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P. 476: Cedar Fair sells park land, CGA to close within the next 11 years

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Alright, time for the mega opening day...I mean, weekend photo report, the 3rd wave of photos that is! This initially was just going to be an opening day visit until we decided that we should visit again on Saturday...I wasn't going to be doing anything anyway other than sit around, and type up a trip report...so we went for a 2nd visit to catch up on what we missed on Friday.

 

As already posted, the park kicked off the season with an opening ceremony and a special promotion: the free souvenir cup + free refills all day. There were also several prizes being handed out during the ceremony and select (very select) double rides. Since the park was a bit crowded, I wasn't really missing much on the double rides due to my experience 2 weeks ago at the neighbor up north. Double rides may be neat and all but it comes with a price: double wait.

 

So yea, some highlights:

• New show in theater (Finally, Happy Feet!). While the show was fresh and enjoyable I felt it ended a bit abrupt and that it even started a bit abrupt. I'll have to try it again sitting in the middle of the AFX as I was on an end seat...everything appeared blurry (or is it really that way?)

• As Jeff mentioned, the coasters and such were waking up from their long hibernation and needed a little kick in the rear to get moving as there were numerous break-downs throughout the day. Even the B&Ms were misbehaving

• Star Tower is not open yet but from what I hear it should be real soon.

• I've lost like 15 pounds over the offseason so I can now very easily fit on Woodstock!

• Fresh paint on lots of buildings and rides. Sadly however at the end of the day Friday, Barney Oldfield's looked like it went through a warzone. Guests decided they'd pick at the paint and from there lots of fresh blue paint just peeled right off the posts...ugh!

• "Endeavolution"...(Looping Starship) Seems to take a long while to finally make a full inversion but when it does, it cruises through it as slow as it possibly could (can I flip this emoticon upside down?) It will very easily wear you out and kick your butt if you aren't used to extended amount of hangtime.

• Grizzly is now smoother! The blue train felt sluggish Friday when I went, and tried the red train yesterday and felt like it was flying through. Better ride yesterday than Friday.

• Flyers fun

• Season pass lines were long Friday. It really made me appreciate the fact that I renewed my pass last year when there was no line (during Haunt).

• And finally, towards the end of the day yesterday, the threatening bad weather was starting to come in and say hi. While entering the brake run on Vortex (By the way, I'm really enjoying Vortex this season, was ready to ride it again), I see a quite bright flash in the distance...Yup, lightning! I saw a few more flashes when in line for Demon.

 

I'm now wiped out though this should prove to be interesting in a couple weeks when I do my big SoCal trip (5 days of parks)...consider this training for me

 

The photos you're about to see a combination of Friday and Saturday...didn't really feel a need to make 2 separate reports as this was kind of a 'mega visit' as I like to say.

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Sweet, we're here after a long month from our last visit (the construction tour). What's that peeking above the trees?

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Fellow coaster nerds talking about Gold Striker

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The temporary shade structure that was built over the station platform while mechanical is installed :)

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Opening Ceremony stuff

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*POOF* CGA used Confetti Shot! CGA Guest speed harshly fell.

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I'm all tangled up!!! Help me!

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There was a choir that day too.

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The group checking out Gold Striker

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After a long wait, one of the members of our group gets his pass!

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And I got my cup!

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And let's kick off the day on an awesome Beemer!

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Welcome back! Please exit to your right and enjoy the rest of your day here at Global Winter Wonder....California's Great America!

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Some fun on the flyers! And as much as this shot looks like it, this was not actually taken onride.

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My neighbor looks like she got a little cable slack :)

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Rob, you always seem to keep hiding behind that sail!

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Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride

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These were cycling all day with no riders on Friday

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Double glasses, double cool :)

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River Adventure still stands!

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Let's check out the new signage and such!

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Thunder Raceway earned a new banner, looks pretty nice!

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Mmmmm...cheeeese!

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Food Festival

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Barney Oldfield's...let's see how long the station lasts in it's pristine condition...

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Berserker...basic but it works!

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White Water Falls looks like it received a fresh sign too. Little things like this make a huge impact on the feel of the park.

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And then the moment that completely changed my mood on how the day was going... The GP sometimes really make me want to, well you know...

 

What happened: We stopped at Maggie Brown's for lunch (pretty good food, MB feels like a step up from your typical restaurant in CGA). However in the booth I sat in, someone 'accidentally' left their freshly spat out gum behind...and I ended up wearing it...Ugh!

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And then, after lunch and cleaning myself off, we braved the slow, hot Grizzly queue. Operations are pretty slow with this ride and I dread to see how a summer day will be. Definitely bring your sunscreen and a hat if you plan on braving the queue.

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Unrelated, in line I saw a nice photo of Full Throttle's giant loop with it's back-to-back track on one of my routine Facebook lurking sessions.

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Back over towards the front of the park as we kind of...ignored Gold Striker :)

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Mmmm....Gold Striker!

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This shot was actually taken from yesterday.

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"I really hope I don't drop my hammer!"

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Closeup of the tunnel

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The entrance is sure going to look amazing! Good job CGA!

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Roof? Nah, I'm dreaming.

