Fantasy Forest opens for young thrill seekers
by Andrew Pavia
Jun 05, 2013 | 3408 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Kids visiting Flushing Meadows-Corona Park can now get lost in Fantasy Forest, a mini-amusement park near the carousel and entrance to the Queens Zoo.

The new park features a train, bouncing frog, and as-of-yet unnamed roller coaster. Suggestions for naming the roller coaster can be emailed to A winner will be unveiled on the Fourth of July.

“Flushing Meadows Corona Park has been one of Queen’s premier recreation destinations ever since its creation from the 1939 Word’s Fair,” said Park Administrator Janice Melnick. “I am delighted to have New York Carousel Entertainment back for another successful season of operating the historic carousel and to welcome the Fantasy Forest amusement area to the park.”

During the off-season New York Carousel, which was chosen to run the carousel last year, performed the fist upgrade to the site since 1968. It was a combination of two rides, a 1903 Feltman Carousel and a 1908 Stubbman Carousel. Both were located in Coney Island and moved to the park for the 1964 World’s Fair.

“Along with this beautiful and historic carousel, Fantasy Forest is proud to introduce rides to Queens that will spin you, drop you, bounce you and make certain people want to lose their lunch, said Davie Gales, director of operations for New York Carousel.

“For a young child in Corona, let me tell you this is the biggest thing ever, “said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras. “It’s beautiful.”

For the opening, the Parks Department invited students from nearby P.S. 16 to be the first members of the public to enjoy the rides.

“They love it,” said fourth-grade teacher Angela Scaliotis. “They want to keep going on all the rides.”

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