Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sabrina's Brochure Spotlight: DelGrosso's Amusement Park 2003

This week I set out to answer the age-old question, "Which came first--the park or the spaghetti sauce?" Over the past century, the "DelGrosso" name has become synonymous with delicious Italian treats, most notably the many varieties of that aforementioned signature sauce. But do you know what best complements a tasty Italian meal? RIDES!

...And there are some at this park, I promise! Plenty, as a matter of fact. You simply won't catch a glimpse of many of them in this brochure. DelGrosso's Amusement Park brochures tend to emphasize value and special events over all else, and this 2003 version is no exception.

Okay, so we've established that this brochure is going to be painfully light on photos. Would you settle for a park map? This one is very detailed and gives you a great sense of exactly how much DelGrosso's has to offer from a rides and attractions perspective, regardless of how much they (don't) talk about it. One ride making its last appearance on this illustrious map was the park's Zyklon coaster (pictured in the upper left-hand corner), which was replaced by the Crazy Mouse the following year.

This map also answers yet another age-old question: "Why did the park patron cross the road?" Why, to get to the other side of the park! DelGrosso's is bisected by Old Route 220, with the amusement rides on one side and the parking lot, water park, miniature golf course, and go-kart track on the other. While not the most ideal arrangement, this sprawling park is a product of its own success. That's a good thing no matter how you bisect it!

Now on to those special events. There's always something cooking at DelGrosso's, and not all of it comes in the form of food. Here's a rundown of the many shows, concerts, and special events enjoyed by park guests in 2003.

Finally, we have the value. DelGrosso's remains a free admission park to this day, although prices have gone up slightly since 2003. But you can always knock a few dollars off that all-day pass by saving your DelGrosso's spaghetti sauce labels! And then--in 2003, anyway--you could get more of the same by visiting the park on a "Spaghetti Wednesday". After all, is it really possible to get too much of a good thing?

By the way, in case you're curious, here's the answer to that original age-old question...