Luna Park announced that they’ll be building a new roller coaster that’s a bridge to Coney Island’s past. The new Thunderbolt will be a 125 feet tall steel looping coaster with speeds of 65 mph. The original Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster designed by John A. Miller and it operated at Coney Island from 1925 to 1982. Then it sat idle until it was torn down in 2000.
There’s a lot going on in this rides compact layout. First off, I really like the vertical lift idea. If you notice in the video, it looks like riders will get to start the ascent facing the ocean and then the cars will be turned around and placed on the track. That’s a pretty cool way to start the ride. Then the out and back layout with (what looks to be) three loops and airtime hills make for a pretty action-packed little ride.
I would’ve preferred a re-incarnated version of the old Thunderbolt, but a compact steel looper probably makes a lot more sense from a business standpoint. It’ll take up less space allowing room for more rides and it’ll be cheaper to maintain.