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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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Part of me thinks that, even with Wonder Woman's moving station, Railblazer will still put through more people because Cedar Fair vs. Six Flags.

 

Also, I doubt there will be queue gates to wait in. My guess is they will pull from the general queue and fill up the trains since there really is no grouping involved.

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Be sure to check out any Cedar Fair parks of interest for their Presidents Day Weekend sale. This one gets you one admission plus Fast Lane (CGA's only level), any day from March 24-September 9, for $64.99 total, and others I've seen are similar. Seems like a no-brainer for anyone seeking single-day tickets!

 

Personally, I think I'll shoot for a weekend trip to CGA and SCBB in May!

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I was just on GA web cam and it appears to be a LED lighting package installed on Rail Blazers’ lift hill.

It was hard to see because it is really sunny.

Looks like chaser lights.

 

No chaser lights, what you may have seen were the anti rollbacks being installed (as they were mounted after the lift went up) or recently installed were these evenly spaced brackets below the lift for the catwalk and chain return trough.

 

Update, came across a close up pic of the lift :

 

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In case this hasn't been posted... I ran across a great video of the park from 1978. You can even catch a rare glimpse of the Gulf Coaster at about 2:05. I'm waiting for the day when someone dusts off some footage of (one of the) Tidal Wave(s) at night. Such a simple but effective light show. It would have white tracers at a normal pace, then go solid and start blinking when a train was launched, then everything turned a beautiful aqua blue when the train started heading backwards. Or was it reverse? Either way, it was awesome!

 

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Quick question. Is it at all feasible to visit this park and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the same day on a Sunday in April assuming we get Flash Pass and Fastlane (since both are reasonably priced)?

 

Before someone pops in to tell me that rushing through theme parks is stupid and that I should spend a day at both parks, that's ABSOLUTELY the plan. We booked a flight on United yesterday since we got $50 fares from Newark to Sacramento. The downside is that we have a ridiculously short 42 minute layover in Denver. We "should" make it, in which case we'll visit one park on Saturday, the other park on Sunday and have Monday (when the parks are closed) to check out San Francisco. It's just nice to have a backup plan if United totally f*cks up.

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Quick question. Is it at all feasible to visit this park and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the same day on a Sunday in April assuming we get Flash Pass and Fastlane (since both are reasonably priced)?

 

Before someone pops in to tell me that rushing through theme parks is stupid and that I should spend a day at both parks, that's ABSOLUTELY the plan. We booked a flight on United yesterday since we got $50 fares from Newark to Sacramento. The downside is that we have a ridiculously short 42 minute layover in Denver. We "should" make it, in which case we'll visit one park on Saturday, the other park on Sunday and have Monday (when the parks are closed) to check out San Francisco. It's just nice to have a backup plan if United totally f*cks up.

Yes, it's feasible (assuming you utilize skip the line passes, as you indicated you are). It will be a very rushed day. Expect a 2 hour drive between the two parks (perhaps a bit shorter, but rounding up leaves you some extra wiggle room). CGA will be open from 10-8, while SFDK will be open 10:30-7, except the first Sunday in April, when it will be open until 8. So, starting the day at SFDK, then heading down to CGA afterwards might afford you a bit more time in park. So, looking at a 9.5 hour day, and subtracting 2 hours in-between commute time, you're looking at roughly 3.5-4 hours in each park. They're not huge parks, so you should be able to hit all the rides you want in that time, perhaps with some re-rides in there as well.

Good luck with United, and enjoy our humble parks.

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Quick question. Is it at all feasible to visit this park and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the same day on a Sunday in April assuming we get Flash Pass and Fastlane (since both are reasonably priced)?

 

Before someone pops in to tell me that rushing through theme parks is stupid and that I should spend a day at both parks, that's ABSOLUTELY the plan. We booked a flight on United yesterday since we got $50 fares from Newark to Sacramento. The downside is that we have a ridiculously short 42 minute layover in Denver. We "should" make it, in which case we'll visit one park on Saturday, the other park on Sunday and have Monday (when the parks are closed) to check out San Francisco. It's just nice to have a backup plan if United totally f*cks up.

