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P. 60: Phoenix coaster announced for Phoenix at Deno’s Wonder Wheel

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Wow, wow wow, that is expensive. Other parks run a pay as you go system, like Liseberg, and than also unlimited wristbands, yet the thing is that there, the rides are way better quality. I get it that the park itself must be over priced, and they are assuming that people are going to do many re-rides to get their moneys worth, but that is massive. Do you think they are trying to keep lines down?

 

I wonder what their price would be for a annual pass. Probably about £250.

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This is going to spoil everyone who is used to the smoothness of the Coney Island Cyclone or a Zamperla coaster.

Before the new coaster at Luna Park opens, it seems as if Deno's Wonder Wheel Park is getting a brand new custom Vekoma suspended family coaster for the 2021 season! From the article on USA Today;

They are. Dragon Flier at Dollywood is butter smooth. No OTSRs, just a lapbar in a comfortable bucket seat. He's saying the Zamperlas are janky (not going to disagree there) and the Cyclone (which has

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Yeah upon further review, correct me if I'm wrong but I think this makes Luna Park the most expensive single day ticket of any non Disney or Universal park in America if you visit on a weekend. You have to admit that that's a bit nuts.

 

The internet sez Legoland California is $84. Buying a BGW ticket onsite is listed at $90. The Florida SEAS parks are more expensive too. But yeah, a pretty short list. And all of them are outfitted a little different than Coney Island. I'd probably be sufficiently satiated if I paid $100 for the card for my wife and I should I end up there, say, Sunday...

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Just posted up a trip report from this past Saturday which you can find over in this thread, complete with photos and GIFs. Because that's how I roll now, apparently. Needless to say, did not take "advantage" of the $69 ride-all-day wristbands. It's also worth noting that these wristbands only give you a single ride apiece on the Coney Island Raceway go-karts and the Slingshot, which is to be expected because those were the two priciest upcharge style attractions.

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I met up with some friends yesterday at Coney Island. People might think the prices are high but I think CAI is doing a great job pricing the wristband to market conditions. Lines to buy wristbands and cards were long but rides queue lines were very manageable.

 

If you compare LunaPark to a corporate park the admission pricing is usually going to favor the corporate parks. Luna Park makes no money for parking and the food concessions % is much lower due to the outside businesses running most food stands. Yesterday there was a free pet talent show on the boardwalk that was more entertaining than any Six Flags Great Adventure show since the removal of the foul mouthed Percy Pelican show.

 

Luna Park (and many other shore parks) sits on very expensive property. If prices are not managed properly it is a no win situation for all involved.

 

The Luna Park/Scream Park all day wristband is expensive if you visit repeatedly, but for a first timer on the weekend it is in line with the value you get, if you take advantage of the 3 rides that are normally upcharges. Those 3 upcharge rides alone are priced at $46. That equates to only $24 for the rest of the rides.

 

I rode Endeavor for the first time and thought it was a very good, intense ride. It felt a little more intense than an Enterprise, maybe it was because I'm getting older, maybe I was a little dehydrated but I really liked it.

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Did you happen to ride Thunderbolt, Larry? If so, does it seem to be riding any differently, or is it still suffering from the same roughness people have previously pointed out?

 

I didn't ride this time, but the couple I was with (who are well traveled) really liked it and said it was not painful, they ride the Volare next, so it wasn't a comparison between the two. They hated the Volare. At the end of the day, they gave me their Luna Card with $20 left on it, so I will ride it sometime this summer.

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Hey guys, I haven't been active enough, but good news, I'm working at Luna Park as we speak as a ride operator, so I'm actually in on what they're going to do or might do, if you need proof I have my uniform and name tag as proof

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Went to Luna Park last Saturday for a short visit. Thunderbolt is very rough for my standards but not as bad as people said. I wish Zamperla could’ve worked harder on the track manufacturing because you feel every joint of track right in your spine.

 

Cyclone is such a pleasant surprise, GCI did a fantastic job at the retracking.

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Hey guys, I haven't been active enough, but good news, I'm working at Luna Park as we speak as a ride operator, so I'm actually in on what they're going to do or might do, if you need proof I have my uniform and name tag as proof

No amount of "forum cool points" is worth violating confidentiality agreements. Just don't even bother.

