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Fantasy Island, Grand Island

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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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  • This is an older park with a several fun rides. The Silver Comet is deceptively fast, the Mind Warp is not for the faint of heart and if you have a fear of heights stay away from the swing. Take the t...  more »
  • I especially like the shoot out in the western town and the train ride around the perimeter of the park. There is a KOA campground next to the park, and the train picks up campers who want to enter th...  more »
  • If you are looking for a family friendly place look no further. They have rides for all ages plus canoes. Ride the train around the park, slide down a two-story slide in a burlap bag, or watch an old ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great for younger kids, maybe younger teens, not for thrill seekers! As long as you know that this place can be fun. Sometimes it can be hard to find something to eat beside a small snack on slow days.
  • A better price alternative than other local parks, but not as much to offer for those seeking thrill rides. Great for younger kids.
  • Aside from the rainout the last time I was there, the place doesn't justify the price of admission. The over priced park food is borderline edible, everything feels like the solution for maintenance is to just slap another layer of paint on it, and the only part that feels like it's updated is the ticket booths and entrance gates. On the upside, the rides are at least decent and there is definitely some that are ok for younger kids, but honestly I probably wouldn't go back.
  • I had a crappy time going. There was nuttin really open. Everything was getting fixed. But there was no one working on ne thing. There should be no alcohol while there is children playing and having a good time. If i could give a zero i definitely would of. Not coming back again