If you're looking for a fun way to kick off the summer once school lets out, Luna Park, New York City’s largest amusement park, will be hosting a block party on Sunday, June 25th to celebrate the Cyclone’s 90th Birthday. Grammy-nominated platinum recording artist “Fabolous” will headline the event with Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and DJ Will, and the Harlem Globetrotters, who also celebrated their 90th birthday recently.
The Globetrotters will perform twice and following each performance, they will sign autographs and take photos with fans for 30 minutes. The event kicks off at 2:00pm and will be a free family-event with entertainment for all ages.
The event also promises many other activities suitable for both adults and children, including giveaways, photo booths, face painting, and a special birthday cake.
The Coney Island Cyclone was named a New York City Landmark in 1988, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The roller coaster has 2,640 feet of track featuring 12 drops and 27 elevation changes, including an 85-foot, 60-degree plunge at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Luna Park fully refurbished the Cyclone in 2016, returning it to its original glory. The historic coaster has provided rides for almost one million riders from around the world since 1927, among those riders include numerous celebrities, elected officials, and dignitaries. The Cyclone has also been a featured element of movies, television shows, books and other forms of American culture.
“The Cyclone is an integral part of the Luna Park experience, and it is also a piece of New York history,” said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International and Zamperla USA. “We look forward to welcoming families, visitors and amusement enthusiasts to celebrate with us as we mark this very special milestone.”
On Monday, June 26 at 11am, local stakeholders and elected officials will gather in front of the Cyclone at Luna Park to host an official speaking program and formal birthday ceremony for The Cyclone, which will include 90-cent Cyclone rides for 90 minutes from 12 noon to 1:30pm.
About Luna Park:
Named after an iconic piece of Coney Island's history, Luna Park is the largest amusement park and New York City’s most famous playground with a heritage that stretches back more than 130 years. Luna Park provides New Yorkers and tourists the opportunity to experience family-friendly amusements, events and thrill rides, including the historic Coney Island Cyclone Roller Coaster, the new Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, Luna 360 and more. In close proximity to nearly three miles of sandy beaches, two and a half miles of boardwalk and other top attractions, Luna Park, which employs more than 800 people, offers over 40 games, rides and roller coasters and is a fun-filled world-class destination that those of any age will enjoy. For more information about Luna Park, including a full list of rides, entertainment and more, please visit www.LunaParkNYC.com.