Amazing Amusement Park Stories Book Review + Giveaway

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  1. Rocco Casella says:

    When I was young (8) I used to lie to my mother that I was going to the public pool all day on my pass. But instead, I would ride my bike past the pool, through the woods, cross a highway, to go to Kiddieland (Which closed in 2009) for the day and ride all day by myself. Can’t do that today. People would call police if they saw a kid that young alone in a park or crossing a highway.

  2. Eric Freed says:

    Having grown up riding roller coasters, beginning with the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens, I was anxious to share this love with anyone and everyone. My wife hated them, though she put up with my love and accompanied me to every park I wanted to visit. Our daughter was born in 2003, and I was excited that I might one day be able to ride coasters with her. Our lives were shattered when my wife suddenly passed away when our daughter was 5 months old. When my daughter was 4, I took her on her first real coaster, the Vapor Trail at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. She fell in love with it, and wanted to ride any roller coaster she could. We would excitedly check her height to see which coasters she was tall enough to ride each season. She’s now 12, and we travel all over the country to ride roller coasters, tallying well over 100 different coasters that we’ve ridden together. With season tickets this year to Six Flags and to Seaworld/Busch Gardens, we’ll continue to ride new and old coasters anywhere we can find them. Our favorite coaster is the Millennium Force at Cedar Point. Our favorite wooden coaster is the Voyage, at Holiday World. Our favorite “destination” coaster is the Cyclone at Coney Island in New York. And the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens easily remains our most-ridden coaster.

  3. cynthia says:

    When I was 14 years old, my parents and I went to Germany and were visiting a very small amusement park, called Skyline Park. My father and I went on the Ferris wheel with hanging cars that was about 132 feet high. We were sitting for about a minute, when all of a sudden my father reached out and grabbed the middle (and only) pillar from where the hanging car was attached on. He looked nervously and grabbed my arm with his other hand. I asked him what was going on, but he was only mumbling something. I looked around and to my surprise I saw that the whole car was hanging askew and that some bolts and screws came loose. I heard strange sounds and also saw that a couple of other cars were missing!
    When the ride had finished, the employee asked if we wanted to take another ride, because we were about the only ones in the park. We didn’t know how fast we had to get off. We haven’t ridden a Ferris wheel ever since!

  4. Luke Otten says:

    When I ride roller coasters hats are just attracted to me. Last year at Six Flags Over Georgia I was riding back row of Cyclone and a kid in the seat in front of me was wearing a knit hat. About half way through the ride it flew off his head and right into my face where I was able to grab it. After we entered the break run I was able to return the hat to a smiling face, happy to get the hat back. Then this summer while riding back row of Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America a man’s baseball cap from in front of me flew off right before the MCBR. When it happened I was looking around and did not see it coming. The next thing I know a corner of the bill of the hat hit my forehead. It hurt quite a bit. For the rest of the day I had a pretty nice mark from it. I can’t wait for next season to see what will hit me!

  5. joey says:

    It was a hot day… Well, for England. And I was sat on the rocks across from Tidal Wave’s splash zone at Thorpe Park, catching the light mist from a distance. A family stand talking, their toddler wobbling around like toddlers do as it walks freely… Heading straight for the splash zone. What I didn’t expect was the force of the wave to knock the child over and as the water cleared, the child lay face down on the ground. It raised it’s head in a moment in confusion, before bursting into tears, a family member running to collect it.

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