Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spook-A-Rama Aims for March 24th Reopening

© Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Of the many attractions in Coney Island that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the Spook-A-Rama was hit especially hard.  The classic pretzel dark ride has been in operation since 1955, a testament to its lasting popularity.  While its current path is shorter than many earlier versions, it contains many historic props and other gags - sadly some of which won't be able to return.

The good news, however, is that after the storm's ocean surges ruined much of the ride park owners quickly committed to rebuilding.  The process has been ongoing since the storm struck, and when the ride reopens it will feature a combination of old and new scares.  The new scares are being created by Scarefactory Inc, a company well known for supplying props and effects for haunted houses.  The ride has also received some serious TLC, including upgrades to the ride cars and a new floor for the entire building.  In the end, the ride will probably look better than it has in many years!

And along those lines, many are expecting Coney Island to actually have a fantastic Summer season in 2013.  With the massive rebuilding effort that has been underway since the storm, the entire stretch of beach, boardwalk, and attractions will look like new.  The visitation boom that started a few years ago combined with a fresh and new look has Coney Island is poised to thrive.