Thunderbolt (2014 roller coaster)

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Under construction
For the previous roller coaster at the same site, defunct in 1982, see Thunderbolt (1925 roller coaster).
Thunderbolt 2014-08-11 view from west.JPG
The Thunderbolt
Luna Park, Coney Island
Coordinates 40°34′25″N 73°58′57″W / 40.573487°N 73.982551°W / 40.573487; -73.982551Coordinates: 40°34′25″N 73°58′57″W / 40.573487°N 73.982551°W / 40.573487; -73.982551
Status Operating
Opening date June 14, 2014 (2014-06-14)
Cost US$10 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Zamperla
Lift/launch system Vertical chain lift
Height 125 ft (38 m)
Length 2,000 ft (610 m)
Speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Inversions 4
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Thunderbolt at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderbolt at RCDB

Thunderbolt is a steel roller coaster at Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.


A wooden roller coaster named the Thunderbolt was originally operated by George Moran on Coney Island from 1925 to 1982.[1][2] In June 2013, it was announced that the operators of Luna Park at Coney Island, Zamperla, would construct a new steel roller coaster which would utilize the Thunderbolt name.[2][3]


Thunderbolt was manufactured by Zamperla at a cost of US$10 million[4] and has a 90-degree vertical drop, followed by a 100-foot loop and a zero-gravity roll, along with dives, hills and a corkscrew — all within two minutes. The ride features 2,000 feet (610 m) of track, a height of 125 feet (38 m), and a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h).[5] Thunderbolt features four inversions including a vertical loop, Zero-G Roll, Immelmann loop and a corkscrew.[6][7][8][9] The Thunderbolt is located near Surf Avenue and West 15th Street in Coney Island, and is constructed with 2,000 feet (610 m) of track that stretches to a height of 125 feet (38 m) and is built next to the B&B Carousell, an antique merry-go-round that underwent an extensive restoration and reopened in summer 2013. Published reports state that Thunderbolt is expected to be completed and open by Memorial Day 2014.[10][3] However, the planned opening of the coaster had been pushed back to early June 2014;[11][12] it was revised to open on June 6.[13][14] In early June, it was delated once again to later in summer 2014.[15] Finally, on June 14, the Thunderbolt was opened.[16]


  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Coney Island - George Moran)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Calder, Rich (June 11, 2013). "New Thunderbolt roller coaster to join Cyclone at Coney Island". New York Post. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Coming Soon! The Thunderbolt". Official Website of Luna Park. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coney Island's 2014 Season, Kickoff". 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  5. ^ NYCEDC Announces New "Thunderbolt" Roller Coaster to be Built at Coney Island
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Luna Park breaks ground on new roller coaster, the Thunderbolt, on Coney Island - News 12 Brooklyn". 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  8. ^ New Roller Coaster Promises Coney Island a Return of Thrills
  9. ^ "Coney Island’s Luna Park To Get New Roller Coaster « CBS New York". 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  10. ^ Halperin, Rory (2013-06-05). "Restored B&B Carousell is open in Coney Island (slide show)". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  11. ^ "Memorial Day kicks off summer with a splash". NY Daily News. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  12. ^ "News and Rumors - Luna Park". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Anthony Bell (3 June 2014). "New Thunderbolt Roller Coaster to Open Friday in Coney Island". ALL MEDIA NY. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Ned Berke (2 June 2014). "After Delays, Coney Island’s Thunderbolt To Open Next Week [Updated]". Bensonhurst Bean. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Kensinger, Nathan (5 June 2014). "Change Comes Once Again for Coney Island's Thunderbolt". Curbed NY. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Brown, Stephen R. (14 June 2014). "Coney Island's new Thunderbolt roller coaster officially opens". NY Daily News. Retrieved 29 June 2014.