Getting a Facelift
“With the recent transformations to the park over the past couple of years, we feel that the perception of the park is changing for the better,” said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International. “Both Luna Park and the Scream Zone offer fun new rides and attractions and the boardwalk now offers great food and retail options. The Coney Island renaissance is well underway.”
Something for Everyone
For a seven, nine, and 11-year-old, along with their 40-something parents, Luna Park and Scream Zone had something for everyone. The seven-year-old had her own small roller coaster, the Circus Coaster, and a medium-thrill flume ride, Wild River, to proudly say she conquered, along with several more, even gentler rides that kept her happy and excited.
Old Meets New
It’s the new rides, along with a fresh coat of paint on the venerable Coney Island institution Nathan’s Hot Dogs, that the Brooklyn beach community is banking on to change their reputation from a down-on-its-luck ramshackle vestige of old New York to a fun, new place for families, tourists, and even hipsters (we saw a bunch) to come and enjoy again and again.
Days Gone By
Sandwiched among the new rides remain the venerable Cyclone roller coaster, the oldest wooden roller coaster still in operation in the United States, and the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel, which offers spectacular views of Brooklyn. Both remind visitors of times gone by, where women in petticoats and men in bowlers strolled the boardwalk.
For the Thrill Seekers
On "Boardwalk Flight," up to three riders are tethered together in giant body bags, hoisted on a rope 110 feet into the air, and then dropped. Momentum then swings the riders out over the cheering throngs on the boardwalk below.
Get Ready to Scream
Boardwalk Flight and a handful of “high thrill” rides are part of Coney Island’s new Scream Zone.
Thrills and Frills
Next door to the Scream Zone is Luna Park, with even more great new rides suitable for those seeking thrills of all levels. “Luna Park is different than other amusement parks because of its great historical value, as it is the birthplace of American amusement parks,” Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International, which runs the park, told FOXNews.com.
Scream Zone and Luna Park are two totally new amusement parks aiming to transform Coney Island, the biggest amusement park in the U.S. in the early 20th century, into an early 21st century family destination.