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September-October 2019

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 23

ACE Member Coaster Milestones - September-October 2019

(Updated 10/23/19) [MORE]

ACE Heart of America: Daredevil Daze

Daredevil Daze is always a down-home event, featuring Six Flags St. Louis’ (Eureka, Missouri) three wooden coasters plus other attractions. On September 14, this year was no exception as 39 attendees at the Eureka, Missouri, park enjoyed two hours of nighttime ERT on The Boss; John Allen’s self-proclaimed masterpiece Screamin’ Eagle; and Great Coasters International’s compact twister American Thunder. (Posted 10/23/19) [MORE]

ACE Southwest: ACE Night at Lakeside or “The Coaster With No Name”

More than 50 ACE members and guests celebrated National Roller Coaster Day at the annual ACE Night at Lakeside event in Denver, Colorado. The festivities started with an Italian buffet dinner, complete with table drink service from the friendly Lakeside employees. During the buffet, the ACE regional rep team was able to sit down with Operations Manager Brenda Fishman to get the scoop on Lakeside’s “new” coaster. (Posted 10/23/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 11

Accelerate Over to Italy’s Mirabilandia and Motorcycle Ride on a World’s First

Mirabilandia (Savio), Italy’s largest amusement park, opened its new €25 million Ducati World-themed section this July, featuring Desmo Race, a new steel dual coaster-track racer from Maurer Rides. On it, riders mount two-seat motorcycle-like coaster vehicles meant to simulate the excitement of driving a Ducati-brand V4 Panigale bike. (See ACE News February 2019 issue for further reporting on Maurer’s Spike Coaster system, such as the version for Mirabilandia and the model expected to be up and sailing by 2020 on a seafaring cruise ship.) (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

The Return of Coasting for Kids Is a Huge Success in 2019

Coasting for Kids is a partnership in the amusement park industry to celebrate fundraising for Give Kids The World by riding roller coasters. These events have been hosted in various parks in the previous seven years and have raised more than $700,000. Coasting for Kids returned in 2019 with a very successful outcome of $137,577 raised and 14 parks participating, which far exceeded the initial goals when the conversation to host it again began last September. The hope was for 12 parks to participate and for ACE to raise $100,000. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

Celestial Gauntlet Debuts High Thrills for New Park

Vekoma is beginning to build not only a formidable lineup of highly acclaimed new coasters, but also a name for itself. Once known for rather aggressive rides, the company’s new system of creating smooth layouts is making it a big go-to manufacturer of some highly sought-after rides. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

Ohio’s Coney Island Giving Up Its Rides, Again

The good news, Cincinnati Ohio’s Coney Island, which opened in 1886 (an amazing 133 years ago), will continue to exist; the bad news, it will no longer do so with any amusement rides. Coney Island is removing all of its 24 rides (including a Ferris wheel, carousel and steel coaster) and will shift its focus to enhancing its waterpark experience and event hosting spaces. The last day for guests to enjoy the rides was September 21. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - September-October 2019

  • Great Adventure’s Road Runner Railway Stopped in Its Tracks, For Now
  • Two Killed and Two Others Injured When Coaster Derails
  • Smooth Voyage
  • England’s Paultons Park Captures a New Multimillion-Pound Storm Chaser Coaster for 2020
  • Seabreeze’s Bobsleds Given a New Lease on Life
  • Place Your Bets, Desperado Running Again

(Updated 10/12/19) [MORE]

Conservation Corner - September-October 2019

Close on the heels of returning from Southern California, the euphoria of Coaster Con 42 was dampened by news that the ACE Archives would need to vacate its current location in Allentown, Pennsylvania, by August 31, 2019. ACE was given two months’ notice, which was in our month-to-month agreement with the property management company for the building. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: Flying High With a Blue Streak

Summer may have been winding down, but it’s not over until ACE Western Pennsylvania and Western New York Coaster Club (WNYCC) spend a weekend at Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake and Waldameer Park & Water World in Erie for their joint event Flying High With a Blue Streak. Visits to these two traditional western Pennsylvania parks are always a treat, but a bonus was the 70-degree sunny weather that welcomed the 51 attendees who checked in at the Blue Streak pavilion at Conneaut Lake Park on Saturday, August 24. Of note was that the park, waterpark and lake area were crowded with visitors, and the bumper car building had been brightened up with a creative paint job. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

ACE Eastern Pennsylvania: CocoaCon

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, 60 ACE members and guests descended upon Hersheypark on a very warm day for our annual ACE day, which this year was dubbed CocoaCon. After registration attendees were treated to the park’s Sweet Start early entry on 28 attractions like Comet, Skyrush and sooperdooperLooper. Lines during this time were virtually nonexistent, easily allowing for re-rides. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

ACE Canada: Roller Coasters, Eh?? 2019

On September 14, ACE Canada held the 2019 version of the very popular Roller Coasters, Eh?? A total of 180 guests made the trek to the great white (well, not during this time of year) north and Canada's Wonderland to tackle, among other attractions, the mighty Yukon Striker. Rides on this record-breaking Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster that opened in April 2019 were definitely the highlight of the day. Registration included Timbits (doughnut holes) and coffee from Tim Horton’s. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

