Carousel and amusement area open in Flushing Meadows
The Times Ledger
The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel opened for the summer season last week in tandem with the opening of the new Fantasy Forest Amusement Area, which is operated by NY Carousel Entertainment and has four rides, including Queens’ only roller coaster.
The Flushing Meadows carousel is officially open for business, but this isn’t the only ride that kids have to look forward to. A roller coaster is just one of six rides and games to join the iconic carousel at the new Fantasy Forest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
“The carousel’s been such a popular destination for so long, but they kind of come in on their way to all these other places, they get a ride, and then they leave,” said Janice Melnick of the Parks Department. “And now that we’ve added all these wonderful rides, this is really another destination for families to come and enjoy the park.”
Before you start thinking that Fantasy Forest is the next Coney Island, it’s much more modest. In addition to the carousel, there are four fairly tame rides best for younger children and a couple of games. But it’s certainly worth a stop during your day out in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Bring a picnic lunch, hang out under the shady trees or plop down on one of the many benches, and stay a while.
A carousel will spin and a coaster will hurtle later this month when Queens gets its own amusement park.
Fantasy Forest, a new family attraction at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, has already opened most of the five rides there, including a train and the borough’s only roller coaster.
The amusement park’s grand opening is slated for May 25.
The small facility will feature the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel as the main attraction.
The classic ride, made from the merger of two Coney Island carousels, was created for the 1963-1964 World’s Fair, officials said. It is the largest carousel in Queens.
“We are truly thrilled to introduce this wonderful family attraction where our guests will come to make great memories and have lots of fun,” said Director Ami Abramson of NY Carousel, which runs the carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows.
The Flushing Meadows Carousel in Queens is getting a little bit cooler this summer with the help of this new amusement park. Kids can enjoy four other attractions, including a kid-friendly roller coaster; Fantasy Frog Hopper, a ride that flies to the top of a tower and bounces its way back to the ground; Queens Himalaya, a hilly mini-coaster that speeds up and down as you go; and Corona Choo Choo, a western-style train for little engineers. Win prizes at classic carnival games, like swinging on the hi-striker, ring toss and mini basketball toss.
A video of our first year operating the Flushing Meadows Carousel. Enjoy our brief trip back in time.
Carousel breaks vicious circle at Forst Park
The Daily News
The historic Forest Park Carousel is set to take its last spin of the season this weekend.
And for the first time in years, fans won’t have to spend a winter worrying about the fate of the hand-carved treasure.
“Our goal is to add an additional ride during the season next year,” said Ami Abramson of NY Carousel, the concessionaire selected by the city to operate both the Forest Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park carousels. “This was a fabulous opening season.”
Residents are encouraged to visit two recently reopened Queens carousels for some scary fun this weekend.
New York Carousel Entertainment plans to celebrate Halloween and the completion of its first season of operating two of the city’s historic carousels by hosting “Cido’s Birthday Spooktacular” Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Forest Park Carousel in Woodhaven and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Flushing Meadows Carousel.