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I noticed that last night, I'm sure the pranksters think they're hilarious. But just seems dumb to me...

 

If I was going to be in SF a fortnight earlier I would totally have put up a decent bid to get on one of the first trains.

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So hopefully they will indeed close in the bottom... supposed to be in-fill underneath the tracks... what is "in-fill"?

 

Again the PR on the website says

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

 

Gold Striker’s 174-Foot Tunnel Is The Longest Initial Descent Tunnel On A Wooden Coaster

 

SANTA CLARA, CA – The newest roller coaster at California’s Great America, Gold Striker, will now include the world’s longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster.

 

Adding intrigue to the record setting feature, Gold Striker’s 174-foot tunnel will be enclosed by wood on both sides, corrugated metal on top and in-fill underneath the tracks, to replicate a true gold mine feel. The only visible light on Gold Striker’s initial descent, which will hurl riders down a 50 degree slope at almost 54 miles per hour, will be following the first turn, creating a nearly pitch black visual.

 

“This fully-enclosed, twisting tunnel truly is a special element among wooden roller coasters,” California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg said. “Gold Striker riders will experience the unique sensation of rapid acceleration in almost complete darkness.”

 

https://www.cagreatamerica.com/article/media-center/GOLD-STRIKER-COASTER-NOW-INCLUDES-RECORD-TUNNEL

 

It says the only visible light will be following the first turn. Thus I conclude the tunnel is not finished... despite the rendering.

 

Second, the queue line will pass under the station is looks... so it will like be another themed cave like when it passes through the back of the retail shop.

 

Is this an example of in-fill under neath the tracks?... I've noticed on GCI coasters before... here are two a pics of GCI's El Toro:

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Photo from RCDB.com

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Photo from RCDB.com

 

& GCI's Thunderbird

photo from RCDB.com

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Is the tunnel supposed to be pitch black on Gold Strikers first drop? In the updated POV the bottom has light shining through the track.

 

Also, from the new POV rendering, It does not show the underside of the tunnel being filled in... but I thought in the PR they said all sides would be covered. This defeats the advertised purpose of a tunnel because its not going to be truely dark.... makes it seems like it was in reality, indeed, a scream shield/barrier.

 

Its just a rendering, not the exact ride. It could simply have been overlooked when they made it, or simply decided to not bother with it...cause its only a rendering...
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I'm very anxious for the official reveal of the opening date. Normally I'd never buy a Fast Lane, but I will just for GS's opening day. It is going to be seriously PACKED on that day. I still can't believe I'll be riding this thing in around a month, it is truly surreal!

 

Agreed, this would be the one time is buy a Fast Lane in my home park. Gold Striker is worthy enough to warrant the expense.

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Is the tunnel supposed to be pitch black on Gold Strikers first drop? In the updated POV the bottom has light shining through the track.

 

Also, from the new POV rendering, It does not show the underside of the tunnel being filled in... but I thought in the PR they said all sides would be covered. This defeats the advertised purpose of a tunnel because its not going to be truely dark.... makes it seems like it was in reality, indeed, a scream shield/barrier.

 

Its just a rendering, not the exact ride. It could simply have been overlooked when they made it, or simply decided to not bother with it...cause its only a rendering...

I guess i overlooked that. Thanks!

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I know the park says the opening date is TBA but isn't it safe to assume May 4th will be it with the charity auction for first rider earlier that week?

 

Either way I found a cheap flight today from Orlando and plan to check out the Bay-Area parks that weekend. What are the best tips for a first-timer visiting the park? Since this is a spur of the moment trip I haven't really been following the park in recent years - does the park take a full day to complete?

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I went to the park this afternoon for a bit and it was dead today! Just about everything was a walk on or hardly had any wait, which made it great for a lot of re rides. Over at Gold Striker there was a lot of activity today, there was a lot of people working on the station, putting the sign up and the structure it's self. I have this feeling that the ride may start testing as early as next week.

 

 

If you would like to see more pictures from today, head on over to CGA Insider and don't forget to give it a like!

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Here's a quick picture of what the station looked like today.

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I know the park says the opening date is TBA but isn't it safe to assume May 4th will be it with the charity auction for first rider earlier that week?

 

Either way I found a cheap flight today from Orlando and plan to check out the Bay-Area parks that weekend. What are the best tips for a first-timer visiting the park? Since this is a spur of the moment trip I haven't really been following the park in recent years - does the park take a full day to complete?

 

 

You can easily get everything done at CGA in a day that you want to. Even if the park is busy.

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