3.02.2013

CGA Gold Striker Hardhat Construction Tour and Park Sneak Peek

CGA offered an amazing 'sneak peek' tour of CGA today, which included a comprehensive presentation/Q&A of the park, a tour of park happenings, and most importantly, a hardhat construction tour of Gold Striker. The icing on the cake was being able to ride Xtreme Skyflyer, free.

Some important notes, will have a video up later of the presentation:
• 3 NEW Haunt mazes, one will exist in a new structure, the other 2 in existing structures. My guess is that 2 will be swapped out.
• Confirmed, AFX is getting a NEW show. It is not white water rafting, we can only continue to guess what will go in.
• Confirmed: River Adventure (Kid's inflatable boat mini river) is leaving but can see something new in the future
• Subway is coming
• New locker system using an all digital POS system (Point of Sell) and digital entry as opposed to the existing keyed entry
• Parking lot revamped
• Food venders including carts accepting debit cards
• 3 NEW shows: Pop Fusion, On Broadway, and Team Charlie Brown. Happiness is Snoopy will return this year
• Show schedules will no longer be those cheap-looking xerox copies but actual nice, printed material much like how the park maps are
• Lots of buildings being repainted
• Lot of dormant buildings are being revitalized, including where Subway will be located
• Different areas will now have their own background music based on theme...Action Zone will feature electronica/high energy-like music, 50's music by Firefall, etc...
• Last but not least, they are really focused on theming of Gold Striker. We will not be riders, but prospectors :) The park feels that Gold Striker will provide a very unique coaster experience with the elements it features along with the added tunnel (which was not required of them to put on, was an after thought.
• Gold Striker's opening date has not been said yet

Here's some photos of the happenings at the park!



Grizzly got some retracking done on the lower turnaround.

Future home of the new Subway restaurant

Psycho Mouse is getting some TLC.


Farewell to the River Adventure attraction.

One of many buildings painted over the off season


A lot of buildings are getting new shingles/shakes made of composite. This former game will
become a character meet and greet location.

Carousel Columbia also received more new paint this off season! It looks amazing!

Spongebob has worn out his welcome and will now be leaving us.

And the Gold Striker hardhat tour begins!

Taking a walk under White Water Falls

Backside of the 2nd turnaround

Midway curve with some new fencing around it

Airtime hill under the first and last turnaround

Working on the lift! Note the frame work for the tunnel.

The trains will come rocketing out of the tunnel here.

And zoom past here as guests wait in line to ride.




Station platform. Roof trusses were up by the end of the day (no photos of that)

More lift work

An overview of the drop and where the line will start (note the gap in the fencing on right)




A final look at the Carousel before heading out.









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