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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020

ARTICLES POSTED FEBRUARY 21

Indiana Beach and Fantasy Island Rides Up for Sale; Parks Closing

Reports that started becoming known in mid-February were pretty tough to take. Small parks and family entertainment centers were approached with a list of rides for sale from Indiana Beach (Monticello) and Fantasy Island (Grand Island, New York). Both properties are operated by Apex Parks. A few of the rides will apparently be moved to other Apex facilities, but most are being sold or even discarded. It would appear a buyer coming forth to purchase the parks is sadly not an option. (Posted 2/21/20) [MORE]

ACE Eastern Pennsylvania: Eastcoaster

Eastcoaster has found a home at Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania) for the past six years now. For many attendees, ACE Eastern Pennsylvania’s midwinter event has become a three-day deal: the Friday pre-event touring a part of Hersheypark (for 2020 it was Cupfusion, an interactive dark ride, followed by surprise ERT on the ride), the real event (Eastcoaster) on Saturday and the postevent informal meetup on Sunday (in 2020 at the Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Gardens). An additional 2020 incentive for the 242 ACEers and their guests who signed up for Eastcoaster was the prospect of a preview of Coaster Con 43, part of which will be hosted by Hersheypark. (Posted 2/21/20) [MORE]

Cheri Armstrong — ACE’s Newest Honorary Member

At the recent Eastcoaster event on February 1, ACE President Robert Ulrich presented Cheri Armstrong with a plaque recognizing her as the organization’s newest honorary member. Congratulations to Cheri on this well-deserved acknowledgment. Her plaque reads: (Posted 2/21/20) [MORE]

Construction Zone - January-February 2020

ACE takes a quick look at construction of some of the year’s most anticipated rides — and 2021! (Posted 2/21/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED FEBRUARY 14

The Future of Japan’s Toshimaen Now Uncertain

The closure of any amusement park is sad news to the enthusiast community. Often when it takes place in another country, it is easier to take. However, with the East Meets ACE trip visiting Japan as recently as 2018, those memories are still fresh among ACE members. To hear that Toshimaen (Tokyo) looks to close its gates comes as a shock. (Posted 2/14/20) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - January-February 2020

  • SeaWorld Announces Opening Dates for Texas Stingray
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina Might Magically Receive Its First Coaster
  • Coronavirus Outbreak Fears Close Three Parks in Asia
  • England’s Dreamland and the Scenic Railway Will Be Celebrating 100 Years
  • PowerPark at PowerLand Opening Its Seventh Coaster in 2020

(Posted 2/14/20) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Jeepers, It’s Winter

Under cloudy, rainy, winter skies, 123 ACE members and their guests from six states and the District of Columbia arrived at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Virginia) to enjoy a day to shake off the winter coaster blues. Visiting a park closed for the winter is always a little odd, but with a tram awaiting the arrival of attendees, it felt as if the park was coming alive just for ACE. The excitement began immediately as the tram traveled past the greenhouses, behind the train station and right past Invadr before arriving outside the Festhaus. (Posted 2/14/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED FEBRUARY 7

Will Russian Mountains Be on the Russian Island?

A major new amusement park is set to open in Moscow. Dream Island (Ostrov Mechty) will be the largest indoor amusement park in the world, at least according to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. At 3,229,173 square feet, the facility, which is also the largest theme park in all of Europe — indoors or outdoors, has been built on an islet near the Moscow city center. (Posted 2/7/20) [MORE]

No Coaster Con 2020

A total of 164 attendees (including 24 presenters), arriving from 14 states and two countries, headed to the Hyatt Place Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago), undeterred by the seven inches of snow that had fallen the night before, and untroubled by the predictions of zero degree temperatures and 40 mph wind gusts for later that Saturday, January 18 — all so they could enjoy presentations offered by the likes of Kings Island, Cedar Point, Kentucky Kingdom, Six Flags Great America, Give Kids the World, Hersheypark, ACE Cares, Silver Dollar City, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Dutch Wonderland, Kennywood, Special Olympics, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. (PTCI) and so many more... (Posted 2/7/20) [MORE]

ACE Canada: No Coasters, Eh?!?