Yes, it's feasible (assuming you utilize skip the line passes, as you indicated you are). It will be a very rushed day. Expect a 2 hour drive between the two parks (perhaps a bit shorter, but rounding up leaves you some extra wiggle room). CGA will be open from 10-8, while SFDK will be open 10:30-7, except the first Sunday in April, when it will be open until 8. So, starting the day at SFDK, then heading down to CGA afterwards might afford you a bit more time in park. So, looking at a 9.5 hour day, and subtracting 2 hours in-between commute time, you're looking at roughly 3.5-4 hours in each park. They're not huge parks, so you should be able to hit all the rides you want in that time, perhaps with some re-rides in there as well.

Good luck with United, and enjoy our humble parks.

Agreed, except subtract half an hour in and half an hour out for SFDK, since the parking lot is stupidly far and Six Flags takes forever to get people through security/front gate.

Also, Britt will probably want to see the animals and you totally should! Skip the Vekomas at SFDK in favor of seeing the dolphin show, butterflies, and a lap around the park to look at the other animals. Also, if there aren't a lot of kids near the splash zone at Drench! that day, see if she can volunteer to be in the show. I've done it, it's legit (Unless she doesn't want to get soaked, in which case don't).

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The downside is that we have a ridiculously short 42 minute layover in Denver.

 

The nice thing about Denver is that all United flights are in the same terminal. (I've made the 42 minute connection multiple times.) The downside is that the terminal is over a 1/2 mile long so if you get parked on the west end and you have a regional jet flight out, it's a long walk over. The airport flows really well even in weather so you should have no issue once you land. So just remember if you have a CRJ200/700, or ERJ170/175 listed as your flight to Sacramento prepare for a longer distance to cover.

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Agreed, except subtract half an hour in and half an hour out for SFDK, since the parking lot is stupidly far and Six Flags takes forever to get people through security/front gate.

Also, Britt will probably want to see the animals and you totally should! Skip the Vekomas at SFDK in favor of seeing the dolphin show, butterflies, and a lap around the park to look at the other animals. Also, if there aren't a lot of kids near the splash zone at Drench! that day, see if she can volunteer to be in the show. I've done it, it's legit (Unless she doesn't want to get soaked, in which case don't).

Good point, I forgot about the entire zip code that exists between the parking lot and front gate. It usually takes me about 20 minutes to walk from the front gate to my car (less if I get lucky and catch a tram). If you're hitting up SFDK first, then you don't have to worry about security getting in, and that will save time. So, factoring in going from the gate to your car, driving to CGA (90 minutes or less), and getting from your car to CGA's front gate, you're looking at about 2.5 hours, which still gives you 3.5 hours in each park. So, doable, but yeah, the walk from SFDK's parking lot to the front gate is somewhat interminable. Also, I second the Vekoma advice, though I generally apply that to all Vekomas.

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Thanks guys! Like I said, it's a worst-case scenario type thing. In theory we'll have a full day at each park (aside from leaving one of the parks a little early on Saturday to go to the Giants game).

 

The downside is that we have a ridiculously short 42 minute layover in Denver.

 

The nice thing about Denver is that all United flights are in the same terminal. (I've made the 42 minute connection multiple times.) The downside is that the terminal is over a 1/2 mile long so if you get parked on the west end and you have a regional jet flight out, it's a long walk over. The airport flows really well even in weather so you should have no issue once you land. So just remember if you have a CRJ200/700, or ERJ170/175 listed as your flight to Sacramento prepare for a longer distance to cover.

 

Glad to know you've made that connection! It's a regional jet so we'll be heading all the way to the east end of the airport. Yay for us.

