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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Zenobio at Luna Park's Scream Zone at Coney Island,which opened Wednesday April 20,2011 The Zenobio at Luna Park's Scream Zone at Coney Island,which opened Wednesday April 20,2011 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Coney Island unveiled its first new roller coaster since the iconic Cyclone opened in 1927 on Wednesday.

Calling Coney Island "America's great seaside attraction," Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to launch four new amusement park rides Wednesday in an area known as "Scream Zone."

"[The park] is the one place in the city where you can scream all you want and nobody will call 311 to complain," Bloomberg quipped, "or if they do, we won't pay a lot of attention to it."

The Soarin' Eagle coaster was a scream with thrill-seekers on Wednesday who tested out the ride that propels riders to speeds of 40 miles per hour in under two seconds. A second new ride, called the Sling Shot, shoots riders 150 feet skyward.

Binta Li, 14, of Coney Island was invited to the park along with dozens of others from community service group Coney Island Generation Gap. She made sure not to eat anything before she arrived.

"I didn't dare," she said.

The city invested $6.6 million in Luna Park and Scream Zone and worked with an Italian engineering firm on the final designs. Officials said there are 93 localemployees.

This is just the latest development in the Coney Island Revitalization plan which aims to create a "mixed-use neighborhood" that includes the amusement park, retail shops and affordable housing.

The four new rides at Luna park cost between seven and 20 credits, which are purchased on a refillable card. Each credit costs $1 and there is no fee to enter the park.

The park opens Thursday and then weekends only until Memorial Day when the park will open every day from noon until midnight and later on weekends.

Coney Island
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Coney Island "Scream Zone" at Luna Park opens, unveiling 4 new rides and the parks' first new roller coaster since 1927.

The Sling Shot shoots riders 150 feet in the air at 90 mph and costs 20 credits ($20).
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The Sling Shot shoots riders 150 feet in the air at 90 mph and costs 20 credits ($20).

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz flip the switch at Luna Park's Scream Zone, sending two local students flying into the air on the Sling Shot.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz flip the switch at Luna Park's Scream Zone, sending two local students flying into the air on the Sling Shot.

The new roller coaster, the Screamin' Eagle, in the foreground, and the parachute drop in the background.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The new roller coaster, the Screamin' Eagle, in the foreground, and the parachute drop in the background.

Scream Zone, is the latest addition to Luna Park.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Scream Zone, is the latest addition to Luna Park.

Scream Zone posters at Coney Island
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Scream Zone posters at Coney Island

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Comments [3]

rayanna rivera from 428west26street

hi my name is rayanna rivera and i am 10 years old i went to coney island a few day's ago an i got on all the rides in the scream zone and the orange ride was the scariest but the eletro spin was also scary i you need to cantact me cantact me at kaylaarmen@yahoo.com

Jun. 11 2011 09:27 PM
David H

Um, "first new roller coaster in 84 years" in Coney Island? Not even close! Even if you forget the TWO new coasters that were put in to the new Luna Park next door last year, there have been at least a half dozen other coasters added to Coney Island since the classic Cyclone opened. And right next door, Deno's has had a kiddie coaster for over a decade now.

Still, it's great to see new coasters coming to this classic location!

May. 03 2011 10:16 PM
Arturo from Brooklyn

20 credits for one ride? That better come with a happy ending.

Apr. 22 2011 01:47 AM

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