Theme Park
by Scott A Lukas
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ISBN Number: 9781861893949
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Reaktion Books

Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring modern form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology and culture in surprising ways for more than a century. Theme Park takes the primitive amusements of the nineteenth-century pleasure gardens as its starting point and continues with an in-depth investigation of the theme park throughout the twentieth century and beyond. Lukas examines theme parks around the world - including the United States, UK, Europe, Japan, China, South Africa and Australia - and how themed fairs and parks developed in a variety of locations. World-famous and lesser-known parks are discussed, including the early parks of Coney Island, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Kidzania in Japan, World's Fair 'theme parks' and their luxurious exhibition halls and virtual theme parks, and, of course, Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Packed with captivating illustrations and photographs, Theme Park takes us on a historical roller coaster ride that both reanimates the places that shaped our childhoods and anticipates the future of escapist entertainment.

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