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Lunacy @ Luna Park

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 18th 2013
It's Friday evening. What does this mean? It's time to let your hair down, time to let the child at heart out, and time to embrace the inner thrill-seeker. When the clock strikes six, walk through the massive mouth and allow Lunacy to swallow you up.

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The face of Luna Park!

Lunacy is what Luna Park has named its 'two unlimited rides passes for the price of one' deal. Lunacy, as I see it, is a chance to grab a group of friends (make sure the number of people is even), run rampant, and spin yourself silly.

[ADVERT]Surely many of you would be familiar with Luna Park's love for things that spin; on the other hand some of you may not know what is in store for you upon a visit to this colourful amusement park beside the Harbour Bridge. Allow me to run you through some of the things you can expect.

On my list of favourite rides is the Tango Train. One of many things that will draw you into this ride is the catchy playlist of songs. Who wouldn't enjoy waving their arms around to 'Gangnam Style' whilst being spun around backwards, forwards, and then at double speed? Another ride I love, more for the reason of a thrill and a justification for screaming at the top of my lungs, is the Flying Saucer. Head above the Tango Train and hop into one of the cages. Note, you will be standing. Also note that you will be gripping on pretty tightly to the bars in front of you. The giant disc will begin to spin, and as it picks up speed you will feel more and more at one with the wall behind you. Soon the disc will lift up and before you know you will be enjoying alternating views of the ground and the sky.

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Daytime snap of the Flying Saucer ride - at it's best!

You'll have to make sure you also allow the Rotor and the Ranger to take your adrenaline for a spin. The Rotor will leave you stuck to a wall with nothing beneath your feet. The Ranger will rock you into the sky, leaving you with a certainly breath-taking upside-down view of Luna Park. I must say the Rotor was my most anticipated ride, but now I love it for the thrill and the uniqueness of the experience.

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The Ranger during the day - wait till you see it in full throttle!

For a break from the spinning take a ride on the Wild Mouse, which epitomises the saying 'living on the edge'; just remember there is a camera in front of the drop on the left-side of the track (if you are looking from the place you board the coaster). The giant ferris wheel is a different, much gentler kind of spinning. It's actually a lovely place to catch your breath and to simply admire the beautiful Sydney Harbour.

Additionally, venture into Coney Island. It's very pretty at night, covered in what I like to call fairy lights. Inside the castle are giant slides, the Turkey Trot, the mystical Mirror Maze, and other fun gadgets. One of the slides is by far more thrilling than the others; the Devil's Drop will involve you working up the courage to fall off a ledge. If you are still in the mood for spins, challenge your group to some friendly competition on the Joy Wheel. Who will be able to stay on the longest?

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Day time snap of the Wild Mouse Coaster!

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The pretty, lit-up Coney Island!

Luna Park is a fun place for people of all ages, at any time of the day. I personally think a new element is added to the thrills by the night sky, and Lunacy allows you to experience this for a great value. You and your partner will each be paying half price for an unlimited rides pass. Lunacy tickets are applicable after 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the park's off-peak season (generally when school is in), and can only be purchased online. Remember to do so and print off your tickets prior to your Luna Park visit. Once you've redeemed your tickets at the park itself, go on to enjoy the night.
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Why? Enjoy some thrills under the night sky
When: From 6pm Fridays and Saturdays during off-peak periods (30 Jan - 11 Apr 2013; 30 Apr - 27 Jun 2013) *check the Luna Park website later on in the year for off-peak periods after this time
Where: Luna Park
Cost: 2 unlimited rides passes for $44.95 or less (if heights of riders are smaller)
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