We've reached that time of year when Haunt comes to and end and CGA would be facing that lovely "off season." But things are a bit different this year as we have WinterFest in about a month. Great America will have a brief hiatus before the gates are reopened for their first Holiday event in a long time (Not including Global Winter Wonderland). With this last weekend of normal operation we have a general park update. Let's start off with Patriot.
Much of the visible work is done on Patriot at this time (painting) and work continues on the actual ride system upgrade. We'll let some of the photos do the explaining.
|Retractable floors are in the process of being installed. Hoping that the station itself will get a roof,|
something park fans have been wanting so they aren't roasting in the summer heat.
|Drive tires and friction brakes have been pulled off the brake run. Patriot will have magnetic brakes installed.|
|The newly painted tower matches Patriot's blue track. You can also see the difference between the tower in the foreground and the tower just ahead with its dull blue paint.|
|Heading back from our "round trip" on Delta Flyer/Eagles Flight, old paint in foreground, |
new paint on the last 2 towers. They pop! It's also raining further down in Los Gatos, at the base of the mountains.
Winterfest scenary continues to appear among the Haunt festivities, with a lot of things taking place back stage. One of the things we noticed was as one exits Wax Museum, you're greeted with giant steel candy cane structures, all part of Candy Cane Lane.
|Candy Cane Lane will serve as a temporary path between Home Town Square and...All American Corners/Mass Effect area. The back of the park will be closed off so rides on Demon, Grizzly, Drop Tower etc will have to wait til next year.|
|Entry from over by First Aid|
|Where two holidays collide :)|