Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spooky Return for a Sandy-Battered Ride at Coney Island

WSJ Spooky Return for a Sandy-Battered Ride at Coney Island - Metropolis - WSJ
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Have no fear, fans of Coney Island’s Spook-A-Rama haunted house. Most of the ride’s beloved, half-century-old haunts have been refurbished after suffering severe damage from superstorm Sandy.Following a painstaking renovation that involved niche repairmen, the ride inside Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is once again scaring the daylights out of parkgoers, in time for Halloween and before the first anniversary of the storm.“We didn’t just want to be back,” said Dennis Vourderis, who runs the park with his brother, Steve, the two of them having inherited it from their father. “We wanted to be better. We wanted to stay special.”The deadly storm caused severe flooding throughout Coney Island, and Deno’s was hard hit. Some novelties couldn’t be salvaged, including numerous arcade games.
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