The totally Rock'n Drive-In Laser Light Show is among the variety of new attractions for Connecticut's Quassy Amusement Park.
According to Quassy president Eric Anderson, “We've been working on this concept for quite some time and finalized details with the production company. This…fantastic family show [was] set up like a drive-in theatre in our main parking lot.”
The weekend shows began after Labor Day with carload admission tickets available for pre-sale at only $25 per car. The concept is as dynamic as it is simple: full-color laser graphics are projected on a large screen while many different aerial laser beams fill the sky above the audience and around the screen. The production lasts 30 minutes and was choreographed to rock and other popular music. The event, which Anderson says also incorporated donations of nonperishable food items for the park's annual fall food drive, ran September 9-12 and 17-19 at 8 p.m. on those evenings. Food and beverages were additionally available for order by attendees from mobile devices.
The production is a major laser show, the current production of Laser Hitz. The company features a medley of classic and current rock and pop with projected graphics, aerial lasers, and fog machines surrounding the main screen. Audio was broadcast through FM transmitter as well as other amplification. Laser Hitz creator Bob Teorey began creating planetarium laser shows and corporate events, with shows devoted to the music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd propelling the company to success. His drive-in events became even more popular during the pandemic with the laser concept filling empty parking lots for safe and colorful entertainment.
Later in September, on the 25th and 26th, Quassy Amusement Park's annual Oktoberfest ran in the park's pavilion, with entertainment by the well-named Beer Hall Boys. German food and beer were available for purchase while admission to the pavilion itself was free, with music starting at 1 p.m. daily. Online pre-event purchase of a meal, beverage, and full-day ride pass to the park was $26.99 per person.
And in more exciting news, the park recently revealed their single largest investment since Quassy Amusement and Waterpark opened 113 years ago. Anderson announced the park was building a new water raft ride in the Splash Away Bay waterpark area set to open in 2022.
Quassy began the waterpark portion of the park back in 2003 with an interactive waterplay area featuring fountains, waterslides, and water cannons, called Saturation Station. In 2006, two large Tunnel Twister waterslides were added. The area was officially named Splash Away Bay in 2013, when Quassy added three large waterslides and a splash pad for young kids. Three years later, Slide City was built for a variety of ages, and in 2018, Extreme Waterslides splashed in with its large rafts launched from a tower as a thrill ride. The waterpark portion of Quassy is located next to Quassy Beach on Lake Quassapaug. Admission is included with all-day admission to the amusement park.
According to Anderson, the new water coaster attraction will “incorporate some of the latest technology in waterslides with features we've never presented at the park…water jets will actually push the rafts up a number of inclines.”
He notes that the ride will have a price tag higher than the park's Wooden Warrior roller coaster constructed ten years ago “It will really take the waterpark experience at Quassy to the next level,” Anderson says.
Yet to be named, the new water coaster should be completed in time for the opening for Splash Away Bay in Spring of 2022.
Set to be approximately 600-feet long, it will replace what is now the Lakeside Pavilion. To secure a name, Anderson plans a vote in local schools, the same way the park named the Wooden Warrior, receiving approximately 100 entries. The ride, whatever its name turns out to be, will have a capacity of 340 riders per hour.
It will be designed by ProSlide Technology Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, using the company's patented RocketBLAST water jet propulsion system over three different inclines. It will also contain four ProSlide FlyingSAUCER elements featuring high-speed banked turns with rapid acceleration. When completed, it will bring the total number of waterslides in the waterpark to 16, all of them created by ProSlide. Additional cabana rentals will also be located in the ride area.
In additional Quassy news, Halloween will be making an appearance of scary fun at the park, with the event Terror at Quassy taking place on weekends beginning Friday October the 8th through the 31st. It will be the park's first Halloween haunt.
Anderson states “We had explored the idea of presenting a Halloween experience for a number of years. This year we had the opportunity to work with an expert Halloween production company, so we decided the timing was right.”
The company behind the event is Graveyard Productions, the purveyors of the long running Halloween attraction The Haunted Graveyard, which was one of New England's largest Halloween attractions for some 20 years. It was located at Lake Compounce. Graveyard Productions will put on 12 nights of Terror at Quassy with attractions such as a Zombie Hospital, Haunted Catacombs and Cemetery, dungeons, a misty walkway, and an area dubbed Demons of Darkness, as well as live entertainment. Admission will be priced at $29.99 with groups of 30 or more receiving a discount.
The park's large athletic field will host the catacombs and cemetery with themed live performances nightly at the Carousel Theatre stage in the park.
For more entertaining chills, many of the park's rides will be included in the admission price, and the park's restaurant, gift shop, and arcade will also be open.
From scares to splashes to laser lights and Octoberfest fun, Quassy Amusement Park continues to expand its offerings now and for 2022.