Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink – Central Park, NY
In the summer of 2003, Central Amusement International opened the gates to its first amusement park, Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Eight years later, this family destination has become a staple of the New York City summer scene, operating daily from Memorial Day weekend to mid-September. With a full-time staff of six people and a seasonal staff of 80, Victorian Gardens provided 150,000 visitors more than 1.8 million rides during the 2010 season.
Minitalia Leolandia Park – Capriate San Gervasio, Italy
During the spring of 2007, Central Amusement International assumed operation of the existing Minitalia Leolandia Amusement Park in Capirate San Gervasio (Italy). Prior to CAI acquiring the property, the park had suffered a steady decline in attendance due to a period of neglect. Just three months after intervening, the park was reopened as Minitalia Leolandia Park. Through a complete re-branding, the modernization of park operations, the addition of a brand new custom-themed ride and game area, and the introduction of a new mascot, CAI transformed the park into one of northern Italy’s premier destinations. During the three consecutive operating seasons that CAI led the park’s management team, the park saw a rise in attendance of more than 20% each year. The 2009 season saw more than 310,000 guests pay to enter the park – nearly a 100% increase since CAI assumed operations.
Luna Park and Scream Zone – Coney Island, NY
Central Amusement International was awarded a new challenge in January 2010 when the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) selected the company through a competitive process to develop and operate an amusement park in Brooklyn’s historic Coney Island neighborhood. CAI’s proposal was selected over numerous other proposals submitted by amusement park, entertainment and carnival operators. Its vision, like that of the City of New York, was a return to the glory days.
In a span of 100 days, CAI was able to design, build and open Coney Island’s first new amusement park in over 40 years, Luna Park. In its inaugural season in 2010, Luna Park welcomed more than 450,000 guests who took more than 2.5 million rides on 19 brand new attractions.
This April, Central Amusement International introduced the second phase of its revitalization of Coney Island when it opened Scream Zone – a new park that features four new thrill rides, including the first major roller coasters in Coney Island in more than 80 years.
CAI enjoyed another success in 2011, when the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation selected the company to operate what is arguably the world’s most famous roller coaster, the iconic Cyclone, which has thrilled visitors since it opened in 1928.
Central Amusement International is proud to call the following amusement parks part of its family:
- Luna Park at Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY) www.lunaparknyc.com
- Scream Zone at Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY) www.screamzonenyc.com
- The Coney Island Cyclone (Brooklyn, NY) www.coneyislandcyclone.com
- Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park (New York, NY) www.victoriangardensnyc.com
- Minitalia Leolandia (Capriate San Gervasio, Italy) www.minitalia.com