Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park has announced Phoenix, a Vekoma suspended roller coaster. The classic amusement park was unable to open in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its historic Ferris Wheel, so they have decided to push the celebration into 2021 with the opening of this new attraction.
The suspended roller coaster will be a family-friendly attraction, which is perfect for thrill-seekers of all ages. Phoenix will reach a height of 68 feet tall and a maximum speed of 34 mph. The ride will not feature any inversions, but it will have an extremely banked turn. The park’s owner, Deno “DJ” Vourderis, says that this banked turn is “about as upside down as you can go. for a family coaster.”
The name, Phoenix, holds multiple meanings. It represents the flying sensation riders will feel as they soar throughout the coaster’s layout, as its suspended trains hang beneath the track allowing for passenger’s feet to dangle in the air. According to Vourdis, the ride’s name also means rebirth:
“When this (pandemic) is all over, I think we will have another Roaring ’20s,” he says. “We will most certainly rise from the ashes and give birth to the best of times at Coney Island.”
Phoenix is Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park’s largest investment ever, and a perfect way to kick-off this “rebirth.” The ride will be situated near other iconic Coney Island attractions such as the classic wooden roller coaster Cyclone and the extreme coaster Thunderbolt. Phoenix will only add to the ever-growing amusement skyline of Coney Island.
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