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.

Schedule


Thursday, July 29, 2021
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park
9:00-9:30 am: Registration next to the Phoenix
9:30-10:00 am: Exclusive Ride Time on Phoenix
9:55 am: Plaque presentation to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, recognizing its 100th anniversary
10:00-10:45 am: Behind-the-scenes tour of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park
Address: 3059 W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY

Luna Park
11:00-11:30 am:  Exclusive Ride Time on Thunderbolt
11:30 am-12:30 pm:  Lunch at B&B Carousell, consisting of two Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, seasoned fries, and soft drinks; followed by plaque    presentation to Luna Park and the Zamperla Family, recognizing their revitalization efforts at Coney Island
Address: 1000 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island Museum
2:00-3:30 pm: Tour of museum with Lisa Mangels-Schaefer, museum  curator and great-granddaughter of W.F. Mangels
Note: While the museum is closed to the public on the day of our visit, we have arranged for the gift shop to be open just for us. The gift shop sells unique Coney Island souvenirs, books, and apparel. While the Freak Show is also closed, entertainer Adam Realman will provide us with a special performance during our visit.
Address: 1208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island History Project
3:30-4:30 pm: Exhibit and Coney Island tour and chat with Charles Denson, author of Coney Island: Lost and Found, Coney Island's Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island and Astroland, and Wild Ride.
Address: 3059 W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY (under Deno's Wonder Wheel Park)

4:30-10:00 pm: Enjoy the rides of Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. Your Luna Park wristband includes unlimited park rides except B&B Carousel and Sling Shot (one ride on each). Go-karts and Zenobio are upcharge attractions. Deno’s Wonder Wheel pass includes unlimited rides on all park rides.

Friday, July 30, 2021
Carousel Gallop (On-Your-Own rides on New York City’s carousels)
Ride Entertainment has generously offered complimentary rides on their four carousels throughout New York City. PLUS a ride on the Corona Cobra kiddie coaster at Fantasy Forest. Be sure to tag #RideEntertainment on social media. Simply show your event badge for a free ride on the following:

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Located on the site of two former New York World”s Fairs, the carousel is the combination of two Coney Island machines that were joined together for the 1964-1965 fair. The Corona Cobra Coaster is a kiddie coaster added in 2013.
Address: 5351 111th St, Queens, NY (free public parking lot at 5351 111th Street)
Hours: 11:00 am-7:00 pm, though Flushing Meadows Park opens at 6am

Forest Park Carousel
One of only two known operating Daniel Muller carousels, this carousel was built 1903-1909.
Address: Woodhaven Blvd &, Forest Park Dr, Woodhaven, NY (free parking on Forest Park Dr)
Hours: 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park
A unique carousel featuring no center pole and 30 fiberglass fish, paying homage to the first home of the New York Aquarium.
Address: 17 State Street, New York, NY (parking garages near park)
Hours: 11:00 am-9:00 pm, though Battery Park opens at 6am

Pier 62 Carousel
Built by Carousel Works and paying homage to the New York Harbor, this wooden carousel opened in 2010.
Address: Hudson River Park at Pier 62 Between W 22nd and, W 23rd St, New York, NY (parking garages near park)
Hours: 11:00 am-8:00 pm

New England Carousel Museum 
6:00-8:00 pm: Tour, light refreshments, access to Carving Room and Archive Room, and a carousel ride
Address: 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT

Saturday, July 31, 2021
Lake Compounce
9:30-10:00 am: Meet at parking lot
10:00-11:00 am: ERT on Wildcat
11:00 am: First ride of the day on Ghost Hunt
12:00 pm: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the historic Starlight Theater, followed by historical talk, plaque presentation, Heritage Fund Auction, and park tour
10:00-11:00 pm: ERT on Boulderdash
Address: 185 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT

Sunday, August 1, 2021
Quassy Amusement Park
8:30-9:00 am: Check-in and light breakfast
9:00-10:45 am: ERT on Wooden Warrior
12:00 pm: Lunch, presentations, and tour
Address: 2132 Middlebury Rd, Middlebury, CT

Playland
For those doing the add-on visit to Playland, you can arrive at the park anytime in the afternoon. You will receive a discounted parking coupon prior to your arrival to reduce the cost of parking to $5.
5:30 pm: Plaque presentation in front of Dragon roller coaster
Address: 1 Playland Parkway Rye, NY

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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