Although the Luna Park in Sydney is not the first nor is
it the only one in existence in the world, this version of
Luna Park is one of the best known amusement parks in the
The other Luna Parks are in Budapest, Melbourne, Coney
Island, Tel-Aviv, Moscow, Obala, Rome, Seattle, Tehran and
Some of these parks are no longer open to the public
such as the very first one in Coney Island which operated
for the last time in 1944.
“A Trip to the Moon” was a
highly successful ride in 1901 during the Pan-American
Exposition that was held at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New
Created by Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundy, it was
later changed to “Luna” in honor of Dundy’s sister, Luna
The entire park was built on the site of a previous
amusement park, the Sea Lion Park, and was called Luna Park.
This was to be the inspiration of several “Luna Parks”
around the world.
The “Big Face” of Sydney’s
Luna Park has undergone several “facelifts” throughout the
years since it was first built in 1935.
version visitors see now (the image on the right) is the 8th
“Big Face” built in 1994. It has taken on a more human and
less stern “look” than its previous versions. The “Big Face”
is an easily recognizable backdrop in several well-known
films such as “The Punisher” starring
Dolph Lundgren, the
Olsen Twins’ “Our Lips Are Sealed”, and several others.
has even been featured in animated daytime shows such as
some episodes of Hanna-Barbera’s “Scooby Doo”.
Whatever visitors may remember of their trip to Sydney’s
Luna Park, the “Big Face” is definitely foremost in those