Coney Island’s new Luna Park will turn you inside-out this summer

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Get ready to lose your lunch.

Central Amusement International, operators of the new Luna Park in Coney Island, say that at least 12 of the 19 rides headed for Surf Avenue in just a few short weeks will twist, twirl, rotate, or revolve in some sort of chaotic fashion.

One of the rides called the Beach Shack may sound innocuous enough — but it simulates being on top of a whirling tornado.

In some respects, another ride called the Brooklyn Flyer resembles the familiar Parachute Jump — except that this tower actually turns and whips riders around at gut-wrenching speeds.

The Electro Spin sort of recalls Astroland’s old Pirate Ship, but in addition to rocking riders at the bottom of a sweeping arc, it also spins them on a rotating disk.

Park operators promise that medical aid will be available to anyone who is unable to keep down their cheese fries.

The company is the process of hiring about 230 people to staff Luna Park — seven of those positions are for first aid specialists.

Doctors say anyone can suffer from motion sickness, but children up to age 12 are especially susceptible.

Kids will have to be at least 48 inches tall to take a solo ride on the Beach Shack, Electro Spin, Brooklyn Flyer — or another new ride called The Tickler that’s modeled after a Coney Island original. Kids standing 42 inches tall can ride with an adult.

All of the new rides are being made by Italian ride manufacturer Zamperla, an industry leader.

“They don’t specialize in spinning rides per se, but they are certainly good at making them,” said spokesperson Tom Corcillo.

Indeed, not all of Luna Park’s new rides will throw you for a loop — some will drop out of the sky.

“It’s not just spins,” Corcillo said. “There will be drops, flips and splashes, too.”

Crews are working hard to get the three-acre site at W. 10th Street — formerly the home of Astroland — ready for Luna Park’s Memorial Day Weekend debut.

Rides are expected to begin arriving shortly. Some, according to park operators, can be assembled in one day.

Updated 12:16 am, May 3, 2010
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