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ACE South of the Border 2017 Part 2: Selva Mágica

ACE South of the Border 2017 Part 2: Selva Mágica Selva Mágica On Wednesday, April 19 our second and final day of the add-on trip began with a ride to Selva Mágica in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, which is translated as Magic Jungle. This was my main reason for wanting to do the add-on portion of the trip.  The park has 2 Schwarzkopf coasters plus the only ride from Sansei Yusoki Co. built in North America, a steel out and back that operated at the defunct Boblo Island in Ontario.  In addition the park looked like it had some unique character […]

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ACE South of the Border 2017 Part 1: Bosque Mágico and Parque Plaza Sesamo

ACE South of the Border 2017 Trip Report While I have travelled a good bit in Europe and Canada over the last few years, I had never been to Mexico. Concern for safety has always made it a destination I have been somewhat apprehensive of visiting, but hoped that someday I would be able to make the trip with a group. I seriously considered the Coaster Zombies trip in 2014 but in the end decided not to go. So when ACE announced the South of the Border trip for spring 2017, I jumped at the chance. While I wanted to […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 7: The Coasters of Las Vegas & Primm

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 7: The Coasters of Las Vegas & Primm Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix On Monday August 8 we headed back to Las Vegas for the last leg of our trip. We arrived at Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix in Las Vegas, NV around 12:30.  Operating since 1993, this Family Entertainment Center has a kiddie coaster.   Dragon Coaster: (Wisdom Rides, Kiddie, 2000) This gave the expected ride – 1 ride. They also have Dive Bomber Airplanes; Tornado Twister; Super Fun Slide; Go Karts; Sprint Kart Speedway; Adult Gran Prix; and Kiddie […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 6: ACE Preservation Conference at Lagoon

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 6: ACE Preservation Conference at Lagoon Lagoon Amusement Park After an early morning drive on Friday, August 6 from Fillmore, UT we arrived around 9:00 a.m. at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, UT for ACE Preservation Conference 2016.  Operating since 1886, this is one of the oldest amusement parks in the country.  I visited in 2012 and enjoyed my day and eagerly looked forward to spending more time here.  We had an unusual schedule in that we had 2 full days at this park, Friday and Sunday with a tour of […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 5: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 5: Six Flags Magic Mountain One of my main reasons for suggesting southern California for this trip was to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.  With more coasters than any park in the world and knowing it could be crowded, we originally planned a day and a half.  Once the final Preservation Con schedule was released, the need to be in Utah Friday morning shortened our half day to 2.5 hours, but at least that was more than just one day.  The challenge would be that among the […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 4: Knott’s Berry Farm & Adventure City

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 4: Knott’s Berry Farm & Adventure City Knott’s Berry Farm On Tuesday, August 2 we headed to the next park on our trip, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.  Operating since 1940, this was a berry farm long before that.  In addition to growing berries, the Knotts opened a restaurant to serve fried chicken to visitors, and it soon became so popular that guests were waiting a long time for a table.  To help guests from getting bored during their wait, Walter Knott built a Ghost Town attraction adjacent to […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 3: Disneyland Resort

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 3: Disneyland Resort Disneyland When Southern California was suggested, Richard immediately said we should go to Disneyland.  He had done the two Disney parks, Knott’s Berry Farm and flown home in 1 day in 2007, so he really wanted to get back and see what all he missed.  While I have had 2 multiday trips to Disneyland, I am never one to turn down a trip to any Disney park, so I was glad that we set aside two days for this.  We decided not to stay on property as I […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 2: Universal Studios Hollywood & Castle Park

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip – Part 2:  Universal Studios Hollywood & Castle Park Universal Studios Hollywood On Saturday, July 30 we went to Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, CA.  Operating since 1964, this is an actual working studio around which an amusement park has been developed, making this park unique among the many movie themed parks worldwide, most of which were built just with a movies theme.  David had not been to this park, and it was an opportunity for all of us to see the newly opened Harry Potter themed section and compare it to […]

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Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip & ACE Preservation Conference 2016 – Part 1: SeaWorld & Belmont

Southern California, Utah & Nevada Coaster Trip & ACE Preservation Conference 2016 – Part 1: SeaWorld San Diego & Belmont Park When it was announced that ACE would hold a Preservation Conference at Lagoon in Salt Lake City, UT, I knew I wanted to make a return visit to this historic, traditional park.  As I discussed this trip with friends, we determined that such a trip could include Southern California and Nevada.  What started as an idea of a weeklong trip gradually morphed into a week and a half long trip (two weeks for some) as more stops were added […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Epilogue – Kentucky Kingdom & a Stop at Lake Winnie

ACE Coaster Con XXXIX 2016: Epilogue – Kentucky Kingdom & a Stop at Lake Winnie Kentucky Kingdom – Storm the Kingdom On Friday, June 24 we attended the ACE Midwest regional event Storm the Kingdom at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY.  This park is a success story as it is rare that a park that closes, as this former Six Flags did, ever reopens, but it has.  In 2014 I got to stop for a quick visit a week before it opened to the public and I have been looking for an opportunity to get back.   Storm Chaser: (Rocky […]

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