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Coney Island Amusement Parks Go For Another Spin

Thrill seekers enjoy a day at Luna Park on its 2014 opening day April 13. (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

Thrill seekers enjoy a day at Luna Park on its 2014 opening day April 13. (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The rides of Coney Island are once again open for business.

At Luna Park on Sunday, Italian tycoon Alberto Zamperla christened the first ride on the Cyclone roller coaster by dousing it with the traditional egg cream.

He joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to open the 40 rides of Luna Park, where 750 local residents are employed. Twenty of the rides were manufactured in the Zamperla factory in Italy.

One ride is still getting finished up. The Thunderbolt, with its sharp drop and vertical loop, is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.

Neighboring Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park also opened Sunday.

The parks will be open through April 22 — spring break for many local schoolchildren. Then they will open on weekends until Memorial Day, when they begin operating seven days a week through the summer.

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