Coney Island Question

Saturday, March 15, 2003 1:02 PM
Does anyone know where I can see some pics of the the rebulid of The parachute drop @ Coney Island?

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Your Park only has 1 good coaster! That's too bad!

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Saturday, March 15, 2003 1:49 PM
If you go to the Brooklyn Cyclones website they have older ones but the tower was taken down as much as as its going to be. I was there in December and its really someting to see, Coney looks different w/o the parachute up high.

Kurt
Coney Island Historian, ask me ANYTHING and I will give you an answer about Coney.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 9:10 AM
Do they have intentions on restoring it to it's original height?

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Your Park only has 1 good coaster! That's too bad!

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:28 PM
I also have a question about Coney Island, but I didn't want to post a topic. I already started a topic about a couple of weeks ago. Does anyone know when CI and the Brooklyn rides open. Someone said Palm Sunday. Can anyone confirm that?

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Sean Newman

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:31 PM
We called Astroland. They open April 13th so yes Palm Sunday.

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 1:46 PM
Heh. Had I been able to see this topic, I would've taken photos for you.

The Parachute Drop is down to about a third of its finished height. It looks newer, somehow, but I was only able to see it from the Belt Parkway, so I didn't get up really closely.

(Yay for traffic.)

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 1:50 PM
Magnum Force- Do you know if the other coasters in Brooklyn open that day?

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Sean Newman

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 2:37 PM
No Clue, just Astroland. They said that forseeing any problems Cyclone would be open on the 13th.

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 3:58 PM
I just went to Coney today and the Eldorado Bumper Cars, Batting Cages and Mini Golf opened this weekend.

The main parks Denos and Astroland open Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and Passover, then the main parks close for about 2 weeks then operates on weekends, the on memorial day they open for everyday till labor day when it closes for the season.

Just to tell you all THE PARACHUTE WILL NOT OPEN unfortunitly, I am on the Chamber of Commerence board and we are discussing opening with in the next 4 years but the last few special visits Intamin was there, we are not going to use there elevator drop, and 2 weeks ago Moser was there with the original concept for an uncontrolable drop. The ride has been having work done but they workers cannot sandblast the steal to redo paint until weather gets warmer.

But there is dicussing for the Thunderbolt land, once Horace Bullards lease is up we are going to go to GCI to have the Tornado built back over other rides EXACTLY the way it used to be.

Also the Atlantis building with the Baseball Player Painted on the side was open so I went on the roof and saw the original supports for the tornado, since it used to go over the building a little.

Also for knowledge we will dig down where the tunnel for the Tornado is, the tunnel was buried and sealed off with a complete TRAIN inside when demolished VERY EXCITING. What will happen is we will dig down and open the tunnel and check out what condition the train is in, if in bad condition we will have to leave it after some pics for the ground to continue to take it over, if in good enough condition we will dig the length of the tunnel and take off the whole top secure the track the train is on and hoist is up. Then restore is and put it on display at a museum uder the new Tornado.

As you can see Coney is literaly full of buried treasure.

Kurt
Coney Island Historian.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 6:06 PM
That is really exciting news! I have heard very little of The Tornado, also i didn't know that the station was buried. If you have any links please post I woul love to learn more. Thanks.

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Your Park only has 1 good coaster! That's too bad!

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Monday, March 17, 2003 5:58 AM
Not the station but the tunnel the train would go through after leaving the station to get to the chain, and the tunnel left underground it only a little bigger than the train the rest was taken out.

Breif History of the Tornado

Built in 1926 by Church and Prior the coaster was a marvel for its time. With the lack of space and no ground the company designed the ride on top of rides below. The ride was always in good condition (unlike the Thunderbolt which was falling apart in its last operating year) the Tornado was always maintained. Then in 1978, Hy Singer owned the ride at the time, the ride caught fire in December by accident, but many belive that it was intentional because at the time Coney was in the worst time ever. Since the ride wasn't making money and Singer didn't want to pay for demolition there is a small chance that he naturally got rid of the ride. the sad part is if the ride held out for another 5 years the city might of made it a land mark and we would be able to enjoy it today.

if you ever go to the Coney island batting Cages look at the building with the Baseball player painted on the side of it an imagine the Tornados first drop which was right there going over where you are standing. http://www.glib.com/coney_island.html shows the Atlantis building where the baseball player painting it and where the coaster was ( exactly over the batting cages) and ran down to the bowery where the bumper boats are now. Alos it was only the width of the building next to the batting cages, the coaster was very tight in space but different then that of the Cyclone or Thunderbolt because the ride was all turns with some hills. Where the others are hills with a few turns.
*** This post was edited by Coasterfreak2 3/17/2003 11:14:57 AM ***

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Monday, March 17, 2003 6:29 AM
Just to reiterate what Cf2 said I have also heard through various sources that a new woodie was in the works for the Coney area, near where Thunderbolt used to be.

The city is in the middle of a Coney revitalization project similar to what they did in Times Square. The subway stop at the southern end of the area, near the baseball stadium, is being renovated.

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A park without a hyper coaster is like dancing about architecture.


*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 3/17/2003 11:36:43 AM ***

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Monday, March 17, 2003 6:34 AM
The Tornado being rebuilt? I really have a hard time believing that one (not like I don't want to, but good news coming out of Coney- especially of that caliber- is not likely!)

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-Rob

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