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More Gold Striker hotness

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Take the Tunnel!!!

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Calling it now, launched wooden twisty coaster!

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Another shot of the sign with GS in the background. We realized that the stars kind of looks like it resembles the shape of GS's first drop :)

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This does not look real. Really, you have to see it in person...it is very surreal seeing this! Photos don't do it justice.

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New banners that popped up in the park. The Ride Warriors ones were pretty faded...and is Cedar Fair even using the Ride Warriors advertising campaign anymore? I didn't think so.

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If you look closely, you can see where the Orlean's Place lettering remnants. Maybe one of these days, different areas will get their respective signage back...that would add to the music that they are working on for the areas.

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And the B&M decides to "YOLO" and rebels...I guess it's time to move along...

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Ba-zing! #GoldSwag

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More #GoldSwag

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Wait...I thought this was a Cedar Fair park??

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Oh, and Gold Striker is TPR/Donkey approved!

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Hmm...NL coaster? This looks strangely familiar :)

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Oh God no...just, no...

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Here's a pretty shot of Gold Striker, shot on Friday evening

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In the mean time (Saturday evening) a storm is approaching...

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Yikes...this is looking pretty ugly! (Not the carousel)

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Despite the ugly weather, the carousel still shines! It's like sunshine on a cloudy day.

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And time to call it a wrap...thanks CGA for an awesome weekend. I'm beat but it was well worth it!

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Until next time...(Thanks for taking the photo Tyler!)

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Upon leaving, I made it a point to get some parking lot shots during the evening...reminds me much of the automall dealerships. Very bright though and the lighting spreads out pretty far!

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'Night CGA! (A drive down the parking lot's 'highway')

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Man, Gold Striker is really starting to look gorgeous. This is going to be one hell of a crowd pleaser when it opens, I'm particularly excited to see and hear a train full of happy riders screaming through that first drop tunnel, it's gonna be great! That said, I don't have a season pass to CGA, so my visit will have to wait until GS opens.

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Awesome pictures. Thank you all for sharing.

 

Not only does GoldStriker look incredible as a ride (I love me some Thunderhead), but I'm excited with the theming that is starting to pop up. It seems like Cedar Fair is starting to pay more and more attention to the details, which is great!

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According to this morning's San Jose Mercury News Gold Striker will be unveiled on May 1st. We all knew that already since it will be the first rider auction that day and im guessing media day as well. So it's safe to say that the coaster will open that coming weekend.

 

 

Link to the article:www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_22913633/santa-clara-roller-coaster-strikes-gold-and-wood

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^^ Interesting that SCBB admitted overselling the top speed of the Giant Dipper, they're right that it doesn't really mean much though, It's still currently the best wooden coaster in the west in my opinion, and not because of speed or scenery (which is spectacular), it's just a great design.

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I'm just waiting to see the truth get revealed with Grizzly's top speed. It may be time to use the speed checker app I use with my RC, will highlight the top speed it records via GPS. I've used it on the freeway before too and was strikingly accurate. Bet you I will get a max speed of less than 5mph

 

In the end I can care less about top speed. It's what the ride is capable of pulling off, the meat and potatoes...top speed is just the extra dash of seasoning...darn it now I'm hungry!

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According to this morning's San Jose Mercury News Gold Striker will be unveiled on May 1st. We all knew that already since it will be the first rider auction that day and im guessing media day as well. So it's safe to say that the coaster will open that coming weekend.

 

 

Link to the article:www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_22913633/santa-clara-roller-coaster-strikes-gold-and-wood

 

CGA on their Facebook page said this date is still tentative, unlike what the paper said. Though, it will probably be near then!

 

Great photos everyone. The park looks fantastic and I can't wait to visit again. The 2013 season is CGA's rebirth.

 

-Nicholas

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If Cedar Fair really wants to invest back into California's great america they should take montezooma's revenge from Knott's Berry Farm, paint it up, and give it to CGA. Besides, Knott's already has enough launched coasters, and now CGA could add back a big chunk of their history that was lost during the Paramount days!

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^ Don't take our Monty! If you'd like a launch coaster, feel free to grab Pony Express!

 

It's called Montezooma's Revenge not some silly pet name.

 

Fixed. Sorry about that.

 

Back on Gold Striker, it is looking fantastic! I can't wait to see how it compares to other GCIs.

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If Cedar Fair really wants to invest back into California's great america they should take montezooma's revenge from Knott's Berry Farm, paint it up, and give it to CGA. Besides, Knott's already has enough launched coasters, and now CGA could add back a big chunk of their history that was lost during the Paramount days!

 

Two things wrong with this....

 

1. That will never happen

 

2. It's not the same model so essentially their history would not be restored.

 

I agree about the pet names, sometimes it gets irritating.

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2. It's not the same model so essentially their history would not be restored.

 

response: Yes, but the general public would not know the difference between a weight drop and flywheel launch. Many of them don't even know the difference between an SLC and a B&M inverted coaster.

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2. It's not the same model so essentially their history would not be restored.

 

response: Yes, but the general public would not know the difference between a weight drop and flywheel launch. Many of them don't even know the difference between an SLC and a B&M inverted coaster.

 

Not happening.

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