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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 3: Disneyland Resort

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 3: Disneyland Resort Disneyland When Southern California was suggested, Richard immediately said we should go to Disneyland.  He had done the two Disney parks, Knott’s Berry Farm and flown home in 1 day in 2007, so he really wanted to get back and see what all he missed.  While I have had 2 multiday trips to Disneyland, I am never one to turn down a trip to any Disney park, so I was glad that we set aside two days for this.  We decided not to stay on property as I […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 2: Universal Studios Hollywood & Castle Park

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 2:  Universal Studios Hollywood & Castle Park Universal Studios Hollywood On Saturday, July 30 we went to Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, CA.  Operating since 1964, this is an actual working studio around which an amusement park has been developed, making this park unique among the many movie themed parks worldwide, most of which were built just with a movies theme.  David had not been to this park, and it was an opportunity for all of us to see the newly opened Harry Potter themed section and compare it to […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip & ACE Preservation Conference 2016 – Part 1: SeaWorld & Belmont

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip & ACE Preservation Conference 2016 – Part 1: SeaWorld San Diego & Belmont Park When it was announced that ACE would hold a Preservation Conference at Lagoon in Salt Lake City, UT, I knew I wanted to make a return visit to this historic, traditional park.  As I discussed this trip with friends, we determined that such a trip could include Southern California and Nevada.  What started as an idea of a weeklong trip gradually morphed into a week and a half long trip (two weeks for some) as more stops were added […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Epilogue – Kentucky Kingdom & a Stop at Lake Winnie

ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Epilogue – Kentucky Kingdom & a Stop at Lake Winnie Kentucky Kingdom – Storm the Kingdom On Friday, June 24 we attended the ACE Midwest regional event Storm the Kingdom at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY.  This park is a success story as it is rare that a park that closes, as this former Six Flags did, ever reopens, but it has.  In 2014 I got to stop for a quick visit a week before it opened to the public and I have been looking for an opportunity to get back.   Storm Chaser: (Rocky […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Part 2 – Holiday World & Splashing Safari

ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Part 2 – Holiday World & Splashing Safari On Wednesday June 22 we drove to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, IN for the second part of ACE Coaster Con XXXIX.  Originally opened as Santa Claus Land in 1946, the park has grown to include 4 holiday sections.  The addition of a wood coaster in 1995 helped put this park on the map and subsequent additions have made this a destination for coaster enthusiasts worldwide.  I have been to this park on four previous occasions, but this was my first time to attend […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Part 1 – Six Flags St. Louis, f/k/a Six Flags Over Mid America

On Sunday, June 19, Coaster Con XXXIX began at Six Flags St. Louis, formerly known as Six Flags Over Mid America, in Eureka, MO.  This is my fourth trip to SFSL and I consider it one of my favorite SF parks.  It was the third and final park built by SF and one of only 3 to carry the true SF theme.  To me this is Six Flags Over Mid America, themed for the six flags that flew over this part of the country: France, Spain, England, U.S.A., Missouri and Illinois.  Today, DC Comics Plaza has replaced Spain; France is […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Prologue – Magic Springs, Silver Dollar City, Schlitterbahn KC & Worlds of Fun

Magic Springs & Crystal Springs This year ACE Coaster Con XXXIX was held at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, MO and Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. After looking at the plan it made the most sense to drive, so on Wednesday, June 15 Richard Bostic drove from South Carolina to my house and we left for our journey. There were 3 regional events we would attend prior to Con and one after Con. In 2009 when Coaster Con was held in MO, Richard and I along with David Lipnicky had visited several parks in this area including Magic […]

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ACE Spring Conference 2016 – Family Kingdom & Carowinds and Lightning Rod Run – Dollywood

ACE Spring Conference 2016 – Family Kingdom & Carowinds The ACE Spring Conference 2016 was held Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 at Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, SC and Carowinds in Charlotte, NC, along the SC/NC border. I drove to Myrtle Beach after work Thursday, April 28, arriving at 11:30. I met up with Richard Bostic, David Lipnicky and Rick Oltman, with whom I would spend the next few days. Family Kingdom Amusement Park It had been 8 years since I was last at Family Kingdom Amusement Park and I was looking forward to a return […]

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ACE Preservation Conference 2015 – Washington State Fair, Oaks & Enchanted Forest

Last year I had the opportunity to go on a comprehensive tour of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia that included 10 amusement parks, 2 fairs, 6 national parks and sightseeing in 2 cities that I covered in an extensive photo trip report here. But the one thing that we could not include was the Washington State Fair, which only operates during the fair in April and September. As it is the home of a 1935 John Miller wood coaster, this was a must visit for me to eventually get to in order to meet my goal of […]

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ACE UK! 2015: Overview

One of the most anticipated countries to get to in my coaster travels has been the United Kingdom, so it was with great excitement that I embarked on ACE UK! 2015, an 11 day journey to 14 parks and 72 coasters (not all of which we got to ride), along with 5 days of planned sightseeing and visits to 2 additional parks with 7 coasters with a few friends. I have posted all of my photo trip reports and they can be accessed from the following links: Prologue: London Part 1: Paultons Park & Stonehenge Part 2: Oakwood Theme Park […]

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