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2018 Spring Conference

2018 Spring Conference
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ACE’s 2018 Spring Conference celebrates the coasters of Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. In honor of ACE's 40th anniversary celebration, Silver Dollar City is giving ACE a once-in-a-lifetime screaming deal. Silver Dollar City is an internationally awarded 1880s-style theme park that features more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, live shows & concerts, 100 resident craftsmen demonstrating America’s heritage crafts, award-winning food and 60 unique shops – all sitting atop one of Missouri’s deepest caves.

In New for 2018 is Time Traveler — the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster. 

 May 4–6, 2018 ACE member   $56
ACE member (3–11)   $50
Nonmember   $76


Registration must be postmarked by April 11, 2018,
or completed online by April 18, 2018.

No registrations will be taken after April 18, 2018.

There will be NO on-site registration.

Click here to register online

Click here to download a printed mail-in registration form


Attendees will receive:

Three days admission to Silver Dollar City 

Free parking

Three ERTs

Dinner, snacks and brunch

Behind-the-scenes tours

Marvel Cave tour

Runaway Branson Alpine Mountain Coaster

 Optional Showboat Branson Belle
dinner, show and cruise
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Cruise tickets: ACE member   $31
ACE member (3–11)   $28
Nonmember   $39


 The Coasters




1993 Arrow Mine Train

3,022 feet long, 81 feet tall



2001 B&M Looping Coaster

3,073 feet long, 155 feet tall 



2005 S&S Power Launched Coaster

3,506 feet long, 98 feet tall


Grand Exposition Coaster

2006 Zamperla family coaster

262 feet long, 13 feet tall


Outlaw Run

2013 RMC wooden coaster

2,937 feet tall, 107 feet tall


Time Traveler

2018 Mack Rides spinning coaster

3,020 feet long, 100 feet tall

 General Information

The closest regional airport to Silver Dollar City is Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), approximately 1 hour driving distance. The closest international airports to Silver Dollar City are Tulsa International Airport (TUL), approx. 3 hours and 15 minutes driving distance; Kansas City International Airport (MCI), approx. 3.5 hours driving distance; Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL), approx. 4 hours driving distance.

Name Badge

You must be registered and wearing your official conference name badge to participate in scheduled conference activities.


Add Showboat Branson Belle Dinner and Show Cruise to your Spring Conference Experience
The Showboat Branson Belle is an unforgettable experience — a cruise, show and meal on beautiful Table Rock Lake. Step aboard the 1890s-style paddlewheeler and you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Ozarks, an exciting array of entertainment and a delicious 3-course meal prepared fresh in the ship's galley.  Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Showboat Branson Belle takes guests on a two-hour cruise across the waters of Table Rock Lake. If you wish to purchase tickets for the cruise, you must do so when registering. Please note: This cruise is also open to the general public and although it does seat several hundred people, there are a limited number of seats on the showboat, and the cruise can sell out. We suggest registering as soon as possible. 

Also included in the event

Enjoy at your leisure over the three-day event a single ride on the Runaway Branson Alpine Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park.  Please visit the website for a complete description of the mountain coaster as well as guidelines, ride restrictions, etc. It's an experience not to be missed! Re-rides can be purchased at a discounted rate.


Join ACE Today and enjoy member rates

Joining the world’s largest ride enthusiast organization is easy, and you’ll enjoy member rates to national and regional events across the country, including this one.  Memberships in ACE start at $20. Go to to learn more about joining the club, online or by mail. You can join ACE, then register at the member rate.


Thank You!

In ACE Tim Baldwin, Steve Berto, Dave Bird, Paul Drabek, Bill Linkenheimer III, David Lipnicky, Will Mosckhe, Jeffrey Seifert, Steve Smith, Liz Werth and Jerry Willard. From Silver Dollar City Lisa Rau, Martha Bohner and Dalton Fischer. From Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Mark Ruda.

 Tentative Schedule


Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30 - 10 a.m. Event check-in (after 10 a.m., event packets can be picked up at Guest Services)

9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy the park on your own

6 - 7 p.m. ACE Welcome & Fun Activities

7 - 9 p.m. Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) on the revolutionary roller coaster Time Traveler, the World’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster, ThunderationGrand Expo Coaster and Flooded Mine. Be the first to take Time Traveler’s 90-degree drop at night.

Dinner: A Sampling Feast! Enjoy Silver Dollar City’s best foods in sampling sizes so you can try them all.
Dessert: An Ice Cream & Dessert bar, with the new Time Traveler Ice Cream!

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8 - 9:30 a.m. ERT on Outlaw Run, PowderKeg, Wildfire and Fire In The Hole
Silver Dollar City’s famous pastries with coffee and drinks will also be served

Plus: Behind-the-scenes tours and select photo tours (Please be advised that for logistical reasons, tour groups will need to be limited in size and availability. Depending on the level of interest and the number of registrants for the Conference, it is possible that not everyone will be able to participate. A procedure that will be fair and equitable for all interested attendees is being determined).

