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Defunctland: The History of Tomorrowland 1955

Walter Elias Disney, the person, was born on December 5, 1901, but Walt Disney, the personality, was born on October 27, 1954 with the premiere of the television show Disneyland. To help fund his theme park, Walt and his brother Roy entered an agreement with the television network ABC. ABC agreed to help finance the …

Defunctland: The Demolition of Six Flags Astroworld

Defunctland: The Demolition of Six Flags Astroworld

In the late 1950s, Texas-based property developer Angus G. Wynne Jr. visited the newly-opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California. After seeing the full potential of theme parks, Wynne decided that he would create his own in the Lone Star State. This led to the development of Six Flags Over Texas, which would open in Arlington in …

Defunctland: The History of Tomb Raider: The Ride

Defunctland: The History of Tomb Raider: The Ride

– “I hope everyone’s ready for the ride, because here we go. “First, there was the game, which sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. “Next, there was the Paramount summer blockbuster, “which grossed more than $48 million in its opening weekend. “Now, Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment, “in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and Eidos …

A Brief History of Roller Coasters

A Brief History of Roller Coasters

During their existence, theme parks, and roller coasters in particular, have spread to every corner of the globe. It’s extremely likely that you’ve been on a roller coaster, at least once in your lifetime; but did you ever question the origin of these thrilling rides? Many consider the birth of the modern day roller coaster …

Defunctland: The History of the Nickelodeon Hotel

Defunctland: The History of the Nickelodeon Hotel

In 1999, the children’s network Nickelodeon was changed forever, with the premiere of a new cartoon series named “SpongeBob SquarePants”. Nickelodeon had developed many popular TV shows in its twenty-year existence, but it had never had a hit like SpongeBob. The show debuted to high ratings, with an audience comparable to Nickelodeon’s biggest series at …