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Coney Island is a small and waterpark located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Anderson Township, on the banks of the east of Downtown . The park is currently owned by Brenda Walker.


History
Coney Island began in 1867 when apple-farmer James Parker purchased of land along the shores of the . Parker soon realized the popularity of the farm's location, and that renting it out was more profitable than his apple orchard. He eventually added a dining hall, dancing hall, and bowling alley. He later sold the land in 1886 for $17,500 to a company called Ohio Grove Corporation headed by two steamboat captains. For the opening on June 21, 1886, the name was officially changed to "Ohio Grove, The Coney Island of the West" in an effort to link the park with the famous . With its riverfront location, the riverboat became the most popular method of transportation for park visitors. In 1887, "Ohio Grove" was completely dropped from the name as the park became known simply as "Coney Island".

Over the years, Coney Island became a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides and games. In that capacity, Coney Island was a Cincinnati institution. However, the park's proximity to the river made it prone to frequent flooding. In 1968, park management entered into talks with Taft Broadcasting for the purpose of developing a new park on higher ground. Taft responded by buying Coney Island outright in 1969, and construction began the following year on a new site located in Deerfield Township of Warren County north of Cincinnati along Interstate 71. Coney Island closed its amusements on September 6, 1971, as most of its rides were moved to the newly completed theme park.

After Kings Island opened in 1972, Taft Broadcasting intended to sell Coney Island's land for redevelopment. However, with the company's decision to open another theme park in Virginia () and its acquisition of on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, the property's redevelopment became a low priority. Less than two years after closing, Coney Island reopened permanently in 1973. The park was only a shadow of its former self but still featured several popular attractions. The Sunlite Pool — still the largest recirculating swimming pool in the world — was one of those attractions that helped Coney Island remain a popular summertime destination.

The park donated of land for the construction of Riverbend Music Center which opened in 1984. The land was the former location of the Wildcat and Shooting Star roller coasters. The Riverbend amphitheater serves as the summer home of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, as well as a concert venue for other musical acts. In 1991, Coney Island was purchased by Cincinnati businessman Ronald Walker. No longer held back by a corporate entity, management has been able to restore Coney Island as a traditional amusement park with familiar rides such as the "", , carnival games and musical shows.Jacques, Jr., Charles J., Cincinnati's Coney Island: America's Finest Amusement Park, 2002, Amusement Park Journal ()


Roller coasters
Python1999 From Splash Zone Water Park (1996–1999)


Sunlite Water Adventure Slides and Attractions
The Twister2009The Twister is the replacement of the Zoom Flume. The Twister is a four-slide attraction. Two are body slides, and the other two are double or single tubes. They are not fully enclosed. They end in a four-foot pool.
Cannonball Cove2019It is three-foot diving boards or cannonball on a single-pool section near the main Sunlite Water Adventure main pool and Twister and this attraction replaced the Pipeline Plunge. In addition, the diving boards were located in the Sunlite Water Adventure main pool since they opened in the 20th century and they were relocated to the former Pipeline Plunge site and became Cannonball Cove due to Hamilton County's new rule from last year about Diving Boards being in a pool separate from the main pool.
Cyclone2006The Cyclone is a yellow enclosed slide that enters a pool near the deep end. It is four feet deep.


Flat rides
Ferris wheel 1990Riders ascend into the air above Lake Como.
EuroBungyBungee Trampoline Attraction2010Riders are attached to bungee cords and can jump onto a trampoline inside a dome, it is only available on certain days.
ScramblerScrambler1991Standard Scrambler
Tilt-A-Whirl1992Standard Tilt-A-Whirl painted green and purple. Relocated from defunct Fantasy Farm park.
Super Round UpRound Up (ride)1993Mass-produced "Round Up" ride.
Flying BobsMatterhorn (ride)1994Chance "Matterhorn" ride.
Carousel1998Merry Go Round consisting of 30 horses and two chariots. Chance Rides model.
Dodgems2000Oval-shaped bumper cars ride with a center island. A one-way sign is posted, although it is not always followed.
TempestGrover Watkins Tempest2001"A tornado-like whirling dervish that cannot be found anywhere else in the state of Ohio." Relocated from Americana/Lesourdesville Lake Amusement Park.
Giant SlideGiant Slide or 2001Three-lane, approximately -tall Giant Slide.
Frog HopperS&S power Frog Hopper2003Bouncing spring ride with a frog theme.
Scream MachineMoser Spring Ride2005
Rock-O-PlaneEyerly 2007Originally opened at LeSourdesville Lake in 1949.
River RunnerPirate Ship (ride)2008Relocated from Wild West World after its closure. Canoe-themed.
Paddle BoatsPedal BoatsunknownLocated on Lake Como
WipeoutSpinning Lift Ride2014Opened at Coney Island in 2014, flips riders upside down in circles 20 feet in the air. Built by Moser Rides.

