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The official podcast of the American Coaster Enthusiasts! Join us as we talk all things roller coaster and see the amusement industry from an insider's perspective.

ACE - Ride With Us American Coaster Enthusiasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

The official podcast of the American Coaster Enthusiasts! Join us as we talk all things roller coaster and see the amusement industry from an insider's perspective.

    February Event Rundown

    February Event Rundown

    Winter and the off season for many parks may be upon us but the ACE events continue throughout the year.  Join us for a rundown of John’s visit to No Coaster Con, which was held on January 14, 2023 near the Chicago airport.  Though the event may not be held in a park, rest assured that like most ACE events, lunch was served and coaster enthusiasts gathered to enjoy each other’s company.
    [01:00] John attended No Coaster Con for the first time!
    [01:15]  Spoiler: no coasters were part of the event
    [02:30]  Announcements from the event
    [02:50]  Santa’s Village (East Dundee, IL) held a waterslide duck race
    [03:40] VR sleigh
    [03:58] New spinner coaster coming soon
    [04:10] Knoebel’s announcements – retracking the helix on Twister
    [04:45] Birthday party for various Knoebel’s rides
    [05:11] Dollywood, (Pigeon Forge, TN) – Big Bear Mountain updates (last piece of track is in!!)
    [06:00]  16,000 pumpkins at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
    [07:00] Raging Waves water park (Yorkville, IL) presented, no big announcement but a great intro to their park and their family
    [08:30] King’s Island (Mason, OH shared highlights of the park’s 50th anniversary
    [09:00] Phantom Theater (retired dark ride) became a theater show last season
    [09:26] Adventure Port themed area construction is coming along
    [09:30] What about the land where Vortex was?  No news.
    [10:10] The Beast’s reprofiling – the Beast is back!!
    [11:00] Holiday World Voyage retracking
    [11:30] John droned on about drones at Holiday World and King’s Island
    [12:11] Voyage’s retracking uses some prefabricated parts
    [13:20] Adventureland (Altoona, IA) purchased by Palace Entertainment
    [14:56] Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH) do not think about Top Thrill Dragster
    [15:57] Top Thrll Dragster reopening in 2024, no plans announced
    [16:30] New mouse coaster at Cedar Point
    [17:19] National Roller Coaster Museum (Plainview, TX) shared updates
    [18:25] Construction continued through the COVID shutdown Larson donated construction time and labor 
    [20:18] Six Flags parks had 4 presenters, Six Fiags Over Georgia (Austell, GA) announced a new family racing coaster
    [21:16] Six Flags St Louis (Eureka, MO) teased a new family ride
    [22:45] Deno’s Wonder Wheel (New York City, NY) announced a new coaster
    [23:29] Lost Island (Waterloo, IA) – app that adds backstory to their dark ride, launch coaster opening this year
    [25:00] Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX) is adding a waterpark and a skyline racer
    [26:35] Gravity Group presented details of their updated, enhanced wood track 
    [27:30] Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters owner and friend of ACE Tom Rebbe wrapped up the event
    [30:00] Auction and ACE networking during and after the event
    [34:57] ACE event rundown
    Visit www.ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org
     
    Volunteer with ACE!  If you enjoy ACE content, ACE events or just love coasters, there’s a place for you to share your talents.  https://www.aceonline.org/group/Volunteer
     
    Thanks to the Ride with Us podcast team
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan

    • 34 min
    Building a Backyard Coaster

    Building a Backyard Coaster

    In this episode of the ACE Ride with Us podcast, we had the opportunity to talk to two coaster enthusiasts who took on an awesome task – building roller coasters in their backyards!
    First, we meet with Justin Nolte, John’s neighbor and backyard coaster builder. He built both a treehouse and a coaster in his yard. Check out his video: https://youtu.be/t7VLPrTd3gE
    We then talk to ACE member Ben Densmore, who designed, built and operates Ohio's fourth largest indoor roller coaster, the Whipper Dipper. We’d like to see the first three largest indoor coasters, too!
    First up is Justin Nolte, co-host John’s neighbor and backyard coaster builder.
    [01:14] Justin’s son asked for a treehouse, his daughter asked for a roller coaster – so he did both!
    [02:05]Researched the project online
    [02:17]Fabricates for a living
    [02:37]Built the car himself
    [04:00]Motorized lift mechanism
    [05:10]John didn’t know his neighbor was building a coaster
    Bryant Yeager from ACE South Central is our guest host for the second segment, he chats with Ben Densmore, creator of the Whipper Dipper.
    [10:03] First ride was The Racer at Kings Island
    [11:12]First ACE event: Aug 5, 2012 tour of Gravity Group
    [12:16]Enjoys the smaller ACE events at regional parks
    [12:57]Introducing Ben’s wooden coaster
    [13:07]Ben’s background – physics degree but ended up working in food service for a while
    [13:37]Used his physics background to build a coaster in his backyard
    [14:15]Talked to contractors at Home Depot – learned a lot
    [15:00]Designing the track and the car
    [15:16]Started as a greenhouse to meet local building requirements and keep the project secure
    [17:05]Tight turns in a small space
    [17:27]Ball casters instead of wheels
    [17:50]Car modeled after an old PTC car
    [18:55]Got materials off Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist
    [20:31]Ben now works at Gravitykraft Corporation, sister company of the Gravity Group!
    [20:55]Neighbors' reactions to Ben’s coaster
    [23:00]Considering moving the coaster
    Watch for Whipper Dipper on Facebook later this year!
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org
    Visit www.ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Coaster Con 45 will be held at Dollywood and Carowinds from June 18-23 2023. ACE members worldwide are starting to make travel plans – will you be there?
    Thanks to the Ride with Us podcast team
    Producer & Guest Interview Segment: Bryant Yeager
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org
    Visit www.ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Coaster Con 45 will be held at Dollywood and Carowinds from June 18-23 2023. ACE members worldwide are starting to make travel plans – will you be there?
    Thanks to the Ride with Us podcast team!
    Producer & Guest Interview Segment: Bryant Yeager
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan

