It's nearly our favorite time of the year at California's Great America as the park readies itself for it's 4th WinterFest. We love Haunt, but I think WinterFest has taken our hearts as the atmosphere is much more relaxed and everyone sets their differences aside to enjoy a night out - something much needed in today's world...but I digress.
|North Pole - aka Star Tower. More on this later|
|Giant toy soldiers greet guests as they enter the gates|
We decided to check out one of the final "Fall Bonus Days" at CGA and it lived up to our expectations - light crowds! We decided to stroll the park and look at all of the happenings (and in my case, see it from a guest's eyes) as well as take a peek at South Bay Shores construction.
South Bay Shores construction appears to be moving along at a nice pace and this was the first I have gotten a chance to look at it from Eagle's Flight/Delta Flyer since August (We've been busy with work and life, so these updates don't come too often!). The slide tower is nearly complete with exception of plumbing/electrical, finishing out the runoffs for the body slides, and construction of the pool.
|Slide tower is just about finished.|
|View of the front section of South Bay Shores|
|Footers for the world's tallest....shade structure!|
WinterFest is being assembled at a pretty good pace - with a quick turnaround from scary to merry. We snapped a few photos of the happenings around the park as well.
|Guests don't normally get to see the 60-foot tree in the daylight. |
The mirrors really shimmer in the day!
|1 of many ride "renames" for WinterFest|
|12 Days of Christmas - the holiday overlay for Barney Oldfield's|
|A partridge in a pear tree!|
|Gingerbread Village's new home out in front of South Bay Shores (Former location of Artisan Alley)|
|The "Bloodyard Stage" is getting reskinned as well|
|View from the North Pole - Snow Flake Lake construction - ice is forming and the deck area is being finished up. The front plaza looks really nice with the new pavers.|
|Over at Tinsel Town, vintage style "yard cutouts" dot the area...wait a sec, what's that?|
|Hooray for easter eggs!|
Overall, these "Fall Bonus Days" really were a bonus for us - a great opportunity to squeeze in some thrills before shifting our park experiences to prioritize the live entertainment offerings of WinterFest.
|I love how messed up this raven turn looks!|
|These fall bonus days meant no waits this morning on RailBlazer - got to ride twice back-to-back as nobody was in line :)|
Stay tuned for our next park update - when WinterFest is up and running!