Quassy park to add thrill ride in 2016

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ORLANDO, Fla: The family-owned property will introduce Reverse Time, a thrill ride from Italian manufacturer SBF/VISA Group, when the park opens for its 108th season in April. The attraction, the first Reverse Time to be operated in North America, was unveiled this afternoon (Nov. 17, 2015) during a press conference at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo at the Orange County Convention Center here. “We’re certainly excited about bringing in this new ride,” said Quassy President Eric Anderson. “The park had an outstanding year, allowing us to incorporate this fantastic update.”

Reverse Time, themed as a giant clock, accommodates 24 riders seated in a circular configuration, facing outward. As the ride starts to spin it is lifted into the air with the supporting turntable rotating in the opposite direction. Guests will dip and dive as the ride reaches a maximum speed of 20 revolutions per minute. Mid-cycle, the ride will change direction adding to the exciting experience.

“This is the ideal fit for us,” noted George Frantzis II, a Quassy owner also on hand at the press conference. “It’s a thrilling ride, yet not too extreme for our clientele.” Quassy worked with the SBF/VISA team devising the color scheme for the attraction with the park’s artist creating a logo for the new ride. Rides 4U, Somerville, N.J., represents SBF/VISA in the United States. Reverse Time will also feature a state-of-the-art light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system and an over-the-shoulder restraint system. “This will be the first Reverse Time in the U.S.,” asserted Frantzis. “And there’s no doubt it will be a popular and welcomed addition at Quassy.”

The new attraction will be located in the heart of the lakeside park where the former Trabant ride was located. A staple at Quassy since 1965, the Trabant was retired at the close of the 2015 season. Quassy had a banner posted on the Trabant in late August which stated: “What’s Happening At Quassy In 2016? Only Time Will Tell.” “It’s certainly created some buzz around here and within the theme park enthusiasts’ community,” Anderson said of the display. “Now everyone knows what the ‘Only Time Will Tell’ element of that banner was.” Quassy has several other rides from SBF/VISA Group, including the Free Fall’N drop tower which was added in 2010. FRANTIC, a 360-degree inversion ride, and kiddie bumper cars were introduced for the 2015 season from the Italian company.

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark 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 wet. The park was honored by industry publication Amusement Today with its 2015 Turnstile Award. Publisher Gary Slade noted the recent improvements made by Quassy in presenting the award before an international audience in New York in September. Other rides include the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, 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. Purchase daily and season passes online at www.quassy.com or at the park. Also, birthday party online reservations have been added this year. 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.

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