We had a long drive from Six Flags Great Adventure to our excellent hotel in New York City, and we had to drop off some poor, sad souls at the Newark Airport. Day 11 was a "free day" to do whatever in NYC--the greatest "whatever" city, anywhere. I just love wandering around the city, talking in the sights, eating from the food trucks, and enjoying all that NYC atmsophere--including an excellent Italian dinner. I also saw Newsies. You may have heard about this show if you've been a member of the TPR for, oh, at least five minutes or so. I really enjoyed it--much better on the stage than on the screen.
Day 12 was the last official day of the trip, and we spent part of it at Coney Island, with ERT on the classic Cyclone and the new Thunderbolt. Although I've been in Brooklyn before, this was my first visit to Coney Island. Cyclone was a fairly pleasant surprise. I'd heard bad things about it in past years, but there's been a lot of work done on this classic ride, and it shows. The first two-thirds are fun and reasonably smooth, with great views of the beach. But that last third was a bruising, shimmying, shuffling, rib-cracking experience--pretty much what the entire ride used to be like before all the refurb work, some of the locals told me. But I ended up liking the Cyclone and took several rides--mainly because the fun-loving ride crew just kept the train running through the station without stopping it. (The Cyclone crew was a lot of fun.)
I wanted to like Thunderbolt, as I'd heard good things about it when it opened earlier this year; unfortunately, it hasn't aged well since then. The layout looks great, but the trains, which look a bit "rinky dink" and "carny," shake and jolt through the transitions, making it rather painful. This is a shame, as I think the ride has potential.
Deno's Wonder Wheel was fun, and didn't make me feel ill like its much younger cousin at Disney California Adventure as we rocked and rolled back and forth. But the highlight for me at Deno's was Spook-a-Rama, a very good, old-school dark ride. All you do is rumble around inside a large buildings while zombies, werewolves, vampires, and other creatures of the night jump out at you left and right. I rode it three times in a quest to get a few decent photos.
The rest of the Deno's and Luna Park were sort of "carny," but in a nice way. The best of the remaining credits were the Steeplechase (a Zamperla motor bike coaster), followed by the Tickler (spinning mouse) and Soarin' Eagle (a, shudder, Volare). I skipped the Circus Coaster. Overall, I'm glad that Zamperla seems to be making a go of it at Coney Island.
Next up will be Scott's Pizza Tour--but that's a post for another day.
I hear this building that looks like a syringe in a 1940s movie is famous for some reason.
"Oh, don't mind me. I'm just carrying the WHOLE FRICKIN' WORLD on my shoulders. You're welcome."
We visited the very seat of power.
For some, the real power may be here.
If you visit New York and eat here, I will hunt you down and kill you where you stand!
"Newsies"? Never heard of it. What the hell. ;)
OK, I know you've had enough "culture" for now.
Of course, for some , this is culture--and eating is a sport.
OK, now we're talkin' here.
Homage to the original entrance of Luna Park. Like to see it lit up at night some time.
The Cyclone--kickin' butt and takin' names since 1927.
It somehow seems appropriate that the Cyclone's ACE plaque is bolted to a chain-link fence. It just fits the whole "Brooklyn" thing. ;)
That park's staff was great. The Cyclone crew a lot of fun during ERT.
Here's what one ride will cost you.
"I am ready for you! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
Getting our instructions for the day--which was a great one.
Who's first? Gotta love the classic look of the trains.
Consider yourselves warned.
I have no idea who "Joe" was, but he was here at some point.
Looking down the Boardwalk toward a rather large lawn ornament that used to be a parachute-drop ride.
Here's Coney Island's "New Hotness."
I really wanted to like this ride.
The layout is really cool, but the ride is rather painful--maybe better trains would help?
"Want to ride again?" "Er, no, but thanks, anyway, big creepy face."
Er, can we get to this one later? I'm still recovering from Thunderbolt.
Coney Island's classic seaside park look. But why is Papa Burger there when there's no A&W in sight?
The park gave us official Thunderbolt thunder sticks. This was simply asking for trouble.
"Ha! I laugh at your so-called thunder stick fu and show my butt to you in defiance!"
"Then this should amuse you greatly! Defend yourself, impudent dog!"
"Do not think your staus as a little girl will inspire mercy in me, young one!"
"I ask no quarter and give none, you diabetic dolt!"
Oh hell no . . .
"V-o-o-o-o-o-l-a-r-r-r-e! . . ."
" . . . O-o-o-o-h ow!"
You should get seven credits per Volare.
Now here's a Zamperla coaster I kind of like.
Good, clean family fun that doesn't hurt.
The Joker! It's a trap! More to come from Coney Island.
Looks like we won't be riding this today. Call it a "hunch."
Kids, if a man who looks like this asks to "tickle" you, run fast and run far.
This group looks pretty "tickled."
Let's see, two look "tickled," one looks willing to be "tickled," while the fourth isn't so sure about this "tickling" stuff.
I get tickled watching people ride this thing.
Not so sure I would enjoy riding it. Maybe I'll give one a try some day.
Y'all have fun with that.
This is the only other picture I took of the Cyclone running. D'oh!
Another "oh hell no" ride for me. ;)
Not to be confused with the other "Thunderbolt."
Well, they have built at least one "other" like this, Deno--on the West Coast.
Looks like the Grim Reaper is totally checking out Larry.
"Yoo hoo! Grim, cold Death will find you all eventually. Have a nice day."
"In life, I was the wrestler known as Hulk Hogan, but now I must wander the Earth to teach others about the spirit of the holiday season, brother! Whatca gonna do, when the True Meaning of Christmas runs wild on you?"
The horrifying outdoor section of Spook-a-Rama!
Official historic plaque.
Can you endure the terror of . . . PEPSI PRODUCTS? Hmm?
"Ugh! Stupid Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Sauce Challenge! What was I, bleah, thinking?"
Everything's better with a shark.
"Well, I'm feeling a bit blurry today. Too many beers last night."
"Oh gawd! Gonna hurl! Never should've drank that stupid Brooklyn hipster beer!"
"Sure, it's a dungeon--but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than living in Manhattan."
I can't figure out if Larry is terrified or stupefied.
From one classic ride to another.
Where's Mickey's giant face?
The Wonder Wheel is very patriotic--just like Mickey Mouse.
Caged! Caged like animals!
All the wonders of Brooklyn were spread out before us.
Yes, there is a beach here, too, you know.
"Loneliness and Isolation: The Ride."
We're a bit early for the Freak Show.
Please--somebody call Batman!
A zombie coaster car rises at night, looking to feast!
Surely a man can go ape on stage, too. Why let the women have all the fun?
For 20 bucks, you can lie on Bettie Page.
We lacked the courage to venture into the "Ghost Hole." Well, it was kind of expensive, too. That's all for now. Stay tuned for Scott's Pizza Tour later this week.
^^^ Wasn't The Black Hole a Rotor, anyway? Just trying to remember, here.
Cyclone was awesome back in my 1989 visit to New York. Absolutely terrified us, how it rattled and rolled. But it was a rush, heh. And nothing else was open for us, so Cyclone was The Big Deal, back then for me. An early credit, lol.
Great TR of all the beach area too, Chuck.
^ I think those are copies of the old Boardwalk (uh) Carriages, that people could.would ride/be peddled along the Coney Boardwalk. If you saw "Boardwalk Empire," the series, then you saw them ocassionaly in outdoor shots. I am shocked that they still exist, although in a "restricted area".
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