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Roller Coaster! (#2016)

The opening of Disneyland in 1955 revived a flagging amusement park industry and inspired many imitators. Nearly forty years later, theme parks and ride designers, from Euro Disney to Universal Studios, are engaged in a high-tech battle to fulfill people's dreams and create the ultimate leisure experience. Taking a ride as experts battle to build bigger and better roller coasters, this program visits the Disney theme parks, Paramount's King's Dominion Park in Virginia, and other facilities. It also features extensive archival footage of the early days of amusement rides. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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