Coney Island, New York
(Also includes Scream Zone and Coney Island Cyclone)
Central Amusement International
Park News - (9/6/21) An interesting video documentary has been posted by The New Yorker focused on the Zamperla family and their efforts to keep Luna Park in Coney Island alive during the pandemic. It’s about 15 minutes long and can be seen below. It’s called “The Prince of Luna Park” and focuses on Alessandro Zamperla, but takes a look into this famous family of the amusement business in a way not seen before, which is fantastic.
(8/4/21) Luna Park has quietly put a new admission system into place that is coming with a some sticker shock. According to the local news, potential guests used to visiting the Coney Island area amusement park on a pay-per-ride basis are now arriving to discover that Luna Park is now charing a one-price admission fee that depending on the day can be as high as $75.00 per person. By comparison, they point out that a ticket into Six Flags Great Adventure is $60.00. If you just want to go in with kids and not ride, you’ll still have to pay $20 for a “spectators only” wristband on the weekends, and $10 during weekdays.
Normally I would say that this would bring Luna Park in line with the practic of visiting any other major theme park in the country, as the vast majority use a Pay-One-Price admission ticket, allowing guests unlimited rides once inside. Normally I would say that… but Luna Park put another weird kink in their pricing plan, as your admission is only good for four hours and not the entire day.
According to Luna Park the new system is a safety measure to reduce crowding.
There is one bright side to this however for coaster enthusiasts, you can still buy separate tickets to ride the Cyclone and Thunderbolt for $10 separately and avoid the normal admission ticket price, and rides on the Carousel are $3.
(2/20/21) It has been a long time coming but New York has finally issued the guidelines and dates that attractions in the state can reopen in 2021. Outdoor amusement parks will be allowed to open at 33% capacity starting on April 9, with the typical mandatory temperature checks, face masks and social distancing rules in place that most other theme parks were able to operate with in 2020 successfully. The state has also asked them to use staggered admission times as well to avoid everyone crowding at the gate all at once, so would seem to indicate that some kind of pre-told ticket / reservation system may be in place as well.
(10/15/20) According to a local news outlet the owners of Luna Park are asking the city to extend their lease on the site until 2040, adding on an extra 13 years to the current lease agreement that is set to expire in 2027. They are asking for the extension to ensure that they have enough time to property recover from all the losses incurred from the park being kept closed for the 2020 season, which also put construction projects that had begun to expand the park and add new attractions on hold.
The extra time will also allow the owners enough time to apply for more loans for the business that would also allow them to “grand some relief to the boardwalk businesses” which have also been impacted by the COVID pandemic shutdown.
(9/17/20) According to a local news article the owners of Coney Island’s amusement parks say they are “extremely in danger” after the various COVID-19 restrictions have kept them from reopening all year. Zamperla, who runs Luna Park, teamed with the owners of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park to create and submit careful plans to reopen their attractions back in June. Now we are in mid-September and they say that they have not gotten a single response to their plans, proposals, or demands since June. Meanwhile they have already invested “hundreds of thousands of dollars to already implement these safety measures to open safely”, so at this point is is no wonder they are frustrated.
Follow the link to read further details about what is going on, and how they hope that things can be addressed in advance enough so they can come up with a successful business plan to reopen in 2021.
2021 - Four New Attractions - New Attractions Are Delayed from 2020 due to COVID-19. We assume they may open for 2021, but they could actually be delayed even longer until we get a confirmation of anything from the park.
(3/2/20) According to the local news Luna Park has finally named their new ropes course attraction as “Sky Chaser”, a name that was picked as part of a naming contest the park held with the local YMCA children.
The ropes course will be added in addition to the Super Flume and family Coaster rides, and they’ve even posted concept art of the new Big WaveZ attraction which features the name “Neptune” on the front of an interesting looking tower ride with water fountains below it on their new for 2020 park page, just click here and scroll down.
(11/23/19) Luna Park has announced that they will be celebrating the park’s 10th birthday during the 2020 season. In addition to the three previously announced attractions (Ropes Course Adventure Zone, the Super Flume and the Junior Coaster) coming they will also add Big WaveZ, described as an interactive water ride that will transport guests into Neptune’s lair where they will interact with the Roman God and have some influence on the ride’s movement. Also new in 2020 will be a public space to be called Stillwall Avenue, located between Surf Ave and the Boardwalk, it will feature green spaces, shaded seating, art, photo-ops and be a place you can come and relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Coney Island and Luna Park.
You can see some new concept art for some of the new additions posted over at Attractions Magazine.
(9/2/19) Luna Park announced details about what they have planned for the 2020 season. There will be three new attractions added next season: a ropes course, a new log flume ride and a new family coaster ride that will soar over and around the log ride. None of the attractions have been named yet, as they are holding contests to name them all.
(8/24/18) Luna Park will expand over the next two years with the addition of a new log flume ride, a zip lines coaster, a ropes course, along with new food options and an arcade as part of a 150,000 sqft expansion. The new attraction area will be built on a current vacant site between Surf Ave. and the boardwalk, between West 15th and West 16th streets. Look for the "adventure park" attractions to open in 2019 followed by the Log Flume in 2020.
2022 - Big WaveZ - (3/28/21) Our friends at CoasterRadio have posted a cool video interview with Zamperla CEO Antonio Zamperla and Prototypeing Engineer Tim Jacobi where they talk about Zamperla’s new Big WaveZ” attraction will will be coming to Luna Park in 2022. Even more fun, Mike and EB from Coaster Radio have provided voices that will be used in the attraction experience, and help determine the final outcome of which ride experience the guests will experience. Check it out below with just the segment about Big WaveZ coming to Luna Park first, and then the entire full interview in the video below that.
Now I know that previously the Big WaveZ was originally announced as part of the park’s 2020 lineup to celebrate the park’s 10th birthday, but after being kept closed for 2020, we thought these plans would all bump back to 2021. Obviously this is not the case, as they confirmed Big WaveZ for 2022, so I’m not sure of the fate for the rest of the 2020/2021 lineup at this time and if any will open in 2021, if they all will be delayed to 2022, or if some were cancelled entirely. Anyone know more?