    • 32 min
    Brake run chat with ACE President Elizabeth Ringas

    Brake run chat with ACE President Elizabeth Ringas

    Join us for a brake run chat with ACE President Elizabeth Ringas. 2023 marks ACE’s 45th year and Elizabeth has lot of plans for the organization's future.  
    In this episode, Jessica and Elizabeth recap 2022, including new coaster credits, CoasterCon, kiddie coaster roundups, IAAPA coverage, preserving historic coasters and discuss those future plans.  
    Elizabeth is always open to hearing your thoughts about ACE: eringas@aceonline.org 
    In this episode:
    [01:07] Elizabeth’s new coaster credits for 2022
    [02:22] Jessica and Elizabeth meet for the first time at Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage
    [03:35] The ACE family
    [05:10] Remembering Jay Jacobs
    [05:30] IAAPA Expo highlights
    [07:40] ACE Safe Space initiative – Discord server
    [08:49] 2023 plans including Preservation Con
    [10:17] Preservation Con agenda
    [11:35] ACE turns 45! Year-long celebration is underway
    [14:05] Volunteer with ACE
    [16:18] Executive committee annual meeting (upcoming)
    Coaster Con 45 will be held at Dollywood and Carowinds from June 18-23 2023.  ACE members worldwide are starting to make travel plans – will you be there?
    Follow ACE on Instagram for more 45th anniversary news: ridewithace
    We want to hear from you! Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast: podcast@aceonline.org
    Visit www.aceonline.org to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.  

    • 19 min
    Moving a Coaster with Steve Thomas

    Moving a Coaster with Steve Thomas

    In this episode, we meet with with Steve Thomas, Amusement Park Director at Traders Village in Grand Prairie, TX.  Traders Village saved the Prairie Screamer roller coaster when the Scandia Amusement Park in Ontario, CA closed in 2019.  Steve was part of the team that moved and refurbished the coaster, which opened at its new home in November, 2022.
     
    Park link: https://tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie/rides/the-prairie-screamer-ride/
     
    In this episode:
    [00:45] Prairie Screamer history
    [03:00] How Traders Village acquired the coaster
    [12:35] Moving the coaster
    [14:00] Informal media event
    [19:00] Behind the scenes
     
    We want to hear from you! Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast: podcast@aceonline.org
     
    Visit www.aceonline.org to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
     
    You can read more at Amusement Today: https://amusementtoday.com/issues/2022/202211ii

    • 27 min
    Holiday 2022 Event Rundown

    Holiday 2022 Event Rundown

    Welcome to the ACE Ride With Us holiday rundown.  
    In this episode, we discuss upcoming ACE events, cover the many holiday events that co-hosts John and Jessica attended, share deals on season passes and discuss the benefits of an ACE membership.
    In this episode:[00:45] ACE Event Rundown[03:00] Doug Perry interview[12:35] John’s tour of holiday events[14:00] Jessica’s tour of holiday events[19:00] Great deals on Season Passes [30:00] ACE membership makes a great gift! We want to hear from you! Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast: podcast@aceonline.org
    Visit www.aceonline.org to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.

    • 26 min
    Print My Ride

    Print My Ride

    Matthew Schmotzer, founder of Print My Ride Detroit, joins host John to discuss his love of coasters and the amazing coaster models he creates.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Coaster Enthused ,

Wonderful

I love the insight this provides into the amusement industry! Very entertaining, and I listen when I’m at work with nothing to do. Helps pass the time, and gain some new knowledge.

coasterbear ,

More Elizabeth please!

Kris and Elizabeth have so much better chemistry. Cliff always sounds like he’s trying to be a disk jockey and it just doesn’t work.

Devon Cogan ,

Wish there were more episodes!

This podcast is great for any roller coaster enthusiast!! Just found it over the weekend and already listened to all the episodes. I wish they made more than one a month!

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