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When was the last addition to the water park? Could we see a new water slide for 2014? Of course simply speculation at this point.

The most recent addition to Boomerang Bay was in 2007, being the Great Barrier Reef wave pool. I would love to see a few new slides in Boomerang Bay. I love what they have but I feel like they don't have enough. My Boomerang Bay visits often consist of a quick pop in and say hi to the original slides. I typically hit up Boomerang Bay as I make my loop around the park and have it 'done' within the hour.

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When was the last addition to the water park? Could we see a new water slide for 2014? Of course simply speculation at this point.

The most recent addition to Boomerang Bay was in 2007, being the Great Barrier Reef wave pool. I would love to see a few new slides in Boomerang Bay. I love what they have but I feel like they don't have enough. My Boomerang Bay visits often consist of a quick pop in and say hi to the original slides. I typically hit up Boomerang Bay as I make my loop around the park and have it 'done' within the hour.

 

 

I would say it is definitely time for some new additions then. I hope it is likely.

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Back from another awesome visit! I didn't quite get there at opening but still got a lot done regardless. When I had gotten there, the line for Gold Striker spilled out toward Star Tower...not good if I want to get my rides in on GS... Ended up riding Demon first (which was not that bad!), then over to Drop Tower (No lines!), and though I didn't ride, our lovely turd Grizzly had shorter lines for Gold Striker. The park was pretty much almost dead, and should be even quieter next weekend.

 

After lunch, we caught the last showing of Happiness is Snoopy...which is now officially retired, to be replaced. Finally, Gold Striker's lines shortened to not even using any switchbacks, which remained that way for the remainder of the day. Ended up playing "Spin the Wheel" again as much as I told myself that I'm not...ended up winning a BOGO on ride photo, BOGO Xtreme Skyflyer, and a couple front of line passes. After riding GS we used the FOTL pass for a re-ride. All day, we either got stuck with the very front/first 2 rows, or the last 2 rows. I will absolutely not argue that! Lastly, we caught the last show for the season of On Broadway, which was probably my favorite production show I've seen in the park. I've seen it 3 times and would watch it again. Today, it took on more of a humorous tone as the crew was just flat out having fun!

 

Now for some random photos.

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Starting off with what's an awesome promotion for their new Haunt maze...

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Old-school school desk could only mean childhood flashbacks of classroom games...Heads Up 7 Up anyone?

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Gold Striker's queue has taken on a darker shade of paint...it's peeling like a shedding reptile but there is far less graffiti in the queue.

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Tunnel is dark too! Now, one request...we need ventilation/fan to circulate the air in this thing...it's like a sauna in here!

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Ok, so there is still some graffiti but it's not as much of an eyesore. Was funny, somebody wrote their Insta-garbage on the fence with ball point pen...I ended up splashing my leftover water on it and wiped it right off. Yup, g-bye stupid graffiti!

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I like the dark tunnel! More mine shafty!

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Somebody was hitting their 100th today so I let them borrow my sign :)

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Happy 100!

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Yup, it's dead back here!

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One of the last showings of On Broadway. I'd say get out there and watch it but, show's done for the season.

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And...you don't see these laying around in the park every day, do you? I turned it into the Xtreme Skyflyer crew (as I didn't want to see GP taking it and doing stupid things). They were puzzled as well as I was :)

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Ready for flight (this is what..my 3rd time flying this season?

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... Why do they still have this?

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And I conclude the visit with yet another onride photo...seriously, I have enough onride photos now. If only Grizzly did onride photos... I should actually be doing this now.

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One thing I forgot to mention in last night's write up: it sounded like Gold Striker was running a little dry, was making these bat screeching noises starting at midway turn all up until the brake run. It was a different sounding screech from what I heard during promo shoot or even the screeching Tonerre De Zeus at Park Asterix does now. It still hauled but the sounds were cringe-worthy, like nails on a chalkboard.

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One thing I forgot to mention in last night's write up: it sounded like Gold Striker was running a little dry, was making these bat screeching noises starting at midway turn all up until the brake run. It was a different sounding screech from what I heard during promo shoot or even the screeching Tonerre De Zeus at Park Asterix does now. It still hauled but the sounds were cringe-worthy, like nails on a chalkboard.

