Early Amusement Parks of Orange County, California (Images of America Series)

Early Amusement Parks of Orange County, California (Images of America Series)

by Richard Harris

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ISBN-13: 9780738559476
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/16/2008
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,273,277
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author


Author Richard Harris grew up in Orange County and operated rides at Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. His lifelong fascination for the amusement park industry has been channeled into articles on rides and rider safety as well as this book. The vintage images gathered for this window to the past, some of which have never before been published, came from private collections, museums, and the Orange County Archives.

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figre on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a nice collection of old pictures, but never provides much more than niceness. The histories of the Southern California parks are brief, and the pictures show some of the history, but seem to be cursory. As an example, one park mentioned is Movie World Cars of the Stars. The associated pictures include some ¿movie¿ cars, and a collection of cars built by Ed Roth. There is a hint of history in quick notes about how Ed Roth came to be a part of the museum, but no real context for the pictures. Ultimately, it is just too many pictures of cars. As another example, the pictures from the Movieland Wax Museum are fine, but the descriptions surrounding them are about the movies, not about the attraction.The key touchpoints of any book about amusement parks in Orange County have to be Knott¿s Berry Farm and Disneyland. The descriptions and pictures from Knott¿s are actually quite good and provide insights that are hard to come by. The descriptions about Disneyland are not as revealing (in fact, there is at least one error), but the pictures are ones you may not find elsewhere. (This is being said by someone who has quite a few books on Disneyland ¿ and there were some pitctures I had not come across before.)This book is not meant to be an in-depth look at the area (the series is not meant to be), but it still feels as if this might have been more. It left me wanting more.