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Wonder Wheel, Thunderbolt, Skating Rink, B&B Carousel and Stop the Zombies 7D will all be open and free again on New Yera's eve.

 

El Dorado Bumper Cars will also be open, and the New York Aquarium will extend its hours to 9 p.m.

 

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Nice. It's looking unlikely that I'll be swinging by SFGADv when I'm out there at the end of the month, but a lap or two on Thunderbolt might work provided the place isn't mobbed (expecting it very well may be, though).

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Now I know Eldorado Auto Skooter is still kickin' (and slammin', bumpin', and thumpin'), which is always a good update. Things have been precarious on and off for a while for those smaller amusement companies.

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...I'm working at Luna Park as we speak as a ride operator...

 

Shouldn't you be operating the ride instead of posting on TPR?? #AskingForAFriend

 

Wonder Wheel, Thunderbolt, Skating Rink, B&B Carousel and Stop the Zombies 7D will all be open and free again on New Yera's eve.

 

I can't imagine how many people will be crammed in there!

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^They're not Lusses, despite the Auto Skooter moniker, but are fairly hard-hitting (and also fun to whiz around in like go-karts). The attraction is best known for its thumping nightclub atmosphere (people routinely mistake the building for such) and its quirky, enthusiastic staff (jumping onto moving cars, etc.).

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Wonder Wheel, Thunderbolt, Skating Rink, B&B Carousel and Stop the Zombies 7D will all be open and free again on New Yera's eve.

 

I can't imagine how many people will be crammed in there!

Too many. Way too many. According to the Luna Park page, although the rides are open from 6 to 12 on NYE, they will be cutting off the lines at 9:30 PM. Ehhhh... I'll pass.

 

In the meantime, they also announced their opening date for next season, which will be Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Pretty sure I'll be in Doswell, VA on that date though.

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^They're not Lusses, despite the Auto Skooter moniker, but are fairly hard-hitting (and also fun to whiz around in like go-karts). The attraction is best known for its thumping nightclub atmosphere (people routinely mistake the building for such) and its quirky, enthusiastic staff (jumping onto moving cars, etc.).

 

That last part sounds particularly awesome!

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Wonder Wheel, Thunderbolt, Skating Rink, B&B Carousel and Stop the Zombies 7D will all be open and free again on New Yera's eve.

 

El Dorado Bumper Cars will also be open, and the New York Aquarium will extend its hours to 9 p.m.

 

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... or not.

 

El Dorado Bumper Cars will still be open, the New York Aquarium will still extend their hours and the carousel will run for the first 250 riders but the other rides will be closed.

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Ah jeez, haven't been here in forever, I went to coney island and I took a few picture, it was very cloudy so the park looked like a ghost town, guys, it was so surreal, Brooklyn flyer was taken down and it was in pieces, I didn't notice till I left the park, workers were fixing things, maintenance was in a hurry, some rides were missing too. It was so empty that I had chills.

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Peeking at the entrance of the new Sharks! exhibit

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Power Surge Where Are You

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Where's Water Mania? (Yes I was inside the park)

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From this angle it looks empty

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Another Peek of the new entrance of the Sharks! exhibit

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So, is power surge coming back?

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The Shark Exhibit facade

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The new mural, dedicated to the dangers of plastic in the water

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pt 2

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pt3

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Another peek

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Opening day is March 24th (Saturday)! I believe that's a week earlier than last year, or maybe I'm going to a week later this year. None of the coasters particularly excite me, but I'll be in NYC opening weekend so that gives me an opportunity to visit a new park. Lots of unique flats and rides here + easy public transportation are big pluses in my book!

 

http://lunaparknyc.com/plan/park-hours/

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Opening day is March 24th (Saturday)! I believe that's a week earlier than last year, or maybe I'm going to a week later this year. None of the coasters particularly excite me, but I'll be in NYC opening weekend so that gives me an opportunity to visit a new park. Lots of unique flats and rides here + easy public transportation are big pluses in my book!

 

http://lunaparknyc.com/plan/park-hours/

 

Make sure you ride the Cyclone in the back. If the Cyclone is still running as well as it was in 2016, you'll be in for some crazy ejector air on almost every single drop.

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