VIRTUAL RIDE: City Park's Ladybug Roller Coaster flies again

VIRTUAL RIDE: City Park's Ladybug Roller Coaster flies again

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An iconic roller coaster makes its return to City Park this weekend.

The Ladybug roller coaster officially opens to the public Saturday at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

The roller coaster has been a favorite in the Carousel Garden since the 1980s. It was closed in 2011 and dismantled in 2013 after damage from Hurricane Katrina was discovered. Salt water from flooding had intruded the steel structure

Following negotiations with FEMA, the federal agency agreed to pay $1.4 million to renovate the ride.

"First of all, the technology has changed dramatically since the late 80s when the first one was installed," said the park's park's Chief Operating Officer Rob DeViney. "There's a tremendous amount of safety features that are added to it. From the excitement standpoint, it's about four stories tall and travels at speeds almost 40 miles an hour, so it's a little bit faster and higher than the old Ladybug roller coaster, but it's a family attraction. All ages can ride."

The Ladybug reopens Saturday, just in time for the spring season.

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