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The Benefits of Family Time at Local Amusement Parks – NY Metro Parents

The smiling face or bewildered expression of a kid on a roller coaster with her mom or dad is more than enough to provide any parent a lifetime of half-grins and chuckles at the memory.

Every parent knows that spending family time is important for the whole family, but why? Most people wouldn’t get concerned about the reasons; however there is more than enough scientific proof to back up this gut feeling that parents already have.

Family bonding time has multiple benefits, including helping families listen to each other and interact better and more effectively with one another. It reinforces mutual respect and boosts children’s mental health and development.

Having dinner every night together is family bonding time, but it might not be enough, nor is it feasible for many families to do regularly. Experts recommend sharing fun activities together—such as visits to a park, attending a concert, or hitting the rides at an amusement park—as having a positive effect over the long term for the development of a child.

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New Ride [Bouncy Baja Buggies] debuted at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is already jam-packed with cool kids’ attractions like the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo and a historic carousel. But there’s always room for more. Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel, the only amusement park in Queens, has been a welcome addition to the park since its opening in 2013.

Before you start thinking Fantasy Forest is the next Coney Island, be advised: It’s much more modest. In addition to the carousel, there are six fairly tame rides, best for younger children, as well as a few games. New in 2016 is the Bouncy Baja Buggies ride, which features ATVs simulating a wild ride on the sands of the Baja Peninsula. It is expected to open Saturday, May 14.

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Press Release- Fantasy Forest Celebrates First Season with Mugsy’s Farewell Shows

“We have had an amazing year,” said David Galst, Director of Operations for NY Carousel.  “Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel continues to be the place in Queens where families gather to have fun and it has been great being the place where parents and kids create memories together.”

The park, which has been open since May, has seen an extremely positive guest response to their rides and free entertainment.  The park is having a celebration on Sunday, September 29.  Not only to say “thank you” to all of the families that have supported Fantasy Forest in its first year, but also to say goodbye to one of New York’s most famous and beloved clowns- Mugsy.

He has been a clown for 35 years and got his break on a children’s television show with another famous New York entertainer, King Henry.  Mugsy shared that “Early in the production stages I was called on to help out and Mugsy really came to life.  While helping out King Henry around the castle we won several awards for writing and producing, including the National Home Town Video award for best Children’s show on public access cable.”

After performing at Fantasy Forest, Mugsy will head south to fulfill the dream of many clowns- joining his circus friends in Florida.  When asked about some of his happiest memories in New York Mugsy got wistful.  There were a lot, but Mugsy said seeing the Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Carousels re-open in 2012 is right up there.  “Being a part of bringing it all back to life was really a special memory I will cherish,” he noted.

Details: Mugsy’s Farewell Shows

When: Sunday, September 29 at 2 and 4 pm

Where: Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel

What: Free Clown Shows, Rides, & Balloon Animals

It’s a snake! New Queens amusement is dubbed the Corona Cobra Coaster

NY Daily News

The Corona Cobra Coaster is slithering its way into the hearts of Queens kids.

The roller coaster, unveiled two months ago at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, received its new moniker on Friday after an online naming contest.

“We liked the idea of the three Cs,” said David Galst, director of operations for New York Carousel, which runs the Fantasy Forest kiddie amusement park.

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In Queens’ Largest Park, Amusement Park Adventures, Boating Expeditions And A Flurry Of Acrobats

The Forum Newsgroup

The park has two new features this summer – Fantasy Forest, an amusement park for younger children, opened over Memorial Day weekend and the city cut the ribbon on five new volleyball courts at Flushing Meadows on June 25.

Situated by the Flushing Meadows carousel, Fantasy Forest – the only amusement park in the borough – features five rides: the Queens Himalaya, Corona Choo Choo, Fantasy Frog Hopper and a small roller coaster. Tickets are $1 each and each ride costs about three to four tickets. There are discounts if residents purchase tickets in bulk – for example, 12 tickets are $10, 25 tickets are $20, and 50 tickets are $38.

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Queens’ Only Roller Coaster Gets Snake-Inspired Name

DNAinfo New York

The borough’s only roller coaster now has a name after a citywide contest generated hundreds of responses.

The green, slithering ride, which is part of Family Forest, a new attraction in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, has been named the Corona Cobra Coaster.

The names were suggested by the public and selected by the management team at NY Carousel, which operates the park.

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Fantasy Forest brings a mini-amusement park to Queens


Lisa Mateo visits Fantasy Forest

Opening Ceremonies: Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel

Carousel and new amusement park for FMCP

Queens Chronicle

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator Janice Melnick joined Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, representatives of Community Boards 4, 6 and 8, New York Carousel Entertainment, students from PS 16 and local residents to open the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel for the season and celebrate the new Fantasy Forest Amusement area.

The majestic Flushing Meadows Carousel was created by the merger of two carousels, the 1903 Feltman Carousel and 1908 Stubbman Carousel. Both were originally located in Coney Island and arrived in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 1964 World’s Fair.

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Fantasy Forest opens for young thrill seekers

The Long Island City/Astoria Journal

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.