Luna Park at Coney Island opens two new roller coasters

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:05 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The first new roller coasters to be built at Coney Island in 80 years were opened on Wednesday as part of efforts to reverse the decline of New York City's world-famous theme park. The Soarin' Eagle and Steeplechase roller coasters are part of the new multimillion-dollar Scream Zone theme park, that replaced several more ramshackle attractions that had their own loyal followings.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:50 PM

Nice to see the 'Steeplechase' name being revived, even if it's not a true Steeplechase coaster.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:28 PM
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I didn't see anything in there about an opening date. It's probably to much to hope for Memorial Day weekend.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:37 PM
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First new in 80 years? Didn't they just build two new ones last year?

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Friday, April 22, 2011 2:52 PM
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I was thinking the exact same thing.


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Saturday, April 23, 2011 9:15 AM

Jason Hammond said:
I didn't see anything in there about an opening date. It's probably to much to hope for Memorial Day weekend.

It is hoped that all 4 rides in the Screamzone will open today or tomorrow - worst case scenario, it will be next weekend. Everything else at Coney has already opened for season and operates weekends until Memorial Day when daily ops start.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:22 PM

I wonder whether the relocated Volare is more or less uncomfortable than the Cyclone... :)


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:56 AM

I actually commented to them about the coaster statement. In fact there has been nearly a dozen coasters built since the cyclone.

It's good to see more new rides coming in though I am still annoyed at Zamperla outing so many local businesses for their grand plan. especially since any food stands/Restaurants they open will be run by Sedexco.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:07 AM

Richard Bannister said:
I wonder whether the relocated Volare is more or less uncomfortable than the Cyclone... :)

Much more comfortable. The new rolling stock no longer has any cage or elements around your head to bang into. Additionally, the back of the train uses a series of rubber straps as a restraint. It's still not a great ride but there is no pain or discomfort anymore.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:27 PM
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Interesting. I might just have to give the Volares another chance.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011 2:29 AM

^^ Can you post a picture of the new train?


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Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:00 AM

I will get a few more this weekend as this picture really doesn't explain much - you really need to see it with a rider in the vehicle:

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