The first version of the ride involved a simulated trip for thirty passengers from the fairgrounds to the Moon aboard the airship-ornithopterLuna, with visions displayed of Niagara Falls, the North American continent and the Earth's disc. The passengers then left the craft to walk around a cavernous papier-mâchélunar surface peopled by costumed characters playing Selenites, and there visiting the palace of the Man in the Moon with its dancing "moon maidens", before finally leaving the attraction through a Mooncalf's mouth. After being brought to Coney Island's Luna Park, the ride was revamped in a new building at a cost of $52,000. The centerpiece of the ride was a ship called Luna III, enlarged to accommodate more passengers. The show had also changed from the original Buffalo incarnation. The ride rose over a panorama of Coney Island and passed over Manhattan's skyscrapers before rising into the clouds.