From the 'Brooklyn Tourism' website: "The Coney Island Cyclone is one of the most famous attractions in
The Cyclone was primitive compared to the space age coasters they are constructing these days. Built on a rickety wooden framework, the Cyclone emitted loud groaning sounds as it made its thrilling loop de loops. The ride was bought by the City of
When we went to Coney Island, the Cyclone and Nathan's Hot Dog stand were mandatory stops, preferably in that order. Chowing down at Nathan's first and then riding the Cyclone is not recommended. It was great fun when we went in a group to "initiate" a new member into the Cyclone tradition. They could not pass muster unless we witnessed them standing up in the last car with hands in the air. The bravado they felt before their ride was gone as they exited, green-faced, after the Cyclone had its way with them. The Cyclone may be old, but it is world renowned. It is not uncommon to go there today and hear ten different languages spoken by the people waiting in line. It has withstood the test of time and the roller coaster fortunes (pun intended) of Coney Island itself.
When I see film and read about some of the coasters being built today, I cringe. I know I wouldn't have the nerve to go on for fear of my life. I used up all my roller coaster courage 55 years ago while standing up, hands in the air, in the last car of the greatest roller coaster of the all, The Cyclone.
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