Coney Island opens its historic attractions for another season

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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.

Read more and see video from NY1.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:10 PM

I actually thought the Cy-clone in Georgia- also a recipient of offseason trackwork, was the better ride. Did Cyclone get Rocky Mountain work as well?

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:12 PM

Nope

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 1:33 AM

I heard from a friend that rode Coney Cyclone the other day that the trackwork really shows, in a good way.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 7:22 AM

The Cyclone has the first drop and the hill leading into the first turn completely replaced. The track work was done by GCI. The new section of the track is glass smooth (it is approximately 285 feet of new track - not topper track). This is part of 4 year plan to completely retrack the coaster. After the first turn, the Cyclone is back to it old self, so those sitting on wheel seats bewarned.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 9:27 AM

I want to come visit this summer and actually get to Coney this time, Jim. :)

I'm really interested in this new track work.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 1:55 PM

for those of you (lucky dogs)who have already rode it this year, can you please inform us to what their price structure is?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 6:50 PM

$8/ride - at this time there have not been any discounts announced - same as last year. Price has been $8/ride for the last 4 years but re-ride option was eliminated last year per the new lease agreement with the city.

The City (Parks department) determines and controls the price structure for the ride as part of their lease agreement.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 7:34 PM

jimvid said:
...The City (Parks department) determines and controls the price structure for the ride as part of their lease agreement.

I wish Illinois had one of these. It would be great for Navy Pier or even closer to Soldier Field. Doesn't look like they're too willing to expand beyond a ferris wheel merry-go-round setup though.

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