Deno's Wonder Wheel

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Zachary S.
    "The swinging cars on the Wonder Wheel are awesome..."(12 Tips)
    "What's not to love about this Ferris wheel?"(8 Tips)
    Puu K.
    "I recommend getting on the swing one."(3 Tips)
    City of New York
    "... & was designated a NYC Landmark in 1989. It is 150 ft tall, holds 160..."(2 Tips)
52 Tips and reviews
  • swinging cars
  • ferris wheel
  • scenic views
  • nyc landmark
  • family-friendly
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  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonAugust 9, 2015
    Go for for rocking cages, and try not to think about the fact that this thing is nearly 100 years old ;) The view to the ocean and Manhattan is stunning, so try for a golden hour/sunset ride.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkJuly 1, 2013
    The Wonder Wheel has been in operation since 1920 & was designated a NYC Landmark in 1989. It is 150 ft tall, holds 160 passengers with 8 stationary cars & 16 cars that slide along serpentine tracks.
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    There are two lines: one for swinging cars and one for stationary (which is often shorter). Whichever you chose, be sure to snap a pic from the top! Fun fact: The Wonder Wheel weighs 400,000 pounds.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The Ferris wheel first opened in 1920, making it the oldest ride in Coney Island, and the spectacular views from the top take in a long stretch of the shoreline. Read more
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerAugust 16, 2011
    Highly (ahem!) recommend the outer wheel, stationary cars for the longest and highest view of the oceanside scene. Take a deep breath if your car stops at the peak, as it did on my ride w/a friend.
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 2, 2011
    there are a couple of photobooths inside coney island. one of the easiest to find is this one right in the middle of it all: next to the wonder wheel. (only open in the summer)
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonAugust 12, 2014
    1918 steel makes this scarier than your standard ferris wheel. White cars don't swing (haha), and the views are great.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RalloJuly 10, 2012
    A great place to bring the kids after the aquarium. Lots of small child size rides - just buy a ticket for yourself and your child to ride.
  • Rose
    RoseAugust 30, 2013
    Great family place for kids of all ages! Friday nights during the summer they have spectacular fireworks!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJune 6, 2015
    continue through the tunnel toward the beach to find the kiddie park with rides for younger kids
  • Ronny O.
    Ronny OemrawAugust 29, 2015
    When you go all the way to the top you really get to see the real beauty of Coney Island
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MonahanAugust 7, 2011
    So slow, but where else have you ever seen Ferris wheel cars that actually slide back-and-forth independently on separate rails as they continue to go around the circle? Old-fashioned fun
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJuly 27, 2015
    An absolutely thrilling Ferris wheel when riding in a swinging car. Caught me for a scare!
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McAndrewAugust 18, 2014
    Great views from the top, but you're swinging almost the whole time. HANG ON!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishAugust 11
    Go on a swinging car and take in the sights
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 4, 2010
    Make sure you get on one of the red or blue swinging cars for the full experience. The yellow cars are for the less adventurous.
  • Roberto M.
    The view is incredible! A must see!
    EPIX HDJuly 7, 2011
    The iconic Ferris wheel, the Wonder Wheel is shown at the beginningof the movie and the end of the movie the Warriors.
  • KaiMaliLani
    KaiMaliLaniJuly 4, 2012
    OMG!! Best employees ever!!! Lost my phone here! Didn't realize it til after I left the park - about an hour later... long story short.. got my fone back the next morning.. on July 4th!!
  • Martha R.
    Martha RodriguezSeptember 5, 2010
    Ride the wheel. Doesn't matter how old or young you are--it's really fun and different than any ferris wheel you ever rode. It's a great memory!
  • Erica V.
    Erica VentoJuly 17, 2013
    Don't bother with the stationary cars. The swinging ones are where it's at.
  • Mai M.
    Mai MaguireAugust 31, 2013
    "Swinging" is not for the faint-hearted (especially on a windy day)!
  • Andrea
    AndreaJuly 12, 2014
    What's not to love about this Ferris wheel? Oh: it costs $7 to ride it now...
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2012
    Seen at the beginning of the film, this is the landmark that the Warriors associate with being home.
  • Mat M.
    Mat MJuly 28, 2015
    It's not a real trip to Coney Island without a ride on the Wonder Wheel!
  • Denise C.
    Denise ChowAugust 22, 2010
    Opt for the swinging cars - they're pretty fun. Either way, you'll get some cool views from the top.
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HJuly 28, 2013
    Go for the fixed (non-sliding) cars -- much better views.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CilientoAugust 16, 2014
    No age/height rules on the bad boy. Want to take your 4 month old baby on the swinging car, go ahead.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsOctober 20, 2010
    PHOTO: Take a picture from the top like this one from 1947, and send your new view to @nydailynews on Twitter! Read more
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaJune 12, 2015
    $7 to get on. I recommend getting on the swing one.
  • Marlon
    MarlonJune 10, 2013
    10 year old and present day me love this ride!
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie ShawAugust 4, 2015
    Go swinging – it's an experience on a big wheel you'll have nowhere else.
  • Donna S.
    Donna SalamancaAugust 10, 2015
    Had tons of fun
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeMay 27, 2012
    Swinging car line moves way faster than stationary.
  • Andrés D.
    Andrés Durán ChaseAugust 6, 2013
    Get one of the swinging seats
  • tanya r.
    tanya raupachOctober 29, 2014
    Beautiful view!
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LeeAugust 13, 2010
    They've never had an accident... even though you might feel like you're about to go flying out of the swinging cars!
  • Mary H.
    Mary HurdSeptember 16, 2013
    The swinging cars are TERRIFYINGly awesome.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GentileSeptember 1, 2013
    Take the swinging one
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonJuly 9, 2013
    Best of the best for 4th of July
  • kenna!
    kenna!July 29, 2013
    The swinging carriage is the better option.
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary StephenOctober 21, 2012
    The swinging cars on the Wonder Wheel are awesome...
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaJuly 15, 2013
    Swinging cars or bust!
  • John C.
    John ChewMay 31, 2010
    Tallest ferris wheel in the world; opened Memorial Day 1920. Made official NYC landmark in 1989.
  • Stefan H.
    Stefan HvostikAugust 25, 2012
    Watch Remo Williams before riding for full effect.
  • Megan
    MeganSeptember 3, 2012
    Choose Swinging. Always.
  • Luc v.
    Luc van UdenSeptember 30, 2013
    Tof, vergane glorie
  • Evgeni R.
    Evgeni RodFebruary 22, 2011
    Come and enjoy
  • John S.
    John SAugust 28, 2009
    inner ring of cars is scary fun, outer is more serene
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GriffinSeptember 29, 2009
    Definitely go with the swinging cars...extra fun.
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