Information and Industry Links

We receive daily inquires for reference information for students, educators, enthusiasts, etc. and are unable to respond to all of them. Based on these inquires, ITPS has created this section to assist students (and those interested in the amusement park and leisure industry) in their research. This page is meant to be a guide to numerous helpful resources. As we come across other important information we will add it to this page. Please let us know if you have any sites that you think we should include.

The following are some interesting / useful amusement park, leisure and attraction links that may be of assistance to your search. Some links may have changed or are outdated and we apologize if you find a link that does not work. Please let us know of any outdated links and we will correct.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
The IAAPA is a trade organization focused solely on amusement facilities and strives to help members improve their overall general operation.

ASTM International (ASTM)
The American Society for Testing and Materials is an organization concerned with development of standards for materials, products, systems and services.

National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA)
Learn about this amusement park enthusiasts' organization and read about the history of amusement parks and theme parks.

American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)
The AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums.

The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry (IALEI)
IALEI strives to help its members become more successful in their businesses in the Leisure and Entertainment Industry.

World Waterpark Association (WWA)
The WWA strives to ensure that its members stay up-to-date about the many aspects of the Waterpark industry.

Zoo and Aquarium Visitor
Contains current news, events and items of interest for Zoo and Aquarium visitors.

The Monorail Society Monorails, Monorails, Monorails!!! Here's an informative site all about the wonderful world of monorails.

American Coaster Enthusiasts
Need more information on roller coasters?? Check this site out for a who host of information on rollercoasters and parks.

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG)
Provides information increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide.

Amusement Park Physics Probably the best site for physics that we have come across. Very informative with a great deal of interaction. A great learning tool!

Amusement Ride Accidents
This site provides statistics, information, safety issues, reports and accidents all related to amusement rides.

The National Carousel Association
Concerned with the restoration and preservation of antique carousels operating in the United States.

The Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain
A social club that unites roller coaster enthusiasts through trips, information and trivia.

 

Rumors and Blogs

Curious as to what new rides and parks are being planned?? This section contains links to industry sites that find the inside scoop...before it is released to the public. Note, however, that some information contained in these sites may not be based on actual fact, but rather on speculation.

Screamscape

CoasterBuzz

Theme Park Insider

Cedar Point Blog

Kings Island Blog

Holiday World Blog

Schlitterbahn Blog

Ticket for Fun

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Spurgeon Richardson - Former President Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and former President, Six Flags Over Georgia