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Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, New York City

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
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4.3/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is a small amusement park located at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City featuring mostly family and children's rides with a few adult rides. Their main attraction is the Wonder Wheel, a hundred and fifty foot eccentric wheel built in 1920. On the Wonder Wheel, 16 out of 24 of its gondolas run down a short track inside of the wheel swinging in and out of it as they reach the top.This pier overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Coney Island beaches. Wonder Wheel was declared a historic landmark in 1989.HistoryWonder Wheel predates the history of Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. It was built by Charles Herman and opened on May 30, 1920. Until the Parachute Jump, it was the tallest attraction on Coney island. It was a stand-alone attraction operated by Herman Garms. In 1955, Garms built Spook-a-Rama, an indoor dark ride.Near these two attractions, Denos Vourderis opened a restaurant called the Anchor Bar & Grill. Also, next door to the Wonder Wheel, stood a small kiddie amusement pier called Ward's Kiddie Park owned by John Curran. That area was built in 1950. That pier lacked food concessions so Denos opened up a concession stand there, in 1970. In 1976, Denos bought the kiddie amusement park from Curran. In 1983, Denos acquired the Wonder Wheel and Spook-a-Rama. Today the park still has predominantly children's rides along with several family attractions. Since Denos' death in 1994, the park has been operated by his two sons, Dennis and Steve.
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  • The wonder wheel is a classic part of Coney Island. You have to do it at least once. It's nice when they're having fireworks at MCU park. 
  • One of Coney Island's iconic places, Deno's Wonder Wheel is a must-visit location. Get on the wheel and enjoy an amazing view of beach and the area around Coney Island. If you want to take it easy, re...  read more »
  • Around with my daughter on the mega giant Ferris wheel with bussolotti furniture. Beautiful view and daughter happy. To try out.
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  • The Kiddie Park is the best!!!! Rides for all types of children. Baby roller coasters, boats, motorcycles, big wheelers, you name it, they have it and only for children. If you have smaller children you will have to ride with them, but the older ones can go on the rides alone. Be prepared to spend about $40 for the tickets, but you can use them at another time if your child tuckers out. Get there early to park in the lots, they fill up really quickly and street parking is almost impossible. If you can handle the subway, that may be the best way to visit.
  • Way overpriced for the caliber of rides. $8 per person on the Wonder Wheel. A shame, because they would get three times the number of people if they charged half as much.
  • This place is a ghetto amusement park. Carney central. Not sure how it is rated so highly on here because it's crap. Only go here if you like crappy, poorly run kids rides.
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  • Although being a little old, the Wonder Wheel is a hell lot of fun! Went in a very crowded day (4th of July weekend) and still did not have to wait too much in line. Make sure you ride the swinging cars, they are crazy!
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