Dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters, ACE has always had a preservation component in its core mission since its origins in 1978.
The ACE Preservation Fund offers financial assistance to roller coaster owners and operators around the world to lend aid when needed. These funds may be available to assist with costs associated with needed repairs or refurbishment work to ensure
a roller coaster continues to offer guests thrills, fun and memories for years to come. If not for support from the ACE Preservation Fund, Leap-The-Dips, the world’s oldest roller coaster, would not have been restored and reopened in 1999.
Other beneficiaries of this fund include Bay Beach Amusement Park’s Zippin Pippin, Conneaut Lake Park’s Blue Streak and Margate Dreamland’s Scenic Railway.
Most recently, this fund has supported Bushkill Park in Easton, Pennsylvania, in its efforts to install a new roller coaster after a flood; repairs to the Big Dipper at Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia; and repairs to Legend and Wild Mouse at Arnolds Park in Arnolds Park, Iowa.
In order to learn more about possible financial assistance from the Preservation Fund or other assistance such as statements to the media for community support, please contact ACE Preservation Director David Dragun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure that roller coasters, especially the classic wooden coaster, will be around for future generations to enjoy, ACE:
- Promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of roller coasters to parks, the public and other roller coaster enthusiasts.
- Recognizes coasters that continue to be operated in the traditional manner by granting them ACE Coaster Classic status.
- Recognizes historically significant coasters by designating them as ACE Roller Coaster Landmarks.
- Educates parks about the historical significance of endangered coasters and showing the parks alternatives to destroying them.
- Assists parks with the required paperwork and documentation to list coasters or parks on the National Register for Historic Places or have them declared National Historic Landmarks.
- Identifies Standing But Not Operating (SBNO) coasters and publicizes these coasters to parks that may be in the market for a coaster.
- Educates parks about coasters that have been successfully relocated.
- Hosts an annual Preservation Conference to draw attention to traditional parks or coasters.
- Works with the amusement industry with events and activities to help focus attention on roller coasters.
Standing But Not Operating Coasters
- Hell Cat. 2004 S&S Worldwide (Alan Schilke) wood twister. Clementon Park; Clementon, New Jersey
- Jester. 1996/2003 Vekoma steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
- Mega Zeph. 2000 CCI (Bill/McNulty) wood. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
- Muskrat Scrambler. 2000 L&T Systems steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
- Silver Comet. 1999 CCI (Bill/McNulty) wood. Fantasy Island; Grand Island, New York
- Zydeco Scream. 2000 Vekoma steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
Some of these coasters may be available to be moved. If you have any interest in helping preserve these rides, please contact us.
Parks can buy an SBNO or dismantled coaster and then resurrect it in a new park. Relocation has been shown to be cheaper than building a new coaster and the park gets a proven design. Here is a short list of coasters that have found new homes at another
park. All of these coasters consistently rate in the upper echelon of top coaster lists.
Click on the coaster's link for more details about the coaster from ACE's census. Many of the census pages also include photos of the coaster.
- Arkansas Twister. 1978 Cobb Circus World/Boardwalk and Baseball, Haines City, Florida. Moved to Magic Springs, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1992, re-opened
- Comet. Schmeck/PTC 1948, Crystal Beach, Canada. Moved to The Great Escape Fun Park, Lake George, New York in 1994.
- Little Dipper. 1950 Schmeck/PTC, Melrose Kiddieland, Melrose, Illinois. Moved to Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois in 2010.
- Meteor. 1953 Schmeck/PTC, Hillcrest Park, Lemont, Illinois. Moved to Little Amerricka, Marshall, Wisconsin in 2007.
- Phoenix. Schmeck/PTC 1947, Playland Park, San Antonio, Texas. Moved to Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania in 1985.
- Skyliner. 1960 Allen/PTC, Roseland Park, Canandaigua, New York. Moved to Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1987.
- Wildcat. 1968 IAD, Fairyland, Kansas City, Missouri. Moved to Frontier City, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1991.
- Wild One. 1917 Miller/PTC, Paragon Park, Hull, Massachusetts. Moved to Six Flags America (formerly known as Adventure World), Largo, Maryland in
- Zippin Pippin. 1923 Miller, Libertyland, Memphis, Tennessee. Moved to Bay Beach, Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2011.
Leap-The-Dips – Lakemont Park
Photo: Bobby Nagy
Zippin Pippin – Bay Beach
Photo: Richard Koppelman
Legend – Arnolds Park
Photo: Tim Baldwin
Blue Streak – Conneaut Lake Park
Photo: Mark Rosenzweig
Scenic Railway – Margate Dreamland
Photo: Justin Garvanovic
Big Dipper – Camden Park
Photo: Steve Gzesh