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February 2019

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Carnival Cruise Line Puts A Roller Coaster Onboard

Enthusiasts can be a snobby lot on occasion. Obviously not the norm, but at times the “I’ve done it all” attitude can sneak in when not intended. News like this is just the thing to take such types down a peg or two. A roller coaster is coming to a cruise ship. (Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

SeaWorld San Diego Starts Off 2019 With A 2020 Announcement — A B&M!

Barely before enthusiasts could get excited about upcoming coasters for the 2019 season, SeaWorld San Diego surprised the coaster world with the announcement of yet another new coaster for 2020. (Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - February 2019

  • Revered Racer Retracked
  • Avalanche Gone
  • Iowa’s Adventureland Rises From the Ashes
  • A New Gwazi Coming to Busch Tampa in 2020
  • Wonderland’s Spin on New Coaster
  • Morey’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Will Be a Runaway (Coaster) Success
  • Ireland’s Tayto Park Announces New "Two Coasters in One" for 2021

(Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

2018 Year In Review

Like life in general, the ups and downs in the coaster world of 2018 were like — wait for it — a roller coaster. Years and years from now, when enthusiasts look back on 2018, what will stand out? ACE News’ annual Year in Review pinpoints some of the memorable details of last year.

ACE South Central: Winterfest Sets Attendance Record

Long before the name Winterfest became synonymous with Cedar Fair holiday events, ACE South Central adopted the moniker in the early 1990s. Taking the region’s informal off-season gathering into a more of official event now for more than a quarter century, Winterfest wowed the audience with its 2019 edition on January 26.

ACE New England: ACE Behind The Scare

On October 20, 2018, Six Flags New England sponsored its first ever "ACE Behind The Scare" during the park’s Fright Fest. With free parking, 98 ACE members reported to the park at noon and were issued special lanyards, which allowed free entry into the park.

Mirabilandia Lets Riders Race A Motorbike On A Coaster

Italy’s Mirabilandia park (Savio, Emilia- Romagna) will debut a new dual-track racing coaster in 2019, which gives passengers the thrill of controlling their own motorcycle- themed experience while riding.

Finland’s Linnanmäki Announces New Double Launch Coaster

Linnanmäki Amusement Park (Helsinki, Finland) has announced its biggest roller coaster project ever. Taiga, designed by Intamin, will be a custom Blitz Coaster model and will open this year. The ride will offer two linear synchronous motor launches, feature an outside top hat and include four inversions: a zero-G winder, a dive loop, an Immelmann and an inline twist. The steel Taiga will stretch out to be 3,622 feet in length, climb to 170 feet and accelerate to 65 mph.

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Coastin' Through The Snow

Threatening skies welcomed 59 ACE members and their guests to Coastin’ Through the Snow, which has become better known as Coastin’ Through the Rain since it rains most years for this event. Attendees traveled to Busch Gardens Williamsburg from eight states, Washington, DC and Ontario to enjoy this holiday celebration. Luckily the rain stayed away for an enjoyable hour of ERT on Invadr. Plenty of rides were had before heading to the Cuckoo Mania game for the Mid-Atlantic’s annual tournament. David Rager took home the championship prize this year. Next up, the kids battled it out, and Melina Ringas took home the prize.

ACE Florida: ACE Day at Fun Spot Orlando and Kissimmee

After the conclusion of the IAAPA Attractions Expo, on Saturday, November 17, Fun Spot Orlando hosted an ACE Day event for 27 ACE members and guests. The morning started out with a behind-the-scenes tour and ERT on White Lightning, a hybrid wooden coaster (with a steel structure) built by Great Coasters International, Inc. in 2013. Bart Parsons, project manager for the park, showed guests the working mechanics of White Lightning, which included an exciting and rare look into the chain lift drive housing and a unique photo opportunity under the coaster’s structure. During ERT, ACEers were given a commemorative White Lightning T-shirt, courtesy of the park, along with a complimentary onride photo from White Lightning.

ACE Florida: IAAPA/ACE Meet & Greet Dinner 2018

Midweek of the IAAPA Attractions Expo, on Wednesday, November 14, the annual IAAPA ACE Meet & Greet dinner was held at the Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurant on International Drive. It is conveniently down the road from the Orange County Convention Center, directly across the street from the Orlando Eye and the new 450-foot-tall swing-ride attraction, the Orlando StarFlyer. For many years, ACE Florida has hosted this event, and this was the largest turnout ever seen. Close to 80 ACE friends and family, along with guests of ACE members and IAAPA Expo attendees, joined together on a warm fall night to enjoy great food, drinks and stories. The Brick House Tavern + Tap has always been an amazing host for the meet up, and ACE thanks them for welcoming the group for another successful event.