On January 25, 2020, 23 ACE members found welcome relief from the bitter cold of Canadian winter by entering the hot, humid atmosphere in Fallsview Indoor Water Park. In addition to the wonderful climate, the park provided something for every water fan. Fallsview has a wide selection of exciting waterslides that vary in intensity, plus a full wave pool. (Posted 2/7/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED FEBRUARY 2

Conservation Corner - January-February 2020

Quick! Name a coaster that’s a hundred years old. That’s rather difficult as the list is exceptionally short. The 2020s will add a handful to the list, starting this year with two. Both, ironically, are named Jack Rabbit. Kennywood’s (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) Jack Rabbit is the park’s oldest coaster. Now standing nearby the monumental, record-setting, award-winning coaster The Steel Curtain, it still charms all visitors who enter the park with its nostalgic feel and legendary double dip. (Posted 2/2/20) [MORE]

Two Ships Now Planning to Cruise with Coasters Aboard

A second powered coaster ride has been announced for a cruise ship. In early 2019, Carnival Cruise Lines announced the installation of Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster on the new Mardi Gras passenger ship being built in Finland. It is slated to set sail from Port Canaveral in summer 2020 (see the ACE News article “Carnival Cruise Line Puts A Roller Coaster Onboard,” posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019). (Posted 2/2/20) [MORE]

Construction Zone - January-February 2020

ACE takes a quick look at construction of some of the year’s most anticipated rides. (Posted 2/2/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JANUARY 25

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Texas Stingray in Testing Phase

While the excitement of a new year — along with a new coaster season — is already beginning to brew with the construction of several great rides, SeaWorld San Antonio (Texas) began testing Texas Stingray just as the years were switching over. (Posted 1/25/20) [MORE]

ACE New Jersey: 11th Annual “A Christmas Story”book Land

It warms the heart of even the most jaded ‘Jersey enthusiast to know December brings the return of a favorite ACE get-together. And when it’s this cold, the warming part really counts. If 11 years qualifies as a tradition, then that’s what ACE New Jersey has with “A Christmas Story”book Land, held every December at Storybook Land (Egg Harbor Township) since 2009. (Posted 1/25/20) [MORE]

ACE North Central: Riding in the Bold North

On Sunday, January 12, 11 ACE members embarked on the journey of becoming a kid again. A full day of scheduled activities awaited at attractions inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The day started with a visit to the Fly Over America attraction where ACEers were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of this massive flying simulated experience. The flying theater attraction is more than 40 feet tall and puts riders in an open-air, ski-lift-style chair and then "flies" them through a 10-minute movie of some unique landscapes of America (or Canada). (Posted 1/25/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JANUARY 21

Happy New Year — Next Year: ACE News Looks at Coasters Announced for 2021

Let’s do the numbers. 2019 brought us 264 coasters (which included two woodies). 2020, which has just begun, has 132 coasters ready to go (of those we know of so far), including three woodies. And even a fourth, if you’re willing to figure in the planned reopening of Lakemont Park’s (Altoona, Pennsylvania) Leap the Dips as part of the good news count — so we will. Twenty-eight of those coasters are slated to be in North America, 56 in Asia, 44 in Europe, two in Australia, and two in South America. (Posted 1/21/20) [MORE]

ACE South Central: Winterfest 2020 — Jam Packed with Presentations and Boardwalk Fun

As the first official ACE event of the new decade, Winterfest was hosted a bit earlier than normal this year on January 4. The primary reason was to accommodate the scheduling of annual maintenance on Kemah Boardwalk’s (Kemah, Texas) Boardwalk Bullet, which would be out of operation temporarily following the last weekend of the holiday season. The event took place in the upstairs private room of The Boardwalk’s Landry’s restaurant, with a “Welcome ACE Members” right out on the marquee. (Posted 1/21/20) [MORE]

ACE New England: Informal Holiday Meetups in New England

In what turned out to be one of the sunniest (but bitterly coldest) of days, 22 ACE members and their guests gathered for informal meet-ups at Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts) and Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut) on December 7, 2019. (Posted 1/21/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JANUARY 13

Nuts & Bolts - January-February 2020

  • Great American Scream Machine TLC
  • Pantheon Speeds Up for a World Record
  • Furuvik Park Set to Release a Dragon
  • Soon to be the Prancing Mindbender at Galaxyland?
  • Do You Want to Be in a Hamster Wheel on a Coaster?
  • Fun Spot’s Newest Coaster Named Hurricane
  • Making a Coaster Project Less ‘Disturbing’

(Posted 1/13/20) [MORE]

ACE Southern California: ACE Night at Knott's Scary Farm

On the afternoon of October 6, a group of 60 ACE members and their guests gathered at the entrance to Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant awaiting the start of ACE Night at Knott's Scary Farm. Following event check-in, the group was led in for a private one-hour, lights-on, photo-op, backstage tour of two of Knott's elaborate creatively themed mazes, The Depths and new-for-2019 Wax Works. (Posted 1/13/20) [MORE]

