Doug Waterbury, owner of Empire Attractions, said the decision to delay the opening was an effort to improve the efficiency of the businesses, and to also bring its operational calendar more in line with its other attractions such as Santas Workshop in the Adirondacks and The Sterling Renaissance Festival.
Both are scheduled to open in early July.
said the new opening date is designed to be timed with the end of the school year, which is when most people are able to travel.
And that while opening on Memorial Day weekend does provide a spike, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July generally dont generate much business.
These types of properties are very costly to operate but I am committed to making it work, said Waterbury
, who purchased the park in 2007 and said he
has no plans of closing or selling it.
I understand that change is hard and you are not always going to please everyone, but we know what we are doing.
Im talking the steps to ensure that this will be around for the next 100 years.
is in the process of repairing an exterior wall at Yesterdays Royal that must be repaired before it can reopen.
The building was deemed an unsafe structure by the village in March.
Sylvan Beach Mayor Gregory Horan said his office is doing everything it can to work with Waterbury to get the park ready, and plans to meet with him later this month to review his plans.