Sunday, April 1st: Coney Island Opening Day with Blessing of the Rides & the Opening of the Coney Island History Project

Blessing of Rides

Continuing a 34 year old family tradition, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park opens for the 2012 season with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by park owners, Dennis & Steve Vourderis, including face painters, clowns, stilt walkers & DJ Joe, for your entertainment.

“The Vourderis family works hard all winter to get the rides ready for spring,” says Debbie Santiago, Director of the Mission, “and these Coney Island kids enjoy them FREE. They’ve waited all winter for the rides to open.” PLUS – the first 100 people in line get 1/2 price rides on the Wonder Wheel (starting at 11am)!

Coney Island History Project Opening Day

You’re invited to preview the Coney Island History Project’s exhibition center on Coney Island’s opening day of the 2012 season. Located on West 12th Street at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, our newly expanded exhibition center–twice the size of last year–will be open from 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday, April 1. Admission is FREE of charge.

View historic artifacts, photographs, maps, ephemera and films of Coney Island’s colorful past and preview selections from our 2012 season.

This year’s exhibitions will feature never-before-seen vintage films and photos, folk art treasures, and rediscovered wonders from Wonder Wheel Park. Our popular Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave Steeplechase Park its name will be on display again, along with a rare Mangels “Fairy Whip” car and the original Coney Island toll house sign from 1823.

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