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Luna Park is the name of two amusement parks. The first amusement park at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City from 1903 to 1944. A second Luna Park was opened on the former site of the nearby Astroland amusement park, and opened on May 29, 2010.

History

The park's creators, Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy, created a wildly successful ride called "A Trip To The Moon", a part of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 at Buffalo, New York. The name of the winged spacecraft (which was not a rocket, but flapped its wings) was Luna, the Latin word for the moon. During a discussion of the name of the park, "Dundy suggested the name of his sister in Des Moines, Luna Dundy Newman."

At the invitation of Steeplechase owner Harry George Tilyou, Thompson and Dundy moved their show to Steeplechase Park, a Coney Island amusement park, for the 1902 season. At the end of that season, the partners obtained a long-term lease for the site of an older amusement park, Sea Lion Park, and rebuilt it as Luna Park, the second major amusement park in Coney Island. Although they claimed the park was named after one of their female relatives, it was probably named for the ship. The architecture was quite fanciful, with thousands of electric lamps on the outside of the buildings at a time when electrification was still a novelty.

Witching Waves was one of the most popular rides at Luna Park, invented by Theophilus Van Kannel, who also invented the revolving door. The ride consisted of a large oval course with a flexible metal floor. There were hidden reciprocating levers that produced a wave-like motion. The floor itself did not move but the moving wave propelled two seated small scooter-style cars with two seats, which could be steered by the riders. In 1910, it was moved and installed on the Bowery in Manhattan.

Song

The song "Meet Me Down At Luna, Lena" was recorded by Billy Murray in 1905 to promote the park, among others:

We'll take a trip up to the moon For that is the place for a lark So meet me down at Luna, Lena Down at Luna Park

The song was rerecorded for the 2007 documentary film Welcome Back Riders.

Demise

A pair of fires in 1944 damaged Luna Park, destroying much of it. It was not rebuilt and did not open for the 1945 season. After a legal battle and a third fire in 1946, the land was used for other purposes. The original Luna Park now houses a five building cooperative apartment complex and is still called Luna Park to this day.

Resurrection of Luna Park

In 2005, the Coney Island Development Corporation released the "Coney Island Revitalization Plan", which laid out its plan to preserve and grow the historic amusement area; create a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood with new retail options and nearly 5,000 new units of housing, including 900 income-targeted units; and generate more than 25,000 construction jobs and 6,000 permanent jobs. In July 2009, the City passed the Coney Island Rezoning Plan, setting the stage for development in Coney Island's amusement district.

The new Luna Park opened May 29, 2010. Its entrance is patterned after the entrance to the original 1903 Luna Park and was built on the ground of the former Astroland amusement park which closed after the 2008 season. The new park is the home of nineteen new attractions and games. It is the only area in Coney Island in which the use of cash to pay for amusements and rides is not allowed; visitors must buy Luna Cards and spend Luna Credits or use an unlimited ride wristband that allows for four hours of ride time on select rides.

Attractions

Luna Park includes 19 attractions designed and manufactured by Antonio Zamperla, SpA (Zamperla), a company based in Vicenza, Italy.

Luna Park also operates the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster.

Thrill Rides

  • Air Race
  • Brooklyn Flyer
  • Luna 360
  • Electro Spin
  • The Tickler
  • Thunderbolt
  • Wild River

Family Rides

  • Balloon Expedition
  • Circus Coaster
  • Coney Island Hang Glider
  • Coney Island Sound
  • Coney Tower
  • Lynn's Trapeze
  • Surf's Up

Kiddie Rides

  • Beach Shack
  • Big Top Express
  • Happy Swing
  • Mermaid Parade
  • Speed Boat
  • Sea Serpent
  • Tea Party

Scream Zone

For the 2011 season, an addition called Scream Zone opened that features four new rides. While part of Luna Park, it is marketed as a separate destination. The Scream Zone logo bears a resemblance to "Tillie", the grinning face that adorned the outside of the Palace Amusements in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which is a nod to legendary Steeplechase Park owner Harry George Tilyou.

Rides

  • Boardwalk Flight
  • Coney Island Raceway - Go-Kart Track
  • Slingshot
  • Steeplechase - A Zamperla launching motocoaster with trains resembling horses.
  • Soarin' Eagle - A Zamperla flying coaster where riders lay on stomachs, cars go up a spiral lift hill.
  • Zenobio

In popular culture

  • In the Harold Lloyd's movie Speedy (1928) appears the first Luna Park.

See also

  • Luna Park
  • Luna Park (disambiguation)
  • Topsy - elephant euthanize by electrocution at Luna Park in 1903

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Tips & Hints

City of New York
City of New York 25 March 2013
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Luna Park takes its name from the original Luna Park, which operated at Coney Island from 1903 to 1946.
NYC: The Official Guide
NYC: The Official Guide 21 June 2013
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This amusement venue takes its name and aesthetic from one of the "Nickel Empire" parks of yore—the old Luna Park, which operated from 1903 until it was destroyed by fire in 1944.
The New York Daily News
The New York Daily News 20 October 2010
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PHOTO: You've never seen Luna Park lit up like this! Click "More Info" to see a shot of classic Coney Island from 1924!
Coney Island
Coney Island 27 August 2010
10
Luna Park is Coney's new kid on the block. With 19 new rides plus food and games, it's fun for the whole family. Catch a ride on the Air Race, a brand new ride that world-debuted in Coney Island!
T.V
T.V 29 August 2011
8
Be sure to ride the infamous Cyclone!
Village Voice
Village Voice 22 October 2012
7
Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Amusement Park
J Scott
J Scott 25 August 2012
7
The cyclone AND the go-karts are Luna Park ticket items!! Get the unlimited pass it's worth it. And ride that super man flat riding roller coaster the big one near the go-karts it's awesome but short
Mat
Mat 1 September 2012
6
Quite okay, old machines but at least they make it easy to win something. Yay
Luna Park Coney Island
Luna Park Coney Island 23 March 2011
6
April 16, 2011 Luna Park is back for another great season, stop by Luna Park on Opening Day and enjoy music, rides, games and so much more. To buy tickets click "more info" below:
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse 25 June 2010
6
Go to the park and ride all the new atractions that just opened this 2010
Luna Park Coney Island
Luna Park Coney Island 29 October 2011
5
Nights of Horror is the #1 Halloween event in Brooklyn! Big Rides - Huge Thrills - Extreme Scares - Can you handle it???
Kawana Hart
Kawana Hart 20 July 2013
4
Great place for the Family!
Gant Powell
Gant Powell 22 June 2013
4
Wooooo ride the rides! Eat funnel cake!
Noah Gonzalez Jr.
Noah Gonzalez Jr. 9 June 2013
4
Awesome place to hang with the family.
Luna Park Coney Island
Luna Park Coney Island 20 November 2011
4
Here's a fun tip for the off-season - come by Luna Park on a very foggy day and take photos from the boardwalk. They will look creepy and eerily beautiful!
US National Archives
US National Archives 8 August 2011
4
If you are on a ride that looks like this 1970s photo of Coney Island, you really are a daredevil. Enjoy Luna Park!
AmandaBEAR
AmandaBEAR 28 July 2010
4
Go on electro spin and the tickler. Don't forget the cyclone!
Tamara Walker
Tamara Walker 30 May 2010
4
Was there for the grand opening. Though only 12 of the new rides were opened, looking like it'll be great for the little ones.
Daetuan Snagg
Daetuan Snagg 4 June 2012
3
Ride the tickler!!!!
MAGGIE DEMING
MAGGIE DEMING 31 July 2010
3
COOL HANG OUT SPOT IN SUMMER
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