Lake George amusement park changing hands and adding dinosaur attractions

December 04, 2018 07:02 PM

LAKE GEORGE - Families have been bringing younger kids there for the rides and fun for 55 years.

Magic Forest amusement park is the smaller park, catering to smaller kids than its Six Flags neighbor a few miles down Route 9.


The Gillette family opened the park in 1963. Jack Gillette has been running it for 50 years and is ready to retire. So, in stepped family friend Ruben Ellsworth of Ellsworth Excavating.

"I'd like to keep it as a Lake George attraction. I didn't want to see it get developed into something else," said Ellsworth.

"After 50 years of running the park myself, it's time to go on. I'm very happy that Ruben is buying the park and keeping it as an amusement," Gillette said.

Magic Forest will continue to operate in 2019 as part of what will now be called Lake George Expedition Park.

Much of Magic Forest will remain the same. The giant-sized statues of Paul Bunyan, Uncle Sam and the others are being sold off to make more room for what they're calling Dino Roar Valley.

The new section is an interactive area devoted to all things dinosaur -- climb ons, fossil digs and photo ops with a giant Titanosaurus.

The people who promote and keep tabs on tourism say it can't miss, even with Six Flags nearby.

"This complements the Great Escape with the unique presentation. I think it's going to add another day for people that want to stay in the greater Lake George, Warren County area," said Ed Bartholomew, president of Economic Development Corporation Warren County.

"Give them something to do and they'll come back and this is just another something to do," echoed Lake George Mayor Bob Blais.

Lake George Expedition Park C.O.O. John Collins says they plan to open by Memorial Day weekend.


Mark Mulholland

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