Great Old Amusement Parks

Great Old Amusement Parks

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 9:00pm

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. 

Credit: WQED Pittsburgh

A celebration of these wooden and mechanical old getaways and the communities that support them.

Great Old Amusement Parks airs Tuesday, July 30 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 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. This program celebrates these pre-Disney parks, visiting 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. The special also checks out some old wooden roller coasters and other classic rides. Rick Sebak narrates.