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10 Things You Should Know About The New Thunderbolt Roller Coaster

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It's tall, it's skinny, it's lighting-quick.

Thrill-seekers, get ready. The Thunderbolt roller coaster is finally open! A new classic Coney Island landmark, the Thunderbolt joins four other roller coasters at Luna Park that include the Cyclone, Steeplechase, Soaring Eagle, and the Tickler.

Before you straddle in, learn exactly what went into the making of this topsy-turvy 100% steel roller coaster. Here are ten things you should know about the new Thunderbolt:

1. The new Thunderbolt sits on the same block as the original Thunderbolt, next to the B&B Carousell and Steeplechase Plaza.

The original Thunderbolt was built in 1925 for a price of just $170,000. It was demolished in 2000 due to disrepair.

Photo of the Thunderbolt sign

Photo Credit: Alexandra Silversmith

2. The old Thunderbolt rested over Kensington Hotel, which Woody Allen used as a set for his 1977 film, Annie Hall.

Another big-screen flick that features the old Thunderbolt is "Under the Roller Coaster." The 2005 documentary chronicles the life of the woman who lived in the house under the Thunderbolt for many years.

Old Thunderbolt

Photo Credit: Anna Peale

3. The new Thunderbolt is the first custom-made roller coaster on Coney Island since the Cyclone debuted in 1927.

The massive steel parts were fabricated in Italy at Zamperla Company, the Italian amusement ride designer and manufacturer. The ride was later assembled on site at Coney Island.

Thunderbolt-brighter

Photo Credit: Alexandra Silversmith

4. Over 2,500 bolts were used to piece together the track sections, which collectively weigh up to 12,000 pounds.

That's 2000 feet of steel track, silhouetted against the western sky.

Tbolt Sunset

Photo Credit: Edenpictures

5. Resting at 800 feet long and 48 feet wide, the new Thunderbolt is one of the skinniest and longest roller coasters...ever.

Wait until you reach the top. At its highest point of 115 feet, this vertical lift is not for the faint of heart.

tbolt line view

Photo Credit: Alexandra Silversmith

6. The new Thunderbolt flies through 2,233 feet of track in 2 minutes. That's an average of 18 feet per second, reaching speeds of up to 55 mph.

Just watch.

Photographer John Huntington caught Coney Island testing out the roller coaster recently.

7. The new Thunderbolt has a 100-foot loop, a 90-degree vertical ascent, 5 inversions (meaning you go upside down), and a zero-gravity roll.

Mind-whirling.

Loop Cropped

8. The new Thunderbolt creates up to 5Gs of force. (That's as much force as a Formula 1 racecar.)

The highest G-force on any roller coaster is the Tower of Terror in Johannesbrug, Gauteng, South Africa at 6.3G.

tbolt full shot

Photo Credit: Alexandra Silversmith

9. Say goodbye to those uncomfortable over-the-shoulder restraints.

New leg and waist restraints will liberate your upper body. Plus, a 50-inch height restriction means the whole family can enjoy the thrill.

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10. Take a virtual ride on the new Thunderbolt here.


The Thunderbolt is sure to be a thrilling ride, but don't take our word for it! Hop on at Luna Park and take the plunge this summer.

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