Traditionally, a theme park is a place to go to. Guests (customers) of a theme park attend in order to experience some element of recreation in a setting which is oriented around a motif or theme. Themes range from simple (amusement or child's play) to elaborate (Greek myth). Some offer accommodations within the park, others are open days only. Many parks are seasonal. Some are really only fun in the evening when the lights come on. Theme Parks Recreation.
An amusement park (sometimes referred to as a funfair ) or theme park is a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in a location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: An amusement park is a park that features various attractions, such as rides and games, as well as other events for entertainment purposes. A theme park is a type of amusement park that bases its structures and attractions around a central theme, often featuring multiple areas with different themes. Unlike temporary and mobile funfairs and carnivals, amusement parks are stationary and built for long-lasting operation. They are more elaborate than city parks and playgrounds, usually providing attractions that cater to a variety of age groups. While amusement parks often contain themed areas, theme parks place a heavier focus with more intricately-designed themes that revolve around a particular subject or group of subjects. Amusement parks evolved from European fairs, pleasure gardens and large picnic areas, which were created for people's recreation. World's fairs and other types of international expositions also influenced the emergence of the amusement park industry.
- Amusement parks
- Theme Park Insider www
Readers' picks for top theme parks and attractions for adults, Park Insider, kids, and toddlers. Includes reviews, links, discussion board, and safety and accident information.
- Operator SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment www
Operator of parks such as Sea World, Parks & Entertainment, Busch Gardens, and Adventure Island. Provides links to owned facilities and online ticket ordering. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
- Offers Ripley's Believe It or Not! www
Offers museums and attractions in multiple countries focusing on odd and amazing things. Believe It or Not!. Provides videos, details about exhibits, and their history. Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
- Enthusiast Theme Parks Online www
Enthusiast e-zine. Parks Online. News and events, discussion boards, glossary, history, park records, hotel and attraction reviews. Theme Parks Online.
- Guide Universal Studios Themeparks www
Guide to Universal's Orlando, Studios Themeparks, Hollywood, Japan and Spain themeparks, including information about tickets and vacation packages. Universal Studios Themeparks.
- Includes Theme Park Adventure Magazine www
Includes current and back issues, Park Adventure Magazine, ordering information, and park news. Theme Park Adventure Magazine.
- Operates Boomers www
Operates a number of amusement and water parks throughout the United States. Boomers. Offers news, employment opportunities section, and information on the Fun Club. Boomers.
- Offers Salem Willows Park www
Offers history, Willows Park, browser games, and area links. Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Willows Park.
- Offers Boondocks Fun Center www
Offers attractions such as miniature golf, Fun Center, go-carts, and bumper boats at three locations. Draper and Kaysville, Utah; Northglenn, Colorado. Boondocks Fun Center.
- A Roller Coaster Database www
A searchable database with information and statistics roller coasters in North America. Roller Coaster Database.
- Features Random Terrain's Tilt-A-Whirl Tribute www
Features images and links related to the amusement park ride. Random Terrain's Tilt-A-Whirl Tribute.
- Features David's Amusement Ride Extravaganza www
Features history, Amusement Ride Extravaganza, photos, and patent images of various rides. David's Amusement Ride Extravaganza.
- The Directory of State Amusement Ride Safety Officials www
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of state offices dedicated to ride safety. State Amusement Ride Safety Officials. [PDF Format - Requires Adobe Acrobat]. Directory of State Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
- Complete Amusement Ride Accident Reports and News www
Complete resource of amusement ride accident reports and safety information. Ride Accident Reports and News. This website documents the history of amusement ride fatalities in the United States since 1972, and includes more recent accounts of non-fatal accidents. Amusement Ride Accident Reports and News.
- History Destiny of the Forgotten Realms www
History of Boardwalk and Baseball and other failed projects of Busch Gardens. the Forgotten Realms. Includes brief information on current state of Sea World and Six Flags. [Baseball City, Florida] Destiny of the Forgotten Realms.
- A Bob-Lo Island www
A tribute to the former Detroit River amusement park, Island, and boats Columbia and Ste. Claire. Includes history and photograph galleries. Bob-Lo Island.
- Site Disney's America PLUS www
Site is devoted to documents and articles about the historical theme park which Disney had planned for the Washington, America PLUS, D. C. area. Disney's America PLUS.
- Blog 5 Kingdoms www
Blog comparing Disney's five theme parks. 5 Kingdoms.
- Alexa: Theme Parks Recreation
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Theme Parks Recreation
- DMOZ: Theme Parks Recreation
dmoz.org Directory: Theme Parks Recreation