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From Tracy Bates on November 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
There was an episode of Revolution last season that was filmed in the closed Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.
From Robert Niles on November 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
A few more:

Forty Pounds of Trouble (1952)


One of the few movies shot in early Disneyland, starring Tony Curtis and Suzanne Pleshette, this is a Universal movie, to boot!

Jaws 3D (1983)


Set at SeaWorld Orlando, though some scenes were filmed in San Diego. The clip is in Spanish, which makes it even more hilariously over the top for me. Dubbing bad movies is the best.
From Robert Niles on November 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Oh, and also...

House on Haunted Hill (1999)


Starring Geoffrey Rush, this bit might be the best use of a roller coaster in a movie scene, ever. This elevator gag is classic, but the derailing stunt car that follows (I couldn't find a full clip), tops it. This would have been a great advertisement for the new Islands of Adventure park, too, had anyone actually seen this movie.
From James Rao on November 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM
Great 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!

From Mike Gallagher on November 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
Great 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.

From 71.163.130.222 on November 16, 2013 at 7:57 PM
I 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?

From David L. on November 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM
Zombieland for the win!
From 46.233.70.207 on November 16, 2013 at 9:34 PM
The end of final destination 4 a scene was filmed at universal studios orlando
Outside and inside the coffee shop
From 82.132.225.232 on November 17, 2013 at 2:52 AM
The 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".
From 98.30.139.130 on November 17, 2013 at 5:25 AM
I 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?
From Andy Milito on November 17, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Ah 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.

From N B on November 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM
A couple more for the list.

Breaking All The Rules - (1985)

Encino Man - (1992)

From N B on November 17, 2013 at 7:34 AM
I 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.

From Thomas Caselli on November 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I 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.
From 108.13.149.27 on November 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM
Sudden 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.

From 141.0.9.44 on November 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Space Cowboys 2000
Baby Geniuses 1999
Riding the Bullet 2004
The Wiz 1978
not a movie but Mariah Carey Fantasy music video 1995
From Daniel Smith on November 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM
I 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.
From steve lee on November 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM
I 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).

From Mike Gallagher on November 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Daniel: Would this be what you're thinking of? Most of the Cheers cast is featured, among many other TV stars of the time.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221395/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

From Mike Gallagher on November 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM
Steve, 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...
From James Koehl on November 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM
Robert, sorry to be a stickler for accuracy, but "Forty Pounds of Trouble" could not have been released in 1952 since Disneyland didn't open until 1955.
From TH Creative on November 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM
From Brent Moody on November 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM
Please 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.
From 71.126.244.230 on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 AM
An 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.
From Anon Mouse on November 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
An 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.

From Bryce McGibeny on November 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM
I was at IOA when they were filming that Bring It On movie or whatever it was. I remember seeing them filming right in front of the Dueling Dragons entrance.
From 173.162.139.169 on November 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM
That thing you do!

From Tony Duda on November 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM
Roseanne 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.