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Does a Johnny Rockets count as something new?

Maybe Jeff Johnson may count it as a credit

 

In all seriousness, though, I wouldn't be surprised if a restaurant rebranding would be classified as something 'new,' not that a restaurant is a major aspect of an amusement park. Can see it now..."New for 2011: Johnny Rockets!" Maybe 2011's addition may be some new benches.

 

It would be nice though to see an In-n-Out come to CGA...though I'd be afraid of the prices.

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I loved this park when I visited it this summer, but it is in desperate need of a new coaster. Besides Flight Deck, I found the coasters in the park to be nothing more than mediocre. I now understand the cry for something new and exciting to go into this park. CGA certainly deserves it!

---Brent

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^^There's an In-N-Out right off Mission College Blvd. in the Mercado center, which is right down the street. Right now, since it's obvious how difficult it is to bring in a new coaster, the park at least needs a NEW ride. Not a hand-me-down like the downtime plagued FireFall (although a used, working ride would be fine), or a downtime plagued prototype, such as Survivor. I think a Windseeker would be a great idea, even though SFDK is getting a SkyScreamer because CGA is fortunate enough to have a much higher heigh limit at 224ft, as opposed to SFDK's 150ft.

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^ That's odd, over my many visits to the park through the years Stealth was there and the numerous times I rode it never once was it down. And sure, the line was always long as obviously it was the most popular ride ever in the park. Actually this is the first time I have ever come across somebody referring to it as a maintenance nightmare. Even if it did require a lot of maintenance you have to kind of expect that with a ptototype.

 

Psycho mouse seems to have a case of over blocking, all that is not necessary if they are only going to run a few mice.

 

True but the other two flyers weren't prototypes & yet SFI has had a crapload of maintenance issues with the two they installed(back when they ran GL) & as for the TA2K trust me you weren't missing anything as KD had a terrible time trying to maintain & run it so I'm glad it's now gone.

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^^There's an In-N-Out right off Mission College Blvd. in the Mercado center, which is right down the street. Right now, since it's obvious how difficult it is to bring in a new coaster, the park at least needs a NEW ride. Not a hand-me-down like the downtime plagued FireFall (although a used, working ride would be fine), or a downtime plagued prototype, such as Survivor. I think a Windseeker would be a great idea, even though SFDK is getting a SkyScreamer because CGA is fortunate enough to have a much higher heigh limit at 224ft, as opposed to SFDK's 150ft.

 

I wasn't aware CGA had any hright limit. I do realize that there is an airport nearby but, I thought the height limit was higher.

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Depending on where you are in the park, I believe it varies from 170 - 224 feet. However, the standard height "limit" is 50 feet, without approval or zoning "variance" request. (That goes for the entire City of Santa Clara, I believe.)

 

A parking lot coaster would actually be welcome, if there weren't a giant NFL stadium planned to occupy most of that space. Not to mention the construction space over the next few years!

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Hmmm, anyone want to make a petition to Great America to build a new ride. Just to show that people actually care?

 

^ Here's hoping you're being sarcastic.

 

The park knows when attendance is down and they know the way to fix it, through major capital improvement year over year. It's not a matter of "hating a park or neighborhood," it's all a business decision.

 

When Cedar Fair bought the Paramount Parks in 2006, they were in debt, BIG DEBT. (To the tune of, "$1.7 billion for the chain." - Source: USA Today, Jan. 9, 2011) The best way to pay down debt? Not spend so much or start selling off assets.

 

In my own opinion, and not stating as a fact: The stadium is a great excuse for Cedar Fair to get out of the contract with the City of Santa Clara to operate CGA. They can use the cash from the "bloated" sale price to pay down some of the debt and dump an underachieving park all at the same time.

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I am pretty sure that the park is well aware that it's customers are getting frustrated as nothing major has been added. So a petition is just a waste of time and interwebs. Comments get posted all the time on their Facebook page such as "When are you getting a new ride?" and "I'm going to Six Flags instead this year because you have nothing new..."

 

I am however curious what the park has (or doesn't have) planned for their 35th. So far, I can imagine an even more expanded Haunt, maybe a couple new shows and restaurants. It would be nice to even see a flat ride go in, just to keep things fresh. At this point, I'll be grateful for any kind of flat ride (that I can ride of course, not just a kiddie ride)

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At this point, I'll be grateful for any kind of flat ride (that I can ride of course, not just a kiddie ride)

 

I know I keep saying this, but I'm still holding out hope that CGA will get Cedar Point's recently removed Chaos. Screamscape.com reported that they might possibly move it to another park in the winter. Would fit nicely in Triple Play's old spot, I think. But we should have heard something by now...

 

Although, I remember last year, it was reported that CGA would be getting Knott's Screamin' Swing (but we all know how that went), and that was fairly close to the beginning of the season (February?). Still a faint possibility of an announcement this season.

 

I'm expecting new shows at least, and hopefully they bring back a comedian/magician in the Showtime Theater (or anything but that awful Rock Band Live "concert," which I unfortunately attended).

 

I keep checking CGA's Facebook for their off-season photos, but they have yet to post any. I really want to see the ride rehabs (new Vortex paint job, please).

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