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Coaster Con

Coaster Con is the flagship event of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Typically held the third or fourth week of each June, Coaster Con usually lasts five to seven days. Numerous exclusive ride time (ERT) sessions that allow attendees to ride coasters before and after the park is open to the public make for shorter lines and enthusiastic camaraderie. However, Coaster Con is far more than just riding some of the nation’s most exciting roller coasters. Presentations, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, a photo contest and a video contest are just some of the activities one finds at Coaster Con. A gala banquet, where dignitaries from the amusement industry appear as featured keynote speakers, also is one of the event’s highlights.

Featured here is everything there is to know about Coaster Con, from the very latest news about future ACE conventions to a complete history of previous ones, along with photo albums.

The first Coaster Con was held June 9-11, 1978, at Busch Gardens: The Old Country in Williamsburg, Virginia, with just over 50 enthusiasts in attendance. These days the conventions are multiday affairs with 400 to 800 attendees.

This year, join ACE for Coaster Con at Home, a virtual Coaster Con event from June 20 to 27, 2020. The event will highlight the parks of Coaster Con 43 with special activities to enjoy from home. Connect with friends and the pastime we love — roller coasters. Some aspects will be broadcast live with recordings available to enjoy later, and some will be prerecorded. The activities are open for all members to enjoy with no registration required. Links and information will be posted here, so check back to find your way to the activities.

Coaster Con 43 is scheduled from June 20 to 26, 2021, at host parks Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania), Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Dorney Park (Allentown, Pennsylvania) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, Pennsylvania). With the postponement of Coaster Con 43 until 2021, the planning of the convention, which had been finalized, will need to be revisited before details about the event, including general information, pricing and a tentative itinerary, can be posted again to the event listing. This year's tentative itinerary will serve as a guide to planning the delayed Coaster Con, but changes are inevitable as new opportunities may be available. Further information will be coming soon regarding hotel reservations that were made using the ACE room block. The host hotels, including the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey and Holiday Inn Allentown/Lehigh Valley, are working to make the process easy for members. As soon as Coaster Con 43 details can be reconfirmed, convention information will be posted here.

Coaster Con 44 is planned for June 19 to 24, 2022, at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) and Kennywood (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). As more details become available, they will be posted here.

Coaster Con at Home
Coaster Con 43

The first Coaster Con was held June 9-11, 1978, at Busch Gardens: The Old Country in Williamsburg, Virginia, with just over 50 enthusiasts in attendance. Convention events included two days of lectures, film and slide shows, exhibits, models and, of course, visits to Busch Gardens, all for an $8 registration fee. It was during this convention that enthusiasts got to experience the first-ever exclusive ride time (ERT) on the Loch Ness Monster. On the final day of the convention, a new organization was born out of an impromptu meeting of about fifteen individuals who attended the first business meeting. New officers were elected and the name American Coaster Enthusiasts was chosen from a list of suggestions that included American Coaster Riders, United States Coaster Enthusiasts, Roller Coaster Club of America, International Coaster Club, American Coaster Hobbyists and National Coaster Enthusiasts. Since that time ACE has held Coaster Con at various parks across the country.

For more information, select from the buttons below to view details of past conventions.

1978 - 1991

1992 - 2005

2006 - 2019

To view the Coaster Con annual business meeting reports:

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If you have questions about Coaster Con, feel free to contact:
Events Director Steve Berto
Registration Manager Dan Jones

Coaster Con I Group Photo

Iron Rattler - Coaster Con XL