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Martin's Fantasy Island, Grand Island
(3.9/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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  • well we went to the photo place and had photos tooken and they said they would mail them to me and i havent got them yet marilyn weber 
  • Fantasy Island offers both modern and older style ride experiences. The Wild West show in the street as well as the music show in the saloon are a must see. The nostalgia abounds from all around the p...  more »
  • Great amusement park with a variety of activities for kids and adults of all ages. Nice kiddie section for smaller kids who are not tall enough for bigger rides. My 8 year old was even able to enjoy m...  more »
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  • Martin's fantasy island is a great affordable amusement park for family's. We usually get season passes and they usually pay for themselves after a few visits. The lines are not usually long and they offer day when you can bring a friend for free. They water park is fun and there are lots of rides for kids. There is a cowboy shoot out that will either scare or amuse your little ones. They offer free parking and allow you to bring in food but also sell food. This is a great affordable amusement park for families.
  • We love fantasy island! I have a 4 year old grandson that i have been bringing him here since he was 2 years old. He was limited to the kiddie rides that first year...last year we added a few more rides to his list as well as the water park. This year..he is getting the courage up to add even a few more rides to his list. We mention fantasy island and his eyes immediately light up and is absolutely thrilled and ready to go! My 4 year old grandson can lead me around the park! He loves the rides....we love the free parking...the reasonable prices at the concessions and the games...and most of all the cleanliness! It is the safest, Cleanest family park i have ever neen too. If you have little ones up to middle school age...this park is perfect!
  • Price is reasonable, $30 for those tall enough to ride everything. The water park is decent. It could use a deep cleaning and cosmetic retouching. CROWDED. The rest of the park was practically empty all day, zero lines for all the rides, but the water park was consistently packed. THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE! It's old. The funnel cake was a hard lump of dried up hardened grease. I ordered mine and they pulled it from under a heating lamp in the display window. NOT COOL. I didn't feel posting $8 for that was fair. The cotton candy was clearly sitting for awhile because it wasn't light and airy, it was condensed, which is a clear indication. The center of the puffs were starting to get those really hard bits, as well. Terrible terrible food experiences. If go, go for the park, and eat across the streets.
  • I first went to fantasy Island in the 60s as a child. Back then the trees and landscaping and everything was brand-new. Now I'm bringing my grand daughter. The trees are mature and majestic, the landscaping is beautiful and the park is better than it's ever been. This may not be the place for thrill seekers and those who want the upside down extreme roller coaster rides. However there is no better place to take your grade school age children or grandchildren. There's a great mix of rides for everybody including a Classic wooden roller coaster, but what really makes fantasy Island stand apart is the staff, the attendants that work there. Everyone I encounter seems to have a passion for their job. They are not simply tolerating the kids, they seem to love children. It's truly a joyful place without the long lines, the high-price tag, or the long drive if you live in western New York. I understand the park has recently been purchased by new owners who will begin a new season in 2017. I hope that they will maintain the same joyful family oriented atmosphere that I've so enjoyed these last few years.
  • It's not the fanciest or most modern park around, but everything about Fantasy Island is set up for a fun family day out. Free parking, and you're welcome to bring in your own food and drinks and even cook it there (there are BBQs and picnic tables in a few different areas). There aren't a lot of rides, but there are at least a few rides for every age group. Water park is fun, but often crowded on nice days.