6.04.2014

A General CGA update

Great America is now in full time operation and is running in its summer hours mode. This means that you can now start riding coasters and such after dark! There's been several things happening at CGA over the past few weekends that we thought we'd like to share. While many of these are "small things" it really makes the whole big picture look even better!




Our friend and site partner Great American Thrills shared some images with us, as well as a few images we took.

Let's start with a look at Flight Deck. The obvious change at Flight Deck would be it's paint job but there's even more! The only way you'll see it is if you actually have to wait in line! If there's no line, you'll walk right by it.




The props behind this bay appear to be working, minus the windshield wipers.
It has sat dark for many seasons.




 Moving along, some improvements have happened over at Rip Roaring Rapids. They restructured the queue significantly as you now pass by Lake 2 (and the coin op geysers) as you enter the Rip Roaring Rapids line.

Along the way, we couldn't resist a ride on the Flying Eagles ride :)



During reconstruction



Finished and open!
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As we venture further toward the back end of the park, we noticed that one of CGA's star flat rides is still down. By the looks of it, this could be down for quite a while! Notice anything strange here?

As you can see, the floor isn't sitting level, but sloping downwards.
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On a more positive note, Drop Tower seems to be running better after having a rough start of the season.

Since we're in the area, there's some stuff to check out over at the park's other wooden coaster, Grizzly! As we said, the minor improvements goes a long way!

We'd like to point out that Grizzly is running great this season! Really smooth
and feels like it's running a little faster!

Not is only the coaster getting TLC, so are its queue handrails! No more chipping
wood or splinters!
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Heading back to the wooden coaster up front, Gold Striker, there's a few things we'd like to share, as well as a few fun photos! We took the fish-eye lens to the park and wanted to capture the feel of Gold Striker's drop wrapping around the plaza and Star Tower :)

Let's get the not-so-fun out of the way first. Gold Striker's fencing
got some (not so nice) artwork over the past few weeks.
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We had some fun with the fisheye lens and the Gold Striker structure :)



Feel like you're on top of the world yet?






Lastly, we'd like to end the update with some night-time activity and changes. First off, we'd like to point out that Delta Flyer/Eagle's Flight (Von Roll sky ride) was running after dark! This offered some nice evening aerial shots of the park!

Notice anything on Star Tower? Well, let's check out the rest of
the aerial shots first!




A closer look at Star Tower - LED flood lights were installed
on top of the cabin, illuminating the tower as the cabin ascends!
This looks really neat at night!

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And that's it for this update! Stay tuned for more bay area park updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook! Also be sure to visit Great American Thrills and give them a like!