Quassy Amusement Park is putting a new spin on family fun when the lakeside facility opens on April 28. A tea cup ride from Italian manufacturer Zamperla will be introduced at Quassy for the park's 104th year. The ride features six family-sized cups with individually controlled spinning action all revolving on a rotating platform. The end result will be an interactive, fun experience for all age groups. The new ride will be located adjacent to Quassy's Carousel Court and ice cream parlor.
Quassy will feature its traditional $35 carload weekend special April 28 and 29. The price includes all-day ride wristbands from noon to 6 p.m. for up to 10 persons in a vehicle. The parking fee is included. The carload special continues the weekend of May 5 and 6.
The annual Egg Hunt for Prizes returns to Quassy at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29. Youngsters are split up into age groups to hunt for candy and eggs in the great lawn area of the park. Toddlers participate in a goody bag version held at the Carousel Theatre stage.
Quassy will also kick off its annual "Ready To Read" program the first two weekends with meet and greet sessions by young reader favorites "Biscuit" and "Clifford" The Big Red Dog. "Biscuit," courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers, will be on hand at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. April 28 and 29. "Clifford," courtesy of Scholastic Books, has the same schedule on May 5 and 6.
In 2011 Quassy Amusement Park introduced its new marquee attraction, the "Wooden Warrior" roller coaster. Since opening in April of last year the ride has received worldwide acclaim from roller coaster and theme park enthusiasts alike.
Earlier this year, the "Wooden Warrior" was named Attraction of the Year (2011) in a ballot by Behind the Thrills, a theme park enthusiasts' Web site. The coaster was also voted "Third Best New Ride" worldwide in the 2011 Golden Ticket awards, presented by industry publication Amusement Today.
The 1,250-foot ride was designed by The Gravity Group of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the first "junior coaster" in the firm's portfolio. In addition, Quassy selected The Gravity Group's sister firm, Gravitykraft, to provide its state-of-the-art Timberliner train for the ride. The "Wooden Warrior" is the first new coaster in the United States to feature the sleek train.
Rides And More
Quassy Amusement Park features more than two-dozen rides and attractions including the popular "Saturation Station" interactive waterpark. "Saturation Station" has more than 30 ways to get drenched with water cannons, cascading fountains and a huge dumping bucket. The modular water play area is also home to the gigantic "Tunnel Twister" waterslides. "Saturation Station" and Quassy Beach will both open for the 2012 season on Saturday, May 26.
In addition, popular rides in the park include the "Music Fest," "Free Fall 'N" drop tower, "Paratrooper," "Family Fun Slide" and "Grand Carousel." Two Kiddyland areas cater to the tots with a variety of children's rides.
In the heart of the park is the "Carousel Theatre" stage with daily entertainment during the height of the season. Popular events at the stage include dance and karate days, an annual school music festival and a regional Irish dance competition.
Quassy also has a huge redemption arcade, restaurant, games, paddle boat rentals and excursions on Lake Quassapaug aboard the Quassy Queen.
More than a dozen educational programs are underwritten and presented by the park each year. Students can explore the workings of the amusement rides with the "Fun With Physics" booklet, accredited by the American Association of Physics Teachers. It contains more than two-dozen pages of activities that can be completed during a visit to Quassy.
Behind-the-scenes tours, photography workshops, Art In The Park and roller coaster model competitions are among the other educational offerings.
Quassy is also the location of choice for birthday parties, catered company outings, family reunions, church picnics, sports team and league banquets and team building events. Catered group outings are held in the privacy of the park's pavilions or patio area overlooking the lake.
Specials With Families In Mind
Being family-affordable has always been a goal of the locally-owned park. All-day ride and "Saturation Station" passes are $19.50 for those under 45 inches tall and $23.50 for 45 inches and taller. Individual ride tickets are also available.
The best value at Quassy is a family of four season pass for only $235. Included are the rides, "Saturation Station," Quassy Beach and free parking ($6) with each visit. Individual season passes are $75 each. Quassy season pass holders are also entitled to a number of "season pass perks" during the summer.
Friday evenings starting May 25 feature 50-cent rides, hot dogs and small soft drinks. "50-Cent Fabulous Fridays" will continue through Aug. 31.
The $35 Saturday night carload special starts May 26 and continues through Sept. 1. For only $35 up to 10 persons in a vehicle receive an evening (after 5 p.m.) wristband, parking included.
For more information about Quassy Amusement Park visit www.quassy.com or call 1-800-FOR-PARK.
For area information contact: www.litchfieldhills.com.