Luna Park’s Thunderbolt Opens Today

The wait is over. Today, Coney Island’s Luna Park will debut Thunderbolt, a unique steel Zamperla looping coaster.

Update: The park today released an onride POV of Thunderbolt. Watch it below:

According to the Luna Park website, Thunderbolt is the “first custom built roller coaster in Coney Island since The Cyclone in 1927” and “will sit near the historic B&B Carousell and the new Steeplechase Plaza, and mark another important milestone in Coney Island’s rebirth.”

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The $10-million coaster stretches 2,000 feet and features three inversions: a vertical loop, immelmann and corkscrew.

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Thunderbolt’s vertical lift reaches 125 feet into the Coney Island sky.

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Riders will reach a top speed of 65 mph as they maneuver the out-and-back course full of airtime camel hops.


All Photos © Luna Park

Earlier in the month, Mr. Zamperla himself took a spin on the coaster along with Luna Park staff members.

The below video shows the coaster and one of its unique three-by-three-seat trains in action:

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