Great Old Amusement Parks
Stream now with KPBS Passport or tune in Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7 p.m. on KPBS 2
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.
"Great Old Amusement Parks" 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. Rick Sebak narrates.
During the special, Sebak mixes historical footage, old postcards, vintage music and new video that was shot from California to Connecticut, from Chattanooga to Altoona to create his trademark "scrapbook documentary."
Sebak takes viewers across the country to check out the quirky joys of some of these parks. We hop on fun old rides and find out how these places have changed over the years and how they've remained the same. We celebrate these wooden and mechanical old getaways and the communities that support them.
This program originally aired in 2010. Produced by WQED Pittsburgh