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Title Action Park : fast times, wild rides, and the untold story of America's most dangerous amusement park / Andy Mulvihill with Jake Rossen.
Author Mulvihill, Andy, author.
Publication [New York, New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020.
Description 342 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call # 791 M
Summary "The outlandish, hilarious, terrifying, and almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained, told through the eyes of the founder's son Often called "Accident Park," "Class Action Park," or "Traction Park," Action Park was an American icon. Entertaining more than a million people a year in the 1980s, the New Jersey-based amusement playland placed no limits on danger or fun, a monument to the anything-goes spirit of the era that left guests in control of their own adventures--sometimes with tragic results. Though it closed its doors in 1996 after nearly twenty years, it has remained a subject of constant fascination ever since, an establishment completely anathema to our modern culture of rules and safety. Action Park is the first-ever unvarnished look at the history of this DIY Disneyland, as seen through the eyes of Andy Mulvihill, the son of the park's idiosyncratic founder, Gene Mulvihill. From his early days testing precarious rides to working his way up to chief lifeguard of the infamous Wave Pool to later helping run the whole park, Andy's story is equal parts hilarious and moving, chronicling the life and death of a uniquely American attraction, a wet and wild 1980s adolescence, and a son's struggle to understand his father's quixotic quest to become the Walt Disney of New Jersey. Packing in all of the excitement of a day at Action Park, this is destined to be one of the most unforgettable memoirs of the year"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Prologue -- Fort Nonsense -- Fuel -- A crash course -- The people movers -- The wave -- An education -- The hangman's fracture -- Action Park after dark -- The floor beneath our feet -- Afloat -- The draft -- Flight risk -- Freefall -- The loop -- Epilogue.
Subject Action Park (Vernon, N.J.) -- History.
Amusement parks -- New Jersey.
New Jersey -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Amusement parks. (OCoLC)fst00808076
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
New Jersey. (OCoLC)fst01208379
1900-1999
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Rossen, Jake, author.
Related To Online version: Mulvihill, Andy. Action park. New York : Penguin Books, 2020 9780525506294 (DLC) 2020011879
ISBN 9780143134510 paperback
0143134515 paperback
Standard # 40030087573

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