Fantasy Island Amusement Park is a family-oriented fun park located in Beach Haven, New Jersey along the Jersey Coast. The park was created to embody a Victorian style that helps to build a uniquely timeless, yet charming atmosphere to appeal to the entire family and includes such decorations as ornate lamp posts, oak benches, Tiffany chandeliers, and Z-brick walkways. Rides, an extensive arcade, free entertainment, and delicious food are all elements that go into the making of the Fantasy Island experience. Admission to the park itself, as well as parking, is free. Access to rides and attractions is obtained through the purchase and redemption of tickets.
The ride section of the park revolves around classic attractions that will thrill and delight both young and old alike. A proper bumper car arena, as well as a classic, colorful tea cup ride, is part of the mix, as is an exhilarating swing ride known as the Sea Dragon. The Giant Wheel offers park goers a bird's eye view of the park's beautiful grounds and surrounding area. Also included are a traditional spin-and-rotate ride, a wave rider, and an extensive kiddie park that features attractions especially designed for Fantasy Island's littlest visitors.
Possibly the main highlight of the ride section of the park is the Fantasy Island Amusement Park Carousel, a custom-designed, classic turn-of-the-century ride designed especially for this park by Chance Rides Inc. of Wichita Kansas. This carousel is considered an absolute work of art by the park owners and the visitors alike and features horses made from authentic Bradley and Kaye molds that date back to the early 1900's. Horses of this type were part of what is considered the finest era of carousel makers and carvers such as Marcus Illions, Charles Carmel, and Charles Looff.
Fantasy Island is also home to a nostalgic midway style game area where patrons can participate in tried-and-true favorites like a ring toss, darts, water balloon tosses, and many more for the chance to win charming prizes. There is also the family casino arcade that is open to the public year round and filled with games for the entire family to enjoy. Prizes that can be won are of an unusual quality and include not only stuffed toys and souvenirs, but also items like name brand electronics, sports memorabilia, and collectibles. Frequent players may also want to consider Fantasy Island's VIP Club for a chance to participate in special prize drawings.
Free live entertainment is also a major part of a complete experience at Fantasy Island. Although scheduled shows vary from season to season, it's not uncommon for the line-up as a whole to include magic shows; productions based on children's literary favorites such as Harry Potter, How to Eat Fried Worms, and Dr. Seuss; shows that revolve around live animals and exotic birds; and holiday-themed productions around Christmas time.
Visitors who wish to have a party or special gathering at the park to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special event can take advantage of Fantasy Island's special party package which includes ice cream and three hours of fun on the park's rides. Those interested should contact the park directly for current rates and further details.