On This Day: Luna Park

On this day in 1903 the first-ever Luna Park opened in Coney Island! Charles Denson describes it as “a visual delight, a ‘grotesquely delightful’ storybook fantasyland filled with hundreds of towers, domes, spires, and minarets, all decorated with thousands of electric lights. It was known as the ‘Electric Eden,’ a city ‘sketched in flame.'” Poster from the Coney Island History Project‘s May 2010 exhibit “Luna Park Revisited” about Thompson & Dundy’s iconic park and the creation of Zamperla‘s new Luna Park NYC.