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P. 476: Cedar Fair sells park land, CGA to close within the next 11 years

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They should replace entrance with a more "Cedar Point" style. No, I really don't think they need a wing rider over the top, but a nice plaza with new shrubs, electronic sign and a better flow.

 

There is nothing wrong with the current entrance. The fountains and Columbia Carousel already make a really nice entrance area.

I think he means just more of the "front gate area" coming into the park (from the parking lot to the turnstyles), not replacing the fountains and/or carousel inside of the park.

 

That's what I mean.

 

Good luck believing that a Gatekeeper-like front gate area would happen with Prudential nearby.

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They should replace entrance with a more "Cedar Point" style. No, I really don't think they need a wing rider over the top, but a nice plaza with new shrubs, electronic sign and a better flow.

 

There is nothing wrong with the current entrance. The fountains and Columbia Carousel already make a really nice entrance area.

I think he means just more of the "front gate area" coming into the park (from the parking lot to the turnstyles), not replacing the fountains and/or carousel inside of the park.

 

That's what I mean.

 

Good luck believing that a Gatekeeper-like front gate area would happen with Prudential nearby.

 

 

With the coaster probably having sand filled track would prevent Prudential from having a right to complain (You can't really silence a GCI but you can "Silver Bullet" a B&M)

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Good luck believing that a Gatekeeper-like front gate area would happen with Prudential nearby.
I don't think anyone believes that would ever happen, in fact I think the person who brought this up specifically said no GateKeeper-like coaster.

 

I'm kinda torn on the new entrance idea (not that itd happen anyway) as nice as CP's entrance is (not considering GateKeeper) CGA's ticket booths have been there forever, were recently renovated (at least on the outside), and are pretty iconic to me. Any improvements I think would have to still incorporate those original booths.

 

 

P.S. I know, I have a problem with overuse of parentheses..its like typing with ADD

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Good luck believing that a Gatekeeper-like front gate area would happen with Prudential nearby.
I don't think anyone believes that would ever happen, in fact I think the person who brought this up specifically said no GateKeeper-like coaster.

 

I'm kinda torn on the new entrance idea (not that itd happen anyway) as nice as CP's entrance is (not considering GateKeeper) CGA's ticket booths have been there forever, were recently renovated (at least on the outside), and are pretty iconic to me. Any improvements I think would have to still incorporate those original booths.

 

 

P.S. I know, I have a problem with overuse of parentheses..its like typing with ADD

 

I said NO coaster flying through the front people! Just a nice electronic sign, keep the carousel, but make some changes to get more people through.

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The new Red Zone concept is pretty interesting. I wonder how well it will sell. There's a ton of money in that area, so it definitely has the potential.

 

Cant wait to see how they incorporate it into their concerts!

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I had just visited the park recently. I finally got my Gold Pass upgraded to a Platinum since I'm planning to visit both Kings Island and Cedar Point later this summer. One of the biggest disappointments of my visit was that Gold Striker was closed all day (which had also happened during my last few visits to the park). But let's just move on to the pics.

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Flight Deck looks pretty good in its new colors.

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During my many visits, I've always seen the jukebox in the American Cafe not working. So I was very surprised to see that it was mostly working again (I say mostly because I don't think the buttons were working).

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Hello, unused side of the Action Theater. Probably to continue being unused for the rest of the attraction's lifespan.

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Apparently there was some sort of extreme sports area built on the Inverti-garden. Wasn't sure if it was for a one-time event or something. But at least they're making good use of Invertigo's space.

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Decided to see the new ice show. The show was actually generous in letting us take pictures. Unfortunately, most of the ones I took ended up either too blurry or too bright.

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The show itself wasn't too bad. There were some pretty impressive stunts in it. But it's only worth seeing once.

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Looks like Zombie High isn't going anywhere soon

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Amateurish attempt at a coaster-nerd shot #2

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Amateurish attempt at a coaster-nerd shot #1

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Since Gold Striker was down, I went to ride it's older, and less impressive brother, Grizzly. The ride itself seemed to be a bit smoother than last time. But the loading times were too long than they need to be.

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Looks like Gold Striker isn't the only ride getting tagged with unnecessary graffiti.

