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

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^Last three the OP won't have to worry about if he has any sense of self-preservation

 

But no joke, waiting in the Flight Deck station for your row is prime sunburnland.

 

Also, when the Cedar Fair parks sell 2017 passes in the fall, do they work for the remainder of 2016 or do you need a 2016 pass as well?

They'll work immediately.

 

If he's coming from another state, he'll probably want all the credits even if he only rides once. Vortex really isn't that bad if you turn your head into the turns.

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^Last three the OP won't have to worry about if he has any sense of self-preservation

 

But no joke, waiting in the Flight Deck station for your row is prime sunburnland.

 

Also, when the Cedar Fair parks sell 2017 passes in the fall, do they work for the remainder of 2016 or do you need a 2016 pass as well?

They'll work immediately.

 

If he's coming from another state, he'll probably want all the credits even if he only rides once. Vortex really isn't that bad if you turn your head into the turns.

Are you sure? Because I read on another site discussing last year's sale that they were running a deal that you could go once in 2015 with the purchase of a new 2016 Platinum Pass. This was a site discussing KI but I thought Platinum Passes always worked the same.

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^Last three the OP won't have to worry about if he has any sense of self-preservation

 

But no joke, waiting in the Flight Deck station for your row is prime sunburnland.

 

Also, when the Cedar Fair parks sell 2017 passes in the fall, do they work for the remainder of 2016 or do you need a 2016 pass as well?

They'll work immediately.

 

If he's coming from another state, he'll probably want all the credits even if he only rides once. Vortex really isn't that bad if you turn your head into the turns.

Are you sure? Because I read on another site discussing last year's sale that they were running a deal that you could go once in 2015 with the purchase of a new 2016 Platinum Pass. This was a site discussing KI but I thought Platinum Passes always worked the same.

Yeah, I bought a Platinum Pass for an upcoming year and used it right away. I'm not 100% that the same applies to regular or gold, but I know it does for Platinum because I've done it. This was I think 2013, so unless it's changed since then.

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^Last three the OP won't have to worry about if he has any sense of self-preservation

 

But no joke, waiting in the Flight Deck station for your row is prime sunburnland.

 

Also, when the Cedar Fair parks sell 2017 passes in the fall, do they work for the remainder of 2016 or do you need a 2016 pass as well?

They'll work immediately.

 

If he's coming from another state, he'll probably want all the credits even if he only rides once. Vortex really isn't that bad if you turn your head into the turns.

Are you sure? Because I read on another site discussing last year's sale that they were running a deal that you could go once in 2015 with the purchase of a new 2016 Platinum Pass. This was a site discussing KI but I thought Platinum Passes always worked the same.

Last year's deal was if you bought a '16 gold season pass, you got 1 free visit in '15. All that was included in that '15 visit was admission. Parking and the other Gold perks like Dinos Alive admission were not included. You had to wait until '16 to get those.

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^Last three the OP won't have to worry about if he has any sense of self-preservation

 

But no joke, waiting in the Flight Deck station for your row is prime sunburnland.

 

Also, when the Cedar Fair parks sell 2017 passes in the fall, do they work for the remainder of 2016 or do you need a 2016 pass as well?

They'll work immediately.

 

If he's coming from another state, he'll probably want all the credits even if he only rides once. Vortex really isn't that bad if you turn your head into the turns.

Are you sure? Because I read on another site discussing last year's sale that they were running a deal that you could go once in 2015 with the purchase of a new 2016 Platinum Pass. This was a site discussing KI but I thought Platinum Passes always worked the same.

Last year's deal was if you bought a '16 gold season pass, you got 1 free visit in '15. All that was included in that '15 visit was admission. Parking and the other Gold perks like Dinos Alive admission were not included. You had to wait until '16 to get those.

That sounds like what I read but is it the same with Platinum Passes too? I'm definitely gonna need more than one visit this year, I have 3-4 Cedar Fair parks planned this fall. It just sucks to spend the $200 only to shell out $200 for next year as well. I mind as well visit CGA this summer if I'm gonna do it, get the most for my money. I assume it doesn't matter what CF park I purchase/process at?

 

It's this stuff that really makes me appreciate the Six Flags Gold Pass sales.

