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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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TripAdvisor
  • The overall park is not that bad. The rides are somewhat pricey, but within reason, and you can purchase tickets via the electronic tickets. The rides are what you expect of parks of this kind (carous...  more »
  • We walked by this while we were at Coney Island and enjoyed the view. I remember this from the Warriors movie and it was really cool to see this.  more »
  • I'm a huge fan of the cult movie, 'The Warriors', my visit to New York required a definite visit to Coney Island, home of the Warriors. The Wonder Wheel was the highlight of the visit in the pouring r...  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.
  • 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.
  • Super cool little park! Geared more toward children and very neat!