9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Enjoy the park

Times TBD A special ACE Steam Train ride
Marvel Cave tours
Additional tours and activities

7 p.m. Optional (additional price):
Showboat Branson Belle dinner and show as the authentic paddle-wheeler cruises Table Rock Lake

Sunday, May 6, 2018
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. ERT on Time Traveler and Thunderation

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Brunch and Silent Auction

Times TBD Additional tours and activities.


 Hotel Information

Silver Dollar City area
  Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center
  8514 State Hwy 76
  Branson West, MO 65737
  Phone: (417) 338-2141

The Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center is located just 2 miles from Silver Dollar City.

Amenities include complimentary breakfast, parking, an indoor pool and hot tub and lots more. Please refer to website for a complete list of amenities and services.

RATE: $65.99 plus 10% tax, per night from May 3 - 6, 2018. This rate is valid for either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds based on 2 individuals. There is a $5 charge per additional person in each room with a maximum of five people per room. The rate will also be honored for length of stay as availability allows. To reserve a room, click here to book online. You can also call the hotel directly at (417) 338-2141 and request ACE Spring Conference rate. Because the hotel is open seasonally and won't reopen until March 12, 2018, you may need to leave a voice message. Select prompt 2 for General Manager and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

DEADLINE: Rooms must be reserved by April 12, 2018. Availability is limited, make sure to reserve early.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and cancelled within 24 hours local hotel time on day of arrival to avoid a cancellation fee of one night's room and tax charges. There is no early check-out penalty.

Downtown Branson area
  Hilton Branson Convention Center 
  200 East Main Street 
  Branson, MO 65616 
  Phone: 417.336.5400 


  Hotel Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

  3 Branson Landing Boulevard

  Branson, MO 65616

  Phone: 417.336.5500


The hotels are adjacent to each other and in the heart of historic downtown close to dining, shopping and entertainment. The Hilton Promenade is located on Lake Taneycomo with waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment. Visit These hotels are located approximately 20 minutes away from Silver Dollar City.

At the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, onsite restaurant, bar and fitness center. At the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing, amenities include indoor pool, fitness center and onsite restaurant. Please refer to hotel websites above for a complete list of amenities, services and nearby attractions.

$119 + 12.6% tax, per night from May 4 - 6, 2018. This rate is valid for 1 king bed deluxe or 2 queen beds deluxe for up to 2 individuals. The rate is $139 + 12.6% tax, per night for up to 4 individuals. The rate will also be honored May 1 - 10, 2018 as availability allows.

To reserve a room at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, call 417.336.5400 to make a reservation by phone with the Group Code ACE18 or click here to book online.

To reserve a room at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing, call 417.336.5500 to make a reservation by phone with the Group Code ACE18 or click here to book online.

PARKING GARAGE: $13/day currently; prevailing rates at the time of the event will apply.


DEADLINE: Rooms must be reserved by April 6, 2018. Availability is limited, be sure to reserve early.


CANCELLATION POLICY/EARLY CHECK-OUT: Individual reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and cancelled within 48 hours local hotel time on day of arrival to avoid a cancellation fee of one night's room and tax charges. 48 hours penalty applies to early check-out also.


 Registration Information

CONTACT INFORMATION  A phone number is required to process your registration. A confirmation will be sent to the email address on file with If you provide a different email address, your profile will be updated with that address. If confirmation is not received by April 19, 2018, please call 469.278.6223, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time or send an email to

NAME BADGES  There is no charge for children 2 and under, but we do need their names for name badges; please list their names when registering. List members first. Non-members are considered guests of the first member listed. For non-members, use N/A as the member number. If registering by mail and additional space is needed, photocopy the form or use a blank piece of paper.

SEASON PASS DISCOUNT Please be advised that due to the park's significant discount for this event, a season pass discount will not be offered.

NO MATERIALS WILL BE SENT IN ADVANCE All materials, including name badges and admission tickets, will be provided at the event.

REGISTRATION Must be postmarked by April 11 or completed online by April 18, 2018. No registrations will be accepted after those dates. There will be no on-site registration.

VEGETARIAN OPTION Please check the vegetarian option for any attendees who prefer a vegetarian meal. ACE needs to provide the host park with an accurate count in advance.

PAYMENT Members and non-members may pay by money order. Members may pay by check or money order; write your membership number in the “memo” space. Make checks and money orders payable to American Coaster Enthusiasts. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal are accepted from members and non-members.

NON-MEMBERS Must be guests of an attending member. Members are responsible for the actions and behaviors of their guests. Non-members can register at the member rate by joining and registering online at or by including a completed membership application and the appropriate dues with their mailed registration.

CANCELLATIONS Refunds will be issued less a $20 cancellation fee per person if ACE is notified by April 18, 2018. Cancellations must be made by contacting ACE’s office at 469.278.6223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time.

IMPORTANT The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc., its Officers, Executive Committee members and representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities.

CODE OF CONDUCT Members and their guests should be especially aware that their behavior affects ACE’s reputation, and they are expected to abide by ACE’s Code of Conduct to ensure that ACE is always represented in a positive manner. Members found to be in violation of the code are subject to ACE’s disciplinary procedures, which may be in the form of, but not limited to, verbal or written warning or membership termination. Visit to learn more about the Code of Conduct.