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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:00 am

jray21 wrote:I'm still so amazed and glad that they are getting a new ride! For a long while I thought they were done for. I'm glad the stadium fiasco is done. I can't wait for when I'll be able to ride some coasters, then see one of my students play quarterback for my favorite team all in the same day, at virtually the same place!

I know..the thought definitely occurred to me that I would be able to stop by CGA in the morning and then catch a Niners game before heading home, and I plan on doing that frequently :)

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Blue Fire Guy » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:01 pm

Definitely coming along Saturday evening! Finally getting GoldPorn after Haunt will be exciting. Folks, bring an extra change of clothes! We'll take over Dizzy Dragons and the flyers as well, one can only know how those two rides will end up with TPR members on them. :devil:

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Swornenemy » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:50 pm

Goldstriker is really coming along. I can't wait for spring to get here. On another note the stadium next door has really shot up too, I drove by today and am amazed at how much progress has been made since they laid the foundation back in July.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:21 pm

So, my off-season ended a bit...early :) I'm heading to GWW this Saturday, and have a 'season pass' for it. For the cost of the admission, they had a promo for a season pass for the cost of a single day. They are also running a promo for half off on a rides wrist band (I really wish rides were included) but it will still be fun...really excited to try Dizzy Dragons, but at the same time I'm nervous. Also since I'm a sucker for light displays, I'm sure I'll thoroughly enjoy this!

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And their "Black Friday" promo good for Fri, Sat and Sun this weekend:
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Sorry if I'm coming off as an advertisement but this is definitely a pretty good deal if you're itching to hit up a 'diet' CGA.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:49 am

Good morning guys!
I'm back with some new CGA hotness, that is Global Winter Wonderland! It was definitely an interesting night out with the group and there were plenty of insane moments to be had, and some great "WTF" moments that could rival my normal CGA season highlights! The night started off a bit rough as we had the e-tickets for the wrist bands we were supposed to exchange for a voucher so we can exchange it for a wristband...confusing? I say so. Since it's the first weekend, I'll cut them some slack and since this was the first time rides were involved, it's a fresh experience for all of us.

After getting the tickets squared away, we headed off and got our first ride on the Flyers, where we got some good rides off of it...until we were told that we were 'jerking the eagles, and we can hurt someone.' After that, we headed into the Picnic Pavilion area where most of the carnival rides live! In the carnival area we were treated to a surprise ride that wasn't listed on their site: the classic Tilt-a-Whirl! This ride provided some wtf moments later in the evening, more on that later. In the mean time I took my own pod and got some nice twirls out of it. I think I timed a 3-minute ride cycle on this! Next was the face-ripping sinus-popping Starship/Gravitron! I had not ridden one of these since I was little and I forgot how forceful these things really are! Then what was originally to be our holy grail of carnival rides, the Dizzy Dragons! However, we found out that we can't really spin these too much as it will trigger the ride to e-stop, which we found out the hard way. Honestly, it felt like the whole thing was going to rip apart, so I'm glad it did e-stop!

And then we found our hidden gem...situated right to the left of the bumper cars, this simple, non-mechanical contraption kept us busy and we provided plenty of entertainment for attendants and GP waiting for their kids...this was the yellow wavy Super Slide of Death (or what we call the "Meat Slapper" or what I call the "Tail Bone Smasher" or the "Fart Knocker" which I will not go into detail). Let's just say I rode this thing probably close to 10 times, possibly poor coccyx hurts now, but was totally worth it! The final hump gave me a foot of air. Blue Fire Guy was flying down so fast that he smashed into the gate so he had to figure out a way to stop himself at the end. So yea, insane moments to be had racing each other and hearing nothing but *thump...thump...thump....ow!* In the end we made a name for ourselves when we went back for some final rides and the ride op asks "You're back to smash your tailbones again?" Gotta love carnie ride ops...really, they have a lot of character!

The light displays were pretty amazing to see in person! Also it felt weird being in CGA while Xmas music is playing throughout the park...and the park felt like as though a 'ghetto fair' had moved in as most of the food places were what you'd find at the fair! Unfortunately we missed the shows as we were too busy riding death machines, catching up on Gold Striker stuff, and riding 'real' CGA rides.

Other insane highlights:
-4 person 'clench 'n squish' on Tilt-a-whirl...don't ask how we did it but we did...and got strange looks! Totally worth it!
-Several awkward moments in the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" funhouse (like the pink 'bung hole' slide and the almost toy factory butt cheek squeezing action in the punching bag area)
-Ferris Wheel that felt and sounded like it was going to fall apart
-Foamy snowball fights (from their artificial snow machines)

I'd definitely check it out, I thought it was definitely worth a visit!

