DelGrosso's Amusement Park will be "ROCKING" in 2015 & Making a Huge "SPLASH" in 2016!
Tipton, PA – The Owners and Management Team of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park are excited to announce two very large investments in the growth and expansion of the area’s premier water and amusement park.
New Ride Coming to the Park in 2015 – The Rock Star
Park guests will get to enjoy a new ride in the park. The Rock Star will be placed in the park beside the
“La Famiglia Gift Shop”. Offering a new thrill element, the half-million dollar ‘Rock Star’ will join the park’s other 30 rides and attractions.
“Guests are constantly asking us to bring bigger, more thrilling rides into the park,” says Scott Crider, Vice President of Operations at DelGrosso’s. “The Rock Star is a spectacular thrill ride that elevates riders 55' above the midway, on top of a flying platform,” says Crider. Attached to a swinging arm that looks like the neck of a guitar, The Rock Star gives riders a unique free-fall experience as the platform whisks toward the ground after making a full circular, clockwise motion. The ride is complete with a spectacular LED light show and will seat 22 riders.
“This has been a popular ride for other parks around the country and we look forward to bringing The Rock Star to DelGrosso’s to kick off our 68th year in the family entertainment business,” says Crider. The Rock Star is manufactured by ARM, Inc. in Wintersville, Ohio.
2015 Park Pricing
An All Day Fun Pass for the 2015 Season will be $19.95 in June, July and August. May and September pricing for the All Day Fun Pass is $16.95. The All Day Fun Pass allows unlimited access to all rides, including the water park when in season. Guests who do not wish to ride or enter the water park can still enjoy Free Parking and Free Admission into the ride park.
Water Park Expansion Project Set to Open in 2016
Ground breaking will take place in early 2015 for a water park and front entrance expansion project that is expected for completion by Memorial Day Weekend 2016. This $12.5 million project is the largest in the Park’s 68 year history.
A new wave pool and lazy river will be added to the current Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park. The entire water park will get a new name and theme. “Laguna Splash” will be an Italian themed water park. In addition to the new wave pool and lazy river, guests will enjoy various Italian themed water features like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, tipping buckets and vases, and various other interactive water features.
Studies show that water is a big draw for family fun, as more guests are able to participate in water activities. The Laguna Splash Water Park will offer something new, to bring guests of all ages to the park to enjoy a longer stay.
“Our family has been committed to expanding and improving the park for 68 years. This next step shows our customers that we are continuing that commitment to making new improvements, while providing high quality food and entertainment in a clean, safe and friendly environment, which was my grandparents’ mission statement for the park,” stated Carl Crider Jr., Park President.
In keeping with the DelGrosso Family tradition of high quality food, the new water park expansion project will also include three new food venues. These include an Italian themed pasta area that will feature sauces from DelGrosso Foods and other Italian specialty dishes. A new steak shop will carry Philly-style cheesesteaks, and a grill building, which will be located on an island near the lazy river, will feature char-grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hotdogs.
Laguna Splash – Italian Themed Water Park – Quick Glance
- 328,123 gallons of water; 22,070 square feet of water surface area
- 1,178 linear feet long (close to a ¼ mile)
- 2.4 feet deep
- Will include the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- 311,500 gallons of water; 14,604 square feet of water surface area
- Zero entry to 6 feet deep
- New Entrance
- New Ticket Booths
- New Park Office
- Changing Rooms
- Customer Service Office
- Gift Shop
- 3 New Food Venues
- Pasta Station
- Steak Sandwich Shop
- Grill Building
The expansion project is expected to create approximately 100-130 seasonal jobs in addition to the current 550 seasonal employees that the park hires each year. Roughly half of the new employees will be lifeguards for the water park expansion. In preparation for the expansion, three full-time employees have already been added to the staff and one more full-time employee will be added once the new addition is open.
2016 Park Pricing
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park will still remain a Free Parking and Free Admission Park. Guests will be able to walk into the ride park, but will not be able to enter the water feature areas without paid admission. The All Day Fun Pass, that will include both the water park and rides, will be $29.95 in June, July & August. An All Day Fun Pass in May & September will be $21.95 and includes the water park when in season. DelGrosso’s Amusement Park will continue to have one of the lowest admission costs to comparable parks around the state.
Fair pricing is very important to the DelGrosso Family and Management. “My grandfather even included the words ‘fair pricing’ in his mission statement 68 years ago, and we are going to honor that by keeping the Free Parking and Free Admission into the ride park,” says Carl Crider, Jr. Also, guests will still be able to use the $3 and $5 off coupons that are offered through DelGrosso Sauce Jars and Marianna’s Fundraisers products. “We do understand that there is an increase in our All Day Fun Pass, but the new park enhancements will still be providing great family fun at a great price,” says Crider.
Another added bonus, especially for local guests, is that the price of an annual Season Pass ($79.95) will not increase for the 2016 Season. “The Season Pass has always been a great value, and that will continue,” says Carl Crider, Jr.
Construction Time Line
Construction for the new water park and park entrance will begin in early 2015. This will mean a new temporary entrance will be in place for the 2015 season. Construction zone signs will be up around the park helping to direct park guests.
The current water and ride park will still be in operation for summer of 2015, but guests will have to pardon the appearance of the construction areas. This large project will require construction work to be completed during the summer of 2015 and throughout early 2016. The existing Go-Kart Speedway Track and Miniature Golf Course will be removed to make room for this new and exciting water park expansion. Opening is planned for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
Watch for Park Updates Online
Visit us on the web to receive updates and view photos on the water park expansion and the set-up of the new ride!
- Online at: www.DelGrossos.com under the park website
- On Facebook at www.facebook.com/delgrossosamusementpark
- On Twitter @DelGrossosPark
About: DelGrosso’s Amusement Park of Tipton, PA has been owned and operated by the DelGrosso Family since 1946 when Ferdinand (Fred) and Mafalda (Murf) DelGrosso purchased the land and attractions. Known as “Bland’s Park” until 2000, the DelGrosso’s have continued to emphasize Fred’s original vision of “Old Fashion Fun at Family Prices.” The park has become famous for “America’s Best Amusement Park Food,” and has been featured in national publications and media, including “Every Day With Rachael Ray” and the Food Network TV show, “Unwrapped.” The DelGrosso Family also owns and operates DelGrosso Foods, which is America’s oldest major family-owned producer of pasta sauce, and Marianna Foods, which helps area organizations in their fundraising efforts. Info at www.delgrossos.com