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ACE News

In This Issue

MAY-JUNE 2020

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 29

Pacific Park Revs Up a New Spin on Santa Monica West Coaster

Pacific Park in Santa Monica, California, has been featured in numerous Hollywood productions. Television, movies and advertisements have used the “park on a pier” in a multitude of scenes. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

Iowa’s Adventureland Retires Dragon, Hints at 2021

Adventureland (Altoona, Iowa) is more than halfway through the process of removing Dragon. The double loop roller coaster was added to the park in 1990 and closed for good in the fall of last season. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Ann Marie Robinson 1949 - 2020

Longtime ACE member Ann Marie Robinson passed away on May 11, aged 71. Both she and her husband, Eugene, have been active ACEers for years. Residing in Lakewood, Ohio, they represented the Eastern Great Lakes Region (formerly Northern/Southern Ohio Region). Ann joined ACE in 1988. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 17

Nuts & Bolts - May-June 2020

  • Legoland New York delays its opening to 2021
  • Arnolds Park Adds Beautiful New Boardwalk
  • Casino Pier’s Hydrus Shiny Again
  • Improvements Seen on Valleyfair’s High Roller
  • Shanghai Disneyland Reopens for 2020!
  • Unfortunately, Funtown Splashtown USA Closes for 2020
  • And Not Just in the United States …

(Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

My Most Difficult Coaster Credit

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

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Top Thrill Dragster
  • Kiddy Coaster
  • Wiener Looping / Bullet
  • Wild Wind
  • Expedition Ge-Force
  • White Castle?!?!?

(Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Robert Api 1952 - 2020

On April 13, one of ACE’s longtime members lost his battle with the COVID-19 virus. Robert Api is survived by his wife, Joanie, whom he married in 1974, and sons, Rob, Steve and Mike. Robert and his wife joined ACE in 1985 after learning about the organization when they met a member at Playland Park (Rye, New York), who was wearing a vest covered with park patches – a common story of discovering ACE in that pre-internet era. The kids became official members in 1989, once family memberships were introduced. (Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 8

Book Review: Cedar Point Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology

There are certain souvenirs that an enthusiast treasures above most others. Coaster fans are among the most avid of collectors with so many options available. Between sold merchandise and pieces and parts from the past, it is easy to find something to embrace. Historians or aficionados of certain parks enjoy large books that illustrate the history of our passion. Cedar Point Rolling Through The Years has arrived as the latest “must have.” (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

Coaster Con 43 Postponed Until 2021

Even a few months ago no one could have imagined this, but after consultation with the host parks and careful consideration of options, the ACE Executive Committee (EC) voted to postpone Coaster Con 43 until 2021 because of the uncertainties surrounding the threat of COVID-19. An emergency Zoom meeting was held on April 25, at which the decision was made to hold Coaster Con 43 in the same four Pennsylvania parks — Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park and Knoebels Amusement Resort — during the week of June 20-26, 2021. No one was happy with this decision; Coaster Con has never been postponed. However, it was appropriate and the most logical direction to take with all the factors involved. (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Ken Riling-Brewton 1964 - 2020

In this time of terrible losses, ACE Western Pennsylvania has another to report: Ken Riling-Brewton died on April 21 of a heart attack. He left behind a husband, family members, co-workers, friends and his fellow coaster enthusiasts who were stunned by this sudden and unexpected loss. (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 1

Indiana Beach Rescued

It was the story so needed during these unprecedented and challenging times. As if prayers were answered, the April 21 confirmation that Indiana Beach (Monticello) was purchased and will operate again is one of the greatest preservation efforts in years. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

From the President - May-June 2020

I am personally saddened that the Executive Committee has made the appropriate decision to postpone ACE Coaster Con 43 to June 20, 2021. After discussions with our host parks, it was clear that until they get the authorization to return to operation, the uncertain situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for them to commit to event agreements this year. Likewise, the unknowns make it unclear for ACE members to make travel arrangements. Thanks go to Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. and Knoebels Amusement Resort. We absolutely look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

Bravo! The Industry Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

“In the amusement industry, we deal with risk every day, whether it is rides, terrorism, tornadoes … but none of us — no one — could have seen all our parks shut down at the same time,” Silver Dollar City’s (Branson, Missouri) Brad Thomas said in a conversation with me. But being a man of optimism, he stayed strong in hopes that people would be allowed to return even if the world doesn’t know when that is currently. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Bill Werth 1933 - 2020

William (Bill) Werth passed away on April 10, 2020. He resided in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, from 1982 until death. Bill retired as manager of Porter Safety Seal, Co. (Franklin Park, Illinois) in 2000. He loved cars (specifically Thunderbirds), roller coasters and traveling. He and his wife, Liz, became ACE members in 1995. Along with American Coaster Enthusiasts, he was an active member of The Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]



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I am personally saddened that the Executive Committee has made the appropriate decision to postpone ACE Coaster Con 43 to June 20, 2021. After discussions with our host parks, it was clear that until they get the authorization to return to operation, the uncertain situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for them to commit to event agreements this year. Likewise, the unknowns make it unclear for ACE members to make travel arrangements. Thanks go to Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. and Knoebels Amusement Resort. We absolutely look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]


  • Legoland New York delays its opening to 2021
  • Arnolds Park Adds Beautiful New Boardwalk
  • Casino Pier’s Hydrus Shiny Again
  • Improvements Seen on Valleyfair’s High Roller
  • Shanghai Disneyland Reopens for 2020!
  • Unfortunately, Funtown Splashtown USA Closes for 2020
  • And Not Just in the United States …

(Updated 5/17/20) [MORE]



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