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The Thunderbolt coaster is back at Coney Island

Coney Island is getting a new "retro" roller coaster, at least in name. A re-envisioned steel version of the classic wooden Thunderbolt is being built in the same spot as the storied original, which ruled the beach alongside the Cyclone from 1925 until 1982. It was eventually demolished in 2000 after falling into disrepair.

The new Thunderbolt is scheduled to open in time for Memorial Day weekend (May 22) and will drop riders 115ft (at 56mph) before hurling them through an insane 100ft loop. To see why you should eat Nathan's after you ride, check out the video and renderings below.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. The most adventurous ride she's braved at Coney Island is the Wonder Wheel. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.