ACE Canada: ACE Day at Centreville Island

ACE Day at Centreville Amusement Park always provides a perfect, more casual follow-up to the activity-packed Roller Coasters, Eh?!? at Canada’s Wonderland. Centre Island is accessible only by ferry. This year, the ferry experience was spectacular — a perfect September morning with calm waters, bright sunshine, mild temperatures and a wonderful view of the Toronto Harbourfront. (Posted 10/12/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED OCTOBER 1

Kings Island to Remove Vortex

After 33 seasons, Vortex at Kings Island (Mason, Ohio) is bidding farewell. The record-setting, multi-inversion coaster from Arrow Dynamics, which opened in 1987, will be removed following the close of the 2019 season. For the remainder of the season, both 2019 and 2020 Gold and Platinum season passholders will be given the opportunity for exclusive Vortex early ride time on Saturdays and Sundays before the park opens to the public. (Posted 10/1/19) [MORE]

New Jersey’s Clementon Unexpectedly Shut Down, Raising Concerns About the Park’s Future

Clementon Park and Splash World (Clementon, New Jersey), one of the oldest traditional amusement parks in the United States (operating since 1907, when it opened as a trolley park), was supposed to be open weekends this fall through September 22. However, in an incident widely reported within the region’s media recently, a family drove to the park on Sunday, September 15, armed with tickets they’d purchased in advance for Clementon’s special-priced and park-promoted “Appreciation Day.” Once there the folks were appreciated with a “park closed” sign and security guards telling them that the place was shut for the season. (Posted 10/1/19) [MORE]

Lakemont Park Unable to Reopen Leap The Dips This Season, but Plans to by Next Year

The exciting news has been that Lakemont Park (Altoona, Pennsylvania) reopened in 2019 (after having been closed in 2017 and 2018) and that it has been rethought and revitalized, this time as a community center (see ACE News Now 10/02/18, and ACE News online posted 07/06/19 and 08/25/19), concentrating on activity and sports, music and events, as well as some amusements, like go-kart tracks two new mini-golf courses, new paddle boats and, in particular, a few classic rides. (Posted 10/1/19) [MORE]

ACE Southeast: Carolina Coaster Classic

On a beautifully hot late summer day (September 7, 2019), 116 ACE members and their guests attended the Carolina Coaster Classic at Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina). The morning started with ERT on Copperhead Strike where three trains launched attendees into its tangled coil of track. Several ITOTs (informal takeover times) were on the schedule starting with the Mountain Gliders which were in great shape after their refurbishment last year. (Posted 10/1/19) [MORE]

ACE South Central: BeachCon

For many, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. This year, nearly 50 ACE members and guests gathered at Schlitterbahn South Padre Island (Texas) to celebrate the end of summer at the ACE South Central region’s BeachCon event. Although the event did not formally start until Sunday, Schlitterbahn invited all attendees who arrived on Saturday to enjoy complimentary admission to the park. That evening, guests were able to savor the sunset overlooking the beach, while indulging in free hot snacks. (Posted 10/1/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 24

Florida Welcomes Two New Coasters in 2020 — Iron Gwazi and Ice Breaker

For three solid years, coaster fans dreamed and wondered what would become of Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida. After its closure in 2015, the coaster stood dormant for an extended period before any type of plan was revealed to the public. In early 2019, a limited amount of information was released, putting the final nail in the coffin for the iconic dueling wooden coaster that fans had either loved or hated: Gwazi would be reborn as a new Rocky Mountain Construction IBox track coaster. (Posted 9/24/19) [MORE]

Texas Stingray Sets Records and Brings New Wood to the United States

Announcements of new coasters are always great news, but the addition of a wooden coaster to the American landscape is worth celebrating. SeaWorld San Antonio joined its sister parks, making for a full complement of coasters debuting at every Busch Gardens/SeaWorld park in 2020. In Texas, it will be a new woodie from Great Coasters International, Inc (GCII). (Posted 9/24/19) [MORE]

Mystic at Walibi Rhône-Alpes Casts a Spell

Walibi Rhône-Alpes (Les Avenières, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) went all out for its 40th anniversary celebration and debuted several new rides, among them Mystic, an Infinity coaster from Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH that opened on May 30, 2019. This impressive steel shuttle coaster is located in a New Orleans-themed section of the French park (the “Voodoo Quarter”), along with a rethemed drop tower, a new restaurant and a family teacup-style ride. (Posted 9/24/19) [MORE]

ACE New England: ACE Day At The Lake

Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut) was the location on a gorgeous, sunny summer day, greeting 60 ACE members and guests on Saturday, August 10, for ACE Day at the Lake. Attendees were drawn from hometowns both locally, regionally, and as far away as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Georgia and California. (Posted 9/24/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Wild West Fun Day

