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Cedar Point Unveils Plans for 2016-Valravn

Cedar Point has unveiled their plans for 2016. Valravn is a dive coaster from B&M and will help the break an additional 10 world records. This looks to be a great addition to Cedar Point’s already impressive coaster collection.



Check out the full details at the Cedar Point website.


Kentucky Kingdom Announces Storm Chaser Rollercoaster

Kentucky Kingdom has announced plans for their new coaster to debut next year. This will be an RMC utilizing the space, as well as structure, formerly occupied by Twister Twins.

We’re excited to announce the addition of our fifth and newest coaster, Storm Chaser. This will be the second new coaster to be constructed at the park in a period of only two years.

So that we can bring you a truly unique coaster, we have commissioned Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) to design and build it. Based in Idaho, RMC is on the cutting edge of coaster design and engineering and very well respected in the industry.

Full announcement

Final Days for Thunder Road, Shockwave and Gwazi

Thirty-nine year old wooden racing coaster Thunder Road at Carowinds will be giving its last rides on July 26.

Meanwhile Kings Dominion’s twenty-nine year old Togo stand-up Shockwave will be giving its last rides on August 6.

And on the west coast, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be closing their wooden coaster, ROAR on August 16 after 16 years.

No news was given as to replacements for each.

After the loss of Gwazi, Colossus, Cyclone, Mantis and others last year, it is bittersweet. But we can be thankful for the fun they provided millions over the years; not to mention many are getting a modern makeover and will be with us, in a fashion, for years to come.

Go say your farewells to a few long time favorites to many.

Carol Ann’s Carousel Installation

Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio have begun installation of Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park, on Cincinnati’s riverfront. The 1 million dollar, 44 figure, carousel will open on May 16.

Thunderbird First Ride Auction

Holiday World is auctioning off first rides on Thunderbird to benefit Give Kids The World Village.

What could you win?

  • Seats for you and a friend on Thunderbird’s First Flight (you choose the seats when you place your bid).

  • Your ride will kick off our Thunderbird Media Preview on Thursday, April 23. Who knows, you may get to ride (and scream) on live TV.

  • We’ll provide you with your on-ride photos of that first ride.

  • Oh, we’ll probably take a group photo for our Facebook page, too. You’d like that, wouldn’t you?

  • You get to ride all day and into the evening. And not just Thunderbird, The Voyage and Crow’s Nest, too. And even some time on The Raven and The Legend.

  • We’ll also give you and your friend a free one-day ticket to return for another visit during the season.

  • You’ll have the satisfaction of helping Give Kids the World.

Get the full scoop.

Stricker’s Grove to celebrate 90th anniversary

Park will be open to the public Aug. 10.

Donna Hacker
Stricker s Grove will celebrate its 90th anniversary with Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 10. DONNA HACKER/CONTRIBUTED

By Ginny McCabe

Contributing Writer

Stricker’s Grove is turning 90. To celebrate the milestone occasion, the amusement park will host a Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 10.

The park will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. A special fireworks display will close out the evening at 9:30 p.m.

Serving close to 500,000 people, annually, about 92 group events were held at the park last year, Ziegler said.

Typically, the park is only open to the public about eight times per year.

Debbie Ziegler (Stricker), co-owner, Stricker’s Grove said, “This means a lot to the family. All of the original owners are now passed away. We started in Mount Healthy in 1924 with a fishing lake. People would come out to picnic and go horseback riding.”

In 1972, the park moved from 1354 Compton Road (now Compton Grove Apartments) to its current location at 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, she said.

“We are an old-fashioned, family park,” Ziegler said. “We are one of the few private amusement parks in the United States.”

Stricker’s Grove was originally founded by her grandfather Henry Stricker, who was employed at Procter and Gamble. The park continued under his leadership until the time of his passing in 1960. After his death, Stricker’s three sons, Ralph, Harold and Elmer continued to operate the park in Mount Healthy, until Ralph became the sole owner and relocated the park to its current location in 1972. Today, the park remains family-owned and operated. The first mechanical rides were added in 1954.

“It’s in my blood to put a smile on the faces of the little kids when they ride the rides,” said Ziegler, who is also Ralph’s daughter. “People are looking to stretch their dollar and this is a great way to enjoy a fun day of family entertainment.”

As a family-owned and operated private amusement park, Stricker’s Grove regularly rents to groups organizations and churches for family picnics, wedding receptions and meetings.

“In 1992, we had a picnic cancel and we decided to have our first open-to-the-public day, because of the cancellation,” Ziegler said.

Family Day ride hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Rides close one hour for dinner.) The 25-acre outdoor park has about 15 midway rides — a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, tilt-a-wheel and scrambler, along with two, wooden roller coasters.

Stricker’s Grove also features an 18-hole miniature golf course, a game arcade, a skee-ball arcade, a concession stand, five horseshoe pits, a baseball diamond, booth spaces, several picnic areas and an air-conditioned hall.

