Deno’s Wonder Wheel to mark Coney Island’s season opening, storm comeback with free rides

By | March 18, 2013

IMG_2086CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn, N.Y. — To celebrate the reopening of Coney Island and its comeback from Superstorm Sandy, rides on Deno’s Wonder Wheel will be free on Sunday, March 24. Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on that date.

Visitors are encouraged to join park and borough officials on the boardwalk in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and its titular, 1920-built landmark on March 24 at 11 a.m. for the 29th annual Blessing of the Rides — a tradition unique to Coney Island. Local pastor Debbie Santiago of Salt N Sea Mission will officially launch the amusement season with a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the park’s owners, the Vourderis family.

Also on that date, the park will open the Coney Island History Project and host over 200 local kids from the Salt N Sea Mission.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, which features 21 rides, arcades, live entertainment, a family pizzeria and more, will be open every day for Spring Break, March 25 to April 2,  from 12 noon until 6 p.m. The park is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day 11 a.m. to midnight, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and school holidays in March, April, May, September and October.

All park operating dates and hours, including Friday fireworks and karaoke nights beginning in mid-June, are weather-permitting.

— Dean Lamanna