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ACE Fall Conference 2014 – Part 1: Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa On Friday, September 26 ACE Fall Conference 2014 began at Busch Gardens Tampa. I have had several opportunities to visit this beautiful park and I gladly welcomed a return visit. The large number of animal exhibits works nicely with its theme to countries and cities in Africa. We did not have ERT but were given Quick Queue passes for Saturday. As it turned out, on Friday the park was fairly empty so it was almost like an all-day ERT session. We had the opportunity to stay for the Howl-O-Scream event that evening, which we also did. While […]

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ACE Fall Conference 2014 in Tampa, Kissimmee & Orlando – Prologue: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort On Wednesday, September 24 I drove to Florida for the ACE Fall Conference at Busch Gardens Tampa and Fun Spot America parks in Kissimmee and Orlando. Before the Conference would get underway on Friday, I met up with Richard Bostic and David Lipnicky for a day and night at Universal Orlando Resort. I had never been to Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal, so the timing of this Conference gave me the perfect opportunity. On Thursday, September 25 we went to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. We started at USF, then took the train to IOA […]

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Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 6: Washington/Oregon–Evergreen, Remlinger, Wild Waves, Enchanted Forest, Oaks, & Seattle

On Friday, August 29 we returned to the U.S. Evergreen State Fair We planned to go to two parks, but on our way we passed by Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA, and we saw a coaster. We stopped, of course, and found they had 3 coasters. Zillerator: (DPV/KMG, Galaxi, 1994 or 1996) Previously located at Playland at the PNE where it operated as Zillerator, it now travels with Butler Ammusements. This is a fun coaster. It become Richard’s 850th coaster – 2 rides. Wacky Worm: (Unknown, Wacky Worm,2002 or unknown) This gave a good ride – 1 ride. Orient […]

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Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 5: British Columbia –Three National Parks, Vancouver & Playland at the PNE

Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park (Canada) & Revelstone National Park On Wednesday, August 27 we entered British Columbia as we drove from Banff National Park into Yoho National Park. We stopped at the Spiral Tunnels, a railroad engineering feat, in hopes of seeing a train cross itself. These tunnels were built as a solution to a grading nightmare that caused many accidents due to the steep grade. The train enters a tunnel and then crosses itself, allowing for a much more acceptable grade. There are 2 such tunnels and we stopped for a picnic lunch at the lower tunnel […]

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Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 4: Alberta – Calaway Park, Galaxyland, & Jasper & Banff National Parks

Calaway Park On Monday, August 25 we arrived at Calaway Park in Calgary, AB around 3:30. With only 2 coasters we made the decision to only spend half a day here. We met up with fellow ACE members Michael & Celia Horwood who live nearby. The Vortex: (Arrow, Corkscrew, 1982) Previously named Turn Of The Century and Corkscrew, this standard Arrow corkscrew was pretty smooth and as the largest ride in the park, still attracts a crowd. They give double rides, which although it made the line take longer, was nice – 2 rides (1 double ride). Mini Express: (Zamperla, […]

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