Thunderbolt roller coaster returns to Coney Island next year

The seaside nabe plans for even more thrills: A new version of this storied, long-gone ride debuts in spring 2014.

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Coney Island’s other famed wooden roller coaster (the one that’s not the Cyclone, naturally) will have a second life of sorts starting next year. Thunderbolt, which ran as a functional ride from the ’20s through the ’80s—before finally being torn down in 2000—starts up again, in a new form, when Luna Park opens shop a season from now. (You may remember its original version as the coaster Woody Allen’s Alvy Singer lived under as a kid in Annie Hall.)


This new one will exist in the same setting as the oldie (along W 15th Street between the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue), have some 2,000 feet of steel track, reach speeds of 65 miles per hour and include a 125-foot drop. Sounds fun!


In other returning-to-the-neighborhood news, the Coney Island Parachute Jump makes its comeback later this year, although details are forthcoming. Stay tuned.


Watch a clip from Annie Hall that features the coaster:



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