Last week, the operators of Astroland closed down the park several weeks prior to the regular October close of the season. The reason for this unexpected shutdown has something to do with their tangled relationship with Thor Realities, the development group that basically wants to convert Coney into an Atlantic City strip mall sans gambling.
For lovers of Coney Island, it’s a sad thing. As a type this, one-third of the park is now being dismembered and its parts sold off.
This would include Dante's Inferno, the third of the three rides I featured in my recent series on the fabulous haunted house rides of Coney.
Dante's Inferno is currently listed at Rides4U, an online site that specializes in selling new and used amusements to the carnival biz. The ticket price: $225,000.
If you do buy it, please give the old girl a good home. She's not the looker she used to be, but she is still very much loved.
Goodbye, DI. I'll miss you.