New Queens amusement park Fantasy Forest opens

Photos courtesy of the Parks Department

Queens youngsters took the borough’s first roller coaster for a spin last week during the grand opening of a new amusement park at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The park “has been one of Queens’ premier recreation destinations ever since its creation for the 1939 World’s Fair,” said Park Administrator Janice Melnick.

Fantasy Forest opened up its five rides, including the iconic Flushing Meadows Carousel, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

Officials said the classic ride, made by merging two Coney Island carousels, was originally created for the 1963-1964 World’s Fair. It is the largest carousel in Queens.

“We are excited to provide this family attraction, the only amusement park in Queens, to the family and people of Queens,” said Director Ami Abramson of NY Carousel, which runs the merry-go-rounds at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows.

Fantasy Forest is located at 111th Street and 55th Avenue. It is open daily at 11 a.m. through August and will stay open on select days in September and October.

For park hours and pricing, visit www.fantasyforestnyc.com.