Lake Compounce to Open May 12 With New Twist

Construction of the water slides are complete and the park is set to open for the 2012 season.

The following was submitted by Tracey Blackman, Public Relations specialist with Lake Compounce.

On May 12, Lake Compounce, the oldest, continuously operating amusement park in the country, will open for its 167th season. This year brings the first stage of the water park expansion, more family friendly resources, and signature dogs.

The newest attraction to hit the 'Lake' is called Riptide Racer and it is the first attraction of the multi-million dollar water park expansion, that is slated to continue for several years. The ride is a unique water slide featuring four intertwining dark tunnels, leaving riders in suspense not knowing which rider will win the race. Also added to the water park are four more cabana areas, each rentable for a daily fee, secured by locked gate.

Continuing on the family friendly theme, the park has added nursing stations, located both near KiddieLand and near the First Aid building, where mommy and baby can sit comfortably. Preferred parking will also be available at the front of the lot closest to the entrance, where pavement has been installed.

On the food front, signature hot dogs will be added to the Philly Cheesesteak menu. The signature “Lake Compounce Dog” was chosen by Facebook fans over the Winter, and the winning toppings include chili, cheese, and bacon.

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Good Times Coffee and Ice Cream Shop will be added to the park. Good Times will offer various coffee drinks along with hard ice cream, milk shakes, and other cool treats. Ample indoor seating will be available to give park patrons a break from the sun.

For game lovers, the front gate area welcomes a new game called Super Sling Shot, where players shoot faux rocks at cranky birds.

"We spend a great deal of time during our off season brainstorming and planning, and this year I really think our team did an amazing job coming up with new additions that we know families will really enjoy”, said Jerry Brick, Lake Compounce General Manager. "In addition, watching the water park expansion begin to take shape is something we have been anxiously waiting for and we could not be more pleased."

A new online ticketing system is being implemented, making purchasing tickets, season passes, meal deals, cabanas, and all other items sold online easier. This year, groups will also receive one free ticket for every 25 purchased when transactions are initiated online.

"We are introducing the group deal this year as a way to help our group guests save even more money, and we hope it is received well," said Sara Frias, Marketing Director for the park. "By offering a group a free ticket for every 25 purchased, this allows the group to bring their per ticket cost down even more if they share the savings, or they may choose to have an extra group leader or chaperone attend. We know that every little bit helps."

About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, is New England's Family Theme Park and the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. With the largest water park in Connecticut, and a brand new water slide called Riptide Racer, the park is preparing for its 167th season. The park opens Saturday, May 12th. Season passes are now on sale for the 2012 season, and can be purchased for $69.99 for a limited time (Regularly $79.99). Unlimited parking passes are available to all season pass holders for $33.00. Regular admission price for the 2012 season will be $36.99. Junior admission, which is for guests under 52 inches tall, is $26.99. Senior admission, for ages 61 and up, will be $18.99. Children 3 years of age and younger are admitted free. All tickets and season passes may be purchased by visiting www.lakecompounce.com.

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Idlewild and Storyland on the east coast. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US. For more information, visit palaceentertainment.com.

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