Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Categorizing fun: Identifying hierarchy in California amusement parks
by Mercurio, Michael Robert, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 98; 1504508
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is an attempt to categorize any and all elements found in amusement parks to ascertain if central place theory can be applied to parks much like it is applied to cities. Results indicate that an amusement park will contain a core group of functions that are identifiable in any other amusement park. The style and layout of amusement parks is similar in regards to rides and shows, however, a park's location plays a role in the amount of each element present. This thesis disentangles the complexities of amusement park commercial arrangements to showcase inherent similarities and differences that might not occur through a simple visual observation alone. This is done through statistical analysis of park operations and locations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rodrigue, Christine M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Management
Publication Number: 1504508
ISBN: 978-1-124-99450-5
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