Our favorite Queens amusement park just added a new ride for kids and toddlers. Hold on to your hats, the Twirling Teacups have arrived at Fantasy Forest, the mini kiddie theme park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Debuted to the public on April 22, 2017, the spinning and rotating giant teacups promise to leave families dizzy for more.
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The Twirling Teacups are sure to induce a dizzy reaction or two. But they are gentle enough for young children.
The new teacups ride brings the total number of rides at Fantasy Forest to seven, including the carousel and not counting the fair-style games like a ring toss. As we headed through the park, I didn’t even have to point my kids in the right direction of the newcomer. The bright primary colors and inviting charm of the teacups spoke for themselves.
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is the ride allows passengers to spin as fast or as slowly as they wish with the use of a revolving wheel. The bad news is, tell that to a 5-year-old. I have to admit I was more hesitant than the kiddos when I entered that teacup. But my apprehension was quickly put asunder when the laughing and squeals of delight commenced.
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The Fantasy Frog Hopper offers one jiggle and jump after another.
Children must be 36 inches or taller to enjoy the teacups by themselves. However, smaller children still can take part provided they are accompanied by an adult. If the ride appears nostalgic, well, that's by design. Park officials wanted to recreate the feeling of rides from days gone by that parents and children could enjoy together.
After you brush off your wobbly legs, try the other rides at Fantasy Forest. The Corona Cobra Coaster is a personal favorite, a family roller coaster with a modest hill and turn. My son was brave enough to try the Frog Hopper all by himself while my husband and 16-month-old took a ride on the Corona Choo-Choo, the classic train ride right out of a storybook. But at the end of the day, nothing beats the Flushing Meadows Carousel, the iconic symbol of the 1964 World's Fair.
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Enjoy carnival-like games in a child-friendly atmosphere.
In addition to the rides, there are also games and plenty of food-cart staples such as hot dogs, pretzels, and ice cream. Just take note: Bathrooms are outside the gates of the amusement park and a bit of a jaunt down the path.
Fantasy Forest is in the middle of one of Queens’ best sites, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The rides only take a couple of hours. giving you time to hit up some of the park’s other attractions, including the Queens Zoo or the Playground for All Children.
Photos by the author.