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The History Of Amusement Parks And The People Who Created Them




The first Disneyland guide book signed by Walt Disney. (Courtesy Van Eaton Galleries)
The first Disneyland guide book signed by Walt Disney. (Courtesy Van Eaton Galleries)
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The heat waves of summer are upon us and so is theme park season -- although for serious enthusiasts, theme park season is year-round.

The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them by Stephen M Silverman
The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them by Stephen M Silverman

But have you ever wondered where the concept of the amusement park came from? Or what amusement parks might have been like in the Middle Ages? Today, we dive into this rich history with Stephen Silverman, the author of the new book “The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them,” which charts the lineage of theme parks, starting 900 years ago with the pleasure gardens of Europe all the way to the modern hits like the various iterations of Disneyland.

Who were the craftspeople, and the pioneers that made these creations possible? What are the most interesting and innovative rides of all time?

You can hear Stephen Silverman talk about his book this coming Sunday, June 16, at Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn in Griffith Park at 1pm.

Guest:

Stephen Silverman, journalist and author of “The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them” (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2019); he tweets @stephenmsilverm



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