Spring 2011 Newsletter

First Highway Cleanup

Eric Holladay, Dave Jackson, Sheryll Johnson and I spent a few hours on a sunny Fall afternoon picking up trash along I-71 northbound outside of Kings Island.  We picked up 43 bags, leaving our trail along the way on the side of the road.  Nothing too nasty, a few piles of bones, a tire and lots of White Castle trash.  Our next pickup will be in March. 

Boo Bash 2010 Kings Island Event

Here is the flyer for our Fall Kings Island event.  Registration is online at Kings Islands’ website.  The link is at the bottom of the flyer.  It is probably on your Trick-or-Treat night, but treat yourself to a great time and the kids can get enough candy at Howl-o-Fest during the day.  I hope you’ll join us!

Russ

BooBash2010

ACE Adopts I-71 northbound by Kings Island

You’ve seen the signs along the highway, “Adopted by ……”, well, we’ll have our name up on a big green sign soon.  As people are coming up I-71 from Cincinnati, ready to turn in to Kings Island, they’ll see our name and maybe think of us as they have their fun.  This does require just a little work though.   Four times a year we need to pick up trash along the highway there.  If everyone does it one time a year, that would be great.  Why do the minimum?  Maybe we’ll do it more.  I need some civic minded people to show up on August 15th at the public pickup loop by the main Kings Island sign at 1:00 for safety training.  If you can come to that, please let me know.  I don’t think we’ll be picking up trash that day, maybe we will.  I’d like to have a highway cleaning event on Saturday, August 28th at 11:00am.  Please let me know if you can help us then.  Thank you in advance for helping ACE get some publicity and for making the highway outside Kings Island attractive and litter free.

Russ Johnson

ACE Southern Ohio Regional Rep

From our neighbors up north…

Join us for a great two day event in Northern Ohio!!! We start bright and early on Saturday, August 28 at Memphis Kiddie Park in Cleveland. While at Memphis Kiddie Park we’ll be treated to a hot-dog lunch, rides on the beloved Little Dipper, and the first rounds of the Northern Ohio Mini-Golf Championship. Later that day, we move west to Sandusky to enjoy a wonderful evening at Cedar Point. We’ll have a wonderful dinner of chicken, pulled pork, and all the fixins and finish the day with ERT on Maverick. Sunday, August 29 starts with a breakfast and ERT on Millennium Force and Magnum. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with the final rounds of this years Mini-Golf Championship. Your registration gets you admission into both parks, three meals, ERT sessions on three coasters, mini-golf at both parks, and all-you-can-drink wristbands for both days at Cedar Point.

We’ve also arranged a discounted rate for rooms at the Breakers Express in Sandusky for those wishing to stay near the park. See the flier for more info.

Registration is open from now until August 18, so don’t delay!

For more info on the event and how to register for this great event, please see the flier link below:

http://www.aceonline.org/fliers/NorthCoastCon2010.pdf

Thanks in advance,
Scott Short
ACE Northern Ohio Regional Rep

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!
    www.facebook.com/visitkingsisland
  • 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
    www.facebook.com/holidayautotheatre

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?

CoasterDynamix

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.

Thanks
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.

ACE Winter SOAR Now Accepting Walk-Ins!

First, we want to thank all those who sent in their registrations!  We were not expecting the turnout we had last year, after all ACE is about coasters and Diamondback is a heck of a draw!  As those of you who have been to EnterTrainment Junction will attest, you will not be disappointed.  What ACE’r doesn’t like trains, funhouses, food and prizes?!

Second, although we have a limit of 75 for this Saturday’s event, we still have a few more openings left.  EnterTRAINment has been nice enough to work with us and allow walk-ins and have ensured us that if we happen to pass the 75 mark that they will still accommodate everyone!  The cost will be $23 (cash only) for all day-of registrations for everyone. Remember this event is open to everyone, ACE member or not.

Check-in will be from 10:30am to 5:00pm with the first tours starting at 1:30.  We recommend you arrive no later than 2:00 to ensure you have sufficient time to take in all that EnterTRAINment has to offer, as well as attend a tour.

Please spread the word and come out and join in the fun.

Six Flags Rejects Lease – Kentucky Kingdom to Close?

On February 4, Six Flags announced it would walk away from it’s Kentucky Kingdom lease and no longer operate the park.  Permanent employees are being offered positions at other Six Flags parks. [http://www.sixflags.com/national/footerNav/news_kentuckykingdom.aspx]

Six Flags announced today that as it nears the scheduled end of its restructuring process, it has decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board relating to the Kentucky Kingdom park. In recent weeks, Six Flags had proposed a new lease arrangement to the fair board that would have enhanced the viability and future of the park. Unfortunately, those proposals were not accepted and the park will cease operations and the company will move expeditiously to re-locate employees and several of the more than 40 rides and attractions to one of its 13 other markets.

