Bakken: The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

Posted on July 30, 2011

The world’s oldest operating amusement park started out as no more than a natural spring in Klampenborg, Denmark. When the spring was first discovered in 1583, it was an instant ...

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Laughter in the Dark: A History of Dark Rides

Posted on July 18, 2011

The dark ride is one of the pillars of amusement park and theme park history. While many of the rides featured in amusement parks rely solely on intense physical sensation, ...

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland: Innovations in Steel

Posted on June 27, 2011

When the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, California first opened in 1959, this mountain roller coaster not only changed the Anaheim skyline, but set a new course for roller coaster design. ...

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The Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Posted on June 18, 2011

Even if you have never screamed your way through the twists and turns of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper, there is still a good chance that you know ...

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Emil Straus: Santa’s Designer

Posted on November 16, 2010

Emil Strauss holds the distinction of being the designer of the first building in the nation's first themed tourist attraction. His Santa's Candy Castle was dedicated in Santa Claus, Indiana, ...

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Dewey Albert: Astroland’s Creator

Posted on October 26, 2010

Dewey Albert was the co-founder of Coney Island's Astroland amusement park and later the operator of its popular Cyclone roller coaster ride. It all started in 1952. Dewey and Nathan Handwerker, ...

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Robert LeRoy Ripley: Believe It Or Not!

Posted on October 25, 2010

Born Robert LeRoy Ripley on December 25, 1890 in Santa Rosa, California, "Believe It or Not" Ripley purposely cultivated an image of oddness his entire life. In October, 1919, in ...

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John Miller: The Roller Coaster Designer

Posted on October 25, 2010

John A. Miller was one of the most important figures in the development of roller coaster and theme park technology, due to his persistence and his desire to defy limitations, ...

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William Cobb: The Genius of Wooden Roller Coasters

Posted on October 22, 2010

William Cobb is a great example of a true creative in American engineering. Although he was known for many engineering accomplishments, it is without question that he is best known ...

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John Hench: Disneyland Imagineer

Posted on October 21, 2010

“... Imagineering is letting your imagination soar and then engineering it down to earth.” - A Time magazine ad from February 16, 1942, titled "The Place They Do Imagineering" Few people embodied ...

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