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Coney Island turns Upside Down for Stranger Things premiere

"We’re a family park and, at the end of the day, Stranger Things is all about family."

July 2, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Coney Island looks a whole lot like the Upside Down this week, just in time for one of the waterfront amusement area’s busiest holiday weekends (the Fourth of July, duh) — and the season three premiere of Stranger Things.

In celebration of the third installment of the hit science-fiction Netflix series, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park has been transformed into 1980’s Hawkins, Indiana.

The park’s iconic rides, like the Wonder Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars and Carousel, have all been “stranger-fied,” according to park officials.

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A look at the revamped Bumper Cars. Photo courtesy of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park

According to D.J. Vourderis, the son of park founder Steve Vourderis, the People’s Playground has a lot more in common with Stranger Things than one binge-watcher might think.

“We don’t really rent our spot out to a lot of people, but they kind of fit in line with our ideals,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “The show is about a group of friends who become family, and about powerful women who save the world. How could you go wrong?”

From now through July 7, visitors can expect “eerie surprises straight from the summer of 1985 in Hawkins,” like photo opportunities and show-themed gifts.

There will also be a Stranger Things-themed dance party on the boardwalk outside of the park following the fireworks Friday night.

Photo courtesy of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park

The partnership with Coney Island — a summertime destination for locals and tourists alike — is a nod in itself to the newest season’s tag-line: “One summer can change everything.”

“We’re a family park and, at the end of the day, Stranger Things is all about family,” Vourderis said.

Deno’s is open seven a week from 12-10 p.m., weather permitting.


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