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Coney Island Cyclone
Location Coney Island
Type Wood
Status Open
Opened June 26, 1927
Manufacturer Harry C. Baker
Designer Vernon Keenan
Track layout Cyclone
Lift/launch system Chain-lift
Height 85 feet (25.9 m)
Length 2,640 feet (804.7 m)
Max speed 60 miles per hour (96.6 km/h)
Inversions none
Duration 1:50
Max Vertical Angle 58 degrees
Cyclone at RCDB
Pictures of Cyclone at RCDB

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Early History

After seeing the success of 1925's Thunderbolt and 1926's Tornado, Jack and Irving Rosenthal bought land at the intersection of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street. A coaster called the giant racer was already on the site, but the Rosenthals had it torn down. With a $100,000 investment, they hired Vernan Keenan1 to design a new coaster. A man named Harry C. Baker supervised the construction, which was done by area companies including National Bridge Company (which supplied the steel) and Cross, Austin, & Ireland (which supplied the lumber); the final cost of the Cyclone has been reported as both $146,000 and $175,000. When the Cyclone opened on June 26, 1927, a single ride cost twenty-five cents (thirty-five on Sundays). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Tornado is a wooden roller coaster located at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, near Des Moines. ... Jack Rosenthal, CBE (8 September 1931 - 29 May 2004) , was a playwright, who wrote several early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and a number of successful plays and films. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1935, the Rosenthals took over management of Palisades Park and the Cyclone was put under the watchful eye of Christopher Feucht, a Coney Island veteran who had built a ride called Drop the Dips, and then did some minor retracking work on the Cyclone. The ride continued to be extremely popular, and one of its many stories is from 1948, when a coal miner with aphonia visited Coney Island. According to legend, he had not spoken in years but screamed while going down the Cyclone's first drop and said "I feel sick" as his train returned to the station—then prompty fainted after realizing he had just spoken.[citation needed] Palisades Amusement Park was an amusement park located in Bergen County, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City. ... Aphasia is a loss or impairment of the ability to produce or comprehend language, due to brain damage. ...

Save the Cyclone Campaign

By the 1960s, attendance at Coney Island had dropped off. In 1965 (or 1971, reports disagree), the Cyclone was bought by the city of New York for one million dollars. Lack of riders hurt profits, and the ride was condemned; in 1972 it was nearly destroyed because the Coney Island aquarium wanted to expand. A "Save the Cyclone" campaign ensued, and the coaster was leased to the Astroland park for $57,000 per year. It re-opened in 1975 after being closed since 1969. Today, the ride is owned by Astroland, but the land it stands on—75 feet along 834 Surf Avenue and 500 feet along West 10th Street ( 40°34′30″N, 73°58′39″W) — is still owned by the Parks Department. Astroland's owners had the ride refurbished, and it reopened on July 3, 1975. In 1978, it was featured in the film version of The Wiz as the home of its version of the Tinman, and its size compared to the rest of Oz raised to enormous proprtions. In the 1980s, events like the Mermaid Parade and Sideshows by the Seashore brought visitors back to Coney Island and the Cyclone. Astroland Astroland is a 3. ... The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is the branch of government of the City of New York responsible for maintaining the citys parks system, preserving and maintaining the ecological diversity of the citys natural areas, and furnishing recreational opportunities for citys residents. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the stage musical. ... Cover of The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum. ... Oz is a fantasy region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch. ...


On June 13, 1991, the ride was named a NYC Historic Landmark, and then on June 25—the eve of the 64th anniversary of its opening—the Cyclone was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Its 70th birthday was celebrated in 1997 with a tightrope walk by Tino Wallenda between the ride's two highest points; that year a single ride cost four dollars. The track today is 2,650 feet long (including six fan turns and nine drops) and 85 feet at its highest point; the first drop is nearly 60 degrees. Each of the three trains is made up of three eight-person cars, but only two trains can run simultaneously. The ride's top speed is 60 mph and it takes about one minute and fifty seconds. The current cost is six dollars with a four dollar "reride" option. The "re-ride" option also gives riders the ability to choose their seats. In addition, a souvenir booth located near the exit sells photos of passengers taken at the first drop. The Coney Island Cyclone, of course, meets the requirements to be listed as an ACE Coaster Classic; it has also been honored by baseball's Brooklyn Cyclones as the source for their team name. is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Tightrope walking is a spectacle activity usually performed for the amusement of an audience. ... The Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor league baseball team, affiliated with the New York Mets. ...

The popularity of the Cyclone has inspired several coasters to be patterned after it, including Georgia Cyclone at Six Flags Over Georgia, Psyclone (demolished in 2007) at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Viper at Six Flags Great America, The Texas Cyclone at the now-defunct Six Flags Astroworld, and the Cyclone at Six Flags New England. The Georgia Cyclone is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia. ... Six Flags Over Georgia is a 230-acre theme park located west of Atlanta, in Austell, Georgia. ... Psyclone was a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. ... Six Flags Magic Mountain is an amusement park located just west of the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles. ... Viper is a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, which opened in 1995. ... Six Flags Great America is Chicago and Milwaukees Six Flags theme park located in Gurnee, Illinois. ... The Texas Cyclone is a roller coaster in Six Flags Astroworld in Houston Texas, and is known for its airtime, speed, and feeling of being out of control. ... Six Flags AstroWorld was a theme park that was part of the Six Flags chain. ... Six Flags New England, or SFNE, is a theme park in the Six Flags chain of parks, named for the New England region in which it is located. ...

Preceded by
World's Fastest Roller Coaster
June 1927–April 1972
Succeeded by
Racer (Kings Island)

While there have been hundreds of different roller coasters built, there have been just a few that were notable for specific reasons. ... The Racer is a dueling roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. ...

External links

  • Official site



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