Theme Parks

On this day: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this lovely enclave from a bustling city has something for everyone – rollercoasters and fairground attractions, gardens and restaurants, theatres and…

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Friday, 15th August 2014

On this day: Disneyland Opened

On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened the first of his corporation’s theme parks – Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Although 14,000 guests and media were invited, just as many people with fake tickets showed up. Traffic chaos and plumbing problems…

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Thursday, 17th July 2014

On this day: The Coney Island Cyclone Opened

Remain seated and keep your hands inside at all times … On June 26, 1927, the Coney Island Cyclone wooden roller coaster opened to a public that had recently developed a passion for thrill rides. Fully restored in the 1970s,…

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Thursday, 26th June 2014

On this day: Roy O. Disney was Born

On June 24, 1893, Roy O. Disney was born. While Walt Disney was the creative partner, Roy looked after the business side of things, helping grow the company into the giant entertainment industry that it is today. After Walt’s death…

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Tuesday, 24th June 2014

Rollercoaster Round-up!

We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition amongst parks leading to the construction of many spectacular new attractions over the past few years, this seems like a…

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Thursday, 26th September 2013

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013
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Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for…

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