Attendees will receive:
– Admission to three parks
– Three meals
– Three ERT sessions
– Behind-the-scenes tours and more!
This year's ACE Summer Conference has attendees traveling to New England in the far northeast corner of the United States. The conference starts on Friday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 28, visiting Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, Maine), Story Land (Glen, New Hampshire) and Santa’s Village (Jefferson, New Hampshire).
FUNTOWN SPLASHTOWN USA
In 1960, on a then remote stretch of U.S. Route 1 in Saco, Maine, Ken and Violet Cormier opened Marvel Drive-In, a drive-in restaurant, next to where Andre Dallaire, Ken's brother-in-law had installed a mini-golf course the previous year. In 1963, Dallaire installed a go-kart track behind his golf course, and in 1964, the Cormiers added batting cages and an archery range behind their restaurant. Over the course of the next few years, Cormier and Dallaire added several kiddie and carnival-style rides including SkySlides and Swinging Gyms. Between 1967 and 1998, many rides and attractions were added to (with some moved or removed from) the park. The largest ever expansion of the park, in 1998, came with the arrival of Excalibur, the first wooden coaster in Maine in more than 50 years. In 2007, Splashtown USA was doubled in size. In 2012, the park undertook its largest expansion and renovation project ever. Splashtown USA was again expanded, adding the Mount Olympus Water Slides, additional lounging and seating and three new dining and food locations.
In the few years prior to opening, the founders, Bob and Ruth Morrell, had purchased a large number of dolls from Germany modeled after storybook characters. These characters were the basis for the park. When it opened in 1954, it had just one ride: an old fire truck. Story Land was operated by the family-owned Morrell Corporation from 1954 to 2007. After Stoney Morrell, son of the original owners, passed away in 2007, the park was sold to Kennywood Entertainment, which in turn was bought by Parques Reunidos, where it operates under Palace Entertainment, the company's North American division. The park is now highly regarded as an immaculately well-done family park and spans some 35 acres and has more than 20 rides, plus multiple attractions, interactive nursery rhymes and fairy tales, animal attractions and a variety of shows. Story Land got on the radar of coaster enthusiasts in 2014, when it opened Roar-O-Saurus, an acclaimed family-sized woodie from The Gravity Group.
Santa's Village was the brainchild of Normand and Cecile Dubois who, in the early 1950s, wanted to create something novel in their region. Seeing deer crossing the road sparked Norman's belief that the North Country in New Hampshire would serve well as a home for Santa and his reindeer. On Father's Day 1953, the family amusement park was opened for the first time to the general public. In its first year, the park had pony rides and showcased Francis the Famous Mule. The family also invited Santa Claus to the park, who was accompanied by real reindeer and numerous elves. Today, the park is operated by the third generation of its founders, and most of the rides and attractions, including two junior coasters, have Christmas or winter-themed names. The rides are designed for families with children under age 13. There are also three theaters, two of which present live shows and a third that features a 3-D movie called "A Tinkerdoodle Christmas." Park guests can visit Santa's home, lie in his bed, sit in his chair and have a picture taken with Santa.
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NOTE: The texts will always come from 84483, so you may want to add that number to your list of contacts under "ACE Text Service," or something similar, so when messages arrive, you will recognize where they are coming from.
FUNTOWN SPLASHTOWN USA
1998 Custom Coasters International, Inc.
Wood, 2,933 feet long, 86 feet tall
2009 Maurer Rides GmbH
Steel, 1,214 feet long, 49 feet tall
Steel, 1,170 feet long, 20 feet tall
2014 The Gravity Group
Wood, 1,241 feet long, 40 feet tall
Poogee Penguin’s Spin Out
2016 SBV Visa Group
Steel, 295 feet long, 14 feet tall
Rudy’s Rapid Transit
Steel, 1,164 feet long, 26 feet tall
Friday, July 26, 2019 - Funtown Splashtown USA (evening ERT)
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Story Land (evening ERT)
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Santa's Village (morning ERT)
Funtown Splashtown USA is approximately 70 miles south of Story Land and 110 miles south of Santa's Village. Story Land is approximately 40 miles south of Santa's Village.
Please note that ACE is unable to provide hotels in the Saco, Maine, area.
Please be advised to make your hotel bookings as soon as possible owing to the popularity of this area during the short summer season.
STORY LAND / SANTA'S VILLAGE AREA
Town and Country Inn and Resort
20 State Route 2
Shelburne, New Hampshire 03581
The hotel is located approximately 20 miles north of Story Land and 20 miles southeast of Santa's Village.
Amenities include free on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant and more. Please refer to the website for a complete list of amenities and services.
RATE: $149 per night plus applicable taxes, which are currently 9% per night plus a $3 service fee per night for the nights of July 27 - 29, 2019. This rate is valid for a standard room with two double beds or two queen beds. The rate will be honored two days before and after these days as availability allows. To make a reservation, contact the hotel directly at 603.466.3315 and mention the 2019 ACE Summer Conference.
DEADLINE: Rooms must be reserved by June 23, 2019. Availability is limited. Make sure to reserve early.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and cancelled within 72 hours local hotel time on day of arrival to avoid a cancellation fee of one (1) night's room and tax billed to the credit card on file.
Residence Inn North Conway
1801 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, New Hampshire 03860
The hotel is located approximately eight miles south of Story Land and 50 miles south of Santa's Village.
Amenities include free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking, indoor pool, fitness center and more. Please refer to the website for a complete list of amenities and services. Reduced parking is $6 per car per night.
