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First Triple Launch Rollercoaster in the Northeast Announced

Mom and son with arms raised riding Phobia Phear Coaster

July 10th, 2015 – Bristol/Southington, CT – Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, located in both the towns of Bristol and Southington, has announced that they will be adding a triple launch roller coaster with linear synchronous motor (LSM) technology to the amusement park in the summer of 2016. This will be the first LSM coaster in the Northeast region of the U.S.  Named Phobia Phear Coaster, the ride addresses many popular “phobias” with the ride design and theming including the fear of heights, speed, enclosed spaces, and of course the fear of rollercoasters.

Phobia, manufactured by Premier Rides, will feature an inversion at 150 feet in the air which is one of the highest in existence. Guests will experience speeds of 65 mile per hour with many exciting and unique elements including multiple launches, a twisting heart-line inversion, and ascending and descending twists.

Phobia uses magnetic technology that allows the coaster to create its own energy and to store it to use for future launches.

“Adding Phobia to Lake Compounce will launch us to a new level in the amusement park arena..."

“Adding Phobia to Lake Compounce will launch us to a new level in the amusement park arena by adding another ride that will be enjoyed by our thrill-seeking guests. Over the past 10 years we have focused on attractions that appeal to the younger end of our family audience and we felt it was time to introduce a new high thrill factor. Phobia will be the largest financial investment we have made to the park in our history and we couldn’t be more excited,” according to General Manager, Jerry Brick.

*Lake Compounce Contact:*
Sara Frias, Marketing Director
Phone: 860-583-3300 x6902

About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks and New England's premier family theme park is open for the 2015 season. Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, as well as Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce.  Established in 1846, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America.  More information and the park's operating schedule can be found at

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment is one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States.  With parks located in 10 states, Palace Entertainment continues its expansion of brands within the family entertainment sector.   The company operates Kennywood amusement park in Pennsylvania, Noah’s Ark water park in Wisconsin, Splish Splash water park in New York, and Raging Waters in California, among many other family favorite destinations.  Palace Entertainment’s parks provide family oriented and affordable attractions to visitors of all ages, offering a wide range of attractions, such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, live shows, variable depth pools, water slides, animal shows, miniature golf courses and arcade games. Palace Entertainment greets millions of visitors annually.