Published: November 16, 2013 at 5:56 PMA few more:
Forty Pounds of Trouble (1952)
Jaws 3D (1983)
Published: November 16, 2013 at 6:07 PMOh, and also...
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Published: November 16, 2013 at 7:13 PMGreat stuff, Derek, yet again!
ZOMBIELAND with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone had is climatic scene in a Hollywood-modified version of Herschend's Wild Adventures Park in Valdosta, GA. Sadly, this underrated movie is far superior to the kiddie park in which it was set.
Never forget the key rules: Cardio, Double Tap, Beware of Bathrooms, and Always Wear Seat Belts!
Published: November 16, 2013 at 7:49 PMGreat stuff! Where's The Funhouse? Final Destination 3?
I don't know if anyone here has read a very good short novel by Stephen King called Joyland. I'm sure that will become a movie/TV event at some point (doesn't that happen with pretty much everything the man writes?) King does a great job of capturing the feel of working at a park and the carny life, so I'd expect any adaptation to do the same.
Published: November 16, 2013 at 7:57 PMI don't know what the park was, but one of the "Final Destination" movies had a roller coaster, right?
And there was a Clint Eastwood movie :Sudden Impact" that climaxed at some theme park, with the killer on a roller coaster and a fun house, right?
Published: November 16, 2013 at 8:21 PMZombieland for the win!
Published: November 16, 2013 at 9:34 PMThe end of final destination 4 a scene was filmed at universal studios orlando
Published: November 17, 2013 at 2:52 AMThe brilliant Sam Rockwell-starring "The Way Way Back" (2013) is filmed in Water Whizz, a water park in East Wareham, Massachusetts. Also appeared in the film "Grown Ups".
Published: November 17, 2013 at 5:25 AMI was at Kings Island when they were filming one of the shows (can't remember if it was Partridge Family or Brady Bunch). Somehow I managed to not run into any of the actors or filming the whole day I was there- don't know if I'm lucky or disappointed. It was fun to see all those old rides, some of which are still there. I know the roller coaster and flume ride are still running, and lots of the background buildings are still there. I think that the site of the lake where the canoes were was drained and The Beast was built there- Derek, and I correct?
Published: November 17, 2013 at 6:47 AMAh yes, how could you forget Zombieland? The finale was filmed at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA. I've been there so many times, I knew it as soon as I saw it.
Escape From Tomorrow did a great job of being filmed in the Disney parks, and I can't wait to see how they handle early Disneyland in Saving Mr. Banks.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 9:45 AMA couple more for the list.
Breaking All The Rules - (1985)
Encino Man - (1992)
Published: November 17, 2013 at 7:34 AMI watched the Brady clip with the pop up video... I remember this episode like it was yesterday. I noticed the multiple references about the people waiting in the regular lines being furious about the Brady Bunch cast being able to cut to the front....
That seems to be the norm these days.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 9:10 AMI have seen the Brady Bunch episodes at Kings Island many times. Who hasn't? Though I did not realize that The Partridge Family had filmed there too.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 9:56 AMSudden Impact (aka Dirty Harry 4) was filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I couldn't find any clips but there are definitely some scenes on the Big Dipper.
Lost Boys was also filmed at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, but if I remember correctly there are just some fly over scenes.
I might have to look for House on Haunted Hill to see some early IOA shots!
Thanks for a great article.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 10:55 AMSpace Cowboys 2000
Published: November 17, 2013 at 3:35 PMI remember Woody Harrelson and the cast of Cheers making a film about Disneyland. Going back maybe 20 years, but as a kid, I was mesmerised!! Anyone remember this or know what it was called? It was released as a theatrical film overseas. I saw it in the cinema.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 4:31 PMI humbly submit:
True Romance - Discussion of a drug deal takes place while riding Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain. One of the characters, played by Bronson Pinchot (Cousin Balki!) doesn't handle the ride too well (kids, get your parent's permission before watching this film, as its script by Quentin Tarantino contains a few expletives).
Fear - a forgettable 1996 film with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon contains a not so forgettable scene on the Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland Amusement Park (kids, get your parent's permission before watching this film, as Marky Mark does something awfully naughty to Reese while they're riding).
Published: November 17, 2013 at 4:47 PMDaniel: Would this be what you're thinking of? Most of the Cheers cast is featured, among many other TV stars of the time.
Published: November 17, 2013 at 5:01 PMSteve, I never saw Fear. But I just found the clip of that scene on YouTube. Brought back some good memories, if you catch my drift...
Published: November 18, 2013 at 6:25 AMPlease do not ask me how I know this but the straight to video movie Bring It On: In it to Win It was filmed all over Universal Orlando. I think they used IOA, Universal Studios, City Walk and the pool from the Hard Rock Hotel. It is a pretty terrible movie but it was cool to watch and see which part of the park they would be at next.
Published: November 18, 2013 at 7:41 AMAn episode of Sabrina the Teenage witch was filmed in AKL. Also wasn't there an episode of full house filmed in Magic Kingdom where Scott Weinger "Steve" DJ's boyfriend and the voice of Aladdin actually played Aladdin in the park.
Published: November 18, 2013 at 11:36 AMAn episode of ManCaves was filmed in Knott's Berry Farm.
Cable channnels have plenty of reality shows filmed in the theme parks especially for the mega roller coaster countdowns or water park countdowns.
Disneyland and WDW has plenty of episodes filmed there especially the HGTV and Food Channels.
Although I never watch them, ABC Family or ABC Kids or other Disney channels have the tween shows filmed in the Disney theme parks. I am sure Miley Cyrus went there as Hanna Montana.
Published: November 18, 2013 at 1:42 PMThat thing you do!
Published: November 18, 2013 at 5:21 PMRoseanne did episodes at Walt Disney World. I remember Dan getting a yard of ale at the Epcot UK pavilion and saying he went to heaven. Too bad, they stopped selling yards.
Full House has WDW episodes too. They did a DJ scene in the fish tank at the Coral Reef Restaurant.