Wonder Wheel
Website: Denos Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Homepage
Ride Type: Spinning Wheel
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.2105
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 24
Last Review: 8/8/2013 4:28:00 PM
In User Top 10: 3 times.
User Tracker Count: 39 times.
 


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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up wavylips on 8/8/2013 4:28:00 PM
That looks awesome! If I were to go I would ride it!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 1/1/2009 12:54:00 PM
The ride quality itself was very good, but for the price it was a little short. I really had no idea what this experience would feel like so needless to say I found it quite thrilling. The rocking of the cars and the height are both magnified when you are in the ride, but for me the view at night is what made it amazing and for the briefest of moments you could imagine what this place looked like during the height of its existence.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bumprnugit on 9/13/2008 12:03:00 AM
Mention Coney Island and five images simultaneously fill my mind: The Cyclone, The Parachute Drop, The Boardwalk, Nathans, and The Wonder Wheel. From afar, The Wonder Wheel is just that. Wonderful. Up close, it is an amazing piece of brute mechanics. It looks more like an industrial machine than one of amusement. But it is amusing. Admittedly, the ride itself (on the swinging cars, of course) is far less spectacular than it looks from the ground. The swinging cars appear more intense than they actually are, but until you experience the first run along the tracks, you envision terrible, terrible things. But a ride on this icon is unique in the sense that, if for a moment, you can imagine all those that preceded you on this ride, and how it continues to slowly grind away, hopefully for future generations to enjoy, and wonder. Timberman mentions &quot.The Warriors&quot. in his review, but the movie I find the most amazing connection to is &quot.Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.&quot. The stunts performed are insane, but the best line has to be Remo saying &quot.Jesus!&quot., to which Chiun replys &quot.Concentrate! This is no time for prayer!&quot. Thankfully, we only have the option of riding INSIDE either stationary or swinging cars. But hopefully, we will still be able to make that choice in the future. Here is a link to the Remo clip for anyone who may have never seen this quirky 80s action/adventure film, which I think was not too bad. And William Hickey as the barker at the end of this clip is classic. Lady luck is still late for a craps game in Bensonhurst. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uawUQjlcPuc

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Rockies on 5/10/2008 10:37:00 PM
Definitely the best ferris wheel Ive been on. The ride gave pretty good views and the swinging was just as scary and fun as others have said. The sheer thought of the wheel falling apart at any time really made this have an element of fear that no other coaster matches. The wheel only went around once though.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/16/2007 3:02:00 PM
This iconic attraction was not only a historic ride, but a fun one too and easily the best Ferris wheel Ive been on. As others have said, the swinging cars is what makes this ride. The swinging was certainly unique and very thrilling because it was sudden and fast, and of course theres the constant thought of will the ride fall apart. Finally, I got great views of Coney Island while on this and I got a long cycle.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up woofboy111 on 7/16/2007 10:00:00 AM
This is the best ferris wheel ever! From the scary cigarette smoking ride attendents yelling at you for taking a camera out of your pocket (NO CAMERAS ON THE WONDERWHEEL!) to the actual ride itself, you cant beat it. The swinging cars are the big thrill, and it is quite a thrill, especially looking at the old rusted metal structure that you are sitting in high above Coney Island. Ive never been on another ferris wheel quite like this, although I hear California Adventure has one thats very similar. Im just hoping that this ride is able to survive Coney Islands condo redevelopment...

4 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 2/18/2007 9:58:00 PM
As a fan of amusement parks, 1970s cinema, and Coney Island, my perfect storm of nostalgic kick-assedness is the opening shot of Walter Hills 1979 gang epic "The Warriors," as the lights on the Wonder Wheel flicker to life. The Wonder Wheel, to Brooklynites, is what I imagine Big Ben is to Londoners, an iconic touchstone and an irreplaceable feature of a unique skyline that has drawn visitors from all over the world.

In person, my initial impression of the Wonder Wheel was that it is almost comically overbuilt by modern standards, with its massive iron gears, bolts, and structural supports looking positively Flinstonian in their immoveability. This construction also gives the ride a creaky, lurching quality that harkens back to another era, when steam engines, coal cars, and the occasional horse-drawn conveyance still powered a thriving industrial economy. How its members were forged and assembled some 87 years ago remains an intriguing mystery to this writer and a testament to American ingenuity and the lengths we will go to in achieving the next increment of attainment in both work and leisure. The Wonder Wheel is also notable for being possibly the only amusement ride with dedicated accomodations for mans best friend, in this case an old German Shepherd who may have once been a guard dog but is now spending his twilight years slowly revolving between the relentless entropy of the mortal coil and the boundless freedom that every notion of cosmic justice tells us should await our good and faithful canines in the Happy Hunting Ground.

Alas, the operation of the Wonder Wheel does not quite live up to the marvels of its size and construction. A ride on the Wonder Wheel is, for the most part, a shuddering series of starts and stops, and loading and unloading comprise almost the entirety of the ride cycle. The fixed perimeter cars, however, offer the best view to be had in Coney Island, while the interior swinging cars provide what for this critic is still one of its most intense experiences. The thrill passes pretty quickly once you realize the car really isnt going anywhere, but the tipping point as the gondola begins to roll forward on its unseen tracks makes for a breathless moment time after time. I would pay double or treble the already hefty ticket price to experience several consecutive, interrupted revolutions of a fully loaded wheel from one of those interior cars. That would likely be as terrifying and exhilerating as a spin on the Cyclone itself.

As things stand, I still cant imagine a trip to Coney Island without at least one turn on Denos featured attraction. Whatever else the future holds for Coney Island, may the massive outline of the Wonder Wheel continue to illuminate that hallowed turf where, like the Warriors, thrill-seekers of every persuasion are drawn home to play-yay.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 2/18/2007 6:46:00 PM
I went to Coney Island to ride the Cyclone of course, but I thought Id give this a try too, as its probably the second most iconic attraction at this group of boardwalk parks. My reaction to this was pretty much the same as to DCAs Sun Wheel (which was of course inspired by the Wonder Wheel). Its just great to look at, but not the most entertaining thing to ride. The extra sliding and swinging of the ferris wheel seats is of course what this ride is all about, but the wheel revolves so slowly, plus stops and starts so frequently to load and unload, that the action is very inconsistent. Unlike the Sun Wheel, though, this one is so old that it felt like it was going to fall apart at any minute, and I actually kind of liked that, as it made the ride a little scarier than it otherwise would have been. I know Im in the minority bashing such a classic, and Im really not bashing it too much. I just dont feel that it delivers quite the thrill that its hyped up to.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Koz2393 on 10/29/2006 6:30:00 PM - User's Top Ride #10
One of the best ferris wheels. The swing is fun and freaky at the same time. The price is well worth it.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 9/2/2006 10:37:00 PM
The Wonder Wheel takes the cake as perhaps the most interesting ride I have ever been on. As Im sure just about everybody here knows, its a Ferris Wheel, but with one major change - all the cars on the inside are on wheels in tracks, which mean that as the wheel reaches certain points, the cars will slide and swing. Now, as someone who doesnt really like heights, this contraption is terrifying. Great views and great fun aside, its rather nerve-wracking to be 100 feet in the air, and then all of a sudden slide forward towards the end of the wheel, with all apparent intention of flying off, only to stop just in time and swing back and forth...yeah, its a heckuva time. Aside from the ride itself, it is also very aesthetically beautiful and has a lot of history to it, like the Cyclone, that serve to further enhance the experience. Definitely a unique ride, and not to be missed by those that are coming to Coney just to ride the Cyclone.

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