Since 1962, Adventureland has been entertaining and thrilling the Long Island community. The park was constructed in a rural area of Suffolk County around the time of a suburban boom eastward on Long Island, which brought enormous population growth in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Since its opening, the park has seen significant change, with numerous rides and attractions being moved or retired to make way for newer attractions. Published here are images of the park throughout its entire history, many of which have never been seen by the public before. Adventureland shares early lost attractions and retired fan favorites in full living color, allowing both the young and the young at heart to remember the park in all of its stages, from opening to today.
About the Author
Christopher Mercaldo is an avid theme park and amusement park historian, designer, and enthusiast. Chris has been an Adventureland guest for over 20 years and served as its marketing coordinator in 2013. His theme park and amusement park experience also includes working for Sea World Parks and Entertainment's Busch Gardens Williamsburg and most recently the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Table of Contents
1 1960s: Something for Anyone 9
2 1970s: Rapid Expansion 17
3 1980s: Exciting Eighties 29
4 1990s: Nifty Nineties 45
5 2000s: The New Millennium 77
6 2010s and Beyond: The Adventute Continues 85
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having gone to Adventureland about 30 times since the mid 1980's, I was excited to hear about Arcadia Publishing releasing a book on the history of this park. Adventureland has been opened now for 52 years and the author Christopher Mercaldo does not come through with this book. I have been an avid fan of Arcadia Publishing since the late 1990’s. I currently own 45 of their books and this release could possibly be their worst to date. When I opened to the introduction page I was flabbergasted that Arcadia allowed three sentences per paragraph. There was a total of four paragraphs with no vital information on the history or development of the park. Who were the original owners? Why did they build on 110? Who preceded them? etc... That’s all you write for a park that’s been open for over a half of century. If any of you out there have read other Arcadia books, the introduction is to give the reader an idea of what to expect while reading the book. The author describes Adventureland as though he may have visited the park two or three times. My 12 year old could have written a stronger introduction. I was pleased to see color photographs, but the captions were poorly written. For someone who claims to be a historian and a designer has not written anything in this book to secure those titles. Mercaldo should have read the Six Flags Great Adventure book or the Playland book. Those authors did extensive research to create a magical reading experience with amazing photos. Both titles were released by Arcadia. I don’t know the staff at Arcadia Publishing, but if there letting any amateur writer release a book nationwide, then I should jump on board as well. As I said earlier I have respect for this company, but when I see amateur crap like this being released I wonder how much longer I’m going to support this company. Pathetic!! Oh and one last thing Mercaldo should of read Jim Futrell’s book Amusement Parks of New York. This book gives a crash coarse of every amusement park in New York. He gives the best written history of Adventureland I have seen to date. This is another book I highly recommend.