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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
    • 4.7 • 41 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.

    Love Is in the Air: 'Ride With Us' Valentine's Special with Sky Elements and Speed Dating for Coasters

    Love Is in the Air: 'Ride With Us' Valentine's Special with Sky Elements and Speed Dating for Coasters

    It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which realistically means one thing to coaster enthusiasts: theme park season is just around the corner! However, whether you’re celebrating this day or eagerly anticipating your next theme park adventure, this episode has something for everyone. Join us in exploring how “Love Is in the Air” in more ways than one. 
     
    First, correspondent Bryant Yeager chats with Rick Boss from Sky Elements Drones. You may remember us marveling at the world record-setting drone show during IAAPA Expo – a show that was brought to you by none other than Sky Elements. We’re so excited to have them on the show.
     
    The love continues as our Production Manager and correspondent Corey Wooten introduces Sam Cooper, who has an Instagram channel called Mid Course Blues featuring his original series, “Speed Dating for Coasters.” In this highly entertaining series, two coasters are matched with one another, he compares their similarities and differences to explain how they'd be compatible as a couple. Sam also posts amazing shots of roller coasters, one of which won the ACE Photography Contest during Coaster Con 45!
    In this Episode:
    [01:56] Bryant Interviews Rick Boss from Sky Elements Drones
    [28:07] Corey interviews Sam Cooper about his Instagram series “Speed Dating for Coasters”
     
    Check out Speed Dating for Coasters and Sam’s amazing photos: https://www.instagram.com/mid.course.blues/
     
    Watch Sky Elements’ video of the historic, epic, record-breaking drone show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxYNHt7mThg
     
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
     
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team 
    Host: Jessica Gardner
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: John Davidson, Bryant Yeager, Doug Perry

    • 49 min
    ACE Election Q&A Plus the Latest News on Fire in the Hole

    ACE Election Q&A Plus the Latest News on Fire in the Hole

    It’s almost that time of year again – time for ACE elections and summer in the theme parks!
    This episode covers both of these critical summertime topics. In our first segment, co-host Jessica Gardner talks with current ACE President Elizabeth Ringas about the upcoming elections.
    We change tracks in the second segment and start looking toward summer as podcast correspondent Bryant Yeager shares his conversation with Dalton Fischer, Communications Manager for Silver Dollar City, during the recent ACE Winterfest event in San Antonio Texas.
    Indoor coasters offer more than thrills – they often bring a story to life. Fire in the Hole at Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri is no exception. The indoor coaster was built in-house in 1972; it’s often considered a cross between a dark ride and a roller coaster. 
    This well-loved attraction is getting some new life as Rocky Mountain Construction is rebuilding the ride. While coaster enthusiasts know RMC for their thrilling I-box track and wood/steel hybrid coasters, the company is also well-equipped to transform this classic ride into a modern experience.
    In this Episode: 
    [01:45] Elizabeth Ringas talks about the ACE election process
    [20:41] Dalton Fischer joins Bryant Yeager for their conversation about Silver Dollar City and the upcoming changes to Fire in the Hole
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team
    Hosts: Jessica Gardner and John Davidson
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: Bryant Yeager and Doug Perry

    • 42 min
    Brick by Brick: A Deep Dive Into LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

    Brick by Brick: A Deep Dive Into LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

    LEGOLAND® Florida is a unique park with a rich history.
    It began as Cypress Gardens and became LEGOLAND in 2011 after the original park closed. Home to three adorable hotels, a water park and the Peppa Pig theme park, this park has a lot to offer, including a swimming pool that was featured in the 1953 film Easy to Love!  
    Co-host Jessica Gardner met with Banks Lee, LEGOLAND Production and Marketing Support Specialist to learn more about the park and hear about some upcoming attractions. 
    In this Episode:
    0:00 - Introduction to the podcast and LEGOLAND Florida
    0:21 - Background on LEGOLAND Florida spokesperson Banks Lee
    0:40 - History of LEGOLAND parks starting in 1968
    1:17 - Significance of LEGOLAND Florida being located on the site of the former Cypress Gardens park
    2:40 - Banks' career path and advice 
    3:09 - Details on the different areas within LEGOLAND Florida
    5:32 - Popular attractions at LEGOLAND Florida
    8:35 - Questions from listeners 
    9:34 - Recommendations for first attractions to visit
    14:31 - Banks' favorite attractions to visit with his family 
    17:31 - The most popular attractions at LEGOLAND® Florida
    18:37 - Jessica's Dragon Coaster milestone
    20:50 - Explanation of the Ninjago property and ride
    21:14 - Masters of Flight attraction in LEGO Movie World
    23:15 - LEGOLAND's mini lands and structures 
    33:37 - Upcoming life-sized LEGO® builds 
    34:38 - Entertainment at LEGOLAND 
    38:30 - Peppa Pig Theme Park 
    43:00 - Food options in the park and the delicious Apple Fries 
    44:27 - LEGOLAND merchandise 
    47:45 - Trading LEGO and Minifigures 
    50:00 - LEGO Pop Badges 
    51:35 - The Infamous "Mr. Gold" Pop Badge 
    54:00 - LEGOLAND accommodations 
    58:30 - The future of LEGOLAND Florida Resort
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team 
    Hosts: Jessica Gardner and John Davidson
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: Bryant Yeager and Doug Perry

