Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

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Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu May 05, 2005 12:56 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about all the news on Coney Island's Development, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion.

Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!



May 5th, 2005 - Coney Island Redevelopment Proposal - SEE BELOW!
July 20th, 2005 - Historic B&B Carousell up for auction
September 20th, 2005 - Joe Sitt's vision for Coney Island

November 29th, 2006 - Astroland to close after the 2007 season

November 8th, 2007 - NYC unveils their vision for Coney Island

November 18th, 2008 - Municipal Arts Society unveils their vision for Coney Island
December 31st, 2008 - Astroland rides rumored to be going to Sydney Australia

November 11th, 2009 - NYC to buy seven acres of Coney Island for $95.6 Million

Jan 21st, 2010 - Zamperla USA chosen as park operator
Feb 1st, 2010 - New park to be called 'Luna park'
Feb 16th, 2010 - Park to have 23 New Rides, Including New Roller Coasters, a Human Sling Shot and Go-Karts
Feb 29th, 2010 - Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Coney Island
April 19th, 2010 - Coney Island Cyclone gets a Twitter account!
May 12th, 2010 - Judge sides with the city in redevelopment case
May 12th, 2010 - New construction photos
May 19th, 2010 - Complete list of rides released
June 23rd, 2010 - Water Slide Beach opening near Steeplechase Pier
September 21st, 2010 - Luna Park extends season to Halloween
November 2nd, 2010 - Zamperla decides which business' will stay or go

January 20th, 2011 - Names announced for Scream Zone coasters
January 21st, 2011 - Zamperla to take over operation of the Cyclone!
March 10th, 2011 - Deal reached with Coney Island 8 for lease extensions
April 16th, 2011 - Scream Zone construction
November 10th, 2011 - B&B Carousell restoration, record crowds & expansions

February 2nd, 2012 - GCI to reprofile Cyclone
February 15th, 2012 - Coney Island hiring for the 2012 Summer season
April 5th, 2012 - 280 feet of Cyclone's track replaced during offseason
September 17th, 2012 - Wonder Wheel boosters oppose new observation tower
November 11th, 2012 - Coney Island after Hurricane Sandy
November 29th, 2012 - Zamperla wins rights to light up the Parachute Jump
December 19th, 2012 - Coney Island businesses set speedy recovery plan

January 20th, 2013 - Water Mania attraction being added to Coney Island
May 26th, 2013 - Coney Island Zamperla lease extended thru 2027!
May 27th, 2013 - Water Mania splash battle/teacups mashup ride added!
June 10th, 2013 - Coney Island Thunderbolt to be "Reborn"
June 17th, 2013 - New Coney Island Thunderbolt layout revealed!
July 4th, 2013 - Parts of Iconic Astrotower are being removed
August 14th, 2013 - Boy escapes from and jumps from Sea Serpent coaster at Deno's
December 19th, 2013 - NYC extends Luna Park lease until 2027, Wonder Wheel Park leases also expected to be renewed

February 20th, 2014 - Coney Island Cyclone Retracking Construction Update!
February 25th, 2014 - Thunderbolt lift hill & trains are being assembled!
March 10th, 2014 - Thunderbolt ground breaking ceremony occurs
May 20th, 2014 - Thunderbolt track work completed
June 15th, 2014 - Thunderbolt opens

December 14, 2015: Thunderbolt, Wonder Wheel and B&B Carousell to be open free of charge New Year's Eve/Day

August 27th, 2016 - mini-golf course (and slick track) built next to ScreamZone

February 7th, 2016 - NYC opening up a few more parcels for amusements

August 23rd, 2018 - Log flume, zip-line, ropes course & more announced!

February 25th, 2019 - Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park owner Lula Vourderis passes away

March 2nd, 2020 - New concept art released! Coaster, log flume & more!

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Shiny, new Coney Island coming soon

May 4, 2005

Coney Island will join the city's legions of all that glitters if draft plans for massive renovations get a final go ahead.

Officials from the Coney Island Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled plans to rejuvenate the iconic seaside destination by revamping its amusement park, boardwalk and aquarium and adding stores, restaurants, movie theaters and arcades.

Artist's renderings of Surf Avenue transform the crumbling roadway from a drab and dumpy highway to a bustling strip draped with flashing neon signs, polished pedestrian walkways and finely manicured landscaping.

The boardwalk is slated for a luxury spa, boutiques and open-air sidewalk cafes. The aquarium is in line for a makeover along with the Children's Restaurant. Plans for a multicultural center are also in the works.

Developers hope the renovation plan, which is still a work in progress slated to be finalized this summer, will help the area evolve from a summer recreation site to a hub of year-round entertainment.

Though some have aired concerns the widespread overhaul could erase the historic flavor of Coney Island, beloved for its grit, grease and oddities, developers say they are keeping neighborhood authenticity in mind.

Renovation plans cover the areas between Neptune Avenue and the ocean and span from W. 37th Street to W. Fifth.

The Coney Island Development Corporation is a 13-member board formed in 2003. The group is comprised of city officials, local and Brooklyn-wide and business and community leaders.

Members of the group, charged with spearheading plans to revitalize the neighborhood, serve two-year terms.

What I find interesting is some of the artists renderings:
And another "After"
One more "After"
Is it just me or have they drawn what looks like an Invertigo and a B&M??!?!
Ahh, so they are turning Coney Island into Freemont Street! =)
Here is the "Before" view.
Another "Before"
One more "Before"
An overall map of Coney Island
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Postby CoasterFanatic » Thu May 05, 2005 1:49 pm

I will still have my hand on my wallet when I get off the D train.

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Postby coaster1 » Thu May 05, 2005 2:47 pm

Hmm looks almost exactly like what they want to do with the Fair Park area here in Dallas. Adding 2 new coasters (wood and steel) and turn it into more of a retail money maker than rundown ghetto area it is. As long as they don't screw up the Parachute Tower, Wonder Wheel, Cyclone or Nathan's .. anything is fine with me.

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Postby Coasterlicious » Thu May 05, 2005 3:05 pm

Well NYC is "BIG".. so lets have a giant coaster or something added...

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Postby Movieguy » Thu May 05, 2005 3:07 pm

Keep in mind a proposal like this is probably going to spend an eternity in the bueracratic hell that is the New York State legislature. God help you if you can accomplish ANYTHING with this bickering government of ours.

It's still a very intriguing idea though. Even a retail moneymaker beats the hell out of a ghetto in my view.

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Postby socalMAN123 » Thu May 05, 2005 3:10 pm

It's good that they are planning to revamp Coney Island. I remeber going there a few years ago, and it was really sad what they had done to the place. Trash everywhere, and it was really all crappy and junk. Let's hope they do put in the Invertigo and B&M!
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Postby coaster1 » Sat May 07, 2005 6:59 pm

Anything but an Invertigo .. unless they are going for most painful ride records .. then hell do an Invertigo, SLC and more.

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Postby coasterdude5 » Sat May 07, 2005 7:47 pm

Besides those coaster drawings, it sounds like they're trying to turn it into a shopping/entertainment pier. It's still cool.

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Postby freestylenut » Mon May 09, 2005 1:41 pm

Shoot, I lived in Brooklyn all my life and despite of my love of Coney Island the way it is (nostalgic in a sense), the place can use the overhaul. I'm for it!

They better not tear down the Cyclone though!

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Postby Canobie Fan » Mon May 09, 2005 2:10 pm

I cant wait to ride TwoFace and Medusa at Coney Island!!!!!


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