Thunderbolt (2014 roller coaster)

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Under construction
Thunderbolt Coney Island 2.jpg
The completed Thunderbolt
Luna Park
Coordinates40°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
Opening dateJune 14, 2014 (2014-06-14)
CostUS$10 million
General statistics
Lift/launch systemVertical chain lift
Height115 ft (35 m)
Length2,234 ft (681 m)
Speed56 mph (90 km/h)
Height restriction50 in (127 cm)
Thunderbolt at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderbolt at RCDB

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

The Thunderbolt is located near Surf Avenue and West 15th Street in Coney Island and is built next to the B&B Carousell.


A wooden roller coaster named the Thunderbolt was originally operated by George Moran on Coney Island from 1925 to 1982.[1][2]

Thunderbolt viewed from the west, June 2016

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]

Published reports stated that Thunderbolt was expected to be completed and opened by Memorial Day 2014.[3][4] This date was delayed to early June 2014;[5][6] revised to open by June 6.[7][8] In early June, the opening date was once again delayed for later that summer.[9] On June 14, 2014, the Thunderbolt was opened.[10]


Thunderbolt was manufactured by Zamperla at a cost of US$10 million[11] and has a 90-degree vertical drop, a 100-foot loop, a zero-gravity roll, multiple dives, hills and a corkscrew. From the beginning of the initial drop, to the end of ride, it takes 38 seconds. The ride features 2,234 feet (681 m) of track, a height of 115 feet (35 m), and a top speed of 56 miles per hour (90 km/h).[12] Thunderbolt features four inversions including a vertical loop, Zero-G Roll, Immelmann loop and a corkscrew.[13][14][15][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. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  4. ^ Halperin, Rory (2013-06-05). "Restored B&B Carousell is open in Coney Island (slide show)". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  5. ^ "Memorial Day kicks off summer with a splash". NY Daily News. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  6. ^ "News and Rumors - Luna Park". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ Anthony Bell (3 June 2014). "New Thunderbolt Roller Coaster to Open Friday in Coney Island". ALL MEDIA NY. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. ^ Ned Berke (2 June 2014). "After Delays, Coney Island's Thunderbolt To Open Next Week [Updated]". Bensonhurst Bean. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. ^ Kensinger, Nathan (5 June 2014). "Change Comes Once Again for Coney Island's Thunderbolt". Curbed NY. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ Brown, Stephen R. (14 June 2014). "Coney Island's new Thunderbolt roller coaster officially opens". NY Daily News. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Coney Island's 2014 Season, Kickoff". 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  12. ^ NYCEDC Announces New "Thunderbolt" Roller Coaster to be Built at Coney Island Archived March 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Luna Park breaks ground on new roller coaster, the Thunderbolt, on Coney Island - News 12 Brooklyn". March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  15. ^ New Roller Coaster Promises Coney Island a Return of Thrills
  16. ^ "Coney Island's Luna Park To Get New Roller Coaster « CBS New York". 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-06-04.