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Historic Cyclone Opening Day

By Alexandra Glorioso

Cyclone Roller Coaster
Photo Courtesy of Coney Island

Sat., April 16, noon.: Coney Island’s historic wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, will open for pre-season fun.

Every roller coaster enthusiast around the world has heard of, has ridden or hopes to ride the historic Cyclone. Years ago, Time Magazine quoted Charles Lindbergh as saying that a ride on the Cyclone was more thrilling than his historic first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Emilio Franco, a mute since birth, regained his voice on the Cyclone, uttering his first words ever, ” I feel sick!” In April 2001, singer Nikki Lauren became the first person to present a live musical performance in the Cyclone’s historic loading station.

An official New York City Landmark since July 12, 1988, Cyclone was listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places on June 31, 1991. National Register designation followed, on June 26, 1991.

Ticket Prices: $8 for the first ride, $5 for additional rides

Cyclone Roller Coaster, Coney Island

834 Surf Ave., NY 11224


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