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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterInk » Wed May 23, 2018 4:47 pm

moviemansig wrote:Does anyone know when the season pass early ride time days are in June? Thanks.

This is all I have been able to find. Hope this helps...
https://www.cagreatamerica.com/play/events/season-passholder-early-ride-time

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby scooterdoug » Thu May 24, 2018 12:44 pm

Hello,
So, my friend is at the park today on a field trip with her class. She send me some photos of Railblazer, then told me that a maintenance tech told her that they were hoping to have the ride open for the holiday weekend. Please note that the preceding statement is served with a giant grain of salt.
I also have a question for those who have more familiarity with the park than I do (while I live in Berkeley, I visit the park only once every 2-3 years). Warning, this is one of those much maligned "crowd prediction" questions. I want to visit the park this summer, but due to many summer plans and having two kids, my opportunities to visit are limited. The possible days that I can go are either Thursday or Friday, June 14 or 15, or Thursday or Friday, July 5 or 6. Crowd-wise, which of those days would give me better odds for low crowds (or, at least, not packed-to-the-gills crowds)? If Railblazer doesn't open until after mid-June, then the decision would effectively be made for me. But, assuming that it's open by then, which would you CGA veterans choose? Thanks.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Thu May 24, 2018 1:00 pm

scooterdoug wrote:I want to visit the park this summer, but due to many summer plans and having two kids, my opportunities to visit are limited. The possible days that I can go are either Thursday or Friday, June 14 or 15, or Thursday or Friday, July 5 or 6. Crowd-wise, which of those days would give me better odds for low crowds (or, at least, not packed-to-the-gills crowds)? If Railblazer doesn't open until after mid-June, then the decision would effectively be made for me. But, assuming that it's open by then, which would you CGA veterans choose? Thanks.
Of those dates, I would pick Thursday 6/14 for sure. Weekdays are always better than weekends, and always avoid holidays. With Independence day being on Weds 7/4, a lot of people may just take weds, thurs, and fri off of work, so that thurs and fri may be really busy.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Thu May 24, 2018 2:34 pm

TR from the park yesterday:

My Platinum pass had gotten stolen literally the day before, so I worried if I'd have any trouble parking, getting in, and using FunPix and drink pass. I actually managed to go through most of the day scanning my pass from my phone for everything.

I hadn't been to CGA in a few years and was hoping that Railblazer would be open by now, but we still had a good time. Besides some school groups that we avoided for the most part, park was pretty dead. I think longest we waited was maybe 10-15 minutes for Grizzly but several rides were walk-on or one train wait, including Flight Deck and Goldstriker.

This was my first time riding Patriot since the conversion. I absolutely HATED Vortex with a passion. I was skeptical about whether I'd like Patriot and well.... still hated it. Saying this ride is "better than Vortex" just means the trash is slightly less trash than before, the poo has been polished but it's still poo, etc. First ride I rode in the back left... big mistake. Basically from the end of the drop to the brakes I was struggling to prevent my ears from bashing. Ended up wrapping my arms around the top of the restraint to give my ears more cushion and punched myself in the face twice. Heard from a friend that maybe back left wasn't the best idea, try front and center. Nope. Still sucked. Still got punched. My friend, however, liked Patriot and thought it was less rough than Goldstriker (?????????). At least for me, I can safely say I do not have the urge to ride that ride ever again.

Goldstriker was just as fun and maybe even funner than I remembered it... in the front. Back row has gotten a lot more jarring. It's not rough compared to lots of other rougher wooden coasters, but compared to what it was? Rougher. I like Mystic Timbers better (dat shed tho).


I must say, though, CGA employees are really dumb when it comes to Platinum passes. Maybe they just don't see them enough? The girl at Goldstriker was super confused both times I went to get FunPix. My first ride I ended up having to use the kiosk because she had no idea what to do. Second time she said she scanned my pass correctly and obviously didn't because I didn't get that photo. Manager at the season pass center was also dumb. I showed him my pass uploaded on the KI app and he said, "You'll have to go to Kings Island to get a new pass." I told him my Platinum was actually renewed at Cedar Point but it didn't matter. He said if he gave me a new pass it would say, "California's Great America" on it and I wouldn't be able to get into the other parks. Um...what? Also, has it always costed $15 for a replacement? I paid my f*&$#@ arm and leg to buy this pass in the first place, and they're going to charge me for a new card? :roll:

Overall, though, it was a good day. Weather was perfect.

