Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut, invited ACE and the general public to a Mad Mouse Last Dash on Saturday, September 25. Prior to the park’s opening, ACE members were given a private opportunity to bid adieu to the Allan Herschell classic Mad Mouse coaster – with exclusive ride time from 11 a.m. to noon. Rides on Mad Mouse were free all day as the coaster closed out 27 years of service at Quassy. It previously operated as Monster Mouse at Rye, New York’s Playland Park from 1967 to 1982, moving to Quassy in 1983. Mad Mouse is expected to be sold, but no buyer has been announced yet.
Dozens of ACE members from Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states took advantage of the free rides and purchased commemorative Mad Mouse Last Dash T-shirts. In addition, $250 was raised from the auction of Mad Mouse's entrance sign, with proceeds benefiting Give Kids The World in Orlando, Florida.
While at Quassy on Saturday, ACE members were able to get a firsthand look at the construction progress on the park’s new-for-2011 family-style wooden coaster. Two days later, Quassy officially announced the name of its new roller coaster - Wooden Warrior. The name was selected from nearly 100 submissions from regional schools.
With the official name of the coaster selected, the park’s artist is currently designing a Wooden Warrior logo to be used on the front of the coaster train, as well as related promotional materials and souvenirs.
Construction of the new woodie began in early August with most of the concrete footings work already completed. Wooden framework for the ride has also been fabricated at the park and will be begin to be hoisted into place in October.
Tracking and other work to complete Wooden Warrior is expected to take several months, with construction crews working throughout the fall and winter to get the ride finished in time for an April 2011 grand opening. The 1,250-foot-long coaster was designed by The Gravity Group of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The train selected by Quassy for the coaster will be a 12-passenger Timberliner provided by Gravitykraft Corp., the sister company to The Gravity Group. Seats on the first rides will be auctioned for local charities.