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Welcome Back Riders (2007)

Documentary

Try and remember your favorite amusement park. It's easy. Have you ever wondered how these parks started? Welcome Back Riders breaks new ground, taking a collective look at the history of amusement parks. This film is not a superficial ...See moreTry and remember your favorite amusement park. It's easy. Have you ever wondered how these parks started? Welcome Back Riders breaks new ground, taking a collective look at the history of amusement parks. This film is not a superficial examination of 'who has the biggest roller coaster.' Instead, Welcome Back Riders explores the history of the amusement park as a part of Americana, and the larger-than-life visionaries who creations, from Coney Island to Disneyland, were, and are, a reflection of America's evolving culture. The ride begins with the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, continues through the Great Depression and straight into present day. We learn how some have survived, and with heartbreaking footage, we see what remains of once alive parks. Through Riders unique storytelling process, the essence of 10 parks are brought to life through character narrators with an intricate script that focuses on the story, with no interviews and few dates or statistics. Behind each park, a creative visionary poured his heart into crafting a park that reflected his personality, from Walt Disney to Milton Hershey. As the film unfolds, it becomes the first American Amusement Park biography. Using an antique 35mm camera, the film combines archival footage as early as 1901, home videos and colorful postcards of the parks, to both educate and entertain, cultivating a greater appreciation for a favorite American pastime. Welcome Back Riders combines history and personal journeys into one touching story, while evoking the nostalgia we all carry towards our favorite amusement park. Written by Joanna Jurich See less
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Sara Barker (consultant writer) (as Sara Ackerson) | Nathan Cutietta (head writer) | Robert Cutietta (associate writer) (as Rob Cutietta) | Garry Michael Kluger | Joanna Skye (associate writer)
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Sep 25, 2007 (United States)

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David Boat
Kennywood Kennywood   See fewer
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Ben Bode
Cedar Point Cedar Point   See fewer
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Justin T. Bowler
Disneyland Disneyland   See fewer
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Mel Fair
Narrator Narrator   See fewer
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David Galido
Newspaper man Newspaper man   See fewer
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William Frederick Knight
Knoebels (as William Knight) Knoebels (as William Knight)   See fewer
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Neal Matarazzo
Hersheypark Hersheypark   See fewer
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Brian McNamara
Luna Park Luna Park   See fewer
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Michael Saad
Chippewa Lake Park Chippewa Lake Park   See fewer
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Kath Soucie
Elitch Gardens Lakeside Elitch Gardens Lakeside   See fewer
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