Just For Fun - Amusement Parks of the United Kingdom
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Amusement parks have been popular the world over since the late 1890s. In the 1950s, theme parks appeared in the United States, and later spread around the world. Luckily, in the United Kingdom, the traditional amusement park still survives and thrives today. This US-produced documentary provides a unique American perspective of Britain's greatest parks.

This film visits nine amusement parks: Dreamland, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Joyland, Gulliver's World, Alton Towers, Oakwood, Frontierland, Pleasureland, and the granddaddy of them all, Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Wooden coasters are plentiful, fast and fun. You'll ride the only two surviving scenic railway roller coasters in the UK. You will thrill to the excitement of the wooden Texas Tornado at Morecambe's Frontierland and the Cyclone at Southport Pleasureland. And you will rise to the heights of the awesome Pepsi Max Big One, Europe's tallest and fastest roller coaster. In total, the video presents on-board footage of 12 of Britain's best coasters.

The Crown Jewels of British parks are the historic rides that have all but disappeared from the American scene. In addition to the coasters, this film takes you on board and/or inside some of Britain's other classic vintage rides.


In this film you will see both of the surviving original Noah's Arks (one of which has since been demolished), one of the few surviving Circle Swings and dark rides from as far back as 1904. Fun houses, once a staple of every amusement park in the United States, are also featured. The film ventures deep inside three of Britain's biggest fun houses, one of which has now been demolished.

Ever hear of the legendary Flying Turns? They are gone, but you will ride it in its new incarnation in a British amusement park. The Virginia Reel also lives on in a British park.

In addition to providing general background information about the nine parks, and taking the viewer on a visual tour around the parks, the film focuses in some of the best rides. Thirty-one signature attractions are selected at each park and the film takes the viewer onto the rides so that they can be experienced from the comfort of your armchair. The full list of featured rides is:

Dreamland, Margate
Waltzer
Scenic Railway
Fun House

Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth
Fun House
Roller Coaster

Joyland, Great Yarmouth
Tyrolean Tubs

Oakwood, Narberth
Megafobia

Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Haunted House
Toyland Tours
Nemesis

Gulliver's World, Warrington
Antelope

Frontierland, Morecambe
Noah's Ark
Ghost Train
Fun House
Texas Tornado

Pleasureland, Southport
Helter Skelter
Fun House
River Caves
Cyclone

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Hiram Maxim's Flying Machines
Grand National
Steeplechase
Avalanche
Gold Mine
Big Dipper
Noah's Ark
The Greatest Show on Earth
Haunted Swing
Roller Coaster
Magic Mountain
Haunted Hotel
Pepsi Max Big One
River Caves

The video sleeve sums up the video perfectly: "A trip to an amusement park in the UK is like stepping back in time 40+ years, a delightful, unforgettable experience you will never forget."

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