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Ride the Thunderbolt

Coney Island’s wooden roller coaster stood from 1925 to 2000. On Memorial Day, a daring new one with the same name opens in its place. Its designer explains what you’re in for.


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Illustration by Jason Lee

Meet the Ride:

Created by:
Alberto Zamperla, who has owned Luna Park since 2010. His Italian company, Zamperla Group, is responsible for iconic rides like Six Flags’ Flying Carousel and Kennywood Amusement Park’s Black Widow.

Top speed:
55 miles per hour.

Top height:
115 feet.

Ride length:
2 minutes.

Amount of track:
2,233 feet.

27 people.


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