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Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:17 am
by coasterbill
Coney Island’s Luna Park expanding with log flume ride, zip lines and ropes course

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Coney Island, already known for its thrills and chills, is about to get a little more adventurous. A sprawling log flume ride, zip lines and a rope course will be constructed on vacant land between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk, between West 15th and West 16th streets, amNewYork has learned. Pedestrian plazas featuring food, arcade games and seating are set to rise on two other streets near the boardwalk.

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Central Amusement International, the operator of Luna Park, was picked to develop the property under a 10-year lease agreement with the city. The adventure park is expected to open next summer, with the water ride to follow in 2020. Alessandro Zamperla, president of Central Amusement International, said developing the city-owned sites will expand Luna Park by 50 percent from 300,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet. “We are adding new and more exciting attractions, but also enhancing the atmosphere by adding more places where you can just sit and relax and enjoy some shade,” Zamperla told amNewYork.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation solicited proposals last year for the property between West 10th and West 16th streets, which totals 150,000 square feet. Three of the parcels were city-owned and two were purchased from private owners.

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Zamperla called the custom-made log flume a “magnificent attraction” that rises 40 feet high with spectacular ocean views and colorful lights. And then there’s the 30 mph drop from the peak. “Blow it up big like the Jersey Shore, now you’re in business,” said Donnie Manetta, 35, of Staten Island, while visiting Coney Island on Wednesday. “You can’t stop — keep growing!” His eight-year-old daughter, Gianna, was excited by the rendering of the log flume. “I want to go on that!” she exclaimed. “Definitely a water ride I think is needed,” said Long Island resident Cindy Marquez, 36, who said she brings out-of-town family members to Coney Island when they come to visit.

The ropes course will be open to people with different skill levels, Zamperla said. The most ambitious can scale 34 feet and then descend on a zip line.

Alexandra Silversmith, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island, which represents businesses including Luna Park, said the new rides could attract new visitors. “There are a lot of people who are thrill seekers,” said Silversmith. “We are missing some of the more adventurous rides and experiences here.”

Silversmith also said developing the parcels eliminates an eyesore and provides a more seamless experience for visitors. “We’re pleased they were chosen, because they were successful with Luna Park,” said Eddie Mark, district manager of Community Board 13, which includes Coney Island. “The plans look very nice and should fit into the area.”

City Councilman Mark Treyger said he was happy to see empty lots being used and that the renderings show CAI using historic Coney Island style in its designs. “As you walk through the amusement district, you see these areas of inconsistency,” Treyger said. “You see areas that are lively and then these areas that are derelict and collecting dust.” A self-described “foodie,” Treyger said both local residents and visitors have been looking for more food options in the area. “I’m a fan of pedestrian plazas and where families can walk around and enjoy the area,” he said.

Zamperla said the company is focused on honoring Coney Island’s storied past. “We want to re-create the magic of Coney Island and bring it back to its heyday,” he said.


Link to the announcement

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:21 am
by Canobie Coaster
Zamperla is doing an excellent job adding new rides to Coney Island. The flume and ropes course look like two other nice adds.

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:33 am
by coasterbill
This is amazing news, not only because it's a log flume but because this really completes the revitalization of the area between Cyclone and the baseball stadium. That little strip was super sketchy and generally just an overgrown eyesore.

It doesn't look like it will extend all the way back to Surf Avenue but I guess that's probably a plus since it saves the Cyclones from needing to install a net to catch home run balls which would (in itself) be sort of hideous. The way it is now you would need an absolute bomb which isn't going to happen all that often in the New York Penn League.

I love the additions to the end of the streets also.

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:40 am
by WolfBobs
Exciting to see a new log flume pop up in the states. Hopefully we will start seeing more added back into parks that have recently removed theirs.

Overall, this looks like a solid addition to the park. Looks like it's time for me to start planning a New England trip.

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:50 am
by coasterbill
WolfBobs wrote:Exciting to see a new log flume pop up in the states. Hopefully we will start seeing more added back into parks that have recently removed theirs.


Honestly, log flumes removals aren't a major thing at pay-per-ride parks. They're overwhelmingly popular attractions and parks know that but they're expensive to operate so pay-one-price parks that don't get a measurable ROI per ride seem to be much more likely to remove them.

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:18 am
by coneyislandchris
That really looks like a gorgeous flume. A vast improvement over the Wild River they currently have over there. I have to assume that one's days are probably numbered. And my little guy loves ropes courses as well (even if he gets terrified at certain points and completely unable to move...) so that'll be a nice, fun addition as well!

Definitely looking forward to this in the future!

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:22 am
by Canobie Coaster
^ I forgot they even had that flume. That'd be prime real estate for another flat.

I can dream of them removing the smaller pendulum too and adding a giant discovery over there. :lol:

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:23 am
by coneyislandchris
Canobie Coaster wrote:I can dream of them removing the smaller pendulum too and adding a giant discovery over there. :lol:

See, I was GOING to say that, but I didn't want to sound greedy.

spoiler alert: yes i do

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:33 am
by Taylor Finn
Certainly exciting. I love to hear that they’re starting to run out of room to build. The two little pedestrian plazas mentioned.. I just looked back at a picture that showed these parcels (W 12th and Stillwell) when the city was accepting proposals and I don’t quite understand where the plots are. Are they going to just convert these two streets from Bowery up to the boardwalk into plazas?

Re: Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:39 am
by coasterbill
Taylor Finn wrote:Are they going to just convert these two streets from Bowery up to the boardwalk into plazas?


Maybe not all the way to Bowery, but yeah... that's sort of what I'm gathering. I think they'll look great.