Hey there Park Journey readers!
Today we are bringing you a full update of the construction that is happening at California's Great America. We previously published an article with our Top 5 Guesses on what's coming for 2018, and boy a lot has changed since then! The project area has significantly grown in scope, making some of our smaller choices highly unlikely.
Written by Andrew Cunningham
Today, we're going to give you a construction update (taken on July 29th), and we're going to summarize what has been done so far.
In case you're just joining us, let's start with the basics:
Now, for what's newer:
And for those less familiar with the park, here is an overview of the current areas that will be included in this update:
Let's begin by talking about the current construction zone, highlighted in Orange on the map above.
Pictured above, you can see the teaser wall that the park has been promoted on social media. There is a trail, with 16 different markers reserved for a different coaster in the park's history. We'll get up to 15 with the parks current and previous lineup (they will count Vortex/Patriot and Turn of the Century/Demon as two), and the 16th spot will be reserved for the new attraction.
Opposite to Demon's entrance, there is a teaser area where we can take a peak into the construction area.
Through the wall, we currently just see a lot of dirt being pushed around.
Now let's go take a look over by Whitewater Falls...
Whitewater Falls was operating with one boat left on the ride. I'm not sure how long it's been down to one boat, and if that is normal or not.
Above you can see the work being done behind Whitewater Falls. On the left of the building, there is a forklift with the other two boats sitting out of the water. On the right of the building, there is a digger with ground construction happening.
Above, you can see the construction area as seen from Star Tower. Nothing is vertical yet, so not too much to see.
There you have it! We have a walls, construction equipment, and a bunch of dirt!
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