Amusement parks have been a staple of
California recreation and entertainment for over a century. First
appearing along the beaches and multiplying up and down the coast,
these parks ignited an industry that has seen tremendous change and
innovation. Knott's Berry Farm — America's first theme park — and
Children's Fairyland — the first children's park — set high
standards for the amusement world. When Disneyland opened in 1955,
amusement parks became destinations in themselves, transforming
surrounding communities. Discover how these magical places came to
be. Learn little-known secrets of 20 California parks and what makes
them landmarks. For guests of all ages, California's theme parks
offer an abundance of entertainment possibilities. 301 colour photos
provide a unique glimpse into an industry that forever changed
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