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SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2020

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 19

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Tops Floridian Coaster News

Florida theme parks have taken a severe revenue hit during this unprecedented time of the global pandemic. With the parks being forced to temporarily close during the spring and summer months of 2020, income virtually disappeared. However, construction of future attractions seemed to be continuing throughout the closures. On September 28, a few days after accidentally leaking the name of their conspicuous new ride, Universal Orlando Resort announced its newest species of roller coaster, VelociCoaster. This Jurassic World-themed coaster, manufactured by Intamin Amusement Rides, is set to open in the summer of 2021 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. (Posted 10/19/20) [MORE]

ACE South Central: Fright Bash

A gorgeous fall day welcomed 74 registrants to Six Flags Fiesta Texas on October 3 for ACE South Central’s annual Fright Bash at the San Antonio park. The Halloween event took some different directions this year owing to restrictions imposed by the health crisis — no indoor haunted houses and tours of such — but the park made up for those missing perks with some exceptionally cool opportunities. (Posted 10/19/20) [MORE]

ACE Florida: ACE End of Summer Cool Down at Island H2O Live

On October 3, 2020, 22 ACE members, guests and their children enjoyed a fun-filled, cool day at Island H2O Live water park in Kissimmee, Florida. In the morning, guests received a souvenir drink cup for unlimited soda refills all day and a waterproof, electronic wristband that allowed everyone to collect points, receive their photos and videos and customize the music of certain attractions. After a light continental breakfast, everyone met at the Live Lagoon wave pool for a socially distanced themed group photo. Island H2O Live showcased its appreciation of ACE with a giant logo placed in the large screen monitor over their main wave pool screen. (Posted 10/19/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 9

F.L.Y. Soars Into Phantasialand

After being in development for nearly four years, F.L.Y. at Phantasialand (Brühl, Germany) was relegated to the “It opens when it opens” category. With delays being the norm during the 2020 global pandemic, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone to see the ride’s debut pushed to next year. The soft opening of the record-breaking flying coaster on September 17 caught many enthusiasts off guard. The news swept around the world on social media. (Posted 10/9/20) [MORE]

ACE Heart of America: Daredevil Daze 2020

With the hot summer days long gone and leaves turning, that means two things are right around the corner:  fall and Daredevil Daze at Six Flags St. Louis. (Posted 10/9/20) [MORE]

A Message from the President

ACE is a wonderful community of diverse individuals brought together by a common love of roller coasters and amusement parks. It is what makes us strong and special, and we value the contributions of all ACE members. No one is perfect, however, and as an organization, ACE has had to establish procedures to protect itself, its reputation and its members from behavior that may affect them adversely. We are saddened by the recent news of behavior within the coaster community that may have caused such harm. The purpose of this message is not to suggest that bad behavior of any kind on the part of ACE members is common, because it is not. The purpose, rather, is to explain ACE’s options for dealing with behavior that ranges from unfortunate to criminal. (Posted 10/9/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 2

Conservation Corner - September - October 2020

“Into each life, some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words written in 1842 certainly seem to apply to 2020. What started off as a promising year for most will end up being possibly the least favorite year in their lifetimes. There are not a lot of good 2020 memories that folks will want to be nostalgic for later. (Posted 10/2/20) [MORE]

ACE New Jersey: Seaside Hangover

After a sad spring and summer of no group activity, the ACE New Jersey region at last held its first event of 2020. The tiny state with the big loud mouth and so many fun-loving ACE members was hit particularly hard by the pandemic and has spent many months in isolation and recovery; nobody was sure how participation would be affected on September 13. To the happy surprise of all, 76 members and guests showed up to Casino Pier (Seaside Heights, New Jersey), a record number for this event that’s marked the end of every summer in New Jersey since 2012. (Posted 10/2/20) [MORE]

ACE Eastern Great Lakes: Sluggers & Putters Informal Meetups

ACE Eastern Great Lakes comprises parks of all sizes and offerings, but probably the first park that popped into an ACEer’s mind would not be the site of the region’s informal meetup on September 19. On a sunny but not hot Saturday, Sluggers & Putters Amusement Park – yes, amusement park – in Canal Fulton, Ohio, played host to around 30 ACE members who gathered for mini golf, riding and some socially distanced socializing. Admission and parking are always free, plus Sluggers & Putters offered event attendees a discounted price of $23 on their Super All Day Pass, which included all rides and attractions. (Posted 10/2/20) [MORE]

Obituary: William “Bill” Kae (1960 – 2020)

William E. Kae, known to ACEers as “Bill,” passed away at his home on September 10. Losing a battle with cancer, complicated by a few years of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Kae was a resident of the Buffalo, New York, area for most of his life, despite his disenchantment with the cold. (Posted 10/2/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 25

Silverwood Announces a 2021 Surprise — a New RMC coaster!

