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Just got back from the season pass night at CGA. It was a nice event and it's great that CGA did this.

 

Some observations:

 

-I rode Vortex, yes I did, during the event and I was the only person on the train after 3 consecutive rides. When I was the only person on the train, it was actually decent. I didn't even need to hold on while in the front row. Though, when I went back on it with a half-full train, it was garbage, as usual.

 

-Gold Striker night rides are great! I prefer night time over day time for Gold Striker.

 

-The line for Gold Striker went down to after the tunnel by the end of the event, so that's the shortest lines I have ever seen for this coaster.

 

-I bought a Gold Striker hat for only $10! It's more comfortable than my El Toro hat.

 

-I rode for the first time in the front seat and it was great. I'm always stuck in the middle rows, so it's nice to finally try out the front.

 

-There was a good amount of enthusiasts in line, some of which I recognized.

 

-Also, congrats to Angry Gumball for his 100th ride on Gold Striker!

 

2800th post!

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Tonight was a pretty solid few hours, enjoyed the short waits. I got in about 7 laps on Gold Striker tonight, thus adding to my 100th lap. Riding up front at night can actually be quite brutal especially when that double up comes up. It's pretty dark back there and you almost don't even see it coming at all.

 

Line cutters were running rampant (had a WHOLE FAMILY squeeze past us after I was just talking in general to my neighbor about line cutting and how season passes should be revoked for such actions).

 

Fun fact: All I rode today was Gold Striker. Was going to ride Flight Deck but then I would have been short a lap.

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Tonight was a pretty solid few hours, enjoyed the short waits. I got in about 7 laps on Gold Striker tonight, thus adding to my 100th lap. Riding up front at night can actually be quite brutal especially when that double up comes up. It's pretty dark back there and you almost don't even see it coming at all.

 

Line cutters were running rampant (had a WHOLE FAMILY squeeze past us after I was just talking in general to my neighbor about line cutting and how season passes should be revoked for such actions).

 

Fun fact: All I rode today was Gold Striker. Was going to ride Flight Deck but then I would have been short a lap.

 

Congratulations! Now on to 200!

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Zombie High? Sounds like CGA is recycling Hatchet High from Knott's.

 

Although I don't know much about that maze, I wouldn't be surprised if it used somewhat of the same story line. I'm just happy that the park has a really good haunt team, Madame Marie was one of the best mazes last year as far as details go. So I expect about the same if not better from the two new mazes this year.

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If they are resurrecting Hatchet High in some way that could only be a good thing. Still one of my all-time favorite Haunt mazes.

 

As for the CGA/SFDK comparison (I know I'm late to the party on this one)

 

On my recent SFDK trip we only rode 3 rides, Superman, V2 and Sky Screamer. Due to previous visits didn't really have any desire to ride anything else and we didn't want to wait for the horrible operations that still plague Medusa (for some inexplicable reason). We did however see the Tiger show and the new Cirque show and enjoyed them both tremendously. We also did a few of the animal attractions (sharks, etc). So if you like animal shows and animals then you'll enjoy SFDK. And if it's your first visit then you'll want to ride more than we did, obviously.

 

While I think that CGA is improving (Gold Striker is awesome) it still has a ways to go. CGA right now reminds me of Knott's about 3 years ago. They are on the "cusp" of becoming a great park. They just need to go that extra step in improving some more infrastructure and maybe 1 or 2 more attractions to get them there. Not even coasters necessarily but the whole stretch from Gold Striker to Drop Tower really is a lot of nothing. Replacing Vortex with something like a Maverick style coaster would put CGA on the map instantly.

 

All that said, I think I agree with most everybody else. With the added waterpark and great package of flat/water rides I'd go with CGA.

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^ I'd still like to see them replace Invertigo with something other than a patch of grass before removing Vortex. You're so right about them being on the cusp of being a great park though, you can just feel it that they're just 1 or 2 attractions away from being something really special.

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I really hope that they add that 1 or 2 attractions they need to push them there. Its been a long time since the last time I visited. Gold Rusher has been some fuel to get me interested again. How is their haunt event compared to Knotts? Any similarities in terms of quality?

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Today was a great day out at the park again. No real news to share other than that the foundation has been poured for the Zombie High (ZH) maze (Behind Grizzly).

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No real visible changes on Dia De Los Muertos (now on calling it DDLM or DOTD)

 

Some random tidbits from today:

-Played the rather addicting wheel spinner game where I won a BOGO basketball game, a BOGO churro, and finally a front of the line pass (naturally I use it for Gold Striker, where I got front row).

