Great America announces new name, Huss ride, wood coaster for 2009

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:01 PM | Contributed by SFGAdv lover

Great America will be transformed in 2008 starting with a new name -- California's Great America. Part of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company's family of theme parks, California's Great America's new name signifies exciting new additions to the popular attraction as well as a 14 million dollar investment from the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company over the next two years.

Taking guests head-over-heels this season will be FireFall. This new thrill ride will take 40 brave riders to a height of 60 feet, then subject them to 360 degree vertical arcs as they twist, turn and spin through both fire and water effects. FireFall is manufactured by Huss of Germany and promises to be the hottest ticket in 2008.

In 2009, California's Great America will add to its roster of thrill rides a new world-class wooden coaster. This copious coaster will boast a lift of 104 feet and take riders on a two minute ride at 52 mph through a twisting first drop, low to the ground S-turn, and a high speed station fly-by! Designed by Great Coasters International, this ride promises to take coaster enthusiasts to new heights.

Read the full press release on PR Newswire.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:24 PM
Finally some good news for California and with my dad moving near Sacromento in the coming months, I think that two hour drive is going to be worth by 09.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:24 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar These both sound like good investments. I haven't read much reaction to the existing outdoor top-spin plus effects, but it must be better than the one at KI or they wouldn't have bought another one.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:37 PM
Oh yes. These multi-million dollar investments over the next couple of years definitely sounds like Cedar Fair planned to unload the park since the acquisition. (rolls eyes at a select few unnamed persons)
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:46 PM
I doubt they bought the topspin, because geauga lake has one, they could just ship it there, and build the new effects for it, and do things that texas twister never had.

The stats on the coaster are close to what the villain has but its a custom coaster design not a GCI*** This post was edited by MagnunBarrel 10/25/2007 4:48:07 PM ***

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:48 PM
^ No.

The stats are actually exactly like that of the Renegade at Valleyfair! 104-feet tall and 54 mph.

Also makes note of that twisting first drop.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:48 PM
WooHoo. FireHaw....errr FireFall. I think FireBall would have been a better name since the ride spins, but oh well.

It's nice to see CGA is getting a new GCI though. Hopefully CP sees one of these eventually. From the rumors I've heard, 2009 is going to be a big year for additions in the CF chain.

Does anyone else find it odd they've already announced the coaster for '09? Don't they usually hold off on big announcements like this to not damage attendance in the year prior? Like, if people were on the fence about going to the park, they'd now just wait until 2009 since the "big ride" is going to be new then?

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:50 PM
Is this the Top Spin from GL? Also, I wonder when we'll see a rendering of the coaster. Apparently CF is on the GCII love train now, so that can only means good things for us. Who knows - Maybe we'll see a GCII'd Villian at CP in the next couple years ;)
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:52 PM
^ It's going to be a "Renegade - West." Stats are exactly like the Valleyfair! Renegade GCI. Press info also mentions a twisting first drop, just like the highlighting point on the Minnesota coaster.

Won't be too surprised if they name the Great America one Renegade, too. :)

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:02 PM
Jeff's avatar Huh, I thought Cedar Fair hated wood coasters. I mean, someone said they'd never build a "nice woodie" because only big expensive steel coasters that set records were on the agenda.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:03 PM
Two new rides, yippie!!!! I'm excited to see CF put some money and investment in Great America. I'm not big on the name change, but it doesn't matter much since all of us locals will still refer to it as great america.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:06 PM
"Does anyone else find it odd they've already announced the coaster for '09? Don't they usually hold off on big announcements like this to not damage attendance in the year prior? Like, if people were on the fence about going to the park, they'd now just wait until 2009 since the "big ride" is going to be new then?"

They probably want to up the value now, so if the 49ers want to buy the place, they'll have to shell out even more.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:09 PM
I wonder how much this coaster 'really' costs to build.

In VF country, it was built beyond the dike wall and also involved some wetlands replacement, which increased the final construction expense...

-'Playa

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:17 PM
What does this say about the stadium issues?

I'm sort of bummed if the new GCI becomes a Renegade clone. It would be nice if the coasters are similar but not exact. And I'm not talking mirrored either.

Looking at Google Earth, my bids for location is accross the pond from Top Gun, or by the Skycoaster.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:40 PM
I too think it is odd how they announced 2009 plans already. I'm not sure on what advantages that could even be. It's unlike Cedar Fair, for the most part.

As for the cost of the coaster. Don't forget that they have to earthquake proof this one. So you may never know the actual price.

No one commented on the new name. When the Paramount was dropped from all of the parks, Great America was left as a name that can be highly confused with Six Flags Great America. Which sounds dumb, but say a family plans a trip to California and hears about Great America. They do a search on Google and Six Flags shows up. With California's Great America, the park once again differentiates itself from SFGA.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:51 PM
I heard from reliable sources that the coaster will be placed behind Xtreme Skyflyer and where Whizzer once stood and also where the Imax (will be demolished) is. Again, that's just what I heard. The area behind Top Gun is not a very good location for rides considering there are tons of house bordering the lake.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:51 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar There's no way the top spin is Texas Twister from GL. Firefall at KD has a ride carriage which seats riders facing both forwards and backwards.

....plus Texas Twister just got a paint job this season, so that'd be a waste too.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:53 PM
I liked "Knotts Great America" better.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:06 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Maybe they'll get replace Grizzly with the new woodie. ;)
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:23 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar ^^^Did I miss something. Where does it say rides will sit facing forward and backward? Also, if they were going to buy a new Top Spin, I think they'd get an 80 seater instead of a 40. I think this Texas Twister.
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