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Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania [Paperback]

Jim Futrell

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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. Others have evolved with new trends in the industry, adding high-tech rides and water parks. This book begins with a concise history of the amusement park, and then surveys the industry in Pennsylvania. This is a comprehensive guide to 13 parks in the state and a selection of smaller ones, complete with information on rides and attractions. It is packed with vintage postcard images and photographs. Featured parks are: Williams Grove Amusement Park, Mechanicsburg Idlewild and Soak Zone, Ligonier Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown Conneaut Lake Community Park, Conneaut Lake Lakemont Park, Altoona Waldameer Park and Water World, Erie Kennywood, West Mifflin Bushkill Park, Easton Hersheypark, Hershey DelGrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster Sesame Place, and Langhorne.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for PA residents 26 Oct 2002
By Robfb - Published on Amazon.com
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As most roller coaster enthusiasts know, there are very few books that go beyond pretty full-color photographs and into the history of a particular park. It is even more difficult to find information on parks not owned by major corporations (e.g. Disney, Paramount, Vivendi Universal).
Futrell's book captures the unique history of 13 different amusement parks in Pennsylvania. You are given a rare glimpse into these parks that date back to the origins of the American amusement park industry. Having recently visited Kennywood and Idlewild for the first time, I have realized how much of the charm and atmosphere has faded from the latest generation of parks.
Buy this book before the print run ends! You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yesteryear and now of Pennsylvania's Parks 29 July 2006
By F. Bank - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative book on the history of many amusement parks in the state of Pennsylvania. Many brought back memories; from all the historic photos. Alot of informative websites and locations are included with lots of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars coaster riffic 18 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book rocks. There was more information than I could possibly imagine. The author is obviously impassioned by his subject--this had to have been a labor of love. And what better muse than the romantic coasters of Pennsylvania.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading and focus on PA! 31 Aug 2002
By Robert Spender - Published on Amazon.com
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Great new book on amusement parks of PA. This book show the interest in amusement parks and rides that has been growing ever since the 90's. There is a nice balance between the history of the parks and current conditions. In one book the reader learns a wealth of material about past and now defunct parks (where is the mention of the park that used to be in Mt. Gretna - carousel and all??) as well as information on parks that are up and running. Good summary of each park as well as current information on admission, directions, etc. I was disappointed that there was little emphasis on memorabilia or good trivia. The old photos/postcards really help. That would really help this work out. What about all those great tokens. Even Leap the Dips put our a coaster token to push the coaster. The book is a good read and recommended for the enthusiast.
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