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Preservation Goals

One of the fundamental goals of ACE is to ensure that roller coasters, especially the classic wooden coaster, will be around for future generations to enjoy. To accomplish this goal, ACE:

  • Promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of roller coasters to parks, the public, and other roller coaster enthusiasts.
  • Recognizes parks that continue to operate some of the classic coasters in the traditional methods by bestowing them ACE Coaster Classic status.
  • Recognizes parks with historically significant coasters by bestowing them Landmark Coaster status.
  • Educates parks about the historical significance of endangered coasters and showing the parks alternatives to destroying the coaster.
  • Assists parks with the required paperwork and documentation for having coasters or parks listed on the National Register for Historic Places or declared National Historic Landmarks.
  • Identifies Standing But Not Operating (SBNO) coasters and listing these coasters to parks that may be in the market for a coaster to add to their park.
  • Educates parks about coasters that have been successfully relocated.
  • Hosts Preservation Conferences to draw attention to traditional parks or coasters.
  • Works with the amusement industry regarding events such as the Year of the Roller Coaster in 1996 to help to help focus attention on roller coasters.

Standing but not Operating Coasters (SBNO)

  • Afterburner. 1977/1991 Arrow steel shuttle loop. Fun Spot; Angola, IN
  • Big Dipper. 1925 John Miller wood out and back. Geauga Lake; Bainbridge Twp, OH
  • Cyclone. 1933 Oscar Bitler wood out-and-back. Williams Grove; Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Hurler. 1994/2015 International Coasters wood triple out and back. Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA.
  • Jester. 1996/2003 Vekoma steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, LA
  • Mega Zeph. 2000 CCI (Bill/McNulty) wood. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, LA
  • Muskrat Scrambler. 2000 L&T Systems steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, LA
  • Tumbleweed. 1959 B.A. Schiff steel. Ghost Town in the Sky; Maggie Valley, NC
  • Zydeco Scream. 2000 Vekoma steel. Six Flags New Orleans; New Orleans, LA

Some of these coasters may be available to be moved. It appears that several may be in danger of being demolished. If you have any interest in helping preserve these rides, please e-mail Lisa Zigweid, ACE's Preservation and History Director.


Parks can buy an SBNO or dismantled coaster and then resurrect it in a new park. Relocation has been shown to be cheaper than building a new coaster and the park gets a proven design. Here is a short list of coasters that have found new homes at another park. All of these coasters consistently rate in the upper echelon of top coaster lists.

Click on the coaster's link for more details about the coaster from ACE's census. Many of the census pages also include photos of the coaster.

Lisa Zigweid
Preservation Manager
David Dragun
History & Preservation Director