Luna Park (Coney Island, 2010)

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Luna Park
Luna Park Logo.svg
LocationConey Island, Brooklyn, United States
Coordinates40°34′26″N 73°58′43″W / 40.573972°N 73.978479°W / 40.573972; -73.978479Coordinates: 40°34′26″N 73°58′43″W / 40.573972°N 73.978479°W / 40.573972; -73.978479
OwnerZamperla
Operated byCentral Amusement International, LLC
General managerFernando Velasquez
OpenedMay 29, 2010 (2010-05-29)
Operating seasonApril–October
Area3.16-acre (12,800 m2)
Attractions
Total28
Roller coasters6
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
StatusOperating

Luna Park is the name of an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. It opened on May 29, 2010, at the site of Astroland, an amusement park that had been in operation from 1962 to 2008, and Dreamland, which operated at the same site for the 2009 season. It was named after the original 1903 Luna Park which operated until 1944 on a site just north of the current park's 1000 Surf Avenue location.

The park was designed, developed, and operated by Central Amusement International, LLC (CAI), a subsidiary of the Italian company Zamperla which built 19 new mechanical rides for the park. There are also interactive games, food and beverage concessions, and live entertainment.

As of 2017, the park's general manager is Fernando Velasquez.

History[edit]

Luna Park during its opening weekend in 2010

In September 2003, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz formed the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC). The corporation released the "Coney Island Revitalization Plan" in 2005, which laid out its plan to preserve and grow the historic amusement area.[1]

At the end of the 2008 season, the Coney Island Astroland amusement park closed. In 2009, a traveling carnival operated amusement rides on the Astroland site, renaming it Dreamland.[2] On February 16, 2010, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winning bid to develop and operate an amusement park to be constructed on the 3.16-acre (12,800 m2) former site of Astroland in Coney Island would be awarded to Zamperla/Central Amusement International under a 10-year lease.

The new Luna Park was widely advertised across New York City in posters, billboards, and advertisements on the side of public buses as part of an advertisement for the attractions at Coney Island. The ads boasted the punchlines "Thrill is nothing without speed", referring to the various thrill rides at the park and "The FUN is back at Coney Island" referring to the Coney Island restoration project. The park opened on May 29, 2010.[3]

Besides the new rides brought in by Zamperla, many older rides from Astroland were incorporated into Luna Park. These included the old park's centerpiece, "Astrotower", which was not operational; another inherited ride was the landmarked Cyclone roller coaster, which was leased out to Astroland in 1975. Some of the other old spaced themed elements were incorporated into the amusement areas.

On July 2, 2013, Luna Park was evacuated as a precaution due to a problem with the Astrotower swaying; part of the attraction remained closed over the Fourth of July. During that time, construction crews worked day and night to dismantle the tower and by July 6 it had been reduced to a four foot high stump with the pieces sold to a local junkyard for scrap.[4]

In May 2014, the Thunderbolt steel coaster opened at Luna Park.[5] It was named after the 1925 coaster that had been demolished in 2000.[6]

In August 2018, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Luna Park would be expanded. The new rides would be located on a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) city-operated parcel between West 15th and West 16th Streets, next to the new Thunderbolt coaster. The rides would include a 40-foot-high (12 m) log flume, as well as a zip-line and a ropes course, that were originally scheduled to open in 2020.[7][8] There would also be a public plaza and an amusement arcade within the newly expanded amusement area.[8][9] These construction projects were placed on hold in early 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.[10] Alessandro Zamperla, president of Luna Park's owner Central Amusement International, stated in mid-2020 that he hoped to have these rides open in 2021.[11]

Description[edit]

Luna Park entrance

Luna Park's entrance is patterned after the entrance to the original 1903 Luna Park and was built on the ground of the former Astroland amusement park. The new park is the home of nineteen new attractions and games. It is the only area on Coney Island in which the use of cash to pay for amusements and rides is not allowed; visitors must buy Luna Cards and spend Luna Credits[12] or use an unlimited ride wristband that allows for four hours of ride time on select rides.[13] Throughout the park variations of the Coney Island "Funny Face" logo can be seen. The logo, from the early days of George C. Tilyou's Steeplechase Park, has been around for a hundred years.[14]

Attractions[edit]

Luna Park includes 19 attractions[15] designed and manufactured by Antonio Zamperla, SpA (Zamperla), a company based in Vicenza, Italy.[16][17] Luna Park also operates the Coney Island Cyclone, an official city and national landmark.[18]

Thrill Rides[edit]

The Tickler ride with the Coney Island "Funny Face" logo.

Family Rides[edit]

  • Circus Coaster
  • Coney Island Hang Glider
  • Coney Tower
  • Lynn's Trapeze
  • WindstarZ

Kiddie Rides[edit]

The Tea Party ride

Scream Zone[edit]

Entrance to the Scream Zone

For the 2011 season, an addition called Scream Zone opened that featured four rides.[19] Since then, more rides have been added.

Rides[edit]

The Soarin' Eagle ride
  • Astro Tower (Named after Astroland's Astro Tower)
  • Coney Island Raceway - Go-Kart Track
  • Endeavor
  • Slingshot
  • Steeplechase - A Zamperla launching motocoaster with trains resembling horses.
  • Soarin' Eagle - A Zamperla flying coaster where riders lay on stomachs, cars go up a spiral lift hill.
  • Zenobio - A booster-type ride
  • Brooklyn Go-Kart - A kiddie version of the Coney Island Raceway

See also[edit]

  • Luna Park, list of parks based on the original Luna Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg Announces Strategic Plan For Future of Coney Island". NYCEDC. September 14, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. " (Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  3. ^ "Luna Park opening day". nydailynews.com. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Luna Park to reopen after Astrotower demolition". WABC TV. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Brown, Stephen R. (June 14, 2014). "Coney Island's new Thunderbolt roller coaster officially opens". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Barry, Dan (October 4, 2003). "About New York; Giuliani Razed Roller Coaster, And the Law". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  7. ^ "Log flume ride, zip lines coming to Coney Island". am New York. August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Chung, Jen (August 23, 2018). "Coney Island's Luna Park Is Getting Log Flume Ride, A Ropes Course, And More!". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "City Unveils Plans For New Water Park, Arcade On Coney Island". CBS New York. August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Maisel, Todd (May 12, 2020). "An endless bummer? Coney Island gripped by uncertainty as summer approaches in COVID-19 era". amNewYork. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Passy, Charles (July 1, 2020). "Coney Island Emerges From Lockdown as New York City Beaches Reopen". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  12. ^ New York City Economic Development Corporation. "Press Images". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  13. ^ Luna Park. "Park Prices". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  14. ^ Coney Island History Project, “The Face Of Steeplechase” Opening May 24 at the Coney Island History Project Monday, May 19th, 2014
  15. ^ Luna Park Attractions Archived November 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Coney Island Gets a $30 Million Italian Makeover." The New York Times. April 23, 2010.
  17. ^ "Luna Park Opens at Coney Island." USA Today. May 27, 2010.
  18. ^ Luna Park. "Ride Credits". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "'Scream Zone' Opens, Joining Luna Park in Coney Island". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 20, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.

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