Cincinnati amusement park Coney Island made a major announcement on Sept. 9. After the park closes for the season, they will be removing all of the amusement rides and will start focusing their energy on enhancing their water attractions and events.
The final day for guests to ride the park's rides is on Sept. 21 at Coney's Fire Up the Night event.
“All of our consumer research, all of our consumer feedback and all of our in-park data shows that the vast majority of our guests come to Coney Island because of the fun they have while in the Sunlite Pool area,” said Rob Schutter, Jr., president and CEO of Coney Island, in a release.
According to the release, splitting employees' time between the rides and the water attractions limited the amount of attention each area could receive. So instead, they will be removing the rides and focusing on the water.
Over the next few years, Coney will be "enhancing" its water features, working in phases to create new amenities, enhanced facilities, new park services and special events. The updates are slated to "culminate" with the 100th anniversary of Sunlight Pool in 2025, according to the release.
In addition to the park's enhancements, they are also working to create more space for their popular annual events like Summerfair and Appalachian Festival, as well as other events and festivals.
For more info, visit coneyisland.com.
Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California