need advice regarding Buffalo parks

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 3:56 PM
Hello~

I'll be visiting the Buffalo area soon. Since I've already been to SFDL, I'm interested in going to Marineland and Martin's Fantasy Island. Since I will be on vacation with non-coaster lovers, I would have to do both parks in one day. I know that they are pretty close to each other, but given all the security around the border now, I was wondering if it would be logistically possible to do both parks in one day? I don’t want to spend half the day backed up at the border with security checks. Thanks for your advice.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004 4:02 PM
I'll back this inquiry. We're considering Canada/NY for a big August trip.

Not too worried about the time consideration, but I haven't been across the border since I was a kid. What's it like crossing (both directions) now?

Anyone gone that way recently?

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Friday, July 23, 2004 10:29 AM

Anastasia BeaverHausen said: I'm interested in going to Marineland and Martin's Fantasy Island. Since I will be on vacation with non-coaster lovers, I would have to do both parks in one day. I know that they are pretty close to each other, but given all the security around the border now, I was wondering if it would be logistically possible to do both parks in one day? I don’t want to spend half the day backed up at the border with security checks. Thanks for your advice.

i havent been to fantasy island or marine land in awhile from what i remember fantasy island is pretty much a bs park with a lot of smaller rides etc... as far as doing both in one day you're gonna be crammed for time with the border crossing... if you're out of state they're most likely gonna give you a harder time then if you're in state... traffic on the bridges depends on alot and can vary day by day depending on if they're looking for certain things (drugs, weapons etc etc etc) more so on different days... as long as you have your drivers licenses/birth certficates and dont look like your shady or full of crap they shouldnt bother too much with ya, it's gotten alot better since 911 i havent been recently (in the past 3 months) across the border... usually leaving usa there's not much of a wait, except late at nite past 9 or 10 on fri,sat,sun, cause of the club scene bingo people, casino etc, thats bout the only time you might experience moderate (20 min - 45 min) delays... so getting over there shouldn't usually be an issue, it's the coming back and us customs that are usually the worst...

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Friday, July 23, 2004 10:42 AM
I havent had any trouble crossing the border the two times I have been into Canada since 9/11. They ask the same questions as before, if you look/act wierd they are gonna hold you up.
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Friday, July 23, 2004 10:56 AM
If you do both parks, make sure you do Marineland FIRST since they close around 5 or 6pm... Fantasy Island closes around 10pm, so both parks will work out, since you can see all shows & ride all rides at Marineland by around 2pm.

Border crossing can be pretty easy, depending on the time of day. Sometimes you'll luck out & wait maybe 5 to 10 minutes... sometimes you'll strike out & wait close to 45minutes... but since you'd be doing the Rainbow Bridge, there's no truck traffic & you should get through pretty quick. The rest is a straight run to MFI & I'm sure you can get there in no time.

Whatever you do, don't talk in a fake accent or say you're just taking pictures of buildings... they don't like that.

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Friday, July 23, 2004 11:44 AM

DawgByte II said:

whatever you do, don't talk in a fake accent or say you're just taking pictures of buildings... they don't like that.


hahah ya think ? i dunno why they would be suspicious about that, specially entering or leaving new york :-P

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Friday, July 23, 2004 12:59 PM
Make sure you have proof of citizenship, passport or birth certificate. They seem to be worrying more about that since 9/11. At least that's what I've noticed flying.
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Friday, July 23, 2004 2:28 PM
we went to canada a year ago last winter... the falls was frozen and it looked cool...
we weren't across the border five minutes and people started calling us names. ( they saw out ohio tags)... like: Americans are the terrorists... Stop trying to blow up the world... and the ever popular: Go Home!...
being curious, i asked several shop owners if that is an accurate feeling toward the US: they said: We love your money, can't stand your politics and why you vote when it doesn';t matter...
it was fun...
other info: before you go, talk to your car insurance people: Canada Requires American drivers to have a Canadian insurance id when entering canada.(you can get from you carrier)
don't leave home without it...
if something occurs and you don't have it, they can take your car. period.. (i know this because i work in the insurance industry...)
have a good trip. it is beautiful up there...
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Friday, July 23, 2004 8:47 PM
I live in the Buffalo area. I don't really go to Fantasy Island or Marineland, because I'm a coaster enthusiast, and their coasters are too tame. That being said, I think it's possible to do both, but you'd really be pushing it. Crossing the peace bridge can be a gamble. You can get over in 20 mins. but can also be stuck for 2 hrs., depending on the day, time, and events happening in Canada.

If you decided to just do one park, I'd probably recommend Marineland. You said you're going with non-coaster people (good thing) but didn't say how old they were. Fantasy Island is geared much more towards young kids. I think Marineland has more to offer all ages. And the whales and dolphins are very cool.

You could also consider Canada's Wonderland - not too far away. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have fun, and enjoy my home town.

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Friday, July 23, 2004 11:20 PM
Peace Bridge? Why would you even consider the Peace Bridge when the Rainbow Bridge is right next door to Marineland & the road essentially leads directly to MFI in less than 10 minutes travel time (from the border)?

Again, border crossing isn't tough at the Rainbow Bridge because there is no commercial traffic & they usually have a lot of lanes open due to all the tourist traffic.
You can EASILY do both parks, since you can see & do everything once-around at Marineland in the morning & early afternoon... and still have time to do everything at Marty's Fantasy Island for the later afternoon evening.

Since both parks have a combined 3 coasters... it makes it perfect. Marty's main draw is the family atmosphere with the western shoot-out & family-appeal rides.
Marineland specifically states that it's a family oriented park with a few "wild rides" for that rider that's a little "out there"... so these 2 parks would be perfect... and the prices are right, too!

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