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Queens amusement park ride christened Corona Cobra Coaster


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Photo courtesy of NY Carousel

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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New Queens amusement park Fantasy Forest opens


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Photos courtesy of the Parks Department

Queens youngsters took the borough’s first roller coaster for a spin last week during the grand opening of a new amusement park at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The park “has been one of Queens’ premier recreation destinations ever since its creation for the 1939 World’s Fair,” said Park Administrator Janice Melnick.

Fantasy Forest opened up its five rides, including the iconic Flushing Meadows Carousel, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

Officials said the classic ride, made by merging two Coney Island carousels, was originally created for the 1963-1964 World’s Fair. It is the largest carousel in Queens.

“We are excited to provide this family attraction, the only amusement park in Queens, to the family and people of Queens,” said Director Ami Abramson of NY Carousel, which runs the merry-go-rounds at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows.

Fantasy Forest is located at 111th Street and 55th Avenue. It is open daily at 11 a.m. through August and will stay open on select days in September and October.

For park hours and pricing, visit www.fantasyforestnyc.com.

 

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Amusement park coming to Flushing Meadows


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Photos courtesy of NY Carousel

A carousel will spin and a coaster will hurtle later this month when Queens gets its own amusement park.

Fantasy Forest, a new family attraction at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, has already opened most of the five rides there, including a train and the borough’s only roller coaster.

The amusement park’s grand opening is slated for May 25.

The small facility will feature the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel as the main attraction.

The classic ride, made from the merger of two Coney Island carousels, was created for the 1963-1964 World’s Fair, officials said. It is the largest carousel in Queens.

“We are truly thrilled to introduce this wonderful family attraction where our guests will come to make great memories and have lots of fun,” said Director Ami Abramson of NY Carousel, which runs the carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows.

“We hope Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel is home to the first coaster every child in Queens ever rides,” Abramson added.

The park is at 111th Street and 55th Avenue. It is open daily at 11 a.m. through August and will remain open for certain days in September and October.

For park hours and pricing, visit www.fantasyforestnyc.com.

 

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