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^ sweet pics Angry_Gumball. Just thought that i'd share my crazy ride I had on the Flying Eagles today. Maybe two spins into the cycle, I start to see my car rotate and does a full 360 mid ride. The ride op didn't stop the ride at all and just let it keep going. I was pretty scared after that and shaky.

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^ sweet pics Angry_Gumball. Just thought that i'd share my crazy ride I had on the Flying Eagles today. Maybe two spins into the cycle, I start to see my car rotate and does a full 360 mid ride. The ride op didn't stop the ride at all and just let it keep going. I was pretty scared after that and shaky.

 

Whoa!!! I didn't think that was even possible.

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^ sweet pics Angry_Gumball. Just thought that i'd share my crazy ride I had on the Flying Eagles today. Maybe two spins into the cycle, I start to see my car rotate and does a full 360 mid ride. The ride op didn't stop the ride at all and just let it keep going. I was pretty scared after that and shaky.

Well that's understandable; I've freaked out on the Knoebels Flyers over much less (though the bizarre feelings are actually what keep me going).

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^ sweet pics Angry_Gumball. Just thought that i'd share my crazy ride I had on the Flying Eagles today. Maybe two spins into the cycle, I start to see my car rotate and does a full 360 mid ride. The ride op didn't stop the ride at all and just let it keep going. I was pretty scared after that and shaky.

 

Whoa!!! I didn't think that was even possible.

 

As soon as I spun around I was like, wtf just happened. Even people in line were freaking out.

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The most I've done was a full turn facing backwards. This was last year during Haunt, before I really knew what I was doing on the Flyers. I think just beginning go figure some things out and a nice breeze caused me to face the rider behind me.

 

My most recent ride on their flyers was pretty crazy, but not like Rolercsterluver's. Instead, mine felt like the whole thing was going to fall apart and had several thuds/snaps. I had to tell myself to tone it down while everyone in line was like "Woah!" I really wouldn't mind having one of these in my backyard one of these days. Really, it's all about timing and being quick without being 'violent' with the fin.

 

For what it's worth, I noticed some updates on the Permit Center site.

 

605 REC'D THIRD PTY APP PLNS

3RD PARTY APPROVED PLANS ~ Rec'vd 4 sets of plans, 2 sets of structural

calcs, 2 copies of book six zone 2, 2 copies of book five zone 3, 2 copies of

book eight 1 of 2 & 2 of 2, 3 copies of bent # 145, 3 copies of bent # 84, & 3

copies of bent # 518, 2 copies of book one design criteria, 2 copies of book

three general foundation analysis, 2 copies book four foundation analysis -

zone 1, 2 copies of book two typical structure & connections. 2 copies of C-10,

2 copies of application signed (placed in plan check folder) , 2 sets of calcs.

All routed to PNA. Contact: Lowell (408) 986-5874

 

Not sure what this means in terms of what kind of activity we'll be seeing in the coming month but following this project is making this season a good one so far.

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How have the crowds been this year?? I have grew up going to CGA back in the late 80's and 90's. I haven't been in about 12 years. This is the park that got me into the Amusement Park industry and to love Roller Coasters. I still remember the opening year of Top Gun! I am going to be in the Bay this weekend and thinking about going on Monday Memorial Day. Going to be huge crowds? I may try and wait and do Tuesday. What do you guys think?

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^CGA has seen more crowds so far this season. I'd expect it to be pretty busy this weekend. Let's just say that last weekend, Flight Deck's line was using 2 'zig zags' on the ramp, before heading up to the roll up doors. This was around 5-ish on a Sunday, no events going on. If you haven't been there in a while and won't be going any time soon after your visit, I'd recommend a weekday. Grizzly's line moves slowish due to the added seatbelt that most guests completely ignore as much as it's announced.

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^Wow didn't think you can get crazy rides like that on Flying Eagles!

 

I've had some pretty crazy rides myself but none coming even remotely close to a full 360....gonna have to hit the birds at KD next weekend & see what sort of "trouble" I can get into.

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CGA does seem to have been on a restraint rampage, but I didn't notice any difference in the belts of Flight Deck. They felt like regular B&M length to me when I rode earlier this season. Even though I'm a bit more chubby than I'de like, I've never had to worry about belt length though so I could easily have not noticed.

