California’s Great America
San Jose / Santa Clara, CA
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (8/3/17) While the parks initially closed down their own similar style rides after the accident in Ohio on a “Fire Ball” ride took place, Cal/OSHA has approved three similar rides to reopen this week:
La Revoluction at Knott’s Berry Farm
Delirium at California’s Great America
Beach Blaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
(7/24/17) ThemeParkOverload has posted a review and photos from the second annual Taste of Orleans festival held at California Great America, along with some new photos of the 2018 coaster construction site which is apparently being referred to as SR1 for the moment, which could stand for Single Rail coaster.
(1/26/17) CGA will have one less ride this season, as they have already removed the Firefall (Top Spin) ride from the park.
2017 - Patriot / Vortex Floorless Conversion - (4/4/17) The Patriot at California's Great America held a special grand-opening ceremony this past week.
(8/19/16) After being rumored as being in the works for the past two years the park is finally going to pull the trigger and convert Vortex into a new Floorless coaster to be renamed as Patriot for the 2017 season. This will be the same layout as Vortex is now, just converted to use B&M Floorless trains which will provide a much more comfortable ride experience. The new trains will be blue and white and from the look of the concept artwork the coaster itself will be repainted to have some nice blue tracks as well.
For now you can get your “Last Stand” on Vortex now through September 5th, then Vortex will close down to being the transformation.
2018 - Railblazer - (8/17/17) California's Great America has announced Railblazer for 2018, and as rumored, this is an RMC Raptor style coaster that appears to be a mirror image of the same one going into Six Flags Fiesta Texas. However that is where the similarities will end, because Railblazer will have trains themed as if you were riding an ATV and a stunning landscape full of tunnels, fake rock-work, ditches, water and more as you go on a wild off-road journey that includes a 100 foot tall vertical drop and 3 inversions along the way.
The scenery on this ride is just stunning, so check out the animated preview videos below and prepare yourself for one heck of a wild ride. Oh... and if the artwork is accurate, Railblazer will also feature 3 trains.
(8/12/17) Screamscape sources have confirmed that Railblazer will indeed be a mirror image clone of the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, but with only two trains instead of three, which more than likely means that it wont have the same moving platform station feature the Six Flags ride will have either.
(8/11/17) A construction update from CGA has been posted to Coaster Demon this week, showing off the latest progress on SR-1 (aka: Railblazer) and interesting things now painted on the construction wall that features a history of the park's previous coasters.
As for the coaster itself... the latest rumor I've heard about Railblazer is that it may very well be a mirror-image clone, or near clone, to the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster announced for Six Flags Fiesta Texas last week. With the official announcement coming next week, we wont have to wait much longer to find out.
(7/25/16) Apparently just before the construction walls went up at CGA, the park put up an interesting nature park themed sign on the site of the 2018 coaster that had the text "SR1 Summit", "Summit Trailhead", along with direction signs pointing to Accelr8, Intimid8 and Domin8. It has since been taken down, but you can see photos of it posted to CoasterDemon. The look and style of invitation to the big announcement event also done along a similar nature park theme.
(7/22/17) Despite some thinking that the trademarked Railblazer name that Cedar Fair filed for would be perfect for whatever plans they have for Mean Streak at Cedar Point, I've been hearing that the name is more likely to be dropped onto the new coaster coming to California's Great America. After all, the invitation to the park's big announcement event does say that that, "California's Great America BLAZES a new path in 2018". (Note: The emphasis is mine only, just to point out the key word)
(7/20/17) Good news, California's Great America is set to announce something new on August 16th, where "California's Great America blazes a new path in 2018. Embark on the adventure."
(7/7/17) California's Great America has started a fun teaser in the park about what they have planned for 2018. A pair of white tire treads have appeared in the pathway near the former Invertigo site, leading from the pathway to the edge of the concrete in a rather erratic, out-of-control fashion. Meanwhile in the grass is a survey stake with 2018 written on it.
(6/21/17) According to the Santa Clara online permit center, the application submitted by CGA for a new roller coaster is actually now for one that is 110.5 ft tall, up from the previously talked about 100 ft height. While we’re on the subject… the latest rumors swirling around now believe that CGA could end up being the home to the first RMC Raptor coaster project. More as we find out, which could be right after July 5th, as I’m told the next meeting about this project with the city will take place that day.
(6/14/17) While it is too early to say much on the rumor front, the popular speculation about what CGA may be working on for their new coaster project is divided into two camps... those who want the park to add the first Intamin Mega-Lite coaster to North America (like Piraten at Djurs Sommerland) and those who are wanting a Chance GT-X style coaster like Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom. mini style hypercoaster layouts are compact and fairly intense.
Remember, these are just what many of the coaster fans are wanting, and not anything that is even rumored yet. Just speculation, hopes and dreams about what could be added to the proposed site that is only around 100 feet tall.
(6/12/17) According to Screamscape sources California's Great America looks to be planning to add a new rollercoaster to the park for the 2018 season. This was confirmed this week when the park submitted plans for a 100 foot tall coaster project to the City of Santa Clara for review, with the site chosen being the former site of the park's long removed Invertigo coaster. Anyone know more about what's on the way?
???? - Future Park Plans - (1/26/17) Good news for California's Great America as CoasterDemon reports that the Santa Clara City Council has unanimously approved of the park's new master plan and needed rezoning. Meanwhile Coaster101 got a look at the expanded final proposal from the park, as presented to the council, which offers a few more details about just what they have planned for the park. Items of interest include mention of a launched coaster, a steel hypercoaster, as new flume ride, suspended family coaster and even a new family/child friendly sized wooden coaster.
(12/12/16) According to an article posted by the NoCal ACE website California's Great America is gearing up a new 20-year Masterplan for the park that would see a number of new 200 foot tall (and taller) rides into the park's future as well as an expanded waterpark and some remodeling of the park's main entrance. In fact, it seems a 200+ page report on their future plans has already been published for public viewing on the City of Santa Clara's website ahead of a planned meeting to go over it that may take place as early as December 19th.
(3/31/16) Cedar Fair and California's Great America made a huge announcement a few hours ago regarding the park's future. Not only did they announce their intention to buy the land under the park that will soon be put up for sale by the city, but they have also applied to make zoning changes for the property that will allow them to add more new tall rides to the park (over 200 ft) without jumping through as many hoops as before, or annoying complaints from neighboring office buildings.
Add onto this a new plan that would see a new entertainment complex built just outside the park's main gate that would incorporate the existing amphitheater, but would be open to the general public. In other words, it looks like they intend to build their own version of a Universal CityWalk project, which certainly would help keep the site alive and active all year round, though size-wise a better comparison may be to think of it being more like the Marketplace outside Knott's Berry Farm. Some great images of the new proposed use map for the property and other important notices can be found at GreatAmericanThrills.
Looking at the new map, a few interesting items stand out to me right away, such as #10 where they plan to build a "Major Attraction" such as a "Steel Roller Coaster" or "Water Coaster" on the site of the old Invertigo. There are several spots listed as #11, where they are planning new family attractions (kiddie coasters, climb & play structure or family flat rides), plans to build a Ropes Course and Dinosaur's Alive attraction in the Grizzly / Demon area of the park, further expansion of Planet Snoopy, a re-branding and expansion of the waterpark, as well as plans to build a new dedicated entrance to the waterpark from the new Entertainment District, and plans to "Re-market" the Vortex Roller Coaster (likely the rumored conversation from Stand-Up to a Floorless coaster).