Archive for March 2010

Notes From Winter SOAR

Kings Island

Don Helbig could not attend, but passed on the following…

  • There will be no Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend event in 2010, instead Kings Island will be offering exclusive opportunities throughout the season for clubs like ACE, such as behind the scream tours of the Beast, as well as other coasters and attractions.  An ACE member would simply need to show their current active ACE membership card at the designated meeting spot to participate.  Dates & activities for the 2010 season will be provided to ACE by April 1.
  • Construction is underway in the all-new Planet Snoopy.  Right now it is primarily demo work, as the props, signs, etc. from the former Nick rides and attractions are being removed. Each of the rides will be painted, which has already well under way.
  • Kings Island now has on official Facebook page.  Become a fan to receive the latest news, notes and information – as well as create and discuss topics.  Submit a question for our new daily 5 @ 5 – five questions will be randomly chosen and answered each day.  It could be yours!
  • No decision has been made concerning Son of Beast.
  • Starting April 30, Kings Island passholders & ACE Members get early ride-time on Diamondback and Beast, just show your card. 9:30am daily, 9:00am on Saturdays.
  • Remember the ACE stone that resided on International Street? Stop by Guest Relations and sign the guest book on each of your visits this season for a chance to win it. Every visit equals 1 chance to win the stone at the end of the season, 50 visits gets you 50 entries.  Don’t forget your ACE membership card, you will need your number.

Holiday Auto Theatre

  • Holiday Auto Theater is again offering ACE members free admission during 2010 – just show your Membership Card!
  • Show your card when you purchase refreshments and Holiday Auto Theater will match with a donation to the ACE Preservation Fund.
  • Join Holiday Auto Theatre on Facebook for the latest movie listings and deals

Gravity Group / Gravity Kraft

Mike Graham and Korey Kiepert updated us on their latest projects, including a run down on the progress of Quassy’s new coaster (2011) and the Timberliners being built for Voyage.  Don’t you wish you were there to hear the details?


Mike Graham updated us on CoasterDyanamix new website and new products on the way.  He even brought along the Sheikra model for us to watch in action (on sale soon!).

EnterTRAINMent Junction

In addition to the detailed behind the scenes tours provided by Don Oeters and his staff, Bill Mefford gave us the run-down on our host.

  • Only trained them family entertainment center on the planet
  • 80,000 square feet of fun under one roof
  • World’s largest indoor model train display
  • Giant interactive kids’ play area
  • American Railroading museum
  • Expo Center
  • New Hobby Shop
  • Seasonal Walk-Throughs
  • Party Rooms

EnterTRAINment’s anchor is the world’s largest G-Scale model train display…

  • 25,000 sq. ft.
  • There are three distinct eras in Railroading history
  • 90 locomotives
  • 1,200 train cars
  • 2 miles of track
  • 100 bridges & trussels, all built by volunteers
  • Everything 1/24th scale (G scale)

And only about 60% of the themeing they have planned is complete!
The other side of the building houses their walk-through attraction, which changes each season.  In the summer and spring it houses Funhouse Junction.  In the fall it is transformed into Jack O Lantern Junction for the kids during the day and Ripper’s Revenge in the evening for the adults. For the holidays it becomes Christmas Journey.
Nearby ACE Regional Events

  • May 15, 2010 – Holiday Hustle (Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari)
  • May 16, 2010 – Beech Bend Bash (Beech Bend Park)

Nearby Park Events

  • May 21-23 – Thrills in the Hills (Dollywood)
  • June 4-5, CoasterMania (Cedar Point)
  • June 4-5 – Holiwood Nights (Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari)

CoasterCon XXIII

June 20-24, 2010

  • Kennywood Park (West Mifflin, PA)
  • Idlewild Park (Ligonier, PA)
  • Conneaut Lake Park (Conneaut Lake, PA)
  • Waldameer Park (Erie, PA)

Door Prizes
And, of course, there were lots of door prizes!

  • Jeff Siebert and his staff at Schlitterbahn sent along a care package of tickets and swag – enough for everyone who pre-registered (as well as a few door-prizes)!
  • Dave Cornell and Derek Clayton donated enough Kings Island magnets for everyone in attendance.
  • There was a scavenger hunt with the winner (Karen Talley) receiving a cool puzzle provided by EnterTrainment Junction.
  • Holiday World sent us a box full of goodies, including admission tickets.
  • And to cap it off, Don Helbig and company at Kings Island gave us a huge Beast sign that hung by the rides entrance last season.

A big thanks goes to Brian Neal for, again, putting in the endless hours to organize Winter SOAR.  Thanks also to our volunteers, Derek Clayton, May Heck, David Cornell, Adam Wasiljov, and David Althoff.  And of course, a huge shout out to our host, EnterTrainment Junction.