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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Epilogue – Baseball, Mystery and Exploration


On Friday afternoon, June 20, following our time at Gilroy Gardens we made a quick stop at Oakland Zoo. We knew we could not get there in time to see the zoo as it closed at 4:00, but since the separate entry amusement park stays open an hour later, our intension was to get there before 4:00. We arrived about 4:20 and walked into Adventure Landing to the ticket booth. The attendant said she could no longer sell tickets although the rides were still open. We talked to a manager, who took us to the coaster to allow is to […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 3: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk & Gilroy Gardens


On Thursday, June 19 Coaster Con XXXVII moved to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I was looking forward to returning to this park as my visit in 2006 was somewhat short. Perhaps the best seaside amusement park for a number of reasons, this quintessential piece of Americana has been lovingly preserved. From its classic wooden coaster to its Carousel ring machine, from its plethora of dark rides to its kitschy Boardwalk foods, from its beachside views to its well preserved Cocoanut Ballroom, few seaside parks have the total package that this park does. Rides The park has 3 coasters: Giant Dipper: […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 2: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


On Wednesday, June 18 Coaster Con XXXVII moved to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA. When I first visited this park in 2006 it was Six Flags Marine World. That day was rainy and crowded and I arrived later than intended, so I was looking forward to having a full day in the park to get more of a feel for it. This day was to start around 7:00 with breakfast and special tours offered before ERT. Because of the late night and the long drive from San Jose, we opted to get there in time for ERT. The […]

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


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


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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Hurricane Harbor Opens at Six Flags Over Georgia

Calpyso Bay with Scream Machine in the background, adding to the boardwalk feel of the area.

For those of us who follow our Twitter account (@DestSouth) will know, last week we covered the opening of the new Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags Over Georgia. Destination South Team Member Tyler visited the press event last Thursday and brought us a photo report of this new and exciting section of Six Flags Over Georgia! Click any image below to start the slide show with larger images (and captions):      

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


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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Six Flags Over Georgia Announces Return of Holiday In The Park

holiday in the park 2014

Today Six Flags Over Georgia announced the return of the Holiday In The Park event. After being missing for MANY years, the once popular event will make a return for the 2014 season starting November 22nd and running through January 4th! While details of what will be available are scarce, it will be exciting to follow this over the next few months to see what attractions, demonstrations, and shows we can look forward to in order to extend the 2014 season all the way to 2015! Details came today from the SFOG Facebook:     ——————– ANNOUNCEMENT: Six Flags Holiday […]

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Book a Private Fireworks Cruise at Walt Disney World

How to Book a Private Fireworks Cruise at Walt Disney World

Looking for a unique experience at Walt Disney World? Learn how you can book a private fireworks cruise and get an up close and personal view of Wishes or Illuminations.

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What Happens When it Snows in the South

"Snow Miser vs. Heat Miser"

After seeing many posts going around Facebook from people who are not from the South making fun of how Southerners react to “snow”, I decided to write this to hopefully clear up any misconceptions there may be about why the South “shuts down” when there is a threat of snow.  While this is not theme park related, it is a Southern topic! Thanks for your attention and please enjoy! -Jackie An open letter to anyone who doesn’t understand why, or worse yet, thinks it’s funny when the South shuts down for “snow”: Hello!  Let me introduce myself. I am a […]

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