Forty Pounds of Trouble (1952)
Jaws 3D (1983)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
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!
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.
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?
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.
Breaking All The Rules - (1985)
Encino Man - (1992)
That seems to be the norm these days.
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!
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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).
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.
Full House has WDW episodes too. They did a DJ scene in the fish tank at the Coral Reef Restaurant.