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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Blue Fire Guy » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:58 am

Great TR as always! Looks like you all had an "unacceptable amount of wetness" visit, especially with those Delirium/flyers rides.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:47 pm

rolercstrluvr wrote:Wasn't GWW moved inside of the park because of the 49er's stadium?

I'm guessing that was the case, as much as they could have technically used a portion of CGA's lot. Last year it was all set up in the overflow lot (where Stadium lives now). I hadn't done 2011's GWW but by the looks of the photos I saw, it definitely gave more of a ghetto carnival feel and felt real temporary. Being inside of the park appears to give it a better atmosphere especially since there were trees and such they were able to decorate as well as some of the park's buildings...decorations existed on permanent structures giving a higher quality feel if you want to say.

It would be neat if Cedar Fair decided to carry on a similar concept since there's a lot in the park they can decorate, not to mention giving them a better opportunity to compete with the neighbor up north. I will admit, I am going to miss the carnival rides and the creepy carnies (including the one that reminded me of Elmer Fudd).

Looks like you all had an "unacceptable amount of wetness" visit, especially with those Delirium/flyers rides.

Let's say on Delirium, I felt 'pins and needles' all around my head...you had riders that had yells/screams of joy to more of screams of pain when they got the high downward swings. The flyers was another interesting one as I've nearly perfected my flying technique (being completely gentle with the fin, moving it slowly at the right time), being able to do some nice hard dives at a fast pace...you had a mix of rain slapping and cable snapping :)

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby JeffyJosephNorCal » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Fun last visit of the "extended" season, and a rather wet one! Can't believe March will just be around the corner and the new season will be here in 2 1/2 months! Some pics below, until the next update!
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First Onto Goldy, some busy working bees on a Saturday..
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Appear to be doing more track work....
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But let's get our "Broken-Wrist That I caused myself but I have no personal responsibility so I'm gonna sue, oh wait I can't anymore? The Ride(TM)!"
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"Bump!" Just doing what the sign and the operator says!
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No head-on bumping on Heather's Head!
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Sorry Billy, you can't sue anymore! :)
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Waiting for the next bump....
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After out Rue Le Dodge Victory Celebration Ride, onto funky looking lanterns!
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YOLA! You Only Live.....ALONE?
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Stadium Progress..
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New Parking garage...
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Heather clearly loves Ghetto Fun Wheel!
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Goldy Nighttime madness!
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And ending our last visit with Goldy & The Star Tower, until March!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:49 pm

Lovin' the "I can't sue no more®" bumper cars shots, good stuff!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:10 pm

Not that I want to double post in such short time, but CGA added a handful of photos to their Facebook album with even more awesome views of Gold Striker from the other side of the fence! Thought this would be worthy to add to the already shown trip reports!

Some that stood out to me:
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Tight Squeezage #1 at max speed

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Tight Squeezage #2 at a still rather decent speed following the airtime hill (my most anticipated moment of the ride)

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Brake run work, and pre-lift turnaround. This also shows how hilly the terrain really is back there...never realized it was that much!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Swornenemy » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:52 pm

Angry_Gumball wrote:
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Tight Squeezage #2 at a still rather decent speed following the airtime hill (my most anticipated moment of the ride)



Headchopper!!!!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Mechanic » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:25 pm

^ That's got to be mighty close to being at the edge of the reach envelope. At least it looks like it from that photo.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:45 pm

Swornenemy wrote:
Angry_Gumball wrote:
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Tight Squeezage #2 at a still rather decent speed following the airtime hill (my most anticipated moment of the ride)



Headchopper!!!!

Hell yeah! I mean, I get that headchoppers are perfectly safe (at least on modern coasters), and I get that pictures can be very deceiving, but still...that pic makes me nervous.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Musketeer » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:16 pm

Yea that space looks especially tight. It'll be quite scary through that at full speed.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:14 am

It's all in the perspective of the shot. The man to the right of the photo looks to be in the same plane as the opening of the tunnel closest to the camera. If he is 6 feet tall the tunnel the clearance at the edge of that tunnel closest to the camera is near 8 feet in height.
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