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

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The first rider auction has been pushed from May 1st to the 8th so it looks like opening day could be the second weekend in May now.

 

On a related, but unrelated note, I will be in town for the first weekend and now that Goldstriker most likely won't be open I'm thinking of doubling up Six Flags and CGA. Does locals think both are doable in a day? I'm staying downtown San Fran, was going to rent a car, thinking I could get to SF at opening, leave around 2, get to CGA by 3:30, and close out the park? Would that work to credit whore? And how is the drive between the parks?

Should be possible now that there is Flash Pass and Fast Lane at both parks. Worst case scenario it might cost you a bit more at one or the other, but you could totally do both in one day for a "credit run."

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On a related, but unrelated note, I will be in town for the first weekend and now that Goldstriker most likely won't be open I'm thinking of doubling up Six Flags and CGA. Does locals think both are doable in a day? I'm staying downtown San Fran, was going to rent a car, thinking I could get to SF at opening, leave around 2, get to CGA by 3:30, and close out the park? Would that work to credit whore? And how is the drive between the parks?

Should definitely be doable, especially in that order and if you go on a Sunday and have a gold pass (which gets you into Kong & Medusa 10 mins before park open at SFDK). On my last visit to SFDK I had ridden every coaster in the park (except Cobra) and was walking to my car by noon.

 

There are only 6 coasters at SFDK plus Cobra and without GoldStriker only 5 at CGA plus Taxi Jam. It's about a 1 hour drive in between parks. Crowds at both parks have been pretty light recently, I think you should be able to do it pretty easily. I'd plan on bringing cash for a FastPass/FastLane just in case, but barring something unexpected I don't even think you'll need it unless you're doing flat rides as well and even then, you'll probably only need it at CGA.

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So what are promotional shoots like?

 

When they say Promotional shoot, I'm guessing they mean Commercial shoot. So i'd be prepared to wear a brightly colored polo shirt as they'll want us to stand out when riding. Just my two cents.

 

Also get ready for a lot of, hurry up and wait. You may not be riding constantly as they often set up a lot of different angles for different shots.

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Sounds boring. I have to take the train & lightrail to get down there for that. But that's my usual way of getting to Great America anyway. I don't think it will be worth it. What if they pick me & I decide not to go can I tell them I don't want to do it? I guess I'd rather wait for it to be officially open so I don't have to sit around & wait. & Can just hop on it whenever. I'll do that instead.

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Sounds boring. I have to take the train & lightrail to get down there for that. But that's my usual way of getting to Great America anyway. I don't think it will be worth it. What if they pick me & I decide not to go can I tell them I don't want to do it? I guess I'd rather wait for it to be officially open so I don't have to sit around & wait. & Can just hop on it whenever. I'll do that instead.

 

 

Trust me it won't be boring and it will be completely worth it, I just thought I would throw it out there that you won't get to constantly be riding.

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^^It's not really that bad. Besides, it's better than waiting 2 hours in line.

 

I did the commercial shoot for Superman at SFDK last year, and had a blast. Although sometimes I would have to wait for a while for them to set up cameras or for them to pick me, it was a lot of fun. I got to ride it 20 times that day (though I did feel a little queasy at the end of the day). If you get the chance, you should do it!

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20 times on one ride too much for me. I'd fall over after that & collapse. & One more thing how good are they on ending on time? I need to leave around 8:15-8:20 to get back to the lightrail. & Do you get a souvenir or anything?

 

I'd assume that they'd end on time and i'm not sure about souvenirs but at least you'll have the satisfaction of riding GS before the first rider auction.

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Well I think I will go. What an opportunity. To celebrate an awesome new coaster at CGA FINALLY after a whole frigen decade! & to ride it before the 2 hour lines start so I'll have several rides before most who have to wait for their first time in a 2 hour line. I hope we all get chosen on here who post on the CGA thread. One other question is there free food? I'm assuming everything else in the park will be closed.

& I'm assuming the rides on GS will be spread out so you don't keep riding without getting off? If it's going to be like that then I don't think that will be too much GS in one day in which case I'll be able to handle.

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Sounds boring. I have to take the train & lightrail to get down there for that. But that's my usual way of getting to Great America anyway. I don't think it will be worth it. What if they pick me & I decide not to go can I tell them I don't want to do it? I guess I'd rather wait for it to be officially open so I don't have to sit around & wait. & Can just hop on it whenever. I'll do that instead.

Are you for real? Don't be an idiot. If you really aren't interested in going, then don't sign up. You would only be creating more work for the park, and making yourself look like a bigger moron if you signed up and then no-showed or told them you weren't interested.

 

I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to do this.

 

--Robb "Unless you're not right in the head, do the promo shoot..." Alvey

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20 times on one ride too much for me. I'd fall over after that & collapse. & One more thing how good are they on ending on time? I need to leave around 8:15-8:20 to get back to the lightrail. & Do you get a souvenir or anything?

Honestly, don't sign up. Seriously. If you're going to be this high maintenance, I guarantee you you're not the right person for this.

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