I finally went on the Cyclone.

Saturday, August 10, 2002 10:07 PM

I wrote the topic "Who hasn't been on the Cyclone" a while ago because I didn't see the big deal with it. Finally I rode it last night and that is one hell of a coaster!

I spent a total of $26 on that coaster, re-riding it 6 times! The first drop hurt my neck on the 6th time but it was all good. At first I had my hands up but after 3 rides, I couldn't take it. There was also a REALLY cool flat ride across the street but I couldn't figure out who made it and what it ws called. Here's a picture of it though.

Explains why i'm up at 4am in the morning. Too scaried to sleep!

*** This post was edited by nitro230ft on 8/11/2002. ***

Saturday, August 10, 2002 11:05 PM
I hope to get on the Cyclone someday soon. But, that flat ride you have a picture of is a Zamperla Power Surge. I rode the one at Knoebels and it was an amazing ride. Very comfortably and frightening at the same time. If you didn't get to ride that thing, you missed out on a good one.

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 11:42 PM

I am lucky enough to have grown up in NYC (which explains my attitude at times ;)) I grew up hanging out at Coney Island riding Cyclone. I also revisited it this past June during its birthday celebration when re-rides were only $2.00. Cyclone is a ROUGH one but once you learn the "ride" it is awsome! People were amazed that I could keep my hands up the whole ride. Even as a young kid who would take the 1.5 hour trip from Queens I always adored the smell of Nathans and the freshly greased track at Coney. Did you ride Jumbo Jets too? THAT was my very 1st roller coaster and I wish CP still had theirs.

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 5:05 AM

I rode it back in 2000 when they had a special wristband deal. Unlimited rides on the Cyclone from noon until 4 pm. I think the wristband usually is only good for around 4 or 5 rides. We ended up spending the entire day and evening at CI. You were probably better off skipping the Power Surge considering it was probably around $4 a ride at CI. I hope you at least rode the Wonder Wheel.

Here's a link to my visit in 2000: http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=13&TopicID=1943 for some reason my TR was edited. I don't remember saying anything offensive.

Visits to Knoebels in 2002: 6

*** This post was edited by coasterpunk on 8/11/2002. ***

Sunday, August 11, 2002 6:36 AM

Hey, is NYC in the house? I'll be in NY on a business trip later this week. Since the firm is picking up the tab, I'm staying through the weekend and would love to get out to CI and ride the Cyclone.

What's the best way to get from midtown (East 48th & Lexington) to CI keeping in mind that I've NEVER been in NYC before and will only have a few hours on Saturday afternoon?

Sunday, August 11, 2002 6:41 AM

The subway!!!!

Trust me on that one. You do not want to drive... Although you willl see good and bad parts of the ciity, driving is a PAIN!!


Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:11 AM
That Power Surge looks awesome. I hope to get there before September starts. How much is it to ride and re-ride.


Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:21 AM

IB Steve,

If you're planning on going to Coney - definitely take the subway. The best way from Manhattan is to take a Brooklyn bound 'F' train to 8th Street (not to Stillwell Ave). This will leave you in front of the Cyclone and the Aquarium. If you're in the mood for multiple rides and not paying $5/ride - I would definitely try the reride option - $4/reride, but if you want more than a couple you can haggle the price down.

Also, don't miss the B&B Carousel (brass ring), Wonder Wheel, and El Dorado Auto Skooters. Have a great time!

Jim 'jimvid' McDonnell

Coney Island NYC home park

Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:29 AM


Got it. Take the F to 8th. Sounds easy enough. Thanks for the tips! I can't wait to ride the classic Cyclone.


Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:33 AM

We just made our first trip to Coney Island last Wednesday. The Cyclone is indeed a classic! We loved it and met a cool little kid from Indiana who just couldn't get enough of it. We drove from our hotel in East Rutherford, through Manhattan and to Brooklyn. Traffic was nuts and it took much longer than anticipated - public transportation wasn't an option with 2 kids and all the necessary things for taking two kids (Stroller, food, etc). Driving in NYC is a religious experience that everyone should try once. I loved every last second of it - those people know how to drive agressively.

