Dreamland (2009 amusement park)

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Dreamland was an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City that operated at the site of the defunct Astroland park for the 2009 season. It was replaced with a new Luna Park the following year.

The park was operated by Anthony Raffaele for Thor Equities.[1] The park contained two large freak shows as well as independent attractions to see a giant snake,[2] a giant rat (really a baby capybara),[3][4] and a tiny woman.[5][6] It also included a carousel, a scrambler, and other rides.

Thor Equities shut the park down before the end of the 2009 season due to $600,000 in unpaid back rent, locking them out in the middle of the night without a formal eviction.[7][8]


  1. ^ Sederstrom, Jotham. "Dreamland amusement park to take place of Astroland at Coney Island". nydailynews.com. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ http://shutterfreaks.com/gallery21/main.php/d/70784-1/_DSC6010-Giant-snake.jpg
  3. ^ "Coney Island Giant Rat « Capybara Madness". gianthamster.com. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Limited, Alamy. "Stock Photo - Giant rat stall (not!) Brighton Beach, Coney Island, new york city, USA". Alamy. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Art of the Day: World's Smallest Woman Arrives in Coney Island". Amusing the Zillion. September 2, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  6. ^ jriddlesmast (October 6, 2009), Meet the Freaks at Dreamland Coney Island Part 1, retrieved July 22, 2019
  7. ^ Durkin, Erin. "Nightmare at Dreamland: Rent woes shut Coney Island park as owner vows court battle". nydailynews.com. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ McLaughlin, Mike. "IT'S OVER! Coney's Dreamland will be closed for the rest of the summer". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved July 22, 2019.

Coordinates: 40°34′26″N 73°58′42″W / 40.574025°N 73.978380°W / 40.574025; -73.978380