I notice this on Lightning Racer all the time when the trains are nearly empty. Was the train full?

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One thing I forgot to mention in last night's write up: it sounded like Gold Striker was running a little dry, was making these bat screeching noises starting at midway turn all up until the brake run. It was a different sounding screech from what I heard during promo shoot or even the screeching Tonerre De Zeus at Park Asterix does now. It still hauled but the sounds were cringe-worthy, like nails on a chalkboard.

I notice this on Lightning Racer all the time when the trains are nearly empty. Was the train full?

 

 

The train was completely full when it made the noise. The ride was down this morning with maintenance workers walking the tack and inspecting the rails it looked like. (Going off a friends facebook picture.) What im thinking is they were putting a type of lube on the rails so it doesn't make that noise anymore.

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The park announced a new show today that will be featured at Halloween Haunt!

 

"Enter this abandoned movie theater at your own risk as the owner has gone mad! For one last night, he will view his favorite horror movies before the wrecking ball destroys his life. To his shock, the screen comes to life and haunts his soul. Do you dare to join the viewing party???"

 

This is the first show in Halloween Haunt history to feature ice skaters!

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That would suck if they're having problems with the track, I really don't want GS to get rough.

 

I recall hearing that squeal during the promo shoot and when asked, they said it was due to the different wheel configurations they were trying. Maybe they switched out wheels while more are on order? Who knows

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That would suck if they're having problems with the track, I really don't want GS to get rough.

 

I recall hearing that squeal during the promo shoot and when asked, they said it was due to the different wheel configurations they were trying. Maybe they switched out wheels while more are on order? Who knows

How are they trying a different wheel configuration?

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Has Gold Striker opened back up yet?

CGA is no longer in daily operation so I imagine whatever was going on, assuming its maintenance, should be back this Saturday. CGA's last weekday operation was Monday this week...Saturday is the soonest we'll know (since I'll be heading out of the park Saturday).

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Has Gold Striker opened back up yet?

CGA is no longer in daily operation so I imagine whatever was going on, assuming its maintenance, should be back this Saturday. CGA's last weekday operation was Monday this week...Saturday is the soonest we'll know (since I'll be heading out of the park Saturday).

 

Ahhh, got it. Thanks!

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Has Gold Striker opened back up yet?

CGA is no longer in daily operation so I imagine whatever was going on, assuming its maintenance, should be back this Saturday. CGA's last weekday operation was Monday this week...Saturday is the soonest we'll know (since I'll be heading out of the park Saturday).

I'm surprised they go to weekends and Fridays only so soon, quite a few east coast parks still operate all week.

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Has Gold Striker opened back up yet?

CGA is no longer in daily operation so I imagine whatever was going on, assuming its maintenance, should be back this Saturday. CGA's last weekday operation was Monday this week...Saturday is the soonest we'll know (since I'll be heading out of the park Saturday).

I'm surprised they go to weekends and Fridays only so soon, quite a few east coast parks still operate all week.

 

Many schools actually started this week and last week. Not sure how school districts are in your location but schools in my area actually started today. It wouldn't make much sense for a park to open when kids are in school and the rest of us are at work.

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Has Gold Striker opened back up yet?

CGA is no longer in daily operation so I imagine whatever was going on, assuming its maintenance, should be back this Saturday. CGA's last weekday operation was Monday this week...Saturday is the soonest we'll know (since I'll be heading out of the park Saturday).

I'm surprised they go to weekends and Fridays only so soon, quite a few east coast parks still operate all week.

 

Many schools actually started this week and last week. Not sure how school districts are in your location but schools in my area actually started today. It wouldn't make much sense for a park to open when kids are in school and the rest of us are at work.

This is my second week of school.

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I took a road trip up north a couple weekends back and got my first Gold Striker rides in (only twice, unfortunately). I was worried that it was all a lot of hype over another so-so GCI, but it truly was a great coaster. It's probably my favorite GCI now (only Thunderhead and Der El Toro really compare for me, though I haven't been on Prowler or Knight Valley's yet), and it's certainly in my top ten wood coaster list. Congrats to the locals, you probably now have the best coaster on the west coast.

 

It's also a good sign that GCI's designs seem to be improving over time.

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