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Great TR Jeff! I feel that no amount of photos or videos will ever be able to do Au13 justice, it's just too sexy for words! For me, the 29th will only be just the beginning. Ohhhhh, I-I...c-can't wait t-to...r-ride it. It will be m-MARVELOUS, ohyesss it will...

...oh, excuse me, I need another shower.

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Alrighty guys, I'm back with another CGA update, with a few surprises along the way! Sorry it's a bit late, I just got home from a full day at Waterworld Concord (TR coming for that too!). So let's get started! My inactive TPR member cousin and I met up with JeffyJosephNorcal and Robman, prior to just meeting up with Blue Fire Guy as well. Yesterday was AAA day, an event for AAA members so you can expect an extremely busy saturday! It was also "Bring a Friend" discount day in which I was able to get Blue Fire Guy in for $15 which seemed like a pretty decent deal. We were able to get in a few minutes early as the park was originally open just a bit before official opening time which was one of the many surprises to be had today (Thanks CGA!).

 

We hit up Flight Deck for the first ride of the day after marveling over that turnaround, possibly requiring some showering after seeing such standing up. Flight Deck was a walk-on (woo-hoo!) and then decided to have some Schwarzkopf fun and an insane session on the Flying Eagles ride (possibly my most intense, terrifying ride yet!). From there we headed back over to the Star Tower since that ride finally opened. Previously the ride was closed (no attendant at the tower, nobody blocking the line). We weren't aware as we started to go into the empty line and sure enough, the GP begin following like magnets! When we did get onto Star Tower, we had just met up with Rolercstrluver, increasing our group to 6 coaster nerds! Of course 4 of us bearing TPR shirts got the common question "Are you guys here to review the park?"

 

When we got over to Demon, the line was starting to build up but was bearable. By the time we got off, the line was spilling out of the entrance! It seemed that everybody and their brother was here yesterday. Deciding to perhaps check out Grizzly, we opted to skip on that due to certain reasons (slow loading, lack of shade, slow line). Instead we decided to ride Drop Tower which the wait was fairly short.

 

Starting to get warm we venture towards the Log Ride when we find it's down. Instead we decided to do some of the slides in Boomerang Bay since it was not too crowded yet. Since Blue Fire Guy hadn't ridden CGA's Boomerango, I decided to double up with him on the slide so we can have that amazing moment of airtime (in which the lifeguards at the bottom were impressed with our 'jump' over the hump. The second time around, my cousin and I did the Boomerango where we had a great moment of air over that hump, followed by a wipeout at the end. Fortunately one of the members of our party caught it on video; it should be up on Youtube soon!

 

Update:

 

From here we decided to grab lunch and watch some TPR POVs as one of the members of our party brought a tablet with them. We were all huddled around watching I305 and Leviathan as the GP looked at us strangely. They wouldn't understand anyway After lunch, we brave the line spilling out of the Flight Deck entrance. Fortunately, FD's line is never as bad as it looks and we were probably up there in about 20 minutes. After our ride, I receive a text to head towards the Au13 banner. Something amazing was about to happen for our group! We were able to go backstage after some special arrangements throughout the week, for another view of Au13 the GP would not be able to get!

 

From there we venture back to Logger's Run as it was finally open, with a huge line. We decide to get some drinks and get in line. About halfway through, 2 different guests attempt to do the "Excuse Me" routine. The first guest, I denied telling her that this is not going to happen, once they leave they have to go to the end, and she is cutting/line jumping. I'm then told that "This isn't cutting, its only me...I wait here long time too!" followed by "My kids were to afraid to ride!" Sure enough after denying her, she slips past. Unfortunately there were no employees nearby as much as I had just seen security just seconds before this happen. We decide to let it go as we're about to have an epic ride, a "Clench 'n Squish" ride on Logger's. Not even 5 minutes later another guest attempts the same thing, but to 'meet up with her kids' (which was really just her friend). After denying her, she shoves her way through. Other guests near us were shocked at the whole incident and were siding with us...a bit late however.

