The famous Coney Island Cyclone will be revamped by renowned coaster company Great Coasters International over the next few years; Central Amusement International (CAI) expects the reconstruction to take about four to five years in total.
AmusementToday.com spoke with Valerio Ferrari, CAI president. "We are very excited for the improvements that have been and will be made to The Cyclone," said Ferrari. "This ride is rich in history, and being able to preserve it for future generations to enjoy is something that CAI is very proud to be part of." The Cyclone originally opened in 1927, and was designed by the famed Vernon Keenan.
Great Coasters International itself has been widely praised for their refurbishments over the past few years, and was selected by CAI for the project. "GCII surveyed the Cyclone’s track and proposed that by making small adjustments to its profile, we will be able to create a more enjoyable riding experience for our guests," said Ferrari.
The project itself will be split into phases, according to Ferrari." Since this is both financial and labor intensive, CAI concluded that breaking the project into phases will allow us to keep the Cyclone open during our operating season and stay within budget constraints.”
CAI is also considering either refurbishing the existing trains or replacing them completely. “The Cyclone’s track replacement is expected to be completed within four to five years. As part of the final phase, we are looking into either refurbishing or replacing the Cyclone’s trains. Plans are not final, however, our vision is to keep the trains similar to the original design. When we are finished, the track and other ride systems will be state-of-the-art and will also meet current ride standards.”
The first phase will take place over the next few months, with Cyclone expected to open on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012.