NAPHA's 2021 Summer Event

Join us Thursday, July 29th through Sunday, August 1st for our 2021 events in Coney Island and New England.

On Thursday, July 29th, we will be visiting Coney Island, New York City. Originally planned for our 2020 event, we had to cancel this celebration due to the pandemic. We will visit Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (to honor the Wonder Wheel’s 100th), Luna Park (home of the world-famous Cyclone), Coney Island History Project (2019 Heritage Fund recipient), and Coney Island Museum (2018 Heritage Fund recipient).

Friday, July 30th will feature a reception at the New England Carousel Museum. We will celebrate Lake Compounce’s 175th anniversary on Saturday, July 31st. Sunday, August 1st will be a visit to Quassy and a tentative evening at Playland, Rye, NY.

Schedule

Though details are still being worked out, a tentative agenda has been set and is subject to change.

Thursday, July 29th: 

  • Luna Park, Coney Island: ERT on the Thunderbolt roller coaster, refreshments and plaque presentation at the B&B Carousell
  • Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island: Behind-the-scenes tour, rides on the new-for-2021 Phoenix roller coaster, and plaque presentation honoring the Wonder Wheel's 100th anniversary
  • Visits to Coney Island USA museum and Coney Island History Project (2018 and 2019 Heritage Fund recipients)


Friday, July 30th:

On-Your-Own Carousel Gallop

Ride Entertainment has generously offered complimentary rides on their carousels throughout New York City. PLUS a ride on the Corona Cobra kiddie coaster at Fantasy Forest. Simply show your event badge for a free ride on the following:

  • Forest Park Carousel Queens, NY (one of only two Daniel Muller carousels operating)
  • Fantasy Forest Queens, NY (Created for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair by combining two historic Coney Island carousels)
  • Seaglass Carousel Manhattan, NY (unique carousel featuring fiberglass fish and no center gear)
  • Pier 62 Carousel Manhattan, NY (wooden carousel created by Carousel Works)
     

Be sure to tag Ride Entertainment in your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They’d love to see them!

 

  • New England Carousel Museum, Bristol, CT: Cocktail Hour and Q&A


Saturday, July 31st:

  • Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT: plaque presentation to honor the park's 175th anniversary, unique tours, morning ERT on Wildcat, and nighttime ERT on Boulder Dash!


Sunday, August 1st:

  • Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, Middlebury, CT
  • Tentative: Playland Park, Rye, NY


Information will be posted on our website and shared in the NAPHA Chronicle in the coming weeks. Additional activities will be added as confirmed.

Lodging

Check back later for our suggestions.

Transportation

New York City has reliable transportation via the MTA (public transportation), Lyft, and Uber. Coney Island has paid parking lots as well as street parking.

Pricing

Pricing

Pricing will be announced at a later date. As in prior years, this event will offer registration for the entire agenda, just the Coney Island portion, or just the New England portion.

Registration

Registration is expected to open in mid-May. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for all or portions of the event. Deadline for registration will be mid-July, for both online and mailed-in registrations.

Help Needed

Help us spread the word: 
Let your friends and famly know about this fun event! A Facebook page will be added soon. Members of other clubs and organizations are invited to attend this event as well!


Volunteer:
We are in need of volunteers for this event. If you’d like to be involved, please email jlitvik@napha.org. We are looking for help with the registration table, leading groups, and other fun roles! If you have any questions, please email or call 724-493-9766.

 

Celebrating 11 years, Luna Park has attractions older than the park itself. The B&B Carrousell has been galloping for 112 years and the world-famous 1927 Cyclone roller coaster is the sole survivor of dozens of wooden coasters that once operated at Coney Island.

The Vourderis Family has been caring for the Wonder Wheel since 1983. Celebrating its 100th season, the Wonder Wheel is just one of many classic attractions in the park. Others include the 1950s Spook-a-Rama, vintage shooting gallery, and a beautiful collection of Mangels kiddie rides.

Curated by Lisa Mangels-Schaefer, great-granddaughter of W.F. Mangels, the Coney Island Museum houses the world’s premier collection of Coney Island photographs, paintings, ephemera, amusement-related objects, architectural elements, and vintage signs on view to the public.

The Coney Island History Project, or CIHP, founded in 2004, is a not-for-profit organization that works to record oral histories and increase awareness of Coney Island's history. Located under Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, the History Project showcases a great collection of Coney Island artifcats.

The New England Carousel Museum houses one of the largest collection of carousel animals and memorabilia. The museum promotes the preservation and restoration of operating carousels, new and old.

The oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce is celebrating its 175th anniversary.  The park offers classic and modern rides, as well as a beautiful waterpark.

One of only 11 operating trolley parks left, Quassy has a long and storied history. Home of a highly ranked wooden roller coaster and a collection of awesome flat rides, Quassy has something for everyone.

One of only two amusement parks to be listed as a National Historic Landmark, Playland was built in 1928 by Westchester County. This art deco park lovingly cares for the Derby Racer (one of only three left operating), the Old Mill, and the Dragon roller coaster.

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