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Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, New York City

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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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  • For me the trip to Coney Island was all about seeing the famous Wonder Wheel I had seen in the movie Warriors. It was worth it just for that. A hot dog at Nathan's was an added bonus. The rest of the ...  more »
  • Came here with my boyfriend, we both did the Spook A Rama and The Wonder Wheel which were great! We both got a kick out of them, the people were nice and definitely will return to this Park too.  more »
  • Great thing to do for an inexpensive day. The wonder wheel is relatively cheap and the experience is great. It makes for some great pics  more »
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  • Ignore the surly teenagers working the booth outside and go straight into the park to buy tickets. They have a pet day each year so you can bring your critter on the Wonder Wheel, we opted for the stationary (not swinging) car and had a great time.
  • I've been there a few times and it's still quite interesting for the children to go back. The only thing to do for adults is the games. Or the ferries wheel where you have an amazing view from the top. Not expensive and call before to see if they're not booked by any private school.
  • Men attempted to scam us.. I cried ...not fun...dont go... watch out for the people who try to sell u on games..
  • this has a variety of kiddie rides, but also a few great thrill rides and a historical ferris wheel which kicks some pretty much ass cuz it swings
  • Good. Must try, did try. Will advise to try.

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