Essay On Amusement Park

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Adams, Judith. The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Print. This source describes the evolving industry of American amusement parks starting with the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, as well as World War II and how amusement park withstood different times. Adams makes a great argument that it all seems so frivolous, that the average American can be enticed by something so routine made out of a simple combination of “gears, wood (or metal), and speed” (13). In addition, Adams reflects on the history of amusement parks and roller coasters. Arguing that the roaring twenties “became the golden age of the roller coaster” because of the numerous thrill seekers, she also cites the increased …show more content…
Amusement Parks: Roller Coasters, Ferris Wheels, and Cotton Candy. New York: F. Watts, 1997. Print. This very informative source touches many different subjects of amusement parks, stemming from historical aspects to what an amusement park encompasses. Right off the bat, Alter argues that amusement parks were built because of city dwellers who wanted to have a place of fun. In addition, she discusses that the Columbian Exposition Trade was the major contributor to the formation of amusement parks. The contributions included a specific fenced area, a midway with games and a merry-go-round but most significantly a Ferris wheel. Alter describes the midway more in depth, saying that these concessions were reflected as “vulgar” and kept away from all the exhibits in an area called the “Midway Plaisance” resulting in the birth of the modern midway. Alter also discusses how the roller coaster became “a symbol of the amusement park industry” (15). The roller coaster became so symbolic, Alter points out, because of the “the curving lines” that suggested “fun and freedom” (15). The book also reflects on history in connection with amusement parks. Alter talks about the Great Depressions affect on the industry as well as the birth of the automobile. Because amusement parks were usually in close proximity to the city, many would rely on getting there by trolley but with the automobile becoming popular Americans were able to take trips farther away. Carrying on with The Great Depression, Alter describes how most amusement parks were gone but one withstood the troubled time: Cedar Point. She discusses how cedar point was created as well as the beginnings and the transformation it is today. Another interesting point Alter brings about is the fact that amusement park owners are aware that Americans are now living longer thus the owners try to adapt some part of their parks to this group of people that is of lesser speed. This source covers a great deal of factual

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