ACE Mid-Atlantic Update – March 5, 2014 Upcoming Wisp Mountain Coaster Deadline and Busch Gardens Event Information

ACE Mid-Atlantic is gearing up for a fantastic 2014 season.  Our regional parks begin opening up in a little over a week and we’ve already had three events with two more coming up before Summer.

DEADLINE! MountainFest on the “Mountain Coaster” at Wisp Registration

The deadline to register for “MountainFest on the “Mountain Coaster” at Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD on March 9 is March 6.  Please register by sending an e-mail message to

Celebrate a cool winter ride with the Mid-Atlantic! Wisp Resort has the only Alpine Coaster in our region! Come out and enjoy this rare opportunity to ride for half price! $20 for four rides (normally $29 for 3 rides). Payment will be made directly to Wisp Resort at the time of the event.  Payment can be made via cash, check, or any major credit card.


ACE Dives Registration Now Open!

ACE Mid-Atlantic has opened registration for ACE Dives.  This year’s event will be on June 7 and feature Morning ERT on Griffon and Night ERT Apollo’s Chariot, dinner (Baked Chicken, BBQ, pasta salad, corn on cob, Shamu bars!), games, door prizes, and Informal Takeover Time (ITOT).  Prices for this event start at $30 for ACE Members with a pass.  Online registration deadline is Thursday, May 22.  Mail-in Registration Deadline is May 19.  Register on-line by April 15th to get entered into an early bird prize drawing!

Online Registration
Facebook Event Page

OceanFest and ACE Howls at Busch Gardens Poll

Your ACE Mid-Atlantic Regional Reps are working to finish our 2014 Regional Event schedule and need your help in establishing dates for two events in 2014. 

The first event is OceanFest in Ocean City, MD.  Over the past couple of years we’ve struggled to find the right date for this event and come to the conclusion there isn’t a good time to have an event in Ocean City.  We can’t do it in early May because some of the parks are not open.  We can’t do it in September because some of the parks close on Labor Day.   June is pretty much out of the question because of a few popular events.  This year, we decided the best time would be two possible weekends in August.   We’re specifically looking at August 2nd, August 3rd, August 9th, or August 10th.   We decided on these dates after looking at the events going on in Ocean City and the ACE Event Calendar or 

The other event we’re looking to establish dates for is an informal Busch Gardens Williamsburg ACE Howls event.  The dates we’re looking at are September 13th, 14th , September 20th , or September 21st

You can help us pick the date for these events by going to ACE Mid-Atlantic Polls Page on and picking the best dates for you to attend these events. 

2014 Regional Event Schedule

  • March 9, 2014 – MountainFest at Wisp Resort McHenry, MD
  • May 10, 2014 – Kings Dominion 40th Birthday Bash
  • May 24, 2014 – Six Flags America ERT on Ragin’ Cajun
  • June 7, 2014 – ACE Dives at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • TBD  – Oceanfest in Ocean City, MD
  • August 24, 2014 – Wild West Fun at Adventure Park USA in New Market, MD
  • October 11, 2014 – Fall Thrillfest at Kings Dominion
  • October 12, 2014 – Celebrate America at Six Flags America
  • December 6, 2014 – Coastin’ Through the Snow at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Opening Day for our Regional Parks

 Here are the dates the parks in our region will open for their 2014 season:

  • Adventure Park USA
    • Indoor rides open year round
    • Outdoor rides, April 14
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    • Passholder Preview Day, March 15
    • General Public, March 16
  • Kings Dominion
    • General Public, April 5th
  • Six Flags America
    • General Public, April 5th

Do the “Wave” with ACE Mid-Atlantic on Opening Day

Heading to one of our regional parks on opening day?  Join ACE as we kick off the 2014 season with a “wave” to everyone on the midway from some of the best coasters in our region.  Meet  your “Wave Leader” at the following locations and times and kick off the 2014 season with ACE.

Saturday, March 15
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Leader: Sam Marks

  • 8:00 am meet for Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
  • 11:00 am meet outside Griffon followed by Lunch at Festhaus

Saturday, March 16
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Leader: Sam Marks

  • 11:00 am meet at Apollo’s Chariot

Saturday, April 5
Kings Dominion
Leader: Looking for a volunteer

  • 12:00 Grizzly

If you would like to lead the Kings Dominion “Wave”, send an e-mail message to Elizabeth Ringas at

Saturday, April 5
Six Flags America

Leader: Wesley Friend

  • 12:00 Wild One

Jeepers! It’s Winter! Survey

We were so excited to have 57 people attend the Jeepers! It’s Winter! event at Six Flags America on March 1.  We loved the opportunity to let Six Flags America share their winter construction and updates with you!

Thank you to those who have already completed the survey so that we can continue to better our events in 2015.  If you attended the event and have not completed the survey yet, please check your e-mail for a link to our survey so you can share your feedback with us.  If you have more to share than the survey covers, please feel free to email Elizabeth at

Help Wanted: Region Archivist and Newsletter Contributor/Writer

The Mid-Atlantic Region needs one more volunteer to be our regional archivist.  The region archivist responsibilities include gathering our newsletters, event badges, and event flyers to send to the ACE archives quarterly.

We’re also looking for one more newsletter contributor/writer.  If interested, please send an e-mail to


Wesley Friend
Assistant Regional Representative
ACE Mid-Atlantic Region