California’s Great America
San Jose / Santa Clara, CA
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (8/11/14) While I have yet to get a clear answer from CGA regarding the closure of Gold Striker (they said they would get back with me…) the popular rumor being spread claims that the coaster either broke the lift hill chain (normally a quick fix if they have a spare) or possibly had something break on the lift hill motor (potentially a harder to problem to fix). When we know more, we’ll let you know.
(1/24/14) According to an interesting post at PureCoaster, new bright red paint can now be spotted on Flight Deck, replacing the former all black track color. Could a new name be in the works for the coaster as well? It wouldn’t surprise me, but PureCoaster claims to have heard a rumor that the coaster may be given a new football sounding name like Touchdown, and colors to possible fit right in with the San Francisco 49ers.
Meanwhile the latest rumors about Halloween Haunt 2014 at California’s Great America indicate that Slaughterhouse will be replaced by a new haunt called Roadkill Roadhouse. A brand new maze will be build behind Delirium to be called: Wax Museum: Chamber of Horror. Finally last years’s Dead Man’s Cove scarezone will be retired and replaced by something new called Ironworx.
(8/8/14) California’s Great America will celebrate Snoopy’s birthday this weekend (Aug 9-10) with a special birthday party event, allowing kids to sign a giant birthday card, take pictures with Snoopy and sing Happy Birthday to him at 2:30pm, followed by cake for the first 500 kids 12 and under.
(8/6/14) Gold Striker at California’s Great America has been reported as being closed for the last several days with no explanation. According to the rumor going around, it may not reopen for several weeks as well. I reached out to the park for an official statement, but so far they have not gotten back in touch with me. Anyone else know more?
(7/17/14) California’s Great America will offer a fireworks show every Friday and Saturday night through to August 15th, and then on Saturdays nights only through to Aug. 30th.
(7/2/14) A few pictures of the nearly completed Levi’s Stadium next to California’s Great America, along with some fun park photos as well can be seen at Westcoaster this week.
(6/30/14) California’s Great America announced a new 18,000 sqft. multi-purpose events facility called the Great America Pavilion. The site will be used to house the Red Zone Rally pre-game events for all of the 49ers Home Games as well as other events to take place at the new Levi’s Stadium. The plan is to open the facility three hours before kickoff for all the home games.
(6/24/14) Some new construction work has been spotted outside California’s Great America between the parking lot at the Flight Deck coaster, but I’m told that this is a new upgrade / refurbishment project for the picnic pavilion in this area that will feature a new entrance into the pavilion from the parking lot.
(5/23/14) California’s Great America has some special plans in place to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. There will be a special opening ceremony at 9:45am on Monday that will include a 93 year old WWII Veteran, a military color guard, military vehicles on display in front of the park and an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ available for just $14.99. Plus you won't want to miss the special fireswork show on Sunday, May 25th, at 9:45pm.
Also, for the entire Memorial Day Weekend (May 24, 25, 26) all current and retired military personnel will recieved free admission to the park with valid ID, and the option to purchase discounted tickets (up to 6) for their family members for just $19.99.
(4/4/14) California’s Great America will celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Pride Night” on Friday, May 23rd, “all-inclusive celebration for the entire LGBT community.” For all the official details on the event, see the official event link.
(3/5/14) An off-season construction tour of California’s Great America took place over the weekend and ThrillsByTheBay was on-hand with a camera to document the tour. They’ve got some great close up pictures of the new Flight Deck paint job, along with off-season maintenance work on most of the ride, as well as a breakdown of the various improvements coming to the park for 2014.
(2/2/14) Special thanks to a reader this week for sending in a new picture (see below) of Flight Deck. The picture shows off the new bright red track and light gray supports as painters make the old all-black look vanish forever. Looking good there CGA… good enough for a new name and theme perhaps?
(1/14/14) The latest pictures sent in from California’s Great America show that Flight Deck (B&M Inverted) is getting a complete repaint this winter, with what looks like a new light colored primer coat being applied to cover up the old all black paint job. The question is, will they repaint it the same color or opt for something entirely new this time around?
(12/4/13) Local area readers may want to keep an eye on Gold Striker over the winter. If our sources are right, you may see a few more big tunnels added to the coaster’s layout before the park opens for the 2014 season.
(10/3/13) Halloween Haunt reviews for California’s Great America can be found at CGA Insider.
(9/23/13) California's Great America will kick off Snoopy's Trick-Or-Treat Festival on Saturdays & Sundays from Oct. 5-27 for the 12 and under set who are too young to handle the Halloween Haunt.
They can wear their costumes to the park and trick-or-treat with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, run through a hay maze, decorate pumpkins and watch the Fun House Express video in the action theater.
(8/29/13) California’s Great America will celebrate the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day Weekend activities for the entire family on Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2.
The first 3,500 guests each day will receive free Guest Appreciation Days t-shirts as a thank you for a terrific 2013 season. (Please note Great America will remain open weekends through October 27.) Plus, a fireworks extravaganza will decorate the sky above Great America on Saturday and Sunday nights.
The all-inclusive Boomerang Bay water park, free with admission to Great America, will close for the 2013 season after Monday. Thus, Labor Day Weekend is the final chance for Bay Area guests to experience the water slides, wave pool and lazy river that deliver extensive summer fun to the region.
Guests can also enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ for $14.99 plus tax that includes pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, apple pie, ice cream and soft drinks.
“We always enjoy hosting families looking for that final summer outing on Labor Day Weekend,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “It’s the last chance of 2013 to visit Boomerang Bay and the final three-day weekend of the summer. That always makes for a fun environment at the park.”
(8/9/13) California’s Great America will celebrate Snoopy’s birthday from Aug. 9-11, with the official birthday being Aug. 10th. Each day from noon to 3pm the park will have a giant card for the kids to sign, party favors for the kids and at 5pm the Peanuts Gang will put on a special show at Celebration Plaza that will feature Snoopy’s favorite snack… Chocolate Chip Cookies.
(8/8/13) Screamscape sources tell us that Halloween Haunt at CGA will feature two new haunts this season… Zombie High and Dia De Los Muertos.
2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...