Coney Island History Project Provides Research, Ride Plans to Zamperla USA
Central Amusement International
president & CEO Valerio Ferrari
Central Amusement International president & CEO Valerio Ferrari, who is overseeing his company’s ride development for the new Luna Park, recently consulted the Coney Island History Project. Mr. Ferrari requested historical information about the Astrotower to help with a possible resurrection of the iconic Coney attraction. We researched the tower’s history and provided the original plans and archival photographs.
The images show the 1964 installation of the ride once known as the “Bagel-in-the-Sky” for its rotating glass-enclosed car that rides to the top of the tower. We hope someday to see the 270-foot remnant of Astroland become the centerpiece of Coney Island’s new Luna Park.
The $1.7 million Astrotower was manufactured by the Swiss company Von Roll. It required a foundation of 1,100 tons of concrete and 13 tons of steel reinforcing bars. Like Astroland’s other space-age themed rides, the tower was built specifically for the park. It did not come from the New York World’s Fair. Von Roll was purchased by Doppelmayr Garaventa Group in 1996.
Installation of the Astrotower, 1964