Coney Island's Luna Park entertains thrill-seeking visitors -- young and old -- with 28 attractions (everything from coasters for big "kids" to twisty tea cups for the little ones), games and food stalls. Its iconic entrance is patterned after the entry to the original 1903 park. The history of the park stretches back to 1903, when the legendary amusement park, Luna Park, operated on Coney Island until 1944. This second iteration of the park has been open since 2010.
Rides at Luna Park are designated by their "thrill levels," from mild to extreme. Extreme Thrill Rides (none of which are included in the unlimited wristband) include the Sling Shot (get shot 150 feet up into the air at more than 90 mph, then free-fall back to Earth), the iconic Cyclone roller-coaster (a Coney Island mainstay since 1927), Zeniobio (somersaults at 60mph 180 feet up in the air), Boardwalk Flight (skydiving over the Atlantic Ocean), and the Coney Island Raceway (go-karts plus speed racing).
There is a greater variety of High Thrill, Moderate Thrill and Mild Thrill Rides, most of which are included in the unlimited wristband purchase. Highlights include The Tickler, a High Thrill roller coaster with tight turns and rapid-fire drops, all while rotating; Wild River, a High Thrill classic log ride ending in a 40-foot plunge that's perfect for hot summer days; Coney Island Hang Glider, a Moderate Thrill free-flight hang-gliding experience; Lynn’s Trapeze, a Moderate Thrill flying carousel; Balloon Thrill, a Mild Thrill rotating hot air balloon; and Mermaid Parade, a Mild Thrill kid-sized water flume.
Also available at Luna Park are classic carnival games, including Whac-a-Mole, Roll-a-Ball, Break-a-Plate and Duck Pond (replete with prizes available for skilled carnie-game players). And if you work up an appetite, the Cyclone Cafe serves burgers, chicken wings, pizza and fries with outdoor seating; Place to Beach dishes up Mexican-inspired cuisine and hosts a nightly dance party with live DJs and bands; and the Carousell Grill brings both savory and sweet to the park with Pie Face pies such as Philly cheesesteak, chunky steak and BBQ pulled pork on the savory side, and apple, chocolate and cherry on the sweet. And, of course, the Coney Island boardwalk is close by with snacks available from the standards, the highlight of which is Nathan’s Famous.
Each ticket is good for a timed wristband valid for four hours of rides on up to 24 rides at Luna Park, plus one free
ride on the legendary Cyclone roller coaster. The wristband does not include rides on the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, the Coney Island Raceway, the Slingshot or the Zenobio, nor does it cover food or games.
Luna Park is open seven days a week until September 7, 2014. The park will be open Saturdays and Sundays only through October 26, 2014. In addition, the park will be open Friday, September 12; Monday, October 13; and Tuesday, October 14, 2014. In inclement weather, rides may be temporarily closed; there are no refunds for inclement weather.
Did you know?
A series of fires destroyed the original Luna Park amusement park in 1944; it’s now home to a five-building co-op apartment complex also called Luna Park.
The original park was named after park co-creator Elmer "Skip" Dundy’s sister, Luna Dundy Newman.
2015 Luna Park Operating Schedule
Luna Park Map