The park is based on Long Island's Adventureland, where director-writer Greg Mottola (now riding the wave of success of "Superbad," which he directed) once worked in the games department. However, the real park has been renovated so extensively that it wasn't even an option for filming.
"They made it a very different place," Mottola, bespectacled and dressed in black, said of the venue where he manned the booth where patrons shot a squirt gun into a clown's mouth. Re-creating the 1980s at an amusement park proved an ambitious notion for a low-budget film.
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