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]On Sunday 8/7/11 I went to Great America for TPR day at the park. It was a very awesome day with ERT on Flight Deck in the morning and a backstage tour in the afternoon. Oh and you cant forget the night ERT on Grizzly. During the presentation and lunch were learned some new Haunt details for this year and it is going to be a lot better this year. Anyway on to the pictures most of them well just about all of them are from the backstage tour. There are some park pictures in there as well. I would also like to say thank you everyone who was able to make this even possible!

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Welcome to CGA!

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Now lets get to Flight Deck for some ERT!!

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This is where we get the most important thing, food!

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A shot of the Tiki Twirl sign.

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A shot of the Drop Tower sign with Drop Tower in the background.

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Delta Flyer/Eagles Flight

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Flight Deck doings it thing!

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Now the backstage tour begins! With some shots of Vortex you normally can't get!

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Vortex Loop!

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A new hearse that the park bought this year. They now have a total of 3!

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Vortex first turn to go into the lift.

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Vortex train in the loop!

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Now through the corkscrew! Yeah I know this captions are stupid.

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Park Operations building.

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If you know what used to be here, you win a cookie.

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A shot of the Vortex lift.

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A loop used to be here.

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Backside of the Great America Theater.

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Employee cafe where they are having a sale on Krispy Kreme!

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Great America Special Resource Team.

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This shack was used in Beverly Hills Cop 3!

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Games Warehouse!

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Well are you?

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The old train storage area with a Demon train in the background.

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Training Center.

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The coaster shop has its own club car!

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Crane party!!

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Lots of paperwork for all of the rides.

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Swing Swing Swing gearbox.

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Old Great America logo.

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Something new that CGA is doing with their mechanics so they don't be wasteful. They get whatever supply they need out of this vending machine and write their name down on the paper.

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Where some of the bigger ride parts are stored.

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Horse!

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Some props.

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One of the last Paramount logos I think.

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The Haunt hearse!

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A camel from the old carousel where Drop Tower/Drop Zone is located today!

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A log in rehab!

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Old Top Gun sign and jet in the background!

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Barney Oldfield Wheels

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Barney Oldfield parts.

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This is what they store the trains on during the offseason and rehab.

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Go cart backstage.

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Old Tidal wave sign!

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And an old Whizzer sign!!

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Psycho Mouse wheel assembly.

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No more Stealth :(

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Some Arow wheels.

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A mouse in rehab! :)

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Top Gun sign!

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Flight Deck wheel cover!

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Tidal Wave parts!!?!?!

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Brakes for Psycho Mouse I think.

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Some sky cabins for Delta Flyer/Eagles Flight.

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Rip Roaring Rapids raft in rehab.

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Loggers Run lift.

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Here is where the water goes when they drain the rapids.

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Now for some money shots of Flight Deck.

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Flight Deck lift hill!

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Upskirt of the the Flight Deck lift hill!

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The Carn-Evil maze!

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First Drop!

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The Loop!

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Overview of Carousel Colombia.

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Overview of Vortex!

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Club Blood is just about all constructed.

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Overview of the parking lot. Lots of people here today!

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Overview of Flight Deck!

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An overview of the worlds BEST wooden coaster! :)

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^ I think it's safe to say "The older the better" with B&M's inverts. I haven't been on many but I have been on two of the B:TR's (SFGAm and SFMM), Raptor and Great Bear. Great Bear is fun but meh and Raptor and the Batmans pack a punch. I can't wait to get on Flight Deck and Afterburn at Carowinds, both look awesome and intense.

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I've been on a couple of B&M inverts and have had a blast on all of them. Of the ones I've been on, I'd rate them like this...

 

1) Dragon's Challenge- Fire (incredibly forceful from start to finish and the dueling aspect is great)

2) Dragon's Challenge- Ice (just a bit worse than fire thanks to a dull finale)

3) Batman- the Ride (super forceful and great pacing make it one of my favorites)

4) Talon (no MCBR and forceful inversions make for a great ride)

5) Great Bear (fairly forceful and fun layout, but a bit short)

6) Alpengeist (other than the great first drop, I honestly found Alpengeist forceless- I'd take it over almost any other looper for sure, but it's just not as good as the other inverts without a doubt)

 

I've found all of the B&Ms except Alpengeist and Great Bear to be very forceful, so that's good to hear about Flight Deck. Hopefully I get a chance to ride it someday, along with that GCI if it ever gets built.

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Thanks for the TR, glad to hear the day was a blast.

 

 

 

 

Great trip report. How is Flight Deck compared to B&M's other inverts?

 

 

I would put it in the upper half of B&M inverts. ...Not only is it easily the best coaster at CGA, it's one of the best in the state of California. A very underrated ride, imo.

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Great pictures and video!

 

I'm digging that new hearse. I wonder when it's going to get a Haunt makeover?

 

^Nope we did here that Cedar Fair does have plans for the park. That the corporate people went out to the park and looked at the Invertigo site and supposedly have plans. Thats all we heard from them.

 

What the park told you guys almost sounds word by word from what they were telling us back in January...I'm starting to doubt if these "plans" have substance.

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Thank You!

 

I doubt we will ever know until something is offically announced. I guess some good news is that they did say attendance is up in the park. About the hearse they never said what they were going to do with it besides that its for Haunt. I would guess that it would be going in a scare zone.

 

 

*Edit* I added a picture of the things the park gave us. Thank you again to the park for giving us all of these things!

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From left to right a road wheel from Invertigo that my brother took, a guide wheel that I took a note pad with the parks logo some Bonfante Gardens cards and a FireFall first rider t-shirt.

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Great pictures and video!

 

I'm digging that new hearse. I wonder when it's going to get a Haunt makeover?

 

^Nope we did here that Cedar Fair does have plans for the park. That the corporate people went out to the park and looked at the Invertigo site and supposedly have plans. Thats all we heard from them.

 

What the park told you guys almost sounds word by word from what they were telling us back in January...I'm starting to doubt if these "plans" have substance.

 

Or perhaps they are waiting until this season is over before announcing anything in order to drum up interest for next season...

 

Looks like it was a fun event. Kudos to the park for putting it on. I really hope CGA will have something new next year for a future TPR event!

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Great pictures and video!

 

I'm digging that new hearse. I wonder when it's going to get a Haunt makeover?

 

 

depends what they plan on using it for, the 2nd Hearse we have is used in Underworld Alley during Haunt.. it also served as my personal bench last year

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^We can only hope, right? Would be a perfect way to sell more season passes.

 

They actually told us that season pass purchases have gone up this year because of the buy a day get a season pass promotion that they had going on.

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