Florida Region ACE Photo Contest

Hello ACE Members!

For the 2021 year, we plan to have a monthly photo contest to help showcase our wonderful Florida theme parks! All ACE Members are welcome to join in, but please follow the guidelines below:

  • Photos must be your own work.  If another person took the photograph, you cannot enter that photo “on behalf” of another photographer.
  • Photos must be recent, within a month or two old.
  • You must be an active ACE Member when posting photos.  This will be verified by the photographer’s name.
  • You may enter multiple photos, but please limit photos to 3 maximum per person, per month. Only one photo per person will be eligible for the Top 10 list for voting.
  • Parks in your photos must be a Florida Park.
  • We would prefer general park scenery photos, but all photos can be admitted.  Any predominant person(s) in the photo must be following Park Guidelines and ACE Code of Conduct (example: wearing masks, in guest boundaries, etc.)
  • No backstage areas unless from a legitimate ACE Event.  Helicopter/Airplane aerial photos are permitted.
  • Photos are to be submitted through Google Photos.  A Google Account is required.  The name on your Google Account will be associated as the photographer.
  • Ineligible photos will be removed, and you will be sent an email with an explanation.

Each month will consist of a different theme and link to submit your photos. The timeline and monthly theme/links are below:

Photos can be submitted from the 1st to 20th of each month. Photos must be uploaded by 10AM on the 20th to be valid.
Between 10AM on the 20th and 10AM on 21st, photos will be reviewed by the Florida Rep Team and the Top 10 photos will be posted into a poll.
Public Voting begins at 10AM on the 21st and concludes at 5PM on the day before the end of the month.
Winners will be announced on the last day of the month. Voting ties will be broken by the Regional Rep Team.
Top 3 winners will be featured on the ACE Florida Regional Pages and the top winner will be featured on the ACE Florida Facebook and Twitter Banners. This will last for an entire month.

Monthly Theme and Links

  • January 2021: Winter Wonder Land – In Florida
  • February 2021: PENDING
  • March 2021: PENDING
  • April 2021: PENDING
  • May 2021: PENDING
  • June 2021: PENDING
  • July 2021: PENDING
  • August 2021: PENDING
  • September 2021: PENDING
  • October 2021: PENDING
  • November 2021: PENDING
  • December 2021: PENDING

Any questions or concerns, please use the following form below:

A Message from the Florida Regional Rep

Hello everyone in the Florida Region! If you would have told me a year ago that 2020 would be filled with more surprises than an RMC Hybrid coaster, I would have laughed it off. But here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, double hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and unprecedented theme park regulations.

I know this year hasn’t been the best for Theme Park events, especially in Florida, but I hope everyone knows that I have been weighing pros and cons of hosting events throughout this entire year. Unfortunately, the cons had outweighed the pros on almost everything I had planned. Our White Lightning 10k event along with a planned Halloween event have been postponed to at least 2021, and I feel that our IAAPA Meet & Greet will not happen as well (it is too soon to tell at this point).

However, we may have some great news coming soon, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for email notifications from the Florida region to receive our future event invites and news.

Also, for those of you looking at my picture, that is my newborn son, Owen (and one of my cats, Nox). Owen was born June 20th this year and has been a blessing to both my wife and I. He has also kept me pretty busy throughout the past few months!

One of my duties as a Region Rep is to make sure our members are happy. I really appreciate feedback because this tells me what is important both for a region standpoint and in our events. If you’d like to talk with me for any reason, or send in feedback or ideas, please drop me an email. I really do love to hear from our members!

Thank you all and stay safe out there!

Event Update: White Lightning 10k

Greetings Florida Region,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe during these trying times.  As you all are aware, the Florida Parks are remaining closed throughout May and possibly further.  Most of them do not have a planned reopening time set, Fun Spot included.

For the safety of all our members and the employees of Fun Spot, we have decided to postpone our White Lightning 10k event until later this year.  Once we have secured a new date for the event, we will send out another announcement.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further event updates.

If anyone has any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me directly through email.

Thank you for understanding,

Michael Christopher
Florida Regional Rep
American Coaster Enthusiasts

Regional Rep Statement about COVID-19

Greetings Florida Region,

As most of you are aware, all major Theme Parks in Florida have closed their operations either today or earlier.  The closures are directly related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.  I would like to take this moment to provide an event update to everyone who follows the Florida region of ACE.

At this time, we had no plans to host any official or informal ACE Florida Regional Events between now and the end of April.  Our next scheduled event is for our White Lightning 10k at Fun Spot, scheduled for May 16th.  This event is still scheduled as planned and, at this time, will not be rescheduled or cancelled.  I am finishing up the final details about this event and please keep an eye out for registration information in the next few weeks.

Iron Gwazi’s track has been completed and it has officially started testing.  I was considering an informal ACE meet-up at the park the first or second week of the opening of Iron Gwazi, but that has now been postponed indefinitely.  We will resume event planning with Busch Gardens as appropriate, upon park operations resuming.

I hope that everyone stays safe and please feel free to reach out to me via email if you have any questions or concerns about future ACE events.

Thank you,

Michael Christopher
Regional Rep – Florida
American Coaster Enthusiasts

Busch Gardens Announces Iron Gwazi for 2020

For three solid years, coaster fans would dream and wonder what would become of Gwazi at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.  After it’s closure in 2015, it stood dormant for an extended period before any type of plan was released to the public.  In early 2019, a limited amount of information was released putting the final nail in the coffin for the iconic dueling wooden coaster that fans had either loved or hated: Gwazi would be reborn as a new Rocky Mountain Construction I-Box coaster.

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