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Power Surge

Newly arrived Zamperla Power Surge at Luna Park’s Scream Zone. May 16, 2015. Photo © Magicalthemeparks

A new thrill ride has arrived in Coney Island in time to be awhirl for Memorial Day Weekend! Central Amusement International, the park division of ride manufacturer Zamperla, has brought in a new Power Surge. It is being set up this week on West 12th Street behind Nathan’s in Luna Park’s Scream Zone, adjacent to their Steeplechase coaster.

The ride is no stranger to Coney Island. As ATZ reported previously, Zamp’s Power Surge came to Astroland in time for Fourth of July in 2001. A press release said it was drawing people into the park like a magnet and put on a great show. A photo of the ride was featured on the cover of Time Out New York. “After decades of decay, the weirdly wonderful Coney Island is poised for a comeback” was the intro to the cover story “Fantasy Island.”

Power Surge Astroland

Zamperla’s Power Surge which debuted in 1999, opened in Astroland in 2001. Photo © The Astroland Archive.

The Power Surge made its debut in 1999 and is considered one of Zamperla’s signature rides. “Up to twenty-four riders at a time flip, twist, and spin through two motor driven rotations, and a third gravity driven rotation, guaranteed to deliver a different ride experience each and every time,” according to the ride manufacturer’s catalogue.

Scream Zone

Site prep at future home of Power Surge in Luna Park’s Scream Zone. May 10, 2015. Photo © Tricia Vita

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If you’re in Miami on Super Bowl Sunday, go for a post-game spin on North American Midway Entertainment’s Giant Vertical Swing. You can’t miss it—the Zamperla swing is 100 feet tall and illuminated in red, white and blue!

We learned about the thrill ride’s Super Bowl XLIV gig via an email from Amber Swedgan, NAME’s Director of Media and Communications…

Just when you thought your fantasy football season was over, ours at North American Midway is just getting started. NAME will kick-off our Twenty Ten season featuring the Zamperla “Swing Tower” at the NFL Pro Bowl at Landshark Stadium in Miami, FL on January 31st and at the XLIV Super Bowl on February 7th, 2010.

After Super Bowl we will head to Cajun Field for Le Festival de Mardi Gras in Lafayette, LA. North American Midway and Le Festival de Mardi Gras re-signed a new multi-year partnership. Mardi Gras features the best in local, regional and national live music, talents, food and parades. See you at Mardi Gras, February 12-16th.

Last year North American Midway Entertainment once again made the CarnivalWarehouse.com list of carnivals playing North America’s Top 50 fairs. NAME topped the list at #1 with attendance of 8,161,095 at ten top 50 events: CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), Calgary Stampede, Big E (Eastern States Exposition), Indiana State Fair, Illinois State Fair, Edmonton’s Capital EX, Miami Dade County Fair, Mississippi State Fair, Kentucky State Fair and South Carolina State Fair.

The Zamperla manufactured Vertical Swing is of course on ATZ’s radar because it’s one of the thrill rides that Zamperla will bring to their new Luna Park set to open in Coney Island on Memorial Day Weekend 2010. See you in the sky!

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January 26, 2010: Scoop: Zamperla’s $24M Coney Island Park to be Named Luna Park!

January 14, 2010: Zamperla Ride-O-Rama: Rock the Disko Music Video

October 25, 2009: Traveler: Bryant Park’s Beguiling Carousel Is Awhirl for the Holidays

October 19, 2009: Traveler: Carnival Rides as Public Art at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

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