Image via Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Since it opened on the Coney Island boardwalk in 1920, the landmarked Wonder Wheel has given more than 35 million rides. If you want to add to this number, a press release from Deno’s Wonder Wheel tells us that it will offer free rides from 6 to 10pm on New Year’s Eve. They’ll also charge only $5 from 11am to 2pm on New Year’s Day to coincide with the annual Polar Bear Plunge (50 percent of January 1st’s profits will go to the Plunge’s charity Camp Sunshine).
After it was constructed by the famous Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company, the Wonder Wheel (originally called Dip-the-Dip) stood 150 feet tall and weighed 200 tons. Originally, it had 24 cars–16 swinging and 18 stationary. For this year’s event the white stationary cars will be put back on the wheel.
Deno’s provided free rides last year, too, as part of a countdown to the Wheel’s 100th anniversary in 2020. To ring in 2017, they’re also throwing a free New Year’s Eve party with music, entertainment, a midnight countdown at the famous Parachute Jump, and Coney Island’s first fireworks show of the year.
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