The show takes you on old wooden roller coasters, vintage bumper cars and other classic rides. We look at some amusing history and discover what's special about these amazing parks that bring people together and keep them coming back. "Great Old Amusement Parks" visits places like Playland Park in Rye, N.Y., and Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. — the only two parks in the country recognized as National Historic Landmarks. At Northern California's Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, we hop on the Loeff carousel (circa 1911), where brave riders can still lean out and grab for the "brass ring." We visit Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. — a traditional old "themed" amusement park, where sections of the park represent different holidays: Christmas, Halloween and Fourth of July. It's one place where you can talk to Santa in August.
Rick Sebak mixes historical footage, old postcards, vintage music and new video that was shot from California to Connecticut, from Chattanooga to Altoona to create his trademark "scrapbook documentary." Sebak takes viewers across the country to check out the quirky joys of some of these parks. We hop on fun old rides and find out how these places have changed over the years and how they've remained the same. We celebrate these wooden and mechanical old getaways and the communities that support them.
"Great Old Amusement Parks" was produced by Rick Sebak.