Deno’s Wonder Wheel announces Phoenix roller coaster for Coney Island

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2020 9:57 AM | Contributed by hambone

A new rollercoaster, Phoenix, is coming to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in the summer of 2021. It will be a family coaster standing 68 feet tall and have a top speed of about 34 mph.

Read more and see rendering from Bklyner.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:04 PM

Vekoma. I wonder if it will be the same as the family invert at Dollywood. I liked that ride a lot, it was fast, fun, and comfortable. You gotta love a ride that puts the brake run in the station.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 2:40 PM

It looks like a good addition to the overall lineup at Coney and it's good to see Deno's expanding.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 2:01 AM
OhioStater's avatar

It certainly looks a lot like Dragonfly at Dollywood.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:43 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

Dragonfly is really cool. A longer version could make a really great themed experience if money were no object.


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Monday, December 28, 2020 8:35 AM

A little more info here

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:52 AM

Modern Vekoma coasters are absolutely top notch. I can't wait for this one.


I develop Retro Games for macOS, iPhone, and iPad when not riding coasters.

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Friday, January 8, 2021 9:25 AM

Richard Bannister said:

Modern Vekoma coasters are absolutely top notch. I can't wait for this one.

That's a statement I never would have predicted circa 1992-2005ish

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Friday, January 8, 2021 9:46 AM

eightdotthree said:

Dragonfly is really cool. A longer version could make a really great themed experience if money were no object.

Agreed. I was surprised by how much fun it was.


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Friday, January 8, 2021 11:17 AM

BrettV said:

Richard Bannister said:

Modern Vekoma coasters are absolutely top notch. I can't wait for this one.

That's a statement I never would have predicted circa 1992-2005ish

Agreed, but it's totally true now.

Lech Coaster (https://rcdb.com/11034.htm) is one of the finest coasters in Europe.


I develop Retro Games for macOS, iPhone, and iPad when not riding coasters.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:02 PM

Bringing up an older thread, so sorry if this isn't quite the right spot. But also didn't think this warrants it's own dedicated thread.

The Phoenix saga has a really cool story behind it, and might be the most engaged with external groups a park has been with deciding a ride in a long time. It starts ~2 years ago with this post over on r/rollercoasters: https://www.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/afwwek/advice_on_new_coaster/

Turns out the poster is one of the co-owners of the park (DJ if you have seen the recent CoasterForce construction site video), and lots of ideas are thrown around. Mainly Vekoma SFC, Chance Hyper GTX, and Gerstlauer/Maurer spinning coaster.

Things go quiet for a bit, then he posts this cryptic message: https://www.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/jg6dxx/new_coaster...island_ny/ about 2 months before the final reveal.

Reveal post: https://www.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/khglem/phoenix_com...rk_in_the/

First construction post: https://www.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/m0gfj3/a_steel_pho...h_phoenix/

DJ has been pretty active on discussing the ride over on Reddit, with a fair number of behind the scenes pictures.

Hope you all found this bit of story interesting, it was really cool to see unfold.

Last edited by audi0c0aster1, Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:02 PM
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