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July-August 2019

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 12

Maxx Force Blasts Through Records at Six Flags Great America

"I feel the need … the need for speed!" So the saying goes … S&S Worldwide has taken pneumatic launches of its Thrust Air Coaster model to a new level here in North America with Maxx Force. The spiritual successor to Do-Dodonpa in Japan at Fuji-Q Highlands, Maxx Force captures three new world records for Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, Illinois): fastest launch in North America (0 to 78 mph in under two seconds), fastest inversion in the world (60 mph zero-G roll) and tallest double-inversion in the world (175 feet above ground). (Posted 7/12/19) [MORE]

A New Dueling Dragons Takes Flight

For coaster fans who still lament the tragic loss of the Bolliger & Mabillard masterpiece Dueling Dragons (later Dragon Challenge) at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, slight comfort comes in the form of the defunct coaster inspiring a new, innovative coaster. A new Dueling Dragons has taken flight at Guangzhou Sunac Land. (Posted 7/12/19) [MORE]

June Executive Committee Meeting Highlights

The Executive Committee (EC) met on June 16, 2019 in Valencia, California. Listed below are some of the meeting highlights: (Posted 7/12/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JULY 6

Universal Orlando Opens Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

On May 28, 1999, Universal opened what it is considered to be by many among best theme parks in the world, Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. One of the opening day attractions was a roller coaster named Dueling Dragons. This Bolliger & Mabillard creation was the only dueling inverted coaster in the world. The ride — and its queue — were revered by many. (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]

Lakemont Park Reopens With a New Direction

In 2019 there has been no shortage of great new and exciting rides to enjoy. But in the midst of all the fastest and tallest, it’s nice to remember the classics and how they fit into the history of this roller coaster hobby. Leap The Dips is a classic wooden roller coaster that has been enjoyed by more than a century of riders, and with the grand reopening of Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania, this summer, there is the hope that it will be enjoyed by a century more. (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]

From The President - July-August 2019

Travel expands your imagination. Robert Louis Stephenson said, “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” I know when I get behind the wheel of the Prius and start heading down the road for the next destination I have great images already built up from my research into where I’ll be stopping. Sometimes I am too optimistic, which leads to disappointment, but over the years I’ve realized that what I actively do can help create a positive outcome. (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]

ACE Canada: ACE Western Canada Roundup

In an effort to entice more Americans to come to the ACE Western Canada Roundup, the event was held this year on the U.S. Memorial Day weekend, which meant an extra day to travel for those south of the border (Canada’s long weekend happened the week before, for Victoria Day). (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]

ACE Florida: White Lightning 10K Marathon – Fun Spot America

On June 1, 2019, 30 ACE members and guests from three states met at Fun Spot America (Orlando) for the first-ever White Lightning 10K. Before the riding marathon, attendees enjoyed a full day at the Orlando park to experience Fun Spot’s amazing attractions, such as Freedom Flyer, Hot Seat and Sea Serpent. To ensure the racers had the stamina to finish their laps, participants were treated to a buffet dinner consisting of barbeque pulled pork, hot dogs and fresh salad. (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]

Photo: Courtesy Six Flags.



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Travel expands your imagination. Robert Louis Stephenson said, “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” I know when I get behind the wheel of the Prius and start heading down the road for the next destination I have great images already built up from my research into where I’ll be stopping. Sometimes I am too optimistic, which leads to disappointment, but over the years I’ve realized that what I actively do can help create a positive outcome. (Posted 7/6/19) [MORE]





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