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New Thunderbolt Roller Coaster to Open Friday in Coney Island
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3 Jun 2014 02:56 PM EST

-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: A 3D rendering of Thunderbolt II (Image Source: Antonio Zamperla on YouTube)

At long last, Coney Island’s Luna Park will soon see the rebirth of the Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt II is slated to open to the public on Friday, June 6, after facing weather-related delays, Brooklyn Views is reporting.

The 11-story, half-mile ride is the park’s first loop roller coaster in 104 years, Brooklyn Magazine notes. The coaster will hold 27 people at a time and will send the riders up a 90-degree vertical ascent to 115 feet, where the cars will then plunge into the course, which includes a 100-foot loop. The ride will reach a speed of 55 miles per hour down the track. Each row holds three seats, and the ride lasts about two minutes.

Coney Island has faced quite a few hardships in recent years, including massive damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Brooklyn amusement park is therefore working hard to attract more visitors this year with the new addition, to which tickets will cost $10.

Watch a 3D rendering of the updated ride below, and be sure to check it out this summer if you’re a fan of being flipped upside-down on amusement park thrill rides.


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