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That sounds like what I read but is it the same with Platinum Passes too? I'm definitely gonna need more than one visit this year, I have 3-4 Cedar Fair parks planned this fall. It just sucks to spend the $200 only to shell out $200 for next year as well. I mind as well visit CGA this summer if I'm gonna do it, get the most for my money. I assume it doesn't matter what CF park I purchase/process at?

 

It's this stuff that really makes me appreciate the Six Flags Gold Pass sales.

All that matters is that you process it at the same park you purchase it at. Once you've processed it, it's not park-centric at all. The platinum pass is a "Cedar Fair" pass versus the others which are CGA passes. When I bought mine in 2013 at CGA, the photo they took at CGA that shows up to staff when you scan your card was visible to the staff at Cedar Point too. I thought to myself never would something that handy work at SF.

 

My only gripe with the platinum pass is the price for those of us on the west coast. They really need a "west coast pass" that works at just CGA and KBF for maybe $120 or so. I visit both of those parks often but almost never the others and I think a lot of people out here are the same. Its hard to justify the cost of a platinum pass unless you're going cross country. I only bought mine in '13 because at Cedar Point the platinum pass gets you an hour early park entry, or did back then so that was worth the price for me then.

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Here's a trip report for yesterday. Gold Striker was running just one train in the morning, which caused the wait to be about an hour-and-a-half, the longest I've ever waited for it. What was good, though, is the ride itself seemed to be going faster than I've ever experienced it. In the afternoon, Vortex also was running just one train, but the wait wasn't that long. When I wanted to do FireFall it was closed; the same thing happened with Drop Tower. Since I forgot to bring a towel for Boomerang Bay, I bought a nicely colored and designed Great America one for almost $20. Didn't do Mass Effect because the line looked too long. They now have a self-service kiosk at the Food Festival food court.

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All that matters is that you process it at the same park you purchase it at. Once you've processed it, it's not park-centric at all. The platinum pass is a "Cedar Fair" pass versus the others which are CGA passes. When I bought mine in 2013 at CGA, the photo they took at CGA that shows up to staff when you scan your card was visible to the staff at Cedar Point too. I thought to myself never would something that handy work at SF.

 

My only gripe with the platinum pass is the price for those of us on the west coast. They really need a "west coast pass" that works at just CGA and KBF for maybe $120 or so. I visit both of those parks often but almost never the others and I think a lot of people out here are the same. Its hard to justify the cost of a platinum pass unless you're going cross country. I only bought mine in '13 because at Cedar Point the platinum pass gets you an hour early park entry, or did back then so that was worth the price for me then.

Thanks for the info!

 

I agree with you, which is why I've never bought a Platinum Pass. However, I'm moving to Ohio later this year and might stop at WoF on the way. I think a Platinum Pass is definitely worth it in Ohio with KI as my home park and CP not too far away and with early entry, ERT, and Haunt at those parks. I also get free Dinosaurs Alive They probably should sell an Ohio pass, now that you mention a CA pass, but they won't because people will pay for Platinum because of Cedar Point.

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I've never been to California, so I was wondering if anybody could give me a few tips about this park. I'll be visiting this park on a Sunday, July 3rd. I know this is a smaller Cedar Fair park, I'm more used to Kings Island, Cedar Point, Carowinds etc...But as far as CGA goes, would I be able to ride everything in this park without fast lane? A typical weekend I wouldn't even ask, but this is the Fourth of July weekend I'm talking about. I figure Gold Striker will probably be the longest wait...But as long as I get one good ride in I'm good. Also, curious about how shaded this park is...Lot of shade, no shade...Extremely hot? Just trying to prepare for each park I go to in California and trying to maximize my experience at each one. Any info would be helpful, such as which rides to hit first and last, etc. Thanks!

You're right normally no problem, but Sunday the 3rd will probably be extremely busy. You'll still be able to ride all the coasters in one day, but the lines will be longer. I'd expect at least 45 for Flight Deck and 60 for Gold Striker (Btw aim for row 6 on Gold Striker if you get the chance). Demon is a bit unpredictable, usually its not too bad but can get out of hand on busy days.

Grizzly if you want to ride it is best to get right when it opens - it is notorious for some of the most ridiculous dispatch times (and thus slow moving lines) on the planet. A station wait can be over 30 minutes sometimes. You won't NEED fast lane, but it might be unpleasant without it. Fortunately the station is covered. Grizzly doesn't usually open until at least an hour after the park, they will post a sign outside the queue showing what time it will open. I usually hit Gold Striker first, then maybe Demon, and then if I want to ride Grizzly it's right about time for it to open.

