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May-June 2019


Heide Park Wooden Colossos Reopens

The Colossos wooden roller coaster, which originally opened in 2001 at Heide Park Resort (Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany), has been standing but not operating since July 2016. Three years ago, the coaster suffered a major setback when it was unable to pass TUV (safety) inspection — the condition of the track was unacceptable for the coaster to operate further, causing concern about the future of the ride. (Posted 5/17/19) [MORE]

Ceremony Designates Camden Park’s Big Dipper as ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

On Sunday, May 12, the 2019 ACE Preservation Conference concluded on a high note. The successful event found first-time visitors to Camden Park (Huntington, West Virginia) discovering the old-school thrills of Big Dipper — or returning members rediscovering all the classic nuances of this venerable machine. An afternoon ceremony captured the support and enthusiasm for Big Dipper as it was officially designated an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark. (Posted 5/17/19) [MORE]

Obituary: Mike Helt, 1951 - 2019

Long time ACE member Mike Helt recently passed after a long and severe bout with cancer. A graduate of Warwick High School, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he proudly served in Vietnam with the United States Army. For 20 years he worked as a store manager for Weis Markets and then worked for 29 years at Dutch Valley Food Distributors as a marketing specialist, retiring in 2018. Mike was a pro-bowler, enjoyed playing ice hockey and was an avid hockey fan. (Posted 5/17/19) [MORE]

ACE Northern California: Beach Boardwalk Bonanza

On April 13, 2019, nearly 70 ACE members and their guests gathered at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the 2019 Beach Boardwalk Bonanza. It is a milestone year for the park’s Giant Dipper roller coaster. On May 17, 2019, the classic seaside woodie, an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, turned a whopping 95 years old! Keeping this in mind, it only made sense for the planners to make the Dipper the star of the day — which isn’t quite unlike other years. (Posted 5/17/19) [MORE]


There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills! Yukon Striker Sets the Bar

On May 3, Canada’s Wonderland (Vaughan, Ontario) opened the world’s newest Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) dive coaster — Yukon Striker. Canada’s Wonderland has a signature ride like no other. Yukon Striker comes with records for a B&M dive machine: the world’s tallest drop (245 feet), fastest speed (80 mph) and greatest length (3,625 feet). Yukon Striker casts an imposing silhouette on the skyline of Wonderland with an impressive lift hill of 223 feet. It looks like it’s always been there. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]

Hakugei Storms Nagashima Spa Land

From White Cyclone to “White Whale” in little more than a year’s time! How did Hakugei, the “White Whale” that replaced the beloved White Cyclone at Nagashima Spa Land in Kuwana, Japan, become the first Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) conversion in Asia? Hakugei’s story is more than the destruction of an aging wood coaster in favor of a hybrid wood-steel design; it is also a story about what can be accomplished with international corporate cooperation. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]

From The President - May-June 2019

I am always thankful for any opportunities my ACE membership provides during the year. This becomes very interesting during the spring as I have to decide which activities I want to do out of a list that includes events, openings, media previews and more. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]

Frederick Ingersoll Historical Marker Dedicated at Kennywood

On March 8, 2018, just two days before an Executive Committee (EC) meeting, an appeal was made to consider a donation (around $1,400) to the Heinz History Center, a museum focused on western Pennsylvania history and a Smithsonian affiliate, to fund a Pennsylvania historic marker to recognize Frederick Ingersoll, who, as many members know, is one of the most significant names in the country's early history of amusement parks and roller coasters. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Canada: NEB’s Fun World

The ACE Canada region does not have the good fortune of large numbers of ACE members, but that does not stop it from seeking out opportunities for events. On March 23, 2019, several ACEers found time to host a small, easygoing event that was still admittedly fun. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]


Kentucky Flyer Clear for Take-off

Everything was lining up for take-off. All the finishing touches were being finalized in the area. Social media ran posts throughout the winter. Kentucky Flyer, America’s newest wooden coaster, was being constructed at an impressively rapid pace. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Tigris Running Wild at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Florida) unleashed Tigris April 17 to annual passholders and officially to the general public on April 19. The Premier Rides production model Skyrocket 2 is a short but thrilling backward-and-forward launched loop coaster. Perhaps to many well-traveled coaster enthusiasts a familiar feline, but for those from this part of the southeast, she’s a tiger with fresh stripes! (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Welcome to Your New ACE News

As approved by the membership last summer, ACE News has been transformed into an online publication with weekly posts. All articles are individually posted to be easily viewed on most any computer or mobile device. Wherever you are connected to the internet, ACE News will be there.

Change typically comes with many questions, so ACE hopes to clarify some things that may not be clear. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - May-June 2019

  • Green Lantern’s Light Goes Out
  • New Jersey’s Jenkinson’s Boardwalk hit by Tidal Wave
  • Details for Ireland’s Upcoming Two-Coasters-in-One Revealed
  • A Whale Rides in a Soap Box at SeaWorlds
  • Vancouver’s Playland May Not Be This Coaster’s Final Destination

(Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Six Flags renews a big perk for 2019

Six Flags Entertainment is once again making its very generous offer to ACE members. Each member will receive one free admission to any Six Flags Theme Park now through July 21, 2019. This ticket is for members only, one ticket per guest per season. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

March Executive Committee Meeting Highlights

The Executive Committee met March 9-10, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Listed below are some of the meeting highlights: (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Coasting for Kids Kicks Off 2019 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Coasting for Kids is back for 2019 and what success it is already having! Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Virginia) was the first host. American Coaster Enthusiasts has been a vital partner in supporting Give Kids The World. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. Manufacturer’s Award

PTCI accepting nominations for “Spirit of ACE”
It’s that time of year. Coaster Con is right around the corner and PTCI is looking for nominations of a deserving ACE member for The Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. Manufacturer’s Award, lovingly known as The Spirit of ACE Award, given out every year during the ACE national convention at the annual banquet. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

Photo: Courtesy Heide Park.

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I am always thankful for any opportunities my ACE membership provides during the year. This becomes very interesting during the spring as I have to decide which activities I want to do out of a list that includes events, openings, media previews and more. (Posted 5/10/19) [MORE]

Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California) has announced that it will be removing the steel Green Lantern: First Flight coaster to make room for future development. The 105-foot-tall attraction has been classified standing-but-not-operating since July 2017. (Posted 5/3/19) [MORE]

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Photo: Courtesy Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.