2004 Summer Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com "Cool" will be the verdict when families visit two Northwest Connecticut amusement parks this summer. Both Lake Compounce in Bristol and Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury have cool new thrill rides to challenge the most daring, plus expanded water parks for water-based fun, guaranteed to refresh even on the hottest summer days. Even as they add rides to please young adventurers, both parks still allow visitors to enjoy the sandy beaches, lakes, picnic groves, traditional rides and old-fashioned Victorian charm of two of America's oldest family parks. Each park also features rides and entertainment especially for youngest visitors, including vintage carousels. Quassy inaugurates its 96th season with the "Yo-Yo" super swing, a ride that lifts riders gently into the air in suspended seats, then rotates and after reaching its full height, tilts, offering a thrilling soaring experience. The "Yo-Yo" will operate near the entrance to Quassy Beach and "Saturation Station," an interactive family water play area with over 30 water elements including water cannons, two water slides 60 and 90 feet in length, the and a variety of cascading fountains. The big favorite at "Saturation Station" is a water bucket atop a 30-foot tower. When the tipping bucket unleashes its 300-gallon contents onto a rooftop, it creates a waterfall of fun for those standing below. On land, another recent addition, the "Extreme Zone," challenges with a 24-foot-high rock-climbing wall. Quassy offers a total 24 rides on its 20-acre grounds, including the "Monster" roller coaster, and "The Big Flush" water coaster. In addition, the park has refurbished its restaurant and transformed its Lakeside Theatre with a medieval castle theme. Entertainment at the stage this year will include magic shows, costume character appearances, dance groups, karate demonstrations and singers. Special visitors sure to delight youngsters over the summer will include "Sponge Bob Live" on May 29 to 31, July 4 weekend , August 14-15 and October 2-3; "Dora the Explorer Live," July 31 and August 1; and "Scooby-Doo," September 4 to 6. A Laser Light Spectacular is scheduled for June 22 to 24. Lake Compounce, a 325-acre complex that has been entertaining families since 1846, will challenge daredevils this summer with "DownTime," a 185 foot turbo drop ride costing $2.25 million and promising to have passengers laughing and screaming all the way down. Designed for 12, the ride will lift its adventurous guests up high for a look at the spectacular mountainside before hurtling downward, in a free fall reaching a speed of 45-50 mph. Passengers are actually weightless as they drop, creating the feeling of floating. The thrills continue at "Clipper Cove," where water adventures include "Thunder Rapids," riding whitecaps through natural rock landmarks, and "Lights Out," a high speed water slide in the dark. Water buckets, a raft adventure through "Mammoth Falls;" water cannons; a wave pool; and triple water slides twisting and turning down a 50-foot tower, add more excitement to this "splash ?n play" adventure zone. "Boulder Dash," the park's speedy wooden coaster. is one of the few roller coasters anywhere built on the side of a mountain. Entertainment at Lake Compounce this summer will feature the Tanzanian Flyers performing acrobatic feats at warp speeds, musical performances saluting classic movies and the 1970's and 80's, and shows for little ones, including the "Garfield Show," featuring the cartoon cat and his pal Odie, and the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with audience participation. For Lake Compounce information, phone (860) 583-3300 or check the Internet at Lake Compounceweb site! Quassy information is available at (800) FOR-PARK or visit their website at Quassyweb site! For more family fun ideas and a new free guide to the region, including lodging and maps, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, call 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at Northwest CT web site!