Who We Are
Empire Adventures is an amusement park company based in the Western New York region. Our mission is to reimagine, revitalize, and reopen Fantasy Island, the beloved theme and water park located on Grand Island, New York.
With over 60 years of amusement industry experience, most of which was spent at Fantasy Island in Grand Island, NY, our team has a full and complete understanding of what needs to be accomplished to bring back one of the most important destinations in the region.
Sam Adornetto, Jr.
George Marenna, Jr.
George Marenna III
Our Plan (In Short)
Empire Adventures is working hard on a 5-year plan to bring back Fantasy Island, a defunct amusement park located on Grand Island, NY.
Fantasy Island originally opened on July 1st, 1961, as a 12-acre, children's oriented theme park. An expansion in the 1970's made the park a reputable 75-acre summertime tradition that was enjoyed by millions of Western New York residents and tourists for years to come. But sadly, after a long roller-coaster ride that had many highs and lows, Fantasy Island closed for good in February 2020 ... so they say.
Our initial plans to reimagine, revitalize, and reopen Fantasy Island are laid out in the table below:
Phase 1 (2020)
Once things are set in stone, we plan on using the rest of 2020 to make necessary beautification efforts to park grounds, such as cleaning up the mess left by previous management.
In addition, we also plan on bringing in the initial line-up of new rides and attractions that would open with the park come the summer of 2021.
Phase 2 (2021)
We intend to reopen Fantasy Island in time for the summer of 2021. Our initial line-up of attractions will include the park's famous wooden roller coaster, the Silver Comet, along with a wide selection of kids, family, and thrill rides.
Popular Fantasy Island amenities, such as free parking and the ability to bring your own food and drinks into the park, would rightfully return.
Phase 3 (2022+)
As proven successful throughout the amusement park industry, we intend to introduce new rides and attractions on an annual basis, eventually transforming Fantasy Island into a world-class regional attraction.
With Empire Adventures, you can be confident that Fantasy Island will always remain focused on providing a safe, quality, and family-friendly day of "Fun? WOW!"
How YOU Can Help
Empire Adventures is looking for members of our community to step up and help us in our mission to reimagine, revitalize, and reopen Fantasy Island. Whether or not you live in Western New York or visited Fantasy Island in the past, Empire Adventures will always appreciate any help we can get.
These lists will be updated along the way, so please check back often!
By investing in Empire Adventures, here's where your contribution could be distributed:
- Investments into new rides and attractions, some of which will be the first-of-its-kind in the region. Ride sponsorship opportunities are available!
- Refurbishment efforts to classic rides coming to the park.
- Major updates to the existing infrastructure and park grounds.
You don't need to invest millions to help out Empire Adventures! Here are some ways you can contribute:
- Contribute to our grassroots GoFundMe page, which was started by our friend Tammy Neamon.
- Reach out to local politicians, investors, and business people to partner with us.
- Volunteer time to help perform beautification efforts to the property.
- Join our ride maintenance crew, who will be installing new rides throughout 2020 and 2021.
- SPREAD THE WORD!
Those Far, Far Away
Just because you don't live in the Western New York region doesn't mean you can't help out!
Whether or not you've heard of/visited Fantasy Island in the past, we are always appreciative of any interest and help that we receive, whether you are an investor or an amusement park enthusiast simply wanting to give us a shout-out.
The same incentives we are giving to local investors and WNY residents are available for our friends all throughout the United States and Canada.
For all media inquiries, please contact Sam Adornetto, Jr. (Public Relations) at firstname.lastname@example.org
In The News
Our Story Begins: July 9th Press Conference
On Thursday, July 9th, 2020, the Empire Adventures team made their first official public appearance at a press conference to announce plans to reimagine, revitalize, and reopen Fantasy Island in 2021.
Black Bart makes appearance at Grand Island 4th of July parade
Black Bart, the eldest brother and leader of the infamous Brandon gang, brought his villainous shenanigans from Western Town to Grand Island, NY, to participate in a special social-distance friendly edition of the town's annual 4th of July parade!
Efforts underway to make Fantasy Island 'beautiful and fun again'
By Michael J. Billoni
Bill Baldwin suddenly walked from an interview with tears welling in his eyes.
He stepped away from the window of the BrickOven Pizzeria & Pub on Grand Island Boulevard, across from Fantasy Island, early last Sunday evening after watching nearly 40 people climb the fence and wander onto the grounds and vandalize the park he and his business associates love so much.
Empire Adventures featured in Amusement Today (Aug 2020 issue)
(Page 10 - Park Post-its feature)
Empire Adventures, a company formed with the express goal of reopening Fantasy Island amusement park, Grand Island, New York,announced last month plans to restart the attraction next spring to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the original park's debut. Bill Baldwin, who worked in the park as a character in the park's wild west show, is the chief executive officer of the new company, which is now actively negotiating with banks to secure financing for the project. The price to buy the land and its remaining assets is estimated at a minimum $5 million.
Empire Adventures feeling love from GoFundMe looking to help Fantasy Island
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — Earlier this week, the group seeking to save Fantasy Island saw its website go down. But it wasn't an intentional shutdown; it was from the sheer number of clicks that Empire Adventures got right away.
"Within two hours, we had over 40,000 hits on the website, which just completely blew up," Empire Adventures CEO Bill Baldwin said. "We had to refurbish everything because we weren't expecting that much of a hit that quickly."
New owners for Fantasy Island?
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — There is new hope that fun could soon be returning to Fantasy Island. But despite a glimpse at the possible future, plans for reviving the park remain unclear.
"I know they were trying to purchase the property and if they weren't successful with the purchase they were working on obtaining a lease for the property, so hopefully they'll be able to be successful," said John Whitney, Grand Island Town Supervisor.
Could Fantasy Island be making a comeback?
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – The amusement park closed back in February, but the Grand Island Town Supervisor says he’s optimistic about the park’s future.
There is hope that the fun of Fantasy Island could soon return.