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This is the single most exciting thing to happen here in almost 20 years!

 

Even if this ride isn't super-fantastic, (which it will be), it will still be extremely fun and a giant people eater which will bring up attendance, which, is exactly what this park needs.....FINALLY!

 

Some of the random Facebook comments....

 

ewww...another wooden coaster?
...uninformed

 

49's store?
...lol

 

' And Wtf I CAlled GreatAmerica A Few Years Back And I Asked Why They Took Out Invertigo And If Theyre Going To Build A New RollerCoaster And They Said Yeah By 2O12 There Will Be A New Ride Theree And They Barely Buildin It Now:/ Im Impatient lol
- yeah they are really going to tell you that on the phone....NOT!

 

Yeah, but this new one would blow away Grizzly. I wish they would just tear down the Grizzly, but they obviously aren't. They are just re-tracking the turns to improve the ride.
^antonio, that's not entirely true..
... actually it is entirely true, again uninformed.

 

Intamin xcelerator would hae been a way better choice than another lame woody.. Just sayin'
... cables snapping is way lamer

 

FINALLY, Is this the wasted land that the Wizzard roller coaster used to be ? Gonna FINALLY build a New Roller coaster ? We only be waiting 18 years since Top Gun. You guys just keep removing our coasters and not replacing them with NOTHING. (i.e.; The Tidal Wave, Invertago, The Wizzard, Stealth, The Edge) this ride were fun and replace with nothing. Our beloved Train and Trolly Cars are gone. This New ride better be Bad ASS. There's a reason why I haven't been to California's Great America in 14 years. Nothing New worth a crap. Get on it Cedar Fair.
...sort of agree with that.

 

Obviously for the GCI wooden coaster that is going to be epic!
...that is correct Sir, you win!
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Mount Rushmore still lives on! I wonder if they're going to move that somewhere else but that would be pretty creative if they themed the whole coaster to Mt. Rushmore.

 

Anyways, I actually don't think it's bad how the Pictorium is sticking out as it is a really nice looking building. Also, this is going to be a pretty epic enterance as it's very visible and will definitely draw a lot of crowds.

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I actually had a dream the other night that vertical construction had already began, being the lift and the station. I'm pretty excited for this and I don't think the park would be posting photos up of construction if nothing was going to be going up...would be bad marketing to lead people on. So with this said, I'm juiced. Some of us already know the 'poorly kept secret' while others are completely clueless. In the end, these guessing games are what will keep the GP (and us enthusiasts) interested in happenings at the park.

 

I'd love to see a construction webcam go up, especially once vertical construction begins (Does this construction barrier/whatever this is count as vertical construction? lol). After all, something of this level hasn't happened at the park in quite a while. It could be one of the park's longest coasters. Anyone know the length on this?

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I actually had a dream the other night that vertical construction had already began, being the lift and the station. I'm pretty excited for this and I don't think the park would be posting photos up of construction if nothing was going to be going up...would be bad marketing to lead people on. So with this said, I'm juiced. Some of us already know the 'poorly kept secret' while others are completely clueless. In the end, these guessing games are what will keep the GP (and us enthusiasts) interested in happenings at the park.

 

I'd love to see a construction webcam go up, especially once vertical construction begins (Does this construction barrier/whatever this is count as vertical construction? lol). After all, something of this level hasn't happened at the park in quite a while. It could be one of the park's longest coasters. Anyone know the length on this?

 

I forgot the exact length, but it was shorter than the Grizzly, I think it was around 3125' long, it's about what all GCIs are around.

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Something kind of cool....

 

Just went to IHOP and on the way home decided to go by the park down Great America Parkway to see if I could see anything. When you get to the bitchy neighbor building, before all you could see was the park fence and a bunch of trees hiding where Whizzer once stood. Now, not only can you see the site but from the street you can see all the way to the turn on Vortex! I bet if you went to the top of the parking garage next to the bitchy neighbor building you could get some great pics as the construction site is right there! I just thought it was so cool seeing this, a very big change happening that is long overdue.

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Something kind of cool....

 

Just went to IHOP and on the way home decided to go by the park down Great America Parkway to see if I could see anything. When you get to the bitchy neighbor building, before all you could see was the park fence and a bunch of trees hiding where Whizzed once stood. Now, not only can you see the site but from the street you can see all the way to the turn on Vortex! I bet if you went to the top of the parking garage next to the bitchy neighbor building you could get some great pics as the construction site is right there! I just thought it was so cool seeing this, a very big change happening that is long overdue.

 

Last year, driving down GA Pkwy for the first time to head to my niece's softball game, the park is pretty well 'hidden' once you past the first office building. The only rides really visible were the Star Tower, Sky Coaster, Drop Tower, and between the buildings, Demon. I wonder how much that wooden coaster will show, especially the "Prudential Turnaround."

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Something kind of cool....

 

Just went to IHOP and on the way home decided to go by the park down Great America Parkway to see if I could see anything. When you get to the bitchy neighbor building, before all you could see was the park fence and a bunch of trees hiding where Whizzed once stood. Now, not only can you see the site but from the street you can see all the way to the turn on Vortex! I bet if you went to the top of the parking garage next to the bitchy neighbor building you could get some great pics as the construction site is right there! I just thought it was so cool seeing this, a very big change happening that is long overdue.

 

Last year, driving down GA Pkwy for the first time to head to my niece's softball game, the park is pretty well 'hidden' once you past the first office building. The only rides really visible were the Star Tower, Sky Coaster, Drop Tower, and between the buildings, Demon. I wonder how much that wooden coaster will show, especially the "Prudential Turnaround."

