GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Making a splash on Grand Island — Niagara’s Splash World will open this Saturday at the former site of Fantasy Island.
“Everybody’s excited to see the park come back to life, to see guests come through the front gate,” said VP of operations Gary Fawks. “It’s taking several months of hard work just to get to this point and I want everyone to know, this is just the beginning.”
The waterpark section of Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World will open on August 28 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Officials say limited waterpark and food options will be available during this first stage of opening.
Tickets are available at the gate, “Special Preview Pricing” for those three feet and up will cost $14.99 and 35 inches and smaller will get in for free accompanied by an adult. Online purchasing is not available right now.
Parking is free for the rest of the 2021 season and lockers will not be available due to a supplier issue.
The Lazy River, Dragster Drench, Cannon Bowl and more will be open to enjoy.
Park officials hope to have the amusement park open Spring of 2022.
“All of this sets the stage for us for the opening for next year on a much grander scale,” Fawks said.
Businesses near the waterpark, including Pizza Amore on Grand Island Boulevard, are excited to see the park open up.
“It’s very hot so they might get an influx of a lot of people who want to see something different so we’re really excited about splash world opening up, especially helping all the grand island small businesses,” said David Perri who co-owns Pizza Amore.
Fantasy Island shut down in February 2020 after its then-owner said they had not seen a return on investments made into the park. Many attractions and rides were sold off as the Western New York shuttered.
Chicago-based investor Gene Staples stepped in as the new operator of the park in June 2021, rebranding Fantasy Island as “Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World.” The waterpark has undergone a restoration, park officials originally wanted the waterpark open in late July.