Attractions Industry Legends Inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame

By | November 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced the induction of several attractions industry legends — Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. The inductions were announced during the Kickoff Event for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals whose work and accomplishments have made significant and lasting contributions to the worldwide attractions industry.

“We are honored to welcome this esteemed group of industry leaders into the IAAPA Hall of Fame,” said Jack Morey, 2017 chairman of the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives Committee and executive vice president of Morey’s Piers. “These individuals truly embody everything our industry stands for, bringing innovation, creativity, and philanthropy to the world. Throughout their notable careers, Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman have positively shaped the global attractions industry; leading by example and inspiring generations to continually strive for excellence.”

Writer and Park Founder: Philippe de Villiers, Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, France
Philippe de Villiers grew up in the French countryside of the Vendée region of Western France and graduated from the prestigious ENA (National School of Administration). In 1978, inspired by the beauty of his homeland, he wrote the script for “La Cinéscénie,” an original nighttime show featuring music, lights, special effects, and hundreds of local volunteers. With an abandoned castle as the backdrop, he invented a new model for theme parks without rides for guests. Following the success of the show, in 1989, de Villiers opened his own park to the public — the Grand Parc of the Puy du Fou. Featuring unique historical shows and performances, today the number of volunteers has grown into the thousands, and the park also provides more than 2,000 jobs each season. People throughout the industry travel to see and find inspiration from Puy du Fou, which has more than two million visitors annually and is one of the most popular theme parks in France. De Villiers’ vision helped redefine the entertainment experience for guests at attractions worldwide, and he continues to lend his creative expertise to educate, train, and inspire the next generation of artists and attractions operators.

Philanthropists and Industry Ambassadors: Henri and Pamela Landwirth Give Kids The World, Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Henri Landwirth founded Give Kids The World (GKTW) in 1986. Since that time the nonprofit organization has grown to become an 84-acre, whimsical resort for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Based in Central Florida, families come to GKTW Village from all over the world to experience a cost-free, week-long dream vacation away from doctor visits and hospital stays.

Pamela Landwirth has continued the legacy Henri began. For more than 20 years she has worked to expand the Village’s reach to children to who need it most. Pamela has partnered with IAAPA members globally to develop the World Passport for Kids program, which provides complimentary admission to member attractions and parks around the world for guests of the Village. To date, more than 130,000 families have received a Passport from Give Kids The World. The Landwirths’ have openly shared their knowledge and experience with others around the world who strive to create similar places for children and families. Their dedication to service and commitment to children have inspired the global attractions industry and left an immeasurable mark on millions of people.

Iconic Songwriter: Richard M. Sherman, California, United States
Richard M. Sherman’s contributions to the industry span more than 50 years, and he has written and composed countless beloved songs for Disney theme parks, resorts, and attractions around the world. His work represents the industry’s most iconic and memorable achievements, combining the physical ride experience with music that elevates the impact and emotional connection of an attraction — for children and adults alike. Along with his brother Robert, he wrote the timeless lyrics for “It’s a Small World,” celebrating global peace and our shared humanity. In addition, he wrote other classic songs such as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “The Winnie the Pooh Song,” to name a few. Throughout his career, Sherman has served as an influential mentor to many designers and creators at schools, universities, and workshops. His legendary work and talent for telling stories through lyrics and melodies has connected the globe, inspiring millions through the gift of music.

IAAPA Hall of Fame Honors Those Who Have Made Lasting Contributions to the Global Industry
The IAAPA Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor legends and pioneers for their significant and lasting contributions to the growth and development of the attractions industry. Over the past 27 years, dozens of industry pioneers from around the world have been inducted to the IAAPA Hall of Fame including Walt Disney (The Walt Disney Company); Milton Hershey (Hersheypark); Dick Knoebel (Knoebels Amusement Resort); Bo Kinntorph (Liseberg); Will Koch (Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari); Jack Lindquist (Disneyland), Franz Mack (Mack Rides/Europa-Park); Bob Rogers (BRC Imagination Arts); Jay Stein (Universal Studios Florida); Geoffrey Thompson (Blackpool Pleasure Beach); Tom Williams (Universal Parks & Resorts), and Antonio Zamperla (Zamperla).