“We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and loyalty over the years,” said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and CEO.

“This action relates solely to Kentucky Kingdom,” Shapiro continued. “The substantial lease payment has been a significant hurdle for this park in recent years. Our other parks, which reside largely on company-owned land, will be completely unaffected and will open as scheduled for the full 2010 season.”

Harold Workman responded (President & CEO of the Kentucky State Fair) [http://www.kyfairexpo.org/pdfs/Harold%20Workman%20Statement%20re%20information%20released%20by%20Six%20Flags%20Ky%20Kingdom%202-4-10.pdf]

“Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom announced this evening that, as it nears the scheduled end of its restructuring process, it has decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board relating to the Kentucky Kingdom Park. In recent weeks, Six Flags had proposed a new lease arrangement to the fair board that would have enhanced the viability and future of the park. Unfortunately, those proposals were not accepted and the park will cease operations and the company will move expeditiously to re-locate employees and several of the more than 40 rides and attractions to one of its 13 other markets.”

The statement misrepresents what has taken place.

Approximately thirty days ago, the Kentucky State Fair Board (KSFB) reached out to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (SFKK) to offer to extend the park‟s bankruptcy court-imposed deadline of January 9, 2010 to either accept or reject its lease with the KSFB. The KSFB initiated dialogue with SFKK in an attempt to allow the park to maintain its operations. However, SFKK did not schedule a meeting with me until January 4, 2010, only days before the bankruptcy court-imposed deadline. At that point the KSFB did not have any financial information regarding the profitability of the park and only obtained that information a few days ago.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and city officials had this to say [http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100205/BUSINESS/2050349/Six+Flags+sought+to+pay+for+park+only+if+it+made+money]

While holding out hope for a last-minute turnaround, Louisville officials said Friday that Six Flags appears intent on closing Kentucky Kingdom — weeks after asking for a deal in which it would pay for use of the park grounds only if it turned a profit.

Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro told reporters Thursday night that the bankrupt company’s decision to close the Kentucky park was final and that the announcement was not an effort to squeeze better terms out of the state fair board.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said that’s also the message Shapiro gave him in a conversation on Friday morning.

During a press conference Friday, the mayor said there is nothing the city or state can do to prevent the closing.

“All I can say is that the bankruptcy court is where this issue is going to be resolved. It’s a judicial matter,” he said. “Really at this point it is beyond the direction of city and state government.”

Other operators have approached the fairgrounds about operating the park, but no decisions will be made till after the bankruptcy Judge rules in early March. [http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100210/NEWS01/2100389/Fair+board+may+seek+new+amusement+park+operator]

Winter SOAR Registration Deadline Approaches

For those of you who have not registered for this years Winter SOAR, do so now!  There is no on-site registration, and the deadline for sending in your registration is this Saturday, February 20.  We are limited to 75 attendees this year and are well on our way to filling up, so register now to ensure your place.

Included is unlimited access to Train Journey, American Railroading Museum, Imagination Junction, and Funhouse Junction at EnterTrainment Junction!  In addition there will be behind the scenes tours of Funhouse Junction and Train Journey, dinner, and presentations.  See the flyer for all the details.

Remember, you don’t have to be an ACE member, or a guest, anyone is welcome.  $20.00 for ACE members, $23.00 for non-members.

Download the Winter SOAR Flyer

2010 ACE Winter SOAR

Our 7th annual winter event approaches fast, time to print out the flyer, write those checks, and send in your registration.  Do it now, as there is only room for 75 and there will be no on-site registration.

We have lined up a fabulous event this year.  Our host is EnterTrainment Junction, where you will have unlimited access to Train Journey, American Railroading Museum, Imagination Junction, and Funhouse Junction!  In addition there will be behind the scenes tours of Funhouse Junction and Train Journey.  As well as dinner and presentations as usual.  EnterTrainment Junction closes to the public at 6:00, which is when our dinner will start, with the presentations beginning shortly thereafter.

Check-in will be from 10:30am to 5:00pm with the first tours starting at 1:30.  We recommend you arrive no later than 2:00 to ensure you have sufficient time to take in all that EnterTrainment has to offer, as well as attend a tour.

All of this for only $20.00 for ACE members, $23.00 for non-members.  There is no need to attend with an ACE member, this event is open to everyone!

Winter SOAR Flyer