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Sunday’s Cyclone, Wonder Wheel opening celebrations cancelled due to snowstorm

Dumped: Beachfront icon Gary Atlas may brave the snowstorm this Sunday, but the Wonder Wheel and Cyclone will be out of action.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Snow way!

Thrill seekers will have to wait another week to take their free first ride of the season on the newly refurbished Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, because both Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Parks have cancelled their planned opening celebrations this Sunday due to threat of a spring snowstorm.

“With the impending Nor’easter, and the snow it is expected to bring to our area, we did not feel we could fulfill this goal by having our 2016 ceremony this Sunday,” said Luna Park spokesman Dom Pisanelli.

A coastal storm could dump at least 6 inches of white powder on New York, the National Weather Service forecasts.

Both fun parks will instead hold their launch festivities the following Saturday, March 26, when the first 100 to show up at Luna Park at 11:30 am will get a free trip on the Cyclone, and the first 96 who show up to the Wonder Wheel at 11 am will get a gratis jaunt on the iconic Ferris wheel.

Weather permitting, Luna Park will still open its gates and rides minus the fanfare and free trips.

Would-be revelers looking for something else to do Sunday can still hit up either the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade or the Brooklyn Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Park Slope, which have both confirmed they will go ahead, despite the potential blizzard.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.

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