I went to CoasterBash in Pittsburgh on Saturday and just wanted share a quick run-down of the days events.
Summer Flashback (Bill Linkenheimer) - Bill presented a short slide show set to music of all the groups events from last year
New Coasters of 2004 (Ken Simmons) - Bill showed a short video featuring shots of many of last years new coasters. Sans Tsunami.
Pittsburgh's Lost Roller Coasters (Paul Korol) - One of the most interesting discussions of the afternoon was a presentation by Paul Korol, documenting the history of many of Pittsburgh's lost parks. Most of the information presented was new to most of the ACE members in attendance, since not much is documented on many of these parks.
Waldameer (Steve Gorman) - Steve ran through a short presentation reflecting on last season and some of the problems they had getting the Steel Dragon put together. But, of more interest to most in attendance, he spoke very candidly about all the problems the park has faced in regards to the "Ravine Flyer II" project. It does look like the ride may now happen (might!), but would not open until 2007 at the earliest. They will find out if they will get the permit to built the bridge this off-season in about 3 weeks.
Guess the Ride Contest - KPconnection put together a collection of slides taken during the off-season of many of Kennywood's signature attractions. Everyone got a sheet of paper with a chance to guess all 20. The winner correctly identified 17 of them. I got a whopping 7. Hey, it was pretty difficult!
Idlewild Park (Jeff Croushore) - Jeff, the new PR guy at Idlewild, made a 30 minute presentation with highlights including a short history lesson of "Rollo Coaster" and details of the newest ride, "Paul Bunyan's Loggin Toboggan", an Arrow flume from the now defunct Old Indiana Fun Park.
Kennywood (Mary Lou Rosemeyer) - Kennywood may not be building a multi-million dollar ride this year, but they haven't kept that from letting them improve many areas of the park. This year Kennywood is: building a new entrance, going strictly POP, Completely overhauling the carousel, Completely refurbing the Racer trains (not replacing as was the impression from EastCoaster), and removing the Wipeout. you may ask how removing the Wipeout is an improvement, but it is to make way for their 2006 addition. In 2006, Kennywood will receive a "Screaming Swing" from S&S. But, this is no ordinary screaming swing. It will feature 2 - 16 passenger carriages swinging to a larger height, and most importantly, will be included with regular admission.
Goldlen Kenny Award - Presented to Maggie Altman
Season Review (Mike Matscherz) - Mike showed exciting videos from Lake Compounce and Lakemont Park.
Coasting Through Kennywood (Dave Hahner) - The author of Arcadia's book "Kennywood", Dave Hahner presented a comprehensive slide show featuring the lost coasters of Kennywood. Included were many construction and hard-to-find photos.
PKI Video - A short video that was originally shown at EastCoaster promoting the parks newest addition "Italian Job: Stunt Track".
Ridefest 2004 (Ted Cromwell) - Yours truley presented a video documenting last years final annual event.
Lexi Robinson (Geauga Lake) - Lexi, the PR lady at Geauga Lake displayed slides and a short video showing all the wonderful improvements that are happening at Geauga Lake. The biggest of which is a 26 Million Dollar water park the is being added to the Sea World side over the next two years.
In all, CoasterBash lived up to it's reputation of being an extremely enjoyable event while not falling into the trap of being dominated by PR. If you ever get the chance, this event is a day full of fun for all ages.