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An amusement park Haunted Mansion delivers summer screams and lifelong memories

Laurel Wamsley at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)

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Funland, a staple of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has been run by the same family since 1962. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

Funland, a staple of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has been run by the same family since 1962.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Along the boardwalk in this Atlantic Coast town, an old-school amusement park called Funland is a haven for over-sunned families who feed quarters into Skee-Ball machines and use mallets to try to flip rubber frogs onto moving lily pads in pursuit of a stuffed animal prize.

And among the newer attractions that fling riders into the air or upside down, there's one ride that continues to loom large in visitors' memories: the Haunted Mansion.

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Riders get airtime on the Free Spin. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

Riders get airtime on the Free Spin.

Meredith Luzietti, 45, has been coming to Funland her whole life, and says she first rode on the Haunted Mansion when she was about 6. She has no idea how many times she's been on it since.

"I think I was pretty afraid of it when I was little," she says.

Her 14-year-old daughter Sophia is with her in line.

"I remember it being really scary, but now that I'm older, it's fun," Sophia says, remembering being startled by jump scares and eerie floating objects.

Luzietti says it's the nostalgia that the park evokes that keeps her coming back.

"My dad took movies of us, so we watch movies from the '80s with us going on the rides. And now my daughter's doing it, so it's fun to have generation after generation do it," she says.

funland rehoboth beach haunted mansion

TJ Brittingham, left, and Levi Crossman, both 12, prepare to board the Haunted Mansion. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

TJ Brittingham, left, and Levi Crossman, both 12, prepare to board the Haunted Mansion.

Farther back in line, I meet Levi Crossman, who's from the nearby town of Lewes. He says he rode the mansion a lot when he was a kid. He's 12.

"All I remember is that at the end, there's a train or a bus and it honks, and it's really loud," he warns me.

His friend TJ Brittingham is about to go on the ride for his second time.

"It's really entertaining. It's not that scary," he says – except for the first time, when things jump out when you're riding through.

I tell them it's my first time on the Haunted Mansion and ask if I'll be scared.

"Probably not," guesses Levi.

So I climb aboard one of the ride's all-black cars, dangling from a track above, adorned with a skull and crossbones. A moment later, I'm plunged through the doors of the mansion into a very creepy scene.

funland rehoboth beach haunted mansion

The Haunted Mansion is a classic "dark ride" with eerie scenes and plenty of jump scares. But it also features surprising vistas over the boardwalk. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

The Haunted Mansion is a classic "dark ride" with eerie scenes and plenty of jump scares. But it also features surprising vistas over the boardwalk.

The car takes me into a red, wallpapered room of what looks like a Victorian house. There's a moving skeleton, artwork glowing in the dark, and eerie laughs ringing out through the hallway as I'm carried upward. Then darkness suddenly falls and I'm sprayed by a jet of water.

My car enters a ghoulish salon where one skeleton plays a piano as another is splayed across a sofa in perpetual repose. A bookcase opens, and I'm taken behind it through various haunted scenes: a bat cave, a graveyard and an abandoned mine. I'm transfixed by a room covered in mirrors where skulls float and dance, like one of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms .

And there are moments when sunny reality peeks through: The doors will open to overlook the park's spinning Gravitron and beachgoers along the boardwalk.

The Haunted Mansion, which opened in 1980, is known in amusement parlance as a "dark ride." Among aficionados of classic dark rides, the one at Funland frequently ranks in the top 10 in the country.

To me, a dark ride novice, the experience is jerky, exhilarating fun — full of jump scares and weird scenes.

funland rehoboth beach haunted mansion

Randy Curry, a mechanic who's part of the family that owns Funland, has been working at the park since 1972. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

Randy Curry, a mechanic who's part of the family that owns Funland, has been working at the park since 1972.

Randy Curry has been here since the Haunted Mansion's inception. Now in his 43rd year at Funland, he works as a mechanic, in the third generation of the family that has been running the amusement park since 1962.

Much of the decor in the mansion is handmade, including some by Curry himself. Take the Frankenstein figure that lurks in one corner.