 

The rest of the day was spent riding more Star Tower (could not get enough of Au13) an hour wait for Flying Eagles (ouch! Made my ride well worth it though) and some of the other flats. Eventually it was just down to the 3 of us: my cousin, Jeff, and myself where we finished out the day riding Vortex, watching fireworks, and then decided that the last 10 minutes we'd get in line for Demon...as the parking lot would have been a mess anyway. We were one of the last people in line before they capped it off.

 

Picture time!

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Something's peaking above the wall!

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Bumper cars are closed for obvious reasons.

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When heading back toward Star Tower, I was greeted by this view...we all stopped in awe! Such an amazing site to see, very surreal!

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The crowds are pouring in!

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The lot's filling up fast too! Fortunately we parked pretty close.

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Ooooh! (several close moments of TPR members accidentally soiling themselves)

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Looks like some strip footers are going to come in for the entrance turnaround, drumstick pad is ready for vertical construction!

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Back down at ground level we get a little closer by normal means anyway.

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That metal shed is now up!

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You know it's going to be a busy day when various companies are here as well...Nintendo of America??

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Lunch consisted of this!

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And this!

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The line for Flight Deck in the afternoon

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Yay, coaster-huggers!

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Aw...

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Waiting at the Au13 banner for our surprise!

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Assuming the position :)

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Alright, here we go!

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We've now entered backstage!

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Some very happy coaster fanatics! Thank you CGA for doing such a kind thing for us!

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A little sampling of the crowds to be had over at the park!

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Metal shed anyone?

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What we waited in for Logger's Run, before encountering line jumpers

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Firefall decided to get stuck later in the afternoon. Someone should have done the honors and called up all the news outlets around here :)

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Au13 at sunset

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Evening getting chilly...time to stand in front of Firefall!

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Yay, fireworks!

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Finally, the last cycle on Demon! Note the deserted queue behind us :)

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Good night CGA, you've been good to us today!

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^Actually, it's pretty neat seeing the same visit from 3 different sets of eyes! I'm still laughing at the Down Under Thunder air...now that I'm home and watching it on the large screen. I couldn't help it share the video with some people today while in line at Waterworld. I think I'm gonna youtube rip it just so that I have a copy

 

Oh, I totally forgot to caption the photo of the miner in my TR...this will make up for it. I had this vision yesterday that the miner was really the "Coaster Man" and he was assuming the position of squatting, perhaps dumping his waffles...and perhaps inspecting one of his prized nuggets?

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It's Coaster Man Dumping Waffle!

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You know, I completely forgot about "potatoes."

 

About that, when riding Demon (for those who weren't there with us), some of the safety spiels mentioned about removing potatoes (instead of removing glasses/sunglasses). Later in the day over at FD, I was joking around and mentioned about putting our potatoes in the bins when one of the ride attendants mentioned "It made its way over there now too?" It was apparently some tactic to see if people were paying attention, but quite funny if you ask me...felt very TPR-like.

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as to your behind the scenes, Stay away from my black staircase!!! i've named it Artie,we've had some good times together. the 29th needs to hurry up so that we can actually talk to guests about that large wood structure being built, as I currently tell guests we are building a time machine.

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I hope I'm not the only one just as excited about the football stadium construction in the background of the parking lot photos as I am about the coaster.

 

You're not. I'll be looking forward to beIng able to watch an NFL game in a stadium that isn't ready to crumble to the ground.

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I hope I'm not the only one just as excited about the football stadium construction in the background of the parking lot photos as I am about the coaster.

 

You're not!

 

Nice pictures of the construction of the coaster. Looking forward to watching this progress.

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I hope I'm not the only one just as excited about the football stadium construction in the background of the parking lot photos as I am about the coaster.

