Get in line, online: Visiting virtual Coney Island

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Enjoy the fun of Coney Island without taking the train.

To celebrate its 100th summer, Nathan’s Famous frankfurter company has launched a virtual version of the People’s Playground, filled with video rides and digital carnival games. The Ticket To Fun site is designed for those poor souls who live too far from the seaside resort to visit in person, said a spokesman.

“It’s really fun for people who can’t go out in person,” said Chris Madigan.

The digital seaside features video versions of Coney Island rides, including the Cyclone roller coaster, the Wonder Wheel, and the Parachute Jump — which is still functioning in the online amusement park. But the focus is on the providers of the Island’s most Famous food. One game replicates working the grill at the Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand, trying to keep up against a horde of hungry customers. Another thrusts players into Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, clicking furiously to stuff down frankfurters against eight-time eating champion Joey Chestnut and 2015 champion Matt Stonie.

Those who do well in the games win tickets, which can be redeemed at an online store. Prizes include Nathan’s-branded hats and t-shirts, grilling equipment, and chances at a variety of grand prizes. The grandest prize, naturally, is a trip to New York City to visit the wonder that is Coney Island — something any Brooklynite can get for the price of a subway ride.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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