The History of Roller Coasters: The Ice Slides of Russia Inspire First Roller Coaster

Posted on October 6, 2011

The inspiration for the modern roller coaster is a very simple ride found in any playground: the slide. During the 17th century, slides reached new heights across Russia in the ...

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Harriet Burns: The Woman Behind Disneyland’s Iconic Attractions

Posted on September 29, 2011

Without the creative talent of Disney Imagineer, Harriet Burns, some of our favorite Disneyland attractions may’ve never left the drawing table. As one of the very first Imagineers, she contributed ...

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Arrow Dynamics’ ‘Corkscrew’ Puts A New Spin on Roller Coaster Design

Posted on September 26, 2011

The late 1970s saw many critical innovations in roller coaster design that would make the high-tech coasters of today possible. In 1959, Arrow Dynamics laid the early groundwork for these ...

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The History of Knott’s Berry Farm: From Roadside Pie Stand to Theme Park

Posted on September 25, 2011

Sifting through the history of Knott’s Berry Farm, one discovers a uniquely American tale of ingenuity and perseverance. What began as a small berry stand on highway 39 through Buena ...

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The Beauty of The Beast: Ohio’s Legendary Wooden Roller Coaster

Posted on September 17, 2011

You’d of thought that Friday the 13th would be the last day anyone would ever want to debut a new roller coaster, but in the case of The Beast at ...

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Art of the Show: Walt Disney Imagineering

Posted on September 11, 2011

When Walt Disney was sketching out his original ideas for Disneyland in Anaheim, California, he realized that a unique team of designers and engineers would be required to bring the ...

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5 Forgotten Disneyland Attractions

Posted on September 4, 2011

Well, maybe not everyone has forgotten about these Disneyland rides of the past. Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers were always looking for ways to keep Disneyland fresh and ...

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First of Its Kind: The Chicago Ferris Wheel of 1893

Posted on September 1, 2011

One of the world’s most instantly recognizable rides first appeared at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The giant Ferris Wheel was an absolute breakthrough in structural engineering and ...

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The Enduring Illusion of Pepper’s Ghost

Posted on August 22, 2011

The Pepper’s Ghost illusion may be nearly 150 years old, but it continues to delight audiences to this day. Although it is a relatively low-tech technique, the ethereal image produced ...

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Lake Compounce: North America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Amusement Park

Posted on August 8, 2011

North America’s oldest continuously operating amusement park, Lake Compounce, is doing pretty well considering that the lake is cursed: that’s according to one of the legends written into the Connecticut ...

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