 

You're not. I'll be looking forward to beIng able to watch an NFL game in a stadium that isn't ready to crumble to the ground.

 

Wait, Candlestick didn't already crumble to the ground?

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So is this new coaster basically in Whizzer's old footprint? From what I can tell it is, along with the Hometown Fun Machine area...right? I'm a lot more familiar with this park's Gurnee sibling, so the lack of railroad/Whizzer throws off my bearings a bit.

 

With the renaissance that the Whizzer has had in Chicago, I do wonder how "the" decision maker in California feels about axing their ride back in the day? Was there similar outrage when they announced the CA version's removal, btw?

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So is this new coaster basically in Whizzer's old footprint? From what I can tell it is, along with the Hometown Fun Machine area...right? I'm a lot more familiar with this park's Gurnee sibling, so the lack of railroad/Whizzer throws off my bearings a bit.

 

With the renaissance that the Whizzer has had in Chicago, I do wonder how "the" decision maker in California feels about axing their ride back in the day? Was there similar outrage when they announced the CA version's removal, btw?

 

Just going from the Whizzer's Wikipedia page, CGA's Whizzer had quite a few mechanical problems from the outset and then a kid died on it in 1980. My guess is that the ride had some ill will going towards it and probably was not too popular with he public, so when the ride was removed in 1988 there was no one there to stand up for it.

 

I grew up in the bay area but was only 5 when the ride was removed and not yet tall enough to ride. I was wondering if Whitewater Falls (opened in 1990) uses some of the space Whizzer occupied.

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Mechanical problems, a few accidents and a death, lead to its removal. WW sits just past where the final helix of Whizzer was (in one of the construction pics you can see the final helix footers before they got removed and the area dug up). I loved that ride, it was one of the very first roller coasters I ever rode.

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Now that I've had some time to look through my photos a little more, and when I saw the 'drumstick' slab I realized I can now play "Connect the Dots" with some of the metal brackets that are now in place, clearly showing some possible paths the coaster will be taking. I decided to draw out the possible paths based on the footers and brackets on the slabs, as well as the trenches over by the construction barrier.

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Without the paths

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After playing "Connect the Dots"

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Those who are familiar with the project - has the ride's potential layout changed much from the rendering back from a long while ago?

 

From what we have seen so far, the turn around that's being built right now looks completely different from the concept. I'm ok with that too!

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Those who are familiar with the project - has the ride's potential layout changed much from the rendering back from a long while ago?

 

The overall layout looks to be pretty similar from back in the day...the Prudential Turn is still the Prudential Turn however it has taken on a more twisted shape as opposed to what originally looked like a fan curve. I'm sure there will still be a lot of variables and elements that may have changed but the overall course so far still appears to be more or less the same idea.

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Long time reader of this board, but finally decided to join when I saw that CGA is finally getting a new woodie!

 

I have been going here since the early 80's, and stopped going when Survivor opened. I finally grew tired of them removing my favorite rides (Tidal Wave, Whizzer), and the removal of the rock work around the 2nd loop of the Demon was also a bummer.

 

Anyways....

 

I have VERY high hopes for this ride, and it will get me back to CGA for the first time in many years! Thanks to those that took the pics.

 

I don't recall a huge uprising with the Whizzer's removal at all. I think for many people around my age, the Whizzer was their first 'real' coaster, as it was a stepping stone up to Turn Of The Century/Demon and the Tidal Wave.

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I grew up in San Jose and remember when CGA was Marriott's and they still had my first roller coaster ride ever - Willard's Whizzer.

 

By the '90s it was just a light rail ride away but I would never go - even with a season pass ( I would make just enough visits to get a return on my investment) and by the time I moved away in '97 there was no draw for me at all.

 

Even now when I visit friends and family we'll make the 90 minute drive up to SFDK instead of the 10 minute light rail ride to CGA.

 

However, this will definitely get me to come back to CGA after 15 years. It's pretty exciting.

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