 

Not only can you now see the all that from the street but you can completely see Demon's lift and first drop, it's really strange in a very cool way. I easily saw all of this while in a moving car.

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I went to CGA today and had a blast. The parking lot looked packed but there were no lines, Flight Deck was a walk on while I was there. I had two crazy rides on the Flying Eagles, thought My car was going to "fly" off, it was wobbliing like crazy. Also had two great rides on Peanuts Pirates, got my car spinning really fast before the ride even started and kept spinning till the very end. I saw Drop Tower break down like 15 feet off the ground, thought that was funny. Now some big news, Grizzly's tangled mess of a line is now gone!!! They finally finished the new staircase, so now the old slanted way to get up is now for fast lane. The big construction wall for our 2013 coaster is up and looking very plain, also the area where Club Blood is usually placed is now completely torn up, the cement is in huge chunks to the side and most of the dirt is now compacted down. Sorry that I don't have any pics.

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I went to CGA today and had a blast. The parking lot looked packed but there were no lines, Flight Deck was a walk on while I was there. I had two crazy rides on the Flying Eagles, thought My car was going to "fly" off, it was wobbliing like crazy. Also had two great rides on Peanuts Pirates, got my car spinning really fast before the ride even started and kept spinning till the very end. I saw Drop Tower break down like 15 feet off the ground, thought that was funny. Now some big news, Grizzly's tangled mess of a line is now gone!!! They finally finished the new staircase, so now the old slanted way to get up is now for fast lane. The big construction wall for our 2013 coaster is up and looking very plain, also the area where Club Blood is usually placed is now completely torn up, the cement is in huge chunks to the side and most of the dirt is now compacted down. Sorry that I don't have any pics.

 

Sounds like this much needed project is a go for the park.

 

Last time I rode KD's eagles the ride kinda left me a bit lightheaded & kinda off balance for a while,these are suprisingly intense little rides if you know the tips & tricks to really get airborne although I have yet to figure out how to bounce the birds myself.

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^I wasn't sure if you could do that at CGA; glad to hear it! The only insane Flyers sessions I've experienced were at Knoebels; otherwise, I'm generally not a fan of the ride type (but will try to check them out more often just in case).

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How is the Fast Pass operations at CGA? I'm thinking of getting of one when I go in 2013 if the lines aren't long, but I don't like the idea of Fastlane not merging with the normal line before the station. Do any ride have the 2 lines not merged?

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How is the Fast Pass operations at CGA? I'm thinking of getting of one when I go in 2013 if the lines aren't long, but I don't like the idea of Fastlane not merging with the normal line before the station. Do any ride have the 2 lines not merged?

 

Why would you spend the money on an upcharge virtual queue system if the lines aren't long?

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^I wasn't sure if you could do that at CGA; glad to hear it! The only insane Flyers sessions I've experienced were at Knoebels; otherwise, I'm generally not a fan of the ride type (but will try to check them out more often just in case).

 

They do have those plastic sign's in the cars saying to not swing violently, but they don't really enforce it. My guess is that the ride-op doesn't know or care.

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I myself have become hooked on those flyers. You know you're doing well when you start to scare yourself and have to tone down your flight pattern. Especially when a loud "thump" is heard and felt.

 

This is exactly what happens to me on Flying Eagles. The only problem about flyers is their low capacity and it usually has a 10 minute wait when there isn't many people in line.

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I myself have become hooked on those flyers. You know you're doing well when you start to scare yourself and have to tone down your flight pattern. Especially when a loud "thump" is heard and felt.

 

This is exactly what happens to me on Flying Eagles. The only problem about flyers is their low capacity and it usually has a 10 minute wait when there isn't many people in line.

 

When I worked at Eagles, we were suppose to try to get people to pair off, to help move the line along. Some would pair off with no problem, mostly adults and some teenagers. The problem though was with some of the younger kids who were tall enough to ride alone would not pair off with their siblings,friends, or parents. They insisted on going alone, further making the wait increase. The ride cycle is about 2 or so minutes, loading/unloading time about 3 minutes, but the ride cycle could be shorter if we decided to stop the ride early.

 

As for the cables and the snapping/thumps that happen, Generally it is up to the ride operator if they stop it or not. Over the 2 seasons I was there, I had stopped the ride on multiple occasions for violent swinging, in addition to some guests rocking the eagle side to side and told them to not come back to the ride at all for the day, though I'm sure some did after I left.

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Well, I guess ride construction couldn't start soon enough, looks like the building permits are set and ready to go:

http://smartpermit.santaclaraca.gov/tm_bin/tmw_cmd.pl?tmw_cmd=StatusViewCase&shl_caseno=BLD2012-28623

 

**3rd PARTY** **FAST TRACK** FOUNDATION ONLY Build

New 113-foot high wooden roller coaster.

I guess this could be CGA's tallest roller coaster

 

So would this probably apply to the whole setting up the footers and whatnot for the ride? Soon, it will go vertical. I can't wait to watch this coaster progress since the only coaster I've seen built was V2 at SFDK, which wasn't a whole lot to see due to its simplistic structure.

 

I'm going to throw this out there but this seems to make sense. On the last update on the permit center site, it mentioned about target end date was the 16th of this month for the rough grading. On the current update for the foundation, it appears that the target end date is 1 month from now, 6/13/12. So with this said and if my understanding is right, I'd expect to see some 'real' construction begin next month!

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