Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement and Kiddie Park is located on the Boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The Wonder Wheel in the name of the park is the 150 foot high Ferris wheel that holds 144 people at a time. The Wonder Wheel has been in operation at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park since it was erected in 1922, missing out only one day of operation - July 13, 1977 during the Great New York Blackout. In 1989, Deno's Wonder Wheel was named an official New York City Landmark. It has been featured in numerous television shows and movies, including Ugly Betty, General Hospital and an Oreo cookie commercial.
In addition to the Wonder Wheel, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park also features twenty-five rides, two arcades, live music and an old fashioned Sweet Shoppe. The rides include those for adults and an entire kiddie section just for the little ones in the family. The Kiddie Park features 17 rides for children. They include the Pony Cart roundabout, Fire Engines and Jets for the small fry, and the Tilt-a-Whirl, Sea Serpent Coaster and Dizzy Dragons for the more daring little ones and nostalgic parents. Other family pleasers include the Rio Grande Train and a classic Carousel.
Deno's Wonder Wheel also includes several adult thrill rides. The highlight is, of course, the Wonder Wheel, but there are other rides that are aimed at the more daring riders. Those include the high-speed Thunderbolt and the Super Shot drop tower. Bumper Cars and an old-fashioned house of horror called the Spook-o-Rama make up the balance of the adult attractions at the park.
Deno's also features a full roster of special events during the summer season. Annual events include the Mermaid Parade in early June, volleyball tournaments and bikini contests. Every Friday night features karaoke and fireworks, and Sunday afternoons feature a reprise of karaoke, with special events for Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Summer weekends include dancing, live music, trivia contests, costume characters, magic shows and more.
There are three different places to eat at Deno's - the Sweet Shoppe, which offers snacks like candied apples, popcorn and funnel cakes, a snack bar on the Boardwalk and Deno's Famous Famiglia Pizzaria. Deno's Wonder Wheel Park also offers group rate discounts for groups of 25 or more. The group rates include two hours of unlimited tiding and free park admission.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement and Kiddie Park also sponsors the Deno's Wonder Wheel Cycling Team, a group of select New York City masters racers. The Cycling Team has regularly placed riders in the top ten of local bike racing contests.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement and Kiddie Park is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11 a.m. to midnight. In April, May, September and October, Deno's Wonder Wheel park is open on weekends and school holidays. Adult rides are $5 each. Kiddie rides are $3. Five pack books of tickets are available at a small discount. Group discounts are also available. For up-to-date pricing and schedule updates, contact Deno's Wonder Wheel at 718-372-2592.