Cyclone at Coney Island is arguably the most famous roller coaster in the world. This wicked wooden twister is well known for it steep drops and some notable airtime. The original trains with fixed position lap bars and no seat dividers allow riders to be tossed from side to side.
Cyclone designed by Vernon Keenan and built by Harry C. Baker opened on June 26, 1927. The original owners Jack & Irving Rosenthal spent $175,000 to build it. Now owned by the city of New York, it has been leased to and operated by Carol Hill Albert since July 3, 1975 and is credited as being the primary force behind the regeneration of the Coney Island Amusement District.
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|1927||Wood||Twister||Vernon Keenan, Harry C. Baker|
|Angle Of Descent: 58.6 degrees||Drop: 85 feet|
|Height: 85 feet||Length: 2,640 feet|
|Trains: 3 - 24 passenger||Ride Time: 1 minute, 50 seconds|
|Top Speed: 60 mph|
Wood track built on a steel structure.
1937 – Cyclone was rebuilt
1988 – Cyclone became an official New York City Landmark on July 12, 1988.
1991 – The coaster became recognized as a National Historic Landmark on its 64th anniversary.
Train has three cars with four rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall
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