LATEST PAPER
65° Good Morning
65° Good Morning
Lifestyle

Coney Island's Thunderbolt opening at 11 a.m. Saturday

The ground breaking ceremony for the new Coney

The ground breaking ceremony for the new Coney Island roller coaster called " The Thunderbolt." Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooklyn adrenaline junkies are about to be hit by a thunderbolt -- Coney Island's newest thrill ride, that is.

The Thunderbolt, a recently completed roller coaster in Coney Island's Luna Park, will open to the public on Saturday. After city officials and developers host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, thrill-seekers will be able to ride the coaster starting at 11 a.m.

The Thunderbolt sits where its original, wooden namesake dazzled riders from the 1920s to the 1980s. The 115-foot-tall roller coaster begins with a 90-degree vertical drop immediately followed by a loop. The ride runs for about two minutes and reaches 55 mph, according to a news release.

At $10 million, the roller coaster is part of the city's plan to revitalize Coney Island's historic amusement district. Since 2009, more than $140 million has been pumped into improving the area.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Things to Do Photos & Videos