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RCoasterny wrote:Did you guys break the Crossbow? At the end of the video, the train just stopped before the station and just... sat there. It was already apparent that the station was clear to proceed...
We had to sit in the brake run until the air compressor turned on, filled and we then slowly inched into the station. We thought we had broke it when we took the first ride as well... It was actually a great credit!
And the pizza tour and cannolis were awesome! I was so stuffed for the bus ride back to the hotel...
Today was our "Un-Official" bonus day of the North East Trip, and continuing our journey into New York City, we visited the historic "Coney Island!"
For those of you who may not be aware, there has been a massive effort into "cleaning up Coney Island" the past few years. The old Astroland park was closed, the rides removed, and new owners (Zamperla USA), was awarded the contracts to open up the new Luna Park, Scream Zone, and take over operations of the Coney Island Cyclone.
The result is FANTASTIC! While the area still has a way to go, the improvements are obvious, welcomed, and Coney Island is full of life! It was great to see crowds at the park, and the entire area didn't seem quite as "run down" or "seedy" as it has in recent years.
Even the boardwalk areas, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, and other amusements have seen improvement and overall Coney Island seems like it really is moving forward to become a day-trip destination for New Yorkers again.
By far the best flat ride of Luna park was the air race. Lots of out of your seat spinning fun! The 12th Street bumper cars were also pretty amazing with the music thumping and fast cars to bump into each other with, it's for sure something that needs to be checked out by those taking a stroll in Coney Island.
Love seeing Coney Island rejuvenated like this although we enjoyed it in 2008 even with its seediness.
I haven't followed the transition from Astroworld closing to now; are any of the rides in the area (like in Deno's Wonder Wheel Park) still around from 2008? I thought I remember one of the dark rides being called Spook-a-rama for example.
Last edited by ernierocker on Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:59 am.
I was planning on going to Bowcraft on the day you all went. I can't believe I didn't and missed out on what looks like a ton of fun!! Coney island looks amazing now too I can't wait to get back out there!
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