The Cyclone Roller Coaster, Wonder Wheel, Eldorado Skooters and more than two dozen independent rides owned by local operators have been open for business in Coney Island since Palm Sunday. Coney’s Only No Shows are Joe Sitt’s promised 25 Rides. Here’s what Sittland East (the former Astroland site) aka Thor Equities so-called “Dreamland Amusement Park” looked like on May 15, the day of its long planned grand opening.
photo via me-myself-i, flickr
Contrary to the misinformation given out to the media on Thursday by Thor’s pr tools that anywhere from “some” to “half” of the 25 promised rides were being set up at Thor’s “amusement park,” there wasn’t a single new ride set up by Saturday. The Brooklyn Paper, metro, and the NY Post dutifully reported what they were told by Thor’s pr about the rides being set up and it is ABSOLUTELY FALSE.
As of Saturday, May 16, everything that is operating on Sittland East has been there for the past few weeks–the Batman inflate, the largest rat & headless woman sideshows, a few games. The equipment was moved around to open up a midway for the anticipated rides. But where are the rides? ONLY 3 rides have arrived in recent days and ALL 3 are still sitting disassembled on trailers.
The word on the street is the DOB’s safety requirements do not allow the operators to set up the rides on the property as long as the other attractions—the sideshows and games– are open for business. That means we don’t expect them to start setting up the 3 rides until Monday at the earliest.
The three rides are sitting on trailers belonging to Georgia-based Geren Rides. They appear to be the Ring of Fire, Scrambler and Himalaya, which played Sitt’s Summer of Hope on Stillwell (Sittland West) last year and left in the middle of July to play fairs in Tennessee. Thor’s long-running ad posted on usedrides.com says “If you need to leave in Aug for fair season that is not a problem.” I expect to see quite a bit of coming and going, that is if the promised “dozens of amusement rides” ever get here…
Joe Sitt evicted Astroland Park months ago and had plenty of time to arrange for replacements for Astroland’s 11 adult rides, 14 kiddie rides, 3 arcades and about a dozen games. He should have had them in place, ready and open for business on Palm Sunday, and then every weekend after that till Memorial day. Then full blast, 7 days a week. May 15 is late by both Coney Island and carnival standards, and yet he can’t even keep that promise.
The grand opening of Thor Equities’ Festival by the Sea and Dreamland Park was postponed till next weekend because the tents weren’t up to code and the rides hadn’t arrived. Obviously Joe Sitt doesn’t have a clue about anything having to do with running an amusement park. He should sell the land to the city and get the #%$@ out of the Coney Island!
But don’t let the above photos of Thor’s empty lot deter you from coming to Coney Island! Please come out and patronize the longtime amusement operators who have been open since April 5th, Coney Island’s traditional opening day of the season. The Cyclone Roller Coaster, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement park with 25 rides, Eldorado Skooters and arcade, McCullough’s Kiddie Park, Coney Island Arcade, Bowery and Jones Walk games, The Coney Island Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, The Polar Express and 12th St Amusements and much much more…
AUGUST 5, 2009 UPDATE…”Coney Island Has 56 Rides and 33 More Days of Summer!”
JUNE 4, 2009 UPDATE…“What rides are open at Coney Island?”
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