Great Old Amusement Parks

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Long before the days of giant theme parks, the United States had many amusement parks where families gathered for a cool escape on a hot summer day. Celebrate these pre-Disney parks with visits to Playland in Rye, New York; Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana; and California’s Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where vacationers can still reach for the brass ring on the merry-go-round.

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About the Show

Long before giant theme parks and computer-controlled thrill rides, this country had lots of charming and beautiful amusement parks where families gathered for a cool escape on hot summer days. "Great Old Amusement Parks" celebrates some of the pre-Disney parks that are still thriving as well as a few of the classic parks that are gone.

Summer Fun
Summer Fun

Visit some old amusement parks with narrator Rick Sebak.

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