Yes, you have read the title correctly. Gold Striker has ceased operation as of 7/1/13, giving its last rides Sunday evening. The reasoning behind this was due to noise complaints from the riders experiencing the park's latest adrenaline rush, via Prudential. Prudential owns the 2 office complexes right next to the Gold Striker site, just beyond the parking structures. On 6/28, the park submitted plans for some sound tunnel modifications and as of today, framework has gone up coming out of the first turnaround.
|Note the framework that already popped up just within today.|
It has not been stated yet as to when the ride will reopen but this weekend could potentially be a big weekend for the park due to the holiday. One can hope that this down time won't last too long.
What was interesting on 6/30/13 was the fact that the ride did not open with the park at 10:00 (or as of recently, Gold Striker has been opening 30 minutes late). It was "experiencing technical difficulties" and didn't open until around 1:00 or so. Due to the heatwave the bay area is getting hit with, much of the crowds flocked to Boomerang Bay, leaving some really short waits for Gold Striker. This made a great way to get last rides in as several of us were aware of the looming ride closure after the 30th.
An update: The ride's closure has made it to the local news and the article can be read here
There is hope that the ride could be ready for this weekend!
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