Middlebury, Conn: Quassy Amusement Park’s plunge into the waterpark business more than a decade ago seemingly pumped new life into the family-owned property overnight.
Splash Away Bay, the popular H2o attraction, is poised to open on Saturday, May 28, for the 2016 season with five new waterslides geared toward smaller children.
Slide City, the new kids’ waterslide complex, is located adjacent to the ever-popular Saturation Station modular water play area. Three serpentine and two open slides make up the attraction.
“The waterpark had really added a new dimension to the experience here,” said Quassy President Eric Anderson. “With continued expansion over the past several years, it now offers attractions for all age groups. Slide City is the latest example of our efforts to continue to enhance the guest experience in the waterpark.”
Three new giant slides are also forecast to be added to Splash Away Bay in the next few years, Anderson added.
Two popular family evening specials also ramp up for the season come Memorial Day weekend.
In what seems like a blast from the past, 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays –starting May 27 – offer rides, hot dogs and small Pepsi only 50 cents each after 5 p.m. Parking is $7.
Also, Quassy offers a $45 Saturday Night Carload Special after 5 p.m., starting May 28. The Saturday special affords up to 10 persons in one car evening wristbands for $45, parking included. Both of the family specials run through Labor Day weekend.
Quassy virtually doubled the size of the waterpark – formerly called Saturation Station – with the 2013 addition of a BulletBOWL water raft ride and pair of FreeFall extreme bodyslides, all from ProSlide Technology Inc., of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In addition, the park also introduced a 2,000-square-foot Vortex Splashpad by Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc., Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada.
“Initially, we were going to call this children’s water play area Splash Away Bay, but decided the name was a great fit for the entire waterpark since it is adjacent to our beach,” noted George Frantzis II, a park owner. “That area (splash pad) is called the Fish Pond instead. Our guests had requested a water play area just for the toddlers, and this is exactly that! ”
The newest attractions are located next to the Saturation Station modular water play area and waterslides, all of which were the first phase of Quassy’s waterpark.
Saturation Station opened in the spring of 2003 adjacent to Quassy Beach at the 20-acre amusement park. The modular water play area was the first SCS Interactive WaterColors installation in the world and features more than two-dozen ways to get drenched.
Water cannons, cascading fountains and a huge dumping bucket on the center tower made the new water attraction an immediate success. It also incorporates two family waterslides from ProSlide Technology.
In 2006, Quassy added two huge Tunnel Twister waterslides from ProSlide to further bolster the growing demand for attractions within the waterpark
“Saturation Station is as popular today as when it opened,” Frantzis said of modular elements. “It remains an integral part of the waterpark experience here.”
As for plunging into the waterpark business in 2003, Frantzis is quick to note: “It probably saved the park. There are days when the water attractions are far busier than the amusement rides.”
Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 108th 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 wet.
New for 2016 is REVERSE TIME, a spectacular family thrill ride from SBF/VISA Group of Italy. 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.
Quassy opens April 23 for the 2016 season with Quassy Beach and the waterpark opening on May 28.
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