February 20, 2004
Tipton, PA -- Snow removal efforts in Tipton, Pennsylvania today moved from roadways to the midway, as construction activities began that will lead to the addition of three new rides for the 2004 season at DelGrosso's Amusement Park. Officials also announced today the Park will operate on a seven day a week schedule during the June through August "regular" season.
DelGrosso's Amusement Park management announced in November they had purchased a Crazy Mouse spinning rollercoaster. Today they added the Free Fall gravity drop and Wacky Worm kiddie coaster to the expansion list.
DelGrosso's Amusement Park President Peter Gardella says the expansion plans were made with families in mind. "All three of these new rides are designed with appeal to Park guests of all ages. Even the Wacky Worm kiddie coaster will allow parents to ride along with young children."
The Crazy Mouse is known for the unpredictable spinning motion that occurs along with the "up and down" ride of a standard coaster. As each of the four passenger cars rounds hairpin turns, they begin spinning wildly.
The Crazy Mouse is manufactured by Reverchon and traverses the 1,260-foot track in two and a half minutes. The ride is currently under construction and will be shipped to Tipton in early spring. There are currently 52 Crazy Mouse rides in operation world-wide and only 7 in the United States. Orlando's Walt Disney World recently purchased two Crazy Mouse rides for their Animal Kingdom theme park.
"The Crazy Mouse offers all the best of coaster thrills combined with the experience of a spinning ride," according to Gardella. "Our management team rode dozens of coasters around the country last fall and the Crazy Mouse was the hands-down favorite."
The Free Fall gravity drop will have a long trip to the midway at DelGrosso's Amusement Park. The ride is being built at the world headquarters of Moser Rides in Ostiglia, Italy. Once completed, the ride will be sent via container ship to the United States.
Each trip on the Free Fall gravity drop will take ten thrillseekers on an unpredictable journey against gravity. Each trip on the Free Fall gravity drop is different as riders travel up the 50 foot tower and then descend at varied intervals, some very long and some very short and abrupt.
The youngest visitors to DelGrosso's Amusement Park have always been honored guests and the new Wacky Worm kiddie coaster will be sure to please them. Known for it's colorful and fun design, the Wacky Worm kiddie coaster offers all the thrills of the large steel coasters on a miniature scale.
The Wacky Worm kiddie coaster is designed to allow parents to ride along with their small children. Young guests 36" or taller may ride with an adult.
For the first time in the history of the Park, a seven day a week schedule will start when "regular" season hours begin on June 7th. The non-stop schedule will continue until August 29th.
According to Park President Peter Gardella, the schedule expansion was due. "Each year, we see more and more guests traveling greater distances to visit with us. We have become more of a "destination" attraction and that means we need to be here, open and ready when tourists arrive."
The Park will maintain the usual "weekends and holiday" schedule in the months of May and September.
For more information or to follow the construction progress visit www.delgrossos.com.