Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend at Luna Park!

Crowded beach in front of The Cyclone Rollercoaster
Tons of people flocked to Coney Island for Memorial Day Weekend! Although it was a scorcher, the streets, the beaches, the subways and the amusement parks were jam-packed with smiling (and often sweaty!) faces.

The truly adventurous tried out the brand-new Boardwalk Flight. There is something special about a view of Coney Island while hurtling through the air at over 60mph! Cheering bystanders lined the boardwalk every time someone was launched into the air.

The new Coney Island Raceway was also a favorite. There is nothing like the wind in your face as you whip around the track like a race-car driver!

Tell us about YOUR favorite part of the Memorial Day Weekend at Coney Island!

Friday, May 25, 2012

LunaPic Contest Starts Today!

Dust off those camera lenses (or wipe the fingerprints from your smartphone)!

It's time for Luna Park's LunaPic Contest! Starting today, photographers and videographers alike can win big for showing off their love of Luna Park, Scream Zone and The Cyclone Rollercoaster. Our Facebook fans will choose their favorite pictures and videos. Two grand-prize winners will win four 4-hour, unlimited wristbands each and a bag chock full of Luna Park merchandise.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Close-Up, Best Overview Shot, Best Nighttime Shot, Most Artistic Photo, Best Daytime Video and Best Nighttime Video. Check out the official rules and regulations on the Luna Park website.

May the odds be ever in...well, you get the idea.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bloomberg Opens Beaches, Totes Luna Park's Job Creation

This morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the opening of the city's beaches to a crowd of lifeguards, Naval personnel, journalists and locals on the Coney Island boardwalk. Bloomberg was joined by Marty Markowitz (Brooklyn Borough President), Seth Pinsky (President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation), Natalia Quintavalle (General Counsel of Italy in New York), Adrian Benepe (Commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation) and Alberto Zamperla (CEO of Central Amusement International).

Bloomberg started out by thanking the men and women of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines that are in New York City for Fleet Week. The mayor spoke favorably of the jobs that Luna Park, Scream Zone and The Cyclone Rollercoaster create every year (about 450 for the summer of 2012). Coney Island is in the midst of a huge revitalization, according to Bloomberg. He credits Deno's Wonder Wheel and The Cyclone for keeping Coney Island's magic alive when it started to go downhill years ago. For the past few years, amusement parks have been expanding, new restaurants have come to the area and business is booming.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz spoke fondly of Coney Island. The area has quirk, charm and a century-plus of history as a summer destination. Of the amusement parks in other areas of the country, Markowitz told the crowd to "fuhgettaboutit."

Kids from the Coney Island Generation Gap were suited up and ready to ride the Boardwalk Flight on its inaugural flight. Unfortunately, the threat of lightning kept them from flying across the boardwalk. After the threat lifted, some of the kids were able to take a swing in the harness as reporters took pictures.

The Coney Island Raceway and Boardwalk Flight will open to the public this Saturday, May 26 for Memorial Day Weekend. See you there!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Luna Park is back and ready for action!

Luna Park, Scream Zone and The Cyclone are back and ready for action this summer! More rides = more fun at Brooklyn's Coney Island.

In a few days, we're launching 2 brand new rides:
The Coney Island Raceway will quench your need for speed with 900 feet of track twisted with switchback and hairpin turns.
Boardwalk Flight will swing you over 200 feet over the boardwalk at speeds of over 60mph.

Of course, we also have your old favorites:
The Cyclone Rollercoaster - often imitated, never duplicated.
The Slingshot – hold on to your lunch, because this thing can reach 90 miles per hour.
The Steeplechase – an update on an old Coney Island favorite, this wild ride goes from 0-40 in under 2 seconds.

Don’t forget that Luna Park is family-friendly with plenty of mild and medium thrill rides to meet everyone’s adventure level.

We also have some exciting events coming your way, like The Cyclone Rollercoaster Charity Coasterthon on June 9th, The Cyclone’s 85th Birthday Party on June 30th and New York City’s Got Talent in early August.

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