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all these demolitions have gotten me thinking, what if 2019 is the waterpark expansion year, knock down the amphitheater, relocated the 2 kids rides (and demolish woodstock express), and expand the waterpark south so it's dry park on the left side, and water park on the right side:

-throw the drop/tube slide complex on the go kart track

-the mat racer in woodstock express's space

-add a 2nd raft slide on the existing main slide tower

-put the kiddie splash stuff on the space of the old amphitheater

-throw a typhoon twister style ride over the logger's run (rip) lake

-and have the water coaster wind all around the whole area with the station taking either the place of the 2 kiddie dry flat rides or stealth's old station with some minor changes to the slide tower steps.

 

then throw a nice looking gate in the current entry plaza, and repaint every slide (and rename em all) and you got yourself a seriously good waterpark. and bonus points if they rename it to something like yankee harbor

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all these demolitions have gotten me thinking, what if 2019 is the waterpark expansion year, knock down the amphitheater, relocated the 2 kids rides (and demolish woodstock express), and expand the waterpark south so it's dry park on the left side, and water park on the right side:

-throw the drop/tube slide complex on the go kart track

-the mat racer in woodstock express's space

-add a 2nd raft slide on the existing main slide tower

-put the kiddie splash stuff on the space of the old amphitheater

-throw a typhoon twister style ride over the logger's run (rip) lake

-and have the water coaster wind all around the whole area with the station taking either the place of the 2 kiddie dry flat rides or stealth's old station with some minor changes to the slide tower steps.

 

then throw a nice looking gate in the current entry plaza, and repaint every slide (and rename em all) and you got yourself a seriously good waterpark. and bonus points if they rename it to something like yankee harbor

 

They've outlined their 20 year plan, which is available to the public to view.

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all these demolitions have gotten me thinking' date=' what if 2019 is the waterpark expansion year, knock down the amphitheater, relocated the 2 kids rides (and demolish woodstock express), and expand the waterpark south so it's dry park on the left side, and water park on the right side:

-throw the drop/tube slide complex on the go kart track

-the mat racer in woodstock express's space

-add a 2nd raft slide on the existing main slide tower

-put the kiddie splash stuff on the space of the old amphitheater

-throw a typhoon twister style ride over the logger's run (rip) lake

-and have the water coaster wind all around the whole area with the station taking either the place of the 2 kiddie dry flat rides or stealth's old station with some minor changes to the slide tower steps.

 

then throw a nice looking gate in the current entry plaza, and repaint every slide (and rename em all) and you got yourself a seriously good waterpark. and bonus points if they rename it to something like yankee harbor[/quote']

 

They've outlined their 20 year plan, which is available to the public to view.

 

this is their 20 year plan for the waterpark, just predictions on where the stuff will go

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Any word on Rail Blazer lately? We will be at the park around April 14/15 or possibly the week after, hoping it might open in time for our trip... But no real updates lately on this one like SFFT (given they are closed, I know).

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Bummer! I pushed back our trip a few weeks to the area to give a little cushion on the opening of this ride, thinking they wanted it ready by opening day... But I guess my month cushion may not be enough. Oh well! This trip wasn't really focused on the parks anyway, but I was looking forward to riding this one since we would be in the area. May have to fly to Texas some weekend to visit SFFT (have not been there yet).

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Anyone go to opening weekend?

 

I did go today and here are some observations. It was a slow day to the point where I even the Gold Striker was a walk on. The pavement at Celebration Plaza was redone and I like how they did it. Railblazer's track construction is now complete but rockwork needs to be done before testing can begin. The coaster look quite compact in person and there were crew working on-site. A few rides were closed (Tiki-Twril and The Orbit; Bezerker was down for a brief period). There were celebrations at Flight Deck for it's 25th anniversary with people in themed uniformed operating and standing outside the ride and the movie 'Top Gun' was being screened Theatre Royal, under the zero-g-roll of Flight Deck.

 

Here are some pics of Railblazer I took today:

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