The Historic Coney Island has returned. The new Luna Park opened May 29, 2010. Its entrance looks very much like the entrance to the original 1903 Luna Park and will be built on the ground of the former Astroland amusement park which closed after the 2008 season. The site, just over 3 acres, boasts 19 state-of-the-art rides, including a new thriller called Air Race. There is no entrance fee at the park, you pay per ride – anywhere between $3-$7.

The rides have been tested, the asphalt’s been poured, and the countdown to the official opening of Luna Park in Coney Island is now underway. The amusement park, which has been erected in about 100 days on the site of the old Astroland Amusement Park, opens to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Public officials, including the mayor, were on hand Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the three-acre park.

“This is not Disney World or Disneyland,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This is Coney Island. It’s very different. New Yorkers want something different. This is a place you can come by subway. You can drive. You can take a taxi. You can bicycle here. You can come for an hour or two from any part of the city.”

– from NY1