"He is just chicken wire, and a wooden frame," Curry says. "His arms and legs are cardboard carpet tubes that I fiberglassed. Just his elbows and stuff are solid. His legs are just carpet tubes with hinges for knees."

funland rehoboth beach haunted mansion

Curry shows that underneath Frankenstein's suit, the monster is just chicken wire and cardboard carpet tubes. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

Curry shows that underneath Frankenstein's suit, the monster is just chicken wire and cardboard carpet tubes.

In the darkness of the ride, with its constant diversions, it's convincing enough to scare. But just a little: Curry says the ride was designed to be spooky and fun — and not overly frightening.

Still, I see one child exiting the ride, her cheeks wet with tears. I ask Ayeisha Robinson, who's working at the ride's exit, how often she sees kids come off crying.

"Every day," she says.

But today's crying kid is next summer's screaming and laughing kid. And for all of them, Funland and its Haunted Mansion will hopefully be here for years to come, serving up summer memories along the boardwalk.

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A much-oversized spider lines the path of the Haunted Mansion. Laurel Wamsley/ NPR hide caption

A much-oversized spider lines the path of the Haunted Mansion.

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An amusement park haunted mansion delivers summer screams and lifelong memories.

At an old-school amusement park in Rehoboth Beach, Del., called Funland, a generation of thrillseekers who grew up screaming in the park's Haunted Mansion now brings their kids to do the same.

Funland, a staple of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has been run by the same family since 1962.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Along the boardwalk in this Atlantic Coast town, an old-school amusement park called Funland is a haven for over-sunned families who feed quarters into Skee-Ball machines and use mallets to try to flip rubber frogs onto moving lily pads in pursuit of a stuffed animal prize.

And among the newer attractions that fling riders into the air or upside down, there's one ride that continues to loom large in visitors' memories: the Haunted Mansion.

Riders get airtime on the Free Spin.

Meredith Luzietti, 45, has been coming to Funland her whole life, and says she first rode on the Haunted Mansion when she was about 6. She has no idea how many times she's been on it since.

"I think I was pretty afraid of it when I was little," she says.

Her 14-year-old daughter Sophia is with her in line.

"I remember it being really scary, but now that I'm older, it's fun," Sophia says, remembering being startled by jump scares and eerie floating objects.

Luzietti says it's the nostalgia that the park evokes that keeps her coming back.

"My dad took movies of us, so we watch movies from the '80s with us going on the rides. And now my daughter's doing it, so it's fun to have generation after generation do it," she says.

TJ Brittingham, left, and Levi Crossman, both 12, prepare to board the Haunted Mansion.

Farther back in line, I meet Levi Crossman, who's from the nearby town of Lewes. He says he rode the mansion a lot when he was a kid. He's 12.

"All I remember is that at the end, there's a train or a bus and it honks, and it's really loud," he warns me.

His friend TJ Brittingham is about to go on the ride for his second time.

"It's really entertaining. It's not that scary," he says – except for the first time, when things jump out when you're riding through.

I tell them it's my first time on the Haunted Mansion and ask if I'll be scared.

"Probably not," guesses Levi.

So I climb aboard one of the ride's all-black cars, dangling from a track above, adorned with a skull and crossbones. A moment later, I'm plunged through the doors of the mansion into a very creepy scene.

The Haunted Mansion is a classic 'dark ride' with eerie scenes and plenty of jump scares. But it also features surprising vistas over the boardwalk.

The car takes me into a red, wallpapered room of what looks like a Victorian house. There's a moving skeleton, artwork glowing in the dark, and eerie laughs ringing out through the hallway as I'm carried upward. Then darkness suddenly falls and I'm sprayed by a jet of water.

My car enters a ghoulish salon where one skeleton plays a piano as another is splayed across a sofa in perpetual repose. A bookcase opens, and I'm taken behind it through various haunted scenes: a bat cave, a graveyard and an abandoned mine. I'm transfixed by a room covered in mirrors where skulls float and dance, like one of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms .

And there are moments when sunny reality peeks through: The doors will open to overlook the park's spinning Gravitron and beachgoers along the boardwalk.

