Coney Island, New York
Last Visited: June 2002
The Coney Island Cyclone
The often-imitated, but never duplicated, wonder of the coaster world
The Cyclone was built in 1927, at the height of the coaster golden age
Built at a time when there were thousands of coasters around the country, the Cyclone is one of a few that has stood the test of time
Not just a sentimental favorite, the awesome ride it provides rivals (and surpasses) many of the multi-million dollar rides built today
With it's gut-wrenching drops and bone-jarring turns, you'll see why they don't build coasters like this anymore
This summer marks the coaster's 75th year, one of only 20 or so coasters to operate for 3/4's of a century
Although only 2,640 feet in length, and an initial cost of $175,000, many found this to be a perfect roller coaster to copy
But 7 clones on 3 continents later, not a single one comes close to the original
Also on Coney Island, is Wonder Wheel Park. Another small amusement area whose centerpiece is the namesake.
The old parachute tower, which used to offer scenic views of beach, is now a sight itself
The beginnings of the entire amusement industry were found here,
114 years ago, with the Switchback Railway, the world's first roller coaster
That classic was built on the very same plot of land as the Cyclone
Also found here, the beginnings of the hot dog industry.
No visit is complete without a stop here!