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Reimagining, Revitalizing,
Reopening

Reimagining
Revitalizing
Reopening

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.

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Jay Wilcox

chief OPERATING officer
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Bill Baldwin

chief executive officer

Sam Adornetto, Jr.

Public relations
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Adam Molnar

Marketing director
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George Marenna, Jr.

lease operations manager
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George Marenna III

chief site operations
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James Sharpe

Community Outreach

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!

Local Investors

By investing in Empire Adventures, here's where your contribution could be distributed:

  • Investments into new rides, some of which will be the first-of-its-kind in Western New York. Ride sponsorship opportunities are available!
  • Refurbishment efforts to classic rides coming to the park.
  • Major updates to the existing infrastructure and park grounds.
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WNY Residents

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!
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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.

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Media Relations

For all media inquiries, please contact Sam Adornetto, Jr. (Public Relations) at sadornetto@empadventures.com

In The News

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Amusement Today

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.

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Friday, July 10, 2020
WIVB (News 4 Buffalo)

With Fantasy Island’s future looking brighter, take a look back to one of their most popular attractions

News 4 anchor Jackie Walker shares a Throwback Buffalo report from her archives that first aired July 19th, 1991.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
WKBW (Channel 7 News)

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."

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
WGRZ (Channel 2 News)

Fun? Now? No. But group wants to reopen Fantasy Island next summer

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Fun, now? No.

But a new business entity is targeting a 2021 reopening of the now-shuttered Fantasy Island Amusement Park.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
WKBW (7 Eyewitness News)

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.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
WIVB (News 4 Buffalo)

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.

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