ACE South Central: Feliz Fiesta

There are many facets to a holiday festival, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio) hit several at Feliz Fiesta on December 8, 2018. If it is holiday décor, the park was decked in its Christmas nest. If it is looking ahead to the New Year, management gave 94 attendees from seven states and Washington, DC, a sneak preview through the new Pirates of the Deep Sea dark ride that was debuting three weeks following the event on New Year’s Eve. Some people love Christmas music, and the park provided reserved seating to two spectacular shows — the phenomenal “Majesty of Christmas” and the new “The Heart of the Holidays.” If Christmas means family, well, that was there too as the management team ACE South Central knows and loves were present at dinner, making ACEers feel like family.

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Jeepers It's Winter

On January 5, Jeepers It’s Winter had attendees saying “Jeepers – this is a packed day!” A total of 51 attendees from four states and Washington, DC, gathered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for the Mid-Atlantic’s annual nonriding event. New for this year – RIDING!

ACE Western Pennsylvania: ACE Holiday Magic

For the third year in a row, ACE Western Pennsylvania scheduled ACE Holiday Magic for the Sunday after Thanksgiving — the very first weekend of Kennywood’s Holiday Lights winter event. Could the record attendance have been prompted by the prospect of an exclusive tour? The West Mifflin park of officially opened at 5 p.m., but at 4:15, the 116 attendees were escorted directly to the future site of Steelers Country, where The Steel Curtain, the record-breaking roller coaster from S&S Sansei Technologies, is scheduled to open in 2019.

Volunteering At Kennywood

Last spring Kennywood, which partners with nonpro t organizations to provide volunteers, asked ACE Western Pennsylvania if any ACEers would like to help with food service for a few weeks until the high school and college students were available for the summer. Volunteers would be allowed to work in food service only — no rides — and Kennywood would pay their wages to the ACE Preservation Fund. Several Western Pennsylvania ACEers stepped right up and got a quick lesson in dealing with hungry crowds.

Book Review: Always Cedar Point: A Memoir Of The Midway

To read the first section of Always Cedar Point: A Memoir of the Midway is to immediately feel envious of John Hildebrandt’s life. Enthusiasts can only imagine the exhilaration of choosing, marketing and overseeing the operation of some of the world’s best attractions at America’s Roller Coast.

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To read the first section of Always Cedar Point: A Memoir of the Midway is to immediately feel envious of John Hildebrandt’s life. Enthusiasts can only imagine the exhilaration of choosing, marketing and overseeing the operation of some of the world’s best attractions at America’s Roller Coast.

ACE's New Documentary: "Path To Railblazer"

After survey markers and construction walls began showing up at California’s Great America (Santa Clara) in spring 2017, it soon became clear that a new roller coaster was coming to the park. A small team of ACE members from Northern California thought that this would be a great opportunity to capture the excitement of a new ride and follow construction of the yet- to-be-revealed ride from the early stages of construction to the grand opening.

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Happy New Year! ACE’s winter events are a great way to meet new friends, and recently I found a quote, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met.” Whereas we used to be in a wintertime coasterless desert after parks closed in the fall (don’t laugh, Florida and California), most of the country now has a park open through the end of the year. (Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

This feature usually highlights ACE’s success stories in regard to documenting and preserving the history of roller coasters and the club. Conservation is a part of ACE’s core mission. Soon you will read here about the latest ACE Roller Coaster Landmark to be dedicated during the upcoming Preservation Conference in May. To continue those success stories, your help is needed. (Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

The Avalanche wooden coaster at Timber Falls Adventure Park (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin), which had been standing but not operating for all of this last season, was torn down on November 20, 2018. (Posted 2/14/19) [MORE]

Dave Altman, Tim Baldwin, Dave Bird, Jennifer Bock, Steve Boney of Maurer Rides, Andrew Brechner, Joel Brewton, Mark Brunner, Ben Chappell, Michael Cristopher, Paul Coloumbe, Alex Dickey, Lee Ann Draud, Ann Feeley, Phil Floyd, Randy Geisler, Matt Glumac, David Hahner, Kevin Harper, Don Helbig of Kings Island, John Hildebrandt, Michael Horwood, Intamin, Heather Kendrick, Jack Lathrope, John Layson, Douglas Lee, Bill Linkenheimer III, David Lipnicky, John Losito, Mac Lundie, Rus Ozana, Justin Phillips, Alex Rigsby, Elizabeth Ringas, Roller Coaster Data Base, Mike Rumble, Jill Ryan, Truman Segal, Robert Ulrich, Jerry Willard.

Photo: S. Madonna Horcher.
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Ducati Photo: Courtesy Maurer Rides.
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Taiga Photo: Courtesy Intamin.
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Photo: Jill Ryan. View full-sized image.

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Photo: Courtesy California's Great America.
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