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Luna Park at Coney Island, Brooklyn

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Luna Park was an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn in New York City that opened in 1903. Built partly on the grounds of Sea Lion Park (1895), it was one of the three original iconic large parks built on Coney Island, the other two being Steeplechase Park (1897) and Dreamland (1904). Luna Park was located on the north side of Surf Avenue on a site between 8th street, 12th street and Neptune Avenue. The park was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1944.HistoryIn 1901 the park's creators, Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy, had created a wildly successful ride called "A Trip To The Moon", as part of the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, New York. The name of the fanciful "airship" (complete with flapping wings) that was the main part of the ride was Luna, the Latin word for the moon. The airship, and the later park built around it may have been named after Dundy's sister in Des Moines, Luna Dundy Newman.At the invitation of Steeplechase owner Harry George Tilyou, Thompson and Dundy moved their show to Steeplechase Park, a Coney Island amusement park, for the 1902 season. The deal ended at the end of the summer after Thompson and Dundy rejected a Tilyou's contract renewal offer that cut their take of the profits by 20%.
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  • Coney Island park has been a entertainment destination for New Yorkers for a very long time. As a matter of fact Brooklyn Cyclone (the ride) is I believe is about 100 years old. There is also an old f...  more »
  • Well, what do you expect from an amusement park? There are rides, cotton candy, expensive food, lots of noisy from the music, children and rides. I paid $7 for a corona. The kids had massive fun , I l...  more »
  • Don't go to Luna Park thinking of Disney parks as it is very different. Consists of a classic Street Park which is already installed in Coney Island for many years. However presents very different attractions.
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  • The rides were fun but a bit sketchy at times. I definitely didn't feel as safe as I wish I could have a couple of times. Nonetheless the places was still fun. Luckily we had a four hour ride pass included with our New York Pass or we probably never would have paid their prices. While waiting in line for rides it was interesting to look up the history about the place and some of the rides you were about to go on (like Steeplechase).
  • The coach view simple shiny and breathtakingly beautiful. Though the wind was strong on the day I arrived, the goden sand worths it all. The Luna park opens with lots of entrances, recreational theme areas, for kindergartners and olders. Suitable for families.
  • I was at Luna Park yesterday and I was very IMPRESSED!! The rides are awesome and employees are so helpful and kind....job well done! I recommend Luna Park for anyone that loves rides.....
  • Kids love it here. Love that it much cleaner than the rest of Coney Island. Luna Park is split into two as there's another amusement park in between (I'm guessing they didn't want to sell) and only the one with the huge water ride has a bathroom (that is much cleaner than the public one in Coney Island).
  • Fun park for the entire family. Some of the rides are great for kids above 4+ ages. The tickets are a little pricey. The best time to come to Luna Park is early in the morning and check the weather before you decide to come to the park. Do not bring any heavy camera equipment.