Coney Island's Luna Park Lives to Thrill Again
Coney Island has never really been on our list of must-see theme parks, but things might be changing this year. Sure there’s no killer coaster, but there is a lot of history. Even more important than history is the fact that loads of cash has been invested into the rides and attractions at Luna Park, which looks to debut a new side of Coney Island on May 29.
Central Amusement International is bringing a brand new park to Coney Island for the 2010 season, and many of its rides and attractions will have an Italian touch. Zamperla Group is a major player within Central Amusement International and many of the rides that will eventually make their way to New York City are in Italy right now receiving their final coats of paint. The Mega Disko and Air Race are just two new attractions that need to ensure that they’re passports are current for their trip across the Atlantic next month.
Zamperla is pretty well known in the theme park business, and they’ve constructed rides for Six Flags, Disney, and even Michael Jackson’s Neverland. Their new rides and updates to old favorites will eventually cost about $30 million as they ready Luna Park for opening, so this might be the year that Coney Island returns to its former glory. As long as Air Race lives up to its billing as the ultimate thrill ride, we might just have to take the train to see what the new Coney Island is all about.
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