This veteran imp from Spook-A-Rama survived Sandy and is peeking out at the scary new creatures from Scarefactory, a design and fabrication studio which specializes in haunted attractions. As ATZ reported in November, Coney Island’s oldest dark ride, which dates back to the 1950s and is part of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, was severely damaged due to flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Park owners Dennis and Steve Vourderis vowed to rebuild. Construction is well underway and the ride, which is adjacent to the Wonder Wheel, is expected to open on March 24th, Coney Island’s Opening Day.
These photos from late February offer a sneak peek at a few of the new ghouls. You’ll also be happy to see some of the old-timers were rescued. These flood-damaged props original to Spook-A-Rama and other historic dark rides are being restored and will be put on static display. Some will get new electronics. The exterior artwork and restored Pretzel cars and tracks will remain.
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February 28, 2013: Coney Island Shooting Gallery from 1940s Makes Comeback
January 18, 2013: Coney Island 2013: “Water Mania” Spin Ride to Debut at Luna Park
November 21, 2012: Coney Island Post-Sandy: Flooded Spook-A-Rama to Get New Stunts
January 31, 2012: Remnant of Under Boardwalk Bar Found in Coney Island