What's New At Six Flags, Lake Compounce, Quassy For Summer

It’s still technically spring, but we’re in the mood for summer fun, so we’ve checked in with the region’s amusement parks — Lake Compounce in Bristol, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury and Six Flags New England in Agawam — to find out what’s up and what’s new.

Six Flags

The big new attraction this year is Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a pendulum ride named after The Joker’s partner-in-crime that spins 40 gondola riders at a time at speeds as high as 70 mph and 15 stories high while swinging and rotating.

“It doesn’t go all the way to 180, but it does go to around 165 degrees. It feels like you’re completely upsidedown,” says Six Flags spokeswoman Jennifer McGrath.

In addition, the Mind Eraser roller coaster has been renamed “Riddler’s Revenge” and has been repainted to match that DC Comics character’s light green-and-bright yellow colors. Those rides, and many others, will be in the newly renamed theme area Gotham City.

“Prior to this it was referred to as the South End. The name was based on its direction,” says McGrath. “Now it’s a thematic experience. It’s wholly immersive, with the dark Gotham City music and a new portal into the area.”

Gotham City will hold The Joker 4D Free-Fly Coaster, which opened this year, as well as Batman the Dark Knight roller coaster, Catwoman Whip, Gotham City Gauntlet and Escape from Arkham Asylum.

A new audience-greeting costumed character, The Riddler, will make his debut in Gotham City, joining Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman and Super Girl.

A new food, Thrill Shakes, debuts in the Coaster Creamery in the Crack Axle Canyon area of the park.

“On top of the shake there is a cupcake or a piece of cake or cotton candy or candy,” McGrath says. “They are served in a keepsake plastic Mason jar.”

Open for weekends through Oct. 28; open daily through Sept. 3. Admission and more information at sixflags.com/newengland.


The new Category 5 Rapids opened Memorial Day weekend, bringing the total of water slides at the park to 15. Park spokesman Ron Gustafson calls it the biggest single addition in the park’s 110-year history.

Category 5 Rapids launches three separate slides from a single platform. The Serpent is a totally enclosed spiral slide, more of a dark ride than an open-air plunge. Torrent is a funnel-shaped course with two 18-foot bowls where single- and two-person rafts oscillate before continuing down the series of chutes. Quassy Rapids features speed bursts that will result in high banking on the turns.

Splash Away Bay Café, overlooking Lake Quassapaug, has opened, serving the traditional Quassy foods in addition to new wrap sandwiches.

The new attractions join time-honored favorites the Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Reverse Time, Frantic, Music Fest, Yo-Yo super swings, Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower and Grand Carousel.

Open for weekends through Oct. 7; opens daily June 5 to Sept. 3. Admission prices and more information: quassy.com.

Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce is the country’s oldest amusement park, open since 1846. Little ones will be delighted with the newest feature, Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Day, a musical stage show in which Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat encourage children to use their imaginations, explore and share. It will be in the Kiddyland area.

That new feature will join the roller coasters Boulder Dash and Phobia Phear, the drop tower DownTime, the raft ride Thunder Rapids, the Rainbow Riders balloon ride and the Ghost Hunt.

Open weekends through Sept. 9; open daily: June 9 to Aug. 26. Bear Creek Campground is open through October Admission and more information: lakecompounce.com.

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