DNP to Showcase Photo Printing Solutions for Attractions Industry at IAAPA 2017

By | November 14, 2017

ORLANDO, Florida – At IAAPA 2017, DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation (booth #4254) will showcase its award-winning photo printing solutions that provide custom photo souvenirs at many of the world’s most renowned amusement parks and attractions.

Among its range of product to be shown at IAAPA 2017 will be DNP’s flagship DS620A™ dye-sublimation 6” photo printer. Smudge-proof, dust-proof and fade-resistant pictures can be printed fast: 4×6“ in 8.3 sec. or a 5×7“in 14.1 sec. or a 6×8“ in 15.7 seconds, ideal  for busy amusement park and attraction visitors. It is capable of printing from 2×6” photo strip pairs up to 6×20” panorama* photos. IAAPA 2017 attendees will see these printers in action and receive a free 6×8-inch printed picture. As the world’s most compact professional-grade photo printer, the DS620A can produce up to 400 prints per hour is a highly profitable solution for amusement and attractions professionals that want to provide instant custom photo souvenirs.

The DS820A™ flagship 8-inch dye-sublimation photo printer will also be demonstrated at IAAPA this year and provides a wide range of profitable print sizes from 4×8” to 8×32” panorama* photos, printing an 8×10” in 30 secs., or an 8×12 in 34 seconds.  Designed with the latest generation of dye-sublimation thermal print technology, the DS820A creates stunning professional-grade prints with sharp details. The printer offers a choice of multiple print modes, including high speed and high resolution, at high or standard density. All prints from both the DS620A and DS820A are available in four finishes: matte, fine matte, glossy, and luster.

DNP will also showcase its Snap Lab SL620A™ photo printing kiosk system for retail applications at amusement parks and other attractions. The SL620A is an all-in-one solution that is compact and easy to operate for any retail customer or staff member.. Built with DNP’s specially designed DS-Tmini terminal head, the SL620A eliminates the need for an additional computer. The kiosk offers a wide variety of print size options ranging from 3.5×5” to 6×8”, including 4×4”, 5×5”, and 6×6” square prints, as well as printing continuous tone panorama* photos up to 6×20” with the DS620A or up to huge 8 x 32” panorama* with the DS820A printer and an integrated photo editing software allows users to quickly edit any photo as well as add borders or custom text.

DNP will also feature the DS-RX1HS™ dye-sublimation photo printer that is ideal for ride photo systems, photo booth applications, and other attractions where customized souvenirs are desired. The DS-RX1HS offers capacities of 700 4×6” prints and 350 5×7” and 6×8” prints as well as the ability to print two 2×6” photo strips on 4×6” paper, and four 2×6” photo strips on 6×8” paper.

Also on display will be the new WPS™ Pro Wireless Print Server, which is ideal for roaming photographers that require on-demand wireless printing workflows. Featuring an easy-to-read 6.8” touchscreen display the server allows users to easily monitor print jobs and configure changes including language, default print queues, and applying borders. Using its built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi access point, the WPS Pro allows users to print from DSLR cameras with a WiFi accessory, mobile devices (including phones and tablets), as well as Windows or Mac computers, all without the need for an Internet connection.

For more information on DNP’s professional photo printing solutions for the attractions industry, please visit: www.dnpphoto.com

*Panorama prints can be created in combination with the latest version of DNP’s Hot Folder Print Utility v2.3 or the DNP SL620A Snap Lab system.

Magic Money continues growth into the amusement, fair industry

By | November 10, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Magic Money, LLC, a gate-to-gate digital ticketing and event management system, continues its growth into the amusement industry with new 2018 contracts.

Signing on to utilize the company’s technology capabilities in the new year are: Crabtree Amusements, the State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport; the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, Waco, Texas; North Texas Fair and Rodeo, Denton, Texas; Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo;, and Rodeo Austin (Texas).

These new contracts join the already signed up Talley Amusements, the Iowa State Fair, and the Miami-Dade (Fla.) County Youth Fair, both of which have successfully implemented Magic Money in 2017 for their event operations. The expansion equates to millions of fairgoers reaping the benefits of a software system specifically designed for amusement parks and fairs.

