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Video Gallery

8mm Home Movies
by Pete Delaney
(circa 1961)

Nostalgic footage of the Park including views of the pool, Kiddieland, the Rocketship, the Miniature Trains, the Antique Cars, and more.


The Bollmans at Palisades Amusement Park
(circa 1944)

FANTASTIC color video of William H. Bollman, Sr., his parents Lena and Henry Bollmann, and his cousins, visiting PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK in 1944. Footage includes a quick shot of the VIRGINIA REEL Ride - the very ride that later that year started the fire in August 1944 which kept the park closed until 1945.


Whitman Family at Palisades Amusement Park
(circa 1932)

This 1932 home movie shows rare footage of the Harry Traver Cyclone coaster. Also, nice footage of the Auto Speedway (Motor Scooter).

The movie was filmed by William Whitman, Sr. The music is by Anna Haas.


Palisades Park Tribute - Freddy Cannon

This is a very well produced music video combining the Freddy Cannon hit with some great photos of Palisades. Check it out.


Daredevil P.J. Riggins at Palisades
(circa 1964)

People gather to watch air cyclist Peejay Ringens at Palisades Park in New Jersey...HD Stock Footage


Palisades Park Human Cannon Ball

Victoria Zacchini, a 22 year old "ball of dynamite" is the lady shot from a cannon and into a net. She comes from a family of human cannon balls.


Palisades Amusement Park
(circa 1964)

Nice footage of the Park including rarely seen images of the Caterpillar ride in operation.

Solomon Calka and wife Rosa Calka
Children, Esther Calka, Lila Calka, Norman Calka, Naomi Calka
(all from Paterson, NJ)


Palisades Amusement Park recreated in the game "Roller Coaster Tycoon"

Using the computer simulation game "Roller Coaster Tycoon 3," citytrader2060 created this unbelieveable simulation of Palisades. Nice job!

"At Palisades"

This song is a loving tribute to the legendary Palisades Amusement Park. Written by Marian Mastrorilli and performed by Project Mercury. The video was produced and directed by Vince Gargiulo.

Palisades Amusement Park 1935 fire and roller coasters

Uploaded by swampfoxer — October 28, 2009 This is some edited clips of the Skyrocket roller coaster in 1928 at Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside, NJ. Also edited in a few seconds of Cyclone clips from the 1960's to complete the circuit. Then you will see some clips of the 1935 fire that destroyed part of the park. The huge Safety Coaster can be seen in the background. I reversed the clip to show it again, hence the man running backwards. Incredible footage. Enjoy.


Palisades Amusement Park Harry G. Traver Cyclone roller coaster clips - May 14, 1932

Uploaded by swampfoxer — November 17, 2009

This ultra rare movie clip portrays the true essence of what was Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside, NJ. It was taken on May 14, 1932 and includes the original sounds of the park and people. There are a few moments of silence and some technical blurs. The star of this clip is the notorious Harry G. Traver designed Cyclone roller coaster which opened in 1927. People were so afraid to ride it that it closed just 7 years later in 1934. There are very few clips of this coaster that exist so I am proud to present it to those who appreciate such things.

1929 Skyrocket roller coaster footage from Palisades Park, NJ

Uploaded by swampfoxer — August 9, 2009

A short but sweet clip from 1929 showing the Skyrocket (later became Cyclone) roller coaster rounding a turn and then down the hill. Also shows riders exiting the ride. Check out the dress styles.

Palisades Amusement Park book: 1995 initial release

Back in 1995, the new Palisades Amusement Park book set record sales for the publisher. The book was sold out almost immediately, and a second printing was commissioned. Here is an interview with the book's author, Vin Gargiulo, as seen on Channel 10 News.

Russ Perry's Poem

A poem by Russ Perry describing his remembrances as a 12 year old when he worked at Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.

"Palisades Park" performed by The New Red Onion Jazz Babies

Walter Bryant did a nifty job of adapting this 50's tune to the Dixieland style with his arrangement for the NROJB.

Check out their website

Clay Cole

Clay Cole The man, the missing link that brought Rock n Roll to Television. First on WNTA (Ch 13 - now WNET) in September 1959 as Rate the Records, within two months the format was changed, and an hour-long Saturday-night show was added. In the summer months, the show was expanded to an hour, six nights a week, live from Palisades Amusement Park, where Chubby Checker first performed and danced "The Twist." When WNTA's licence was sold to a public broadcasting foundation, the show moved to WPIX (Ch 11) where for five years it was wildly successful, thanks to first-time guest appearances of the Rolling Stones (on a program with one other guest, The Beatles), Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Simon & Garfunkel, Richie Havens, Tony Orlando, and The Rascals. At the height of the show's popularity, Clay Cole walked away in 1968. Channel 11 erased all the historic tapes in a cost-cutting move; no tapes exist to this day. Except for this one.

Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon

Here is a rare clip of Freddy singing his classic 1962 song "Palisades Park." I'm not sure what show this is but it's fun to watch. 





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