 

Shade, or lack thereof, can be an issue at this park, particularly in the stations. Demon is the only coaster that really has a mostly shaded queue and station. Parts are in the sun, but overall it's pretty cool. Most of Gold Striker's queue is in the open except the station and one section in a tunnel. Vortex is partially shaded in the beginning but the station is open.

 

Flight Deck's queue is partially shaded in the middle when you go through the buildings, but the station is literally an oven. The sun just reflects and amplifies off of the plywood walls and bakes everyone standing in there, it's miserable. The ride itself is awesome though. Despite being one of the first B&M inverts ever built, it's also one of the best running. CGA has taken incredibly great care of it. Back row highly recommended.

 

With the potential for long lines and with how hot it has been lately, sunburn is a legitimate concern. Attached some photos of stations/queues when I was there on a hot day:

 

Thank you...I appreciate this info.

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I brought my great america cup to knotts and they said cups can't be used between parks.

 

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I used my KD cup at Carowinds. It shouldn't matter. It's for all the Cedar Fair parks. If you go back, take it up with guest relations.

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Just rode Goldstriker on the front row...Pretty good coaster...Definitely wasn't expecting that many laterals. I've rode better GCI's, but still a decent coaster.

 

Out of curiosity, what GCI(s) do you like more? I've enjoyed every GCI I've ever ridden, but Gold Striker is by far the best for me.

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  • 2 weeks later...

So mini trip report.

 

My friend and I hadn't been back to CGA to ride anything since like 2013, so we were interested to see how things had aged and check out Mass Effect. And most importantly.... Process my first ever Platinum Pass!!

 

We arrived at the park late and left late but the park was absolutely dead. Gold Striker was closed when we got there, but it opened later so we were happy.

 

Speaking of Mass Effect (spoilers?) I wanted to hate this ride, but I was pleasantly surprised. The live actor was really great, there were water effects, smells, smoke, and weird leg tickles and butt bumps that actually startled us, but it was all well worked into the plot. I've never played the game but I assume it was a good tribute to the game.

 

We rode Flight Deck twice, Gold Striker twice, Drop Zone and some of the flats. I noticed both coasters to be more rough than the last time I rode them, but they're both still great rides. Flight Deck melted our faces and Gold Striker is just good fun. We requested the back both times and were granted it.

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When you ride Gold Striker you go blurry

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STOKED. This means so many great parks are in my future.

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Just rode Goldstriker on the front row...Pretty good coaster...Definitely wasn't expecting that many laterals. I've rode better GCI's, but still a decent coaster.

 

Out of curiosity, what GCI(s) do you like more? I've enjoyed every GCI I've ever ridden, but Gold Striker is by far the best for me.

 

I know this question isn't for me, but just to jump in with my opinion... I've been on American Thunder, Gold Striker, Gwazi, Kentucky Rumbler, Lightning Racer, Roar (SFA), Roar (SFDK), Thunderhead, White Lightning and Wildcat, and out of all those, I would say the only ones that are in the same league as Gold Striker are American Thunder, Thunderhead, and White Lightning ...and Gold Striker is probably slightly better than all three of those.

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Just curious... can anyone tell me if GS is running one train still? Headed to the park tomorrow and want to plan ahead. Any other closures or anything you think I should be aware of? Haven't been to CGA in 4 years

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Gold Striker was down yesterday. Not sure if it stayed down all day, I left mid-afternoon and it was still closed.

Firefall has been down since last week. It's currently stuck in the halfway up position.

Everything else was open yesterday.

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Went to the park today as I said earlier. Got there at maybe 1030ish. Goldstriker was up and running so we made it our first ride. I'd never been on it before, and man is it fun. I wish it was even just 15 seconds or so longer, but holy hell does it just speed through the whole course. There is literally not a second of slowdown, it just kicks ass all the way through. Really a fun ride.

 

Also got my first ride on Mass Effect, and came away very impressed. I don't really love motion simulators, but this was very well done.

 

Firewall was the only thing I saw closed today.

 

Off to Magic Mountain for 2 days tomorrow!

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