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April 2019

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The April issue is the final issue you will receive by mail.

As approved by the membership last summer, ACE News will be converted to an online format starting the first week in May. Change typically comes with many questions, so ACE hopes to clarify some things that may not be clear. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

Copperhead Strike Debuts as 2019’s First Big Coaster

Straddling the state line of North and South Carolina, Carowinds is getting a lot of love from parent company Cedar Fair these days. The momentum and excitement generated by the addition of the über-popular Fury 325 Bolliger & Mabillard giga coaster in 2015 firmly established the southern themer as a must-do destination for coaster fans. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

From The President - April 2019

With this issue we’re saying goodbye to the experience of opening up the mailbox to find the latest edition of ACE News inside. I remember receiving black and white pages full of information about new coasters to ride and events to attend every month or so. But with technological change, the printed ACE newsletter, while appreciated, experienced a decline in preeminence. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

Camden Park Big Dipper Named ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

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 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Eastern Pennsylvania: Eastcoaster 2019

Along with the freezing cold at Hersheypark for the beginning of 2019’s Eastcoaster came some unexpected good news: February 2 was also Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow! That could mean an early spring and warm weather for park openings. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: CoasterBash! XXX

CoasterBash! is all about western Pennsylvania’s parks, coasters and personalities — past, present and future. Again held at Salvatore’s in Pittsburgh on March 2, CoasterBash! XXX brought 203 attendees together for an afternoon and evening of appreciating a rich history and looking forward to the newest for 2019. After checking in and choosing a superhero cape (courtesy of Jeff Filicko from Six Flags Fiesta Texas), attendees had two hours of social time to buy goodies from the bake sale (thanks, Mike Matscherz, and volunteers), peruse the vendors and auction tables, chat with friends, vote in the photo contest and pick up free popcorn before sitting down for the 4 p.m. start. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

Nuts & Bolts - April 2019

  • Busch Teases Record-Breaking Coaster as 2019 Addition Nears Opening
  • Kings Dominion Spews Sad News: Volcano Coaster to be Removed
  • The Beast Turns 40
  • No Longer a Point to the Cedars
  • Primordial Lagoon
  • Williamsburg: What’s in the Busch?
  • Mad Mouse Leaving Joyland, but New Coaster Arriving; Mouse Heading to Arnold’s Park
  • Quebec City’s Mega Parc reopens, adds new “Cloud” Coaster
  • Robin Hood Untamed
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die, But the Coaster Will in France [Walk This Way to Disneyland Paris Before It Does]
  • Poland Is Where It’s Been Happening

(Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

Universal Reveals Limited Details on New Orlando Coaster

Although guests have been able to physically see the roller coaster construction around the Hogsmeade area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the park has been rather coy about providing details on the upcoming attraction. This March, more has surfaced — finally! (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Western Great Lakes: No Coaster Con 2019

Bright and early on January 20, 2019, at 8 a.m., 125 attendees and 25 presenters gathered at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. The audience was full of the many friendly ACE faces from years before. The list of presenters included friends old and new. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Southeast: Winter Warm Up

A drizzly, cold day awaited 184 ACE members and their guests on February 23, 2019, for the eighth annual Winter Warm Up. This year the event was held at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, thankfully inside the park’s amazing Harmony Hall. The event started off with ACE Southeast Regional Rep Josh Herrington welcoming those in attendance and introducing Pat Jones, park president. She thanked everyone for being there and briefly talked about the upcoming “birth of her new baby,” Copperhead Strike, which she said was in the “Braxton-Hicks” phase of pregnancy. After the formal welcome and introductions were over, ACE President Robert Ulrich was up first to update everyone on all of the latest ACE information for 2019. He closed his presentation speaking about Give Kids The World and how the Coasting for Kids 2019 event helps support this special place. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE North Central: ACE Day at Nickelodeon Universe

On a sunny March Minnesota day (March 3, 2019) with a high temp outside of ─10 degrees, 15 ACE members and guests made their way into Nickelodeon Universe inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, where the temperature is always 70 degrees. Attendees had a full and fun day lined up for them. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE South Central: Fiesta Fest

The good times were rolling during ACE South Central’s Fiesta Fest – Mardi Gras Style held February 23, 2019, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The park greeted 129 attendees from seven states with Mardi Gras decorations, parade floats, jazz bands, street performers and authentic “N’awlins” cuisine. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE New England: The Great Nor’Easter

Salem, New Hampshire, was the setting for ACE New England’s off-season event, The Great Nor’Easter on February 16, 2019. A total of 56 ACEers and six guests were in attendance at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge #2226 for a fun and informative day that included park presentations, videos, lunch, door prizes, the annual regional photo contest and an auction. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Canada: No Coasters, Eh?!?

ACE attendees (13 from Ontario and two from nearby New York State) had a wonderful day in Niagara Falls on January 19. No Coasters, Eh?!? offered many activities. The weather inside the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark was hot and humid – a welcome contrast to the active winter conditions outside (which caused some members to cancel in the interest of safety). This waterpark has a variety of slides, as well as wave pools and hot tubs — a mix to satisfy everyone. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

ACE Mid-Atlantic: Mountainfest

On March 3, cold temperatures and snow on the ground didn’t prevent 14 ACE members visiting from five states for this annual winter ride on the mountain coaster at Wisp Mountain Ski Resort in McHenry, Maryland. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

Membership Database Update

ACE will be consolidating some fields soon and is asking every member to take a moment to review their online profile. To view your online profile, please sign in to aceonline.org. The first page you see should be your membership profile. If it is not, then click on the menu item Membership->Manage my profile. Once there, select “edit bio.” (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]

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With this issue we’re saying goodbye to the experience of opening up the mailbox to find the latest edition of ACE News inside. I remember receiving black and white pages full of information about new coasters to ride and events to attend every month or so. But with technological change, the printed ACE News, while valued, experienced a decline in popularity. (Posted 4/10/19) [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 4/10/19) [MORE]


The folks at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay were recently in a celebratory mood, promoting their park’s 60th anniversary year (reminding us they were “Florida’s first theme park”) and touting all the history they have made over the decades. (Posted 4/10/19) [MORE]







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