In addition to these flat rides, there are five circular kiddie rides near the front of the park.


Former Attractions
Baby Bumper Boats19842004
Bumper Boats19902013Replaced by Como Cruisers.
Como Cruisers20132018Battery-powered boats. Replaced with swan and dragon styled paddle boats.
Trabant19932010Replaced by Wipeout
Kiddie Circle Freeway199?2007Carousel-car ride relocated from .
Spin-A-Ree19942007
Pipeline Plunge19942018Pipeline Plunge is a dual enclosed innertube slide. It replaced the Zzip. It was revamped during the 2011 season including new floats in which you lie on your stomach while riding down the flumes. It was removed before the 2019 season began and replaced by Cannonball Cove.
Zoom Flume19772008Zoom Flume, which had wooden supports, was the first of Sunlite Pool's large slides. It was removed at the end of the 2008 season and replaced by The Twister.
Zzip19841993The Zzip was similar to its successor, the Pipeline Plunge.
unknown19671971Classic Whip Jr. ride designed by William F. Mangels. Relocated to and now known as Linus' Beetle Bugs.
unknown19691971Miniature -car ride designed by Hampton Amusement Corporation. Relocated to and now known as PEANUTS Off-Road Rally.
Log Flume19681971Log flume ride designed by . Relocated to , partially rebuilt for the 2001 season, and now known as Race For Your Life Charlie Brown
Dodgems19??1971Standard bumper-car attraction, housed in the same structure as Cuddle Up and The Whip.
Monster19691971Traditional "Spider" ride that spins in three different circles at the same time. While it quickly raises and lowers riders as their cars continue to spin. Relocated to and now known as Monster
Scrambler19681971Traditional amusement-park ride. Three arms spin riders giving them the sensation of almost hitting the wall. Relocated to .
Galaxi19701971An SDC designed "" steel roller coaster. Relocated to (1972–1978) as Bavarian Beetle.
unknown19??1971Giant slide. Relocated to (1972–1995) as McScrappy's Slide.
Shooting Star19471971Roller Coaster constructed out of the Clipper.
C.I. & L.C. Railroad19641971Miniature railway over Lake Como and into the adjoining woods. Manufactured by Chance Rides.
Clipper19371946A twister wooden roller coaster. Segments of the ride were retained for the construction of Shooting Star.
Wild Cat19261964Roller coaster
Cuddle Up19??1971A spinning flat ride manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Relocated to .
Rotor19??1971A stick-to-the-walls spinning flat ride. Relocated to .
Flying Scooter19401971A standard flying-scooters attraction. Relocated to (1972–2004) as Flying Eagles. Relocated to as "Danny Phantom`s Flyers".
19251971A 1920s Harry Traver classic that pulled linked cars around an undulating circular track, similar to Turtle at Kennywood Park. Relocated to (1972–1985)
Dip the Dips19111918Roller coaster
Dip the Dips 219181925Roller Coaster, replaced the first Dip the Dips.
Figure 819??1918Roller coaster
Greyhound192?194?Roller coaster
Little Dipper19??19??Roller coaster
Sky Rocket1921194?Roller coaster. John A Miller design.
Teddy Bear19351971Junior wooden coaster
Twister19261936Enclosed roller coaster. Manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.
Wild Mouse1958196?Roller coaster
Sky Ride19651971A cable-car skyride. Relocated to (1972–1979).
Turnpike195819??
Lost River19281971Mill Chute Ride, formerly Cascades (1928–1940)
Carousel19261971The classic carousel was built in 1926 and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat (96%) gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver and 48 hand-carved wooden horses. It features the #157 . Relocated to as Grand Carousel.
Land of Oz boats19??19??
Coney Rockets19??19??
Laff-in-the-Dark19371960Scary things appear and jump at two-passenger carriages.


Events
Coney Island serves as the location for several festivals, including Summerfair Arts Festival, the "Cincinnati Celtic World Festival", the Appalachian Festival and the Cincinnati Flower and Farm Fest. Concerts are also held in the Moonlite Gardens area of the park, most notably by Over the Rhine.

Scenes from the old children's TV show The Banana Splits were filmed on location at Coney Island.


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