Orlando, Florida: The lakefront kiddieland at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Middlebury, Conn., will be taking flight with two new rides for the 2017 season, park officials said.
Skipper’s Clipper’s, a Pirate Jet ride from SBF/Visa Group, and Up, Up & Away, a Zamperla Samba Balloon, have been purchased by the landmark property, Quassy owners Eric Anderson and George Frantzis II announced during a press conference at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center here.
“We’re excited about bringing these two new attractions to the park,” Anderson said during the gathering at the SBF/Visa Group booth on the tradeshow floor. “They represent our continued commitment to reinvesting in the property and improving the guest experience.”
The new rides will be located in a kiddieland area formally occupied by two children’s Hampton Umbrella Rides. Both of those attractions were retired by the park after the close of the 2016 season.
“These are great modern rides for the youngsters,” noted Frantzis. “And unlike the Hamptons, adults may accompany their children on the new rides.”
With a capacity of 24 children, or 12 children and six adults, Skipper’s Clipper’s (Pirate Jet) consists of six smartly-themed pirate ships that are gently lifted into the air and revolve around its center drive mechanism.
Each rider has a ship’s wheel (helm) to interact with on the brightly-decorated and lighted vessels. Guests may also control the lift and drop of each vessel with a joystick mounted near the steering wheels. In addition, the ride features family-friendly themed music and sounds as well as light emitting diode (LED) lighting in a variety of colors.
The ride is manufactured by Visa International of the SBF/Visa Group, Montagnana, Italy. SBF/Visa Group is represented in the U.S. by Rides4U, Somerville, N.J.
Up, Up & Away
Quassy named its Zamperla Samba Balloon ride Up, Up & Away and it will be the first attraction of its type in the 20-acre property.
“The unique thing about the ride is that it oscillates – rising and diving as it turns,” Frantzis asserted. “The experience reminds me of our former Octopus ride, but on a smaller scale.”
Each of the eight balloon baskets also spin – controlled by the guests – adding additional thrill to the experience. Up to 32 children – or 16 children and eight adults – may participate on the ride. The attraction has a brilliant computerized light package for added appeal.
Zamperla is headquartered in Altavilla Vincentina, Italy, with U.S. offices Boonton, N.J.
The new attractions are expected to be ready for the park’s opening on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Another New Addition
Quassy will be making another major announcement next week, unveiling an exciting addition coming to the park for 2017.
Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 109th year and features more than two dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to Splash Away Bay waterpark with dozens of ways to get drenched, including the BulletBowl water raft ride and FreeFall extreme body slides.
Quassy also features a laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.
Rides include the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Reverse Time, Frantic, Music Fest, Yo-Yo super swings, Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower, Grand Carousel and more. The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events.
Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy website at www.quassy.com. Company picnics, school fieldtrips and other catered events are also being scheduled through the park office at (203) 758-2913. Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug. The 2017 season kicks off May 6 with the waterpark and beach opening on Memorial Day weekend.
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