Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coney Island's New Thunderbolt Nearly Complete!

Via Tom Kaminski on Twitter
Check out this fantastic aerial view of the new Thunderbolt roller coaster in Coney Island!  The ride appears to be just about complete - there is one section of track still on the ground though it's hard to tell in this image just where it goes.  The Thunderbolt is supposed to open on Memorial Day weekend, less than a week from now - which means a very quick turnaround time for testing if that works out!

© Luna Park
Back on the ground, Luna Park has shared some great shots of the trackwork as it went up, showing off the curves and inversions that the Thunderbolt contains.  Crews also appear to be getting ready to install the giant Thunderbolt sign to the side of the lift/drop structure.

Everyone's pretty excited about the new roller coaster, even New York Magazine created an infographic on the ride!  The ride is a unique design from Zamperla, and I know I can't wait to check it out and see how the Thunderbolt rides.