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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:40 pm
by CaptainUnknown
HOLY FOTHERMUCKING DONKEYSH!T James Monroe Iglehart is doing a recording for Cedar Fair!!!! :br :lover: I got to see him in Aladdin when it was still in previews on Broadway and I fell absolutely in love with him as the Genie. He almost did a better job than Robin Williams :angel: . I hope the song is a cover of the Scooby-Doo sounding cheesefest from the SFGAm Demon

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:38 pm
by WayCool64
CaptainUnknown wrote:HOLY FOTHERMUCKING DONKEYSH!T James Monroe Iglehart is doing a recording for Cedar Fair!!!!

IKR! I was shocked that Cedar Fair was able to get someone like him, and for something like this even. What's next, are they gonna get Lin-Manuel Miranda to record a brand new song for the park? (That'd actually be pretty cool, and I would totally give CGA all my money in support if they could do that.)

CaptainUnknown wrote:I hope the song is a cover of the Scooby-Doo sounding cheesefest from the SFGAm Demon

I believe that it may be a cover of the original song, as that song used to play in both Great America parks when Marriott used to own them, plus in the article written on the blog they said that they were "recreating and recording a new theme song". So we can fairly guess this may be a new cover (which I really hope ends up sounding great).

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:35 pm
by Domm
Checked out haunt last night (Sunday). The skeleton key rooms were awesome. All 5 are brand new this year and extremely interactive. The 2 new mazes were also great.

Chaos house is all about visuals. Lots of psychedelic-like experiences with strobe lights, crazy painted walls and best of all a room that appears to have a foggy film-like waist high surface that makes the scares surprising. Backwoods, which is planted on a stilted platform inside the old Pictorium, was also great. Less scares but incredible attention to detail on everything from the backwoods lodge bedrooms to the swampy walkways connecting everything. Definitely inspired by Voodoo at Knotts.

The bad! Demon reignited? WTF. So much potential to make the ride experience great again by lighting up the tunnels. Instead of taking the time to do it right they just added a few different colored strobes in the two tunnels and the music was too quiet to hear anything. No fog. The waterfall in the corkscrew was a good touch and even splashed a little on our train.

Maybe it's just a matter of a pretty quiet night at the park being the first Sunday, but on our backwoods walk-through two yellow jacket wearing park security guards were right behind us the majority of the time ruining the experience- from the moment we went in. We're minding our own business being respectful all night, WTF? Pissed us off badly. We're platinum pass holders with the season fast lane add-on, purchased the fast lane plus skeleton key on the least busy night of the weekend and this happens. I asked the guys if there was an issue and if we could please have some space and still they're right on our A$$.

Should have made the Demon like it's Gurnee counterpart below, instead did some quick and easy strobe lights
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:36 pm
by laqueefa
That's disappointing to read... I was hoping they would go full blown LED's in the tunnel. What a miss.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:27 pm
by jray21
TPR was invited to California Great America for the 2017 Haunt media event! We got a first hand look at everything that is being offered this year, including the Ed Alonzo show, Chaos House, Demon Re-Ignited, and more! We started off with a lights on walkthrough of Backwoods, then we had a great dinner with a presentation about everything that is happening at California Great America. Afterwards, we got some Fright Lane Passes and some Skeleton Keys and went out and experienced everything they had to offer! CGA has 5 Skeleton Key Rooms, 3 Scare Zones, 8 mazes, and 5 shows. They are :

Skeleton Key Rooms: Post Mortem (RIP Amy!), Aftershock (Most startling), Witch's Lair, Panic Room Escape (great, but we sucked!), A51

Mazes: Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors, Roadkill Roadhouse, Backwoods, Chaos House, Zombie High, Toy Factory, Cornstalkers, Madame Marie's Massacre Manor

Shows: Blood Drums, Ed Alonzo's Pyscho Circus of Magic and Mayhem, Nytewalkers, Sideshow, Opening Scares

Scare Zones: FearyTales, Jester Town, Underworld Alley

If you get a chance, go! It was a great event and they do a very good job at themeing and the scare actors are great! The skeleton rooms, while very short, are very unique and are worth it. On to the pictures!

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:02 am
by CaptainUnknown
I love those laser effect style rooms. A few years ago, I worked a contact haunt that had this style of room. So our actor would just sit in the fog below the laser line and grab peoples legs.

But the real question: has the park released James Monroe Iglehart's demon song yet?!

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:10 am
by RAWKIN_coaster38
Great TR! Your comments had me :lol:

Like this gem:
Oh no, it's a football player and he's not taking a knee!

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:37 am
by alilstronger
Great report!!! The haunts look well done. Now are they actually scary?!

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:07 am
by thrillseeker4552
Does anyone know what rides are open for Winterfest this year? I searched around their website and couldn’t find a list. I’m thinking of heading up there for the first time in December to get some final use out of my Platinum Pass before the end of the year. Thanks in advance.

Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:57 pm
by Vonni
That looks like a great haunt!