“We’re elated by the fact that so many events have elected to implement Magic Money for running their operations,” said Brett Enright, Magic Money founder, president, and COO. “Our goal is to revolutionize the industry by providing the best way to pay and play, and we look forward to partnering with a plethora of businesses who share a vested interest in optimizing operations, and giving fairgoers the best experience possible.”

Magic Money is a turnkey full-service RFID-based cashless solution. The system has the capability to control every aspect of event operations, from front gate ticketing, payment for rides, games, food and beverage, ticket presales, kiosk-based reloads and redemptions, as well as ride inspection.

The system eliminates collection and counting activities, provides improved auditing, reduces labor costs, and records comprehensive analytics while enabling real-time customer communication. It can streamline the safety compliance process while centralizing records for easier, more accurate accounting.

Enright started the company with the intent of enhancing the overall event experience for both operators and consumers. Enright, Owner of Juicys and Beer Haven, has more than 30 years of experience in the amusement industry as a concessionaire and entrepreneur.

VR Coaster and Sensics Partner to Create All-in-one VR Headset Optimized for Theme Parks

By | November 10, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — VR Coaster and Sensics, leaders in VR on-ride attractions and location-based VR, today unveiled RideVR, a new all-in-one VR Headset. The headset builds on years of experience to solve key operational issues in theme parks.

VR roller coasters infused theme parks with fabulous new attractions. The coasters combine virtual reality with real forces, real drops and real airtime. The result is an exciting yet cost-effective way to upgrade existing rides. VR Coaster, inventors of this technology, have equipped more than 40 parks worldwide and hold the patent for using mobile VR headsets on rides.

Sensics and VR Coaster decided to partner to provide RideVR, the next-generation solution. It incorporates lessons learned from millions of guest experiences. The new RideVR all-in-one headset provides solutions to key operator issues:

  • Throughput. Higher throughput translates to higher revenue. Through patent-pending innovations, the time between coaster rides becomes much shorter. Fewer ride operators can help a larger number of guests.
  • Hygiene. The headset includes an inexpensive face mask that is hypo-allergenic, reusable and machine washable. Operators can replace it with a fresh mask as often as desired, in line with the operational strategy. Guests do not need to worry about sweat or other facial residue from previous users. Used masks can be set aside and sanitized all together at the end of the day.
  • No overheating. Improved thermal management results in longer uptime.
  • No consumer hardware. The RideVR is an entirely new device without any cell phone or other consumer hardware. Its precisely-controlled software allows for much more robust and reliable operations.
  • Battery management. The RideVR battery is separate from the processing unit. Operators can charge batteries while keeping the processing unit in use, or use a power cord for operations without batteries.
  • Optional: Travel-with-train. The RideVR headsets can optionally travel with each coaster car. Guests don their facemasks, head- and chinstraps in the queue-line and then simply snap in the display part once seated in the train.
  • Device and content management. Centralized device management monitors device health. Operators control software updates and content changes.
  • Improved visual experience.  The RideVR headset’s 2880×1600 resolution provides more pixels than any other mobile consumer headsets. The infamous “screen door effect” is also diminished.

“Our work with dozens of theme parks led us to define exactly what we need from a great headset,” says Thomas Wagner, CEO of VR Coaster. “We found the perfect partner in Sensics to work with us to create this headset.”

“We combined VR Coaster’s operational experience with Sensics’ product expertise to meet the precise requirements of operators,” says Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics. “There is a gap between what consumer headsets deliver and what theme parks need. The new RideVR closes this gap.”

Select theme park customers will deploy the RideVR headset in early 2018.

VR Coaster will provide more information at its booth at the IAAPA 2017 show in Orlando, Florida. Interested parties can also visit with Sensics at the CES show in Las Vegas in January 2018.

Falcon’s Creative Group Selected for Design, Digital Media Production of National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’

By | November 10, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Falcon’s Creative Group is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as the lead designer and digital media producer for National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’ at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. 

