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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:40 pm

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
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby WayCool64 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:38 pm

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).
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Domm » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:35 pm

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 ass.

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

Postby laqueefa » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:36 pm

That's disappointing to read... I was hoping they would go full blown LED's in the tunnel. What a miss.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:27 pm

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!
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We arrived at CGA! Don’t forget to get your season pass, it’s an incredible deal!
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We’re all ready for a fun filled Haunt.
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This is everything the Skeleton Key and Fright Lane Pass get you into.
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Obligatory entrance photo.
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First thing of the night is a lights on tour of their new maze, Backwoods.
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The entrance to Backwoods.
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I'm sure this will be nice and relaxing place for a vacation.
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A closer look at the front of the vacation home.
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At night, you can sense something isn't right.
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Lots of areas to walk back and forth and be scared in.
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Deer hunting and gator heads are always a nice touch.
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The dogs here are a very special breed.
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This is a great looking werewolf/monster/thing!
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Next up was some amazing food!
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The vomit was especially good.
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As was the blood soup.
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I couldn't tell if the RIP stood for rest in peace, or what you will be doing after eating brussel sprouts.
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The marketing team gave us an overview of the event, and talked a little about Railblazer and the Winterfest.
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Flight Deck was running very good as always!
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Chaos House is one of their new mazes.
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The scare actors are always a lot of fun.
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Here's one of the skeleton keys. This one was the Aftershock, it was short, but had a good scare.
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A propane tank this big can only mean there will be a lot of fire!
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The witch starts off the festivities for the night.
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The Demon has returned!
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It's finally getting dark!
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Jester Town is ready to scare you to death!
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It's not even dark yet, this kid doesn't stand a chance.
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This was one of our favorite scare actors of the evening.
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Next up was a special preview of the Ed Alonzo show. You have to see it! It was really good!
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One little spark....oh wait, wrong park.
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Great dancers!
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There's knives, comedy, and magic.
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This box had about 5 girls come out of it. I need to get one of these!
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One really long balloon.
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Um, no comment.
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What other show has a duck and drag! Honestly though, I was super impressed with his magic!
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The demon eyes are still here!
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Next up was Wax Museum.
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The Phantom of the Opera.
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It can't be Halloween without a Dracula.
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Dr Frankenstein did a good job recruiting people for experiments.
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And who doesn't enjoy a good exorcism!
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Anyone in need of some spare parts?
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Creepy mannequins to walk through.
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It looks really nice from the bridge.
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Next up was a walk through the FearyTales scare zone.
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It was a unique area, but not quite as scary as the other areas.
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Zombie High brings back all the suppressed evil memories of High School!
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The entrance.
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The principal didn't last very long against the zombies.
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Oh no, it's the Michael Jackson/Cher zombie!
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Few things are scarier than books!!
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I always hated the evil projectors.
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That must have been on hell of a party.
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The theater had a really nice creepy feel to it.
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Oh not, it's a football player and he's not taking a knee!
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Toy Factory was as good as it always is.
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One kind of frustrating thing was these spiders were very hard to find, if they even had them. They are the entrance to the Fright Lanes, and some didn't have them so you had to guess where the entrance was.
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They had a lot of these creepy things.
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A nice bucket of body parts.
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This little thing creeped me out. If it would have ran towards me, I would have screamed.
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"I came in like a wrecking ball!"
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Oh no, a haunted Game Boy!!
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This doll just wants a hug.
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Cornstalkers is another classic.
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And yes it does have a ton of corn stalks!
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There are a ton of creatures that can hide really well in the corn.
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Demon looks really good when it's backlit with fire!
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I'm guessing I'm about to be scared.
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This little dude was a champ. He didn't even budge.
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Demon re-ignited was a lot of fun! They did a good job at adding life to it.
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Of course, Gold Striker is still an amazing ride.
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The park looked really good with al the different lighting and effects.
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Blood Drums put on a good long show with fire, sparks, and of course, drums!
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Girls and fire are always a good mix.
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Roadkill Road House is one of those disgusting and disturbing scary mazes.
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There are no limits to what they will grill!
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It looks like freshly butchered human is on the menu tonight.
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I thought McDonald's got rid of the pink stuff.
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That me after 8 weeks of the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass.
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Creepy hot dancers are always a plus!
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The show had some great dancing, and great stunts!
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They had some great BMX stunts in a pretty small area.
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This is one of the rollerbladers trying to escape from the zombies.
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They also had this wall trampoline where they did some pretty cool tricks.
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After the show, we headed back to Backwoods. The maze is really nice looking in the dark.
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This information board pretty much tells you that you're going to die.
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This creepy dude definitely let you know that you weren't wanted in those parts.
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Did I mention that there was fire!
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Next up was the Chaos House. It wasn't so much scary as it was an attack on your senses. It was like an adult fun house.
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This room had a cool laser effect that was hard to get a picture of.
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Our last maze of the night was also the hardest to find. It took us three full laps around the park before we found it. It's across from Demon, behind the Invertigo field. It's Madame Marie's.
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The Voodoo blacklight rooms looked really good.
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I'm sure she was a sweet girl.
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Be careful of the psychos!
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Don't go towards the light!
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You are the main course for dinner!
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That's it for our review! CGA did a great job on their Haunt this year, and it's definitely worth a visit!

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:02 am

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?!
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:10 am

Great TR! Your comments had me :lol:

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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:37 am

Great report!!! The haunts look well done. Now are they actually scary?!
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:07 am

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.
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Re: California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:57 pm

That looks like a great haunt!


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