Remembering Nut Tree Family Park

Assistant Regional Representative Matthew Pearce recently stopped by the former Nut Tree Family Park.  According to their web site, the train and carousel remain in operation.  Some photos from Matthew’s visit are included below. Missing: one roller coaster. You can visit the Nut Tree web site here: photos: Matthew Pearce

California’s Great America, March 2011 update

California’s Great America opens for its 35th anniversary season on 27 March 2011. The park is open only on the 27th in March. In April the park will be open on weekends and for spring break. For the operating calendar, see: The park has a new lineup of shows for 2011.  For more information, […]

Gilroy Gardens, March 2011 update

Gilroy Gardens opens for the 2011 season on March 27th. That’s the only operating day in March. In April, the park will be open on weekends and for spring break. For operating days and hours see: Gilroy Gardens web site: Facebook: — photo: Steven Wilson

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, March 2011 update

Roller Coaster Rampage! photo courtesy of Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Great progress continues to be made on the Roller Coaster Video Database  Project for the latest attraction at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, Roller Coaster Rampage. Visitors to this attraction will soon be able to choose a coaster from around the world, then, while seated in the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Giant […]

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, March 2011 update

photo: Steven Wilson March at the Boardwalk The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s rides are open this month on weekends. For hours and dates, see the operating calendar for March here: A second Looff Carousel 100th Anniversary commemorative poster is now available.  Click on the thumbnail image to go to the Boardwalk’s online store to […]

please pardon our dust

We are building a new and better site here. The complete archives from our old site have been migrated to the new site, but still need some tweaking here and there while under construction. Stay tuned for a much improved official site for ACE Northern California. Once we have finished the transition, our old […]

ACE NorCal on Facebook

  • February 9, 2011
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Stay up to date on what’s happening in ACE NorCal by “liking” our Facebook page:

Be sure to refer all of your family and friends to “like” our Facebook page and win a terrific prize of a party for ten at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! Contest ends on February 28th. To get started, sign in to Facebook, “like” our page, and see:

Many thanks to new Assistant Regional Representative Nicholas Laschkewitsch for creating the ACE NorCal Facebook page!

Just for fun: Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

  • February 9, 2011
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I went to Pier 39 in San Francisco because their web site had a local advantage program that offered two hours of free parking plus half off admission to the aquarium in January. If you are a AAA member you can also get two hours of free parking at the Pier 39 Welcome Center. After I took the girls to see the aquarium, I wandered about Pier 39 because I had some extra time. So I tried the maze. It only cost $5.00. They gave me plastic gloves so I would not make fingerprints on the glass. And they let me push the double stroller around in there. It was very well done and similar to those that we encountered on the ACE trip to Japan. I got lost quite a few times but then figured out that the correct path through the maze would be similar to the correct path at Gilroy Gardens Pinnacles Rock Maze and it was. It was very cool to see your image repeated multiple times and the carpet is fresh enough not to have a worn path that leads you to the exit.

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze
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— Emi Pearce