Zamperla ramps up new rides at Coney Island's Luna Park

Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 1:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The new Luna Park rapidly rose on the site of the old Astroland in 100 days. Exclusive time-lapse video from the Coney Island Development Corporation captures the frenzied pace of construction of the first amusement park built in the city in more than four decades. Rides were imported from Italy and technicians were flown in from factories in Italy, China and the Philippines to assemble the rides.

Read more and see video from NY1.

Friday, May 28, 2010 1:18 PM

http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Attraction/Luna-Park.htm

I guess they are doing tickets or wristbands. Have you ever seen a timed wristband? 4 or 6 hours? Seems a bit pricey to me for 19 rides.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 1:25 PM

^IB used to have two ride *sessions* per day. Personally, I love the idea...but I always preferred the nighttime session. :)

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Monday, May 31, 2010 7:55 PM

When I went to Rye Playland a couple years ago they have timed wristbands. Admission was for 8 hours.

Ya I was looking at the prices very steep for the time frames. Not sure how popular the attraction will stay at those prices in the long run.

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Monday, May 31, 2010 9:32 PM

MRCEagle said:
When I went to Rye Playland a couple years ago they have timed wristbands. Admission was for 8 hours.

Ya I was looking at the prices very steep for the time frames. Not sure how popular the attraction will stay at those prices in the long run.

From what I read in the local paper, Luna Park opened an hour late Saturday and only 12 of the 19 new rides were running. To "make amends," Luna's management made all rides free for the first hour and charged only 15 bucks for the four-hour session.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Monday, May 31, 2010 9:33 PM
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Monday, May 31, 2010 11:22 PM

The prices for most parks' twilight admissions range from $20-30, and you figure that's for about 5 hours. So in that sense Luna's prices aren't that far out of line. On the other hand, there are a limited number of attractions to enjoy for that price.

With individual rides costing $3.00-5.00, the wristbands are equivalent to the price of around 8-10 rides. The question is how many rides one can get in 4 or 6 hours, depending on crowds, ride efficiency, etc. versus how much it would cost buying individual credits to do the same.

This is New York after all, and I think most people are accustomed to paying premium prices for most things.

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Monday, May 31, 2010 11:50 PM

I was there today. Took over thirty minutes to buy tickets, then almost an hour to get on the operational coaster (the Tickler). The rest of the place was absolutely rammed with people, and the ride I was really interested in (the new Air Race) wasn't working. Not much of a day to be honest, though I wouldn't write the place off that quickly. Give them a few weeks to get their act together (and for the hype to ease off a little).

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:11 AM

Yeah, I think people in the area are just happy that there is a new park at Coney, that it's going to be busy for a bit before attendance levels level off. I wanted to go to NYC for this this year, but honestly, I'll probably just wait till next year when the other park opens. I still need to spend a full day at Coney and ride more than 2 things.

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