Luna Park at Coney Island expands and introduces 3 attractions – Metro US

NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, hop on and experience Coney Island’s Luna Park like you’ve never seen it before.

The seaside tourist destination will soon introduce three new attractions and pedestrian plazas across several acres along the iconic boardwalk in Coney Island, New York, as part of the Luna Park expansion.

“Coney Island has been this big, rich place with so much heritage and emotion and memories for everyone – not just New Yorkers, but Americans,” said Alessandro Zamperla of Central Amusement International, which manages the park.

Among the three new attractions are two intertwined rides: a roller coaster called “Tony’s Express” and a log ride called “Leti’s Treasure.” Both rides are designed to pay homage to classic 19th century Coney Island rides, as well as the Zamperla family, who have been involved in circuses, carnivals and amusement parks for generations. The rides are named after Zamperla’s late grandparents, Antonio and Letizia.

Tony’s Express is inspired by America’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, which opened in Coney Island in 1884. Leti’s Treasure is a throwback to Shoot the Chutes, another Coney Island classic, which opened a year later in 1885.

As part of the expansion, Luna Park will also introduce a 50-foot (15-meter) Sky Chaser ropes course and pedestrian plazas that will increase the size of the park by 50%, using land that has been vacant for almost half a year. -century. .

Coney Island’s original Luna Park was destroyed by fire and then sold in the 1940s, but the park was reborn in 2010 with the construction of a new Luna Park, which has continued to evolve and expand ever since. during.

“We are fortunate to have been in the amusement park and general entertainment industry for over five generations,” Zamperla said. “So for us to be here and truly be associated with the revitalization and rebirth of Coney Island is extremely exciting and a great honor.”

The new attractions, except for Tony’s Express, are still under construction, but Zamperla said he hopes the new rides and plazas will be open to the public by mid-summer.

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