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After Delays, Coney Island’s Thunderbolt To Open Next Week [Updated]

Photo by Allen Shweky/Brooklyn Views

UPDATE (June 3, 2014): The public relations folks for the new Thunderbolt contacted us this morning to note that the opening is now being pushed to next week. They’re not sure of the date yet, but the announcement is coming soon.

Original article:

Coney Island’s newest roller coaster, Zamperla USA’s Thunderbolt, is slated to open this Friday, June 6, according to Brooklyn Views.

When first announced last year, the coaster was originally scheduled to open in time for Memorial Day. That was pushed back until just after Memorial Day, and delayed  again to this Friday.

Still, after 2.5 months of construction, the $9 million coaster is nearly ready for showtime. The three-car coaster will hold 27 people as it zooms along 2,233 feet of track at 55 miles per hour. It’ll reach its peak height at 115 feet before plummeting nearly straight to the ground and into a 100-foot vertical loop, then an 80-foot zero-g roll followed by a heartline dive and corkscrew. That two-minute ride will represent the single-largest private investment in Coney Island in decades.

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  1. Does anyone know how much it’s going to cost? I hope it’s not as expensive as the slingshot ride.

  2. Magnificent and unique” Scary.I dare not ride on it.Coney island is totally transformed.At last.It seems Zamperla got a good vision.

  3. It’s not really cheaper… Even with gas and tolls it’s still more expensive. Try to ride every ride in Coney Island and see how much it will cost you. This one is $10, cyclone is $9 the slingshot is $20. It adds up fast. Coney is a rip off.

  4. But the great thing about Coney is that you dont have to go on every ride all at once. . You can go to the beach for a little bit, grab some good food at Nathans, Gargiulios or any other restaurants in Coney (much better than the 6 flags crap food), hop on a couple of rides, catch a ball game at night. And it is much more convenient than driving out to the dump known as New Jersey. I definetly rather drive 5 minutes to Coney than drive 2 hours to New Jersey to be surrounded by all the stuck up/inconsiderate people that live over there and frequent six flags

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