Coney Island (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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|Slogan||We're open for fun|
|Location||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
Reopened in 1974 (Sunlite Pool remained open during the three-year gap)
|Previous names||Parker's Grove (1867-1885)
Grove Park, The Coney Island of the West (1886)
Coney Island (1887-1975)
Old Coney (1976-1985)
Coney Island (1985-)
|Operating season||May through October|
|Website||Coney Island Web Site|
Coney Island is a small amusement park and waterpark located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Anderson Township, on the banks of the Ohio River 10 miles (16 km) east of Downtown Cincinnati. The park is currently owned by Brenda Walker.
Coney Island's beginnings date back to 1867 when an apple farmer by the name of James Parker purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) of land along the shores of the Ohio River. James soon realized in the early 1870s the popularity of the farm's location, and that renting it out was more profitable than his apple orchard. He eventually added a dining hall, dancing hall, and bowling alley. He later sold the land in 1886 for $17,500 to a company called Ohio Grove Corporation headed by two steamboat captains. In time for the opening on June 21, 1886, the name was officially changed to "Ohio Grove, The Coney Island of the West" in an effort to link the park with the famous New York destination. Fortunate enough to be on a riverfront location, riverboat soon became the most popular method of transportation for park visitors. In 1887, "Ohio Grove" was completely dropped from the name as the park became known simply as "Coney Island".
Over the years, the park became a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides and carnival games. In that capacity, Coney Island was a Cincinnati institution. However, the park's proximity to the river made it prone to frequent flooding. In 1968, park management entered into talks with Taft Broadcasting for the purpose of developing a new park on higher ground. Taft responded by buying Coney Island outright in 1969, and construction began the following year on a new site located in Deerfield Township of Warren County 25 miles (40 km) north of Cincinnati along Interstate 71. Coney Island closed its amusements on September 6, 1971, as most of its rides were moved to the newly completed Kings Island theme park.
After Kings Island opened in 1972, Taft Broadcasting intended to sell Coney Island's land for redevelopment. However, with the company's decision to open another theme park in Virginia (Kings Dominion) and its acquisition of Carowinds on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, the property's redevelopment became a low priority. Less than two years after closing, Coney Island would reopen permanently in 1973. The park was only a shadow of its former self but still featured several popular attractions. The Sunlite Pool — still the largest recirculating swimming pool in the world — was one of those attractions that helped Coney Island remain a popular summertime destination.
The park donated 15 acres (61,000 m2) of land for the construction of Riverbend Music Center which opened in 1984. The land was the former location of the Wildcat and Shooting Star roller coasters. The amphitheater serves as the summer home of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, as well as a concert venue for other musical acts. In 1991, Coney Island was purchased by Cincinnati businessman Ronald Walker. No longer held back by a corporate entity, management has been able to restore Coney Island as a traditional amusement park with familiar rides such as the "Tilt-A-Whirl", bumper cars, carnival games and musical shows.
|Ride||Year Opened||Removed In||Description|
|Python||1999||From Splash Zone Water Park (1996–1999)|
Sunlite pool slides
|The Twister||2009||The Twister is the replacement of the Zoom Flume. The Twister is a 4 slide attraction. 2 of the slides are body slides, and the other two are double or single tubes. They are not fully enclosed. They end in a 4 feet pool.|
|Pipeline Plunge||1994||Pipeline Plunge is a dual enclosed innertube slide. It replaced the Zzip. It was revamped during the 2011 season including new floats in which you lie on your stomach down the flumes.|
|Cyclone||2006||The Cyclone is a yellow enclosed slide that goes into the pool near the deep end. The bottom is 4 feet deep.|
|Ferris wheel||Eli Bridge Ferris wheel||1990||Riders ascend 40 feet (12 m) into the air above Lake Como.|
|Como Cruisers||Individual Controllable Boats||2013||Individual boats that riders can steer in Lake Como, replaced Bumper Boats|
|EuroBungy||Bungee Trampoline Attraction||2010||Riders are attached to bungee cords and can jump on a trampoline inside a dome, it costs money and is only available on certain days.|
|Scrambler||Scrambler||1991||Standard Eli Bridge Scrambler|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Tilt-A-Whirl||1992||Standard Tilt-A-Whirl painted green and purple. Relocated from defunct Fantasy Farm park.|
|Super Round Up||Round Up (ride)||1993||Mass-produced "Round Up" ride.|
|Flying Bobs||Matterhorn (ride)||1994||Chance "Matterhorn" ride.|
|Carousel||Carousel||1998||Merry Go Round consisting of 30 horses and 2 chariots. Chance Rides model.|
|Dodgems||Bumper Cars||2000||Oval shaped Bumper Cars ride with a center island. A one way sign is posted, though it is not always followed.|
|Tempest||Grover Watkins Tempest||2001||"A tornado-like whirling dervish that cannot be found anywhere else in the state of Ohio." Relocated from Americana/Lesourdesville Lake Amusement Park.|
|Giant Slide||Giant Slide or Fun Slide||2001||3 lane, approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) tall Giant Slide.|
|Frog Hopper||S&S power Frog Hopper||2003||Bouncing spring ride with frog theming.|
|Scream Machine||Moser Spring Ride||2005||50 feet (15 m) tall Moser Spring Ride|
|Rock- O- Plane||Eyerly Rock-O-Plane||2007||Originally opened at LeSourdesville Lake in 1949.|
|River Runner||Pirate Ship (ride)||2008||Relocated from Wild West World after closure. Canoe themed.|
|Paddle Boats||Pedal Boats||unknown||Located on Lake Como|
|Wipeout||Spinning Lift Ride||2014||Opened at Coney Island in 2014, flips riders upside down in circles 20 feet in the air. Built by Moser Rides.|
In addition to these flat rides, there are five circular kiddie rides near the front of the park.
