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Luna Park in Sydney reopens with 8 new attractions

by Susan and Simon Veness

Luna Park in Sydney, Australia, has undergone a $30 million renovation, adding eight new permanent rides to their lineup ahead of a June 26 reopening date.

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After a two-year upgrade, Sydney’s premier family entertainment center will open to the public again, with the addition of six children’s rides, a gigantic swinging thrill ride, and a family roller coaster, plus the exciting Big Dipper single line coaster, due to open later in 2021.

“We are extremely excited to reopen the park after five months of ride construction and park renovations,” said Peter Hearne, managing director of Luna Park Sydney. “Our new rides combined with our existing classics, has transformed our beloved fun park into a globally recognized and highly sought-after destination for thrill seekers of all ages.”

Sister-park to Luna Park Coney Island in New York, Sydney’s park has a long history of providing family fun. In addition to 27 fairground-style attractions and two kiddie coasters, the latest offerings are:

  • Boomerang: This family coaster drops, twists, and turns before going backwards and repeating the process again. It’s Australia’s first G-force, G-rated coaster, with a height requirement of 40 inches.
  • Sledgehammer: Lock tight into your seat on this swinging, spinning “hammer” that makes a full 360-degree rotation, delivering enormous G-force as you swing back and forth.
  • Little Nipper: Big thrills for little kids, it’s a family-friendly coaster that gives riders just enough wobble to make it appropriate for all ages.
  • Cloud Nine: Reach for the sky on this colorful hot air balloon-themed bucket ride.
  • Silly Sub: Board your yellow submarine ride vehicle for a magic carpet style ride with a silly, swinging motion.
  • Loopy Lighthouse: Bob up and down on a miniature version of Luna Park’s Hair Raiser drop tower ride.
  • Freaky Frogs: Hop around a central pole in a frog themed, classic spinner attraction, perfect for the youngest riders.
  • The Bug: At 7 meters tall, youngsters can experience the thrill of a Ferris wheel ride sized just for them.
  • The Big Dipper: Opening in December, 2021, is this new version of the park’s Big Dipper roller coaster, now Australia’s tallest and fastest multiple-launch coaster, which is also the world’s first single-line rail coaster. This one is for seasoned coaster fans!

Two new ways to enjoy the park will also be part of the grand reopening. A Luna Perks Loyalty program will initially be offered exclusively to Annual Passholders, with an earn-and-redeem points system and early bird event access. Luna Play online experience (starting July 2021) allows access to a digital world featuring the Luna Park leaderboards, access to a 3D interactive map of the park, and ride photo purchases, with the ability to plan your day at Luna Park in advance.

Also new this year is harborside dining spot, Amphora Wine Bar, featuring premium wines and a Mediterranean menu.

Watch for special annual events, too, including the spectacular VIVID light display in August and Hallowscream 9 in October.

Visitors can choose from 3 passes:

  • Day Pass allows unlimited rides all day for a specific day ($34 child/$44 adult).
  • Flexi Pass allows unlimited rides all day on flexible dates ($75 child/$85 adult).
  • Annual Pass allows unlimited rides and includes the Luna Perks Loyalty Program ($199).

“Our grand reopening is the beginning of a new chapter,” Hearne added. “A chapter that will see our 86-year-old park expand into a world-class amusement park while ensuring we retain its great heritage and history for future generations. No other amusement park has a location like we do, and we are privileged to call Sydney Harbour our home. We look forward to welcoming visitors into the Park.”

For more information visit LunaParkSydney.com.

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