One fun fall: New Coney attraction will lift riders into the sky — then drop them

Joy ride: The new, 140-foot-tall Astro Tower at Luna Park will take visitors for a stomach-churning free fall.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

Come along for the new ride!

Luna Park–goers can line up for a new attraction on May 26 — the 140-foot-tall Astro Tower, which will lift thrill-seekers 14 stories into the Coney Island sky before dropping them in a free-fall punctuated by a series of bounces and twisting rotations.

But while they pause at the tower’s peak, riders will enjoy a sweeping view of the People’s Playground, and then a brief light show created by the attraction’s more than 5,200 colored lights.

The ride — located on the Riegelmann Boardwalk at W. 15th Street, next to the Endeavor ride and across from the Thunderbolt roller coaster — was named after the park’s historic rotating observation tower nearly double its size that was dismantled in 2013 amid fears that it would fall.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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