Coney Island Amusement Park Reopening This Friday After Long Pandemic Shutdown


After the pandemic turned off the lights and shut down the cotton sweet machines in Coney Island for 18 months, it was introduced on Monday that the beloved amusement parks will lastly reopen to the general public this Friday.

Beginning April ninth, Deno’s Marvel Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park in Coney Island will reopen for the primary time since October nineteenth, 2019. Initially, it can reopen at 33% capability, with company mandated to socially distance, put on face coverings, get a temperature verify, and buy tickets forward of their go to.

“2020 marked the primary time in 100 years that the wheel has not spun,” mentioned the Vourderis household, house owners and operators of Deno’s Marvel Wheel Amusement Park since 1983. “Whereas it was a devastating time for a lot of, we’re excited to welcome again company and rejoice the life and fervour of our mother and father and grandparents’ arduous work who devoted their lives to offering Coney Island with a heat welcoming amusement park on the Boardwalk.”

Along with the Cyclone and Marvel Wheel, there are a number of new rides for kids, together with Circus Sweet, Fireplace Patrol, Rainbowheel, AeroMax, Grand Prix, and Mini Mouse. The park can also be unveiling “Phoenix,” a brand new metal suspended rollercoaster which can enable riders “to really feel like they’re hovering via the air at 34 MPH at heights of 68 toes.”

Plenty of the traditional boardwalk concession stands will likely be open instantly as nicely, together with Coney Cones, Al Cavallino, La Famiglia Pizzeria, Nathan’s Well-known, Paul’s Daughter, and Tom’s Coney Island. Ruby’s Bar and Grill and the Coney Island Brewery are prepared for patrons, as are Gargiulo’s Restaurant, IHOP, Nathan’s Well-known, Pete’s Clam Cease, Surf Metropolis, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, IT’SUGAR, Lunatics Ice Cream, Pink Mango, Starbucks, and Williams Sweet.

The amusement park will likely be open on weekends via Memorial Day; then beginning Memorial Day weekend, will probably be open seven days per week.

Desolate streets and shuttered storefronts in Coney Island, August 2020


Gretchen Robinette / Gothamist

The Brooklyn Cyclones, who will mark their twentieth anniversary season this yr, play their dwelling opener towards the Hudson Valley Renegades on Could 18th at 6:30 p.m. The stadium is allowed to have 20% capability initially, and single-game tickets will begin at $18 for the 2021 season and be obtainable to buy within the coming weeks.

“It will likely be over 600 days since our final recreation by the point we take the sector on Could 18th, in order that by itself will likely be thrilling for our total group,” mentioned Cyclones Vice President Steve Cohen. “With our season now beginning in Could and operating via mid-September will have the ability to have nearly twice as many video games and nonetheless present the identical family-friendly, reasonably priced leisure with nice giveaways and fireworks reveals that folks have come to count on once they come to see the Cyclones play.” 

Not every little thing could also be again this summer season nevertheless—occasions such because the Mermaid Parade are nonetheless on maintain, relying on whether or not town and state alter guidelines about giant gatherings by mid-summer.

Again in April 2020, once they often would have reopened for the season, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered that each one non-essential companies stay closed because the pandemic took its toll on town. Deno Vourderis, in addition to Luna Park proprietor Alessandro Zamperla, believed the season might be salvaged after COVID-19 positivity charges saved declining throughout the summer season, however they had been by no means given the inexperienced mild by the state, and the realm become a “ghost city.”

Zamperla advised Gothamist in September 2020 that Luna Park had not “generated $1 in income since October 2019.” As of January 2021, consultants estimated that income losses throughout 2020 for the neighborhood are round $100 million.

2020 was additionally presupposed to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Marvel Wheel, and the last decade anniversary of the opening of the brand new Luna Park.