A review of Florida Theme Parks: A Guide and California Theme Parks.
I recently had the opportunity to review Florida Theme Parks: A Guide which was written by Alex Miller as well as California Theme Parks which he co-authored. Alex describes himself as a life-long amusement park enthusiast and this is quite apparent in the work that has gone into compiling the information about so many parks in these two states.
We have vacationed in Orlando, Florida many times and have also spent a few days in San Diego, California so I thought that I was rather well-versed in what was available in terms of theme parks in those two areas. Turns out I knew very little as I hadn’t even heard of many of the theme parks included in these guides.
Alex covers everything from well-known parks such as Disney, Universal and Sea World to much smaller, lesser-known parks such as Fun Spot USA, Zoomers Amusement Park and Silver Springs. I was intrigued by the descriptions of these parks that I wasn’t familiar with. It had honestly never occurred to me that Florida and California had so many independent, family-friendly, smaller-scale amusement parks that my kids might be interested in visiting.
These guides are perfect for the inspiration phase of a trip to Florida or to California. The books include an overview of each park and its main attractions as well as many beautiful photos that make the featured parks look like an incredible amount of fun to visit.
My 10 year old enjoyed flipping through the books and compiling a list of places that she would like to visit in each state. I wasn’t planning a trip to either in the near future but from the enthusiastic reaction to the books, there may be one in the works sooner than I had intended.
Neither of these books are intended to replace a more traditional guidebook – the descriptions are brief and just provide an overview of what’s special about each of the featured parks. Anyone looking for help in planning the details of a theme park vacation will have to turn to a travel guide for the region or do some internet research. What the guides do provide are attractive photos and just the right amount of information to make readers start dreaming about a perfect theme park day whether it’s at an old favourite or someplace new.
Looking for some theme park inspiration? Both of these books are available for purchase on Amazon.com.
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I was provided with copies of the guides for review purposes. My opinions are, as always, my own.
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I feel lucky to live in one of the featured states! We do have a lot of theme parks here, and the smaller ones were fun when the kids were younger. Disneyland never gets old, of course, and we still go there as often as we can!
I love theme parks, especially rollercoasters. Although I’ve been to the main theme parks in Florida, I haven’t heard of the other ones like the Zoomers. So I think this book is a great guide for any family.
Gosh I never realised that there was books about theme parks, it would be so cool to look at the book and add more places to “Must See” list 🙂
And my boys would be like your daughter, looking and adding places to see, actually I would be looking and wanting to experience it all!