Netflix's Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire (2021) details the horrific fire on a ride at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia. On June 9, 1979, the amusement park's iconic Ghost Train ride burst into flames, and of the 35 riders that initially entered the ride, seven (a man and six boys) died, according to the coroner's report. The three-part docuseries details the events of the fire, and its aftermath.
A coronial inquest was unable to find the cause of the fire at the time of the incident, and an investigation into its cause was reopened in 2021, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Despite the tragedy, Luna Park remains operative, and you can still visit the park today. Below, everything to know about the Australian amusement park.
Is Luna Park still open?
The Sydney location was temporarily closed after the 1979 fire. In 1982, the park reopened with a mix of "new and reconditioned rides," per the Luna Park website. In 1988, the park closed again due to an unsuccessful redevelopment project.
Then, in the 1990s, the park came under new management after closing temporarily again in 1996. It closed one more time in January 2021 for a major renovation, but remains operative today.
The park even hosts events and allows bulk ticket-buying for parties or corporate functions.
Can I visit Luna Park?
Yes, if you ever find yourself in Australia, you can visit Luna Park between Friday and Monday. The park operates between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, according to the park website. The park is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
How much does it cost to get into Luna Park?
Tickets for admission into the park in Sydney run between $34 for children 13 and under, and up to $75 for those 14 and older. Ticket prices range based on what day you choose to go to the park, and how far in advance you purchase tickets.
For example, a ticket for someone 14 or older this Saturday is $70, but only $65 for next Saturday. At the Melbourne location, tickets range from $20 for children under 4 years old, to $45 for ages five and up.
Luna Park is based off of a Coney Island park.
If you're not heading to the Southern Hemisphere anytime soon, you can visit the original Luna Park in Coney Island. According to Perth Now, the Australian parks are based off the Luna Park in Coney Island, which originally opened in 1903, the New York Times reported.
The New York-based amusement park also closed due to a fire-related incident in 1944, according to the New York Times, and did not reopen until 2010, when it took over the premises of Coney Island's Astroland, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park operates for limited hours during the holiday season, according to its website.
You can learn more about Luna Park in Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire on Netflix now.
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