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^We sure did. I am going again Wednesday the 29th. Can't get here soon enough! Goldy here I come again! Gold Striker is high on everyone's list of favorites including me. You guys should send comments about how awesome Gold Striker is to Cedar Fair. I sent them 2 emails of wonderful raving comments about Gold Striker & how well done the promo shoot was. Anyway here's Cedar Fair's email for customer comments: marketing@cedarfair.com My 2nd email to them I put in the subject Gold Striker Rules!!!

But hopefully I'll be going much earlier than the 29th if TPR puts together a media day for TPR members for Gold Striker I'll be there in a flash! Nothing but Gold Striker is on my mind these days!

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Hello TPR!

 

The past three days I was at the Gold Striker promo shoot and boy was it AWESOME! (Btw, for those reading I was the ACEer kid in the red shirt with long blonde hair -- or some of you know me as Taylor). Got to meet some new coaster friends as well as have fun with those whom I already know.

 

Now onto the ride: I may sound like a broken record but dear lord, Gold Striker was phenomenal! The speed, airtime, and laterals were downright insane! The pacing is the best I have ever felt of ANY coaster ANYWHERE (and I've been on 81)! Got in 23 rides throughout the 3 days and want to go back for more! This ride is all I have been thinking of the past few days (well, metaphorically but close to literally ).

 

Thank you CGA for putting on a great event and a fantastic coaster; you surely have a winner that moved up to my #1 Wooden Coaster! (sorry Giant Dipper, you're still my #2 :3 ..... don't cry... I LOVE YOU! <3)

 

Take the *insert something related to Gold Striker/Apocalypse or tunnels here*!

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I initially didn't think I was going to be able to make it out next week but I couldn't resist making things work. I'll definitely be there Tuesday and Thursday...I'll try to see if I can make Wednesday happen even if I show up 'late to the party.' I really need to get my 26 laps up to 50 before she officially opens!

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Can you say deja vu? Registered for all three days again, looking forward to another three rounds and seeing if I can make it 50 rides!

 

We all need to make nerd signs for ride number 50!

 

 

 

 

Just wondering who's in charge of putting the shoot together Cedar Fair or the park management? I'm assuming Cedar Fair.

 

 

It's all done through the park. (Park management)

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I want to thank CGA for putting on this amazing event, it really shows a commitment to the fans. And it was all free!

 

Gold Striker ... wow. I rode it nine times, and I wanted more. Much more.

 

Most of what I'm going to say has already been said, but it's worth repeating. This ride will leave you asking two questions: "Is it even worth riding Grizzly anymore?" and "Flight Deck who?"

 

Yes, Gold Striker is now my new #1, with Flight Deck a very distant second. It never lets up, you will be flying out of your seat, diving into the turns, whipping around this way and that.

 

A lot has been said about the tunnel. I will admit, I wasn't sold on it when it was first announced. OK, it's not nearly as dark as the park said it would be, but just the mere fact that it is there adds immensely to the experience. It builds anticipation as you ascend the lift hill, and once inside, it's really claustrophobic, in the best way possible.

 

It can get pretty ear-splitting in there with a loud lift chain (move over Demon, there's a new loudest lift in the park) and screaming people.

 

Once the train gets going, it doesn't stop, offering the same level of intensity and speed from beginning to end.

 

Other observations:

 

- The sound wall isn't very attractive, but who cares.

 

- You get up close with the Pictorium while in the transfer station. One of the doors was open, and I was able to get a new look inside (lots of chairs!).

 

- The pre-lift section took me by surprise. Very forceful.

 

- This ride will be even better once we're able to put our hands up.

 

- What's with those brushes on each side of the track as the train rolls into the station?

 

- It's funny hearing the Carnevil ringmaster voice with a twang welcoming you to Gold Striker.

 

- The Gold Striker "treasure shop" appears to have a long ways to go.

 

- Overheard: "I thought it was just Grizzly with more wood!"

 

Before we get to the pictures, I want to say that it was great hanging with the TPR group and meeting Roger Ross in person (I interviewed him over the phone for the newspaper I work for). Thanks again CGA!

 

I can say a lot more, but let's get to the pictures. Quality isn't perfect, as I was using a point-and-shoot.

 

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Almost a year to the day when land clearing started, we're finally in line for Gold Striker (aka Au13, Stampede)!

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It's really going to happen.

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TPR was very well represented at the shoot.

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I expect the line to look like this on opening day, but with all the switchbacks full as well.

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We hear the lift hill start up, and I get my first glimpse of Gold Striker testing in person.

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It roared by faster than you could say "What's a Grizzly?"

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A cheer erupts at the front of the line, and they're letting us in!

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New overflow queue credit!

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Great photo ops everywhere.

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Waiting in line is actually fun, mainly because you see the mine cart screaming by. It's LOUD.

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Now they're testing with a real person, must be getting close!

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Very close now.

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Here we go, first ever Gold Striker ride (thanks Angry_Gumball for the photo)!

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80 degrees, one of the many (many, many) highlights of the ride.

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Let's get back in line.

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Nine rides later and the entrance closed. Good night Gold Striker!

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- What's with those brushes on each side of the track as the train rolls into the station?

 

I *believe*, and someone can correct me if I'm wrong, that they're there to remove static from the trains after each run. All GCIs have them, I'm not positive about other manufacturers though. I suppose the last thing you'd want riding around on your favorite wooden coaster is a spark!

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- What's with those brushes on each side of the track as the train rolls into the station?

 

I *believe*, and someone can correct me if I'm wrong, that they're there to remove static from the trains after each run. All GCIs have them, I'm not positive about other manufacturers though. I suppose the last thing you'd want riding around on your favorite wooden coaster is a spark!

 

I asked them the same question. I was told they are there as a gentle reminder to riders to keep their hands in the train before hitting the not-so-gentle reminder wood platform.

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