ACE Coaster Classic Awards

An ACE Coaster Classic is about a traditional experience. One that has been shared by generations of thrill seekers since the golden age of the 1920s when the wild, uninhibited, free wheeling thrills of the wooden coaster established it as the premier thrill ride and an icon of popular culture.

The concept of ACE Coaster Classics was developed during a period when changes in the design, equipping, and operation of wood coasters threatened to erase these time-honored experiences and rituals. ACE awards ACE Coaster Classic status to coasters that still adhere to these principles that allow riders to safely experience the thrill of the classic wooden roller coaster ride. To be eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status, the coaster must meet the following criteria:

  • The coaster must use traditional lap bars that allow riders to experience so-called airtime, or negative G's (that sensation of floating above the seat!). Individual, ratcheting lap bars do not meet this requirement.
  • ACE Coaster Classics allow riders to slide from side-to-side. A coaster with any restraint or device that restricts this freedom is not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.
  • ACE Coaster Classics allow riders to view the upcoming drops and thrills. Coasters with headrests on every seat, or the majority of seats, restrict this view and are not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.
  • On ACE Coaster Classics, riders are free to choose where they sit. Some parks' operating procedures assign seating; these coasters are not eligible for ACE Coaster Classic status.

Coasters Awarded

The following coasters have been awarded ACE Coaster Classic status:


Big Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA; Operating

Blue Flyer - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, England; Operating

Blue Streak - Conneaut Lake Park; Conneaut Lake, PA, USA; Operating

Classic Coaster - Washington State Fair; Puyallup, WA, USA; Operating

Comet - Waldameer Park; Erie, PA, USA; Operating

Cyclone - Lakeside Amusement Park; Denver, CO, USA; Operating

Cyclone - Luna Park; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Operating

Cyclone - Williams Grove Amusement Park; Mechanicsburg, PA, USA; SBNO

High Roller - Valleyfair!; Shakopee, MN, USA; Operating

Hochschaubahn - Wiener Prater; Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Operating

Hullámvasút - Vidámpark; Budapest, Pest, Hungary; Operating

Jack Rabbit - Kennywood Park; West Mifflin, PA, USA; Operating

Kiddy Coaster - Playland Park; Rye, NY, USA; Operating

Leap-the-Dips - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA, USA; Operating

Lil’ Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA; Operating

Little Dipper - Six Flags Great America; Gurnee, IL, USA; Operating

Meteor - Little Amerricka; Marshall, WI, USA; Operating

Montaña Suiza - Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo; San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa, Spain; Operating

Nickelodeon Streak - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, England; Operating

Roller Coaster - Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England; Operating

Rollo Coaster - Idlewild Park; Ligonier, PA, USA; Operating

Rutschebanen - Tivoli Gardens; Copenhagen, Denmark; Operating

Scenic Railway - Luna Park; St. Kilda (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia; Operating

Sea Dragon - Jungle Jack's Landing at the Columbus Zoo; Powell, OH, USA; Operating

Skyliner - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA, USA; Operating

Teddy Bear - Stricker's Grove; Hamilton, OH, USA; Operating

Thunderbolt - Kennywood Park; West Mifflin, PA, USA; Operating

Tomahawk - PortAventura; Salou, Spain; Operating

Vuoristorata - Linnanmäki; Helsinki, Finland; Operating

Wooden Roller Coaster - Playland at the PNE; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Operating

Zach’s Zoomer - Michigan's Adventure; Muskegon, MI, USA; Operating


Rescinded Awards

The following coasters were awarded ACE Coaster Classic status; however, subsequent changes to the coaster made it ineligible for the award. Therefore, ACE notified the parks that the awards had been rescinded.


Blue Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH, USA; Operating

Coastersaurus - Legoland Florida; Winter Haven, FL, USA; Operating

Ghoster Coaster - Canada's Wonderland; Vaughan, Ontario, Canada; Operating

Legend - Arnolds Park; Arnolds Park, IA, USA; Operating

Montaña Rusa - La Feria de Chapultepec Mágico; Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Operating

Rutschebanen - Bakken; Klampenbourg, Sjælland, Denmark; Operating

Starliner - Legoland Florida; Winter Haven, FL, USA; In Storage

Wildcat - Frontier City; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Operating

Woodstock Express - Kings Island; Kings Mills, OH, USA; Operating

Woodstock Express - Kings Dominion; Doswell, VA, USA; Operating

Woodstock Express - Carowinds; Charlotte, NC, USA; Operating

Zippin Pippin - Libertyland; Memphis, TN, USA; Moved



Golden Age Coaster Awards

Nearly 2,000 roller coasters were built during the so called Golden Age of coaster construction during the 1920s. Hardly any of them remain today. ACE established the Golden Age Coaster award to recognize significant roller coasters that were built during the 1920s. ACE quickly changed this award to Landmark Coaster awards so that we would be able to recognize historically significant roller coasters that were not built during the 1920s.


Coasters Awarded

The following coasters were awarded Golden Age Coaster status:


Giant Dipper - Giant Dipper - Belmont Park; San Diego, CA, USA; Operating

Giant Dipper - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; Santa Cruz, CA, USA; Operating