Amusement 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. 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, then surveys the industry in Pennsylvania. A comprehensive guide to 13 parks in the state and a selection of smaller ones, complete with information on rides and attractions, follows. Packed with vintage postcard images and photos.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ShawnMarie - LibraryThing
For anyone who lives in PA and loves amusement parks, this is the book to have. It is dated and some of the parks (at least one I know of - Williams Grove) are no longer in operation and the pricing ... Read full review
A highly inaccurate account of parks like Pleasure Island, Freedomland. The author just repeats hearsay about the 2 parks. The correct information is that Freedomland's attractions were well planned and the buildings did not suffer from poor construction. It's closing was a planned event. In this day and age more positive information about Freedomland is available through dvd's and books by people who visited the parks. A plaque exists at the Freedomland site dedicated to it's greatness. As far as Pleasure Island is concerned, there were problems at first with Moby Dick but they were solved and he did operate at the park. The author needs to not repeat old inaccurate information.