News Coney Island's Thunderbolt opening at 11 a.m. Saturday The ground breaking ceremony for the new Coney Island roller coaster called " The Thunderbolt." Photo Credit: Linda Rosier June 12, 2014 8:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.