Is it worth it to join ACE???

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:16 PM
Lately I have been pondering this. For those of you who are members, what are some of the benefits? I know there are many events every year, but most of them seem to be back east, and I live in California. Any info would be great. Thanks!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:46 PM
It's worth it even if you don't go to events.
You get 2 great magazines, and other benifits like the ACE walkback at PKI. I was a member for 10 years before I ever got to attend an event.

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- Peabody
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:47 PM
It is mosr definately worth it. Several edditions of Rollercoaster!, a monthly/bi-monthly depending on the time of year newsletter, all kinds of discounts and acess to ACE events, like the Con.

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2001- the year of flight!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:57 PM
How or where do you sign up?
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 7:32 PM
How or where do you sign up?

There is a membership fee but you can look into everything at this website :)

http://www.aceonline.org/
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Rickyswmn
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 1:56 AM
I started to find ACE a little useless, in terms of there news releases. Though their coverage was great, the news was about 2 months old by the time the publications were sent out. *** This post was edited by john peck on 4/19/2001. ***
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 4:12 AM
What does the walkback involve? Do you just get the first ride, or do you actually get to walk around the structure?

Are there usually alot of other ACE members there, and will I be able to get the front seat?

Which walkback is best, the Beast or its son? I've not been on SOB, and would like to get a head start in the area of the park.

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May/June 2001 - 16 parks in 18 days!!!
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 8:25 AM

Grant said:
"No need to quote the previous post... -J"


Answer #1: On a walkback, you get to be the first in line to ride the Beast or Son of Beast.

Answer #2: The last two walkbacks I did had a pretty good group of other members. I never do the front seat because last time I rode front seat on the Beast I was getting hit in the eye and face by bugs. I think you can try to get front seat though.

Answer #3: It depends on which coaster you like. I perfer personally the Beast walkback rather than the Son of Beast. I was never to fond of Son of Beast last year. (ouch!:()
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Bill Yost a.k.a. THE BEASTmaster
www.geocities.com/byostie

Can you take me higher? (CREED)
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 8:38 AM
We joined mainly for the publications. I agree these can be a little stale but they're good to read nonetheless. Especially during those long, cold winter months. :(

You also get entry discounts at some parks. I believe PKI and Holiday World give you 1/2 off entry (correct me if I'm wrong).

This is our second year as members.

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"I'm going off the rails on a crazy train." - Ozzie Osbourne *** This post was edited by DEK on 4/19/2001. ***
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 9:11 AM
ACE is 100% worth joining. The publications are very, very well done, and the pictures are super good. Another great thing about the publications is that they tend to have info that you really can't get on the internet. The authors tend to actaully have a passion and love for good coasters, unlike a lot of people that are usually really vocal on the net. Of course, ACE is more oriented towards wooden coasters and history/restoration stuff so it may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you are a 13 year old worshipper of B&M. The events are very fun too.

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Don't touch the watch. *** This post was edited by ravenguy98 on 4/19/2001. ***
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 10:29 AM

. . . most of [the events] are back east and I live in California.


We have one thing the north-easterners don't -- and I don't mean rolling blackouts! We have coaster riding solaces! Pity them next March at their "no-coaster-cons" while we're living it up at Knott's on real coasters!

Also, ACErs get to do neat things you may not otherwise hear about. Just yesterday, Southern California ACE members had an opportunity to achieve fame and fortune as very wet riders on the Perilous Plunge for a Discovery Channel shoot (watch for me on "Extreme Rides 2001" -- no autographs, please).

Come join us!

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Whatever goes up must come down, preferably at a speed over 60 mph and leaning into a flying turn *** This post was edited by Belmont Babe on 4/19/2001. ***
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 10:41 AM
Thanks Belmont Babe! You just set my wheels in motion. And thanks to all who replied! :) *** This post was edited by DWeaver on 4/19/2001. ***
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 11:15 AM
I don't know... I think CoasterBash! might have been as much fun as a day at the park. It was great!

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Friday, April 20, 2001 11:11 AM

How old do you have to be to join ACE. I'm sure there is probably a Age Limit (Me assumes 18! Stupid Number). I'd love to join, but I'm only 14, I'll have to wait and see.
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HaVe YoU hUgGeD yOuR rOlLeR cOaStEr ToDaY?
OoOoOo...Rolly Coaster!
Favorite Coaster: HyperSonic XLC!
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Friday, April 20, 2001 11:19 AM
RCTFan, there is no age requirement what so ever... I am only 15 and I'm an ACE member. There is nobody else in my family that are members, I am the only one. I had joined ACE when I was 14. There are members of ACE that are literally only 1 month old and the parents of the child wanted the baby to be a member. I forget the name of the people though. There is no age requirement. All you have to do is pay the $50 yearly registraion fee and you are automaticly a member.
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Dave
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Friday, April 20, 2001 11:21 AM
There is no age limit. ACE is for everyone.

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www.geocities.com/coasting_ohio for Real/Defunct/mini coasters and parks for RCT
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Friday, April 20, 2001 11:28 AM
The only requirement to join is to be an enthusiast with $50. :)

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com
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Friday, April 20, 2001 1:01 PM
ACE is probably the best organization I've ever been a part of. Not only do you get a great magazine and a good newsletter, you also have great events, whether they be national or regional. Regional events vary depending on who your rep is. I live in Northern California, and our rep is one of the best. We always have great events that are going on. ACE helped put on my wedding at SFMW on Medusa on the 31st of March, and just a few weeks ago I got to ride Psycho Mouse at PGA non-stop for two hours. Granted, it's just a mouser, but it's a great little ride, and I've already got a season's worth of riding in just a few hours! And I got to be on T.V. too! ;) Anyways, join ACE as soon as you can. You won't regret it. It's awesome. Sorry if I sound like a recruiter, I'm not trying to be. I just love being in ACE. Peace. :)
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Medusa at Marine World: the best coaster in the west!
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Friday, April 20, 2001 1:15 PM
Done Deal! Thanks!
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Friday, April 20, 2001 1:16 PM
Who's the Cincinnati rep?
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