Next summer Coney Island is getting back a little bit of its former glory with a familiar roller coaster. Some 14 years after it was demolished, the once famous Thunderbolt coaster is roaring back onto the boardwalk at 65 miles per hour.

The former Thunderbolt thrilled patrons from 1925 until 1982 before it was torn down to make way for the Cyclones baseball team in 2000. You might recall seeing the original in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," back in 1977. But next summer, a brand-new and improved Thunderbolt with over 2,000 feet of track and a 125-foot tower will be nestled right next to the baseball stadium, near the new B&B carousel. The steel coaster won't actually take you up to 125 feet, though. It'll just take you up a vertical lift of 110 feet before making your stomach drop.

Once riders reach the top of the lift, the train will be unleashed onto the first vertical drop and then through a series of elements and inversions while traveling at 65 mph. The ride will then make its return through a series of “bunny hills” that will give riders a floating sensation until the train returns back into the station.


Next summer can't come soon enough! I can't wait! [NYCEDC via NYP]


Update: And here's some POV footage from the original Thunderbolt coaster. Thanks for sharing, geekymitch. Well, Kinja won't let us embed it, so you're going to have to click this here link and check it out on Flickr.