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Coaster Con at Home

Coaster Con at Home



Coaster Con at Home,

ACE's virtual Coaster Con event.

June 20 to 27, 2020

This event highlighted the parks of Coaster Con 43 with special activities to enjoy from home and opportunities to connect with friends and the pastime we love, including:

  • Watch party premier of the crew commentary version of "The Legacy of Arrow Development"
  • Photo and video Contests
  • No Limits re-creation contest
  • Zoom Informal Take-Over Times (coaster chat via Zoom)
  • ACE- and coaster-themed trivia contests
  • Google street view scavenger hunts
  • Door prizes
  • #ShareYourMoments giveaways from Roller Coaster Styles
  • Fun ACE printables to enjoy from home
  • and even MORE!


ACTIVITIES HELD DURING THE WEEK
(all times Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Saturday, June 20
Welcome message from ACE President Robert Ulrich
1 p.m.  Annual Business Meeting
2:30 p.m.  Election Platforms


This year's annual business meeting was held on Saturday, June 20, 2020, and was followed immediately by the election platforms. Both the meeting and the platforms are available on ACE's YouTube channel. The annual business meeting report booklet, as well as the draft minutes for the 2019 annual business meeting, are both available for download. (Note: You must be signed in to access the business meeting files.) The candidates' platforms and proposed constitution and bylaw changes are also available online for review.



Sunday, June 21
1 p.m.  Opening Ceremony — Hosted by ACE podcast hosts, Clint Novak and Kris Rowberry

  • Informal meetup with welcome message
  • Preview of the upcoming week's schedule


Coaster Con 43 Trivia (deadline to play has passed)


Photo Contest voting begins (voting has ended)


Video Contest voting begins (voting has ended)



No Limits Coaster Re-creation Contest kickoff




Monday, June 22, featuring Hersheypark
7 p.m.  Hersheypark History Presentation


Fun on your own schedule:

  • ACE Trivia (deadline to play has passed)
  • Hersheypark Scavenger Hunt (deadline to submit answers has passed)


Tuesday, June 23, featuring Dutch Wonderland
7 p.m.  Dutch Wonderland Feature

  • Park speaker — Jim Bowe, Director of Maintenance for Dutch Wonderland
  • VRT (Virtual Ride Time)
  • History feature — B. Derek Shaw


Fun on your own schedule:

  • Trivia — Member-submitted questions (deadline to play has passed)
  • Dutch Wonderland Scavenger Hunt (deadline to submit answers has passed)


Wednesday, June 24, featuring Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
12 noon  Get to Know PTCI - Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.



7 p.m.  Landmark Coaster Live Trivia

8:30 p.m.  Coaster Con at Home: An Update from Our Friends at Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. (PTCI)


Fun on your own schedule:



Thursday, June 25, featuring Dorney Park
7 p.m.  Zoom Meetup including Group Photo and Memorial Slideshow


8 p.m.  Photo and video contest voting ends


Voting for No Limits Re-creation Contest begins (voting has ended)


Fun on your own schedule:

  • Dorney Park Scavenger Hunt (deadline to submit answers has passed)
  • Coaster Con Trivia to play (deadline to play has passed)


Friday, June 26, featuring Knoebels
7 p.m.  Knoebels History Presentation with ACE Member Bill Galvin



9 p.m.  Crew commentary of "The Legacy of Arrow Development"

Behind the Screams: The Legacy of Arrow Development | Crew Commentary Edition" — ACE's critically-acclaimed 2016 documentary on former amusement ride manufacturer, Arrow Development.


The video is also available via Facebook Live.


Fun on your own schedule:



Saturday, June 27, featuring Knoebels
1 p.m.  Closing Ceremony

  • Knoebels park features
  • Share Your Moments drawing
  • Photo and Video Contest winners announced
  • No Limits Re-creation Contest results announced
  • Informal Zoom ITOT

The closing ceremony is available via:

  • Zoom meeting for members wanting to interact (note: Zoom meeting maximum capacity is first 100)
  • Facebook Live for all others or those who just want to watch the ceremony


Find all our Facebook Live events at:
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCoasterEnthusiasts/live/



THANKS!
This week would not have been possible without the countless volunteers and contributors that made up the Coaster Con at Home team — Jes Niemiec, Jeff Niemiec, David Rager, Tom Zeliff, Jordan May, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Kim Steffen, Kris Rowberry, Clint Novak, Allen Kao, Madonna Horcher, Harry Michelson, B. Derek Shaw, Bill Galvin, Scott Short, Jerry Willard, Melanie Turner, Bill Linkenheimer, Maegan McCown, Aaron Lesko, Derek Perry, April Lucas, Dan Jones, Tim Baldwin, Elizabeth Ringas, the Dutch Wonderland, Knoebels and Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. teams and many, many others — who contributed ideas and time to produce an amazing virtual event to give us all an opportunity to connect.

