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I'm glad I didn't ride in front! I wouldn't have wanted wood particles in my eyes no thank you! Riding in the middle was fine for me. Man that thing is FAST! WHEE! Gold Striker is the fastest woodie I have been on. Might be the fastest out of all. Can't wait for my next rides on it. (but won't be going to the promo shoot again. )

PS: I can still feel the rush from it in my head but my body is fine. & I can still smell the fresh wood. AHHHH!

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Seriously?! We just want to make sure we're all in college and wouldn't want to drive all the way over there and then not be allowed in.

Yes definitely..they seemed very worried about not having enough people and were going up and down the line telling everyone to tell as many people as they could to show up and that they need not sign up. Heck even yesterday they werent checking anything.

 

There were probably 500 or so people to start but the number dwindled quickly as a majority of the people only rode a couple times. They said yesterday that their goal was to run 25 cycles on each train, so 50 total. They started at about 5:15 and ended about 7:45. Most people got in about 8 or 9 rides, a few got more by doing rerides (essentially as single rider fill-ins) toward the end.

 

Interesting, so can we just show up anytime between 5-8 (not necessarily at 4:30)? That would make it a lot easier for me to get down there from SF, I'm hoping to duck out of work early tomorrow to make it!

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It's funny reading all these posts about being surprised as to what an amazing coaster Gold Striker is. It seems like all the RMC coasters doing fancy things, we seem to have forgotten what a superb wooden coaster can be. I haven't ridden this yet, but having found faith in wooden coasters in CA after Terminator-pocalypse, I knew Gold Striker would be a solid hit. There is a reason GCI has survived when all other wooden coaster companies have failed

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The way I would best describe this ride is as if you were a switch hitter, taking batting practice all by yourself. You would throw the ball in the air, grab the bat, and hit the ball before it lands on the ground.

 

This is what Gold Striker did to us last night, and is currently doing to a few of us right now. Gold Striker would throws us in the air, and hit us to the right; throw us in the air, and hit us to the left; throw us in the air, and hit us ..... all before we ever had a chance to land in our seats. Gold Striker never missed the ball once, and yes, you will spend many moments colliding with your neighbor if you are not holding on tightly. I rode 9 times last night, and I could have ridden more. It was that comfortable.

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Its making me so mad my mom won't let me go again to the promo. Yes I could ride it every day it's that good. I already miss it even though I just rode it yesterday. The next time I get on it will take forever to come! Hope somebody will eventually post links to their filming so I can see if I got filmed. I can't wait to watch their recordings.

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Well, I just got in another 8 laps today! Gold Striker still amazes me quite a lot! Another awesome day despite many of the GP breaking rules (line jumping, illegal pov's, guests putting hands up when clearly instructed not to do such)... Going to rant here now... The park is letting people in to participate, free! Is it really that much to ask for people to follow the rules?

 

Can't wait for tomorrow!

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So then a crappy illegal POV.

 

Its a private event, not even that many people there and they still have to line jump and shoot illegal POV vids...... ridiculous.

 

I witnessed a couple of line jumpers yesterday and just figured whatever, line ain't that long, it was still irritating though. These people have no respect. Speaking of typical GP, while in line yesterday some random lady was talking to her friend about the speeds of GS and Fizzly and she's said, I'm not making this up, she said she read the top speed of Fizzly was 94mph! I just had to laugh to myself as I'm pretty sure that is the height of the lift but even still, if you think THAT goes 94mph then you are seriously high!

 

I heard other random things about coasters and it was just funny.

 

One cool thing I did hear from the GP was during testing at the part of the line past the tunnel where you are next to the track and the train screams by, more than once I heard "damn that's fast" .... yup it is!

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& thank you Cedar Fair for one wonderful ride!!! It is AWESOME!!! High up on my list of favorites. I have never been on a woodie that fast!!! I'm almost crying & pinching myself all over because I can't believe this ride is finally here. Great America feels like a whole new park! Add a Maverick clone next & then Great America will become a Six Flags park! I'm itching myself all over because I want to ride Gold Striker over & over! Because it's so incredibly FAST the whole ride & I love the feeling I feel after I get off & am like WOW WHAT A RUSH!!! Great America has now a big & bright future. Many more awesomeness to come. I could never stop thanking Cedar Fair. WHOO HOO!!! Big huge thumbs up.

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So then a crappy illegal POV.

 

Its a private event, not even that many people there and they still have to line jump and shoot illegal POV vids...... ridiculous.

 

I witnessed a couple of line jumpers yesterday and just figured whatever, line ain't that long, it was still irritating though. These people have no respect. Speaking of typical GP, while in line yesterday some random lady was talking to her friend about the speeds of GS and Fizzly and she's said, I'm not making this up, she said she read the top speed of Fizzly was 94mph! I just had to laugh to myself as I'm pretty sure that is the height of the lift but even still, if you think THAT goes 94mph then you are seriously high!

 

I heard other random things about coasters and it was just funny.

 

One cool thing I did hear from the GP was during testing at the part of the line past the tunnel where you are next to the track and the train screams by, more than once I heard "damn that's fast" .... yup it is!

 

Yes we had our share of line jumpers too, as in 1 person in line, and having their 6-7 other friends meet up with them...Have some respect. The line jumping signs are plastered EVERYWHERE and they actually really spell out what line jumping is. In the end we ended up on the same train...but whoever was ahead, would make more sense for them to just move back with the rest of their group.

 

The POV thing, I believe 1 train was actually stopped on the lift as some bozo had their camera out. And yes, there are signs that actually explain about loose articles and how they can become projectiles! Whether if the GP will care, that's another story.

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Well, I just got in another 8 laps today! Gold Striker still amazes me quite a lot! Another awesome day despite many of the GP breaking rules (line jumping, illegal pov's, guests putting hands up when clearly instructed not to do such)... Going to rant here now... The park is letting people in to participate, free! Is it really that much to ask for people to follow the rules?

 

Can't wait for tomorrow!

 

I witnessed a lot of line jumpers, but in defense of the park, I did see staff deal with a couple of them. Apart from that, the ride is amazing! Each row I sat in gave me a different experience, not so much as to say one was better, but definitely unique. I'm glad I didn't wear my hair the way I usually do, or by the end of the day I would look like I got electrocuted. This coaster hauls major ass. Definitely feels faster than advertised. It was also awesome to meet some fellow boarders as well. Also, I'm not sure why some have complained about the noise. The park is dead quiet, besides some queue music that started later in the evening. I'm sure with a bunch of GP, general park noise, etc. it wont seem as loud. I Can't wait to do it all again tomorrow!

 

 

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No sign up?

Free?

Food?

Wood?

The?

 

So, let me get this straight, one can just show up unannounced, get in for free, ride to one's content, and get free food?

 

I shall arrive tomorrow if that is indeed the case. I'm taking Amtrak, and I just want to make sure that is still the case before going through all the hassle. Yes, I saw the question answered a few pages ago, but with these reports of people getting in for free and running amok I just want to make sure the park didn't swing the ban hammer, so to speak.

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