A few of the other festivities throughout the day will include face painting and entertainment from the Elder High School Steel Drum Band.

How to go

What: Stricker’s Grove will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a Family Day.

When: 2-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, near Ross in Crosby Twp.

Cost: $12 admission. Children ages 2 and younger get in for free. Price of admission includes all rides, rollercoasters and free parking. Cash only at the entrance gate. ATM available on site. $1 hot dogs, $1 cotton candy, $1 snow cones, $1 round of 18-hole mini golf. Free unlimited soft drinks.

More info: Go online to or call (513) 521-9747

ACE Elections are Underway

The voting period for the 2014 ACE Election opened on June 15. Ballots have been emailed to all members who have valid email addresses.  Members without a valid email address in ACE’s system will receive the election ballot sent to them in the mail directly from Vote-Now, which is handling ACE’s election voting. Candidate information as well as information regarding the proposed bylaw changes can be found in the Election ’14 flier found here-  The voting period ends July 15 at 11:59 PM EDT. Completed ballots are due online or must be postmarked by that time.

Banshee Media Day Review



Media Day, for those who don’t know, is a day prior to park opening when the park invites the media out to promote a new ride. For Banshee’s media day, Kings Island was AWESOME and invited members of coaster enthusiast clubs to sample their new toy!

Our day started at a very dark and chilly 35° at 530am. Upon arrival everyone was given(!) souvenirs- a Banshee etched glass block, Banshee Media Day T & lanyard, and a ticket for an on-ride photo. The park provided us with breakfast type food and libations, which I would go into detail about but as soon as I saw icing glazed croissants I lost all brain function (((droooooooool))).

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Ok, time to ride. Whatever God you all believe in was definitely showing some favoritism to Banshee; the sun rose behind Banshee with colors worthy of canvas, or at the very least lots of pretty pixels on FB. It’s a very photogenic coaster, obvi, it totally blew up everyones’s FB feed for the weekend. Crap, time to reign in my ocd, I’m supposed to be talking about the ride… Small disclaimer, I didn’t get on expecting anything other than a standard B&M invert ride, but then the first turn/drop took my breath away and stood my hair on end. The rest of the ride consisted of loudly vocalized thoughts such as OMG!, WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!, and WHEEEEEEEEEEE!. Yeah, to say I was impressed would’ve been a complete understatement. Banshee has a crapton of force when it’s cold, which only got stronger as the day warmed. By noon I felt like Banshee was sucking out my soul through the bottom of my feet.

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So there was a big welcome ceremony/press conference. I was in the back of the crowd so I didn’t hear much, but I did hear this- at the 2:23 mark, and since I am a 9 year old boy at heart I just giggled, and giggled, and giggled, until someone standing close laughingly reminded me that this was supposed to be a serious speech, then I lost my sh!t and couldn’t contain the laughter anymore. Greg Scheid, thank you for making my day and giving me the best QoTD- He said “steel erection” hehehehehehe!!!

After the ceremony King’s Island also opened the newly rethemed Bat (which has a great view of Banshee’s backside from the station), the bungee swing thing (*a giant EF YOU to the one in Orlando that ruined me forever), and Delirium!

After a spin on The Bat and a couple Delerium rides (sorry Brad!) I got really sleepy, rides that rock/swing revert me back to the total comfort of childhood nap time, so we decided to partake of the fabulous lunch that was provided by the park, and coffee, lots of coffee. After lunch we returned to Banshee for as many rides as we could take before the media event ended at 2pm.

Thank you King’s Island for a spectacular day! Thank you Patrick for driving, sorry you lost the coin toss (not really 🙂 ). Thank you Don HelbigSara Kuykendall, and everyone else that put so much work into this day! And thank you to all my friends that attended and let me see their beautiful faces!



Mornin’ all!
Thanks to Derek Clayton, I will be updating the ACE Soar website on the regular now. Should be interesting seeing as I’m usually severely lacking in the couth department…

Also, our area needs to get back to sending out newsletters. So I’m asking for anyone who wants to contribute articles/pics/whatever to hit up Russ Johnson– Maybe we could do one of those member profile feature things that Roller Coaster Mag does?

Again, thank you Derek for the website help & Russ for the newsletter help!

The Beast is 35, and we’re invited to celebrate!


Card-carrying members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts are invited to participate in a Beast 35th anniversary celebration event Saturday, June 7 at Kings Island.   The event is exclusive for ACE members and includes:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of The Beast at 4:00pm
  • Beast treats
  • Beast 35th anniversary commemorative item
  • Night ERT on Diamondback (10:15pm – 11:00pm)
  • Night ERT on The Beast (11:00pm – Midnight)

Park admission is required to participate in this event.   ACE members planning to participate in this event are asked to reply by email by June 5-