RATE: $189 per night plus applicable taxes, which are currently 9% per night for the nights of July 27 - 28, 2019. This rate is valid for a studio king suite. The rate will be honored two days before and after these days as availability allows. To make a reservation, contact the hotel directly at 603.356.3024 and mention the 2019 ACE Summer Conference.
DEADLINE: Rooms must be reserved by June 24, 2019. Availability is limited. Make sure to reserve early.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and cancelled within 48 hours local hotel time on day of arrival to avoid a cancellation fee of one (1) night's room and tax billed to the credit card on file.
Town and Country Inn and Resort guestroom
Residence Inn North Conway
SEASON PASS DISCOUNT
Given the nature of this event with three host parks that are not part of chains, there is no discount available for season passholders.
Parking is free at Funtown Splashtown USA, Story Land and Santa's Village.
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) - driving distance to Funtown Splashtown USA is approximately 95 miles.
Portland International Jetway (PWM) - driving distance to Funtown Splashtown USA is approximately 15 miles.
Please note the following driving distances between our host parks:
- Funtown Splashtown USA to Story Land is approximately 70 miles
- Story Land to Santa's Village is approximately 45 miles
- Funtown Splashtown USA to Santa's Village is approximately 115 miles
- Funtown Splashtown USA to Palace Playland is approximately 5 miles
Check local traffic resources, such as each state's Department of Transportation website, for the latest information.
PREFERRED PARTNER DISCOUNTS
ACE members enjoy discounts when renting a car from Enterprise and staying at Motel 6.
ENTERPRISE: Use ACE’s rental code. To reserve, call 800.736.8222. Online, go to Enterprise.com, use ACE as the corporate name and enter the rental code in the “corporate code” box.
MOTEL 6: Use Corporate Plus Code. Reserve online at Motel6.com or by phone at 800.899.9841. Motel 6 donates a portion of the proceeds to ACE.
Both discount codes are listed on the member benefits page. You must be signed in to access them.
You must be registered and wearing your official conference name badge to participate in scheduled conference activities.
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ACE INFORMATION TABLE
Would you like to share your love for ACE? During the ACE Summer Conference, we will have an ACE information table near the front of the park and would like volunteers to be there to share who we are. This is a great opportunity to market membership to our ideal clientele, people coming to an amusement park. Everything you need will be there, you just show up and talk about ACE! If interested, please email Elizabeth Ringas at email@example.com.
In ACE: Tim Baldwin, Steve Berto, Dave Bird, Lee Ann Draud, Madonna Horcher, Dan Jones, Alexa Jones, Bill Linkenheimer III, Elaine Linkenheimer, Rus Ozana, Jeffrey Seifert and Jerry Willard.
At our host parks: Ed Hodgdon, Cory Cormier at Funtown Splashtown USA; Lauren Hawkins, Ed Dziedzic at Story Land; Christian Gainer at Santa's Village.
Must be postmarked by July 6, 2019, or completed online by July 14, 2019. No registrations will be accepted after those dates. There will be no on-site registration. Convenient, secure online registration is available by clicking the registration button on the right. Registration must be completed online by July 14, 2019, at midnight, Eastern time. By mail, send a copy of the mail-in form and payment in U.S. funds to 2019 ACE Summer Conference, American Coaster Enthusiasts, P. O. Box 540261, Grand Prairie TX, 75054-0261.
A phone number is required to process your registration. A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed in your ACE profile. If you provide a different email address during registration, your profile will be updated with that address. If a confirmation is not received shortly after you register, please call 469.278.6223, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central time or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO MATERIALS WILL BE SENT IN ADVANCE
All materials, including name badges and admission tickets, will be provided at the event. All materials must be picked up at scheduled check-in times. If you are unable to do so, you must contact ACE Registration Manager Dan Jones by phone before 10 p.m. Eastern time at 330.717.7570, or email email@example.com, to make alternate arrangements.
Make checks or money orders payable to American Coaster Enthusiasts. Write your membership number in the “memo” space. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal are also accepted.
Nonmember must be guests of an attending member. Members must include their nonmember guests on the registration and are responsible for the actions and behaviors of those guests. Register members first. Nonmembers are considered guests of the first member listed. For nonmembers, enter "nonmember" in the member number field. If registering by mail and additional space is needed, photocopy the form or use a blank piece of paper. Nonmembers are welcome to become members and register at the member rate. Become a member at join.aceonline.org, or include a completed membership application and the appropriate dues with the mailed-in registration form.
The name, city and state as they appear on your registration will be used for name badges. There is no charge for children two years and under, but we do need their names for name badges. Please list their names when registering.
Please check the vegetarian option for any attendees who prefer a vegetarian option. ACE needs to provide the host parks with an accurate count in advance.
Refunds will be issued less a $35 cancellation fee per person, if ACE is notified by July 14, 2019. Cancellations must be made by contacting ACE’s office at 469.278.6223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central time.
The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc., its Officers, Executive Committee members and representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities. Returned checks and charge back disputes will be treated as uncollected debt. ACE reserves the right to execute debt collection in accordance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Members and their guests should be especially aware that their behavior affects ACE’s reputation, and they are expected to abide by ACE’s Code of Conduct to ensure that ACE is always represented in a positive manner. Members found to be in violation of the code are subject to ACE’s disciplinary procedures, which may be in the form of, but not limited to, verbal or written warning or membership termination. Visit aceonline.org/page/conduct to learn more about the Code of Conduct.
ACE MEMBERS: $126
ACE MEMBERS 3-11: $113
Roar-O-Saurus Photo: Cheri Armstrong.
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Excalibur Photo: Robert Jameson.
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