[POSTPONED TO 2021] Coaster Con 43
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/21/2020 to 6/27/2020
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Contact: Steve Berto

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ACE's 2020 Convention Going Virtual!

American Coaster Enthusiasts is sad to announce that due to the ongoing pandemic and the concern over the health and safety of our membership, this year's convention is going to be virtual.




This difficult decision to postpone was made in order to offer ACE members the full experience of Coaster Con, our annual convention. Amid concerns of COVID-19, we believe it is in the best interest of our members and park partners to allow focus to stay on reopening strategies that are targeting the health and safety of guests. We are taking a year off to ensure many more to come.

During the traditionally scheduled week of Coaster Con, your ACE volunteer teams are planning to take the convention VIRTUAL for 2020. Our week will be filled with online interactions and activities to connect and celebrate roller coasters. There will be many online coaster-related games and activities for us all to enjoy. There will be solo projects as well as some items scheduled for small groups of family and friends. There will also be speakers, online meetups and games. In addition, we want to hear YOUR ideas and are looking for volunteers to assist in the planning and execution of the week's activities.


HOTEL UPDATE

If you previously made a reservation at a host hotel for this year's convention using the ACE room block, please be advised that ACE has worked with the host hotels to clarify procedures for cancelling reservations or possibly transferring them in some cases. Most reservations will require you to cancel your current reservation and make a new booking, while in a few instances, reservations can be moved to June 2021. Please read the following information carefully to understand how your reservations may be affected.

The following hotels are the ones providing a room block and/or discount to ACE for Coaster Con 43:


HERSHEYPARK AREA

Host Hotel
Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey

4751 Lindle Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
717.939.7841
Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. Unfortunately, the hotel was unable to transfer the reservations to June 2021, so you will need to make a new reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available.


Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) I-81
604 Station Rd
Grantville, PA 17028
717.469.0661

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. You should be able to request your reservation be moved to June 2021 if you prefer. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Comfort Inn at the Park − Hershey
1200 Mae St
Hummelstown, PA 17036
717.566.2050

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. You should receive an email notification from the hotel by June 5, 2020, confirming the cancellation. If you do not hear back from the hotel, please contact the hotel to confirm the reservation has been canceled. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Courtyard by Marriott Hershey
515 E Chocolate Ave
Hershey, PA 17033
717.533.1750

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. You should receive an email notification from the hotel by June 5, 2020, confirming the cancellation. If you do not hear back from the hotel, please contact the hotel to confirm the reservation has been canceled. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


DORNEY PARK AREA

Banquet Hotel
The Center at Holiday Inn Allentown − I-78 (Lehigh Valley)

7736 Adrienne Dr
Breinigsville, PA 18031
610.391.1000

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled and transferred over to June 2021. Please be advised that the hotel is in the process of transitioning to a Marriott hotel. The June 2020 reservations will be transferred over to the Marriott system on the same applicable days for June 2021. It is anticipated that the transition could take up to September 30, 2020, to complete. You will be contacted by the hotel regarding your updated reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021.


Four Points by Sheraton Allentown Lehigh Valley
3712 Hamilton Blvd
Allentown, PA 18103
610.437.9100

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. It is advisable to contact the hotel to confirm your reservation has been canceled and obtain the cancellation number. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Allentown − Fogelsville
7720 Main St
Fogelsville, PA 18051
610.572.2023

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. It is not anticipated that this hotel will be available for June 2021.


Days Hotel by Wyndham Allentown Airport/Lehigh Valley
3400 Airport Rd
Allentown, PA 18109
610.266.1000

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. You should be notified from the hotel by June 5, 2020, confirming the cancellation. If you do not hear back from the hotel, please contact the hotel to confirm the reservation has been canceled. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT AREA

Pine Barn Inn
43 Pine Barn Pl
Danville, PA 17821
570.275.2071

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new discount code will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation. Please be advised that you won't be able to make a new reservation until June 28, 2020. It is advisable to book early as there are weddings planned during that weekend for Coaster Con 43.


Hampton Inn Danville
137 Old Valley School Rd
Danville, PA 17821
570.271.2500

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Holiday Inn Express Bloomsburg
14 Mitchell Dr
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570.387.6702

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Comfort Suites Bloomsburg
120 Plaza Dr
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570.387.9100

Website

You must contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. The rates posted for 2020 will remain the same for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Selinsgrove − University Area
651 N Susquehanna Trail
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570.743.9275

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. You should receive an email notification from the hotel by June 5, 2020, confirming the cancellation. If you do not hear back from the hotel, please contact the hotel to confirm the reservation has been canceled. The rates posted for 2020 will decrease by $5 plus applicable taxes per night for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.


Quality Inn Selinsgrove (Formerly Comfort Inn)
613 N Susquehanna Trail
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570.374.8880

Website

All reservations will automatically be canceled. You should receive an email notification from the hotel by June 5, 2020, confirming the cancellation. If you do not hear back from the hotel, please contact the hotel to confirm the reservation has been canceled. The rates posted for 2020 will decrease by $10 plus applicable taxes per night for 2021. A new online booking link will be provided in the Coaster Con 43 event page for June 2021 when available to make a new reservation.



National Events Schedule

With this year's convention going virtual, the new national events schedule has Coaster Con being hosted by the Eastern Pennsylvania parks in 2021. Join ACE in June 2021 for rides at Hersehypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania), Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, Pennsylvania) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, Pennsylvania).

This year's tentative itinerary will serve as a guide to planning the delayed Coaster Con, but changes are inevitable as new opportunities may be available. We are renegotiating our park agreements and lodging options to reflect the new dates.


Want to Get Involved?

All the fun begins with a CONTEST! What should this unusual, special and hopefully memorable week be called? Submit your ideas for the name by May 9. The chosen submission will come with a special enthusiast prize pack. Submissions can be made here.

Do you have photos or videos of Past Coaster Cons? We want to share these moments in ACE history and reminisce during our traditionally scheduled week of Coaster Con. Please upload them here or email them to tbaldwin@aceonline.org (when submitting, include the photographer's full name as well as the ride and park name). If you need assistance uploading media, please email tbaldwin@aceonline.org for help. Photos and videos will be used for (but not limited to) YouTube videos and the ACE history documentary currently in production. Photo and video credit will be acknowledged. Make sure to include first and last name for proper credit.

There will be a national trivia contest run LIVE that could use YOUR questions. One of the trivia rounds will be made solely from submitted questions. Questions must be amusement park related, but can be about your home park, your favorite park, even a defunct park that you used to visit. Send question submissions to jesniemiec@aceonline.org.

Please stay in touch through our social media outlets, bi-weekly email updates and ACE News. While the parks are not open, our ACE volunteers continue their efforts to keep you informed and ready for fun and memories when the environment changes.

Interested in sharing an idea or assisting? Email our Communications Director, Elizabeth Ringas eringas@aceonline.org.


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