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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 3 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg

On Thursday Coaster Con 41 moved to the location of Coaster Con 1, some 40 years earlier. Back then there were four coasters. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is an absolutely beautiful park; it is easy to see why it has been voted the most beautiful theme park so many years.  It is filled with beautiful flowers, well maintained landscaping, picturesque waterfalls and its centerpiece, the Rhine River, a lake that borders all of the parks ‘countries’ and most of its coasters.  As a theme park should, it effectively immerses the visitor into each section of the park, each of which represents […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 2 – Kings Dominion – Continued

Continued from Previous Thread Old Virginia This picturesque section is beautiful with its lush trees, and evokes the feel of the Old Dominion. This is my favorite section of the park because it has a number of good rides that are partially hidden such that you really cannot see what they have to offer until you ride them. Grizzly:  (Kings Entertainment Company, Wood Twister, 1982) This remake of the Coney Island, Cincinnati Wildcat has essentially the same layout as the one at California’s Great America, but that is where the similarities end.  The latter is a somewhat boring ride; the […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 2 – Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion On Tuesday, June 19 ACE Coaster Con 41 moved to Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA, beginning our trek to return to the roots of ACE.  It was here at an event to publicize the 1977 movie Roller Coaster that ACE founders Roy Brashears, Paul Greenwald and Richard Munch would meet and come up with the idea that would become ACE.  At that time the park had 4 coasters, 2 of which are gone including Galaxi (S.D.C.,  Zyklon / Galaxi, 1975-1983) moved to Myrtle Beach Pavilion as Galaxi and now defunct, and King Kobra (Schwarzkopf, Shuttle Loop, 1977-1986), after […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 1 – Six Flags America – Continued

Continued from Previous Thread Looney Tunes Movie Town Themed to Bugs Bunny and his friends this children’s section has 7 kid’s attractions plus a coaster. Great Chase: (Zamperla, Family, 1999) This is a good starter coaster – 1 ride.   Whistlestop Park This train themed area, once Thomas Town, has 8 kid’s attractions.   Huricane Harbor Their nicely themed waterpark is included with admission. We had our welcome meal in the water park Sunday evening with a delicious menu that included crab cakes and fried chicken. Wahoo River:  New in 2018, this was a rebuild and large addition to their lazy […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 1 – Six Flags America

Six Flags America While the rest of my group was going to a concert Saturday evening, July 16, I decided to get in a little extra time at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD, where Coaster Con 41 would start the next day, joining John Allen for dinner and a few rides. I have visited this park on three separate occasions, but I have always had limited time, so I wanted a little extra time here. On Sunday after registration at our host hotel, we headed to the park in the afternoon and then returned Monday for most of […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Prologue – Adventure Park USA

  This year ACE is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and it decided to return to its roots. ACE was born out of Coaster Convention 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  The idea of this convention and of a club itself was born from a coaster marathon at Kings Dominion in the summer of 1977 as publicity for the movie Roller Coaster.  Now 40 years after that first convention and 41 years after the genesis of an idea for a coaster enthusiast organization, ACE returned to those two parks.  But the convention would start at Six Flags America.   Adventure Park USA […]

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ACE Spring Conference 2018: Silver Dollar City Part 2

Homestead Ridge This section features historical recreations including McHaffie’s Homestead, Birdle’s Cabin, Oak Trail School and Wilderness Church. In addition there are stories, history lessons and service that take place regularly at the Homestead, the school and the church. I have wanted to take a look at these buildings on my previous visits, but time has always run out. I finally got to walk through. Some of the buildings are actual buildings that have been relocated while others have been recreated. This area really helps you better understand life in the Ozarks in the 1880s – 1 walkthrough. Silver Dollar […]

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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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