Unfortunately, not all good things can last forever.
Buffalo’s own Fantasy Island, an amusement park that came to fruition in 1961, has been a go to destination during the warm months of summer.
The park posted to their website homepage “Permanently closed” indicating the end of an era.
Season passholders are now wondering if they are at least eligible for refund, given there is no comeback of Fantasy Island. However. The page that directs them to their refunds, FantasyIslandNY.com, has been down since the announcement Wednesday afternoon. When they finally got through to the site, all they only came to a contact form.
Residents of Buffalo are heartbroken by park owner Apex Group’s decision in closing the park. Grand Island Town Supervisor John Whitney said he is looking to the state and county for help in finding a new buyer and hopefully reopening the park.
Unfortunately, Apex has already began dismantling the park. It has been reported that buyers are already seeking interest in rides and equipment for purchase at Fantasy Island, in addition to three other parks in the area. One ride up for grabs is the Silver Comet; a fan favorite.
Not only are people losing out on entertainment and a piece of their childhood, but the town may begin to suffer financially. Fantasy Island generates $120,000 in taxes, a quarter of which goes to the town. The town also employs full time maintenance personnel and residents depend on it for seasonal employment. The closing of the park has a big impact on the town’s economy.
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