It's interesting to see the free soda concept extend beyond Santa Claus, IN. It's definitely a perk that can separate smaller parks from the big chains, and in the grand scheme of things, soda is extremely cheap. If people knew how much a serving of soda actually cost a park or restaurant (typically 10 cents or less), they would NEVER buy a $4 non-refillable soda from a theme park.
I've been to only 8 theme parks this year and 3 don't really count as trips because they're practically in my back yard. The farthest I ever got was Branson, MO. Lake Compounce is indeed beautiful and I felt confident that Boulder Dash alone would be worth the trip. A guy with whom I exchange emails hoped I wouldn't be disappointed because BD isn't as extreme as some coasters I've ridden, but a coaster doesn't have to drop 300 feet at an 80-degree angle to be great.
If you happen to be in the Hartford area overnight, it makes sense to do Lake Compounce one day and Six Flags New England the other, as the two parks are roughly equidistant from the airport. That's exactly what I did although I'd been to SFNE before.
As to the free soda concept, it is indeed interesting to see it extend beyond Santa Claus, IN. (I was tempted to mention Holiday World but didn't because it struck me as inappropriate to do so insofar as my article isn't about Holiday World.)
It reminds me of Cammobie Lake park in NH. Small local park but gives folks an enjoyable day.
The problem here in New England is the weather. Theses parks can only be open seasonally..
You should have visited Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Also...