Queens amusement park ride christened Corona Cobra Coaster

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Queens’ only roller coaster was named the Corona Cobra Coaster.Photo courtesy of NY Carousel
Queens’ only roller coaster was named the Corona Cobra Coaster.

Queens kids, come cruise the Corona Cobra Coaster.

The borough’s only roller coaster, which opened in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in May, was officially christened July 20 with its new alliterative moniker.

A naming contest this spring drew in more than 500 submissions from city residents, said officials from Fantasy Forest, which operates the five-ride family amusement park.

Officials skimmed through suggested names like Steel Venom, Dragon Trails, Sandy’s Revenge, The Rushing Flushing Coaster, New York Dragon Coaster, Flushing Meadows Monster, The Snake Queen, The Green Supreme, Puff the Magic Dragon, Cecil the Sea Serpent, Jabberwocky, Fanta Sea Coaster, King of Queens, The Green Anaconda and Komodo Coaster.

But Brooklyn residents Elizabeth Holmes, 45, and Aquiles Nunes, 30, who both suggested similar names, ultimately took home the naming rights and family four packs of unlimited ride wristbands.

The park features the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel as the main attraction. It is the largest merry-go-round in Queens.

“Like everything we do at Fantasy Forest, we try to involve the park guests,” said David Galst, director of operations for New York Carousel, which runs the merry-go-rounds at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows.

The Corona Cobra Coaster is 13 feet tall and travels about 16 miles per hour at its top speed.
Riders must be at least 3 feet 6 inches tall to ride alone.

Fantasy Forest, at 111th Street and 55th Avenue, is open daily through September 8 and on weekends, holidays through December 1.

 

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