Coney Island, New York
(Also includes Scream Zone and Coney Island Cyclone)
Central Amusement International
Area News - (6/24/17) Luna Park is kicking off the celebration for the 90th Birthday of the Coney Island Cyclone coaster a bit early. While the coaster will turn 90 on June 26th, the celebration will begin with a block party event on Sunday, June 25th featuring the performances by Fabolous, Harlem Globetrotters and more. But if you come by on the actual birthday on Monday, Luna Park will offer rides for just 90 cents (instead of $10) for the first 90 minutes the ride is open (noon to 1:30pm). The first 90 riders in line will also get a free hot dog from Feltman's of Coney Island.
(6/10/17) Luna Park is testing out a new VR ride enhancement program on the park's WindstarZ hang-gliding themed flat ride. Unlike VR Coasters style rides where your experience is pre-programmed to follow a similar layout as the coaster you are riding on, this new experience is more interactive, along with the ride itself, allowing the experience to change as riders raise and lower their glider during the ride experience in an attempt to grab floating coins along the route. Currently 6 of the 24 seats on the WindstarZ are outfitted to use the new VR headgear.
(4/10/17) It is almost time to say happy birthday to the famous Coney Island Cyclone. According to the local news the official opening of the park and attractions in Coney Island this weekend also starts the 90th anniversary season of the Cyclone, with the coaster's actual 90th birthday to take place on June 26th.
(2/8/17) It is fantastic to see that Coney Island is enjoying a nice revival as home to an assortment of family amusement attractions once again and according to this local news article the city is now asking all the local operators to pitch new rides and game ideas for the 'empty lots between the Cyclone roller coaster and MCU Park" in an effort to expand the amusement zone even further. They are seeking viable plans and ideas to lease the sites for 10 years that can be up and running by 2018.
???? - New Waterpark - Planning - (3/12/14) Zamperla isn’t done expanding their Coney Island presence it seems, as the are now in talks to build a new waterpark on the 5-acre former site of the original Thunderbolt coaster that would stretch from Surf Ave. to the Boardwalk.
Ongoing - Cylone Refurbishment - In Progress - (10/29/15) According to this article, Baynum Painting from Northern Kentucky has been awarded contracts to repaint Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point (wow, standing 420 feet in the air, that's not going to be easy...) as well as the famous Coney Island Cyclone in New York.
(2/2/12) Amusement Today reports that CAI (Centtral Amusement International), the Zamperla subsidiary who will oversee Coney Island Cyclone, has selected Great Coasters International to repair and refurbish the Cyclone. While normally this would be a completely happy story, the article does mention one thing that has a few Cyclone fans somewhat nervous.
According to the Present of CAI, Great Coasters surveyed the Cyclone and determined that by making a few very small adjustments to its profile, they could make the ride more enjoyable for everyone. The project will be broken down into several phases and result in a complete track replacement within 4 to 5 years. Part of the final phase will involve either refurbishing or replacing the Cyclone’s trains.
On a personal note, I can say that the work GCI has been doing over the last several years on another multi-phase refurbishment project at Carowinds on Thunder Road has been a huge success. Every season I look forwarding to riding it again as it just keeps getting better, so I’d be inclined to have a little faith in GCI’s judgement.