5 Classic (and Terrifying!) Roller Coaster Commercials

Posted on November 19, 2011

Like any business venture, roller coasters require strategic marketing in order to become successful. With all the hype and excitement around roller coasters in the 1970s and 1980s, there was ...

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Roller Coaster Innovator: Anton Schwarzkopf

Posted on November 19, 2011

The revival of roller coasters that took place in the 1970s would not have been the same without the creativity and ingenuity of Anton Schwarzkopf (pictured above in one of ...

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A Circular Story: The History of the Carousel

Posted on November 16, 2011

Carousels may not be able to compete with many of today’s technically advanced rides, yet they are still beloved by amusement park visitors of all ages. They also play an ...

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Arrow Dynamics: Over 50 Years of Roller Coaster Innovation

Posted on November 9, 2011

The consistent innovation that characterized Arrow Dynamics makes it quite easy to write a history of the legendary roller coaster and amusement ride design company. All one has to do ...

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The History of Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted on November 2, 2011

Many of today’s most popular amusement parks didn’t necessarily start out as amusement parks. Knott’s Berry Farm, for example, started out exactly as the name suggests: a berry farm. Similarly, ...

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Paul Boyton’s Sea Lion Park: North America’s First Amusement Park

Posted on October 27, 2011

Although “amusement areas” were common in the United States by the late 19th century, it is Sea Lion Park that earned the title of first amusement park in North America. ...

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A Theme Park Original: Wendell “Bud” Hurlbut

Posted on October 22, 2011

While Disneyland had a whole team of Imagineers working on the iconic rides of the early years, Knott’s Berry Farm was pretty much a one-man show. Wendell “Bud” Hurlbut is ...

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‘Shoot the Flume’: The Origins of the Log Ride

Posted on October 17, 2011

Log flume rides, like roller coasters, are derived from commercial transport systems. While roller coasters evolved from a coal transport system in the mountains of Pennsylvania ( the Mauch Chunk ...

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History of Roller Coasters: The Switchback Railway, America’s First Roller Coaster

Posted on October 16, 2011

The Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway of Pennsylvania was America’s first roller coaster-type ride, but it was not intentionally designed for that purpose. The nine-mile stretch of downhill railway was designed ...

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The History of Roller Coasters: The Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway

Posted on October 8, 2011

While the first European roller coasters were inspired by the Russian ice slides, American roller coasters gathered inspiration from the first railroads. One railway in particular, the Mauch Chunk Switchback ...

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