The opening ceremony kicked off with park president Hank Salemi thanking everyone for coming, and welcomed the Kiddieland families. “We are glad to preserve this important piece of Chicago history for the following generations,” he said.
Ron Rynes, a fourth generation Kiddieland owner presented Hank with the ACE Classic Coaster designation plaque, and also Kiddieland commemorative coin number 50, in honor of the year the coaster opened.
The Kiddieland families took one last ride on “their coaster”, the inaugural ride at the new location. They were excited to ride it again, but sad that it had changed hands. “It feels a lot better to ride it and see it here today than it did that last day Kiddieland was open," said Thomas Norini, a driving force behind Kiddieland. "Maybe now it will be easier to look at the old pictures. It was too hard before.”