Great American Thrills

  1. Tell your favorite cable channel you want to see Great American Thrills® on the air this summer!

    Join host Kris Rowberry, as he travels the country, in search of the next great thrill and story inside America’s amusement parks.

    Just use the #GreatAmericanThrills hashtag to tell him and his crew where to go next – and YOU could be featured on the show!

    Great American Thrills® is a registered trademark of Kris Rowberry, no. 4,439,740.
    The Great American Thrills® show concept, in addition to being copyrighted, is also registered with the Writer’s Guild of America, West, no. 1685759. See end of video for contact information.

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    Northern California has seen its fair share of amusement parks -- sadly, twenty-six of them have either closed, burned to the ground or simply been abandoned.

    So join us, as we attempt to seek out and re-discover these relics and memories of our past.

    Produced in coordination with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, Northern California Chapter & Great American Thrills.

    For more info, visit:
    http://www.ACENorCal.org
    http://www.GreatAmericanThrills.net

    Music:
    "Beach Bum" and "Evening Melodrama"
    by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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  3. Travel back in time with host Kris Rowberry as he shows you San Mateo's long lost amusement resort, "Pacific City" at Coyote Point.

    Find out why Pacific City was forced to close back in 1922 as well as how you can still experience an actual ride from the park!

    "The Lost Parks of Northern California" is a new web series aiming to locate and re-discover all 24 lost amusement parks in Northern California. The series is being produced in cooperation with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, Northern California Region..

    Learn more about the journey at: http://www.greatamericanthrills.net or http://www.acenorcal.org

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  4. Join host Kris Rowberry as he re-discovers San Jose's original amusement park (and we're not talking about Frontier Village) as well as connections to the park in modern-day San Jose.

    Do YOU know the way to San Jose's long lost, "Luna Park?"

    Produced in association with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, Northern California Region. Learn more at: http://www.greatamericanthrills.net or http://www.acenorcal.org

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  5. Debuting September 26, 2013!

    If you lived in Northern California, odds are you remember this water park not just because they were a technological marvel of their day - but because of their catchy ad jingles. So, "Slip away today and leave your cares behind - they're the world's greatest, so come and ride...Manteca Waterslides!" (1974-2004).

    Learn more about the journey at: http://www.greatamericanthrills.net or http://www.acenorcal.org

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Great American Thrills

Kris Rowberry

In 1993, I was terrified of all things roller coasters. Then, on a fateful July afternoon, I walked into a roller coaster line - and emerged a coaster-holic.

Great American Thrills follows theme park expert Kris Rowberry as he shows off these unique…


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In 1993, I was terrified of all things roller coasters. Then, on a fateful July afternoon, I walked into a roller coaster line - and emerged a coaster-holic.

Great American Thrills follows theme park expert Kris Rowberry as he shows off these unique pieces of Americana, in addition to his search for the 30 lost amusement parks in Northern California. You could say, he's the only history buff to combine adrenaline fueled faces with historical places!

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