“We spent a great deal of time researching our options for a new thrill ride and this will certainly be an exceptional addition,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said.
Being constructed by VISA International, Montagnana, Italy, “FRANTIC” will lift and spin riders high above the midway in an area near the “Grand Carousel,” where the park’s ticket booth was located until 2008. In addition, the park will be adding a new kiddie bumper car ride for smaller children, also provided by VISA International.
Called the “Twist’N Swing 360” by the manufacturer, Quassy coined the name “FRANTIC” for its newest family thriller, which will have colorful theming along with a stunning light emitting diode (LED) lighting package.
Riders are seated on a circular platform - suspended on a giant pendulum - with locking over-the-shoulder restraints securing them in place.
The loading platform floor retracts and the pendulum starts to gently swing back and forth between its supporting towers. At the same time, the ring of seats begins to rotate as the ride reaches greater heights with every pass. As “FRANTIC” climbs to 80 degrees, then 120 degrees, the G and negative-G forces generated by the ride increase, as do the screams from thrilled patrons.
The swinging action continues until the ride finally does a series of complete 360-degree, topsy-turvy flips.
“We recently had the opportunity to see and ride one of the first units in the United States,” said Quassy’s George Frantzis II. “It was all and more than we expected. The experience really convinced us this was the right addition for the park.”
“FRANTIC” is designed to accommodate children and adults and may be programmed for three different ride experiences:
“The operator we visited told us everyone wants the full 360-degree ride and that’s what we will expect here,” Anderson alluded. “The unique action and thrill of the piece had guests lining up again and again. That, too, was another factor in convincing us this was the right choice.”
Little Drivers Will Get Their Chance
Next season the younger generation will be able to drive their own set of wheels in the “Collidoscope”
Drivers as small as 36 inches tall may get behind the wheel on the children’s attraction. The maximum height to ride will be 48 inches.
The new ride will be brightly themed and incorporate LED lighting on its façade.
Visa International is represented in the U.S. by Rides 4U of Somerville, N.J.
For more information about Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, visit www.quassy.com. For more information about Visa International visit www.sbfrides.com.
About The Park
Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 106th year and features more than two-dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to “Splash Away Bay” waterpark with the new “BulletBowl”
Quassy also features a new laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.
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.
Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy Web site 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.
With photos and sidebar (more photos of “FRANTIC” attached to additional sends)
‘FRANTIC” is the new spectacular family ride coming to Quassy Amusement & Waterpark for the 2015 season.
Measuring For New Ride
Quassy’s Eric Anderson measures out the footprint for the new “FRANTIC” ride to be added at the Middlebury, Conn., park for the 2015 season. Two rides were purchased from Visa International of Italy, represented in the U.S. by Rides 4U of Somerville, N.J. (Quassy photos)