Coaster Con XXIX, Orlando FL

June 18-24, 2006

Chris Kraftchick (Florida Regional Rep) & Carole Sanderson (Immediate Past President)

Sunday: On Sunday registration began for the ACE CoasterCon at the Coronado Springs Hotel. Sunday evening we gathered at the entrance to Animal Kingdom at 8:45 pm. We were admitted to the park for 3 hours of ERT on Expedition Everest and Primevil Whirl. We were also treated to a buffet of various types of food. There was some concerns about the weather but thankfully there was no rain during the entire ERT which was over at midnight.

Monday:The day was a free day for members to either spend the day at a Disney park or visit the Orlando area. Some of us ventured over to Disney-MGM studios to catch Fantasmic. The weather again was cause for concern but thankfully Fantasmic was a go since the rain stayed away. At 10:45 pm we gathered at the entrance to Disney-MGM studios for our 3 hours of ERT on Rock-N-Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. The lines were short and we were all able to ride many times. There was an incredible array of food in the coaster courtyard. Nothing like cramming down a lot of food then riding the coaster. The event ended at 2 am.

ACE Members awaiting the start of evening ERT at Disney-MGM Studios

Tuesday: We gathered at Old Town for the annual tradition of the Midway Olympics. There was a great turnout but unfortunately it was HOT! The competition was fierce but only one team can claim the gold. The winners were announced at Wednesday night's Banquet. A group of us met at SeaWorld for an evening showing of Believe and for those who needed the counts, Shamu Express and Kraken.

Marty Moltz kicking off the Midway Olympics
Carole Sanderson speaking at the Banquet

Thursday: Our day was spent at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. We had ERT on all the coasters as well as a lunch buffet. Alan and I attended the annual Regional Reps meeting to meet with the other reps to exchange ideas and discuss goals for our regions.

Friday: We traveled over to Tampa to enjoy a day at Busch Gardens Africa. We enjoyed ERT on Gwazi and Sheikra. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch at the park.

Saturday: The last day of the convention members could attend Wet-n-Wild during the day and then spend the evening at Universals Islands of Adventure.

The convention was a blast and many members noted to me what a great time they had!!