-My neighbor and cousin won a BOGO Sky Flyer ride so we all split costs and did that...my neck is actually a little bit sore from the pressure of the skycoaster vest...rubbing and such.

-Vortex ran like today...I took the last row, far right seat. Glad I got it out of the way early

-Clench 'n Squish on Logger's, didn't get too wet

-And of course, airtime-filled rides on Gold Striker! Some good sustained pops of ejector airtime and actually got the perfect moment of zero-g floater air for a nice sustained period! Yes, my mind is still blown by Gold Striker (and not because it's my home park/me being a CGA fanboy)

-Lastly, Flight Deck's shark train felt like it was struck by a sharknado....was running a little rough once we got in the helix. Eagle train however ran pretty smooth.

 

I'm ready for this Thursday's 2nd ERT session (I believe it's their last Thank You Thursday event), and really tempted to fly again in the dark ($10 flights, that's a steal!)!

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^ I'd still like to see them replace Invertigo with something other than a patch of grass before removing Vortex. You're so right about them being on the cusp of being a great park though, you can just feel it that they're just 1 or 2 attractions away from being something really special.

I agree. They need another good flat or two, and another really solid coaster, and they would be up there with the best. Not world class park, but good enough to make me visit more often.

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I went to CGA today and I noticed that Demon was running pretty bad, especially for this year. I rode the "magic seat" (2nd to last row, right seat) and I got a really rough ride. It's too bad since last week, it was rather smooth.

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^Maybe it's now an "evil magic seat."

There's definitely some dark magic going on with that ride. On my last visit I made the mistake of riding the Demon while a headache was forming, needless to say I was in pain for many hours afterwards haha.

 

On a side note it's too bad they rarely play the opening sound clip of the demonic voice welcoming us to the ride.

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^ I had perfectly smooth (as it gets) rides in the front and back rows of both trains a few weeks ago. It's pretty much a crap shoot, I no longer believe in a magic seat/row. I did notice there was no audio when I was there, so I did my best to reproduce it I really enjoy that short audio clip, I wish they'd get that working.

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^ "Welcome to the Demon! hahahaha!" (which sounds like he's instead saying Nom nom nom nom nom!) Or if we want to go way back...*whispers* "Welcome to the Demon! I hope you survive in 1 piece!"

 

I haven't ridden Demon in a little while but when I did, We (Blue Fire Guy and I) were both seeking the most painful row possible just for the fun of it (YOLO). We sat up front in the non-freshly rehabbed train and to our surprise, the ride was actually smooth. I haven't actually sat in the "magic arrow seat" for probably a good month or so now. The dreaded smaller 2nd loop wasn't so bad and the only part that sucked, but sucked just slightly less was the coathanger transition into the corkscrews and coming out.

 

How Arrow got the corkscrews themselves amazing but the transitions in and out of them horribly baffles me.

 

*begins wrapping wire around a pencil*

 

Ok, so that's how they did it!

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I find Demon to be just very temperamental. Sometimes it's smooth, sometimes it's rough as hell and will beat you up. I've ridden this grouchy old Arrow in many different rows, including the "magic seat", and it's just really random and I cannot guess what mood it'll be in. I find that it doesn't matter where one sits, it's always a game of Russian roulette.

 

As for the demonic voice in the pre-lift tunnel, it was working every single time I rode it in 2012, but hasn't worked during any of my rides this season.

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On the other hand, I've pretty much figured out Vortex and found out why I heard screams of pain/cursing to my right while I was saying "Wow! This is smooth!" Basically, when riding Vortex, you pretty much want to stay on the 2 inside seats. The outside left and right seats are the ones that will smash you skull. Here's a representation of one's rides/seating configuration on Vortex, using our lovely emoticons:

 

So yea, giving bags to somebody else to put in bins next time, to guarantee my sitting/standing in inside seats

 

Now to take an ibuprofen...all this talk about rough rides gave me a headache

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I've always found on coasters with double corkscrews that the first is usually rough and sometimes painful, and then the second is actually quite smooth. Anyone else feel the same way?

 

The first corkscrew is smooth, it's just that the transition into the first corkscrew is rough, in my opinion.

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I've always found on coasters with double corkscrews that the first is usually rough and sometimes painful, and then the second is actually quite smooth. Anyone else feel the same way?

 

The first corkscrew is smooth, it's just that the transition into the first corkscrew is rough, in my opinion.

Yeah it feels like that for the first corkscrew on some of them too, but usually the first one is rough for me though.

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