Hey there, Park Journey Readers!
This week, we had a wonderful time touring California's Great America courtesy of our friends at ACE NorCal. There is a ton of work being done at the park right now, including the construction of the highly anticipated Railblazer and land clearing for yet-to-be-announced future attractions.
Come with us as we check out the coasters, construction, and new offerings coming to California's Great America for the 2018 season.
Written by Andrew Cunningham
We began the morning with a walk-back into Patriot's ride area. The blue pain still looks fresh and vibrant, adding great color and brightness to the surrounding midways. We spent much of the day being ushered back and forth through Patriot's service road since Hometown Square is undergoing a massive repaving project.
Now, we know you may have come here for Ralblazer photos, but we came for some food!
The park is debuting a new funnel cake and churro location in the French Quarter, complete with some wild flavors. I really enjoyed the "strawberry shortcake" funnel cake and "hot chocolate" churro.
And yes, that is a pulled pork funnel cake you see there. It actually worked really well, as the sweetness of the funnel cake and barbecue sauce paired nicely with the saltiness of the pork.
Next up, we took a peak back in the coaster shop, where the park performs maintenance on the various trains that run on their rides.
The shop was really fun, as it is decorated with signage from some of Great America's past attractions.
Oh, and there may be some new trains parked in here...
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Did you know that Great America has a secret apartment in the middle of Orleans Square? A remnant of the park's original days as Marriott's Great America, The Consulate is a vacant apartment that is being revived as a private event space for the 2018 season.
Did you know that the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be held at Levi's Stadium (in Great America's parking lot)?
The park was kind enough to put together a concept board for how they will be remodeling the apartment in time for my inevitable Clemson tailgate. Thanks Great America, I appreciate you!
Moving back out to the park, there is still work being done on the removal of Logger's Run and the looping starship. While we are really sad to see the flume leave, these removals open up a ton of space for new additions.
Speaking of new space opening up, we were also informed that 2018 will be the final season for the go-kart track
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the park, the map above shows all the space that will be wide open by the end of 2018.
I'm thinking maybe a waterpark expansion for 2019 and a hyper coaster for 2020?
To wrap things up, we have your daily dose of Railblazer construction. The ride is coming together quickly, with the rockwork and theming being the main focus at the moment.
I can't wait to come back and ride it soon! Hopefully we'll sneak in another construction update or two before the ride opens.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to ACE NorCal and California's Great America for putting together such a fun tour!
We hope you enjoyed yesterday's Knott's Peanuts Celebration update, be sure to check it out if you haven't yet.
Today we've got something for the thrill seekers as we're back for another look at HangTime which had it's track completed last week.
Written by Gregg Condon
The park is celebrating the completion of track for HangTime ... or that other thing. =)
The track is completed, and other than the station and lift hill there isn't a straight piece of track on this entire ride!!
Wish the Sky Cabin was open right about now. =)
A peek behind the wall. You can see they are starting work on the station.
This ride is going to be so photogenic.
Really can't wait for this to open
Another peek behind the wall, not as much to see in this one.
One last look. This would be a really great spot for pics if it weren't for the games.
Thanks for checking out our update, we hope you enjoyed.
We should start seeing more ground work done in the next few weeks. Trains don't appear to be onsite yet so don't expect testing to begin in the next week or two.
This weekend we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm to check out the all new Knott's Peanuts Celebration.
If the park was looking for a way to bring families into the park during the off-season, let's just say they were very successful at that.
Let's take a look at the fun!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's on a glorious January Saturday.
Some really great merchandise for this event
As well as some great decorations
The kite tree has been laying havoc to Knott's Berry Farm
We didn't get a brownie, instead ...
As you can see, it was a very busy day at the park, but everybody seemed to be having a great time
For the first time ever you can meet Pig-Pen!!
And some of his pals. It will be interesting to see how much these piggies grow through the duration of the event. If you've ever been around livestock you'll know they can grow quite a bit.
A cool trolly thing in The Boardwalk. We'll have an update on that thing behind it tomorrow. =)
They've even decorated the construction walls!!
Franklin was out for the horse races
Lots of fun activities in Town Square
A peek at all of the great food available at the Knott's Peanuts Celebration
An all new show, The Music goes 'Round and Around
I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a fan of theme park shows at all, we just aren't the audience for them.
That being said, everybody seemed to enjoy this one.
And anything that gives kids the appreciation for music is A-OK in our book!!
The Grand Sierra Railroad has been transformed in to Beagle Bonanza for the Celebration
Check out our POV of the ride below.
Overall we had a fantastic day at the farm. How could we Knott. (get it)