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MAY-JUNE 2020

ARTICLES POSTED JUNE 19

Nuts & Bolts - May-June 2020

  • Joyland Park Hit by Sand Storm
  • Kingdom Coaster Receives Royal Makeover
  • Frontier City’s Diamond Back Slithers Into the Shade
  • Boomers Family Entertainment Centers Close in California
  • Wicksteed Park Grinds to a Halt After 99 Years

(Posted 6/19/20) [MORE]

Construction Zone - May-June 2020

Many of the new-for-2020 coaster projects were put on hold in March with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have been announced to open, others may be postponed. ACE is aware some of these ride’s have undecided futures at this point. (Posted 6/19/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JUNE 12

Coaster Con at Home Approaches: All Members Encouraged to Participate

Coaster Con is about coming together to interact, build friendships and celebrate roller coasters. Since the current health situation does not offer us this opportunity to come together, ACE will be gathering for special activities during the week of June 21 with Coaster Con at Home, a virtual at-home celebration. Everything featured during the week will spotlight all the parks that ACE was scheduled to be visiting! (Posted 6/12/20) [MORE]

Conservation Corner: Protecting Your Collections

In addition to taking lots of photos, many ACEers collect coaster- and park-related things, which, after an event, may get thrown into old shoeboxes or stuffed into drawers or file folders. This may work as a temporary solution, but what are the best ways to store these mementos to prevent damage and deterioration? (Posted 6/12/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Gary Naftz

On May 14, 2020, Gary Naftz passed away suddenly. Gary was a quiet man who didn't like any fuss, so his leaving us with little fanfare was certainly his style. Gary was a dedicated family man and husband. Gary didn't have much use for words, but if you asked him about his family, his eyes would twinkle, and he'd share a story. Family was clearly his passion and joy. Gary had the same level of loyalty and commitment to Mount Saint Vincent, where he worked for 35 years. He rarely missed work. Well, there was the time the squirrel jumped out of the dumpster and attacked him. (That story will live on for years.) (Posted 6/12/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Doug Robinson 1971 – 2020

Doug Robinson, age 49, of Indian Trail, North Carolina, passed away Thursday, May 21. He is survived by his wife, Linda Robinson; father, Harry Robinson; brother, Tommy Robinson; sister, Vicki Muscarello; and brother-in-law, Jospeh Muscarello. (Posted 6/12/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JUNE 5

Signs of Life Return to the Industry

There is no doubt that the world is living through historic times. In facing those challenges, the amusement industry has been brought to its knees. Fortunately, signs of life are returning. While these are small steps, enthusiasts can be thankful that parks are opening their gates once again, even with it comes with major changes and new procedures. With each day, more and more news is emerging of parks setting opening dates. (Posted 6/5/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 29

Pacific Park Revs Up a New Spin on Santa Monica West Coaster

Pacific Park in Santa Monica, California, has been featured in numerous Hollywood productions. Television, movies and advertisements have used the “park on a pier” in a multitude of scenes. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

Iowa’s Adventureland Retires Dragon, Hints at 2021

Adventureland (Altoona, Iowa) is more than halfway through the process of removing Dragon. The double loop roller coaster was added to the park in 1990 and closed for good in the fall of last season. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Ann Marie Robinson 1949 - 2020

Longtime ACE member Ann Marie Robinson passed away on May 11, aged 71. Both she and her husband, Eugene, have been active ACEers for years. Residing in Lakewood, Ohio, they represented the Eastern Great Lakes Region (formerly Northern/Southern Ohio Region). Ann joined ACE in 1988. (Posted 5/29/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 17

Nuts & Bolts - May-June 2020

  • Legoland New York delays its opening to 2021
  • Arnolds Park Adds Beautiful New Boardwalk
  • Casino Pier’s Hydrus Shiny Again
  • Improvements Seen on Valleyfair’s High Roller
  • Shanghai Disneyland Reopens for 2020!
  • Unfortunately, Funtown Splashtown USA Closes for 2020
  • And Not Just in the United States …

(Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

My Most Difficult Coaster Credit

ACE members shared some of their most difficult coaster credits to attain:

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Top Thrill Dragster
  • Kiddy Coaster
  • Wiener Looping / Bullet
  • Wild Wind
  • Expedition Ge-Force
  • White Castle?!?!?

(Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Robert Api 1952 - 2020

On April 13, one of ACE’s longtime members lost his battle with the COVID-19 virus. Robert Api is survived by his wife, Joanie, whom he married in 1974, and sons, Rob, Steve and Mike. Robert and his wife joined ACE in 1985 after learning about the organization when they met a member at Playland Park (Rye, New York), who was wearing a vest covered with park patches – a common story of discovering ACE in that pre-internet era. The kids became official members in 1989, once family memberships were introduced. (Posted 5/17/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 8

Book Review: Cedar Point Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology

There are certain souvenirs that an enthusiast treasures above most others. Coaster fans are among the most avid of collectors with so many options available. Between sold merchandise and pieces and parts from the past, it is easy to find something to embrace. Historians or aficionados of certain parks enjoy large books that illustrate the history of our passion. Cedar Point Rolling Through The Years has arrived as the latest “must have.” (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

Coaster Con 43 Postponed Until 2021

Even a few months ago no one could have imagined this, but after consultation with the host parks and careful consideration of options, the ACE Executive Committee (EC) voted to postpone Coaster Con 43 until 2021 because of the uncertainties surrounding the threat of COVID-19. An emergency Zoom meeting was held on April 25, at which the decision was made to hold Coaster Con 43 in the same four Pennsylvania parks — Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park and Knoebels Amusement Resort — during the week of June 20-26, 2021. No one was happy with this decision; Coaster Con has never been postponed. However, it was appropriate and the most logical direction to take with all the factors involved. (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Ken Riling-Brewton 1964 - 2020

In this time of terrible losses, ACE Western Pennsylvania has another to report: Ken Riling-Brewton died on April 21 of a heart attack. He left behind a husband, family members, co-workers, friends and his fellow coaster enthusiasts who were stunned by this sudden and unexpected loss. (Posted 5/8/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED MAY 1

Indiana Beach Rescued

It was the story so needed during these unprecedented and challenging times. As if prayers were answered, the April 21 confirmation that Indiana Beach (Monticello) was purchased and will operate again is one of the greatest preservation efforts in years. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

From the President - May-June 2020

I am personally saddened that the Executive Committee has made the appropriate decision to postpone ACE Coaster Con 43 to June 20, 2021. After discussions with our host parks, it was clear that until they get the authorization to return to operation, the uncertain situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for them to commit to event agreements this year. Likewise, the unknowns make it unclear for ACE members to make travel arrangements. Thanks go to Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. and Knoebels Amusement Resort. We absolutely look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

Bravo! The Industry Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

“In the amusement industry, we deal with risk every day, whether it is rides, terrorism, tornadoes … but none of us — no one — could have seen all our parks shut down at the same time,” Silver Dollar City’s (Branson, Missouri) Brad Thomas said in a conversation with me. But being a man of optimism, he stayed strong in hopes that people would be allowed to return even if the world doesn’t know when that is currently. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Bill Werth 1933 - 2020

William (Bill) Werth passed away on April 10, 2020. He resided in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, from 1982 until death. Bill retired as manager of Porter Safety Seal, Co. (Franklin Park, Illinois) in 2000. He loved cars (specifically Thunderbirds), roller coasters and traveling. He and his wife, Liz, became ACE members in 1995. Along with American Coaster Enthusiasts, he was an active member of The Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]

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I am personally saddened that the Executive Committee has made the appropriate decision to postpone ACE Coaster Con 43 to June 20, 2021. After discussions with our host parks, it was clear that until they get the authorization to return to operation, the uncertain situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for them to commit to event agreements this year. Likewise, the unknowns make it unclear for ACE members to make travel arrangements. Thanks go to Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. and Knoebels Amusement Resort. We absolutely look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. (Posted 5/1/20) [MORE]


  • Joyland Park Hit by Sand Storm
  • Kingdom Coaster Receives Royal Makeover
  • Frontier City’s Diamond Back Slithers Into the Shade
  • Boomers Family Entertainment Centers Close in California
  • Wicksteed Park Grinds to a Halt After 99 Years

(Updated 6/19/20) [MORE]





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