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Up next, the ride formerly known as Survivor

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Amateurish attempt at a coaster-nerd shot #3

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Amateurish attempt at a coaster-nerd shot #4

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As I was heading to the bathroom near Delirium, I noticed some remains of the old Tidal Wave/Greased Lightnin' coaster, and had to take a picture of it.

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Looks like even when removed, some rides just never want to be forgotten.

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Even though Gold Striker was down, that didn't stop me from at least taking a picture of it.

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Amateurish attempt at making an artsy picture of Gold Striker and Star Tower

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I finish my report with a picture of the new Levi's Stadium, which looks pretty good.

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Panoramic view of Planet Snoopy

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I'm planning on going to CGA for my first time on Labor Day weekend. Looking forward to Gold Striker. I have my choice of Saturday or Sunday. I usually find that Sunday's are better park days than Saturday's, but since it's a major holiday weekend that might not be true. Does anyone know if Sunday would be significantly better than Saturday? Does anyone have any tips or advice?

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Well today was the second Haunt rehire job fair for this season. Some things that I found out while there: Slaughterhouse is being retired and turned into a new maze called Roadhouse, the brand new maze is called Wax, and the new "attraction" is Mirror Mirror (likely similar to Knott's?). Should be another good year for haunt despite the Sunday closures due to football games.

 

I'm sure CGA greatly appreciates this leaking of confidential information. Common sense runs strong with you, my friend.

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I'm visiting the park for the first time next week. As summer season is well underway, how are the crowds at the park??

 

 

Monday-Friday is usually very light crowds. Everything would be walkon or station wait except for Goldstriker. Might wait about 30 minutes max for it. Saturdays can be pretty busy and Sundays are manageable.

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Well today was the second Haunt rehire job fair for this season. Some things that I found out while there: *****************************************************. Should be another good year for haunt despite the Sunday closures due to football games.

 

I would remove this sooner rather than later.

 

Taken care of. Didn't think this information was "confidential" considering it's on multiple forms, etc. when applying for the job and they never mentioned not saying anything. My apologies.

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Visited CGA for the first time yesterday, and was very surprised that they had a "no glasses" policy on ALL of their roller coasters. I've never seen this at any park. I hope this isn't a new Cedar Fair chain-wide policy. I've worn my glasses on rides like El Toro and X2, I'm pretty sure they're not going to fall off on Grizzly or Woodstock's Express. It also was oddly enforced - on Demon they made me put them in the bin, on Gold Striker they told me to just hold on to them (really?!) and on Vortex they told me to put them in my pocket.

 

Overall the park was fine. I got the credits in and left. Not much to stick around for. Flight Deck and Gold Striker were both great. They could use a nice family coaster. Loading procedures were really slow on most rides - for example on Psycho Mouse one car would complete the entire circuit before the next would be released from the station, and on Grizzly the trains were stacked for several minutes each cycle. Employees were mostly nice and helpful though, so I'd still put this park above your average Six Flags park.

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Visited CGA for the first time yesterday, and was very surprised that they had a "no glasses" policy on ALL of their roller coasters. I've never seen this at any park. I hope this isn't a new Cedar Fair chain-wide policy. I've worn my glasses on rides like El Toro and X2, I'm pretty sure they're not going to fall off on Grizzly or Woodstock's Express. It also was oddly enforced - on Demon they made me put them in the bin, on Gold Striker they told me to just hold on to them (really?!) and on Vortex they told me to put them in my pocket.

 

Overall the park was fine. I got the credits in and left. Not much to stick around for. Flight Deck and Gold Striker were both great. They could use a nice family coaster. Loading procedures were really slow on most rides - for example on Psycho Mouse one car would complete the entire circuit before the next would be released from the station, and on Grizzly the trains were stacked for several minutes each cycle. Employees were mostly nice and helpful though, so I'd still put this park above your average Six Flags park.

 

I had the same problem. They also told me to take my glasses off on the Down Under Thunder halfpipe water slide. They also told me to hold on at all times. I understand that they dont' want riders to lose their glasses, but I definitely am far more likely to lose them by holding onto them.

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I was at the park this past Saturday. Crowds were fairly solid. Gold Striker and Psycho Mouse had hour waits and then the other major coasters and flat rides had half hour waits.

 

I don't think anyone has mentioned this, but Delirium is back up and running. The floor was working all day without any issue. I really enjoyed Delirium. It had a good cycle with plenty of airtime.

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