I know a few were curious if Cyclone would retain it's original colors and if this picture is any indication of things to come it is starting to look like the mighty Cyclone is going to gradually turn brown like the roller coaster in Puyallup has over the years
Summer is still more than two months away, but Coney Island is getting a head start on the season. The neighborhood's amusement parks officially opened Sunday with the annual blessing of the rides, and the traditional egg-cream christening of the Cyclone. The 85-year-old roller coaster was one of several rides to get a makeover.
A small crowd waited for hours to be among the first 100 people to ride the famous attraction and got their thrills for free.
"Coney Island is the mother of all amusement parks in America. It was the original and still the best. Everyone else follows Coney Island," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
"It's just a nostalgic thing, my family have been coming down here since I was a child, born and raised here on Coney Island. It's just a big thrill that this ride that is 85 years old is still here. It's amazing," said one thrill seeker.
Crews replaced 280-feet of track over the winter, and park owners say that makes for a smoother and faster ride.
Meanwhile, the Wonder Wheel is also taking on a modern spin this season.
Sunday saw most of rides at Coney Island in full swing, including those at another famous staple, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, which held it's 34th annual Blessing of the Rides. As is their tradition, they welcomed 300 children from Coney Island's Sea and Salt Mission which provides thousands of free meals a month to local kids. They too got to ride for free, including the latest attractions at the family-owned amusement park. As for the Wonder Wheel itself, the swinging cars will once again light up, but this time they will be solar powered.
Debuting later this season are new go-kart rides and a trapeze that will swing out over the boardwalk.
Now that it's been officially blessed, the park will be open every weekend until Memorial Day. After that it will welcome crowds daily all summer long.
For more information on visiting Coney Island, visit coneyislandfunguide.com.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Some track replacement can't be a bad thing for the Cyclone, we're looking at 88m or so, some of which has clearly been the first drop. Does this mean the evil first turnaround has been re-profiled too?
I've been dreaming of riding this thing for years now, and I finally got to ride it over Easter weekend! All I want from the trackwork is for them to leave that second drop untouched, or at least with the same exact profile - I was all but standing going down that in the third car!!
Amazing ride, so glad to see that they're maintaining it with GCI's help so that it can run for plenty more years! Now hopefully one day I can ride for less than $8...but I doubt that!
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City taps Zamperla to take over 'Jones Walk' By RICH CALDER Last Updated: 6:18 PM, April 19, 2012
The city is finally cleaning up a longtime seedy strip near the Coney Island boardwalk that had been filled with rigged carnival games and ripped off beachgoers for years.
The city has tapped Zamperla USA -- which already runs Luna Park and much of the amusement district -- to take over “Jones Walk” by the Bowery and bring 10 new children-themed attractions there. This includes a lazer-maze challenge where kids get to dodge around green-lazers to complete an obstacle course and another attraction in which patrons can shoot their own music video.
Upon receiving various complaints late last year, the city cleared out the old-school carnival games – including one booth called "Gangster Cigars" that was caught ripping customers off on a hidden camera by Arnold Diaz of Fox NY’s “Shame on You.”
Patrons would routinely lose hundreds of dollars trying to toss a rigged ping-pong ball through a hole to win a flat-screen TV.
The city bought Jones Walk in 2009 and inherited the tenants.
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