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

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Got on Patriot Sunday and it was a surprise how fun this was! Super smooth, nice layout.

 

First time at CGA... Such a beautiful little park. Everything was walkon which was awesome as well, except Gold Striker which maintained a smaller line all day. Fun GCI, but it was a little heavy on vibration (not roughness per say, but I had a nice headache following). Layout was killer.

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Got on Patriot Sunday and it was a surprise how fun this was! Super smooth, nice layout.

 

First time at CGA... Such a beautiful little park. Everything was walkon which was awesome as well, except Gold Striker which maintained a smaller line all day. Fun GCI, but it was a little heavy on vibration (not roughness per say, but I had a nice headache following). Layout was killer.

 

Agreed. I'm starting to get worried about the vibration, hopefully it doesn't turn into full out roughness anytime soon

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Any estimates as to how the line for Patriot has been? I'm visiting from the LA area next week, and was wondering if I should hit Gold Striker first thing or Patriot first thing. Will schools up there be on Spring Break?

 

You shouldn't have a problem getting on either. Gold Striker will have a longer line all day, but will never exceed 30-40 minutes, and Patriot hasn't been more than a 20 minute wait on it's opening weekend. Patriot has not been that reliable though so while it's open I would go there

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Park is dead today, it feels like other than me being here there's like 4-5 busses. But no one else came.

 

Thought I'd add this, went to the smokehouse today and had the full size kickin chicken sandwich. Even better than before, also the park no longer has lids or straws anymore. They said they're going green, only place that has straws would be Auntie Anne's now only because of their lemonades or if you buy a souvenir cup.

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The more I go on it, the more I want to put Patriot higher on my list than Flight Deck.

 

The floatiness in the loop is awesome, the low-to-the-ground swooping turns in and out of the turnaround/helix are finally smooth and fun, and I can't get enough of that S-turn into Corkscrew. That weirdly banked turnaround prior to the breaks is different and neat too. The awesome trains/repaint are just icing on the cake.

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The more I go on it, the more I want to put Patriot higher on my list than Flight Deck.

 

The flatness in the loop is awesome, the low-to-the-ground swooping turns in and out of the turnaround/helix are finally smooth and fun, and I can't get enough of that S-turn into Corkscrew. That weirdly banked turnaround prior to the breaks is different and neat too. The awesome trains/repaint are just icing on the cake.

 

To be honest, I'm starting to have the same exact thoughts. That low sweeping turns is probably my favorite element at CGA outside of the double down on Gold Striker.

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The more I go on it, the more I want to put Patriot higher on my list than Flight Deck.

 

The floatiness in the loop is awesome, the low-to-the-ground swooping turns in and out of the turnaround/helix are finally smooth and fun, and I can't get enough of that S-turn into Corkscrew. That weirdly banked turnaround prior to the breaks is different and neat too. The awesome trains/repaint are just icing on the cake.

 

Hmm, I might need to go back and ride Patriot some more, I wouldn't have put it close to the fun level of Flight Deck. I liked it, but it was very light on the intensity (I went on it the first day though, maybe it's sped up).

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I just visited this park two days ago. First off, I was surprised by the crowd level. It was quite light, even to the point of them posting a sign out front saying it was limited operations. When I asked what that meant, they said some of the smaller rides and kiddie rides would either not be open or on a limited schedule, but all the major rides would be open.

 

First off did multiple rides of Gold Striker. I've been on it about a year ago, and it's still a great ride and layout, but I am noticing it's getting a bit rougher. Still very ridable, but I also feel like this is what happened to Apocalypse at SFMM, and once it began, it went downhill and became painful quickly. I'm hoping for the best here, but I'd say ride it soon just in case.

 

Patriot was fun, but not ice smooth. It's good to remember this was the #2 coaster B&M ever built, so it's not their prime example. It's a bit rough. Ride has some decent pulls in the back, but the "floater" air in the corkscrew is really only noticeable in the front. I was glad to see shade screens for the platform queue, and that they were running two trains when it was barely a station wait--and this is during Spring Break (though one employee said half the schools had SB this past week, and the other half had it the week before--so I guess that really reduces the traditional crowds).

 

Still enjoy Tiki Twirl, though it was only open from 10-1:30. On the other side of the park, there was only one operator for Orbiter (an Enterprise) and the Flyer, so they were open in shifts... Flyer would be open for 2 hours, then Orbiter for 2 hours. So there you go about limited operations. But the park was pretty dead, so I can see why they'd do it.

 

I do forget how much I enjoy Flight Deck, especially the front row. That one hasn't lost any punch, and is in great shape.

 

I was happy to see a new (to me, anyway--though as I said, I haven't been at the park in a year) kiosk ordering system at the main food court. Made ordering food a much faster experience. I do remember before the lines could get pretty unmanageable, so this was a welcome change. It seems with these new kiosks, you can order food from any of the options in the court, even if the kiosk isn't immediately next to that station, so keep that in mind... just head to the shortest kiosk line. It makes sense when you're there. Just do know that if you pay cash, there will be an extra line to stand in. If using a card, it'd all be done at the kiosk only.

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I'm gonna go out to the park today, see if I can't find any more of those stakes any where else in the area.

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From what I could see by looking around.

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From what I could see by looking around.

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From what I could see by looking around.

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From what I could see by looking around.

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From what I could see by looking around.

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The stick says #10 and the master plan map lists that spot #10 which refers to a Steel Roller Coaster or Water Coaster.

Given that the area is kinda sorta close to Whitewater Falls, what I'm predicting is that they'll remove WWF in the future and use that space plus the Invertigarden for a water coaster. I could be wrong, but that's just my guess.

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The stick says #10 and the master plan map lists that spot #10 which refers to a Steel Roller Coaster or Water Coaster.

Given that the area is kinda sorta close to Whitewater Falls, what I'm predicting is that they'll remove WWF in the future and use that space plus the Invertigarden for a water coaster. I could be wrong, but that's just my guess.

 

Looking further into it, I can definitely see now how a coaster going in to the spots of Invertigo and WWF wouldn't be that crazy.

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It looks completely plausible.

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Although we've seen this image before, I was able to find a new, less blurry picture of the proposed master plan with rides added, and there were a few new things I noticed. For example, there appears to be an impulse coaster in the area near the invertigarden, and also the removal of Woodstock express for a water slide expansion. The image shows a little more of the park, but it is still cut off well before drop tower and grizzly.20170501_110403.thumb.png.833211a89b6a8dc52cee6789737f116d.png

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