Zamperla USA took over the lease for the old Astroland plot and brought in many of their parent company's flat rides. The park lost a little of it's traditional and carny feel. It is now run in a more polished manner, but long ride cycles remain a Coney Island tradition.
Most of the larger flat rides have high minimum height requirements so while there are limited rides, younger children will not have a lot of shared rides with their parents.
Although food options in the park are limited, there are wonderful independent food vendors right outside the park gates, including Nathan's
This park is decent it has a lot of unique rides especially air racer which now when I go back to visit is really the only ride I care for. The things I hate about the park are the ride prices and the lack of a Coney Island feel. Its nothing like astroland which had its nice carny style. Most Of All The Thing I loath about the park is that ever since it took over management of the Cyclone they got rid of the $5 dollar re ride option making two rides now cost $16. Overall its no a great park and its not a bad park but i just hate the lack of Coney Island feel especially growing up going every summer.
Luna Park, has a nice collection of rides. The combination of coasters and flats fits the area. The kiddie coaster, was cute and fun (it was my 100th coaster) and the Tickler was a spinning mouse coaster. Luna Park also offers one of the most unique rides around in Air Race. It looks like it's going to be a typical flat ride, but watching the ride (as sadly I can't do spinny type rides), this ride packed a nice punch, and throughout the day I heard good things from all who rode.
Having never been to Astroland, I can't offer a comparison to the past, but Luna Park is a very nice place in the middle of an area that's a bit run down. Being in the middle of New York City, prices are high and crowds can be an issue, but there's not too many other places to ride with the beach on one side and skyscrapers on the other. The Cyclone still delivers ridiculous rides in the back row, and there are some interesting flats, particularly the Air Race and Brooklyn Flyers swings. The other credits are nothing too special. Food is available, but you've got Nathan's so close by it'd be a shame not to eat there. Some entertainment is available (or check out the Coney Island Freak Show).
Protip: Take the subway, don't drive!
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Reachable by public transportation from Manhattan.
Additional rides in the area courtesy of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and other independent ride operators.
Cyclone and Scream Zone (also run by Zamperla) are not included in wristband prices.
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