieber presents a unique account of the entrepreneur of a family business, while casting a glance behind the colorful story of a theme park - glittering, exciting and a little mysterious.


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