The Haunted Mansion, which opened in 1980, is known in amusement parlance as a "dark ride." Among aficionados of classic dark rides, the one at Funland frequently ranks in the top 10 in the country.

To me, a dark ride novice, the experience is jerky, exhilarating fun — full of jump scares and weird scenes.

Randy Curry, a mechanic who's part of the family that owns Funland, has been working at the park since 1972.

Randy Curry has been here since the Haunted Mansion's inception. Now in his 43rd year at Funland, he works as a mechanic, in the third generation of the family that has been running the amusement park since 1962.

Much of the decor in the mansion is handmade, including some by Curry himself. Take the Frankenstein figure that lurks in one corner.

"He is just chicken wire, and a wooden frame," Curry says. "His arms and legs are cardboard carpet tubes that I fiberglassed. Just his elbows and stuff are solid. His legs are just carpet tubes with hinges for knees."

Curry shows that underneath Frankenstein's suit, the monster is just chicken wire and cardboard carpet tubes.

In the darkness of the ride, with its constant diversions, it's convincing enough to scare. But just a little: Curry says the ride was designed to be spooky and fun — and not overly frightening.

Still, I see one child exiting the ride, her cheeks wet with tears. I ask Ayeisha Robinson, who's working at the ride's exit, how often she sees kids come off crying.

"Every day," she says.

But today's crying kid is next summer's screaming and laughing kid. And for all of them, Funland and its Haunted Mansion will hopefully be here for years to come, serving up summer memories along the boardwalk.

A much-oversized spider lines the path of the Haunted Mansion.

Transcript :

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Summer is a time for family gatherings, heading to the beach and, at one retreat in Delaware, maybe a few frights. An old-school amusement park called Funland is where a generation of thrill-seekers grew up screaming on the park's Haunted Mansion ride. And now they're bringing their own kids to enjoy the same classic attractions. NPR's Laurel Wamsley has this summer postcard.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

LAUREL WAMSLEY, BYLINE: Unlike some of the other rides here along the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, the Haunted Mansion won't fling you into the air or flip you upside down.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Laughter) Hello.

WAMSLEY: But still, its charms attract the most devoted fans and the longest lines of all the rides at Funland since the spooky tour opened in 1980. So I joined the queue. That's where I meet Meredith Luzietti, who's snapping a selfie with her husband and kids with the Haunted Mansion behind them.

MEREDITH LUZIETTI: I guess I was born in '76 and have been coming here ever since, so...

WAMSLEY: Really?

LUZIETTI: Yeah - so a family thing.

WAMSLEY: Luzietti's first time on the Haunted Mansion was when she was about 6, and she can't begin to guess how many times she's ridden it. It's the nostalgia that keeps her coming back.

LUZIETTI: And a lot of stuff is still the same. And my dad took movies of us, so we watch movies from the '80s with us going on the rides. And now my daughter's doing it, so it's fun to have generation after generation do it.

WAMSLEY: Further down the line is Levi Crossman, who's from the nearby town of Lewes. He says he used to go on the Haunted Mansion a lot when he was a kid. He's 12.

LEVI CROSSMAN: At the end, there is a train or a bus, and it honks. And it's really loud. That's all I really remember.

WAMSLEY: Did it scare you?

LEVI: It did. Yeah.

WAMSLEY: Well, this is my first time. Do you think I'm going to be scared?

LEVI: Probably not.

WAMSLEY: So I climb aboard one of the ride's all-black cars, dangling from a track above, adorned with a skull and crossbones. A moment later, I'm plunged through the doors of the mansion into a very creepy scene.

I'm in a red-wallpapered room. It looks like a Victorian house. Things get very dark. Oh, my gosh. There's a scary...

(SOUNDBITE OF RIDE CAR CLUNKING)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: (Laughter).

WAMSLEY: Scary glow-in-the-dark art and skeletons moving. OK, plunged into darkness - oh, my gosh. I'm being sprayed with water.