And I have some videos of the insanity that happened, but will have them up later. Anyway, enjoy the many photos!
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Kicking off the evening, we've got some Gold Striker hotness! The lift is getting higher, looks to be about halfway up to its apex now!
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Getting our ride on the Flyers to kick off the night.
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As the sun sets, the park comes to life! You'll see some more of this one later.
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Some space-themed lanterns, heading back towards Flight Deck.
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And a UFO lantern to go along with it. Yes there's a kiddy train ride surrounding it...Flight Deck Jr?
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And now we will take the tunnel into the carnival section of CGA!
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Dinos Alive!
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Oh yay! This thing! (Never turn your head on this, you will be completely out of whack!)
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OMG YES! A tilt-a-whirl! I love these 'variable experience/rider-controlled' rides!
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Can't get enough of the Gravitron ride :)
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Yay, the Century Wheel (that felt like it was going to fall apart :) )
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Looking down at the midway.
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Dinosaurs Alive! And Dinosaur maze...
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And now for some random lanterns now that it's nice and dark!
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Random laser 'bugs' on the cat would have a blast with this!
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Wait...popped gooey? eeeww...
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Yay more lanterns!
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Underworld more...
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Now for some very fattening (and very expensive) food! Here is the so-called Rocky Mountain "Outlaw Run" burger (was really called the "Outlaw Burger").
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Castle! It's possibly bigger than Disneyland's castle!
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And it's snowing!
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More random lights.
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And as much as you may not really notice, this is the backstage service road we're walking down!
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Just in case you forgot where we were at.
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Not sure what was happening here.
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No Blue Fire Guy! Don't eat the lantern!
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More lanterns!
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Remember that peacock earlier? well here it is in all of its glory!
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And now a break from the lanterns and's the yellow slide of death :)
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Time to smash our tailbones into oblivion!
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Um...yea, this doesn't look right.
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Down the pink bung-hole!
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...Gold Striker...
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And to end the funhouse with the claustrophobic slide of death!
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Alright, now to wrap this up with some Gold Striker!
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The lift to...nowhere!
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What it currently looks like around the tower, no foundation yet but it's getting close!
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What was the entrance to Star Tower...
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And for you Pictorium fans out there (you know who you are) the doors were wide open tonight! You can see some Club Blood walls laying there.
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And now back to some lanterns...forgot I had these :)
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Oh yea...more Gold Striker with xmas lights!
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And the snow/soapy antics begin!
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Just a little more weight and this big glob will fall down on someone :)
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Mr Gingerbread Man with the awkwardly-shaped mouth!
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Wait...what? Haunt and Xmas FTW!
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My 1-minute exposure of Gold Striker! While the trees and such are blown out, the coaster looks great!
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Taking a spin on the Carousel (with xmas tunes)
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And now to finally finish off the evening with some reptilian hotness!
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LOL...dizzy dragons...sans the dizziness aspect as it will shut off if spun too hard!
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For you control panel enthusiasts out there...
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Final look at the carnival before we head out.
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Take the tunnel! (Yes, we really ran through this and shouted it loudly!)
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Ending it with some lantern stuff.
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And...lights out! Actually, for a second due to how dark it was, it kind of looked like the rest of GS's lift and maybe the drop...with a little imagination :p

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Wow... all of those lights and lanterns and lighted displays and all are really beautiful. Truly stunning. Great photo TR!
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby robman » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:38 pm

So last night was the scariest and most insane visit I have ever had at CGA. The park is like a County Fair came in and set up shop. From typical food vendors to ride and even some scary carnies! One of the insane carnies asked me if I wanted to win one of the gold fish and eat it for camp food, WTF! Other than that the lanterns that were set up were really awesome!

A few highlights:

Gold Striker :lover:
Making the Dizzy Dragons E-stop from to much spinning.
Classic CGA rides.
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Walking into the park, something is a little strange here.
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A ghetto Ferris Wheel and a B&M, how much more could you ask for haha.
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Oh yea this is why we are here.
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A look at the prices. I highly recommend eating before you come in as food is highly expensive.
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The lift is rising!
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Wider shot of the lift from outside the main gate.
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The slab for the first drop is getting ready.
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Hey, where did the carousel go?
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No more water, just fake grass.
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Hello there mr. snowman.
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The guys working on the lift were posing for us, im sure they are fans of TPR.
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Midway turn looking amazing.
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Random lantern shot
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Carnival area, with the ferris wheel.
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The ride I refuse to go on as it is way to intense for me.
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Nerd shot!
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A look at the 49er stadium.
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Bumper cars are open!
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Berserker is open.
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Such a classic ride.
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This is cool!
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Awesome! It's made out of ceramic dishes.
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What happened to Underworld Alley?!
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Wait am I at Disneyland?!
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Nope our castle is bigger. ;)
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Random carnival food.
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They had a ton of international food as well.
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Laser light show on the castle.
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Shed used in Beverly Hills Cop 3.
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A quick path through a backstage path.
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Tidal Wave footers.
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This one is made out of tiny medicine bottles filled with colored water.
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Statue of Liberty
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Giant Octopus!
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The Super Slide is where all the fun was last night.
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More Gold Striker porn!
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Another look at the first drop area.
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Some bents on a truck.
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I see you hiding Club Blood!
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Another look at the lift.
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Midway turn!
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While riding on the Columbia, noticed the floor needs some work done. Hopefully it can get resorted so its in tip top shape!
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To end the update, Flight Deck's loop.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Blue Fire Guy » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:18 pm

My first visit to GWW exceeded my expectations for surprises and overall insanity. Crazy carnie death machines, insanely expensive food, TPR antics, and the sort. Definitely one of the more fun and interesting visits to CGA that I've done!

