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.
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)
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?
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 ;)
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.
"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.
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.
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.
^^^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.