Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
Two of the nation's oldest family amusement parks will mark their birthdays this season in Connecticut?s Litchfield Hills with brand new fun for all the family.
At the nation's oldest family amusement park, Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, the park?s 161st year will be celebrated with three new attractions, Zoomers Gas 'n Go, a nostalgic 1956 mini Corvette ride, Rainbow Riders, a balloon ride carrying kids and their parents a lofty lift 25 feet in the air, and the Compounce Cabana Boat, taking guests across the lake to some of the park's favorite attractions.
Over at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, where a Countdown to Our Centennial is the theme of this 99th season, a new lakeside theater makes its debut along with a big new attraction, the Kenya Safari Acrobats Circus Show.
Keeping Up With The Times
Since the present owners, Kennywood, assumed control Lake Compounce in 1996, over $60 million in investments have brought the park attractions up to the minute, accounting for one of the best attendance years in its history in 2006. After adding a lazy river to their water park in 2005 and Thunder n Lightning screaming swing in 2006 the park this year opens additions that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Riders in mini Corvettes at Zoomers Gas 'n Go, will go back to the 1950's past old-fashioned gas pumps and a drive in-movie. The new balloon ride, Rainbow Riders, will rise and take a slow spin so that everyone on board can have a great view of the park below. The new Compounce Cabana Boat will give easy access to the popular popular Compounce Sky Ride, Thunder Rapids Raft Ride and catering pavilions.
Thunder' N Lightning, the exciting new ride introduced last year, will continue to thrill with its screaming swing that catapults riders with four G's of force. In coaster news, Boulder Dash, the park's famous wooden roller coaster, is having approximately 70 % of its track replaced, providing a smoother ride without losing any of the thrill. Improvements to the Wildcat coaster will enable a second car to run, allowing more riders and shorter lines. Lake Compounce is open from May 12 thru October 31.
Looking Back--and Ahead
The nostalgia is strong this year at Quassy, a park that has been owned by one family since 1937. The biggest splash may wait until the 100th season next year, but that doesn't mean there are no improvements. The Tunnel Twister dual waterslides introduced in 2006 were instant hits. Quassy's popular Bumper Cars and Tilt-A-Whirl rides have both received major face lifts for 2007. The new Vacation Village Lakeside Theatre stage will feature the Kenya Safari Acrobats Circus Show July 7 through Aug. 18, along with the park's annual School Museum Festival in June and the Little Miss and Mister Hawaiian Tropic Model Search in August.
But with all that is new, the charm of the old remains strong in this 20-acre park. At the center of things is the 1915 open-air dance hall that now serves as an arcade and an 1927 roundhouse houses the grand carousel.
Quassy remains a family-oriented, budget-conscious park, attracting families with pre-teenaged children as well as lots of grandparents, many of whom visited the landmark facility when they were children. They like the fact that there is no admission fee, so adults can come in with their children without paying. Guests can purchase individual ride tickets, pay a separate fee for just the waterpark and beach, or enjoy an all-day wristband for the whole park. A 30-minute excursion on the Quassy Queen pontoon boat is just $3 per ticket.
The park opens for weekends starting April 28, and is open daily June 14 through Labor Day, with further weekend opening in September and October 6-7. Quassy Beach and the Saturation Station water park operate from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
For more information on family fun and a free copy of UNWIND, a 114-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, 800-663-1273 or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.