Saturday, January 22, 2011

Coney Island & Scream Park News

The famous Coney Island Cyclone will have a new operator this summer:  Zamperla.  The ride's previous operator, citing increasing maintenance costs, backed out of their contract.  They had operated the ride for the past 37 years.

Zamperla only has an agreement to operate the ride for a year, but is already planning to invest several hundred thousand dollars into fixing up the coaster.

Zamperla has made some announcements about the specific rides that will be located in the new Scream Zone section.  The $12 million area will feature two roller coasters and has a planned April opening.

The Steeplechase coaster will be one of the company's launched Moto Coasters, with the trains themed to horses.  Soaring Eagle will be a flying coaster, moved from Elitch Gardens.  The area will also feature a sling shot and a Turbo Force.