Last weekend while spending some time in New York Renée stopped by Coney Island and Luna Park.
Home to some unique coasters and rides with a great seaside setting. Lots of wackiness and good food.
Written by Renée Girard
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We're at Luna Park at Coney Island on this hot summer day in Brooklyn, NY!
Had to check out Thunderbolt first!
Thunderbolt was more intense than I expected, a little rough, but a unique coaster to ride.
Remember the 9 hour+ waits for these at Fun Spot America? No lines here!
I guess I'll brace myself for a journey on Soarin Eagle while we're here.
Yup, I'm good with just one ride on Soarin' Eagle.
Rode the Tickler several years ago, but it's a decent wild mouse coaster.
I remember riding WindstarZ at IAAPA last year, and here it is now at Luna Park. Fun ride!
Air Race is another one of a kind ride that you can find at Luna Park
Saddle up for Steeplechase!
Another fun and unique ride that you can find at Luna Park! We loved Steeplechase!
And of course Coney Island is home to the world famous Cyclone
Having already done the Cyclone several times, we skipped it this time around. But it's always good to see it!
It's pretty clear that you sit where you're told on the Cyclone at Coney Island
Checking out some of the sights along the Coney Island boardwalk
And if you're hungry, there's always the original Nathan's to grab a hot dog
Instead of hot dogs, we opted for fantastic beer and pizza at Coney Island Brewing Co
And our afternoon was complete with beer cup towers and sword swallowing at Coney Island Brewery.
Our summer afternoon was a blast at Luna Park at Coney Island
After our crew headed out from Six Flags Great Adventure's Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom "Media Day" (Click the link to see that report) they headed over to Luna Park to check out the all new Thunderbolt.
Below are some great pictures of the ride as well as Chris' review. Thanks to Chris and Bill for the pictures!!
If you'd like more info on Luna Park you can visit their website.
Info on Thunderbolt's opening from the park:
The Thunderbolt Has Opened!
The Thunderbolt is the first custom built roller coaster in Coney Island since The Cyclone in 1927. Thrilling riders with speeds of 65 miles per hour, the 125 foot tall roller coaster, featuring over 2,000 feet of track, it sits near the historic B&B Carousell and the new Steeplechase Plaza, and marks another important milestone in Coney Island’s rebirth.
Chris' review and some great pictures.
In true Coney Island fashion (weather wise), the ride was running with sustained winds of 30+mph
There is absolutely no line ever because the first ride cost 10 dollars, even when it is 92 degrees on a beach day in the middle of the summer.
That being said, it was kind of awesome. Awesome in a way that this is the coolest coaster within 50 miles of my house.
It's like a euro fighter without head banging so it's tough to describe.
I came off the ride thinking, that was fun but again, somewhat perplexed.
Gauging the ride based upon stuff I actually love:
Is it worth 10 dollars a ride? Absolutely not. Is it really cool and easily the best roller coaster in New York? ABSOLUTELY.
Unfortunately, due to the weather and the cost, the only time we actually saw the ride run was when we rode it, so sadly no pictures of the ride in action.