Coney Island’s new roller coaster ‘Thunderbolt’ will debut by 2014 season

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Coney Island visitors won’t just have the new Steeplechase Plaza and a Nathan’s hot dog to look forward to next summer. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced that Coney Island will be adding a new roller coaster to the amusement park for the 2014 season.

The new roller coaster, Thunderbolt, will stand 125 feet tall with over 2,000 feet of track and reach speeds of 65 mph making it longer, taller, and faster than the Cyclone. Tourists will be able to find the ride easily as it will sit next to the restored B&B Carousel and the new Steeplechase Plaza.

The ride will be built by the Central Amusement International (CAI).

This is the first custom made roller coaster for Coney Island since the park’s most well known ride, The Cyclone, in 1927.

“Thunderbolt is designed as a one-of-a-kind ‘out and back’ steel coaster, taking riders in a vertical lift reaching a staggering height of 110 feet. Once riders reach the top of the lift, the train will be unleashed onto the first vertical drop and then through a series of elements and inversions while traveling at 65 mph. The ride will then make its return through a series of “bunny hills” that will give riders a floating sensation until the train returns back into the station,” described the NYCEDC on how the ride will maneuver.

Coney Island was one of the many areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, but with the opening of a new and improved carousel and the new Steeplechase Plaza almost two weeks ago and the announcement of a new roller coaster on its way, Coney Island is proving that it will not be leaving anytime soon and will live on for future generations.