California’s Great America opens for the 2019 season on March 23, but for ACE members, the season typically kicks off much earlier than that. Such was the case on March...
On July 18th, ACE NorCal held an event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Twenty eight people attended ACE Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, including three under the age of two.
group photo at picnic
Our picnic lunch by the lake was delicious and included pulled pork sandwiches in addition to burgers and dogs. During our lunch, the staff brought out a three year old alligator named Ali, a two-toed sloth, and a beaver. We were allowed to touch the alligator and sloth. The trainers answered questions about three animals. Charles Laureano was on hand to answer coaster questions from the audience. His favorite steel coaster is Medusa. While at the California Maritime Academy he was able to travel to some exotic amusement parks in Vietnam and Japan. He also talked about his career path and how he got his job as a Supervisor at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Later that day, the park held a raffle. Some of the better prizes were paintings made by the camels, and Discovery Kingdom water bottles. The park also gave all attendees commemorative 10th Anniversary Medusa posters. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom also donated the custom Medusa 10th anniversary banners to ACE to be auctioned off in support of ACE’s preservation and archives funds.
The final treat was an hour of ERT on Roar. The Roar crew was a lot of fun. The ERT was phenomenal, with two-train operation. Everyone could stay on board for the entire time if they wanted.
Edgar Vidal, Senior Account Executive for Tour and Travel at DK worked very hard to put this event together. Thanks, Edgar!
Illinois ACEer Ronald Jiu checks out the sloth
going for the gator
Sue checks out the sloth
getting to know the gator
Edgar Vidal and Manni Quiroga of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
photo: Steven Wilson
the end of a spectacular ERT
photo: Steven Wilson
— Emi Pearce
photos: all photos courtesy of Emi and Matthew Pearce unless otherwise noted