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ACE Spring Conference 2018: Silver Dollar City Part 1

The ACE Spring Conference 2018 was held at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO on Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. I decided to drive, so I left after work on Thursday. I spent the night in Arkansas just west of Memphis before completing the journey, arriving Friday morning around 11:30. I met up with Richard Bostic, Vanessa Thomas, David Lipnicky, and Judy and Dan Thomas. We had three ERT sessions over three days. I have been to this park twice before, for Coaster Con in 2009, and for a regional event in 2016. The park is very well […]

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ACE Preservation Conference 2017: Part 3 – Six Flags Over Georgia – Continued

About a month later, on Friday, June 16, Six Flags Over Georgia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the day it opened, June 16, 1967. Since I was flying to Texas that day for Coaster Con XL, I decided to take the day off and attend the celebration that morning before my flight that afternoon. Present that morning were all living SFOG Park Presidents except for John Odum, who arrived later in the day. It was a special day to see so many of the people that have shaped this park over half a century. Each one was introduced noting a […]

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ACE Preservation Conference 2017: Part 3 – Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia Although the weather had been good so far on our trip, the rain would catch up with us as we arrived at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, GA for the conclusion of Preservation Conference 2017 on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. The park treated us to two delicious meals, two ERT sessions and several special benefits. We also presented a plaque to them for Great American Scream Machine designating it as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark. It was also the park’s 50th anniversary, so we got to see a lot of the special […]

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ACE Preservation Conference 2017: Part 2 – Lake Winnepesaukah

Lake Winnepesaukah On Saturday morning, May 20 we left very early headed to Lake Winnepesaukah in Rossville, GA near Chattanooga, TN.  This is the only traditional amusement park from the early 20th century still operating in the South, and it has the feel of a classic traditional amusement park as it situated around a lake and has several buildings that date to its early years.  Park owners Adrienne Rhodes and her daughter Talley Green descendants of the park founders, greeted us and treated us to a great ERT session and a delicious meal.  One of our activities was to present […]

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ACE Preservation Conference 2017: Part 1 – Alabama Splash Adventure

In the Spring of 2017 ACE held its Preservation Conference at three parks that are close to where I live.  On Thursday, May 18 Richard Bostic drove to my house and we went to the airport to pick up Vanessa Thomas and David Lipnicky.  After spending the night at my house we drove to Alabama Splash Adventure before moving on to Lake Winnepesaukah Saturday morning and then to Six Flags Over Georgia Saturday evening and Sunday.  Since these are parks I have reported on frequently and visit each year, I will not do a full report of all the rides, […]

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Dakotas Trip & ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Part 5 Continued – ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Valleyfair

On Sunday, August 20 our ACE Summer Conference 2017 concluded with a day at Valleyfair in Shakopee, MN.  We had two ERT sessions totaling 3 hours, plus they had a lot of great things planned for us.  This was my third visit to this park, having been in 2007 and 2012.  It opened in 1976 and has since been acquired by Cedar Fair.  In fact, It is the “Fair” part of Cedar Fair and it has several great coasters, a good selection of flats and is nicely landscaped.     Wild Thing (Morgan, Hyper Coaster, 1996) My review from 10 […]

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Dakotas Trip & ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Part 5 – ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Arnold’s Park

The next morning, Saturday, August 19, we arrived at Arnold’s Park for the official beginning of ACE Summer Conference 2017.  We had an hour and a half ERT that morning.  While the park is small, it has a number of historic rides and has all the charm of a traditional park.  One especially nice touch is the coaster on the sign you drive under when entering the park.   Legend (John Miller, Wood Out & Back, 1927) The station is incorporated into the Tipsy House attraction with the train going under the house and then up the lift hill.  The […]

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Dakotas Trip & ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Part 4 Continued – Pre-Conference – Adventureland

Adventureland On Friday, August 18 we checked out of our hotel and headed to Adventureland in Altoona, IA. While this park does not do any type of ERT for groups, ACE was able to work a deal with them for discounted admission. Since this was not an official event, there were no scheduled events or meals, but we did see a lot of ACEers who were coming to Summer Con that took advantage of the discounted admission. This was my favorite new park of my massive 2007 upper Midwest trip and I thoroughly enjoyed my return visit in 2012. I […]

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Dakotas Trip & ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Part 4 – Iowa – Pre-Conference

Iowa State Fair We arrived in Des Moines around 5:00 that afternoon and checked into the Holiday Inn.  We headed to the Iowa State Fair and arrived around 6:00.  The fair had several significant rides including 3 coasters that we could ride.   Windstorm: (S.D.C., Windstorm, 1993/2010) As this is the same coaster owned by Steve Vander Vorste that I rode at the Wisconsin State Fair, it was not a new credit for me.  It gave a good ride although the $8 ticket price seemed high – 1 ride. Groovy Train: (Interpark, Zyklon, 2016/2017) While this is the same coaster […]

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Dakotas Trip & ACE Summer Conference 2017 – Part 3 – South Dakota: Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands & More

Deadwood Our next stop on the journey was in Deadwood, SD where we would spend the next two nights. Deadwood was the sight of the last U.S. gold rush in 1876, when a wild valley in the Black Hills almost overnight became home to prospectors, miners, suppliers and others who hoped to make it rich out West.  It was here that Wild Bill Hickok was killed by Jack McCall, an event reenacted each day here, although we were not able to see it.  We checked into the Celebrity Hotel and headed out to dinner after walking a few blocks down […]

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