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I also liked the Citigraph maps the best but this isn't too bad for a CF map. I actually kinda like these newer maps as they are easier to look at and bit more realistic for a CF map than the older ones. They also changed the alignment by centering the entrance at the bottom.

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A decent size crowd turned out for opening day. After a short opening ceremony it was down to business with everyone running to Gold Stiker which had a solid hour wait for most of the morning. Happy to report no new walls or tunnels!

 

Heavy rain hit around lunchtime, the park emptied significantly and lines reduced respectively.

 

A big change this year is the installation of TVs in the lines for each of the major rides, broadcasting fun facts, weather forecasts and blaring out music videos. I was kind of dubious about this new addition as I was worried it would be used for nothing but intrusive, incessant advertising, like the TVs at Six Flags, but actually there was actually very little advertising and the programming was quite well done.

 

Operations were typical for opening day, with most crews still finding their rhythm a little, Demon operations however were a shambles; nobody seemed to know what they were supposed to be doing on that ride.

 

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Flight Deck has brand new coat of paint! The ride looks awesome.

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The new wheel covers aren't as fun as the old sharks and eagles.

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Despite the new paint job all the early 90s fighter jet junk is still in the queue. The new track color scheme and train details make me wonder if a de-theme was originally on the cards (or maybe for the future?)

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The rain set in at around 1pm and a number of rides closed, including Pyscho Mouse, Tiki Twirl and Delta Flyers/Eagle's Flight. The bad weather thinned the crowds significantly.

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The rain was no problem for Gold Striker, which is still running phenomenally.

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The big stage has been removed from behind the carousel, looks like something new may get aded here for a new show called -ugh- "#playlist".

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Felt bad for these guys stuck in line for season pass processing during the rain. The line stretched right back around to the entrance to Orleans Place.

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A decent size crowd turned out for opening day. After a short opening ceremony it was down to business with everyone running to Gold Stiker which had a solid hour wait for most of the morning. Happy to report no new walls or tunnels!

 

Heavy rain hit around lunchtime, the park emptied significantly and lines reduced respectively.

 

A big change this year is the installation of TVs in the lines for each of the major rides, broadcasting fun facts, weather forecasts and blaring out music videos. I was kind of dubious about this new addition as I was worried it would be used for nothing but intrusive, incessant advertising, like the TVs at Six Flags, but actually there was actually very little advertising and the programming was quite well done.

 

Operations were typical for opening day, with most crews still finding their rhythm a little, Demon operations however were a shambles; nobody seemed to know what they were supposed to be doing on that ride.

 

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I was in that line myself and trust me it was like wet hell. In one part, there was an roof like object that seemed more for sunny days and it would drip water on the people in line. The main reason for the long lines was probably confusion over the new system implemented for season pass processing. Speaking of flight deck, at one point it broke down and there was only one train running afterwards.

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Being a Cedar Fair park, "Flight Deck" should be changed to "Hawk Flight".

 

Oh please, that name is worse than "Flight Deck" and hasn't Cedar Fair used enough "hawk" in their ride name already? I much rather see Cedar Fair rename California Great America's and Canada's Wonderland's Flight Deck to "Iron Dragon"!

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Despite the new paint job all the early 90s fighter jet junk is still in the queue. The new track color scheme and train details make me wonder if a de-theme was originally on the cards (or maybe for the future?)

 

The only question for me is whether the new theme will be football or some Silicon Valley billionaire's subsidy.

 

A few years ago I'd have voted to retheme it to the nearby Big Blue Cube (google it) but they've relocated to Southern California. It would have been a good update to the jet junk theme but probably too obscure. And it could be the basis for a realistic "Haunt" theme - much better than Hollywood fantasy scares.

 

It's fascinating how CGA has one of the best B&Ms and one of the worst B&Ms next to each other.

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Shame about the wheel covers, though I believe I saw that mentioned somewhere earlier (for real, not the time I just looked at an old picture wrong), so I wasn't too shocked. As for the track itself, it looks right at home--for a minute there I forgot it was a new color scheme!

 

I'm glad, though not surprised, to hear Gold Striker is still awesome. I'm finding it harder than I expected to fit CGA into my plans for this year, so I might just hold off until another season, but I'll keep looking into it.

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I'm finding it harder than I expected to fit CGA into my plans for this year, so I might just hold off until another season, but I'll keep looking into it.

 

Keep an eye out for cheap Southwest flights, sometimes Virgin has great sales as well. Amtrak is supposed to be a beautiful ride down from Oregon.

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Hey, I'm heading up to Great America in a week. Does anyone have any recommendations for inexpensive, yet decent, motels in the area? I'll just be staying the night, then heading down to Santa Cruz.

 

Thanks.

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^ Do you already have tickets or a season pass? The Hilton right at the parking lot entrance usually has decent package deals with park tickets, room and breakfast- ~$140 total for two of us last time for all of that. The rooms look into the park and you can walk to the turnstiles in about five minutes.

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Amtrak is supposed to be a beautiful ride down from Oregon.

 

The northbound California to Oregon route is one of the nicest Amtrak routes. You go over five thousand feet elevation over Willamette Pass in the Cascades. Southbound it's night at the summit unless it's around summer solstice. You don't get to see Mt. Shasta either direction, but if the train is late you might see it northbound at dawn. The southern California route of the "Coast Starlight" is also dramatic, especially where it goes through Vandenburg Air Force Base.

 

It's easy to transfer from Amtrak to the light rail to get to Great America. CGA is probably one of the best parks in the country for access by train.

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^ Do you already have tickets or a season pass? The Hilton right at the parking lot entrance usually has decent package deals with park tickets, room and breakfast- ~$140 total for two of us last time for all of that. The rooms look into the park and you can walk to the turnstiles in about five minutes.

 

Agreed. The Santa Clara Hilton is a great hotel. I would call them directly to inquire about the CGA package deals as I don't believe the deal is available for Friday and Saturday night stays.

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