CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Many New Yorkers came for the reopening of Coney Island’s Luna Park for the season on Saturday.
The first 95 in line for the Coney Island Cyclone rode for free, celebrating the 95th year since the attraction’s opening. The guests received a free egg cream, as well.
“It’s a great piece of history,” Eric Knapp, who eagerly waited for the park’s reopening, said. Built in 1927, the Cyclone is known for its wooden rickety twists, turns and drops. Knapp said he has been first in line to ride the Cyclone for 17 years.
After five years in the making and construction delays due to COVID, there will be three new rides opening on Memorial Day next month.
All Coney Island amusement parks were shut down for more than 18 months because of the pandemic and took a devastating financial hit, but they reopened last spring with health protocols in place, limited to 33% capacity and masks. Now, most of those rules are gone and most seemed happy about it.
For opening day, Luna Park was selling wristbands for $20 for all rides, which can usually run up to $62 per wristband. Proceeds made during the opening day were donated to local charities.