A funny thing happened at our April book group discussion … we shared childhood memories of goods and services that were sold door-to-door. The list included milk, bread, ice cream (still popular today!), potholders and placements (courtesy of the cub scouts), and even a small amusement ride mounted on the back of a flatbed truck.
Well, in the end no matter what our age we’re still all children in grown-up bodies. Everyone lit up thinking about amusement rides and parks we grew to love as kids. It turns out several of us spoke fondly of fairly recent visits to legendary parks such as Cedar Point, to this day considered the crown jewel of roller coaster parks. It’s in that spirit of fun and excitement I share with you this month’s starter list:
- Book: The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills (Twayne’s Evolution of American Business Series) Paperback – March, 1991 – by Judith A. Adams.
- Book: American Amusement Park Hardcover – October 26, 2001, by Dale Samuelson and Wendy Yegoiants
- Book: Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park – March 10, 2016 by Todd James Pierce.
- Article: Bakken: The World’s Oldest Amusement Park.
- Article: Disneyland History and Why Theme Parks Ever Happened.
- Article: Original thrills: The 10 oldest amusement parks still operating.
- Podcast – This American Life – Amusement Park.
- Wikipedia: Amusement Park (excellent summary/history).
- Article: Disney’s Intergalactic Theme Park Quest to Beat Harry Potter.