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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:29 am

^ I haven't seen a schedule but the Cyclone has always opened for the season on Palm Sunday (a week before Easter Sunday).

You might want to shoot them an e-mail to confirm. info@caiparks.com
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Postby Noxegon » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:44 am

For those who are local to Coney Island...

I'm going to be flying into JFK at 19:40 on a Thursday night in July, apparently one that has Luna Park/Scream Zone open until 23:00.

I could probably get there by around 21:30 if all went to plan. Is that realistic for riding the four Luna Park coasters, or am I wasting my time in the attempt?

I have the fall back option of going the next day, but it relaxes my trip considerably if I don't have to.

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Postby larrygator » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:44 am

^Yes, it is possible. If it is rainy don't chance it as the parks sometimes close early in the rain.
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Postby Noxegon » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:27 pm

Thanks.

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Postby larrygator » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:24 pm

I stopped by Coney Island on the way home today after having lunch with a friend. I just wanted to check out if any work had been done at the base of the parachute jump where the restored B&B Carrousel will reside.

There are signs on Luna Park's gates reminding the locals that the park and The Cyclone will open on Palm Sunday, April 1st.
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Postby sspaz1000 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:32 pm

The fog shot looks really cool though.
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Postby larrygator » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:16 pm

Did any of you make it out for today's opening? One of these years I'll get there early and be one of the first 100 free riders on Cyclone.

Here's an article about opening weekend from WNYC Radio.

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2012/apr/01/will-3rd-season-be-charm-coney-islands-boardwalk-leaseholder/

Coney Island's Operator Hopes 3rd Season is the Charm

A sure sign that spring is here is the sound of the of the Cyclone roller coaster rattling in Coney Island. The 2012 season officially begins on Sunday and will be operating on weekends until Memorial Day when the seaside amusement areas Luna Park and the Scream Zone open daily.


This is Central Amusement International’s 3rd season as boardwalk leaseholder — operating and overseeing the city’s 6.9 acres in the amusement district.

Julia Vitullo-Martin, senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association and director of the Center for Urban Innovation, said its worth watching this season to see if the city's rezoning effort for Coney Island is working.

"The city's plan initially looked like quite a success when it first started, and last year some of that success seemed to die down. I think the major question for Coney Island is what's going to happen this year," she explained.

CAI President Valerio Ferrari admits bad weather hurt receipts last year’s season, even though a record 11 million people visited in 2011.

Ferrari said he hopes this season will see even more visitors.

The park will add two new rides: go-carts and a sky-coaster that will pull passengers 100 feet into the air. They’re scheduled to open on May 24.

There will also be new restaurants this season, including Tom’s Diner and, a little further from the boardwalk, Grimaldi's Pizza. Old-timer Nathan’s Hot Dogs will open a second location on the boardwalk.

Longtime Coney Island businesses Ruby’s Bar and Grill and Paul’s Daughter will also be back this season, after agreeing to major upgrades.

Vitullo Martin said she hopes CAI doesn't take the boardwalk makeover too far. "I think the concessionaire needs to think about how to get a mix of retail and a mix of restaurants so that everything is good but everything doesn't look the same."

Ruby’s co-owner Michael Sarrel said some regular visitors may not recognize the area without the grit. “It will be cleaner when you walk the boardwalk but you won’t feel that old history as much.”

Ferrari disagrees. He said the Italian company has learned to appreciate Brooklyn more over the handful of years. “Instead of insisting on a 180 degree change, we are trying to embrace the old but with a new lift.”

The city is investing millions in infrastructure improvements in the area, according to the Coney Island Development Corporation. CAI has invested another $30 million so far, opening up its two amusement parks.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby ScottBrown » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:27 pm

I know a few were curious if Cyclone would retain it's original colors and if this picture is any indication of things to come it is starting to look like the mighty Cyclone is going to gradually turn brown like the roller coaster in Puyallup has over the years
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:16 am

http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/158605/coney-island-rides-soar-as-fun-filled-season-begins

Summer is still more than two months away, but Coney Island is getting a head start on the season. The neighborhood's amusement parks officially opened Sunday with the annual blessing of the rides, and the traditional egg-cream christening of the Cyclone. The 85-year-old roller coaster was one of several rides to get a makeover.

A small crowd waited for hours to be among the first 100 people to ride the famous attraction and got their thrills for free.

"Coney Island is the mother of all amusement parks in America. It was the original and still the best. Everyone else follows Coney Island," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

"It's just a nostalgic thing, my family have been coming down here since I was a child, born and raised here on Coney Island. It's just a big thrill that this ride that is 85 years old is still here. It's amazing," said one thrill seeker.

Crews replaced 280-feet of track over the winter, and park owners say that makes for a smoother and faster ride.

Meanwhile, the Wonder Wheel is also taking on a modern spin this season.

Sunday saw most of rides at Coney Island in full swing, including those at another famous staple, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, which held it's 34th annual Blessing of the Rides. As is their tradition, they welcomed 300 children from Coney Island's Sea and Salt Mission which provides thousands of free meals a month to local kids. They too got to ride for free, including the latest attractions at the family-owned amusement park. As for the Wonder Wheel itself, the swinging cars will once again light up, but this time they will be solar powered.

Debuting later this season are new go-kart rides and a trapeze that will swing out over the boardwalk.

Now that it's been officially blessed, the park will be open every weekend until Memorial Day. After that it will welcome crowds daily all summer long.

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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby andybarnes84 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:49 am

Some track replacement can't be a bad thing for the Cyclone, we're looking at 88m or so, some of which has clearly been the first drop. Does this mean the evil first turnaround has been re-profiled too?

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