“This Church means so much to so many—not just from a religious standpoint, but from historical and political perspectives as well,” says Alan Parente, Creative Director of Exhibitions and Global Experiences at National Geographic. “We wanted to capture every aspect of its importance, and Falcon’s is helping us achieve that with interactive and immersive technology.” 

Originally built in the fourth century, the tomb of Christ, or the Holy Edicule, was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the centuries, but only recently underwent a historic restoration—an endeavor that National Geographic had the exclusive opportunity to document in 2016. The historic renovation project will be featured in National Geographic magazine’s cover story in the December 2017 issue and part of an upcoming episode of Explorer, airing on December 3 on National Geographic. 

In this new exhibition, Falcon’s Creative Group will assist National Geographic in telling the story of the tomb itself, as well as the restoration process, through an immersive 3-D experience that transports guests to Jerusalem, revealing how National Geographic Explorers are using new technologies including LIDAR, sonar, laser scanning, and thermal imaging to continue to study this important site. 

In addition to learning about these restoration efforts, guests will take a virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in a standing theater within the exhibition that displays 270 degrees of floor-to-ceiling 3-D media content. 

“Typically, museum exhibits are filled with display cases and TV monitors, but we are producing an experience that will allow guests to feel like they are actually standing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” said David Schaefer, Vice President at Falcon’s Creative Group. “The restoration work that National Geographic is documenting at the site of the church is an important milestone in history, and we could not be more pleased to help bring that work to life through 3-D technology and innovative design.” 

This is the second project that Falcon’s Creative Group has completed with National Geographic. Earlier this year, the firm announced its collaboration with SPE Partners to help design National Geographic’s Encounter: Ocean Odyssey exhibit, which debuted in New York City on October 6, 2017. 

National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’ will open to the public on Nov. 15, 2017 and will run through Fall 2018. 

Sea World San Diego teases upcoming events and specials

By | November 7, 2017

KILLER WHALES UP-CLOSE TOUR: For more than 50 years, SeaWorld’s killer whales have touched the hearts and inspired millions of people to conserve our ocean habitats. Now, those who want to meet these majestic marine mammals up close and personal are in for a special treat, as SeaWorld San Diego unveils its new Killer Whales Up-Close Tour! During this exclusive encounter, guests are just feet away from killer whales, while animal behaviorists—commonly known as trainers—guide them through an experience, which may include providing enrichment for the whales or giving them cues for trained behaviors. While showcasing the world-class care and attention SeaWorld’s pod receives daily, SeaWorld’s behaviorists also share personal, intriguing stories and facts about the whales. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com (click on Things to Do, then Exclusive Experiences and Killer Whales Up-Close Tour).

UNWRAP SAN DIEGO’S PREMIER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: SeaWorld’s holiday traditions return with a new breathtaking live nativity musical featuring more than 30 carols, storytelling puppets and live animals—camels, a donkey, doves, sheep and llamas. O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Never Told tells the Christmas story from a different point of view: through the eyes of animals. This stage show is part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018. The most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, returns this holiday season. SeaWorld San Diego is the only theme park on the West Coast where people can meet this lovable character. Park guests can also cozy up at Santa’s Christmas Village and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, share their wish list and take pictures with Santa and encounter real reindeer. Seasonal favorites that have made SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration a family holiday tradition will be back: Dolphin Island Christmas and Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special animal shows, along more than a million holiday lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and 5,000 feet of garland. Plus, the lights of SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, Southern California’s largest Christmas tree, will dance in sync with classic holiday songs. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

TIME TO LIGHT THE SEAWORLD CHRISTMAS TREE: On Thursday evening, Nov. 16, youngsters ages 7 through 18 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County will participate in the heartwarming annual tradition of illuminating the park’s 40-foot Happiest Christmas Tree at Rudolph’s Christmastown with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends. SeaWorld San Diego is an official community partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

