Thunderbolt- whom was immortalized in Woody Allen’s 1977 film “Annie Hall” and then torn down in 2000 to make room for the Mets’ minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones, is making an appearance once again in New York. Reported by the New York Post and The New York Observer, the ride will be rebuilt as a steel coaster by Zamperla USA and will cost $10 million.
The new and improved Thunderbolt will feature a 125 foot drop, a corkscrew, will be 2,000 feet in length, and will travel 5 mph faster than Cyclone at 65 mph. Valerio Ferrari- president of Zamperla USA, said the ride will be “a perfect complement to the Cyclone and can help bring Coney Island back to one of the top tourist destinations in the world.” The ride will run three trains, each holding up to nine passengers.
The ride is set to open to the public next summer and will be located at Steeplechase Plaza in a vacant lot on West 15th Street. The ride will be contracted through Central Amusement International, operators of Luna Park and Scream Zone. “There’s nothing like it in Coney Island right now, and people are going to love it,” said Mr. Ferrari.