The Fantastic Journey was built and designed entirely by hand by Mr. Paul E. Roads, the founder of Wonderland. It took him 1.5 years to complete the project.
The ride originally had an interior and exterior dip however, the interior dip was eventually taken out and the exterior dip was modified to a much milder form years later.
The tricks and animated items featured on the ride were purchased from the International Amusement Devices of Stanton, Ohio. Although one of the more popular tricks, the animated turning barrell, was created by Mr. Roads.
The Fantastic Journey was a milestone achievement for Wonderland. Its grand opening was advertised and celebrated in grand fashion. The mayor and other elected officials, along with TV and radio personalities were invited for the ribbon cutting and given the privilege of being the first to ride. Souvenir cups commemorated the grand opening were printed and sold through the concession.
In 2003, the ride was updated to feature the “electric chair man”, which replaced the skeletons riding bikes. He has been a big success with the public.