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Event News & Reminders
North Coast Con : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/14/2016.
Fiesta Fest : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/27/2016.
Schlittercon : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/28/2016.
Rip Roarin' Rampage : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/28/2016.
Memorial Day Madness : Online registration is available. Event starts 5/30/2016.
HoliWood Nights : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/3/2016.
ACE Dives : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/4/2016.
ACE Day at Lake Compounce : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/11/2016.
Coaster Con XXXIX : Online registration is available. Event starts 6/19/2016.
North Coast Con : Registration deadline is 5/3/2016. Event starts 5/14/2016.
Coasterstock : Registration deadline is 5/8/2016. Event starts 5/20/2016.
Fiesta Fest : Registration deadline is 5/20/2016. Event starts 5/27/2016.
Schlittercon : Registration deadline is 5/21/2016. Event starts 5/28/2016.
Rip Roarin' Rampage : Registration deadline is 5/21/2016. Event starts 5/28/2016.
HoliWood Nights : Registration deadline is 5/21/2016. Event starts 6/3/2016.
ACE Dives : Registration deadline is 5/21/2016. Event starts 6/4/2016.
Memorial Day Madness : Registration deadline is 5/22/2016. Event starts 5/30/2016.
ACE Day at Lake Compounce : Registration deadline is 6/5/2016. Event starts 6/11/2016.
Coaster Con XXXIX : Registration deadline is 6/6/2016. Event starts 6/19/2016.
ACE Preservation Conference : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/5/2016.
Coastin By The Ocean 2016 : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 8/13/2016.
Wild West Fun Day : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/7/2016.
Fall Thrillfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/1/2016.
Celebrate America : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/2/2016.
Coastin' Through the Snow at Christmastown : New event added since last visit. Event starts 12/3/2016.
ACE Gets Wet : New event added since last visit. Event starts 1/21/2017.
ACE day at the State Fair of Virginia : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/30/2016.
Phoenix Phall Phunfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/8/2016.
KennyKon XXVII : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/24/2016.
Storm the Kingdom : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/24/2016.
Riding Of The Bull Ocho : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/10/2016.
Seaside Screams : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/11/2016.
6th Annual Wooden Warrior Day : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/7/2016.
Monster Showdown : New event added since last visit. Event starts 5/28/2016.
Karts Plus Night : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/3/2016.
Seaside Hangover : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/11/2016.
Rollercoasters, Eh?!? : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/17/2016.
HoliWood Nights : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/3/2016.
Lone Star Coasterthon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/24/2016.
Fright Bash : New event added since last visit. Event starts 10/15/2016.
Feliz Fiesta : New event added since last visit. Event starts 12/10/2016.
Beachcon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 9/4/2016.
Summer Under Cover Con : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/5/2016.
Carolina Coaster Classic : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/27/2016.
Luna Park Fest VI : New event added since last visit. Event starts 8/21/2016.
ACE Dives : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/4/2016.
Memorial Day Madness : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/30/2016.
Lightning Rod Run : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/2/2016.
ACE Day at Beech Bend Park : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/25/2016.
ACE Spring Conference : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 4/29/2016.
ACE Day at Seabreeze : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/16/2016.
Holiday in Lights at Six Flags America : New event added since last visit. Event starts 12/10/2016.
ACE Corpus Christi Celebration : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/7/2016.
Fiesta Fest : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/27/2016.
Outlaw Run Rendezvous : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/17/2016.
The Howling : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/18/2016.
BahnCon : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/18/2016.
Mid Summer Scream Dutchwonderland : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/2/2016.
Mid Summer Scream Hersheypark : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/3/2016.
Smoky Mountain Coasterfest : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/19/2016.
Funtown Fest : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 7/9/2016.
ACE Day at Lake Compounce : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/11/2016.
ACE Day at Keansburg Amusement Park : New event added since last visit. Event starts 6/12/2016.
Schlittercon : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/28/2016.
ACE Day at Wet’n’Wild Splashtown : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/3/2016.
Coasterstock : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/20/2016.
CoasterMania : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/3/2016.
ACE’s Super Wicked Day at Six Flags New England : New event added since last visit. Event starts 7/16/2016.
North Coast Con : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/14/2016.
ACE Day at SeaWorld Orlando : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/13/2016.
Annual ACE/IAAPA Meet & Greet Dinner : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/16/2016.
ACE Day at Busch Gardens Tampa : New event added since last visit. Event starts 11/19/2016.
Coaster Con XXXIX : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 6/19/2016.
Rip Roarin' Rampage : Event details/flier added since last visit. Event starts 5/28/2016.
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MERCHANDISE NEWS
New Merchandise Now Available At ACE webstore!!! [details]
Request For ACE Merchandise Designs! [details]
ACE's Online General Store is always open!
Refer to the merchandise flier if you prefer to order the merchandise via mail-order or to pay for the merchandise via check or money order.
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Welcome!

Welcome to the official site of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), the world's largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts. ACE was founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit, all volunteer club to foster and promote the conservation, appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the art of the classic wooden roller coaster and the contemporary steel coaster.

Our club has grown from a handful of members to over 5,000 members representing all 50 states, DC, and 12 countries. We publish a bimonthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine for our members. We also sponsor several events at parks each year. If you love the thrill of the twists, turns, drops, and loops of a roller coaster, this club (and this site) is for you!

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ACE News (March/April) Color Version Now Online    This article contains photos!

Download it from the new my.aceonline.org website. Posted 4/21/2016

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SeaWorld's Mako Opens in June    This article contains photos!

Posted 4/5/2016

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2016 Officer Election Nominees Announced    This article contains photos!

Posted 4/4/2016

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Infamous Super Villain Gives New Twist to Family Favorite at Six Flags Great Adventure    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/29/2016

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Announces Its First Wooden Roller Coaster Coming in 2017    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/19/2016

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Dollywood Announces Lightning Rod Opening Delay    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/15/2016

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ACE News (January/February) Color Version Now Online    This article contains photos!

Download it from the new my.aceonline.org website. Posted 3/4/2016

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The Legacy of Arrow – NOW PLAYING!    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/3/2016

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Six Flags and Samsung Partner to Launch First Virtual Reality Roller Coasters in North America    This article contains photos!

Posted 3/3/2016

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Indiana Beach 90th Anniversary Transformation    This article contains photos!

Posted 2/27/2016


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Featured Coaster
Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom

Swamp Fox
Family Kingdom, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

-- by Tim Baldwin

One of the iconic landmarks of Myrtle Beach is the ever-young Swamp Fox. Built in 1966 by the legendary coaster designer John Allen of PTC, the wooden coaster celebrates a 50th birthday this season. The classic lines of this seaside beauty are reminiscent of an era when coasters were all about families having fun. Long before statistics started overtaking new rides or the charge to turn riders upside down in every which configuration became the norm, families loved the wooden coaster and its authentic experience. Good drops, snappy curves and moments of airtime make Swamp Fox an enjoyable treat.

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