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

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 an evening at Playland, Rye, NY.

Please Note: NAPHA has no official hotel for this event. NAPHA members receive discounted rates at hotels through our partnership with To register for these perks, visit Tickets at Work and use the membership code "NAPHAFUN".


Thursday, July 29th: 

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. at the B&B Carousell. We will have ERT on the Thunderbolt at Luna Park and the Phoenix at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park.
Exact times will be provided closer to the event date.

Luna Park 

  • ERT on Thunderbolt roller coaster
  • Plaque presentation

Deno's Wonder Wheel Park

  • ERT on Phoenix roller coaster
  • Behind-the-scenes tour
  • Plaque presentation honoring the Wonder Wheel's 100th anniversary

Coney Island History Project (2019 Heritage Fund recipient)

  • Coney Island Tour

Coney Island USA (2018 Heritage Fund recipient)

  • Tour of Coney Island Museum
  • Chat with Lisa Mangels-Schaefer, great granddaughter of W.F. Mangels

Friday, July 30th:

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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!

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • New England Carousel Museum, Bristol, CT: Admission and Tour, Light Refreshments, Access to Carving Room and Archive Room, Carousel Ride


Saturday, July 31st:
Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT

  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Meet at parking lot
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.: NAPHA-style ERT on Wildcat
  • 11:00 a.m.: First ride of the day on Ghost Hunt
  • 12:00 p.m.: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the historic Starlight Theater, followed by historical talk, plaque presentation, and Heritage Fund Auction
  • TBD: Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • 8:00 -9:00 p.m. NAPHA-style ERT on Boulderdash


Sunday, August 1st:

Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, Middlebury, CT & Playland, Rye, NY

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Check-in and light breakfast
  • 9:00-10:45 a.m.: ERT on the Wooden Warrior (yes, that's 1 hour 45 minutes!)
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch and Talk with Park Owners

Playland, Rye, NY

  • 5:00 p.m. plaque presentation and surprises. Note: Playland is an optional add-on event that is not included in the full event pricing. 

Pricing and Registration

  NAPHA Members Non-NAPHA Members
FULL EVENT (Everything except Rye Playland) $175 $195
CONEY ISLAND ONLY (Luna Park, Deno's, two Coney Island museums) $70 $85
CONNECTICUT ONLY (New England Carousel Museum, Lake Compounce, Quassy) $125 $150
PLAYLAND ADD-ON (not included in Full Event) $23 $28


Note: there is a $1 processing fee per ticket when purchased online.

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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