Five Things – 6.30.14

1.  Circus World – Of all the lost theme parks, this is one that maybe deserved to be that way. In 1974, the then owners of Ringling Bros opened Circus World, a permanent circus-themed park in Orlando, Florida. The park was slow to get started, opening with only a big-top that housed an IMAX screen and…

Five Things – 06.23.14

1.  Kool-Aid Man Video Game – Putting your mascot in a video game can go either way; there are success stories like Yo, Noid! and there are less-than-success stories like M.C.Kids.  Unsurprisingly, it comes down to whether there’s a good game or not underneath the license when considering how these games are remembered.  Kool-Aid got a jump…

Five Things – 6.16.14

1.  Apple Prototypes – Business Insider’s got some photos of early ’80s Apple product ideas that never came to be…or at least, not in their prototype form.  This is a pretty great look at the cutting edge design aesthetic that Apple’s known for, and a snapshot of what that cutting edge looked like back then….

Five Things – 2.3.14

1. McDonaldland Video Game – Also known as M.C. Kids in the US, this game was released by Virgin in 1992 for the NES as well as for Amiga, Commodore 64, and PC. If that cover doesn’t promise an exciting rad time, I don’t know what does.  Some cool teens or preteens hanging out with Ronald,…

Five Things – 8.19.13

1.  Oz Theme Park – So apparently, in North Carolina, there’s an old theme park dedicated to The Wizard of Oz.  I know! It was built on Beech Mountain, a resort town, in an effort to keep the area profitable year round.  It focused on the book series rather than the movie, opened in 1970…