|List of Former Attractions|
|Baby Bumper Boats||1984||2004|
|Bumper Boats||1990||2013||Replaced by Como Cruisers.|
|Trabant||1993||2010||Replaced by Wipeout|
|Kiddie Circle Freeway||2006||2007||Carosel Car ride Relocated from Kings Island as Huck's Hotrods.|
|Zoom Flume||1977||2008||Zoom Flume, which had wooden supports, was the first of Sunlite Pool's large slides. It was removed at the end of 2008 season and replaced by The Twister.|
|Zzip||1984||1993||The Zzip was similar to its successor, the Pipeline Plunge.|
|unknown||1967||1971||Classic Whip Jr. ride designed by William F. Mangels. Relocated to Kings Island and now known as Linus' Beetle Bugs|
|unknown||1969||1971||Miniature carousel car ride designed by Hampton Amusement Corporation. Relocated to Kings Island and now known as PEANUTS Off-Road Rally|
|Log Flume||1968||1971||Log flume ride designed by O.D. Hopkins/Arrow Dynamics. Relocated to Kings Island and now known as Race For Your Life Charlie Brown|
|Dodgems||19??||1971||Special 2-seater bumper cars from Italy with working headlights, taillights, rear-view mirrors, and hazard flashers. Relocated to Kings Island.|
|unknown||1969||1971||Traditional "Spider" ride that spins in three different circles at the same time. While it quickly raises and lowers riders as their cars continue to spin. Relocated to Kings Island and now known as Monster|
|Scrambler||1957||1971||Traditional amusement park ride. 3 arms spin riders giving them the sensation of almost hitting the wall. Relocated to Kings Island.|
|Galaxi||1970||1971||An SDC designed "Galaxi" steel roller coaster. Relocated to Kings Island (1972–1977) as Bavarian Beetle.|
|unknown||19??||1971||Giant Slide. Relocated to Kings Island (1972–1995) as McScrappy's Slide.|
|Shoooting Star||1947||1971||Roller Coaster constructed out of the Clipper.|
|C.I. & L.C. Railroad||1964||1971|
|Clipper||1937||1946||A twister wooden roller coaster|
|Wild Cat||1926||1964||Roller Coaster|
|Flying Scooter||1940||1971||Relocated to Kings Island (1972–2004) as Flying Eagles. Relocated to Carowinds as "Danny Phantom`s Flyers".|
|Tumble Bug||1925||1971||A 1920s Harry Traver classic that pulled linked cars around an undulating circular track, similar to Turtle at Kennywood Park. Relocated to Kings Island (1972–1985)|
|Dip the Dips||1911||1918||Roller Coaster|
|Dip the Dips 2||1918||1925||Roller Coaster, replaced 1st Dip the Dips.|
|Figure 8||19??||1918||Roller Coaster|
|Little Dipper||19??||19??||Roller Coaster|
|Sky Rocket||1921||194?||Roller Coaster|
|Teddy Bear||1935||1971||Junior wooden coaster|
|Twister||1926||1936||Enclosed Roller Coaster|
|Wild Mouse||1958||196?||Roller Coaster|
|Sky Ride||1965||1971||A cable car skyride. Relocated to Kings Island (1972–1978).|
|Lost River||1928||1971||Mill Chute Ride Formerly Cascades (1928–1940)|
|Carousel||1926||1971||The classic carousel was built in 1926 and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat (96%) gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver and 48 hand-carved wooden horses. It features the Wurlitzer Organ #157. Relocated to Kings Island as Grand Carousel.|
|Land of Oz boats||19??||19??|
|The Spook ride||19??||19??|
Coney Island serves as the location for several festivals, including Summerfair Arts Festival, the "Cincinnati Celtic World Festival", The Appalachian Festival and the Cincinnati Flower and Farm Fest. Concerts are also held in the Moonlite Gardens area of the park, most notably by Over the Rhine.
Scenes from the old children's TV show The Banana Splits were filmed on location at Coney Island.
- "Coney Island History". Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- Felix Winternitz & Sacha DeVroomen Bellman (2007). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 166. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Jacques, Jr., Charles J., Cincinnati's Coney Island: America's Finest Amusement Park, 2002, Amusement Park Journal (ISBN 0-9614392-7-0)