Despite Reports, Cyclone & Wonder Wheel to Remain Open
Many media outlets have been reporting that the entire Coney Island amusement area is now closed for good after a deal was not met this week to save the park. This is only partly true, as Arthur Levine from About Theme Parks has written an article to help set the record straight.
In his article, Levine explains that New York’s Coney Island amusement area is a collection of independent owners and vendors. Astroland itself makes up a good portion of the areas rides, but the world famous Coney Island Cyclone is a protected landmark and will operate as usual. Also unaffected will be Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park which includes another protected landmark the Wonder Wheel (which some may remember from the movie “The Warriors”). According to Levine, the media has shown the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel in their coverage of the closings, implying that these rides are a part of the closing.
I’m disappointed, but not shocked in the media’s lazy reporting. On the bright side, many (including myself) will get to enjoy the legendary Cyclone for years to come. I haven’t made it to Coney Island and am glad that the Cyclone will still be there. I’m not one for flat rides, but if anyone’s interested, here’s a listing of Astroland’s rides for sale. The listings include carousels, bumper cars, and even the Astrotower. Read Levine’s full article.
Get the tissues ready for this sad video of the last day of Astroland’s operation: