ACE Weekend in Denver 8/7-8/8

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Sunday, August 8, 2004 9:22 PM
This weekend we had two back-to-back events in the Mile High City. The attendance was light (40-50 people each day), but it made for some good ERT.

Saturday was spent at Lakeside, where we had an hour of ERT on the Cyclone. Being a regular, I spend most of the ERT time wandering around taking pictures. After the ERT, Rhoda had a very nice lunch set up for us... Chicken Teriyaki and/or BBQ beef sandwiches, yum... They also sold some t-shirts and hats; for those of you who haven't been to Lakeside, they don't normally sell t-shirts -- she had them printed up just for us at the ACE Preservation Conference last year. Very cool shirts, too... The interesting trivia of the day was that the tower has all new lighting; apparently some of Rhoda's foreign exchange students/workers were mountain climbers, and they rapelled down the tower to replace all of the lighting.

Sunday was the SFEG event, with scheduled ERT on Twister II and Halfpipe... Unfortunately, they had problems getting Halfpipe running... the first train of the day got an abbreviated ride, and then the harnesses wouldn't release, so they had to hook up some sort of hydraulic pump to release them manually. They didn't fix it until about an hour later, so to make up for the lack of ERT they gave us each one exit pass that we could use for getting on one ride in without waiting in line. But Twister II was running decent, and we had a small group, so the Twister II ERT was nice. The SFEG trivia is from Tara, the public relations manager -- they don't plan on painting the new trackwork on Twister II until after the season is over, and then they are planning to repaint the entire ride. Lunch consisted of some fairly decent chicken, and they also gave us goodie bags with a Halfpipe lanyard, sticker, Twister II playing cards, and the obligatory Mr. Six glasses and bow ties. Tara also held a short trivia contest, and the winners received Mr. Six bobblehead figures. I thought they were pretty cool; I went to the main gift store and bought one later for myself.

Although M:TR was conspicuously absent from the agenda, a great time was had by all.

Lakeside Pictures

SFEG Pictures

Okay, now it's time to go back to "Doom 3"...

--Kevin

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Kevin Knapp, Colorado Springs, kknappcyclone@aceonline.org
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*** Edited 8/9/2004 1:30:24 AM UTC by Kevin Knapp***

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Monday, August 9, 2004 12:12 AM
Nice pictures, Kevin.

I'm glad the gentlemen with the necklace got it back. Not only was the medallion a 2500-year-old coin, but the rope was made of silver strands hand-woven by a craftsman in Yemen who has since passed away.

Apparently the necklace was found in the tunnel by a maintenance worker who might actually be blind in one eye. It hadn't fallen to the ground, but had gotten snagged on a board. I think it's amazing it was found since it could have come off anywhere.

Anyway, I certainly enjoyed my two days and want to say thanks to you, Barry, Toots and all the others who put together and ran the event.

Oh, and when I first saw your sister, I thought she was either 21 or 27.

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Monday, August 9, 2004 6:42 AM
Sweet photos Kevin, as always!

I am going to have to do those events next year, now that I am slowing venturing out west again.

I usually prefer the smaller, regional events as they are more laid back and you get all the ERT you can handle.

The Cyclone just looks amazing. It makes me appreciate the older woodies even more.

I would take coasters like the Zippin Pippin at Libertyland or the Starliner at MS over most of these over-rated, over-hyped larger woodies anyday. The Cyclone just looks like so much fun.

The Halfpipe doesn't look too shabby either ;-)

-Tina

*** Edited 8/9/2004 11:31:16 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Monday, August 9, 2004 8:16 AM
Thanks for the report from the Denver events. That sucks about Halfpipe but at least SFEG did their best to make it up to those in attendence. BTW, if anyone is ever at Lakeside and wants a shirt (which are pretty nice), just ask someone at one of the stands and they can point you in the right direction on who to see to get one.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:38 AM
The SFEG event was done really nicely and I enjoyed the park much more than I thought I would. Would have made the Lakeside event as well but I was still en route from Lagoon while you were all enjoying the Cyclone.

Full TR to come in the next day or two...and NOW you tell me Lakeside had shirts, after I just got done driving home from Denver, LOL?

Oh, and nice meeting you, Kevin. ;-)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:56 PM

Kevin Knapp said:
The attendance was light (40-50 people each day), but it made for some good ERT.

From what I hear, the smaller events are the better ones anyway! You don’t really see any of the whining/complaining/problems you always hear about at say...Cedar Point’s events.


Unfortunately, they had problems getting Halfpipe running... the first train of the day got an abbreviated ride,

We were lucky enough to be one of the first riders so I basically got in two rides before it broke down. :)


so to make up for the lack of ERT they gave us each one exit pass that we could use for getting on one ride in without waiting in line.

We used our exit pass on Tower Of Doom and the rideops handed the pass right back to us! So we then went over and used it at Halfpipe. It was great to skip two huge lines!



skittlebrau said:
I'm glad the gentlemen with the necklace got it back.

As am I, but I’m still wondering, who wears that expensive of a necklace to an amusement park?


coasterqueen said:
The Cyclone just looks amazing. It makes me appreciate the older woodies even more.

While I know most people disagree with me, I actually prefer Twister over Cyclone. As a matter of fact, while both are are fun rides, they’re really nothing to write home about.

I had a great time at both parks (as well as Waterworld on Monday, that place rules :)).

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