Saturday, April 17

Coney Island amusement parks are opening for the first time since 2019 on Friday

You may add yet another factor to your checklist of issues to look ahead this summer time that wasn’t round final 12 months: taking a visit to the amusement parks on Coney Island.

When the sights reopen on Friday, it will likely be the primary time that Deno’s Surprise Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park have been open since 2019. Each are planning to welcome friends again at restricted capability, with superior reservations obtainable on the parks’ web sites. 

One factor that hasn’t modified, nonetheless, is the park’s conventional opening ceremonies. There’ll nonetheless be a “Blessing of the Rides” ceremony, a decades-long custom, on the boardwalk Friday morning. (It’s invite-only, although.) Instantly following the opening ceremony, 100 front-line employees will get free rides on the Surprise Wheel.

“2020 marked the primary time in 100 years that the wheel has not spun,” mentioned the Vourderis Household, house owners and operators of Deno’s Surprise Wheel Amusement Park. “Whereas it was a devastating time for a lot of, we’re excited to welcome again friends and rejoice the life and keenness of our dad and mom and grandparents’ laborious work who devoted their lives to offering Coney Island with a heat welcoming amusement park on the Boardwalk. We hope to see everybody this season!” 

Additionally going down on opening day this Friday would be the annual Egg Cream Christening on the Coney Island Cyclone. Should you’re heading down for opening day on Friday, you’ll have the ability to try six new rides for youngsters at Luna Park: Circus Sweet, Hearth Patrol, Rainbowheel, AeroMax, Grand Prix and Mini Mouse. Later this summer time, Deno’s Surprise Wheel Amuseument Park will even be debuting a brand new experience: the “Phoenix,” a family-friendly, steel-suspended rollercoaster. 

“The Coney Island amusement rides are synonymous with summer time in Brooklyn, and their closure final 12 months was a painful blow for all of us,” mentioned Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “We’re thrilled to see the amusement district come again higher than ever, which can revitalize the native economic system and permit guests to benefit from the distinctive sights with their buddies and households.” 

Whilst you’re down there, you’ll want to additionally cease by the New York Aquarium which has some thrilling new choices this summer time, as effectively. The newly-opened “Spineless!” exhibition options attention-grabbing examples of invertebrates together with an unbelievable big Pacific octopus, moon jellies, cuttlefish, and the world’s largest dwelling arthropods—the Japanese spider crab.

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