Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Coney Island's Successful Start to 2013

Coney Island amusements and boardwalk attractions traditionally start their season on Palm Sunday, and this year was no different.  Well, it was different.  This year's opening this past Sunday meant a lot after spending five months recovering and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy.

Deno's Wonder Wheel Cuts the Ribbon on the 2013 Season
When Sunday rolled around both Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park and Scream Zone opened their rides, and the shops and food stands along the boardwalk were ready to go.  According to reports, Coney Island actually had one of their biggest season openings ever, with all the publicity that surrounded the reopening.

This article from Crain's New York Business details just how successful the opening day was.  Sadly we had a bit of a snow storm the following day, so operations were put on hold a bit.  Still it sounds like crowds flooded the parks and boardwalk on Sunday, when the rides were blessed (also a traditional) and started up for the year. 

The Coney Island Cyclone also opened with the next segment of its multi-year refurbishment complete.  Many fans of the ride make it a tradition to take a spin on the Cyclone on opening day, and they were relieved that the famous ride was ready and open.  Even the Spook-A-Rama, a part of Deno's, was ready to go with a brand new dragon animatronic on top of its structure.

Additional stories on the reopening of Coney Island can be found from New York Times, the local ABC affiliate, and even Good Morning America.