Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was once home to a mini-theme park known simply as Magic World. I've never been there, but somehow I've always had this brochure tucked inside of one of my Time/Life encyclopedias since grade school.
I'm not exactly sure what year we're looking at here (early 70's possibly?) but the focus during this magical era of Magic World seems to be hooked on martians and dinosaurs, just like every kid on Planet Earth at any given time in modern history. Perfect!
The fold-out brochure map (click to enlarge) is a tantalizing treat of everything the park contained at the time: a giant pirate ship, miniature golf, an underwater world aquarium, The Earth Auger, a "dragon" train that circles the entire park, plus various fictional and factual dangers along the railway: ghosts, abominable snowmen, giant snakes, invisible men, cavemen, "beautiful" man eating plants, volcanos, flying saucers, and of course it all ends with a souvenir gift shop. Whoever designed this park totally knew what kids liked! I, for one, would've been in heaven!
Magic World folded in 1994, but it lives on of course in many places around the world wide web. People who loved (and hated) it have shared their memories and even photos on various blogs and chat boards, so if you're keen on learning more just surf around a little.
It's also interesting to see how this park developed in the years after this brochure, with the addition of larger thrill rides, haunted houses, and fuzzier theme park mascots... it's a shame it had to close. Have you ever been to Magic World? Tell us about it! And see other fun Magic World brochures HERE and HERE!