Forget the groundhog -- The Coney Island Cyclone seemed to predict spring's delay this year, as it made its way slowly up its track on chilly opening day and then thought better of it, stopping short of the first drop
Everyone made it off safely, and the 88-year-old coaster will be back up and running soon, Luna Park says. But if you're not quite willing to take the risk, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Coney Island this spring and summer. Here's what's new.
The Scrambler, an old Astroland favorite, makes a comeback this year at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, and the strong-stomached can't wait to get scrambled. Its new home is between the Wonder Wheel and the bumper cars.
The Jump Around
Children can now jump behind the wheel of a car on springs for a bumpy ride and cruise around a festive, summer-themed sand castle inside Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. The Jump Around is located before the entrance to the Wonder Wheel.
This new mini-racetrack, located to the far left if you're entering Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park from the boardwalk, is built for kids who have the need for speed.
Twist & Shout
This kid-sized drop tower is for mini-daredevils who aren't afraid of heights. It's located in the southeast corner of Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, not far from the Speedway.
COMING SOON: Brooklyn Barge
This wild, water-themed ride will open in Luna Park before summer hits, a park spokeswoman said.
Though its hard to remember what hot weather even feels like, cooling off in Coney Island will be even better this summer. Coney’s Cones will be scooping handmade gelato, made fresh daily.
Look out, Nathans: Luna Park is now home to a White Castle Express, where guests can order up burgers, chicken rings, fries and more. Word to the wise: Rides first, crave case after.
Back for round two: Place to Beach
Opened last season, this cantina is back, serving up cervezas, margaritas and tasty Mexican bites, right on the boardwalk. A kick-off party will take place on May 2.