Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, New York City

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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  • August 10, 2017
    I have not been on the Wonder Wheel at Deno's in years and forgot the beautiful view of Coney Island that you get from it. Be sure to get the sliding car and not the one that stands still. It is more ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Besides the Wonder Wheel, which we weren't interested in riding, this area holds several children's rides. Our children rode a car ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. We actually came here to ride the chi...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Enjoyed riding the Wonder Wheel during a visit to Coney Island. The Wheel and The Cyclone would be my recommended classic rides to go on. $8 per ride, two go-arounds, and your choice of rocking or sta...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • March 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    Men attempted to scam us.. I cried ...not fun...dont go... watch out for the people who try to sell u on games..
  • March 25, 2017
    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
  • June 13, 2017
    Good. Must try, did try. Will advise to try.

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