 

Changing topics, the conversation being had about SFDK's late construction times on that thread made me think about how nice it is to see CGA acting like a normal theme park and getting the new coaster going already. I think the last time I've seen a park open a major ride on opening day in the bay area had to have been Stealth. Going to be a fun year watching this thing go up.

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I went to CGA today on my day off, kind of wish I hadn't. When you see 30+ school buses in the parking lot, you know it's going to be a long day.

 

I did get to see some bulldozing action though! They haven't made much more progress, but it was cool to see them digging, moving dirt, flattening, etc. Something interesting I noticed: They dug a long ditch, which extended from the construction zone, and all the way to Great America Parkway, which was causing some roadwork and traffic delays.

 

Also, they blocked off a big chunk of the preferred parking with a fence, you can no longer park next to the Pictorium.

 

Firefall's joined the Fast Lane party, the line's got a new staircase.

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I know we were talking about the wheels used earlier, how would it's speed potentially compare to Apocalypse at SFMM with ours slated to having a larger height and drop, that is assuming they use 2 different wheel types as Apocalypse isn't even close to being a quiet ride

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I was just invited to see the new ice show at CGA on a preview night. Happiness Is...SNOOPY!

 

What makes it cool is that we get to park in the employee lot, which I guess means a quick backstage walk through in order to get to the front of the park. (which will be closed) So, i'll be sure to post about it later tomorrow after the show.

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Was out at the park today, wasn't that crowded. The new coaster site had survey markers out on it today and the area of the parking lot nearest the Star Tower was fenced off probably for preparation for construction and grading in that area. Other than that lines weren't long didn't wait more than 5 min for anything all day.

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From what I'm seeing, nothing has been torn up around the tower. This is making me wonder if we well have that awesome first drop wrapping around the tower. Unless they're going to shred that up soon, I'm beginning to wonder.

 

Relax.

 

Its still WAY early.

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Here are the photos from today, i think that area that is being blocked off in the parking lot might be for wood storage or part of the construction, i guess we will see eventually

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new fence in the parking lot

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overview of the site today

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^Thanks for sharing!

 

^^Maybe I am getting a little anxious. Since that area's pretty level compared to the area 'out back' I can't imagine it taking as long...I keep telling myself that maybe they haven't touched that area yet so there's no interference with the Star Tower operations for the time being...especially since the park *just* got into daily operation, it would be kind of a fail if they 'disabled' a signature family attraction just as the peak started. I am curious as to how that's all going to work with Star Tower operations once things get rolling over that direction.

 

Thinking ahead, I'm kind of hoping (ok, not kind of, more of really hoping) that once the coaster goes in, there will be some landscaping back there...as in some trees and whatnot. I can imagine trees helping dampen out the noise as well as keeping with CGA 'tradition' of nicely landscaped areas of the park. And night rides in an area with trees would be pretty cool, much like riding Demon and Grizzly at night.

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^Thanks for sharing!

 

^^Maybe I am getting a little anxious. Since that area's pretty level compared to the area 'out back' I can't imagine it taking as long...I keep telling myself that maybe they haven't touched that area yet so there's no interference with the Star Tower operations for the time being...especially since the park *just* got into daily operation, it would be kind of a fail if they 'disabled' a signature family attraction just as the peak started. I am curious as to how that's all going to work with Star Tower operations once things get rolling over that direction.

 

Thinking ahead, I'm kind of hoping (ok, not kind of, more of really hoping) that once the coaster goes in, there will be some landscaping back there...as in some trees and whatnot. I can imagine trees helping dampen out the noise as well as keeping with CGA 'tradition' of nicely landscaped areas of the park. And night rides in an area with trees would be pretty cool, much like riding Demon and Grizzly at night.

 

What is probably going to happen is that Star Tower will be closed in August and re-open in March with the new coaster. Really, Star Tower doesn't have that much of an impact on the park as it doesn't have that high of ridership since there never is a line.

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I was just invited to see the new ice show at CGA on a preview night. Happiness Is...SNOOPY!

 

What makes it cool is that we get to park in the employee lot, which I guess means a quick backstage walk through in order to get to the front of the park. (which will be closed) So, i'll be sure to post about it later tomorrow after the show.

 

I've already watched it twice, one of the perks of working in Entertainment It's a great show and the set is really well done. If I knew what you looked like i'd say hi but I don't

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