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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 1: California’s Great America

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On Sunday, June 15 Coaster Con XXXVII began at California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA. Opened in 1976 as Marriott’s Great America, it was one of two almost identical parks built by Marriott that year. In 1984 it was sold to the city of Santa Clara who contracted with Kings Entertainment to run the park. It was known as Great America until Kings Entertainment was bought by Paramount and it became Paramount’s Great America. Once Cedar Fair bought the Paramount parks in 2006, the name was changed to its current name. We arrived about 4:30 and made our way […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII 2014 – Northern California – Prologue – San Francisco

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On Thursday June 12 I flew to San Francisco for ACE Coaster Con XXXVII which would begin Sunday at California’s Great America and continue at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Gilroy Gardens. But before that I would have 2 days of sightseeing in San Francisco and the area north with another sightseeing day on the Saturday following Coaster Con. I will break this report up into 5 parts as follows: Prologue: Sightseeing in San Francisco and Northern California Part 1: California’s Great America Part 2: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Part 3: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and […]

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ACE Spring Conference 2014 – Beech Bend, Kentucky Kingdom, Kings Island

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This year’s ACE Spring Conference was held at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon and Kings Island. Having only been to Beech Bend once and always ready for a trip to Kings Island, I was quite excited for this first trip of the season, and when we were given a pit stop at the long closed Kentucky Kingdom with a chance to ride their new coaster, it became even more enticing. It would prove to be a very nice conference with lots of ERT on great coasters, amazing meals and activities all the time, but unfortunately for me I would […]

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ACE Summer Con 2013 – Part 2: Canadian National Exhibition and Marineland

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Part 2: Canadian National Exhibition and Marineland After a quick meal along the way, David and I arrived at the Canadian National Exhibition around 8:00 Saturday evening, August 24. Having recently been to 2 German fairs, I was curious how this would compare. Overall there were more rides here than at the German fairs and there were particularly more children’s rides. In addition there were a lot of other fair exhibits which you didn’t see in Germany. The German fairs had bigger, more intense rides and more food stands and games. The Canadian fair was pretty crowded, but it was […]

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ACE Summer Con 2013 – Part 1: Canada’s Wonderland

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ACE Summer Con 2013 – Canada’s Wonderland & Marineland plus Canadian National Exhibition Part 1: Canada’s Wonderland On Friday, August 23 ACE Summer Con 2013 began at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s largest amusement park and the highest attendance park for Cedar Fair. Originally I planned to take Friday off, but due to taking so much vacation for the Central Europe trip, I needed to work Friday morning and fly out Friday afternoon. I flew into Buffalo and rented a car. This would give me enough time to drive to the park and arrive a while before ERT. Or so I thought. […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI – Epilogue: Story Land & Santa’s Village

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Epilogue: Story Land & Santa’s Village On Saturday, June 22 with Coaster Con over, it was a good opportunity to visit some small parks in NH. It is interesting to me that NH has several small parks while neighboring VT has none. We had planned to visit the 3 smaller parks in NH that Saturday, but unfortunately Six Gun City in Jefferson, NH didn’t open for the season. It has since reopened, but we only got to see Gold Rush Express (E&F Miler, Family Coaster, 2005) from the road. Even so, Story Land and Santa’s Village make for a full […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI – Part 2: Canobie Lake, Palace Playland & Funtown Splashtown

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Part 2: Canobie Lake, Palace Playland & Funtown Splashtown We left for the 2 hour drive to our next park with a quick stop along the way at Funworld Game Center, a family entertainment center in Nashua, NH. They have one roller coaster: Orient Express: (Wisdom, Kiddie Coaster, 1997) This gave a pretty forceful ride for a small coaster – 1 ride. We also rode: Two Story Venetian Carousel: (Venetian, Modern Carousel, 1999) Imported from Italy – 1 ride. They also have a small Himalaya. This is a nice FEC with lots of games, bowling and other activities. After checking […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI – Part 1: Six Flags New England

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI – Part 1: Six Flags New England This year ACE Coaster Con XXXVI was held at Six Flags New England, Canobie Lake Park, Palace Playland and Funtown Splashtown USA. We began at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA with a dinner on Sunday, June 16. After several extraordinary Cons over the last few years, I was wondering what this Con would bring. This is one of the smaller Six Flags properties, one from the Premier days, and I wasn’t sure if they would rise to the level we have recently experienced. They did. From a […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI – Prologue: Quassy Amusement Park & Lake Compounce

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVI: Six Flags New England, Canobie Lake, Palace Playland & Funtown Splashtown Prologue: Pre Con in CON-necticut: Quassy Amusement Park & Lake Compounce This year ACE Coaster Con XXXVI was in New England. I flew to Hartford, CT on Friday, June 14 and met up with Richard Bostic and Tina Quinn. On Saturday, June 15, the New England region of ACE held an event – Pre Con in CON-necticut at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT and Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT. We met up with David Lipnicky at the park that morning. Vanessa Thomas also joined […]

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Ronny’s Travels – ACE Central Europe – Overview

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Chris asked to highlight some of my trip reports from my travels here on the main page, so I have posted these here. Among the top destinations for coasters that I have wanted to get to is Germany, so when ACE announced they would be offering a trip to Central Europe to include parks in Hungary, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, I knew I wanted to make it work. It would be a 15 day coaster trip and with travel days would require at least 11 days of vacation. I have never asked for more than 10 days together, but […]

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