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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Coney Island is a ‘Scream’ — but is that the rides or the prices?


One of the best rides at Scream Zone, Coney Island Prep’s new amusement park, is the Steeplechase. This roller coaster pays homage to the original horse racing ride that closed 50 years ago.

May 5, 2011

By Alex RushThe Brooklyn Paper

Coney Island’s new amusement park lives up to its name for two reasons: its thrill rides and its prices.
It costs $42 to ride all four attractions at Scream Zone, which features the first new roller coasters in Coney Island since the Cyclone in 1927. That kind of money goes a lot further in other parts of the People’s Playground, including Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park on W. 12th Street, where five rides cost $25. But don’t scream too much over your Scream Zone bill, as you’ll need to save your voice for the death-defying attractions.

Horse play! The Steeplechase, one of the first roller coasters to debut in Coney Island since the Cyclone, sends riders on a model horse through a series of twists and turns.


The most expensive and most exciting ride in the Surf Avenue park, which opened April 24, is the Slingshot ($20). Thrill-seekers shouldn’t mind spending that bill to be strapped in an oval pod that catapults more than 150 feet in the air at 90 miles per hour. But less adventurous Coney enthusiasts may prefer spending $20 on three beers at Ruby’s Bar on the Boardwalk.
Other attractions include the Steeplechase ($7), a mini coaster that pays homage to the original Coney horse racing ride that closed in 1964; and the Zenobio ($8), a 100-foot-tall beam that somersaults its riders through the sky. read more at: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/18/all_screamzonemain_2011_5_6_bk.html

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