Sunday, June 7, 2020

“Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History” June 2020 Book Giveaway

Thanks to author Michael R. Virgintino and Theme Park Press, The History Girl is offering a chance to win a copy of Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History in honor of what would have been Freedomland U.S.A.'s 60th birthday. In order to be in the running, submit your name and e-mail address below!

This contest has ended. Thanks for all who participated! Purchase a copy here.

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About the Book
Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History is a new book that documents the entire story from conception to bankruptcy of one of the most innovative and beloved theme parks in America. The park was conceived and built by C.V. Wood. Known to many as Woody, he was Disneyland’s first employee and he brought Walt Disney’s imagination to life by leading the team that built Walt’s park. He then created Marco Engineering to build theme parks and other venues across the country. Located in New York City, Freedomland U.S.A. was celebrated as the “Disneyland of the East.” While it survived only five seasons (1960-1964), to this day the park generates fond memories among baby boomers who enjoyed its American history-themed attractions. The 300+-page tale includes first-time interviews with park employees and never before published photographs.

*One entry per person.
*Valid for all residents of the 50 United States of America, 13 years of age or older.
*Entries without a valid e-mail address are not eligible.
*Contest begins June 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST and ends June 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST.
*The winner(s) will be chosen at random.
*The winner(s) will be notified via e-mail on June 13, 2020 after 8:00 pm. The winner(s) must respond with a mailing address within thirty-six (36) hours or another winner will be chosen.

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I was only 10 years old when Freedomland opened. I happened to be at an age where all of life's opportunities beckoned at an time of American optimism (the early 1960's) when everything seemed possible. Fast forward a few decades, and I was working at the World's Greatest Resort and Theme Park in Florida. As part of my role as an Orientation Leader, I learned of a man named Van France, who was instrumental in developing the employee training program at Freedomland, which he based on his work creating the Disney Traditions Program at Disneyland in California.
Memories of Freedomland include the Great Chicago Fire, a ride thru the Old West with bullets splashing in the water all around us, moving sidewalks taking us through the world of the future, and a spaceship adventure that I recognized years later at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Speaking of that spaceship, I remember that it was the setting for a dance show with Clay Cole.

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