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Good little lunch run in at the park today... however it looks like it's still 8th grade grad days with kids all over the place. Even with all the school buses full of kids the Gold Striker line was to the first little tunnel at 12:15! Not bad compared to the mess on Saturday/Sunday. Got my first ride in the back and that was f'n quick! Really can't stop thinking about that ride... those little air time pops are too much fun.

 

in 2 hrs got in Gold Striker twice, tiki twirl, delirium and flight deck. love working close to the park!

 

Saw Flag o dimm on my way out too, hey now

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I'm planing on going on Monday and taking my nephew. First order of business will be gold striker(might be my second stop too lol). Gonna try to get out to the park right at opening, but we will see with traffic plus how far my drive is if that happens. Anyone know if schools trips will be happening next week as well?

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Yes there will be schools there. I saw quite a few school buses when I was there last Wed & not as many when I went Tuesday of this week. It may seem busy but the lines are pretty short. Even for Gold Striker. Between 10:20-10:30 they open Gold Striker's line. Gold Striker's line was an hour at the longest then seemed to get shorter every time I came back to ride it during the day. You'll be able to get in 5 + rides on Gold Striker.

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Had a great time at the park yesterday, despite the initial feeling of dread upon seeing around ten buses in the parking lot. We hit Gold Striker first (surprise surprise), and were lucky to get in line when the zig-zag queue section was only half-full (only a half-hour wait ). The queue filled up pretty fast though, and as we were climbing the steps to the station the line was already spilling out of the ride's entrance.

 

Most of the park was pretty crowded thanks to the buses dropping off all the kiddies, but many lines weren't that bad thanks to Gold Striker swallowing up the crowds. Boomerang Bay was absolutely dead, I have never experienced so many walk-ons on those slides in previous visits. This was especially nice at the body slides, me and Flagg O'Dim had them all to ourselves. Kudos to the slide operators for putting up with our repeated visits and cracking some jokes with us.

 

Shockingly in the early afternoon Gold Striker's queue was only out to the tunnel, so we were able to grab three more rides on it before we left the park.

 

Side notes:

-I finally got to try out row 12 on Gold Striker, and I love it! Airtime all the way down the mine shaft

 

-After five years and countless lost, stolen, or damaged items, Firefall finally has a storage container at the ride entrance.

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I this was how it was like when I was there (This Wednesday): Busloads of kids make the park quite crowded and once they leave, the park becomes quite dead. When the school-kids were at the park, the wait on the Gold Striker was around 30 minutes. After all the schoolkids left, the wait was significantly shorter so I took a mini-ERT to pass the time.

 

Something funny I saw: While I was the Star Tower, I saw a half naked guy on the Gold Striker twirling his shirt around. The operator and I were laughing.

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Something funny I saw: While I was the Star Tower, I saw a half naked guy on the Gold Striker twirling his shirt around. The operator and I were laughing.

 

Quite creepy... Reminds me of the dudes I saw in speedo's....not exactly something I planned on seeing in the water park.

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Something funny I saw: While I was the Star Tower, I saw a half naked guy on the Gold Striker twirling his shirt around. The operator and I were laughing.

 

Quite creepy... Reminds me of the dudes I saw in speedo's....not exactly something I planned on seeing in the water park.

 

And the worst part is you can never un see that!

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Something funny I saw: While I was the Star Tower, I saw a half naked guy on the Gold Striker twirling his shirt around. The operator and I were laughing.

 

Quite creepy... Reminds me of the dudes I saw in speedo's....not exactly something I planned on seeing in the water park.

 

And the worst part is you can never un see that!

 

 

Precisely...one can't simply un-see what he just saw

 

...and it wasn't exactly something is like to see in a waterpark again.

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Saw Flag o dimm on my way out too, hey now

 

Hey, thanks for the kudos on my trip report while I was waiting in Gold Striker's line! I didn't get a chance to ask which TPR member you were.

 

Great rides as always on Gold Striker (bringing my total to 14). After our third ride on it, rjvader and I decided to head over to Grizzly just to say that we did. It looked like it had a less than 10 minute wait, so we took off. That's way too long to wait for Grizzly!

 

It's awesome to be able to get off one ride and say, "Let's go ride Gold Striker."

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^Honestly, I don't bother with Grizzly anymore...that valuable time in line could be spent for waiting for a fine quality woodie up front. I'd easily wait an hour for Gold Striker...if the line's only in the station, I *may* give Grizzly a courtesy ride but not much more than that now...meaning, TAER IT DOWN!!! Yes I'm aware it's a.... ....(refraining from saying 'good')...family coaster, something li'l Jimmy can ride as his first large scale coaster...it was my first coaster of a larger scale...but Giant Dipper was the one that actually got me coaster obsessed about 2 years later...see? I even knew better as a young'un that Grizzly was pretty bad..and that was before being a true coaster enthusiast!

 

Going to the park Sunday, going to hit my 60+ laps on GS!...Curious how the Firefall storage box works as the entrance and exit are on opposite ends of the ride. We typically have a few members of our party that don't do Firefall so we've had them be our bag watchers while we ride.

 

Now while we're on the topic of GS, let's take a little trip to the past...a trip to last late spring/early summer...and let's take a quick 8-minute ride to present day! Figured I've got to do something with all the photos that are sitting there on my hard drive and a lot quicker than sifting through 100's of pages to find a park update...a very fun thing to watch!

