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California’s Great America
San Jose / Santa Clara, CA
Cedar Fair Entertainment



icon_STOPPark News - (8/28/14) First thing I have confirmed that Gold Striker finally reopened over this past weekend! Hooray!! Now for some Haunt news!
    Halloweent Haunt is coming back to California’s Great America from Sept. 26 to Nov. 1st on select nights and will feature 2 new mazes, 2 new shows, 1 new themed attraction and 1 new scare zone.
    New Mazes: Roadkill Roadhouse (freshly cut ribs and meats from every kind of animal…) along with Wax Museum Chamber of Horror (but are the figures real or are they just wax?). Also returning: Dia De Los Muertos, CarnEvil, CornStalkers, Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor, Zombie High and Toy Factory.
    Joining the Fun House Express attraction will be something called Mirror, Mirror. The new scare zone is called Ironworx, a world of flesh eating machines in a steam-filled battlefield. It will join returning favorites: The Gauntlet and Underworld Alley.
    Live Shows: Academy of Villains (NEW), Nytewalkers (NEW) with the return of Blades of Horror and Ghostly Glow Party.
    Also new this season will be Fright Lane Passes with Skeleton Key, allowing those to have them admission into a special Skeleton Key room at five of the mazes where “they can witness a special act of horror – if they dare.” Click here for all the official details!
    (8/27/14) Anyone planning a visit to California’s Great America for the remainder of the season may want to recheck the park’s posted schedule. It seems that the park will be doing exactly what they feared they might be forced to do, which is close down the theme park completely during all of the San Francisco 49ers home games. Of course, it makes it a little easier when the park is getting paid $12.5 million from the team as compensation to do so, turning over the theme park’s parking lots over to the new Levi’s stadium to use.
    Right now the park’s online schedule already has the park listed as being closed on September 14, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5th and Nov. 2nd. The last day of the 2014 season will be on Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2014.
    (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.
    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.
     2014_0806_CGA_GoldStrikerClosed(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.


2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...



Track Record

California’s Great America
San Jose / Santa Clara, CA
Cedar Fair Entertainment

Abbreviation: CGA
(formerly: PGA)

Newest Developments:
2013 - Gold Striker

2010 - Planet Snoopy

2008 - Firefall

2007 - Great Barrier Reef

2006 - Survivor: The Ride

2005 - Boomerang Bay Pt 2

2004 - Boomerang Bay




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