Semi Photo TR: CGA Opening Day

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Semi Photo TR: CGA Opening Day

Postby Angry_Gumball » Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:49 pm

Well, for those who weren't aware, California's Great America opened today. I was expecting opening day to be busy like the closing day was but it was more like a ghost town. I got a little uneasy as I didn't hear any B&M roars for a while when I got in...closed rides? So, let's begin with the day.

Season pass processing

One of the glitchiest systems ever (that I've seen)! A ton of people who did the E-tickets were having trouble getting the computers to recognize the pass. It kept reading "Invalid number" or something to that extent. They reprinted a receipt for us and got our pass and Cedar Fair jackets. People's vouchers were being accidentally taken at the processing building as well and had some confusion when redeeming their jacket. (Happened to my brother)
So finally, we all got our passes taken care of.

On with the rides
Over to Flight Deck we go. I'm anxious to see the new signage they have going and on arrival to FD, I'm hearing the Top Gun anthem playing...(Why? Are they teasing us?) As I got to FD, an attendent (who stood there all day) told us that it would not be open at all today. For some reason, it kept doing test runs throughout the day. So we head toward Flying Eagles to get some sort of ride going...Vortex also had Diarrhea and caused a lift hill evacuation. Finally snagged a ride on Orlean's Orbit (I still call it that) and over to Rip Roaring Rapids & the log flume. We noticed that Drop Zone, now Drop Tower, was also down. (Again, why? Answer is beyond me, was told that it may not be open today as well) so we hit up Survivor. Seemed to run shorter than usual, didn't see any flames going for the finale. Demon ran amazingly smooth but had no voice when going through the beginning tunnel. So over to the swing ride and sky tower as Screamscape claimed that some prepping work has begun for the new woodie. I will not comfirm that as everything looked exactly the same as it did last season. (Atleast they were correct about Firefall not being up and ready.) We finally saw Vortex running so we snagged a torturing ride on that. I made the fatal mistake of having the restraints too low, shoulder killer. Little did I know, we'd be chilling in the brake run due to yet again another malfunction that lasted about 15 minutes of sitting...I mean standing. (The ops kept telling us to remain seated...??? This is a stand up coaster, aren't we supposed to stand?)

Finally saw Drop Tower "Scream Zone" working so we got on that. Great ride, still had "Drop Zone" stuff everywhere on it. From there I met "Sunfire", TPR member who was hired to run Invertigo. We hit up a couple rides and pretty much called it a day as we all had to get going.

To sum things up: New signs, Flight Deck's sign does not seem to have anything to even do with fighter jets, Drop Tower's sign looks like a cartoon, (I miss that huge neon "Drop" sign) and not all Paramount-isms are gone. They still live on people's bags, some directional signs (That read "Top Gun" and "Paramount Pavillion," wheel chairs, and our season pass forms we had to fill out. Those are so outdated that the boxes you'd check off for when you last went there maxxed out at '06, probably before the Cedar Fair purchase. Got a few pictures to show of the new signs and stuff.

Still retaining the old Paramount logo's shape, with new logo...doesn't quite fit.

Inside CGA...this works only if the letters matched! You can see where letters were replaced.

Why? They could have thrown in a fighter jet or something...It will always live as Top Gun!

WTF? Scream Zone? What did they do? Take Drop Zone Stunt Tower and just eliminate stunt to come up with a new name? So creative! Still a great ride, will always live as Drop Zone.

Lift hill pre-evacuation

Snapped this in Vortex's break run. We were stuck for a while anyway, so may as well do something. Anyway, Firefall is erected (lol, hehe...erected...) but still has a bit more work to be done.

Dark, but front shot of Firefall sitting there. Has some pipes being layed in the ground, probably for electrical/water/gas?

Top Gun?!? Paramount Pavillion? Outdated signage, but keep that "Top Gun" there!

Green Hill Zone! Future area of the new woodie. No prepping yet, not sure how soon they will start this stuff.

These "Drop Zone" signs were everywhere! You can see a couple here. The Paramount ghost is still lingering!

Well, thanks for reading/viewing the pictures, I'm curious to see what the rest of the Drop Tower/Flight Deck treatments got throughout the rest of the former Paramount parks!

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Postby Wes » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:19 pm



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Postby cfc » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:50 pm

Yes, long live Flight Deck! All must praise its holy name!

Sigh! I remember when Marriott's Great America used to be fun.

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:51 pm

Well, I haven't been since 1995, and as infrequently as I visit, I think waiting until 2009 would be the best thing.

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Postby knottslover77 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:52 pm

Wow, all the new signs suck. It seems like the park has fallen a little bit.

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Postby Sunfire » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:56 pm

Yeah, a lot of wierd stuff in the park today. I'm hoping the bugs will be fixed when I go in for work next weekend.

Great Semi-TR. It was nice meeting you!

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Postby SharkTums » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:56 pm

Wow, that TR made me realize I have *no* desire to go to that park this year!

Not that it was a bad TR, just a bad park! :?r

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Postby Alpenguy » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:31 pm

My poor baby... :(

I grew up going to and working at PGA, haven't been since 2004 but don't really care about going back. It was going in an incredibly positive direction right before the end of Paramount, with tons of new theming and tie-ins and Boomerang Bay, and now... Cedar Fair. Time will tell I guess, but the fact that they haven't replaced signs for 2 years now is a bit worrisome.

Nice TR though! :)

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Postby montezooma » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:33 am

I can't believe that new Drop Tower sign. It is pathetic. I am embarrassed for the creative department of Cedar Fair...So So So sad!
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Postby alpengeist04 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:49 am

Thanks for the TR.

I'm just happy I won't be visiting CGA till next summer.


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