Frederick Thompson and Elmer (Skip) Dundy, who had created the cyclorama show called a “Trip to the Moon” at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 at Buffalo, New York, teamed up to open Luna Park on May 16, 1903. They had also duplicated this attraction for George Tilyou at Steeplechase in 1901.
The name Luna was derived from the brightly lit green and white cigar-shaped airship “Luna” which transported people on an imaginary Trip to the Moon. The spectacular new park, on the sight of the old Sea Lion Park, featured a forest of towers and spires lit at night by 122,000 electric lights. Luna was probably the most popular park at Coney Island.
Some of the attractions included: Thompson and Dundy’s famous Trip to the Moon, Dragon’s Gorge Scenic Railway, Trip to the North Pole, Shoot-the-Chutes, Canals of Venice, a Miniature Railroad, Old Mill Ride, Hagenbeck’s Wild Animals, Eskimo and German Villages, Chinese and Monkey Theaters, Infant Incubators and a Grand Ballroom.