Amusement Parks of New Jersey

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Stackpole Books, Apr 1, 2004 - History - 227 pages
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This comprehensive guide profiles 17 major amusement parks in the Garden State. Complete information on rides and attractions is accompanied by dozens of vintage photographs and postcard scenes. Featured parks: Steel Pier, Atlantic City; Keansburg Amusement Park, Keansburg; Clementon Amusement Park, Clementon; Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach; Casino Pier, Seaside Heights; Playland, Ocean City; Bowcraft Amusement Park, Scotch Plains; Land of Make Believe, Hope; Storybookland, Cardiff; Funtown Pier, Seaside Park; Wild West City, Netcong; Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Ocean City; Morey's Piers, Wildwood; Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson; Fantasy Island, Beach Haven; Blackbeards Cave, Bayville.
 

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Page 4 - Typically built at the end of the trolley lines, these resorts initially were simple operations consisting of picnic facilities, dance halls, restaurants, games, and a few amusement rides. These parks were immediately successful and soon opened across America.
Page 12 - California, many people were skeptical that an amusement park without any of the traditional attractions would succeed.
Page 5 - However, the success of his Chicago park inspired him to open a similar facility, Sea Lion Park, at the fledgling Coney Island resort in New York in 1895.
Page 12 - It seemed that these parks were becoming increasingly irrelevant as the public turned elsewhere for entertainment. What was needed was a new concept to reignite the industry, and that new concept was Disneyland.

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Jim Futrell, historian for the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), has studied the amusement park industry for over 30 years. Futrell has conducted extensive research and written five books and numerous articles on the subject, including Images of America: Waldameer Park. Dave Hahner is a historian for American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). An avid amusement park and roller coaster enthusiast, Hahner has written Images of America: Kennywood, featuring his hometown park in Pittsburgh.

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