We found a great parking spot about 50 feet away from the Cyclone - my car didn't know how lucky it was! ;)

Definitely a must for any enthusiast. Only bad thing was that the Jumbo Jet was still down and it looks like one insane Schwarzkopf coaster.

Dorney Park visits in 2002: 15

Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:44 AM

I got a cool parking spot as well when I was at CI. I parked in the Aquarium lot next to the Cyclone. When I rode the Sky Ride I took an aerial pic of the Cyclone and noticed my car in the shot after I got the film developed.

If you go on a weekend the traffic should be mild compared to a weekday. Luckily I don't have to drive thru midtown coming from PA. I simply crossed the Verizziano (sp?) Bridge then take the first exit to Brooklyn then follow the signs.

Visits to Knoebels in 2002: 6

Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:52 AM
Hmm when I rode it we parked in the spots right beside it... About 10-20 feet from the entrance and got a walk on ride...

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:53 AM

Unfortunately, or fortunately IMO, I won't have a car. I'm staying in a hotel only a couple of blocks from our office so will rely on public transportation. As for driving in NYC, I do love a thrill ride, but as I HATE driving in downtown Chicago, the thought of challenging the NYC streets in an car is a thrill ride I'm happy to skip!

When friends that have been to NYC hear that I'll be there for the first time, they get so excited and can't help themselves from suggesting interesting things to see and do. When I mention that my top priority is a trip to Coney, they look at me with very puzzled expressions and say, "Really?"

Some folks just don't get it, do they?

Sunday, August 11, 2002 1:13 PM

I did get to ride that flat ride and I loved it. I rode a bigger version at the Seaside Boardwalk. It replace the Evolution which was shipped to Great Adventure. I know this because Great Adventure got theirs in 1999 and the Evolution vanished in 1998.

The Cyclone is Definatly a classic that every coaster fan should ride. My mom has been telling me the story of when she rode it in 1974 and lost her "gold earing". She then denied me as being a coaster fan until I went on it.

Sunday, August 11, 2002 6:50 PM
I'm dying to get to ride the Cyclone. I keep hearing that it's so good and so violent. I can't wait to ride it, but I better not get too excited until I actually plan out a trip to go there.

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:31 PM
Ah, my beloved home...I miss thee so! Yes NYC is a trip to drive in. These San Francisco cats are sooooooo slow. I go nuts. At least they give me room....perhaps its because my lic. plates say NYC-BOI...Anywho...the cyclone was a tad too painful for me. I remember riding it when I was young and thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread......young kids have tough heads.
Sunday, August 11, 2002 8:15 PM
Yea , Dont the N or R train go up there? I know you gatta transferto the R train becuase the N dosent go all the way that way, And driving is the worst int hat area it is always backed up with traffic from the verazono bridge,and turns a 15min drive into 30mins,and then once ur there parking is a rairity. (if you find a meter ur lucky!) (unless ur there really erlie in the morning) Other then that Coney isent too bad, I like going there every other year.
Sunday, August 11, 2002 8:23 PM

nitro230ft said:

I did get to ride that flat ride and I loved it. I rode a bigger version at the Seaside Boardwalk. It replace the Evolution which was shipped to Great Adventure. I know this because Great Adventure got theirs in 1999 and the Evolution vanished in 1998.

Actually, SFGAd's Evolution came from the German funfair circuit, and Casino Pier's in Seaside, headed overseas. Didn't you notice how HUGE SFGAd's is compared to Seaside's old one? Casino Pier's would've taken up waaay more space! One of the reasons that SFGAd's Evolution is still down is that many of the manuals and directions, etc are in German and the park is having one helluva time translating it. (Anyone well versed in German? Call the park!)


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