ACE End of Summer Cool Down



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On October 3, 2020, 22 ACE Members, guests, and their children enjoyed a fun-filled, cool day at Island H2O Live water park in Kissimmee, FL.  In the morning, guests received a souvenir drink cup for unlimited soda refills all day and a waterproof, electronic wristband that allowed everyone to collect points, receive their photos and videos, and customize the music of certain attractions.  After a light continental breakfast, everyone met at the Live Lagoon wave pool for a social distanced themed group photo.  Island H2O Live showcased their appreciation for ACE with a giant logo placed in the large screen monitor over their main wave pool screen.

After the group photo, guests enjoyed one hour of ERT on an entire slide tower before the park opened to the public.  The slide tower had three different slides to choose from, all manufactured by WhiteWater West Slides.  First was their iconic Follow Me Falls water coaster that boasted two steep drops and a half-pipe element.  The second was The Downloader, a tube slide with the option to customize the audio and a Super Bowl element.  The third was Reload Rapids, another tube slide with high speed turns and an enclosed Rattler element which featured multiple back-and-forth oscillations before the splash down.

The park opened to the public at 10:30 a.m. and the ACEers were able to enjoy the rest of the park at their leisure until lunch time.  At 12:30 p.m., the group met up again at a private, covered pavilion for a buffet style lunch that was served directly to our members for health and safety reasons.  The lunch was an unexpected upgrade and surprise to our members!  ACEers were able to choose beef or brisket style nachos or salad (or have a combination of everything all together).  It was a scrumptious break from all the water rides!

After lunch, guest speaker and General Manager Jim Kunau provided our attendees with some background about his career, the park, and what his personal favorite slides are.  After Jim answered a few questions from ACEers, everyone had a chance to win cool prizes provided by Island H2O Live.  Each guest spun a wheel and received the prize it landed on.  The prizes included towels, shirts, tumbler cups, hats, and much more!  Finally, Michael Christopher, the Florida Regional Rep answered a few questions and the group had the rest of the day to enjoy the park and its attractions.

Near the end of the day, guests were able to redeem their collected points for prizes like ice cream and other park souvenirs.  At 5:00 p.m. when the park closed to the public, ACEers met at Reply Racers mat slide for an ACE Race.  Each participant had three chances to race down the slide the fastest.  The slide automatically timed the guests after each run.  Their fastest time was used to place, and their average time was used for any tiebreakers.  Prizes were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.  In third place, Clint Gilstrap won two free one-day passes to the park!  In second place, Catie Sweeney won four free one-day passes to the park!  And in first place, Amber Aberg won four free one-day passes plus a one-day use of a cabana!

In a time where social distancing is a must during events, a water park was one of the best choices and Island H2O Live proved that!  A big thanks to Island H2O Live, specifically Chris Ozimek, Brooks Estrada, and Jim Kunau.  Along with their Marketing staff, Operations staff, and all the park staff that helped make an amazing event for 22 of our ACE Members and their guests.  The Florida region of ACE looks forward to working with them again for another possible event in 2021!