ACE Profile: Michele Forto

Robert FortoOccupation: Paralegal, Entrepreneur, Student

Residence: Willow, Alaska. A lovely wooded little hamlet that has the most spectacular views of Denali (Mt. McKinley)

ACE Region: Northwest

Track Record (Since 2015) Wood: 56 Steel: 133 Total: 189

Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: The Voyage – Holiday World

Most sought after coaster to get to: Colossus (Twisted) – Magic Mountain

What was the first coaster you rode: The Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California. I rode this coaster with my Dad when I was 7 years old, he had to hold me down because I was so small I didn’t fit securely in the lap restraints. I laughed the entire length of that ride!

Personal top five wood coasters:

The Giant Dipper – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Cyclone – Coney Island

Bolderdash – Lake Compounce

The Lightning Racer – Hershey Park

The Beast – Kings Island

Personal top five steel coasters:

Banshee – Kings Island

Valravn – Cedar Point

Verbolten – Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The Volcano – Kings Dominion

Goliath – Six Flags America

Other interests:

Aside from coasters, favorite things to do in the parks: I love people watching and watching the shows and the arts and crafts. I like the different themes, especially Hershey Park! I can’t wait to go to Universal Studios in Florida!

Parks Listed (since 2015): Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Coney Island, Kings Dominion, Six Flags St. Louis, Cedar Point, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Lake Compounce, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Great Adventure, Enchanted Forest, Camden Park, Kings Island, Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Additional Comments: Growing up in California and visiting Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Great America (San Jose), and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk meant that I grew up a coaster junkie!  I always wanted to travel to Ohio to ride the coveted “biggest, scariest, fastest, most twisted coasters!”  When I met my husband I knew that we would accomplish my travel plans and take on the greatest coasters America has to offer!  Now that the kids are grown and we aren’t old enough to retire, we are spending our summers touring amusement parks and catching rock concerts!

 

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