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ACE Coaster Classic Awards

An ACE Coaster Classic is about a traditional experience. One that has been shared by generations of thrill seekers since the golden age of the 1920s when the wild, uninhibited, free wheeling thrills of the wooden coaster established it as the premier thrill ride and an icon of popular culture.

The concept of ACE Coaster Classics was developed during a period when changes in the design, equipping, and operation of wood coasters threatened to erase these time-honored experiences and rituals. ACE awards ACE Coaster Classic status to coasters that still adhere to these principles that allow riders to safely experience the thrill of the classic wooden roller coaster ride. To be eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status, the coaster must meet the following criteria:

  • The coaster must use traditional lap bars that allow riders to experience so-called airtime, or negative G's (that sensation of floating above the seat!!). Individual, ratcheting lap bars do not meet this requirement.
  • ACE Coaster Classics allow riders to slide from side-to-side. A coaster with any restraint or device that restricts this freedom is not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.
  • ACE Coaster Classics allow riders to view the upcoming drops and thrills. Coasters with headrests on every seat, or the majority of seats, restrict this view and are not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.
  • On ACE Coaster Classics, riders are free to choose where they sit. Some parks' operating procedures assign seating; these coasters are not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.

Coasters Awarded

The following coasters have been awarded ACE Coaster Classic status:

Big Dipper - Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom; Aurora, OH, USA; SBNO
Big Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA; Operating
Blue Flyer - Pleasure Beach, Blackpool; Blackpool, England; Operating
Blue Streak - Conneaut Lake Park; Conneaut Lake, PA, USA; Operating
Classic Coaster - Puyallup Fair and Events Center; Puyallup, WA, USA; Operating
Coastersaurus - Legoland Florida; Winter Haven, FL, USA; Operating
Comet - Waldameer Park; Erie, PA, USA; Operating
Cyclone - Lakeside Amusement Park; Denver, CO, USA; Operating
Cyclone - Astroland; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Operating
Cyclone - Williams Grove Amusement Park; Mechanicsburg, PA, USA; SBNO
High Roller - Valleyfair!; Shakopee, MN, USA; Operating
Hochschaubahn - Wiener Prater ; Vienna, Austria; Operating
Hullámvasút - Vidámpark; Budapest, Pest, Hungary; Operating
Jack Rabbit - Kennywood Park; West Mifflin, PA, USA; Operating
Kiddy Coaster - Playland Park; Rye, NY, USA; Operating
Leap-the-Dips - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA, USA; Operating
Lil' Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA; Operating
Little Dipper - Six Flags Great America; Gurnee, IL, USA; Operating
Meteor - Little Amerricka; Marshall, WI, USA; Operating
Montaña Suiza (Mendiko Trena) - Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo; San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa, Spain; Operating
Nickoledeon Streak - Pleasure Beach, Blackpool; Blackpool, England; Operating
Playland Wooden Coaster - Playland at the PNE; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Operating
Roller Coaster - Joyland; Wichita, KS, USA; SBNO
Roller Coaster - Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England; Operating
Rollo Coaster - Idlewild Park; Ligonier, PA, USA; Operating
Rutschebanen - Bakken; Klampenbourg, Sjælland, Denmark; Operating
Rutschebanen - Tivoli Gardens; Copenhagen, Denmark; Operating
Scenic Railway - Luna Park; St. Kilda (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia; Operating
Sea Dragon - Jungle Jack's Landing at the Columbus Zoo; Powell, OH, USA; Operating
Skyliner - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA, USA; Operating
Teddy Bear - Stricker's Grove; Hamilton, OH, USA; Operating
Thunderbolt - Kennywood Park; West Mifflin, PA, USA; Operating
Tomahawk - PortAventura; Salou, Spain; Operating
Vuoristorata - Linnanmäki; Helsinki, Finland; Operating
Zach's Zoomer - Michigan's Adventure; Muskegon, MI, USA; Operating

Rescinded Awards

The following coasters were awarded ACE Coaster Classic status; however, subsequent changes to the coaster made it ineligible for the award. Therefore, ACE notified the parks that the awards had been rescinded.

Blue Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH, USA; Operating
Ghoster Coaster - Canada's Wonderland; Vaughan, Ontario, Canada; Operating
Ghoster Coaster - Kings Dominion; Doswell, VA, USA; Operating
Legend - Arnolds Park; Arnolds Park, IA, USA; Operating
Montaña Rusa - La Feria (Chapultepec); Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Operating
Starliner - Legoland Florida; Winter Haven, FL, USA; In Storage
Wildcat - Frontier City; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Operating
Woodstock Express - Carowinds; Charlotte, NC, USA; Operating
Woodstock Express - Kings Island; Kings Mills, OH, USA; Operating
Zippin Pippin - Libertyland; Memphis, TN, USA; Moved
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