STEP RIGHT UP! LUNA PARK IN CONEY ISLAND CELEBRATES ITS HISTORIC EXPANSION AND 120 YEARS OF FUN ON JUNE 21st
- Celebrate Luna Park’s Historic Expansion Featuring NYC’s first 50-foot Ropes Course, Integrated Roller Coaster and Water Flume Attractions, Food and Beverage Locations, and Pedestrian Plazas
- Celebrate 120 years of Luna Park, the most influential park in the world
BROOKLYN, NY, June 13, 2023 – Luna Park in Coney Island, New York City’s most iconic destination for fun, is gearing up to honor a momentous occasion celebrating the park’s historic expansion and the 120th anniversary of Luna Park’s original inception in 1903. On June 21st beginning at 6:00 PM, Luna Park will celebrate the historic expansion, featuring NYC’s first 50ft oceanside ropes courses and adventure zones, integrated roller coaster and water flume attractions, food and beverage locations, and pedestrian plazas. Guests, visitors, and local community members alike can join in on this incredible celebration like never before with a free event featuring special carnival-style performances, music, entertainment, and treats at the new main entrance of Luna Park on Stillwell Avenue.
For over a century, Luna Park has been part of the iconography of amusement parks, inspiring namesakes that provide fun and joy for families across the world. Today Luna Park honors that rich heritage of the most influential park in the world by creating history with the future. Its newest additions pay homage to the history of the Amusement District in Coney Island and enhance the unique Brooklyn heritage and identity that Luna Park is known for today.
“We are overjoyed to celebrate this expansion, a milestone that pays homage to the enduring spirit of fun and joy that has defined this beloved Amusement District and our community throughout its history,” said Alessandro Zamperla, President and CEO of Central Amusement International Inc. “With the addition of these new attractions, food and beverage locations, and pedestrian plazas, we are excited to continue to celebrate the legacy of Coney Island by bringing the finest amusement park experience to New York City.”
“I am thrilled that one of our city’s most iconic spaces will be not only celebrated and highlighted but expanded to provide even more fun and excitement for all of our families this summer and beyond,” said Senator Jessica Scarcella-Spanton. “We are so fortunate to have such a historic and symbolic entertainment destination in Southern Brooklyn and I look forward to its continued enhancements, improvements, and investments for both visitors and local community members.”
“Luna Park has been at the heart of New York City summer fun for the last 120 years, and today, we celebrate this historic expansion,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President & CEO Andrew Kimball. “The new attractions, pedestrian plazas, and food and beverage locations will uplift the local economy and arrives just in time for New Yorkers from across the five boroughs – and tourists – to enjoy this summer.”
“For so many New Yorkers, Luna Park and Coney Island are synonymous with summer fun, and this expansion gives New Yorkers and visitors even more great features to enjoy, including Luna Park’s new oceanside ropes courses,” added NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “I encourage all New Yorkers to take the trip out to Coney Island and check out the new pedestrian plazas, rides, food & beverage options, and other attractions that are enhancing this iconic part of a New York City summer.”
“I am very excited to join many Coney Island residents and other visitors at the wonderful celebration of the historic expansion of Luna Park and its 120 years anniversary. Proud to represent the neighborhood that is home to the New York City largest and most famous amusement park. Congratulations to Alessandro Zamperla and the entire team at Luna Park for providing world class attractions and entertainment, as well as creating many local jobs and additional opportunities for Coney Island businesses!” said District 47 NYC Councilman, Ari Kagan.
“You can never have too much of a good thing and who would ever say “no,” to more Coney Island?, said District 43 Councilmember Justin Brannan. “With heartfelt gratitude to the Zamperla Family and New York City Economic Development Corporation, we are finally activating new parts of this historic amusement district with four new attractions and a new pedestrian plaza for all to enjoy. Let’s remember: Coney Island isn’t just an iconic, world-famous destination – it is a vibrant, hardworking, and resilient neighborhood that deserves nothing but the best all year round. This is a very exciting day.”
“Congratulations to Luna Park on 120 years of serving as an iconic landmark not just in Brooklyn, but across New York City, bringing family fun and entertainment to locals and tourist from all over,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “Luna Park’s legacy and longevity has stood the test of time mainly due to the amusement park’s ability to reinvent itself, surviving ebbs and flows of visitors, economic recessions, new trends in entertainment, and more. Its latest historic expansion is yet another example of this agility. I can’t wait to enjoy with my own family.”
Luna Park’s return breathed new life into the historic Amusement District, reinvigorating its storied past, benefiting the small business community in Coney Island, bringing record revenues to the Riegelmann Boardwalk businesses, and providing thousands of job opportunities to the broader South Brooklyn. Through their investments and commitment, Central Amusement International Inc. was able to bring Coney Island’s Amusement District back to the focal point of business in the area and invigorate its economy with the opening of a re-imagined, re-created, and re-vitalized Luna Park in Coney Island.
Since 2010, Luna Park has introduced an array of exciting attractions and new locations for all to enjoy, seamlessly blending the charm of the past with the thrill of the future. Nestled within Luna Park are the timeless classics that have delighted visitors for generations. From the iconic Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, which has been thrilling daredevils since 1927 to introducing The Thunderbolt, NYC’s first major steel rollercoaster in 2014, as well as newly debuted attractions including family friendly coaster, Tony’s Express, Leti’s Treasure, a flume-style water ride, and Sky Tykes and Sky Chaser ropes courses, Luna Park continues to evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Additionally, guests can indulge their taste buds at Flywheel Bar & Grill and discover Urban Legend, a new open air beer garden.
Combining tradition and innovation, Luna Park has become an enduring symbol of timeless amusement, promising visitors an immersive experience that will whisk them away to a place where nostalgia, fun, and awe are at every turn. Mark your calendars for June 21st and get ready for an unforgettable evening of laughter, cherished memories, and a fun-filled extravaganza like no other.
Admission to Luna Park is free, with ride prices starting at just $3. For more information on Luna Park’s offerings, tickets, hours and more, please visit www.LunaParkNYC.com.
About Luna Park in Coney Island:
Luna Park in Coney Island is the largest and most famous amusement park in New York City. Known as the heart of Coney Island with a heritage that stretches back over 120 years, this iconic amusement park is the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers, families, friends, and anyone who loves to have fun. At Luna Park, visitors can immerse themselves in a world of unforgettable Coney Island seaside thrills with the park’s array of timeless attractions including the historic and legendary Coney Island Cyclone. Luna Park is also home to breathtaking ocean views, shopping, and dining options on the scenic landmarked Riegelmann Boardwalk, offering timeless charm and novelties that make it a world-class destination for all ages. Located at the heart of the Amusement District, with over 50 attractions and games, Luna Park offers a fun-filled day out that’s suitable for everyone. Thrill-seekers can scream on rides like the Atlantic Aviator and the Thunderbolt, while younger guests and those seeking a milder thrill can enjoy family-friendly options like Tony’s Express and Leti’s Treasure. Head over to LunaParkNYC.com to check out the full list of rides, entertainment, food and more.