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Coasting Around the World: Planning the 2024 ACE International Trip

    Coasting Around the World: Planning the 2024 ACE International Trip

    Coasting Around the World: Planning the 2024 ACE International Trip
     
    ACE’s Journey to Central Europe is happening this July and Jessica Gardner talks to three of the members of the International Trip Committee who are planning this epic adventure. Cheri Armstrong, Vanessa Thomas and Jimmy Titko discuss everything you need to know about joining this trip or planning your own journey to parks in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Poland!
     
    For more information, please visit https://www.aceonline.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1778704 

    In this Episode:
    [01:37] Meet the travel dream team
    [05:21] Trip details
    [23:12] Parks in the Netherlands and Belgium
    [41:21] Parks in Germany
    [59:50] Add-on parks in Poland
     
     
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
     
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team 
    Hosts: Jessica Gardner and John Davidson
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: Bryant Yeager and Doug Perry

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Looking Back at the Past Year and Ahead to 2024

    Looking Back at the Past Year and Ahead to 2024

    Now that 2023 is but a memory, your podcast team is pausing for a moment to recap many of the amazing ACE events that happened during the year. Podcast producer Derek Perry joins his brother/ACE social media manager Doug Perry for a rousing conversation about their adventures with ACE.
      
    This episode also includes the all-important winter events roundup. Stay tuned to hear about all of the upcoming ACE events that are sure to break up the long, coaster-free winter.
     
    In this Episode:
    [01:33] 2023 events review (national, regional and digital)
    [19:42] 2023’s new roller coaster highlights
    [24:14] 2024 roller coaster construction update and upcoming events
    [34:56] January event rundown 
     
     
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
     
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team 
    Hosts: Jessica Gardner and John Davidson
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: Bryant Yeager and Doug Perry

    • 37 min
    Vekoma Rides: Good Gravy, Tilt Coaster, Super Boomerang and More (IAAPA Expo)

    Vekoma Rides: Good Gravy, Tilt Coaster, Super Boomerang and More (IAAPA Expo)

    Vekoma Rides: Good Gravy, Tilt Coaster, Super Boomerang and More (IAAPA Expo)
    The show floor has been wiped clean, but the memories of IAAPA Expo 2023 continue as co-host Jessica Gardner interviews the team from Vekoma.
    Jessica talks with Ricardo Tonding Etges and Carin Davits about the new Good Gravy roller coaster at Holiday World and other upcoming/newly opened projects that many ACE members have already enjoyed. Jessica and the team take a tour of the Vekoma booth and get a close look at the tilt coaster train model.
    We hope our continued coverage of the IAAPA Expo is helping to keep the winter months bearable. (See what we did there?)
    In this Episode:
    [1:42] Designing the Good Gravy roller coaster for Holiday World, a close look at the train on display
    [06:33] Carin discusses the completed coasters that opened this summer (bonus mention of Big Bear Mountain and Rookie Racer!!)
    [10:17] A tour of the tilt coaster model
    [13:52] Super boomerang coming to Six Flags Great Adventure
    Share your ideas and thoughts about this podcast via email: podcast@aceonline.org. Visit ridewithace.com to learn more about the non-profit organization American Coaster Enthusiasts.
    Join the team of ACE volunteers. Volunteering offers different ways to share your talents by:
    Having an impact on the future of ACE
    Providing opportunities for rewarding experiences
    Developing friendships in a small group
    Learning new skills or sharing your talents with ACE
    Podcast Volunteer Team
    Host: Jessica Gardner
    Producer: Derek Perry
    Editor: Bob Randolph
    Show Notes: Liz Tan
    Production Manager: Corey Wooten
    Correspondents: Bryant Yeager and Doug Perry

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Ledsalb ,

Wonderful Insight

I thoroughly enjoy listening to your insightful podcast on one of my favorite subjects…COASTERS! Coaster Con 45 was my 1st con event, too! I wholeheartedly agree with your summations and suggestions to make your ACE Con experience the most e! Ride On!!

jtownsendtx ,

OUTSTANDING Podcast!!

I LOVE THIS PODCAST SO MUCH!!!! It’s fun, energetic, and informative! The whole Podcast team does an incredible job each episode and ensures they provide a variety of perspectives on coasters and theme parks. The Notes are always useful when I forget a guest’s name or want to visit their website or just want a reminder of an episode’s content. Jessica is a PHENOMENAL host and her energy is contagious and I can’t help getting caught up in the excitement of the next ACE event! Keep up the incredible work!

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.

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