The ride is jerky, exhilarating fun, full of jump scares and weird scenes. And here since its inception has been Randy Curry, a mechanic in the third generation of the family that's been running Funland since 1962. Some of the decor in the mansion is pretty DIY. Take the Frankenstein figure that lurks in one corner.

RANDY CURRY: He is just chicken wire and a wooden frame. And on top of that, his arms and legs are carpet tubes that I've fiberglassed (ph).

WAMSLEY: In the darkness of the ride, with its constant diversions, it's convincing enough to scare but just a little. Curry says the ride was designed to be spooky and fun but not overly frightening. I see one child exiting the ride, her cheeks wet with tears, and ask Ayeisha Robinson, who works here, if that's common.

How often do you see kids come out of here crying?

AYEISHA ROBINSON: Every day.

WAMSLEY: But today's crying kid is next summer's screaming and laughing kid. And for all of them, Funland and its Haunted Mansion will hopefully be here for years to come, serving up summer memories along the boardwalk. Laurel Wamsley, NPR News, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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An amusement park Haunted Mansion delivers summer screams and lifelong memories

Funland, a staple of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has been run by the same family since 1962.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Along the boardwalk in this Atlantic Coast town, an old-school amusement park called Funland is a haven for over-sunned families who feed quarters into Skee-Ball machines and use mallets to try to flip rubber frogs onto moving lily pads in pursuit of a stuffed animal prize.

And among the newer attractions that fling riders into the air or upside down, there's one ride that continues to loom large in visitors' memories: the Haunted Mansion.

Riders get airtime on the Free Spin.

Meredith Luzietti, 45, has been coming to Funland her whole life, and says she first rode on the Haunted Mansion when she was about 6. She has no idea how many times she's been on it since.

"I think I was pretty afraid of it when I was little," she says.

Her 14-year-old daughter Sophia is with her in line.

"I remember it being really scary, but now that I'm older, it's fun," Sophia says, remembering being startled by jump scares and eerie floating objects.

Luzietti says it's the nostalgia that the park evokes that keeps her coming back.

"My dad took movies of us, so we watch movies from the '80s with us going on the rides. And now my daughter's doing it, so it's fun to have generation after generation do it," she says.

TJ Brittingham, left, and Levi Crossman, both 12, prepare to board the Haunted Mansion.

Farther back in line, I meet Levi Crossman, who's from the nearby town of Lewes. He says he rode the mansion a lot when he was a kid. He's 12.

"All I remember is that at the end, there's a train or a bus and it honks, and it's really loud," he warns me.

His friend TJ Brittingham is about to go on the ride for his second time.

"It's really entertaining. It's not that scary," he says – except for the first time, when things jump out when you're riding through.

I tell them it's my first time on the Haunted Mansion and ask if I'll be scared.

"Probably not," guesses Levi.

So I climb aboard one of the ride's all-black cars, dangling from a track above, adorned with a skull and crossbones. A moment later, I'm plunged through the doors of the mansion into a very creepy scene.

The Haunted Mansion is a classic "dark ride" with eerie scenes and plenty of jump scares. But it also features surprising vistas over the boardwalk.

The car takes me into a red, wallpapered room of what looks like a Victorian house. There's a moving skeleton, artwork glowing in the dark, and eerie laughs ringing out through the hallway as I'm carried upward. Then darkness suddenly falls and I'm sprayed by a jet of water.

My car enters a ghoulish salon where one skeleton plays a piano as another is splayed across a sofa in perpetual repose. A bookcase opens, and I'm taken behind it through various haunted scenes: a bat cave, a graveyard and an abandoned mine. I'm transfixed by a room covered in mirrors where skulls float and dance, like one of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms .

And there are moments when sunny reality peeks through: The doors will open to overlook the park's spinning Gravitron and beachgoers along the boardwalk.

The Haunted Mansion, which opened in 1980, is known in amusement parlance as a "dark ride." Among aficionados of classic dark rides, the one at Funland frequently ranks in the top 10 in the country.

To me, a dark ride novice, the experience is jerky, exhilarating fun — full of jump scares and weird scenes.

