Fantasy Island, Grand Island

Martin's Fantasy Island is an amusement park located in Grand Island, New York.HistoryFantasy Island opened in 1961 and went bankrupt in 1982. It was acquired out of bankruptcy by Charles Wood, the original owner of Storytown USA. He sold the park to International Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) in 1989, and later re-acquired the park in 1992 when IBC went bankrupt. The second time Wood owned the park he changed the park's name to Two Flags Over Niagara Fun Park, a name it kept until 1994 when local businessman Martin Dipietro purchased the park and redubbed it Martin's Fantasy Island.Originally the park only occupied 12acre of land. It expanded to 85acre in 1974.On Sunday, August 11, 1991, 14-year-old Kenneth Margerum was killed in a 60-foot fall from the Ferris wheel when his seat dropped from its axle. It was found that the park operators routinely removed one or two seats from the ride each day to prevent the ride from moving around in high winds during off-hours. Each time the ride opened, the seats were bolted back onto the frame of the ride. Investigators found that only one side of the victim's seat had been bolted properly.The park's Silver Comet roller coaster, opened in 1999, was created in the style of the original Comet roller coaster that was located at nearby Crystal Beach, Ontario for many years. In fact, the original Comet was stored at Fantasy Island after Charles Wood purchased it in 1989. Wood would later move the Comet to his Great Escape park in Queensbury, New York, where it was reassembled in 1994 and remains in operation to this day.
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  • My family re-visited this park on Aug 28,2017. It was a 3hr drive which involved crossing the border and booking 2 hotel rooms. I called the park and asked many questions, (was everything open in the ...  more »
  • Fantasy Island is a small family-orientated amusement park that has a decent collection of rides and attractions. The staff were friendly and approachable.  more »
  • Our family had seasons passes here for many years, and enjoyed frequent visits to the park. We visited the park for the first time since the new ownership this past week, and were impressed with the c...  more »
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  • I have been going to fantasy island every year for 40 years, first with my parents, then my kids, now my grandchildren. Sadly, this year's trip will most likely be the last. Apparently it was sold last year to some company in California. They must have the stupid idea that they can triple the profits from the park.... by cutting staff, jacking up prices, and lowering services! Closing bathrooms in the kiddie side of the park is insanity- anyone with children knows that when they tell you they need to go, it means now. The only bathrooms were way over on the far side of the park. They cut the services, but jacked up the prices!! $31.99 for an adult is a ripoff! That's a $7 hike in one year! If the price went up, but the park remained the same, all rides, washrooms running, we would not mind as much, but there was no value for the price hike. More than half the rides were unmanned or closed, trying to cut down on staff I suspect. The giant slide was closed, because it takes 2 employees to run it. The jerk at the front gate, who did everything but a cavity search, had his hands all over the ice and food in our cooler. In past years they have just opened and looked to be sure you aren't bringing in alcohol. We don't feed our kids fries and pizza...they eat real food, the kind you can't buy at the park, so that has always been a big reason why we go here, but they made it quite clear that the park is not going to allow that anymore. The price of beer also doubled, as did ice cream and water! $2.50 for a bottle of water! I can get a case for that price in Canada! To the new owners---you will soon see that you did not buy Disneyland. You can't take away the things that have been a draw for families for so many years, and expect people to continue to come. Attendance was way down on the day we were there, and the weather was beautiful! Hopefully you'll come to your senses when profits drop like kids on the beanstalk ride.... oh ya, that wasn't open either....
  • Nice place! Its a small but fun amusement park. Not a lot of huge thrills, but there is something there for everyone. Wait times are typically short. Free parking is a bonus. Food could use some work though. I paid $12 for two slices of pizza and some water. When it came out it was brown, hard as a rock and looked like it had been sitting out for days. We also got some fudge from the candy shop. One piece was exceptional, but the other was dried and hard, again like it has been out for days. Just be careful with the food there.
  • I am beyond disappointed! Staff was rude and slow. Price is double what it was and opens at 1130, more then 1/2 stands don't open until 100. Water park only has 3 things open, and we gave our stale 8 $ tortilla chips back and the girl rolled her eyes at me. Used to be my favorite place to go. I am truly disappointed. Don't waste your money. Really not even one star
  • My family and I have been attending Fantasy Island for as long as I can remember. This year many things have changed. One is the additional charge per person to bring your own food, (even though that fee was paid, people still gave family members a difficult time when entering the park) that aside all but two locations for restrooms were closed. Although one is able to see attendance is much lower than previous years having 2 bathrooms with stalls out of order is not adequate for an entire park of people as well as their employees. People had to stand in line with small children and then there was no toilet paper once you actually were able to use an available stall. The restrooms were filthy and unkept. Many of the rides/ water slides were closed or not running at that moment and this was not in part to mother nature. It was sunny and beautiful all day. I'm sad to say that we will not be returning. After speaking with people who had season passes they said it has been like this for weeks. Extremely disappointing as this was something the family looked forward to each year.
  • Worth 4 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έof July ever never coming back with my family of 12. Every year come here love it but now with the new owner no more cooler or soda or chips nothing😠😑😀 I see is not about the family having good time is about the money money. Is a shame a good park like this. We travel from Rochester every year, not anymoreπŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž for the new owner doing good scarring the people away.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²

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