Additional thanks to all who submitted photo, video, and No Limits entries for the contests, artwork for display in the Art Gallery and shared photos and videos from past Coaster Cons.

Finally, a special thank you goes to Nicole Morales for designing our Coaster Con at Home logo.



More ways to have fun at your own schedule:

  • Crossword - Check your ACE knowledge with a crossword puzzle giving you clues to various facts about your club!
  • Word Search - Good luck finding Coaster Con at Home themed words and phrases!
  • Name that Park - How well do you know the names of amusement parks around the United States? See if you can use these clues to name them all!
  • Enthusiast Logic Grid - Can you figure out which enthusiast likes which coaster? Use the clues to deduce everyone's favorite.
  • ACE Sudoku - Try this twist on a classic Sudoku puzzle. Instead of numbers, spell out GO WITH ACE in every row, column and block.
  • Download and print your own Coaster Con at Home Name Badge

CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER KEY to check your solutions. BE SURE you want to see all of the answers to the puzzles before taking a peak as they are all included in one file. You wouldn't want to spoil your fun!

Coaster Con 43

The first Coaster Con was held June 9-11, 1978, at Busch Gardens: The Old Country in Williamsburg, Virginia, with just over 50 enthusiasts in attendance. Convention events included two days of lectures, film and slide shows, exhibits, models and, of course, visits to Busch Gardens, all for an $8 registration fee. It was during this convention that enthusiasts got to experience the first-ever exclusive ride time (ERT) on the Loch Ness Monster. On the final day of the convention, a new organization was born out of an impromptu meeting of about fifteen individuals who attended the first business meeting. New officers were elected and the name American Coaster Enthusiasts was chosen from a list of suggestions that included American Coaster Riders, United States Coaster Enthusiasts, Roller Coaster Club of America, International Coaster Club, American Coaster Hobbyists and National Coaster Enthusiasts. Since that time ACE has held Coaster Con at various parks across the country.


For more information, select from the buttons below to view details of past conventions.

1978 - 1991

1992 - 2005

2006 - 2019




To view the Coaster Con annual business meeting reports:

Click Here


This week would not have been possible without the countless volunteers and contributors that made up the Coaster Con at Home team — Jes Niemiec, Jeff Niemiec, David Rager, Tom Zeliff, Jordan May, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Kim Steffen, Kris Rowberry, Clint Novak, Allen Kao, Madonna Horcher, Harry Michelson, B. Derek Shaw, Bill Galvin, Scott Short, Jerry Willard, Melanie Turner, Bill Linkenheimer, Maegan McCown, Aaron Lesko, Derek Perry, April Lucas, Dan Jones, Tim Baldwin, Elizabeth Ringas, the Dutch Wonderland, Knoebels and Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. teams and many, many others — who contributed ideas and time to produce an amazing virtual event to give us all an opportunity to connect.

Additional thanks to all who submitted photo, video, and No Limits entries for the contests, artwork for display in the Art Gallery and shared photos and videos from past Coaster Cons.

Finally, a special thank you goes to Nicole Morales for designing our Coaster Con at Home logo.



Coaster Con I Group Photo


Coaster Con IV Group Photo


Coaster Con V Group Photo


Coaster Con VI Group Photo


Coaster Con XIII Group Photo


Coaster Con XVII Group Photo


Iron Rattler - Coaster Con XL


Coaster Con 41 Group Photo


Raven Presentation - Coaster Con XXXIX


Coaster Con XXXVIII Group Photo


Undertow - Coaster Con XXXVII


Coaster Con XXXIX Group Photo


Kingda Ka - Coaster Con XXXVIII


Coaster Con XL Group Photo


Wild One - Coaster Con 41


Coaster Con XXXIII Group Photo


Goliath Walk - Coaster Con 42


Coaster Con XXXVI Group Photo


Switchback - Coaster Con XL


Coaster Con XXXVII Group Photo