Lost Amusement Parks of Southern California: The Postwar Years

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After World War II, veterans and their growing families flocked to sunny Southern California for jobs in the aerospace and defense industries. Capitalizing on the baby boom and expanding suburbs, amusement parks sprang up to entertain residents and their visiting relatives. The crown jewel was Disneyland, which focused on themed sections and changed amusement parks forever. Other parks followed, transforming Southern California into one of the world’s top vacation destinations. Parks like Lion Country Safari, Corriganville, and Marineland—along with many kiddie lands and animal, water, and theme parks—came and went in the postwar decades. Some were planned but never developed, while existing popular parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios periodically close rides only to substitute them with attractions considered more crowd-pleasing.
ISBN: 9781467106917
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Lisa Hallett Taylor has written for newspapers, magazines, and websites such as the Los Angeles Times, Emmy Magazine, KCET, About.com, and TheSpruce.com. Taylor is also a midcentury historian and genealogical researcher. Disney animator and Imagineer Roland “Rolly” Crump’s credits include the films Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty and Disneyland attractions It’s a Small World and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Crump designed for WED Enterprises and Disney World along with Knott’s Berry Farm, Busch Gardens, and other amusement parks; he retired as executive designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, Epcot.
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