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Indiana Beach owner sends similar statements on separate park closures

Indiana Beach was not the only theme park closed by Apex Parks this week.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 12:28 PM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Beach was not the only theme park closed by Apex Parks this week. 

Fantasy Island, in Grand Island, near Buffalo, New York also closed abruptly Tuesday. It had been open for nearly 60 years.

As it did with Indiana Beach, Apex Parks blamed "financial difficulties" for the closure.

On Wednesday, Fantasy Island's Marketing Director released a statement about the closing. With the exception of exchanging the words "Indiana Beach" for "Fantasy Island," the statement is nearly exactly the same as the one released about the Monticello closure.

CBS affiliate WIVB in Buffalo was sent the following statement from the Fantasy Island marketing director:

“Despite significant effort and a great deal of investment in infrastructure, rides and new themed areas, we have not seen an improvement in operating results,” Mandell said. “As such, we made the difficult decision to cease operations. This was not a decision entered into lightly. Team members are being assisted by their supervisors and the company is working to minimize impact to those affected. Guests may visit www.fantasyislandny.com for answers to commonly asked questions.”

That's compared to the one sent to News 18 Wednesday:

“Despite significant effort and a great deal of investment in infrastructure and rides, we have not seen an improvement in operating results. As such, we made the difficult decision to cease operations. This was not a decision entered into lightly. Team members are being assisted by their supervisors and the company is working to minimize impact to those affected. Guests may visit www.indianabeach.com for answers to commonly asked questions.”

News 18 broke the news Tuesday after White County Economic Development Director Randy Mitchell said a search for buyers by Apex ended unsuccessfully. Indiana Beach still has 27 employees, 15 in maintenance and 12 in administrative roles. The future of their employment is uncertain. 

We are also waiting on Apex Parks to address the status of season ticket holders. 

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