WNY’s Fantasy Island theme park reopens under new name | News

GRAND ISLAND – Western New York’s Fantasy Island is reopening under a new name.

WIVB reports that a new operator, IB Parks & Entertainment, is renaming the amusement park as Niagara Amusement Park & ​​Splash World. The water park, now known as “Splash World”, will reopen this month and the amusement park will aim to reopen in the spring of 2022 with the addition of several new attractions.

A new website and social media presence will be launched in the coming days.

Martin’s Fantasy Island, which opened in Niagara County in 1961, announced its closure before the coronavirus pandemic hit last year. The park was home to over 40 rides, including classics like bumper cars, a small wild mouse roller coaster, a wooden coaster, a water park, and even a children’s park for younger visitors.

In early 2020, the theme park’s marketing manager, Doug Mandell, released a statement in which he said: “Despite significant efforts and numerous investments in infrastructure, rides and new themed areas, we have not observed improvement in operating results. This is why we made the difficult decision to cease our activities. It was not a decision taken lightly.

The majority of rides have been sold or retired from the park. It’s still unclear how many of the original rides will still be part of the new Niagara Amusement Park & ​​Splash World.

According to WIVB, a new website and social media pages will soon be launched for the theme park.

Harold B. McConnell