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Hey everybody!


This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at California's Great America, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.


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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!






March 10th, 2005 - Boomerang Bay construction photos - SEE BELOW!



Januasry 22nd, 2006 - Disk'o parts arrive

February 22, 2006 - Survivor: The Ride announced



May 17th, 2008 - Firefall Opens

July 27th, 2008 - No new coaster for 2009 as park fails to file permits before deadline



March 10th, 2009 - CGA for sale

August 10th, 2009 - Invertigo gets stuck

December 9th, 2009 - Great America files lawsuit against city of Santa Clara over 49ers stadium



January 27th, 2011 - Invertigo is being removed to "open up other opportunities"

September 19th, 2011 - Cedar Fair agrees to sell park assets to JMA ventures

December 6th, 2011 - Cedar Fair comes to agreement with SF 49ers and will not sell CGA



January 7th, 2012 - Information released on long term lease and parking plans

February 1st, 2012 - Grizzly being retracked during the offseason!

February 14th, 2012 - Could CGA be moving forward with a long rumored GCI woodie?

May 14th, 2012 - Building permits in place for GCI woodie

August 21st, 2012 - Construction pics of the new GCI woodie!

September 12th, 2012 - New Construction Update for Gold Striker!

November 2nd, 2012 - Gold Striker construction from CGA's Facebook page

December 9th, 2012 - Gold Striker construction update



August 25th, 2014 - Confirmation that CGA will be closed on home dates of the SF 49ers

September 30th, 2014 - Halloween Haunt Media Day



August 29th, 2015 - New mazes and scarezones announced for Halloween Haunt



March 30th, 2016 - Corporate announces retail marketplace to be built outside of the park

August 18th, 2016 - Conversion of Vortex into Patriot floorless coaster announced

September 23, 2016 - Haunt Media Event



August 16th, 2017 - Railblazer (RMC single rail coaster) announced

September 22nd, 2017 - 2017 Haunt Media Event



March 28, 2019 - Cedar Fair purchases Great Amerca property from City of Santa Clara for $150 million

July 4th, 2019 - Cedar Fair complete park land purchase!



June 28th, 2022 - Cedar Fair sells park land, CGA to close within the next 11 years


Original Post:


Hey everyone!


The nice PR people at Paramount's Great America sent me some new photos from their latest Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay Beach expansion (slated to open May 7).


More information can be found here: http://www.pgathrills.com/


Here's a taste of what is going on behind the scenes.


Excavation has begun on the new heated lagoon that will hold 150,000 gallons of water and will offer guests plenty of room to swim, splash and float!


Work continues on both Castaway Creek (foreground), the park's 900-foot long lazy river, as well as the new filtration building (background).


Crews work on the walls of Castaway Creek, the new 3-foot deep lazy river.


The entrance to Castaway Creek (right) will take guests on a 900-foot long journey in inner tubes along a lazy river.


Concrete walls outline the new 11,000 square foot Boomerang Lagoon. The heated lagoon will run from depths of 0 - 3 feet.


Landscaping crews begin to prepare the area surrounding Boomerang Lagoon.


The slide tower for two new body water slides, Ripsnort Ridge and The Screamin' Wombat, is beginning to take shape.


Work continues on Boomerang Lagoon, the new 150,000 gallon heated lagoon.


An aerial view of Boomerang Bay expansion show excavation of the 150,000 gallon heated lagoon (foreground) while crews continue to work on the new lazy river (background).

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  • 10 months later...
Now the question....Is this a coaster?


As the official butt of jokes on the subject of whether something is a credit or not:


There is NO WAY I can endorse this candidate to be elevated to the subjet of credit.


Sorry. Not gonna happen. Definitely not. NO.




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