Coney Island’s Luna Park resumes expansion after pandemic delay
Luna Park at Coney Island announced that it has resumed its expansion halted by the pandemic with new attractions, including roller coasters interspersed with a merry-go-round, a ropes course structure facing the Atlantic Ocean and the transformation of three streets into landscaped pedestrian squares. On October 5, Luna Park held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the pandemic-delayed development to celebrate new attractions and pedestrian plazas slated to open for the 2022 season.
Luna Park’s expansion to Coney Island will feature the Super Flume and the J2SK Coaster. The Super Flume ride will lift guests up to 40 feet and give them a panoramic, semicircular view of the shore before diving to over 35mph for the big splash. The canal ride will operate with 12 boats that can accommodate up to six people at a time. The trough of the Super Flume will be over 1,200 feet long and will be tactically interwoven with the track of the J2SK Coaster. Racers will board a coaster as it flexes and curves all the way down the Super Flume at over 30mph. The J2SK Coaster consists of two manufactured trains equipped with ADA access.
Appropriately named by the local Brooklyn community, Luna Park will also feature the structure of the Sky Chaser Rope Course in 2022. This adventure zone offers climbers views of the Coney Island boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean up to 50 feet, and includes both ropes courses and ziplines for all ages and skill levels.
In addition to the three new attractions, Luna Park is transforming three streets into landscaped pedestrian plazas between Wonder Wheel Way and the Coney Island Boardwalk. These new pedestrian plazas will be an outdoor entertainment destination with dining, gaming and retail venues, adorned with shaded seating and greenery. The expansion is expected to create an additional 100 jobs in the Coney Island entertainment district.
“Each season our goal is to provide the best sensations and experiences to our local community as well as to the tourists who visit us each year,” said Alessandro Zamperla, President and CEO of Central Amusement International. “With the addition of these new attractions and pedestrian plazas, we are thrilled to continue to celebrate Coney Island’s legacy by bringing the best theme park innovations to New York City.”