New Wooden Warrior roller coaster will provide family fun at Quassy Amusement Park

Along with Six Flags New England and Canobie Lake Park, another New England amusement park will be debuting a new roller coaster in 2011. Middleburry, Connecticut’s Quassy Amusement Park will be replacing their aging steel roller coaster, Mad Mouse, with a family wooden coaster dubbed Wooden Warrior. The new ride’s name was chosen via a name contest that the park held with local schools.

Wooden Warrior was designed by world-class designers The Gravity Group. They’re responsible for The Voyage at Holiday World; a coaster thought to be the best wooden coaster in the World. Unlike Gravity Group’s previous designs, Wooden Warrior will be one of the company’s first smaller, family-sized designs. The ride will feature a rather short 35′ tall lift hill that will produce a top speed of 35 mph. In comparison, The Voyage doubles those stats topping out at 67.5 mph with a 163′ tall lift hill.

As you can see from the video above, Wooden Warrior doesn’t aim to be a white knuckle thrill ride. Quassy’s owners needed a coaster that was fun for all ages and from the video, it looks to be just that. Roller coasters don’t require a lot of speed to produce those joyous little pops of airtime that make them so much fun. I’m a huge fan of The Gravity Group’s other work and it looks like they may have another winner here, albeit in a pint-sized form.

Like many of my favorite roller coasters, Wooden Warrior will traverse Quassy’s natural terrain. For example, the initial hill is 35′ tall, but will drop riders a total of 45′ as the track hugs the park’s topography. The new wooden coaster is a huge update for the small park as they’ll go from having a 44-year old run-of-the-mill ride to a sure crowd-pleaser that will provide a unique experience.