Randy Curry has been here since the Haunted Mansion's inception. Now in his 43rd year at Funland, he works as a mechanic, in the third generation of the family that has been running the amusement park since 1962.

Much of the decor in the mansion is handmade, including some by Curry himself. Take the Frankenstein figure that lurks in one corner.

"He is just chicken wire, and a wooden frame," Curry says. "His arms and legs are cardboard carpet tubes that I fiberglassed. Just his elbows and stuff are solid. His legs are just carpet tubes with hinges for knees."

Curry shows that underneath Frankenstein's suit, the monster is just chicken wire and cardboard carpet tubes.

In the darkness of the ride, with its constant diversions, it's convincing enough to scare. But just a little: Curry says the ride was designed to be spooky and fun — and not overly frightening.

Still, I see one child exiting the ride, her cheeks wet with tears. I ask Ayeisha Robinson, who's working at the ride's exit, how often she sees kids come off crying.

"Every day," she says.

But today's crying kid is next summer's screaming and laughing kid. And for all of them, Funland and its Haunted Mansion will hopefully be here for years to come, serving up summer memories along the boardwalk.

A much-oversized spider lines the path of the Haunted Mansion.

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Funland, a staple of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has been run by the same family since 1962.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Along the boardwalk in this Atlantic Coast town, an old-school amusement park called Funland is a haven for over-sunned families who feed quarters into Skee-Ball machines and use mallets to try to flip rubber frogs onto moving lily pads in pursuit of a stuffed animal prize.

And among the newer attractions that fling riders into the air or upside down, there's one ride that continues to loom large in visitors' memories: the Haunted Mansion.

Riders get airtime on the Free Spin.

Meredith Luzietti, 45, has been coming to Funland her whole life, and says she first rode on the Haunted Mansion when she was about 6. She has no idea how many times she's been on it since.

"I think I was pretty afraid of it when I was little," she says.

Her 14-year-old daughter Sophia is with her in line.

"I remember it being really scary, but now that I'm older, it's fun," Sophia says, remembering being startled by jump scares and eerie floating objects.

Luzietti says it's the nostalgia that the park evokes that keeps her coming back.

"My dad took movies of us, so we watch movies from the '80s with us going on the rides. And now my daughter's doing it, so it's fun to have generation after generation do it," she says.

TJ Brittingham, left, and Levi Crossman, both 12, prepare to board the Haunted Mansion.

Farther back in line, I meet Levi Crossman, who's from the nearby town of Lewes. He says he rode the mansion a lot when he was a kid. He's 12.

"All I remember is that at the end, there's a train or a bus and it honks, and it's really loud," he warns me.

His friend TJ Brittingham is about to go on the ride for his second time.

"It's really entertaining. It's not that scary," he says – except for the first time, when things jump out when you're riding through.

I tell them it's my first time on the Haunted Mansion and ask if I'll be scared.

"Probably not," guesses Levi.

So I climb aboard one of the ride's all-black cars, dangling from a track above, adorned with a skull and crossbones. A moment later, I'm plunged through the doors of the mansion into a very creepy scene.

The Haunted Mansion is a classic

The car takes me into a red, wallpapered room of what looks like a Victorian house. There's a moving skeleton, artwork glowing in the dark, and eerie laughs ringing out through the hallway as I'm carried upward. Then darkness suddenly falls and I'm sprayed by a jet of water.

My car enters a ghoulish salon where one skeleton plays a piano as another is splayed across a sofa in perpetual repose. A bookcase opens, and I'm taken behind it through various haunted scenes: a bat cave, a graveyard and an abandoned mine. I'm transfixed by a room covered in mirrors where skulls float and dance, like one of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms .

And there are moments when sunny reality peeks through: The doors will open to overlook the park's spinning Gravitron and beachgoers along the boardwalk.

The Haunted Mansion, which opened in 1980, is known in amusement parlance as a "dark ride." Among aficionados of classic dark rides, the one at Funland frequently ranks in the top 10 in the country.

To me, a dark ride novice, the experience is jerky, exhilarating fun — full of jump scares and weird scenes.

Randy Curry, a mechanic who's part of the family that owns Funland, has been working at the park since 1972.

