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ACE News

In This Issue

JULY - AUGUST 2020

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 24

Efteling debuts Max & Moritz, a Double Attraction From Mack Rides

ACE members who have visited Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) prior to 2020 will recall the superbly themed park featured one of the few Intamin bobsleds in existence. Bob operated from 1985 to 2019. In all, only five bobsled rides from Intamin were manufactured in 1984 and 1985 — two for Six Flags, one for Opryland and the largest model for Cedar Point. Efteling purchased the only one outside of the United States. (Posted 7/24/20) [MORE]

Two-fer Connecticut - July 18, 2020

Plans for this event began last November. In a poll of regional members, there was a preference for a combination event with the two Connecticut parks, Quassy Amusement Park (Middlebury) and Lake Compounce (Bristol). The plan included both parks, two meals, two ERT sessions on three roller coasters, a full day of ACE members, friends and family camaraderie!(Posted 7/24/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Byron Hughes 1966 – 2020

On July 9, Byron Lamar Hughes lost his lifelong battle with diabetes. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 12, 1966.

Many ACE members know or at least recognize Byron from the many ACE events he attended or from his time working with the Koch family at Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure. Byron was the ride manager at Alabama Adventure and personal assistant to Pat Koch, lovingly called the General. Several of the newer ride additions were proof of his hard work.(Posted 7/24/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 17

Orion Changes the Skyline at Kings Island

Sometimes they say “it is in the stars"… which is fitting for Orion, Kings Island’s massive new roller coaster, which had its debut delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the park's opening on July 2, 2020. Orion was operational and testing toward certification when the coronavirus essentially shut down the Mason, Ohio, park — along with everything — in the early spring. While the enthusiasm, excitement and some debate never waned during this waiting period, undoubtedly the park was disappointed not to be able to introduce Orion with all the fanfare and festivities that were originally planned. (Posted 7/17/20) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - July-August 2020

  • Craig’s Cruisers Michigan Adds First Visa Big Air Coaster
  • Fantasy Island’s Second Chance?
  • Death at Parc Saint Paul
  • ACE Gets Plug on “America’s Got Talent”
  • Funplex Myrtle Beach Also Doing Flips

(Posted 7/17/20) [MORE]

Fun Fore All Fiesta 2020

It’s hard to believe, but ACE Western Pennsylvania’s Fun Fore All Fiesta 2020 on July 3 was the very first official ACE in-person event – regional or national – since the ongoing pandemic shut down parks in 2020. Most ACE regions were reluctant to schedule events early in the season because of the uncertainty of park openings. Fun Fore All, an indoor-outdoor family entertainment center in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, was up to the task of hosting it, having been already reopened for over a month and had taken the precautionary steps necessary to ensure the safety of guests. (Posted 7/17/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 13

Candymonium — The Sweetest New Ride at Hersheypark

After the coronavirus pandemic closed amusement parks in Pennsylvania for more than three months, Hershey Entertainment and Resort was allowed to reopen its amusement park to the general public in early July 2020. Hersheypark’s much-anticipated 15th roller coaster (the park counts Breakers Edge Water Coaster as a coaster credit, according to the official park website; ACEers, however may count Lightning Racer as two) debuted on June 29 and 30 to King Size season pass-holders. The park opened to all levels of season pass-holders on July 1 and 2 and to the general public on July 3. (Posted 7/13/20) [MORE]

My Most Difficult Coaster Credit - Part 2

ACE members shared some of their most difficult coaster credits to attain:

  • Steel Dragon 2000
  • Roller Coaster
  • Cannonball Run
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • X

(Posted 7/13/20) [MORE]

From the President - July-August 2020

Coaster Con at Home is now in the history books — hopefully, the first and last. This event was a great example of what an all-volunteer enthusiast group as a team can do to help bring enjoyment to one another. It was an animated, entertaining online celebration of parks and roller coasters that is the definition of an ACE Coaster Con. For the first time you could stay home and avoid standing in a queue. Pants were optional. (Posted 7/13/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 3

Coaster Con at Home: A Huge Success in Connecting ACEers While Apart

Coaster Con at Home offered ACE members the opportunity to gather, socialize and celebrate roller coasters from the safety of their homes. Since Coaster Con 43 had to be delayed because of the current pandemic, it was important to ACE to offer something to its members, because this time has been so hard on everyone mentally. (Posted 7/3/20) [MORE]

Adventureland Announces Dragon Slayer

On June 24, Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, officially announced its new-for-2021 coaster — Dragon Slayer! This new coaster will be an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster and will be positioned next to Tornado right by the lake that runs through the park. The cleverly named Dragon Slayer will replace The Dragon, a Hopkins steel coaster that was built in 1990. The Dragon was the first looping roller coaster in Iowa. (Posted 7/3/20) [MORE]

The Industry Reopens: What Can Guests Expect?

A significant number of amusement parks and theme parks have reopened following the global coronavirus pandemic. Changes were expected and were often communicated by the parks themselves via websites and required reservations. ACE President Robert Ulrich’s visit to Dollywood in Pigeon, Forge, Tennessee, serves as a common look at what can be expected when visiting a park during these times. (Posted 7/3/20) [MORE]

Photo Courtesy Efteling.


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Coaster Con at Home is now in the history books — hopefully, the first and last. This event was a great example of what an all-volunteer enthusiast group as a team can do to help bring enjoyment to one another. It was an animated, entertaining online celebration of parks and roller coasters that is the definition of an ACE Coaster Con. For the first time you could stay home and avoid standing in a queue. Pants were optional. (Posted 7/13/20) [MORE]


  • Craig’s Cruisers Michigan Adds First Visa Big Air Coaster
  • Fantasy Island’s Second Chance?
  • Death at Parc Saint Paul
  • ACE Gets Plug on “America’s Got Talent”
  • Funplex Myrtle Beach Also Doing Flips

(Updated 7/17/20) [MORE]



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Photo: Derek Perry.


Photo: Courtesy Craig’s Cruisers.


Photo: Joel Brewton-Riling.


Photo: Ron Jiu.


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Photo: Tom Nickerson.


Photo: Robert Ulrich.



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