Some consider Deno’s Wonder Wheel the most romantic ride in the world, and why not, its a ride that combines the thrill of a scenic railway, a Ferris wheel, and a chute the chutes ride. Originally the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel when it opened in 1920, the Wonder Wheel provides both typical stationary cars to entice the lovebird with its fantastic view of the Coney Island Boardwalk and New York City skyline, especially at night. It also features swinging cars which move towards the center of the ride, so when you are at the right height, your car will experience unexpected sudden drops which will make your loved one slide a little bit closer to you. The Wonder Wheel is categorized as a eccentric wheels which differs from the conventional Ferris wheels in that some of the passenger cars are not fixed directly to the rim of the wheel, but instead slide on rails between the hub and the rim as the wheel rotates.
Riders do have the choice between the stationary cars as they offer better views of the surrounding area and are just generally more peaceful or the swinging cars that give the rider a feeling that they are out of control and that is because they are. Their movement is based on gravity, so riders should expect sudden drops and expect quite a bit of swinging. Even though riders know that the cabins are on a track, the thrills are still potent as riders are sent hurling down and seemingly to their doom off the edge of the wheel some 150 feet in the air.
The Wonder Wheel is the centerpiece of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, a family-owned amusement park located at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York City. The park features 5 adult rides and 16 kiddie rides, including a dozen family rides that parents and children can ride together such as the Spook a Rama and the Thunderbolt. The park also features , two arcades, live entertainment, music, many dining options, and an old-fashioned Sweet Shoppe. Of course, on Friday night during the summer, nothing can beat the free fireworks show and you can even try your hand at karaoke on the Boardwalk.
The overall feel for the park is a throwback to the old-fashion state fairs that are rooted in the past honoring such the traditions as P.T. Barnum, circus sideshows, and dime museums. The park is not like the traditional amusement parks like Disney or Six Flags. Each ride is individually priced, so the rides could become pricy if you like to experience these yesteryear thrills. A nice combination for the ride enthusiast when you a visit Coney Island is a pulse pounding ride on the iconic Cyclone, the famed wooden coaster in Coney Islands, followed by a unforgettable spin on the Wonder Wheel. It all adds up to a night that you will remember forever.
Be sure to check the website or call (718) 372-2592 for park hours, prices and directions.