SAVE WITH SEAWORLD’S SOCAL ANNUAL PASS: SeaWorld San Diego has quite the unmatched theme park deal—the all-new SoCal Annual Pass. For just $99.99, this pass is only $10 more than the cost of a single-day admission. The pass’ value extends beyond its price, with 12 months of unlimited admission, free parking, two free guest tickets valid for select dates and discounts on in-park purchases. That is more than $400 in annual value. The annual pass can now be purchased for less than $100 and there are no blackout dates. SeaWorld is also offering the annual pass on easy payments of less than $9 a month through the park’s EZPay program with no down payment. Plus, a visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue programs with millions of dollars in donations and in-kind services to conservation projects around the world. Visiting animals at SeaWorld supports efforts to save them in the wild. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

Firestone Financial wants carnival customers to take half the season off from payments

By | November 7, 2017

Needham, MA – Firestone Financial, the leader of financing in the carnival industry, is offering customers the ability to only pay for half the season for new loans. Any carnival or amusement park that funds a new loan by Memorial Day of 2018 will only need to pay for half the season for the first year. For borrowers that have a seasonal schedule that runs from May to October, payments would only be made from August to October in 2018; payments for subsequent years would follow the seasonal schedule. 

In additional to this program, Firestone Financial also offers lines of credit to qualified customers. A Firestone credit line may be used for new and used rides, light packages, bunkhouses, winter quarters, insurance and maintenance. 

Customers interested in these offerings are asked to call 800-851-1001 ext. 42, email websales@firestonefinancial.com or stop by Booth #1813 at IAAPA where Firestone will have its largest presence to date. Firestone leaders David Cohen, CEO, Scott Cooper EVP and Mike Smith, SVP will be there along with veterans Pete Aldrich, Sal Cifala, Spencer Norton, Donna Joyce, and John Vangel. The team will be at Booth #1813 beginning November 13th. Firestone is also exhibiting at the Showmen’s League Exhibitors Lounge Trade Show on November 27th. 

BeaverTails to Introduce New Food Cart at IAAPA

By | November 7, 2017

Montreal – BeaverTails, makers of unique and delicious BeaverTails pastries, today announced that it will introduce its new food cart at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo, November 14 – 17 in Orlando, Florida. BeaverTails will be in booth #3460.
 
Based on an old family recipe, BeaverTails pastries are a Canadian icon – a unique and delicious treat. Served hot and topped with numerous choices, including cinnamon & sugar, chocolate hazelnut spread, Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter, BeaverTails pastries satisfy indulgences of all tastes.
 
The custom-made BeaverTails cart may be staffed by one to three people and has the capacity to serve up to 90 BeaverTails pastries per hour. It houses all necessary food preparation and storage equipment and is easily connected to the power grid. Equipped with a 10-ft. x 10-ft. canopy for protection from the elements, the BeaverTails cart has a starting price of $33,000 USD. 
 
“We are proud to return to IAAPA for a fourth consecutive year and to introduce our new food cart,” says Pino Di Ioia, CEO, BeaverTails. “We enjoy longstanding relationships with food service partners at leading amusement parks and top leisure destinations worldwide. And, we are consistently attentive to their feedback. One of the recurring themes that we hear from industry experts is the need for flexibility and mobility. We have addressed these challenges with our new food cart, which can be moved quickly and easily within large indoor or outdoor venues, and offers an exceptionally high ratio of footprint size to output potential. We invite all interested parties to visit us at IAAPA in booth #3460.”

Two world-record roller coasters coming to Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream

By | November 3, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park at American Dream will feature two record-breaking roller coasters by Gerstlauer.  They consist of an intertwined Launched Euro-Fighter with a beyond-vertical drop and a Spinning Coaster whose cars rotate on a vertical axis as they move along the track.
 
“Featuring the best in family and adult entertainment, Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream has been designed to appeal to customers of all ages.  By working with the best partners in the business, our park experience will be highly themed and offer one of a kind rides by Gerstlauer,” Don Ghermezian, President Triple Five.
 
The Euro-Fighter boasts the world record for the steepest roller coaster drop, while the Spinning Coaster will hold the titles of the world’s tallest and longest free spinning roller coaster. The two roller coasters will be intertwined, which means the combined 14 vehicles will run in and around each other. The kinetic energy in the space will be amazing and feature non-stop action.
 
