Luna Park Surf Avenue by Night
Coney Island NY
Surf Avenue was Coney Island's main drag and two showmen named Fred Thompson and Skip Dundy, built Luna Park across the street from Steeplechase.
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They created a great confection of plaster minarets containing such thrills as a trip to the moon, an undersea ride, and chute-the-chutes that sent riders careering down an incline into a lagoon.
Witching Waves Ride Luna Park
Are these the original Bumper Cars? I'm not sure but I think these were operated by pushing pedals on the floor of the cart with your feet.
Trip To Mars by Aeroplane Luna Park
Luna Park Trip To Mars by Aeroplane in Coney Island. They got this idea from a ride that was showing at the Chicago World's Fair. When people would go inside in the dark, they had pictures of Mars on rollers in front of them, and had scenes of Mars, take off, landing, and the trip through space.
Shooting the Chutes at Luna Park
Luna Park built a huge park containing such thrills as a Trip To the Moon, an Undersea Ride, and a Shooting the Chutes, which sent riders careening down into a lagoon.
Luna Park Elephant RideThe Luna Park Elephant Ride was a popular attraction. Then one day one of the elephants killed a trainer. They then publicized that they were going to electrocute the elephant because of this deed.
The publicity drew crowds far and wide, but it did not work. Then they publicized it again, saying they would hang the elephant instead.