‘Tunnel Twister’ Waterslides Will Makes Big Splash at Quassy
Get ready to take the plunge into more than 400 feet of twisting and turning waterslide fun at Quassy Amusement Park this year. The new “Tunnel Twister” dual waterslides will make a big splash with park guests when they open along with Quassy Beach and “Saturation Station” in the late spring. “With Quassy’s commitment to bringing in new and exciting entertainment and thrills for our guests, we are very excited about our new mission to the park,” said George Frantzis II, co-owner of the lakeside facility. “We know that it will be an exciting and well-received addition to the waterpark area and overall experience to our guests.” The “Tunnel Twister” slides will be part of the “Saturation Station” interactive family water play area complex, which is adjacent to the park’s Quassy Beach. Built by ProSlide Technology, Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the new slides will mark the first major expansion of Quassy’s water play area, which was installed in 2003.
Two Slides, Two Different Thrills
Dropping from a 30-foot platform, the “Tunnel Twister” waterslides will each be more than 200 feet in length. One slide will incorporate ProSlide’s “Adventure Blackwater Bodysliding Technology” - in that the covered trough will plunge riders into total darkness. The second slide - though covered - will be translucent, with both slides finishing their descents in open, shallow run-off troughs. Located near the entrance platform to “Saturation Station,” the “Tunnel Twisters” will bring to four the number of waterslides at the attraction. ProSlide also provided the two smaller family waterslides which were part of the initial project in 2003.
About “Saturation Station”
“Saturation Station” was the first interactive water play area of its type constructed in world by KoalaPlay Group of Englewood, Colo. Using its “WaterColors” theme, KoalaPlay incorporated more than 30 ways to get drenched on the multi-tiered attraction. At the heart of “Saturation Station” is a huge dumping bucket which creates a waterfall of fun every few minutes. There are also a variety of cascading fountains, water cannons, bucket falls and a net climb on the attraction. Quassy Beach and “Saturation Station” open Memorial Day Weekend for the 2006 season while Quassy Amusement Park is open weekends starting April 29. Daily operation of the park starts in mid-June.
Rides, Entertainment And More
Located on Route 64 in Middlebury, Conn., Quassy Amusement Park will celebrate 98 years of affordable family fun in 2006. The 20-acre, lakeside park features more than two-dozen rides and attractions, including the “Yo-Yo” super swing, “Music Fest,” “Paratrooper,” “Monster” roller coaster and a Grand Carousel. A variety of children’s rides are offered throughout the park as well as pay-as-you-go attractions such as the “Extreme Zone” rock-climbing wall, paddle boats and the Quassy Queen pontoon boat on Lake Quassapaug. All-day ride and beach wristbands are $15.95 (under 45 inches) and $19.95 (45 inches and higher). Individual ride tickets are also available. For those wishing to only go to Quassy Beach and “Saturation Station,” there is an $8 admission per person. Everyone entering the beach area must either have an all-day combination wristband or purchase the beach admission. There is no general admission to the park with $5 charged for parking. Parking on July 4th and during special evening events is $7 and $9. Quassy also features a family entertainment/redemption center with a variety of arcade and skill games. Midway games if skill offer fun for all ages and the park also has a restaurant, entertainment at the Lakeside Theatre stage and areas for private catered group outings.
Educational workshops and tours are offered to schools, scout groups and other qualified organizations free of charge. The workshops include photography, journalism and “Laser 101.” Two guided tours - history and physics - are also available.
For more information about historic Quassy Amusement Park visit http://www.quassy.com/ or call 1-800-FOR-PARK.
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