 

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Hey CGA TPR. Thanks for an awesome spring with Gold Striker opening, leaning how to snap, and Coasting for Kids today. If you are going to be at Disney, Knotts, or SFMM this summer let me know.

 

Have fun with Goldy! And don't break Eagles.

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Had a great time with the gang this past weekend! Got to ride Goldy 4 times yesterday (Sunday) making my total to almost 70 rides altogether so far! Had the smoothest ride ever on Demon on the red train (cray cray!), and the return of the gang on Flying Eagles!

 

Anywho, here are pics from last week's Gold Striker Grand Opening, better late than never!

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Getting ready...

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Extra queue setup from afar..

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Getting excited!

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Met a new TPR member, Sam, all the way from Tennessee! Lucky that her job had her fly to SF for the week and got to sneak on down!

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Test run!

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Taking pics of people taking pics of me taking pics...

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Rally Towels ready to go!

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The lucky herd awaits....

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Ready to go!

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BFG is ready!

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Rawkin is ready!

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The GP awaits...

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Back in line we go!

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Train!

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Closeup!

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From Star Tower!

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I spy a familiar face or 2....

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More train shots from above!

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About to hit the double up

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The double up and the great walls of Goldy...

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And ending with a big giant personal pizza (enough to feed 4 people!) at Frankie's Pizza! Definitely a great deal if you're at the park for $10!

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Just a quick writeup from yesterday's visit. The park's crowds were pretty light to medium including Gold Striker for most of the day. The switchbacks were about half full and like last week, many people kept leaving the line as it was 'too long.' Yet people will gladly wait for Grizzly in the back. Wait times were still however about the same as last weekend, averaging about 40 minutes. Last ride of the day though was probably a good 50 minute wait with a full queue. I also ran into a few TPR members as yesterday was Coasting for Kids...a couple new faces, and some familiar ones

 

I took a few photos as I'm a bit saddened at what has happened within a week's time over at Gold Striker. I know it's inevitable but at the same time, it upsets me that people would really thrash something so quick as it just opened.

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Yup I'm ready for another CGA session!

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And so is the little rubber fetus I got over at the San Mateo County Fair the day before :)

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Since GS had opened, I haven't taken any photos from here. We were waiting for Rolercstrluver to take care of something over at guest services.

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And now that I've set the stage, let's now view the so-called "Vandalism TR"...

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Nerd vandalism...quadratic formula anyone?

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This is apparently a stomping ground for little unsupervised kids now...poor cacti/plants...

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... looks like a stampede went through here...

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Ok, let's see how stupid we can go...who vandalizes something and puts their name out there? I hope you rat yourself out :)

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Am I in a gas station restroom in Oakland or am I in Great America?

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Little fetus isn't too happy...

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Apparently this is the trash can...not those plastic bins, branded with Cedar Fair, lined with black plastic liners...

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At one point though Gold Striker's line did poke out...this was after we had gotten off the first ride. This line didn't last long though.

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Just our luck riding White Water Falls, our row comes to greet us with this...

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I'll close this quick writeup with something to ponder...why on earth does Vortex's support base look charred?

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Adding on to vandalism in the GS queue- when I was there on Thursday afternoon some gangsta kids behind me were mimicking carving into the wooden rail with their thumb on the stairs going up to the station and out of nowhere a CGA employee came out and ripped those sucka's out of line

 

Hope this place isn't a wreck tomorrow, gonna have another go at lunch! Are you in Laqueefa?

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Adding on to vandalism in the GS queue- when I was there on Thursday afternoon some gangsta kids behind me were mimicking carving into the wooden rail with their thumb on the stairs going up to the station and out of nowhere a CGA employee came out and ripped those sucka's out of line

 

 

Good! Glad to see that the park is putting their foot down. Hopefully that sign I posted on the previous page isn't just a scare tactic but that they actually have something enforced...I'll share it again:

 

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There is 1 camera that is pretty obvious...and it has caught people trying to use the emergency exit near Star Tower to let their friends in. I did notice security around Gold Striker quite a bit yesterday too so maybe... This should also keep line jumpers in check once this is fully implemented.

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Just got home from the park not too long ago, I gotta say I was a little discouraged when I was walking up to the front gate there was a sign saying Gold Striker was closed. But when I got into the park there was an employee by gold strikers entrance telling people that it would open a little later The park was a little busy at the beginning of the day with all the busses in the parking lot, I counted about 20 while going up the lift on flight deck. As soon as all the school kids left nearly everything was a walk on.

 

Best part of the day for me was finally riding Gold Striker. There's not a lot I can say that hasn't already been said about it. The pacing is awesome, all the pops of air , just the intensity of it was amazing. I felt wore out after riding it, just the sheer amount if adrenalin pumping through my body while on the ride. There is no doubt in my mind that it is the best ride in the park.

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^& Flight Deck the other best one. I am so glad CF is finally really starting to enforce line jumpers. I'm tired of them pushing past us waiting in line to catch up with their friends. That's awesome Gold Striker is under high security camera to catch those idiots. Grizzly though so needs to go. It will shortly decline it's popularity because of Gold Striker. A nice launcher or a height modified I305 would fit so nicely in there!!!

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