18 Facts About Amusement parks


Unlike temporary and mobile funfairs and carnivals, amusement parks are stationary and built for long-lasting operation.

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Amusement parks evolved from European fairs, pleasure gardens, and large picnic areas, which were created for people's recreation.

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Amusement parks park evolved from three earlier traditions: traveling or periodic fairs, pleasure gardens, and exhibitions such as world fairs.

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Many modern amusement parks evolved from earlier pleasure resorts that had become popular with the public for day-trips or weekend holidays, for example, seaside areas such as Blackpool, United Kingdom and Coney Island, United States.

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Some Amusement parks were developed in resort locations, such as bathing resorts at the seaside in New Jersey and New York.

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Amusement parks, set up outside major cities and in rural areas, emerged to meet this new economic opportunity.

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The kiddie Amusement parks became popular all over America after World War II.

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The traditional amusement parks which survived, for example, Kennywood, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, did so in spite of the odds.

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Simpler theme Amusement parks directly aimed at smaller children have emerged, such as Legoland.

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Family fun Amusement parks starting as miniature golf courses have begun to grow to include batting cages, go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats and water slides.

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Some parks have grown to include even roller coasters, and traditional amusement parks now have these competition areas in addition to their thrill rides.

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Dinosaur World entertains families with dinosaurs in natural settings, while the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Amusement parks offer educational experiences, with each of the Amusement parks housing several thousand animals, fish and other sea life in dozens of attractions and exhibits focusing on animal education.

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Some theme parks did evolve from more traditional amusement park enterprises, such as Knott's Berry Farm.

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The park is still owned and operated by the Herschends and the family has several other Amusement parks including Dollywood, Kentucky Kingdom and Wild Adventures.

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Amusement parks followed in the steps of Disney and had subdivisions within the park that reflected different lands.

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Amusement parks collect much of their revenue from admission fees paid by guests attending the park.

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Pay-one-price format Amusement parks have attractions that are not included in the admission charge; these are called "up-charge attractions" and can include Skycoasters or go-kart tracks, or games of skill where prizes are won.

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Amusement parks thought that a family would be more likely to visit his park if they knew, up front, how much it would cost to attend.

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