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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:32 pm
by Fire2box
cal1br3tto wrote:^Watch it be a B&M.

[Prepares to be flamed for insinuating I might think this is a bad thing.]


I'll gladly take any hyper here in northern california, even an vekoma.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:47 am
by DILinator
I'm one of the biggest fans of the B&M Hypers out there, but I would still love a new Intamin Hyper anywhere! Hopefully, that's the model CGA is getting, though I wouldn't count on it honestly... I think the rumored CF vitriol at Intamin is real! lol

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:47 am
by grsupercity
Fire2box wrote:
cal1br3tto wrote:^Watch it be a B&M.

[Prepares to be flamed for insinuating I might think this is a bad thing.]


I'll gladly take any hyper here in northern california, even an vekoma.


Did you see the proposed Vekoma hyper for energylandia? That coaster looked sick

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:06 pm
by VegasBaby
cal1br3tto wrote:^Watch it be a B&M.

[Prepares to be flamed for insinuating I might think this is a bad thing.]



I've got no problems with a B&M hyper, especially if it's similar to Mako. Of course, I'd love to see a West Coast version of Superman:TR (my #1 coaster), but it's been awhile since CF has built an Intamin. All the major coaster additions have been B&M lately, although it's good to see them working with RMC and Gerstlauer. Mack is also making some killer rides right now, so I'd be on board with a Mack hyper as well.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:42 am
by BiggestBear
They seem to usually be running 2 trains. This doesn't make a lot of sense.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:04 pm
by A.J.
Fire2box wrote:I'll gladly take any hyper here in northern california, even an vekoma.

Sheesh, everyone, saying that a park is getting a Vekoma ISN'T a bad thing anymore. Can we stop this nonsense please? :p

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:36 pm
by singemfrc
Finally got down to the park to check out RailBlazer on Sunday, and oh man did it not disappoint. What a freakin blast. Got to the park nice and early so I could go straight to RB before the crowds hit and got on the third train in row 8, then went around, waited about 30 mins and the grouper was nice enough to allow me to wait a few extra trains to get row 1. Maybe it's me but other than the first drop, the rest of the ride actually feels faster in row 1.
Statistics don't tell the tale with this thing, the height and speed numbers may not be the most impressive, but it's just stupid fast in the space it takes up. It feels much faster than it is.
Speaking of the space it takes up, the access around the ride is pretty amazing. It reminds me of Silver Bullet at KBF, it's almost like they wanted you to be able to photograph it. Particularly the area underneath the lift and first drop - there's a very nice area there you can walk under and photograph or sit and relax in the shade where it would have been easier and cheaper to just fence it off like SF probably would have done.
Photo TR below, all of these photos were taken with a cell phone with no zoom and none of them were taken in restricted areas!

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:53 pm
by singemfrc
After RailBlazer I did spend a few more hours in the rest of the park as well. I haven't had a season pass for a couple years but got one this year as I plan to come back at least once more and visit Gilroy Gardens as well. One thing I loved was that CF now lets you upload your own photo from your PC at home when you purchase the pass, so when you go process at the park, you skip the whole line and they just scan your barcode and hand you the card. LOVE this process. Here are some photos from the rest of the day:

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:11 pm
by jonskinny12
^ Nice report and pictures!

I'm heading to this park for the first time in about 20 years the first week of August and have a couple questions based on your report. Does Grizzly always open in the afternoon? And how was the Railblazer line throughout the day? I'm planning on getting to Railblazer first thing and assuming I love it like everyone else I'll get Fast Lane to ride it a bunch throughout the day. I mostly care about Railblazer and Gold Striker, since that will be new for me as well.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:36 pm
by singemfrc
jonskinny12 wrote:^ Nice report and pictures!

I'm heading to this park for the first time in about 20 years the first week of August and have a couple questions based on your report. Does Grizzly always open in the afternoon? And how was the Railblazer line throughout the day? I'm planning on getting to Railblazer first thing and assuming I love it like everyone else I'll get Fast Lane to ride it a bunch throughout the day. I mostly care about Railblazer and Gold Striker, since that will be new for me as well.

Yes, Grizzly always opens later than the rest of the park. The time it opens is different each day, but they always have the opening time posted in front of the entrance (see my photo) when the park opens. Dispatch times are TERRIBLE, like 5 minutes per train, so a station wait that would be like 5 minutes elsewhere can be over a half hour. So you definitely want to be first on it if you want the credit without waiting for it. The ride is not rough or negative in any way, it's just a flat line, it just doesn't really move the needle. The long dispatch times arent the crew's fault though, it has an absolutely ridiculous restraint system which just makes it take forever, there's not much they can do about it.

Definitely hit RailBlazer first because it will have the most consistently long line throughout the day, though it still wasn't crazy when I saw it. I checked back on it at about 2 in the afternoon and it looked to be maybe 45-60 minutes or so. The queue itself is not very long, based on that it seems like the park is counting on fairly efficient operations. FastLane was pretty much immediately load onto next train all day.

Gold Striker gets really busy in the beginning of the day because it's right in front of the park entrance and people go there early because they see it first. Wait until at least halfway through the day and it should be down to 15 minutes or so if it's not an especially busy day. It has gotten rather rough lately, I actually went straight from riding Gold Striker as my last ride at CGA over to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where Giant Dipper was my first ride, and that 1924 coaster was a significantly smoother ride than Gold Striker.