Randy Curry has been here since the Haunted Mansion's inception. Now in his 43rd year at Funland, he works as a mechanic, in the third generation of the family that has been running the amusement park since 1962.

Much of the decor in the mansion is handmade, including some by Curry himself. Take the Frankenstein figure that lurks in one corner.

"He is just chicken wire, and a wooden frame," Curry says. "His arms and legs are cardboard carpet tubes that I fiberglassed. Just his elbows and stuff are solid. His legs are just carpet tubes with hinges for knees."

Curry shows that underneath Frankenstein's suit, the monster is just chicken wire and cardboard carpet tubes.

In the darkness of the ride, with its constant diversions, it's convincing enough to scare. But just a little: Curry says the ride was designed to be spooky and fun — and not overly frightening.

Still, I see one child exiting the ride, her cheeks wet with tears. I ask Ayeisha Robinson, who's working at the ride's exit, how often she sees kids come off crying.

"Every day," she says.

But today's crying kid is next summer's screaming and laughing kid. And for all of them, Funland and its Haunted Mansion will hopefully be here for years to come, serving up summer memories along the boardwalk.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org .

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Jim and Robyn Hartnett of Nokomis, Fla. celebrated their anniversary in Rehoboth Beach over Sea Witch weekend.

While growing up in Newark, Jim visited Rehoboth Beach and Funland every summer. “I always loved Funland, especially the Haunted Mansion,” he said.

Robyn, who had never been to Rehoboth Beach, reached out to Ian and Fiona Curry, operators of the Haunted Mansion. Even though the amusement center is closed for the season, the Currys invited Jim and Robyn inside the Haunted Mansion attraction and gave them a detailed tour of the ride. They explained where items came from and what they do to maintain it, said Jim.

“It was above and beyond what we could have ever expected, and was truly a once-in-a-lifetime visit,” said Jim. “We are so appreciative of them and how incredibly special they made the day. I can’t say enough about their kindness and generosity. We even got to go on a Funland shopping spree inside the gift shop. I now have every Haunted Mansion shirt available!”

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History of Funland

It all started as an innocent vacation to the beach, back in 1961….

Allen and Don Fasnacht, their wives Jean and Dee, and their parents Al and Sis visited the place that was to become Funland during a trip to the Delaware seashore in August of 1961.

At the time, the family was operating a small “picnic park” near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, called Willow Mill Park.  Being the park people that they were, they visited the Rehoboth Beach Sports Center, as it was called when the Dentino family owned it.  While they were talking about the ins and outs of the park business with Mr Dentino, he asked if they might be interested in buying the Sports Center.  Yeah right, was the thought not spoken, but that was going through the Fasnachts’ minds.  Mr. Dentino affirmed that he was indeed interested in selling the business and that the Fasnachts should think about buying it.

Think about it is exactly what the family did when they returned home.  It became a recurring topic in the Fasnacht family.  They called Mr. Dentino and decided to go through with the purchase.

By March 1962 everything was falling into place, but so was an unusual area of low pressure off the East Coast.  This storm never developed into a hurricane but was the lowest pressure system ever recorded for the area.  Settlement on the park was to be on March 15, 1962.  The Great Atlantic Storm hit on March 6th, devastating the entire eastern seacoast.  The Fasnacht family traveled down from Hershey, and the Dentino family came up from Florida to assess the situation.  Both families agreed to go ahead with the deal after they worked out an allowance for the damage.

The rest is history: expanding the park here and there, adding rides and games, and buying adjoining properties for the growing family and their children.  From the original 1st and 2nd generation, there are now over twenty 3rd and 4th generation family members who are directly involved with the business. They, along with over ten 5th generation members coming up closely behind them, are all continuing that heritage that began half a century ago!

If you would like to hear more about the Funland story check out the links below!

CBS Sunday Morning:   “Old-Fashion Fun: Funland” Content Delaware Documentary:  “Nothing Beats Fun: The Funland Story!” . The Cape Gazette also featured a Funland Retrospective  which marked our 50th year of fun at the Rehoboth seashore.

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