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I'm confused... Haven't a lot of people already ridden this ride? What event was that for? And did the ride never open after that?

 

As for the noise barriers, do we know if the park received any official complaints during the testing process? I thought this issue had been decided when the park received the permit to build the ride, so I'm confused why management is going to such lengths to "silence" the ride.

 

Sorry for all the questions... I've tried skimming this thread, but there are a lot of pages to cover!

 

I was thinking the same exact thing. Anyone got answers for us?

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Once I heard that GS opened, I couldn't even keep my excitement level contained. Sadly I have to work tomorrow so a nice chunk of the day will be missing...but I get off early enough I can just catch the train and avoid afternoon traffic! Park closes at 10 so here's to some awesome night rides!

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Media day is tomorrow, and I just got the invite!

 

I guess it's better late than never, but you think they would've given you a bit more warning! I hope it's not too busy with them announcing the opening online, and then having media day in the morning. Do they open at 11 tomorrow?

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^ Just checked the site, says tomorrow the park will be open 10am-10pm, with the opening ceremony at 11am. Not only am I looking forward to the 10am ride tomorrow, I am also looking forward to having my first true night rides on this beast.

 

And yeah...I wish they would have gave us a warning in advance for this, it feels quite sudden. During my visit today, I had NO IDEA they'd soft open the ride in the late afternoon. I was just exiting Psycho Mouse (which had an unusually short line) when I heard the announcement on the speakers, and then I just booked it towards the coaster (and I normally don't run in theme parks). It really was very sudden, and I thought nothing of the ride opening until the announcement.

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^ Just checked the site, says tomorrow the park will be open 10am-10pm, with the opening ceremony at 11am. Not only am I looking forward to the 10am ride tomorrow, I am also looking forward to having my first true night rides on this beast.

 

Night rides are going to be awesome, the main reason why I'm going to actually hop on the Capitol Corridor tomorrow after work (avoid freeway traffic too). Should give me a good several hours to ride! Then come Sunday for a true full day at the park!

 

Now that Gold Striker Gifts is open, I am going to have to seriously discipline myself from grabbing my wallet and buying more Gold Striker goods...definitely nabbing those hardhats though! And yes I will bring my hardhat along on future visits and wear it around the park It's like rocking the Mickey ears at Disney . I saw lots of other neat goodies in the shop too when I peered through the doors last weekend.

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Gumball, I look forward to your review of GS in the dark. I thought it was amazing at dusk, so it should be absolutely fantastic in the dark!

 

I am going to go out on a limb and guess he will call it the best thing since sliced bread...

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Gumball, I look forward to your review of GS in the dark. I thought it was amazing at dusk, so it should be absolutely fantastic in the dark!

 

I am going to go out on a limb and guess he will call it the best thing since sliced bread...

 

Hands up in the dark will be awesome. I will reverse my tpr hoodie for conplete blindness awesome sauce.

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I'm really glad to see Gold Striker finally open to the public, i'd also like to thank Robb Alvey again for giving us all the opportunity to be a part of the Grand opening ceremonies. Really can't wait to ride GS again, it's an amazing ride from start to finish, CGA has a world class coaster here.

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So anybody who was at the park yesterday Friday what exactly did they say on the loud speaker when they announced Gold Striker's running? Curious to know. Darn it. I missed it by 2 days! I was there Wednesday. I plan on going Tuesday though. Will the lines be any sorter for Gold Striker Tuesday? & How has Gold Striker's line been today? & What were those 24 riders for Robb needed was that for special ERT?

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I'm really glad to see Gold Striker finally open to the public, i'd also like to thank Robb Alvey again for giving us all the opportunity to be a part of the Grand opening ceremonies. Really can't wait to ride GS again, it's an amazing ride from start to finish, CGA has a world class coaster here.

 

Shouldn't you be thanking CGA? They are the ones who put on this fantastic event and were kind enough to invite TPR. Not tomention giving you the honor of being in the first train.

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Thank you CGA for putting on such an incredible grand opening event for Gold Striker. I want to give a huge thanks to CGA's Roger, Ryan, Kristin and the rest of the staff who really went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly and amazing!

 

I was fortunate enough to be invited as a media VIP, which came with a Gold Striker goodie bag filled with a T-shirt, gold bar USB drive and a block of wood with the logo branded on the front. Also was able to nab a Gold Striker towel for being one of the first 9,000 riders!

 

After a short ceremony, the ribbon was cut, resulting in fireworks shooting up along the lift hill and other places as the first train of the day made its way through the course.

 

As we were being led to the station by Ryan, some of the onlookers cheered us on. It was a cool feeling.

 

One train was set up with the GoPro camera, so we had to wait our turn. The video came out great, and CGA even posted it on their social media websites!

 

After nine laps during the promo shoot, my brother (TPR member rjvader) and I were finally able to ride in the very front. I love being the first into the tunnel and being able to peer down the steep descent.

 

The infamous soundwalls that likely delayed the ride's opening actually add to the ride experience. Hand choppers are everywhere! Also, it doesn't really seem to dampen the sound much, which I was glad to hear! The only wall that I found annoying was the one coming out of the tunnel. It makes it impossible to get a good photograph of the train while you're standing in Star Tower Plaza.

 

Gold Striker is an outstanding coaster. You really have to ride it; pictures and text don't do it justice.

 

Here's our on ride footage, provided by CGA:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRdNdmo3OBk

 

On to the pictures:

 

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CGA rolled out the red carpet for us!

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Nicely done stage.

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Gold nuggets!

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As VIPs, we were able to go inside the gates, away from the general public.

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Holding our Gold Striker swag, a very nice gift from CGA (and is much appreciated!).

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Roger Ross welcomes the crowd.

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Snoopy and gang cut the ribbon, and ...

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Whoa!

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Fireworks launch from the top of the Pictorium!

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The media is led up the exit ramp for our first ride of the day.

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Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews snaps a shot.

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We witnessed great views such as this as we waited for our turn on the front seat, and the GoPro camera.

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Later, we spotted these gold miners (TPR members Blue Fire Guy, robman and JeffyJosephNorCal).

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The line didn't get much longer than this.

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But that didn't stop CGA from being prepared.

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Maybe a bit too prepared.

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As a photographer, this wall is killing me.

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Roasting in the 95 degree weather.

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Let's find some shade and check out the new shop!

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Six Flags would be proud.

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Cowboy hats!

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Plenty of Gold Striker merchandise here.

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Back to the ride!

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You can get a good vantage point by walking halfway up the Fast Lane entrance.

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The view from Star Tower.

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What was once an abandoned Pictorium courtyard is now an area full of life.

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This way to a bright future.

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Don't need this computer-generated POV anymore!

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Take the wall! They may not look pretty, but the walls actually add to the ride experience.

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Thanks CGA for an amazing day! I can't wait to ride Gold Striker again!

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Thank you Flagg O'Dim for the media day report. I would agree that Roger, Ryan and Clayton really did a fantastic job

Many congratulations to the entire CGA team on a terrific new ride, and a celebration worthy not only of the ride itself, but all of the hard work that went into reaching this point.

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