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November-December 2019

ARTICLES POSTED NOVEMBER 15

Tales of Schwarzkopfs: Two Sadly Leaving, but Another Celebrating 30 Years

In October, the government of the Mexican state of Aguascalientes announced that all the pieces and trains for the disassembled Schwarzkopf Tsunami coaster, which had been in storage at their facility, would be scrapped, after three years of unsuccessful attempts to find a new owner. (Posted 11/15/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Play Like a Kid

Play Like a Kid, ACE Mid-Atlantic’s recent event at Fun Land of Fredericksburg (Virginia), offered 28 ACE members a full day of play on Sunday, October 13. Excited and ready, ACEers arrived to bad news: a dark and quiet coaster on arrival. (Posted 11/15/19) [MORE]

Book Review: The Amusement Park Is Rich With Centuries of Research

The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them, by Stephen M. Silverman. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2019, 432 pages. (Posted 11/15/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED NOVEMBER 8

S&S Introduces Axis — A New Concept in Steel Coasters

When tubular steel coasters introduced inversions in 1975, the marketing zeal to innovate took off like mad. Launching, standing, flying, spinning, swinging, hanging … it seemed like there would be no end to the latest twist. Couple with that the nonstop crusade to set records, and steel coasters have had no problem producing iconic attractions, not to mention unending sales. (Posted 11/8/19) [MORE]

ACE South Central: Fright Bash

On a beautiful, hot, sunny San Antonio day, Fright Bash was held on Saturday, October 19, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. A record attendance for this event was achieved with 91 ACE members and guests from four states present. (Posted 11/8/19) [MORE]

October Executive Committee Meeting Highlights

The Executive Committee (EC) met during October 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Listed below are some of the meeting highlights: (Posted 11/8/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - November-December 2019

  • Australia’s Dreamworld Losing Tower of Terror II This Year, but Gaining a Mack Multilauncher for 2020
  • Will Tulsa Hear the Bell’s Again?
  • Morey’s Piers Coaster Train Shopping
  • Hi-Miler Coaster Coming to Kissimmee’s Fun Spot America
  • Frank ‘N Coaster Rising on a Niagara Falls Rooftop

(Posted 11/8/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED NOVEMBER 3

Dynamite Blasts Off at Freizeitpark Plohn

Visitors to Freizeitpark Plohn in Lengenfeld, Saxony, Germany, had time to speculate about what would replace Silver Mine, the Flitzer that had operated at the park for 17 years when it was removed in 2017. The park was home to six coasters at the time, and it was clear that the park would replace Silver Mine with a coaster, not just another ride. (Posted 11/3/19) [MORE]

From The President - November-December 2019

As a young boy I remember that summer ended on Labor Day weekend. The only rides to be enjoyed were at the county fair, where we always had to get between the award-winning harvest and animals to reach a handful of portable rides. And with me not really being interested in haunted houses, which weren’t as big as they are now, it was a long drought until Memorial Day. (Posted 11/3/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Fall Thrillfest

A chilly fall morning welcomed 135 ACE members and their guests from 12 states to the 14th annual Fall Thrillfest at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, on Saturday, October 12. ERT kicked off with rides on Twisted Timbers and Racer 75. As ERT concluded, attendees headed off to enjoy short waits for the 11 other coasters in the park because the beautiful weather would certainly attract evening crowds. (Posted 11/3/19) [MORE]

Obituary: Arthur Soup (Soupie) Graham, June 11, 1952 – July 28, 2019

Soupie passed away suddenly just 20 days after diagnosis of small cell cancer and a brain tumor. Soupie never knew his love of roller coasters until he joined ACE with me, and we started riding them together. His favorite park was Geauga Lake (until its demise) and then switched to Knoebels Amusement Resort. He loved the "steelies." His favorite was Raptor at Cedar Point. (Posted 11/3/19) [MORE]



Photo: Cheri Armstrong.


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As a young boy I remember that summer ended on Labor Day weekend. The only rides to be enjoyed were at the county fair, where we always had to get between the award-winning harvest and animals to reach a handful of portable rides. And with me not really being interested in haunted houses, which weren’t as big as they are now, it was a long drought until Memorial Day. (Posted 11/3/19) [MORE]


  • Australia’s Dreamworld Losing Tower of Terror II This Year, but Gaining a Mack Multilauncher for 2020
  • Will Tulsa Hear the Bell’s Again?
  • Morey’s Piers Coaster Train Shopping
  • Hi-Miler Coaster Coming to Kissimmee’s Fun Spot America
  • Frank ‘N Coaster Rising on a Niagara Falls Rooftop

(Updated 9/17/19) [MORE]



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