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 Export to Your Calendar 7/26/2019 to 7/28/2019
When: Friday, July 26, 2019, to Sunday, July 28, 2019
Where: Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, ME), Story Land (Glen, NH) and Santa's Village (Jefferson, NH)
United States
Contact: Steve Berto

Online registration is available until: 7/14/2019
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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).

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.

ACE Summer Conference 2019 Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, July 26, Funtown Splashtown USA

Funtown open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Splashtown open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Morning check-in; after 10:30 a.m. event packets can be picked up at Guest Services
Afternoon check-in for late arrivals
"Tour and Talk" with the park's maintenance manager, Cory Cormier, and a self-paced scavenger hunt
Dinner buffet - certified Angus hamburgers, all beef hot dogs, maple barbecued chicken quarters, garden salad, potato chips and soft drinks. Dessert surprise will be served during the evening ERT.

Silent auction.
ERT on Excalibur, Flying Trapeze and Sea Dragon


Saturday, July 27, Story Land

Story Land open 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
History presentation at Farm Follies
Behind-the-scenes tour
Cash bar (starts at 4 p.m.) and dinner – grilled steak, grilled salmon, grilled chicken, marinated grilled portobello mushrooms, garden salad, potatoes, steamed vegetables, ice cream sundae bar and soft drinks

Silent auction
ERT on Roar-O-Saurus, Farm Tractors and Turtle Twirl

(ERT to be extended by 30 minutes if attendance exceeds 150)

Sunday, July 28, Santa's Village

Santa's Village open 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
ERT on Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster, Poogee Penguin's Spin Out Coaster and Antique Cars
Coffee, cookies and pastries at the Sugar n' Spice Bake Shop (enjoy all treats in the entire bakery)
Reindeer visit / feeding the reindeer (first round of treats is complimentary)
ACE-only show - The Tinkers & Friends, "meet and greet" with entertainers and Q&A at the Polar Theater
Enjoy the park on your own. Coupons for lunch/side/drink/dessert will be provided and can be redeemed at The Burgermeister, Dasher’s Delights, Nick’s Pizza and Merry Mess Hall. Free photo coupon will also be provided for Monorail, Log Flume or Santa.
Silent auction

Palace Playland - Orchard Beach, Maine

Palace Playland will give attendees a discounted rate of $29 for ride wristbands good for one day, all day and night. Show your conference badge or ACE membership card to get the discounted price. Price will be honored only July 25-28, 2019. Please note that on July 25, you will need to show your ACE membership card as badges will not be distributed until the Friday event check-in at Funtown Splashtown USA.




1998 Custom Coasters International, Inc.

Wood, 2,933 feet long, 86 feet tall

Wild Mouse

2009 Maurer Rides GmbH

Steel, 1,214 feet long, 49 feet tall


Polar Coaster

1987 Hopkins

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

1988 Zierer

Steel, 1,164 feet long, 26 feet tall

Excalibur Photo: Tim Baldwin. View full-sized image.

Roar-O-Saurus Photo: Tim Baldwin. View full-sized image.

Rudy’s Rapid Transit Photo: Jeffrey Seifert. View full-sized image.

Hotel Information

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.


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

General Information

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.

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, 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 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.

If you are a Facebook user, be sure to keep up with the latest Summer Conference news and discussion by visiting the event page at and clicking to indicate that you're interested or going.

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.

Wild Mouse Photo: Tim Baldwin.
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Polar Coaster Photo: Richard Koppelman.
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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

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, 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, 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.

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 to learn more about the Code of Conduct.

ACE MEMBERS 3-11: $113

*YOUTH (YM, YL, YXL): $17
ADULT (S, M, L, XL): $17
ADULT (2XL, 3XL): $20

*Please note that for youth sizes, the smallest size that can be offered is youth medium.


Roar-O-Saurus Photo: Cheri Armstrong.
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Excalibur Photo: Robert Jameson.
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