Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Deno's Wonder Wheel on Coney Island is the first of the only two Eccentric Ferris wheels in the world

Denos Wonder Wheel
Denos Wonder Wheel cc licensed photo by Tony the Misfit

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is centered around a world classic 150 foot Ferris wheel built on location at Coney Island all the way back in 1920. This is no ordinary Ferris wheel, in fact there is only one other like it in the world, a modern version at Disney's California Adventure Park in California which was inspired by the original Wonder Wheel.

What is unique about the Wonder Wheel, is that the cars slide in and out along a track between the center and the outer portion of the wheel as the wheel rotates. Considerable swaying is involved along with this additional motion making the normally tame Ferris wheel ride quite a bit more adventurous. For those who prefer a more conventional Ferris wheel experience, 8 of the 24 cars are fixed to the outer rim and can be boarded through a separate que.

Over time a number of other amusement rides and attractions including a young children's amusement park opened adjacent to the Wonder Wheel. Subsequently Deno's purchased these neighbouring attractions to create the Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park enjoyed by so many today. There are now a total of 22 rides including a rollercoaster. Most of the rides are suitable for young children, however a few are aimed at 'big kids' and adults making this a great all round place for family fun. Neighbouring Luna Park expands your choices to even more rides.

Nearby attractions include: Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, New York Aquarium and Luna Park

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Address: 3059 W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224, USA

Phone: (718) 372-2592

Official Website: Deno's Wonder Wheel

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
D, Q N or FStillwell Avenue4 minutes
F or QWest 8th Street3 minutes

How to get to Deno's Wonder Wheel by Subway

Take the D, Q N or F train to Stillwell Avenue, walk south towards the beach and boardwalk and turn left at the boardwalk (4 minutes) or take the F or Q train to the Aquarium stop at West 8th Street and cross the pedestrian bridge directly from the subway to the boardwalk (the best option for those with strollers or mobility aids).

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating Iconic Coney Island bucket list ride, Check! We went on the ferris wheel, views are great from up there. We avoided the swinging cars they just looked a little too vertigo inducing for my 1 & 5 year old. (Babies are allowed on the ride)

Burry Gross - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Highly recommended. A gem right in our own backyard. No need to trek to Hershey, Sesame or Six Flags when you can have affordable fun right within the city limits. Classic rides, friendly operators and above all convenience make this a go to entertainment option for the kids and the young at heart. A ride on the Wonder Wheel is a must. Brave the swinging cars for an old fashioned thrill. Pro tip: park at the New York Aquarium, just a few minutes up the boardwalk.

Kevin McNeil - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating The famous Deno's Wonder Wheel ride. Don't be to scare to ride this big wheel. Just like most of this area in Brooklyn. It's a lot of landmarks, famous rides, spots to eat at and places to make a stop at. You have the ballpark, Aquarium, Amusement park and the boardwalk to enjoy the views of the sea. A day here is a day to enjoy with memories that will last and stay with you for a long time to come. Hit like/thumbs up if you enjoyed my reviews.

Jose R. Lopez - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating Great place to bring the kids especially on Friday when they have fire works. Lots of rides. However, Always very crowded. If you have kids like mine who wants to see the ride in action before they decide. Be prepare to spend a long time. Always better to go in the evening. If you park in the NY aquarium parking lot.. it's a flat $20 for the evening.. no matter how long you spend.

Sonia Persaud - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Legendary. I found out about this is 1979's The Warriors movie. It looked pretty iconic, so I went. Little did I know how amazing and fun it was! I didn't know it was unique and had moving components like swinging and sliding carts. Truly a must in one's lifetime.

Ice White - 5 months ago

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This short video shows the Wonder Wheel in action

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