Entertrainment Junction in Cincinnati Ohio released a remarkable 1,000 square foot replica of historic Coney Island Amusement Park will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21 at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester.
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CINCINNATI, OH – A remarkable 1,000 square foot replica of historic Coney Island Amusement Park will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21 at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester.
All built by hand from scratch, the Coney Island replica features real working rides from Coney Island’s glimmering past, such as the Shooting Star roller coaster, the Lost River, the Ferris Wheel, Flying Rockets, Tumblebug, Wild Mouse, Sky Ride, Lake Como train ride, Turnpike and Carousel, just to name a few. All rides and attractions are based on historic photos and dimensions of Coney Island in the 1960s, with most items created in a 1/24th scale.
The Coney Island replica is NOT a small, miniature recreation – the Shooting Star roller coaster alone is 40-feet long and 4-feet tall (!), and the Ferris Wheel is also nearly 4-feet tall.
“Constructing old Coney Island in perfect scale was one of the biggest and most demanding projects we have ever undertaken,” said Don Oeters, EnterTRAINment Junction’s president and owner. “Historic Coney Island is a seamless fit for us because of our proven skills in creating scaled and authentic historic design throughout our 25,000-foot model train display, which is the largest indoor model train display in the world.” It took more than a year to build the Coney Island replica, Oeters added.
Due to space limitations, minimal creative license has been taken in the Coney Island layout, but the millions of visitors who have enjoyed Coney Island over the years will instantly recognize the park’s treasured attractions of the past. The Coney Island replica recreates the park mainly as it was in 1965.
In addition to the Coney Island rides, other features from the amusement park’s golden age include Coney’s iconic entranceway, the famed Coney mall with its perfectly trimmed Ginkgo trees, a Haunted House, Lake Como, Moonlite Gardens, Skeeball and games arcade, basketball games, shooting gallery and the Whip, Cuddleup and Dodgems.
There will also be a working trolley line with running trolleys bustling along Kellogg Avenue and stopping at Coney’s parking lot. The trolleys ran to Coney until 1925.
Nearly a dozen interactive buttons throughout the exhibit will allow visitors to personally engage the ride attractions to make the rides go, lights blink and music play.
The Coney Island replica is located on the second-level overlook of EnterTRAINment Junction. There is no additional admission for the public to visit the new exhibit.
The award-winning EnterTRAINment Junction has 80,000 sq. ft. of family fun with something for everyone, including two world-class attractions – the world’s largest indoor model train display and the wild-and-whacky A-Maze-N FunHouse.
Visitors to EnterTRAINment Junction can also experience a giant kids’ interactive play area, American Railroading Museum, expo center, incredible hobby & toy shop, indoor 1930s village-scape with café, gift shop, and party rooms, and two outdoor train rides (open seasonally.)
Coney Island, nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, is a true legend in its own time, with its beginnings dating back to 1886. Beloved by generations and generations of families, Coney Island today features massive Sunlite Pool, water slides, 24 family rides (including seven classic kiddie rides), paddle boats and canoes on Lake Como, Moonlite Gardens, miniature golf, picnic areas, live stage shows and much more.
EnterTRAINment Junction is at 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069. (513) 898-8000. (877-898-4656.) It is open daily, Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. FREE parking. For more information, go to www.entertrainmentjunction.com.