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Adventures in Amity: Tales From The Jaws Ride

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Set sail with author Dustin McNeill as he goes behind the scenes of Captain Jake’s Amity Boat Tours! ADVENTURES IN AMITY is the ultimate guide to the legendary attraction that once stood at Universal Studios Florida. The book contains over thirty new interviews with the ride’s designers, engineers, and skippers for
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published August 19th 2018
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Andre Manseau
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a theme park fanatic, it was very easy for me to sit down over the course of a few evening and reminisce about a ride I used to love.

The book is essentially a series of short interviews with just about everyone the author could get a hold of that had been involved with the ride. You get to hear all about the ill-fated disastrous failure of the ride’s first iteration, from the perspectives of the executives, designers and of course, the skippers.

Want to know about what scene was the hardest t
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A few too many interviews that overlapped, particularly of ‘skippers’, but overall a fun, brisk read.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Jaws Ride holds a special memory for me. I rode it days before it was due to close because it had always been a childhood dream of mine. Of course it became my favorite ride. When I returned to Universal Studios a few years after, it just wasn't the same without it.

This is a very informative book concerning the original ride and the adapted ride, both of which had their own issues. The book is a series of interviews done by people involved with the Jaws ride. I admit that I liked the intervi
Shannon Everyday
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of the movie Jaws, but never got to ride The Jaws Ride. I always wanted to, and was always interested in how it got put together and how it worked. Adventures in Amity does a fantastic job of taking you through The Jaws Ride's early formation, to it's closing and redesign, to the final closing of the ride. I loved reading the interviews with the people who worked on the ride, particularly the Skippers. Getting to read their memories of running the boats, in their own words, was a ...more
Jason Townsend
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every so often I'll read something a bit lighter for fun. This book represents one of those times, and it didnt disappoint. While I never got to ride the attraction before it closed, I did read an AMA by a skipper at the ride years ago. That and my love for the movie made this an easy read.

This book covers the entire history of the ride through interviews with practically anyone who had anything to do with it. In reading through the book, I gained a new appreciation for the work that goes into
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come for the interviews and recollections from staff and engineers, stay for the education of realizing what precisely goes into building and working at a theme park ride circa late 1980s-late 2000s.

Was myself deprived of riding this when I was a kid (I got outvoted and we went to Sea World, a choice that has not aged well), but this book goes further than one would think toward supplementing that missed opportunity.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of the Jaws ride

This book is a must for any fans of the Universal Studios Jaws ride. It gives an insightful history of the development and running of this iconic theme park ride. There's also plenty of interviews with the people who designed, built, and worked Jaws day to day. All in all a great read
Bradley Freeman
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The JAWS Ride.
Want to know about skipper hijinks? It’s in here.
What were the key differences between the original ride and the refit? Look no further.
What was it like to work/ maintain/ live-breathe-sleep the ride? You’ve found what you are looking for.

If you loved the ride or are a JAWS fan, quite simply - get this book.
Well-written, a blast to read. Loved every page!
John Ryan
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably in dept and fascinating! Dustin really did his homework! An absolute MUST READ for any JAWS ride fans!!
Paul Downey
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read

This is the most comprehensive account of both Jaws rides from Universal Studios giving a detailed history from the people involved. A must read for Jaws fans!
Bill Boswell
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read about the history of the Jaws Ride from its history, its early setbacks and wonderful stories from those who built it, were skippers and just us big Jaws fans
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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I don't know how long I can make this review. I mean, this is a book about an amusement park ride.

And there's not really that much you can write about a ride, even one that features Jaws.

Dustin McNeill's book suffers from being an examination of something so specific that it's limited from the outset. The author gives the original Hollywood Jaws attraction a whopping one paragraph in his text, instead choosing to focus on the version that emerged in the studio's Florida park, ostensibly as an at
Hannah Conrad
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventures in Amity is a must have for anyone into theme parks! I learned so much, not only about Jaw but about the theme park industry. I loved the book so much that after reading it on my kindle, I purchased the print edition. Definitely check this book out!
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