Just when the coaster community had settled into the mindset that 2021’s crop of coasters would be primarily delayed rides from 2020, Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, became the second park to announce something significant for next season (Iowa’s Adventureland had already announced Dragon Slayer for 2021). Coaster fans were delighted to see another Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) coaster added to the list. Of more interest is that it is from the company’s newest product line — the Raptor track coaster. (Posted 9/25/20) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - September-October 2020

  • Toshimaen’s Closing is Confirmed
  • Vortex Lives! (In Our Minds and in Charlotte)
  • Schwarzkopf Katapult Discovered in Germany
  • Coaster Manufacturer Featured on New Podcast
  • Indiana Beach’s Gene Staples honored with Amusement Today’s Person of the Year Golden Ticket

(Posted 9/25/20) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: Flying High With(out) a Blue Streak

Like many other experiences in 2020, this annual event shared by ACE Western Pennsylvania and Western New York Coaster Club (WNYCC) had to be a little different. Usually lasting two days, Flying High became a one-park, one-day event at Waldameer & Water World because Conneaut Lake Park never opened for the season. Thanks to Ravine Flyer II, there was a lot of flying high but without Conneaut’s ACE Roller Coaster Landmark Blue Streak. (Posted 9/25/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 11

Gerstlauer Provides New Coaster to Bellewaerde

One of the European parks least visited by Americans is Bellewaerde in Ypres, Belgium. Like nearby parks Bobbejaanland and Plopsaland De Panne, the park has never been on an ACE international tour itinerary. Hopefully, it will be included on a future international trip. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: Gary Baker Memorial Day 2020

In honor of Gary Baker’s contributions to Lakemont Park and his support for preservation, former Lakemont Park General Manager Barry Kumpf created Gary Baker Memorial Day (GBMD) shortly after Gary’s untimely death in 2009. Gary was a man of many talents — a former ACE events director and ACE Western Pennsylvania regional rep as well as a professional mini-golf player — and a strong supporter of traditional parks. What better place to honor Gary’s interest in preservation and his love of mini golf than this small Altoona, Pennsylvania, park, home of Leap The Dips (the oldest roller coaster in the world) and two outstanding mini-golf courses. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Patti DeBlasi (1946 - 2020)

Patti DeBlasi passed away in July 2020. She was the daughter of John and Marguerite Martin and lived in Texas for 45 years. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 4

Movie Park Germany Announces — Sort of — a New Coaster for 2021

In the light of a global pandemic, most ACE members weren’t expecting a lot of new-for-2021 announcements this fall. Typically, National Roller Coaster Day every August brings about a flurry of announcements for the next year. This year, expectations of new coasters were low. Members were grateful that many projects on hold were well under construction and should debut next year. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

From the President - September-October 2020

I’ve come to realize that, at least for me, the internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to my coaster enthusiasm. A warning: I know this is long-winded and that I might not be absolutely correct, as I’d love to hear other opinions. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: KennyKon XXXI

“Welcome to the weirdest KennyKon ever” was ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Rep Bill Linkenheimer III’s greeting to attendees. The journey to KennyKon XXXI involved some unusual twists and turns, but the actual event was recognizably KennyKon. Some things never change, even during crazy times. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

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I’ve come to realize that, at least for me, the internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to my coaster enthusiasm. A warning: I know this is long-winded and that I might not be absolutely correct, as I’d love to hear other opinions. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]


“Into each life, some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words written in 1842 certainly seem to apply to 2020. What started off as a promising year for most will end up being possibly the least favorite year in their lifetimes. There are not a lot of good 2020 memories that folks will want to be nostalgic for later. (Posted 10/2/20) [MORE]


  • Toshimaen’s Closing is Confirmed
  • Vortex Lives! (In Our Minds and in Charlotte)
  • Schwarzkopf Katapult Discovered in Germany
  • Coaster Manufacturer Featured on New Podcast
  • Indiana Beach’s Gene Staples honored with Amusement Today’s Person of the Year Golden Ticket

(Updated 9/25/20) [MORE]




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