ACE Southern California: SoCal Holiday Party

On Saturday, December 7, ACEers from across Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties made their way to Fiesta Village Family Fun Park to celebrate together at the SoCal ACE Holiday Party. Located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles in Colton, Fiesta Village has been entertaining guests since it opened its doors in 1974. Fiesta Village has won the San Bernardino County’s Readers’ Choice Award (voted on by readers of Redlands Daily Facts and San Bernardino Sun) for "Best Place for Kids to Have Fun" for 11 years in a row, and after attending the party, everyone would agree that it is also a fantastic place for adults to have fun too! (Posted 1/13/20) [MORE]

ACE South Central: ACE Gets Holiday Festive at Feliz Fiesta 2019

Christmastime in Texas is never the same. It can be 86 degrees and sunny, 50 degrees with high winds, 36 degrees with a threat of rain … or anything in between. But when it comes to San Antonio, the weather is typically pretty nice. For ACE South Central’s Feliz Fiesta 2019 at Six Flags Fiesta Texas on Saturday, December 14, it was perfect — 78 with crystal-clear skies. Combine great weather in a great park with almost 100 happy ACEers, and you have one awesome event! (Posted 1/13/20) [MORE]

ACE Members Take on Six Flags’ Polar Coaster Challenge

Did you know that the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a Polar Coaster winter? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, that means “freezing, frigid, and frosty” with predictions of frigid temperatures and snow for the majority of the country. The Almanac explains, “This winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a ‘Polar Coaster.’” (Posted 1/13/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED JANUARY 3

West Coast Racers Fuels Guests’ Excitement at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, recently introduced its latest coaster, West Coast Racers. Though announced to open in the summer of 2019, significant delays pushed the official opening to January 9, 2020. Member previews began on December 21, 2019, giving a select few a chance to ride before it opens to the general public. (Posted 1/3/20) [MORE]

From the President - January-February 2020

The end of the twenty-teens brings the year of better vision — 2020. The new decade provides an excellent opportunity to both look back and look forward. My initial year as ACE president was a wonderfully fulfilling experience that included making new friends and enjoying unique and fun opportunities. I repeat myself often in sharing my thought that when I first volunteered for ACE more than 20 years ago, it was never in my wildest imagination that I would be president of the club. When I look back, I will admit it was a somewhat scary first step to call my regional representative and offer to help. (Posted 1/3/20) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Coastin’ Through the Snow

Dark, rainy skies loomed in Doswell, Virginia, as attendees of Coastin’ Through the Snow awoke on Saturday, December 14, but as check-in time arrived, skies cleared for a beautiful winter event. This year, 77 attendees from seven states, the District of Columbia and Ontario were welcomed to the annual event that rotates among the Mid-Atlantic parks. It was a treat to bring it to Kings Dominion for the park’s second year of Winterfest. Volunteers welcomed all attendees with their event packets, which included an unexpected treat: a one-time use Fast Lane and the traditional Mid-Atlantic event button. (Posted 1/3/20) [MORE]

ACE Eastern Great Lakes: Ohio Holiday Party

When the leaves have finally fallen off the trees, the air turns a little crisper, and snow starts to appear more regularly, it means that winter has arrived in Ohio and the ACE Eastern Great Lakes Region. It also means it is time for the annual kickoff to the off-season with the ACE Ohio Holiday Party. (Posted 1/3/20) [MORE]

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The end of the twenty-teens brings the year of better vision — 2020. The new decade provides an excellent opportunity to both look back and look forward. My initial year as ACE president was a wonderfully fulfilling experience that included making new friends and enjoying unique and fun opportunities. I repeat myself often in sharing my thought that when I first volunteered for ACE more than 20 years ago, it was never in my wildest imagination that I would be president of the club. When I look back, I will admit it was a somewhat scary first step to call my regional representative and offer to help. (Posted 1/3/20) [MORE]


Nestled along the Ohio River valley in Huntington, West Virginia, is a small traditional amusement park that is one of the few remaining sites that began as a trolley park. Developed by the Camden Interstate Railway Company in 1902 as a peaceful picnic spot and for riders to change trolley lines, Camden Park was known by locals for its idyllic, peaceful location along the Ohio River. The land also featured an ancient Indian burial mound, which has always been a local curiosity. (Posted 2/2/20) [MORE]


  • SeaWorld Announces Opening Dates for Texas Stingray
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina Might Magically Receive Its First Coaster
  • Coronavirus Outbreak Fears Close Three Parks in Asia
  • England’s Dreamland and the Scenic Railway Will Be Celebrating 100 Years
  • PowerPark at PowerLand Opening Its Seventh Coaster in 2020

(Updated 2/14/20) [MORE]





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