We visited Coney Island on July 8 with a group of 16, ages 2 weeks to 69 years old. I remember Coney Island very fondly from when I was a small child. I wanted my children to experience the more laid back amusement park - different from the hectic pace of Kings Island. Coney Island actually surpassed my expectations.
The parking is very convenient compared to the larger amusement parks. I had purchased 11 tickets online for $10/each, and they were quickly exchanged for wrist bands at a ticket kiosk very close to the parking lot. A place to rent wheelchairs ($5) was also conveniently close by.
One of the best qualities of this park is the layout. Mature trees, winding trails and beautiful landscaping break up the rides into different areas. This is not a large concrete slab with rides sitting on it. Our daughter and son-in-law had their 2 week old baby with them. There were places near most of the rides to find a place in the shade to sit.
We brought a picnic lunch with us and there are numerous picnic tables and shelters near the parking lots to picnic.
We took a nice walk after lunch along the river view pathway. The old stone entrance to Coney, along with the flood markers provide some interesting photo ops.
There were plenty of rides to keep our group busy. Our riders were aged 8,10,12,13,15,17,19,21,22,24,and 53. One of the children is special needs because of epilepsy. There were numerous rides we could all ride. Even the older teens and young 20s had a lot of fun and enjoyed the day.
There was not a huge crowd and we rarely had to wait at all for the rides. It allowed us to have a very leisurely day of riding, relaxing and talking. We didn't feel the urgency of a place like Kings Island where you have to run from ride to ride to allow time to wait for hours and get your riding in.
My highest praise goes to Coney Island for their training/hiring of employees. This was one of the nicest group of young employees I have seen at an amusement park. They were very helpful, patient and extremely courteous and friendly. They went out of their way to talk to you as you left the rides. They were not just putting in their time and going through the motions.
A very good deal for the money and I would definitely go back again.