Funniest moment: when we were in line for Grizzly and I told my friend it was voted the worst wooden coaster in the U.S. Her, totally serious: "OMG really? That's awesome! I never thought I'd be able to say I rode the worst roller coaster." :lol:
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Railblazer looks even more amazing and stunning in person!
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The sign is now up
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I may not be able to ride it yet, but at least I can try out the seat.
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It's Spring, and no Railblazer. Sadface. :'(
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We got spit on by a giant worm and loved it!
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I had to take a picture of this drink machine, because this was FIRE. The juices were so scrumptious and tasty and not too sweet. All CF parks should get these! Such great flavors. Wish we had gone here first rather than getting sodas earlier in the day.
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Obligatory carousel shot. Still talked about riding it and never rode it.
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This was the one and only time I smiled on this ride....sorta
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Still a solid ride and one of the best GCIs!
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Thu May 24, 2018 3:08 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:I must say, though, CGA employees are really dumb when it comes to Platinum passes. Maybe they just don't see them enough? The girl at Goldstriker was super confused both times I went to get FunPix. My first ride I ended up having to use the kiosk because she had no idea what to do. Second time she said she scanned my pass correctly and obviously didn't because I didn't get that photo. Manager at the season pass center was also dumb. I showed him my pass uploaded on the KI app and he said, "You'll have to go to Kings Island to get a new pass." I told him my Platinum was actually renewed at Cedar Point but it didn't matter. He said if he gave me a new pass it would say, "California's Great America" on it and I wouldn't be able to get into the other parks. Um...what? Also, has it always costed $15 for a replacement? I paid my f*&$#@ arm and leg to buy this pass in the first place, and they're going to charge me for a new card? :roll:

Yeah, basically. The one year that I bought a platinum pass since I was planning to visit both KBF and CP that year, I had the same problems at CGA. They looked at me like I was trying to scam them with a forged card I made myself or something. There's just no CF parks out here on the west coast for the most part..most people who live here don't see the value of buying a platinum pass, because most go to either just CGA or just KBF, and even going back and forth between those two gets expensive fast, so as a result, they don't see very many. I bet even KBF sees more platinum passes than CGA.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Domm » Thu May 24, 2018 3:36 pm

They have no idea what platinum is and when they do it’s a shock. Like, “whoooooooa! Platinum??? Royalty.” The park as a whole is on a much lower level of talent than other parks, nearby or far. Hope that doesn’t hold up ops for railblazer ;-)

Would be great if they get it opened this weekend. Saw a pix a couple days back of maintenance guys riding it.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu May 24, 2018 3:54 pm

We had no issues using our Kings Island Platinum Passes for admission or merchandise discounts a few weeks ago.

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Thu May 24, 2018 3:58 pm

^^^^Those are some great Railblazer photos. I'll remember the flavored water tip, because honestly Lifewater (etc.) is my go-to fountain drink when I'm lucky enough to find it.

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:Funniest moment: when we were in line for Grizzly and I told my friend it was voted the worst wooden coaster in the U.S. Her, totally serious: "OMG really? That's awesome! I never thought I'd be able to say I rode the worst roller coaster." :lol:

I've had a similar moment before, as I know someone who hasn't ridden any wooden coasters other than Grizzly.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Sat May 26, 2018 9:19 am

Next week I'm flying out of SJC to go to the Midwest for a coaster trip including King's Island, Kentucky Kingdom, and Holiwood Nights at Holiday World. Hopefully when I fly back to SJC on the morning of June 5th Railblazer will be open so I can ride it shortly after getting off the plane. I have a Knott's Platinum Pass, so hopefully I won't have a problem getting the 20% discount on food and merch (I don't have FunPix) and refilling my purple 2018 Knott's cup at King's Island. I did go to CGA in March and had no issues with my Knott's Platinum Pass getting 20% off my Railblazer shirt in the main gift shop, or with parking or entry - I didn't use it for anything else though and at CGA at least they're familar with Knott's.

On Patriot, I didn't like it either. I thought it was barely better than Vortex, and I rode it in the front row which is probably the best. Patriot/Vortex is the second worst B&M I've been on (the distinction for worst goes to Green Lantern at SFGAdv).

Going back to Janae's TR, they now have those Barrilitos machines at Knott's at Boardwalk BBQ and the Camp Snoopy drink refill station but only have two of those flavors: Strawberry Hibiscus and Mango Lime. I tried them last time I was at Knott's and I especially liked the Mango Lime flavor which will now be a regular drink for me every time I go to Knott's. I think the Barrilitos flavors might be regional to the Southwest and the West Coast, but I'm not sure. When I went to King's Island in 2016 it was the only theme park I've seen Barq's Red Creme Soda on tap, which I think is regional to that area. Nice pictures btw, looks like you had fun besides Railblazer not being ready for you.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby FeelTheFORCE » Sat May 26, 2018 12:08 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:Funniest moment: when we were in line for Grizzly and I told my friend it was voted the worst wooden coaster in the U.S. Her, totally serious: "OMG really? That's awesome! I never thought I'd be able to say I rode the worst roller coaster." :lol:


This made me lol. I'm actually surprised no park has taken something like this in stride yet and used it as a marketing tactic. "Voted world's worst wooden coaster! Will you brave Grizzly?"

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