Hey there, Park Journey readers!
California's Great America is now open for the 2018 season, so we were excited to drop in and check out what's new. The park is currently debuting Backyard Bands and BBQ, a limited engagement food and entertainment event that runs March 31st to April 8th. There is a lot of work happening around the RailBlazer site, plus some really nice merchandise arrivals to check out!
Written by Andrew Cunningham
Starting off, we are checking out Backyards Bands and BBQ, the new BBQ food event that is taking place around the RailBlazer "great outdoors" themed area. Above is an overview of the event, with the food and beer booth on the left and the stage for bands on the right.
The event consists of a food booth and a beer booth. You can see the menu and prices above.
Not a bad way to enjoy some nice weather at the park! I started out with the Serrano Mango Sausage and the 21st Amendment Blood Orange IPA.
We also tried the Smokehouse Chipotle Sausage and RailBlazer BBQ Pork Shank.
Once the RailBlazer construction is done, there will be a permanent stage to host future entertainment in the area. For the time being they are making use of a temporary stage. This area is going to look great once everything is complete!
RailBlazer construction is in full swing right next door. The track is complete, so it looks like most of the focus has moved to the rockwork, queue, station, and catwalks.
I love how the inversion is going to fly right above the entrance plaza and signage. This will definitely be a "signature shot" when everything is up and running.
You can see that there is still a ways to go on the theming and station. There will also be a water feature once everything is finished!
There is a great themed RailBlazer merchandise display in Inside CGA. They have a nice selection of mugs, water bottles, and apparel.
I gotta say, these RailBlazer bears are super cute! Want!
Overall, California's Great America is doing an incredible job of making 2018 the most exciting year ever at the park. The theming, food, entertainment, and merchandise is all coming together to create an incredible atmosphere in the park. It's so exciting to see Cedar Fair make these investments into the park, and we can't wait to see how everything progresses.
Thank you so much for reading!