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And none of the news said anything about this? I was surprised CGA actually had a booth at a Comic-Con. I'm a bit disappointed since the official website and social media says it would open on opening day, but at the same time I shouldn't be surprised, I mean Gold Striker didn't open until months after opening day 2013. On the bright side I at least have more time to catch up with the ME series.

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If people would say , “The capital originally intended for CGA was repurposed for KI instead”, that makes more sense. But saying a coaster went to park A instead of park B... there’s absolutely no way

Oh yeah, no complaints alright. I just hope all this virus crap doesn't affect our 2021.

Just found out not too long ago the parks in our area can reopen but Santa Clara county is forcing them to stay shut. In other news, scbb might be the first to open under newsoms new guidelines. 

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Opening day might be pretty busy, being "Good Friday" and all.

 

A majority of schools don't get this day off. Usually only private/religious schools do. I don't expect it to be too busy until late afternoon/early evening.

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Opening day might be pretty busy, being "Good Friday" and all.

 

A majority of schools don't get this day off. Usually only private/religious schools do. I don't expect it to be too busy until late afternoon/early evening.

 

Indeed this is very true, so I'd say at like around 3-4 maybe earlier is when it'll pick up a bit.

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Welp, I just found out Mass Effect won't be open on opening day. The CGA PR folks told me an opening date should be announced very soon, but I think I'll hold off on my first trip to the park until it's open. Hopefully it's only a few weeks away (maybe someone who does go opening day will be able to tell how close they are, heh).

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Welp, I just found out Mass Effect won't be open on opening day. The CGA PR folks told me an opening date should be announced very soon, but I think I'll hold off on my first trip to the park until it's open. Hopefully it's only a few weeks away (maybe someone who does go opening day will be able to tell how close they are, heh).

Same here. Much as I love visiting the park, there's no point for me to go right now if ME isn't open yet. And as I said before, the delay gives me the advantage to catch up with the ME series (I'm about halfway into ME2, and still need to play ME3), not to mention irl things I gotta take care of at the moment.

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but on a mass effect, it will be used only the left side of the theater?
It seems like it unfortunately. I get that it's probably because they're limited with money (installing two of the same equipment and simultaneously running them would be quite expensive), but the reason why the original Action Theater had two sides was probably for capacity efficiency (and in case one side was broken down, they could use the other side). Maybe in the future they could add something on the right side, but who knows.
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Yup! Great news for this staple of the South Bay! Here is a more in depth article from the Merucry News. Looks like they are warming up to a year round park schedule in the near future, and we get ice skating this winter!

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_29685887/great-america-park-turns-40-and-icy-cold

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Excuse me for my ignorance: what ever became of the Vortex rumors? They did have some credible backing to them.

 

Rumor has it that once the park saw how much over-budget Rougarou ended up, they pulled the plug on the conversion.

 

Looks like nothing is going to be happening to Vortex at the moment, neither a relocation nor a conversion.

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That's a shame, it was worth the expense. They turned a terrible coaster into one of the best floorless coasters in existence. Rougarou would be the best coaster in a good number of parks. Even at Cedar Point I now consider it a must-ride.

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Excuse me for my ignorance: what ever became of the Vortex rumors? They did have some credible backing to them.

 

Rumor has it that once the park saw how much over-budget Rougarou ended up, they pulled the plug on the conversion.

 

Looks like nothing is going to be happening to Vortex at the moment, neither a relocation nor a conversion.

 

From what I've heard, was the park shelved the project in favor of Mass Effect 4D.

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CGA just held a press conference saying that the park will be expanding with new attractions and an entertainment complex by the front gate!

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2016/03/30/great-america-readies-long-term-master-plan-for.html?ana=yahoo

 

Super excited for this tbh!

 

Great America readies long-term 'master plan' for more rides, 'entertainment district'

Mar 30, 2016, 2:48pm PDT

The owners of Santa Clara’s Great America have a message for you: Despite rumors to the contrary, the South Bay theme park is here to stay, and it plans to get a lot bigger and better.

 

Rides up to 250-feet tall, new restaurants, shops and entertainment venues are being planned, though don’t expect specifics just yet. Year-round operations? It could happen.

Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet speaks at a press event on Wednesday announcing new plans for Great America to continue as a theme park, but with upgrades. “I’m here today to say that Great America has a great future,” said Matt Ouimet, CEO of publicly traded park owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

 

The company is touting a rezoning application and “master plan” that has long been working its way through the city’s approval process. (The press event coincides with the release of an environmental impact report.) For the most part, it would give Great America broad entitlements to develop a wide variety of new rides and attractions. Currently, Great America is subject to a 35-foot height limit and has to get city permission for each project it wants to build, such as the 108-foot-tall Gold Striker, which opened in 2013.

 

In addition, it would provide about 250,000 square feet of commercial development capacity on a part of the park that fronts the main parking lot, which Great America shares with Levi’s Stadium. An environmental impact report states that the actual amount of “net new” development would be 100,000 square feet — and Ouimet told me it would likely be smaller shop and entertainment space, not large-format retail. Nor would hotel or office space be part of the concept. But the idea is to make it available to the general public, not just people paying admission to the park.

 

Ouimet compared it to a “marketplace” at Knott’s Berry Farm, which Cedar Fair also owns, with 15 shops and restaurants.

 

“You’ll see some fun restaurants and a little retail, but probably more entertainment retail,” Ouimet said. “We could bring in a partner. We could bring in a joint-venture partner on a specific asset. There’s a number of developers who would be interested in working with us. They key is to make it additive to the park.”

 

Great America has been a laggard in the Cedar Fair amusement park portfolio, largely because it doesn't have enough critical mass to keep patrons longer and coming back, Ouimet said. The master plan is designed to broaden the park's appeal and attract visitors from a wider area.

 

"You have to get to a certain level of critical mass," he said. "The park is in the bottom third of attendance today. But it’s one of the smallest footprints we have. If the park is too small, visitors don’t buy dinner, they don’t come back as often."

 

The larger significance of the Great America press event is to push back against questions over the park’s future. Santa Clara’s Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency is in the process of selling off its real estate holdings — including the land that lies underneath Great America.

 

Ouimet said Cedar Fair is interested in buying the land itself if the deal makes sense. But even if the company doesn’t exercise its right of first offer, Ouimet said Cedar Fair still intends to run Great America as a theme park for the foreseeable future (its lease runs through 2074).

 

“Our long-term plans do not change if someone else buys the land,” he said. “Any change of use other than an amusement park and related entertainment district would require Cedar Fair’s approval and the city’s approval.”

 

Ouimet did not deny that the company has had discussions with various real estate developers, including the Irvine Company, which I reported recently. But he said Cedar Fair does not see Great America shrinking to give way to high-density housing or other commercial development.

 

The park could also go year-round under the master plan, but officials said it's too early to tell if that was imminent.

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^Wow that's amazing!

 

My thoughts were Cedar Fair either has to be aggressive with the development of CGA or completely drop it (which would be terrible). I wouldn't expect them to just keep things as they are.

 

This is great news!

 

Any mention of the timeline for all of this?

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