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New Roller Coaster Slated To Open On Coney Island

Thunderbolt Will Be First New Coaster Since The Cyclone Was Built In 1927
Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Coney Island is getting its first new roller coaster since the Cyclone was built in 1927.

Move over Cyclone, here comes the Thunderbolt.

“It’s a steel coaster, much faster, much sophisticated and with a complete, nice, smooth experience,” Luna Park president Valerio Ferrari told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond on Tuesday. “The coaster’s going to be approximately 2,100 feet long. It’s going to have a vertical lift with stadium-like seating and it’s going to have a full reversal and a loop.”

The original wooden Thunderbolt opened in 1925 and was immortalized as the coaster above the childhood home of Woody Allen’s character in “Annie Hall,” but it was torn down in 2000 to make way for Keyspan Park.

Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

The new coaster will be 125 feet tall and will reach speeds of 65 mph, according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Its reincarnation is a sign of Coney Island’s resurgence, Ferrari said.

“In order to go to the next level we really needed to do something, another anchor piece like the Cyclone is,” he told Diamond. “It will make the roller coaster experience in Coney Island something to be seen.”

Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

Rendering of new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. (credit: NYCEDC)

The coaster will open for the 2014 season.

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