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CONEY ISLAND AMUSEMENT RIDES


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Monday, July 22nd 2019:

There was one ride which I went on in 1960, at Coney Island, which some of you may have experienced. I don't remember the name of the ride, but the ride would spin very fast on its axle, and then tilt. Because of the centrifugal force, it was impossible to move one's head forward, while that machine was rapidly spinning. Also, when that device tilted (we were in very close proximity to the ocean), it felt as if we were actually going to crash into the ocean. I was extremely grateful when that ride ended, and I got off. Incidentally, I never had the nerve to go on the roller coaster at Coney Island. I've only been on two other roller coasters;one was in 1971 at Disneyland, and the second time was at King's Island in Cincinnati in 1972, with my wife. I think that the roller coaster at Cincinnati was steeper than the one at Disneyland, as I had more of a sensation of falling. Also, I remember the parachute drop at Coney Island. I used to watch the brave riders ascend very slowly to the top. All of a sudden, when the chairs with the riders reached the top, a parachut would open, and the chairs would fall very rapidly. I could hear the screams while the device was going down. Once it stopped, it would shake for a while. However, everyone seemed to enjoy it immensely. I never had the nerve to try that ride, but I presume that once the riders got to the top, they undoubtedly had a marvelous view of the area. The parachute drop was actually transported from the 1939-1940 NY World's Fair. It's been closed for many years, although there has periodically been speculation that it may reopen. Did anybody on this site, ever go on the parachute drop, or some of the other spectacular rides at Coney Island?

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