Angry_Gumball wrote a great summary of the evening's events on the previous page, so I'll let my photos and their captions to the talking. I can say this though:

Even now, my A$$ still hurts from that awesomely demented slide. :airtime:

List of highlights:
-GoldPorn, can't have enough of it.
-Backstage path open, meaning photos of Anton's feet.
-Clench-n-squish (4-man) ride on Tilt-A-Whirl, a lot of fun!
-Starship 2000. That ride is wrong in an awesome way.
-Super Yellow Slide o' Death! :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer: :airtime: :airtimer:

List of letdowns:
-Wristband process was a bit of a hassle.
-Dizzy Dragons' bad foundation basically means no intense spinning.

Now, photos and video!

INSANE Slide o' Death Offride

Snowfoam Tree TPR antics
All right, we're back!
I see you Gold Striker lift hill...
Stadium going up fast!
Death wheel and Flight Deck. Not a good match...
Something Intamin-y sticks out of the bushes.
There were workers all over GS! Gotta thank them for getting this thing up so quickly.
"Dude, where the hell are we supposed to take these?!"
Finally, got our sexy wristbands and stamps!
Yay flyers!
OK, this wheel looks innocent, but it rotated quite fast and actually pulled a little Gs at the bottom. WTF?!
"A wild Jeff appeared! Jeff used Flash! Blue Fire Guy's accuracy fell!"
I honestly thought this was a Waveswinger when I first looked at it.
Drippy lights like MMMM's, but bluish white.
The Elephant is still alive and kickin'!
Underworld Alley is no more...for now.
Commence Disneyland castle size jokes in 3...2...1...
All right, time to eat expensive fattening food!
"Rocky Mountain Alan Schilke Outlaw Run burgers."
These were actually pretty good! Nom nom nom...
Backstage path.
This is a photo-op that you'd NEVER get under ordinary CGA circumstances.
A Cedar Fair trash can reminds us of where we are...
Angry_Gumball tries to right up the leaning tower of Pisa.
Strange how this is in the Dead Man's Cove area and is still using a marine theme.
Burj Khalifa.
Epilepsy peacock!
And now...time for the most INSANE, screwed up, and totally awesome attraction of GWW!
Your A$$ actually catches on fire when you go down, so they leave burn marks there.
DO NOT BE FOOLED by this little humps! They will KICK YOUR A$$ in the best way possible!
This is not blurred because of shakiness, this is blurred because Jeff is hauling A$$ enough to break the light barrier.
Time for Raiders of the Lost Ark, the ultimate GS vantage point!
Rob attempts to slide through, this is actually more difficult than it looks.
A barricade consisting of Cedar Fair trash cans and a fence? You know what this means...
More pretty lights.
No water here...
Snowfoam machine.
Snowfoam tree!
At Columbia...wait, WTF?! YES PLEASE!
Sexy midway curve...
The lift goes straight towards a lamp post. No, it really does!
Overlord is least until fall 2013...
Time to head back to the carnival of death with ghetto Dinosaurs Alive!
Too bad we couldn't try these...
Sign of quality.
Such an intense, bizarre ride!
Yay Tilt-A-Whirl!
Nerdy Tilt-A-Whirl stats.
Max capacity 4. Clench-n-squish!
3 minute cycle. Nice and long!
f*u*l*l t*h*r*o*t*t*l*e
"Journey of Jeff Johnson"
Here, Jeff Johnson isn't even out of his egg yet he is already 5 years old.
Dizzy Dragons...why did you have to be put in such a bad place?
A combination of wooden footers and a muddy foundation makes as much sense as shoving diarrhea up your butt.
They had a Jeff Johnson credit here too. Cute!
Jeff Johnson's cousins.
The moons say good night as I take my leave.
Good night CGA/GWW. Thank you for a night of CRAZY FUN!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:40 pm

And because there is never enough footage of the Super Yellow Slide o' Death, here's one shot by me! And an update...I am still quite sore from it...gonna be that way for a few days...still worth every bit of it, saying 'screw it...yolo!' and continue marathon-ing the slide!

And it just so happened en route to Pleasanton a wild yellow super slide of death appears along the freeway, it is situated about 10 minutes from me at a Christmas Tree lot. Anyone want to head to Hayward for some slide of death action? :p

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby rolercstrluvr » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Take a look at these photos that were just posted by GCI. That lift is going up fast.
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