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Traction Park, redux

The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Opens Its Gates Again: (Class) Action Park, perennial MetaFilter favorite, is back in business! [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 8, 2014 - 56 comments

There's Nothing in the World Like Action Park!

Action Park was an amusement park located in Vernon, New Jersey, (in)famous for its dangerous rides. "You'd see a kid in the summer cover in friction burns, and you'd be like 'How was Action Park?' " (13 minute documentary on DailyMotion.) Relive some of those memories with 9 minutes of commercials from 1979-80, including an actual record of people on Cannonball Loop, and almost six minutes of rides and attractions from 1991.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 16, 2014 - 40 comments

You can’t see Buzz Lightyear while backpacking

You don’t want your privacy: Disney and the meat space data race
The bands are even uniquely colored and monogrammed with your family members’ names so that they won’t get switched up. Why? Because they don’t want their database to get confused and think that you, a 45-year-old man, rode the teacups instead of your little son Timmy. This is one of the first examples I’ve seen of physical design (e.g., monogramming and coloring) for the sake of digital data purity.
If ever there was a testimony to the importance big data has achieved in business it’s this: We will now shape our physical world to create better streams of digital information.

posted by frimble on Jan 27, 2014 - 74 comments

Take a ride on the dark side

Collectors Weekly takes a look at dark rides. "Most roller coasters put their stomach-dropping slopes and brain-twisting loops front and center for all the world to see. But the amusement-park attractions known as “dark rides” keep their thrills hidden. As you’re standing in line for a tour of a haunted house full of ghosts and ghouls, a high-seas adventure with pirates, or a ride on the range with gun-slinging cowboys of the Wild West, all you can see are the riders in front of you, who get into little cars before disappearing through swinging doors into the dark. You hear the sounds of screams and shrieks coming from within. And then, an empty car arrives, stopping before you with a mechanical ka-thunk. You’re next."
posted by porn in the woods on Oct 23, 2013 - 26 comments

These are not your father's bumper cars

Cool bumper cars, from 1920s vintage cars to converted cars with motorcycle engines. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 22, 2013 - 6 comments

My playground has been digitized!

It was pretty grand when The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point (previously / previously) , started offering HD quality perspective videos of their coasters for those of us far away from home. Recently, Google Street View has mapped the entire amusement park for our enjoyment!
posted by TangerineGurl on Oct 16, 2012 - 23 comments

now that's what I call a COASTER

"Inception Park" (SLVimeo) where roller coasters and other amusement park rides, without their tracks or frames, move excited riders around downtown Buenos Aires.
posted by oneswellfoop on Feb 17, 2012 - 20 comments

Creation Museum adds ark park

The Creation Museum is seeking tax breaks to expand by building an ark-themed amusement park.
“We’re going to get this Ark Encounter,” Link said. “With every ark there is a rainbow and at the end of this rainbow is a pot of gold.”

posted by halseyaa on Dec 1, 2010 - 101 comments

Build your own Astroland

Sure, you're sad that Astroland at Coney Island has closed for good. But buck up, l'il Astro-nut! You can buy the rides and build your own! (Astroland's website is still active for now.)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on Sep 9, 2008 - 23 comments

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Don't want to hassle with going to an amusement park? Build your own rollercoaster!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on Jul 4, 2008 - 30 comments

Weird Amusement Parks

Very Weird Amusement Parks. And More Very Weird Amusement Parks.
posted by amyms on Jun 6, 2007 - 26 comments

There are no windows and no doors. Of course, there's always MY way out.

Virtual Space Mountain! Wheeeee! (Click on the second video where you sit in front. What are you, a wuss?) Real video just can't do Space Mountain justice, but it does a pretty good job of capturing some other rides. Feel like revisiting some original Magic Kingdom rides without leaving home? Well here you go... Pirates, Mr. Toad, Small World, Haunted Mansion, Tiki Room, Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn, Roger Rabbit, the late Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and a bunch of people covered in lightbulbs dancing to the world's most excruciatingly annoying synthesized music. During your virtual day at the park, please just remember to watch out for Goofy. That dude is nothing but a messed up troublemaker. And don't forget... the parking trams do not go to aisles B as in Bambi & C as in Cinderella.
posted by miss lynnster on Mar 26, 2007 - 23 comments

eeeeeeeeee!

Eejanaika the world's tallest, fastest [video] and longest 4th Dimension roller coaster. Google video. Stats.
posted by nickyskye on Jan 13, 2007 - 39 comments

"I'm going to DeathWorld DisneyWorld!"

DisneyWorld's death toll since 1989
posted by rinkjustice on Jun 30, 2006 - 62 comments

Astroworld 1968-2005

So long, and thanks for all the thrills. This weekend, Astroworld (I refuse to prepend "Six Flags") will close its doors. Envisioned in 1968 by Judge Roy Hofheinz (who also brought us Houstonians a major league baseball team, and a stadium in which they could play), the amusement park was where I spent a lot of my childhood in the 70s. Grass roots movements to save the park have failed, and thus it's time to say goodbye to the place that played host to one of the best rollercoasters in the world, a ride that scared the crap out of me, a double ferris wheel with a twist, as well as the Boogie Fog Disco, where I learned how to do The Hustle. All's not lost, as at least I can download the Texas Cyclone, but I still feel a little misty-eyed for the boy who spent most of his weekends in this magical and wondrous place. Farewell.
posted by WolfDaddy on Oct 24, 2005 - 58 comments

"The white dragon which is hurt had rested the body on the grass."

Tsuga Recreational Area: abandoned Japanese amusement park photos (translation here).
posted by moonbird on Apr 30, 2005 - 30 comments

Good Time Mix Machine.

Good Time Mix Machine. Artist Rosemarie Fiore has turned a classic Scrambler amusement park ride into the world's biggest Spirograph.
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 8, 2004 - 3 comments

When the circus came to town...

Defunct amusement parks. It has postcards and historical photos. It also has relatively current photos of parks in various states of disrepair. A great site for fans of entropy, like myself. (via Linkfilter)
posted by jester69 on Jun 16, 2004 - 27 comments

Danny's Land

Danny's Land: a blog of amusement park, ride theory and oddball transportation links.
posted by turbodog on Mar 5, 2004 - 1 comment

Freedomland

Freedomland was an entertainment park, the largest anywhere in the world. It was New York's answer to Disneyland. Built in the shape of the United States, this 205-acre park's main theme was American history. It was divided into seven sections of our country, each with its own special exhibit or disaster. You could travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, all in one day. It only lasted frm 1960 till 1964 and considered one of the greatest failures in amusement park history.
posted by atom128 on Sep 30, 2002 - 10 comments

Do you like roller coasters?

Do you like roller coasters? I have a favorite myself.
Would you be confident enough to build your own roller coaster? (mirrors 1 ,2)
(via /.)
posted by patrickje on Mar 14, 2002 - 16 comments

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