Apex Parks Group buys Martin's Fantasy Island

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Fantasy Island has been sold to a privately held operating company in California. Apex Parks Group bought the Grand Island amusement park in a deal announced Saturday. Apex approached the park’s owner, Martin DiPietro, to initiate the sale.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:37 PM
rollergator's avatar

I'm both excited and apprehensive...

With what Apex had to say about their plans for IB ("a return to the glory days of the Spackman era"), I'm excited about what they can do for a park that is stagnant/in decline.

By the same token, I somewhat think the IB rehab will take a TON of time and attention, and that they'd be better off focusing their near-term efforts on that park.

Or am I overthinking things?

edited to add: only been to MFI once, and it was a really nice smaller park. Silver Comet was BLAST!

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:38 PM

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:51 PM

Well,.... We went to Fantasy Island a couple summers back and I thought it was... interesting. I had been there when I was a kid, when it was just a storybook park with a few kiddie and family flats, so I was excited to go again.
When we got there I strained my brain really hard trying to match my memories with what was present. Some of the original storybook architecture and giant figures were still there, and there were some awesome vintage kiddie rides, lovingly preserved. So that, oddly enough, was a treat.
The rest of the park left me scratching my head. There was a Main Street and a western street with dilapidated storefronts that were horribly out if scale. Merch and food was a firm pass. The thrill ride portion of the park was more like an empty lot with carnival flats scattered randomly. I did enjoy Silver Comet and they had a decent Star Flyer ride. The rest of it was strictly state fair. And the "crowd" that evening seemed to include the most, how shall we say, budget-conscious? that Buffalo/Niagra has to offer.

So there's my tawdry review. And for what it's worth, I also hope Apex can eventually turn the park into a little nicer place for everyone to go. Like Mr. Gator above, I have hopes that small, neglected parks will thrive again and God love those that are willing to take projects like these on.

I'll be really skeptical, however, if Apex picks up Conneaut...

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