Archive for February 2009

Conneaut Lake to Re-Open for 2009 Season!

It looks like Conneaut Lake will be open this year! This is quoted from the park’s website:

We are working with ride vendors to get the parks rides operational.  The Blue Streak may not come online until the following year due to the additional work and repair expenses.

Operating hours for 2009 will be announced once the status and dates of the park’s opening have been determined.

Kings Island Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend

Kings Island has announced the initial details of their first ever park sponsored event:

Saturday & Sunday, May 9-10, 2009

Inaugural coaster enthusiast event includes ERT Saturday morning, Saturday night and Sunday morning! Special presentations, photo contest, behind-the-scenes tour and much, much more! Tickets for the two-day coaster-riding extravaganza are $47.99 Adult and $31.99 Junior/Senior. Admission to the event is FREE for 2009 Kings Island Gold and Cedar Fair Platinum passholders.
You must be a member of an Kings Island approved coaster club, and they have included DAFE!

Winter SOAR – Another Success? Tell Us!

For all of you who came out to this year’s Winter SOAR, we truly hope you had a great time and appreciate the effort of all those involved, including the great presenters who shared some of their personal time with us and Don Helbig for his gracious hosting.

We would like to hear from you!

  • What specifically did you like?
  • What specifically did you not like?
  • What would you do differently?
  • Do you have suggestions for things to add?
  • How was dinner?
  • How about the cost?
  • Day, start time, length?

Send an email to Derek Clayton – Webmaster.

March Is Maze Madness Month at EnterTRAINment Junction


For those who love the old-time amusement park funhouses, EnterTRAINment Junction is the place to be this March.

The train-themed family entertainment center in West Chester is presenting March Maze Madness March 5-March 29. All visitors purchasing an admission for EnterTRAINment Journey (the world’s largest indoor model train display) will receive a FREE admission to the popular Junction Funhouse maze.

The Junction Funhouse maze includes trick mirrors, a spinning vortex tunnel, a hurricane room, curtain room and much more!

EnterTRAINment Junction is open daily (closed Wednesdays) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) and noon-6 p.m. (Sundays.)

Admission to EnterTRAINment Journey is $12.95 adults, $9.95 kids 3-12. Parking is FREE. EnterTRAINment Journey includes the world’s largest indoor model train display, giant kids’ interactive play area, the American Railroading Museum and an expo center.

EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069. For more information call (513) 898-8000 or (877-898-4656.) The web address is

They are extending a $2 discount to any American Coaster Enthusiast (ACE) member – just show your card.

Free Admission to local Drive In again in 2009

The Holiday Auto Theater located at 1816 Old Oxford Road (State Rt 130), Hamilton Ohio 45013 has graciously extended its free admission program to ACE members again in 2009.  When you arrive at the admission gate, just show your ACE card for free admission to the drive in. Any concessions purchased while visiting will be matched dollar for dollar to the ACE preservation fund.  For movie information, contact 513-929-2999, or email  The Holiday Auto Theater offers a retro nostalgic experience. The night begins with the National Anthem from the 1950’s. Between movies, you may see commercial theater trailers also from the 1950’s drive in experiences. Throughout the year, Retro Weekends are offered where classic movies will be played along with the classic trailers.  For more information, check out .

Best New Coaster of 2008?

  • Ravine Flyer II (Waldameer)
  • Behemoth (Canada’s Wonderland)
  • Fahrenheit (Hershey Park)
  • Evel Knievel (Six Flags St. Louis)
  • Dark Knight (Six Flags)
  • Pony Express (Knott’s Berry Farm)
  • Eagles Life in the Fast Lane (Hard Rock Park)
  • Led Zeppelin – The Ride (Hard Rock Park)
  • Maximum RPM! (Hard Rock Park)
  • Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster (Darian Lake)
  • Steel Hawg (Indiana Beach)

Total Votes: 37

First Ride on Diamondback Up For Auction

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Kings Island, in cooperation with A Kid Again, formerly known as Adventures for Wish Kids, is holding an auction for the first rides on the new Diamondback roller coaster that will appeal to philanthropists and coaster-enthusiasts alike.

Beginning February 2, the park will auction off a minimum of 96 seats to the highest bidders, who will be the first official riders on Diamondback – the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster to ever strike Kings Island.  Bids can be placed until April 15 by visiting or by calling Kings Island at (800) 288-0808.

A winning bid will include the inaugural ride on Diamondback, a commemorative first rider ticket, a special gift from the park and an admission ticket. Following the inaugural ride, each event ticket holder will be invited to stay and play in the park until closing at 10:00pm.

The official opening of Diamondback, including the top bidders supporting A Kid Again, will take place on Opening Day, April 18. The highest successful bidder will select their seat on the first train while all other successful bidders will be assigned their seats according to their bid amount.  Minimum bids begin at $50.00.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to A Kid Again.  Founded July 6, 1995, A Kid Again is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun-filled outings and on-going support to children with life threatening illnesses and their families from the day of diagnosis until the children reach the age of 20.

Because A Kid Again is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit, the donation from top bidders is tax-deductable to the fullest extent of the IRS tax code.

A Kid Again currently has over 1,380 children with life threatening illness enrolled into its programs.  The organization includes the entire family on its adventures, thus serving over 6,500 hurting people annually!

Diamondback is the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island.  The ride stands 230 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 215 feet at a 74-degree angle and will snake its way around 5,282 feet of track in excess of 80 miles per hour.  Guests must be a minimum of 54 inches or taller to ride Diamondback.

Diamondback first rider information:

  • A minimum of 96 bidders will be seated.
  • Bids must start at $50.00 and may be increased at any time until bidding is closed.
  • Bids will not be posted until they have been secured by phone with a credit card to assure legitimacy.
  • The bidding process will close the morning of April 15, at 8:30am. It is our intention to keep you informed through this website. To bid, simply go to Also, the top bidders will be listed so you can check the status of your bid.
  • The official opening of Diamondback, including the top bidders supporting A Kid Again, will take place on Opening Day, April 18.
  • The highest successful bidder will select their seat on the first train while all other successful bidders will be assigned their seats according to their bid amount.

Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend coming to Kings Island

Kings Island has announced Ride Warriors Weekend for May 9 & 10, 2009. This will be a park coaster event that will include ERT on Diamondback, Beast, Racer and other coasters to be announced later.  More details will come at Winter SOAR, and in the next edition of ACE News.