Adventure Park USA in New Market, Maryland, is a treat to visit for ACE members because of its growth and focus on making the old new again. Coaster owner Erik Stottlemeyer has done a remarkable job of restoring the three operating roller coasters at the park, as well as many of the other rides. All three have been rescued from demise, thanks to his hard work. (Posted 9/24/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 17

Poland’s Energylandia Opens Three More Coasters in 2019, Including the RMC Zadra

Energylandia amusement park (Zator, Poland) opened its new Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) hybrid steel coaster, Zadra — doing so on August 22, 2019, notably well ahead of its originally intended debut in spring 2020. Even that goal seemed questionable when in March 2019 a strong storm caused sections of the then-under-construction coaster to collapse. But RMC and the park quickly recovered, and the Zadra project was back on track. So much so, that the park decided to open the ride this year since construction had been completed in record time. (Posted 9/17/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - September-October 2019

  • El Loco Reopens at Vegas’ Adventuredome, but Miner Mike Kiddie Coaster Closes
  • Universal’s Epic Announcement on New Park
  • Big Dipper Becomes Woodstock Express at Michigan’s Adventure
  • Japan’s Regina Wooden Coaster Closes

(Updated 9/17/19) [MORE]

ACE North Central: Riding in the Bold North

With National Roller Coaster Day being on Friday, August 16, ACE North Central wanted to make a full weekend out of it to celebrate. That idea led to the creation of a newly titled event called Riding in the Bold North. This was a two-day, two-park weekend experience. On Saturday, August 17, 19 ACEers from six states embarked on a fun journey. (Posted 9/17/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Celebrate America

A gathering of ACE members can only be enhanced by hospitality and fun! Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, delivered another memorable annual Celebrate America event with a full day of activities. (Posted 9/17/19) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 6

New Coasters Announced in Six Flags’ 2020 North America Lineup

Six Flags has recently announced its 2020 offerings within its North American parks. Among its flat rides, water slides and family offerings, there are four coasters to note in the lineup. Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey) has upped the single-rail “raptor track” genre with a taller, longer, faster version than the two siblings that debuted in 2018. The style of coaster was introduced by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) at San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster) and Santa Clara’s California’s Great America (RailBlazer). Great Adventure’s new Jersey Devil Coaster will stand 130 feet tall and run for 3,000 feet. The first two installations of the raptor track featured a first drop of 90 degrees; Jersey Devil Coaster is just slightly less than that at a still exceptionally steep 87 degrees. (Posted 9/6/19) [MORE]

Fury Launches at Bobbejaanland – a Coaster That Lets You Decide Which Way to Go

On June 24, Bobbejaanland theme park (Lichtaart, Belgium) opened its most expensive themed area ever, launching the five-acre expanse with its largest coaster investment ever. And launched is the right word, as the new Fury (created by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH), which is the signature attraction for the park’s new Land of Legends section, is a triple-launching steel coaster. (Posted 9/6/19) [MORE]

ACE South Central: ACE Day at Typhoon Texas

ACE South Central made a big splash at ACE Day at Typhoon Texas held on August 3, 2019. The waterpark is located in Katy, Texas, and features Texas-themed attractions, local bands and entertainment — and some amazing Texas barbeque. (Posted 9/6/19) [MORE]

From The President - September-October 2019

ACE is a unique enthusiast club in a number of ways, and one is that it is an all-volunteer club. With this structure, I think we are a stronger organization. I’ve found that one of the most personally rewarding parts of volunteering for the club is getting to interact with people who are as enthusiastic as I am. Sometimes their passion surprises me. Until I joined a social club, whether it was about trains or coasters, I thought I was one of just a few crazy people. By joining ACE I found that there were others as interested in coasters as I was, and I was thankful that ACE was such a welcoming community. (Posted 9/6/19) [MORE]

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ACE is a unique enthusiast club in a number of ways, and one is that it is an all-volunteer club. With this structure, I think we are a stronger organization. I’ve found that one of the most personally rewarding parts of volunteering for the club is getting to interact with people who are as enthusiastic as I am. Sometimes their passion surprises me. Until I joined a social club, whether it was about trains or coasters, I thought I was one of just a few crazy people. By joining ACE I found that there were others as interested in coasters as I was, and I was thankful that ACE was such a welcoming community. (Posted 9/6/19) [MORE]


Close on the heels of returning from Southern California, the euphoria of Coaster Con 42 was dampened by news that the ACE Archives would need to vacate its current location in Allentown, Pennsylvania, by August 31, 2019. ACE was given two months’ notice, which was in our month-to-month agreement with the property management company for the building. (Posted 11/11/19) [MORE]


On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, a woman was ejected from the El Loco steel coaster at the Adventuredome indoor park within the Circus Circus resort complex in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was hospitalized, but details regarding the extent of her injuries or her condition have never been released. It was subsequently learned that the woman was a double amputee (she had lost her limbs before the fall). The coaster (built by S&S Worldwide and opened in 2013) was immediately closed and remained so for just over three months. (Updated 9/17/19) [MORE]




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