May 4, 1999
Jupiter, FL - Northern Lights Publishing has released a new book that provides a behind-the-scenes look into the development of some of the world's most famous amusement attractions.
"Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers" chronicles the development of the modern amusement park ride via the biography of Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon. Founders of Arrow Development, Ed and Karl are the inventors behind many of the world's most popular amusement rides.
Recipients of the "Hall of Fame, Living Legends" award presented by the amusement industry for lifetime achievement, their influence can not be overstated. They are the inventors of the tubular steel roller coaster, first used at Disneyland as the Matterhorn Mountain Bobsleds.
Later, Karl Bacon developed the flume ride and other varieties of controlled water vehicles that became the ride systems for "It's a Small World" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland.
A few years later Ed and Karl returned to a roller coaster element long forgotten; the loop. They invented the first modern looping coaster the Corkscrew, at Knott's Berry Farm.
Working for almost twenty years in close collaboration with Walt Disney and the Disney organization, they are responsible for many of the innovative ride systems constructed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. If you have ever been to an amusement or theme park, you have probably ridden upon one of Ed and Karl's remarkable creations.
"Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers" is the story of their journey, in their own words, from a poor machine shop to a company creating attractions throughout the world.
Robert Reynolds is the author of "Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers" his previous book on the subject of roller coasters is "Are You Chicken? A Coward's Guide to Roller Coasters."
"Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers" is available from Northern Lights Publishing for $19.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. Hardcover, 192 pages, 80+ illustrations.