“These two coasters, appealing to thrill seekers, will break three world-records combined!  Gerstlauer has far exceeded our expectations with these new to market coasters and we’re excited to have them on this journey with us,” commented Gary Hanson, a management consultant at Triple Five.
 
“We have worked on many projects, but this will be unlike anything we have ever designed. Visitors to Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream are in for a great ride,” said Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides.
 
Visitors from around the world will see a large scale model of the roller coasters in the Gerstlauer booth (4847) at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida from November 14-17. In addition, they can learn more about the experience at the booth of Gerstlauer’s sales partner, Ride Entertainment (5820).
 
“It has really been an honor for us to go on this journey with Triple Five,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer with Ride Entertainment. “In many ways the Spinning Coaster at their Mall of America property kicked off Gerstlauer’s growth in North America, and they have subsequently put three additional rides in their Minnesota and Edmonton properties. The two new rides at American Dream will take Gerstlauer’s thrills to the next level,” he said.

Quassy Names New Extreme Raft Rides ‘Category 5 Rapids’

By | November 3, 2017

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – If maneuvering down a raging river’s extreme rapids in a raft is on your bucket list, you can check it off next summer.

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark today announced that Category 5 Rapids – Extreme Waterslides will be the name of the new attractions currently under construction at the lakeside property here.

“We considered a number of names put on the table and Category (class) 5 really was the best fit as it relates to extreme river rapids rafting,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said of the selection. “While other elements in Splash Away Bay waterpark are certainly fun and exciting, these three new raft rides will take the experience to another level.”

Construction workers have been at Quassy since early September as more than 20 tractor-trailer loads of components have made their way in from Canadian supplier ProSlide Technology, Inc.

“Work is progressing as projected and the new attractions will open with the rest of the waterpark on Memorial Day weekend,” the park official added.

The new raft rides will have a combined length of more than 1,000 feet and are being located in what was a picnic grove area of the property adjacent to the existing waterpark.

“These are massive slides with each one providing a different experience,” Anderson explained. “They incorporate some of the newest and most exciting technology in our industry.”

The largest of the three giant slides will be a TantrumTWIST, also known as TORNADO, which will accommodate two-person rafts.

The patented funnel shape flushes riders up the TANTRUM walls, oscillates each tube multiple times and generates the suspended-weightlessness sensation that is unique to ProSlide funnel rides.

After dropping into the funnel, riders are swept up the wall to the equator line, which is actually perpendicular to the ground. The ride creates the illusion of going over the edge and keeps even the craziest thrill enthusiasts returning for more.

Two gigantic PIPEline serpentine slides will round out the three-ride attraction. The new slides will all depart from one platform and conclude in runoff troughs near Saturation Station interactive water play area. The PIPEline slides are designed for single our two-rider rafts.

“ProSlide is extremely proud to be the trusted partner to Quassy Amusement Park for every one of the waterslides at Splash Away Bay. We are thrilled to be working again with the Quassy team to add brand new guest experiences to Splash Away Bay,” said Phil Hayles, vice president business development, ProSlide Technology.

The waterpark expansion is the single-largest investment in the park’s history, Anderson noted.

“Within the past several years, we have invested heavily in the park with new water attractions, amusement rides and infrastructure improvements,” Anderson added. “Two new rides were added this year as well as our new candy shop and administration offices.”

Vast Improvements

In addition to the new slides, Quassy will also construct Splash Away Bay Café & Deck overlooking Lake Quassapaug. Guests at Quassy Beach and the waterpark will be able to purchase food and beverages at the café and enjoy rooftop seating.

In 2015 Quassy announced a multi-year plan to add new attractions to the waterpark. Last year Slide City, a five-slide complex for children, was introduced as the first phase of the strategy. In the amusement ride area, the park added Reverse Time, a large thrill ride. There will be a total of 15 waterslides in Splash Away Bay once the new project is completed.

“The opening of Saturation Station in 2003 really set the stage for the vast improvements we’ve been able to make in recent years,” noted George Frantzis II, a park owner.

“Wooden Warrior, our marquee roller coaster, opened in 2011 and we doubled the size of the waterpark in 2013. Those were monumental accomplishments for us – a small, family-owned business,” Frantzis added.