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LEGEND LIBRARY: Inside the Best (and Worst) Theme Park Rides Ever Created

For years, Theme Park Tourist has been building collections of the definitive in-depth entries on some of the world’s most well-known rides and attractions. Here, our full (and always-expanding) collections of detailed stories are ready for exploration! On an early morning, a rainy afternoon, or a snowy evening, set course for the almost-unbelievable stories of some of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) attractions to see the deeply interconnected stories of the industry, engineering, innovation, and imagination unfold.

Below, you’ll find libraries dedicated to four of Theme Park Tourist’s many in-depth collections: Lost Legends, Disaster Files, Modern Marvels, and Possibilityland, each section organized alphabetically by the name of the featured attraction.

As always, these in-depth features exist for you as spaces to remember, celebrate, and share your thoughts and stories. So settle in and dig in as never before. Have an idea of a story you’d like to have told? Click the profile link above to contact and submit your thoughts. This page is a living library, so bookmark it to return and explore as new features are added and updated.


This series aims to collect and chronicle the in-depth stories behind lost attractions. The hope is that readers can share their own memories and stories about these lost wonders – both good and bad – to help keep the stories alive for future generations of theme park fans who simply can’t understand what the big deal was about these classic rides they never had the chance to see.


In this brand new series, we dissect the true tales of some of the most astounding rides at theme parks around the globe; living legends that exemplify the brilliance, storytelling, and technology of leading parks. We’ll look behind-the-ride to get the full, unabridged story of these modern wonders and examine how their success is all in the details.


Forget legends. This series is a growing collection of missteps, flops, failures, and “disasters.” Embarrassing overlays, broken technologies, and tone-deaf “upgrades” that led to some seriously regrettable rides, attractions, and even parks. We’ll explore the before-during-and-after of these unusual and unfortunate stories, see where they went wrong and what can make them right.


This series explores never-built attractions, lands, and theme parks and examines the parks we know and love if things had been done differently. Possibilityland is growing as we explore the in-depth stories behind these never-built attractions that could’ve changed everything if they’d ended up coming to life.