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November-December 2019

ARTICLES POSTED DECEMBER 6

Nuts & Bolts - November-December 2019

  • New B&M Dive Coaster at SeaWorld San Diego Gets Updated Name
  • Troy Retracked
  • England’s Flamingo Land Getting 10-Inversion Intamin
  • Luna Park at Coney Island Adding a Coaster in 2020
  • New Luna Farm Park in Italy Contains Farm-Themed Coaster and a Bull in Love With a Chicken
  • Real Farm in Wisconsin Fields a Little Dipper Coaster and Other Rides
  • Cobra Reloads Its Venom With a New Train
  • Unique Roller Ball Coaster Will See Two Openings in 2020
  • Coasting on Over to Mars
  • Legoland Windsor, in a Brick-by-Brick Move, Adding Kiddie Duplo Coaster

(Posted 12/6/19) [MORE]

ACE South Central: Summer Under Cover Con

Saturday, November 9, was a chilly day for southeast Texas, but that didn’t stop 40 ACE members from showing up at the entrance to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston at 7:30 a.m. for the annual Summer Under Cover Con event. This year’s theme was space, which was chosen because of the debut of the park’s newest attractions earlier in the year, the very fast and fun mat racing slides, Infinity Racers. (Posted 12/6/19) [MORE]

Celia Horwood July 19, 1952 – November 11, 2019

A close friend in ACE, Celia Horwood, passed away on November 11, 2019, from a severe stroke and leukemia. This was a great loss to ACE in general, as Celia was one of the nicest and sweetest people in ACE history. (Posted 12/6/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED NOVEMBER 26

Nickelodeon Universe! An Indoor Amusement Marvel Slimes It Up in New Jersey

It’s a great day when an entirely new amusement park makes its debut. When it’s part of an entertainment complex that has spent 17 years in starts, stalls, ownership changes and reimaginations, it may have seemed that great day might never arrive, but it did: Friday, October 25, 2019. The public was at last welcome on that day to experience Nickelodeon Universe, a spectacular indoor theme park located at the not-quite-complete American Dream Meadowlands shopping and entertainment complex. (Posted 11/26/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: ACE Ghost Lake

Was anyone ready to face Ghost Lake’s 13 Levels of Fear? The 22 members of ACE Western Pennsylvania, Dark Attractions and Funhouse Enthusiasts (DAFE) and Great Ohio Coaster Club had little time to consider that unanswerable question when they met at 7:15 p.m. at the Conneaut Lake Park sign in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, for the start of a test of nerves in the dark, sinister-looking park. For members of these three organizations, ACE Ghost Lake was the first of three consecutive events that the region dubbed “One Frightful Weekend.” (Posted 11/26/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: ACE-DAFE Phantom Fright Night

It was Saturday, the second night of what the region loosely dubbed as “One Frightful Weekend.” ACE Western Pennsylvania and the Dark Attractions and Funhouse Enthusiasts (DAFE) have co-sponsored ACE-DAFE Phantom Fright Night at Kennywood for a number of years, but this year attendees had two options. Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC) invited ACE and DAFE members to join their Ghostly Gathering event on October 12 at the park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, which featured early entry into the park, a catered meal and ERT on The Steel Curtain, Kennywood’s new coaster from S&S that won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best New Roller Coaster of 2019. Those who didn’t attend as part of the Ghostly Gathering could meet fellow attendees later at the park and join them for the informal takeover times (ITOTs) on the rides and haunts that the regional event is well known for. (Posted 11/26/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: It’s a BOO-tiful Day in the Neighborhood

On Day Three of what the region dubbed as “One Frightful Weekend,” attendees were invited to celebrate Halloween “like a kid again.” The Dark Attraction and Funhouse Enthusiasts (DAFE) and ACE Western Pennsylvania co-sponsored It’s a BOO-tiful Day in the Neighborhood on Sunday, October 13, at Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. And it was a daytime event! Members of the Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC), which organized Ghostly Gathering at Kennywood the night before, participated as well. (Posted 11/26/19) [MORE]

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]



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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]


  • New B&M Dive Coaster at SeaWorld San Diego Gets Updated Name
  • Troy Retracked
  • England’s Flamingo Land Getting 10-Inversion Intamin
  • Luna Park at Coney Island Adding a Coaster in 2020
  • New Luna Farm Park in Italy Contains Farm-Themed Coaster and a Bull in Love With a Chicken
  • Real Farm in Wisconsin Fields a Little Dipper Coaster and Other Rides
  • Cobra Reloads Its Venom With a New Train
  • Unique Roller Ball Coaster Will See Two Openings in 2020
  • Coasting on Over to Mars
  • Legoland Windsor, in a Brick-by-Brick Move, Adding Kiddie Duplo Coaster

(Updated 12/6/19) [MORE]




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