Yesterday was Media Day for the amazing new ride RailBlazer at California's Great America. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what an amazing event it was. Thanks to California's Great America not only for inviting us out, but for building RailBlazer.
I'm also still trying to wrap my head around how much I absolutely LOVED RailBlazer. Because I really did love it. It's just a very fun and unique ride.
Written by Gregg Condon
First let's start off with some videos, the first being me making a fool out of myself on the Reverse POV.
Note: We also took some Reverse POV in the back row but are having some issues (old SD card). Going to try and recover it but it's not looking good. Stay Tuned!!
And of course, the actual RailBlazer POV!!
Lastly, some of the most amazing B-Roll footage I've seen from any park on any ride. It's seriously amazing and you should all watch this. Like a lot. =)
Let's get on with the Media Day Festivities!!
Good Morning CGA!!
Why Hello There!!
It was a perfect morning
Some pics of the ride in motion, be sure to click through the slide show
Test Seat!! I didn't have any issues with the leg room. The shoulders are a bit snug, but not too bad.
More pics of the ride in motion. Honestly enjoyed taking pics of this ride so much!!
As you can see, those in attendance were having a blast!
It's just beautiful to look at
Oh yeah, they fed us, and fed us well. Sausage Wrapped in Funnel Cake Batter was a favorite.
The new stage looks great, food festivals in this area are going to be awesome.
Berserker and Whitewater Falls also got some new signs and landscaping!!
Merchandising, Merchandising, Merchandising!!
RailBlazer the T-shirt. RailBlazer the Water Bottle. RailBlazer the Hat. RailBlazer the Teddy Bear.
RailBlazer the Magnet. RailBlazer the Keychain.
Quick shout out to Flight Deck. Happy 25th!!
Now back to our regularly scheduled ride pics!!
And of course, the opening ceremonies complete with fireworks!!!
We had such a great time at the park, RailBlazer is amazing. I think we were all happy with it and almost kind of shocked at how much we totally loved the ride. It's probably in my top 20. It's THAT good.
Hope you all enjoyed!!
Over the weekend we headed down to Knott's Berry Farm to check out Ghost Town Alive 2018. Now in it's third year this event is bigger and better than ever.
Follow along with the continuing story of this great event.
Written by Gregg Condon
First, let's check out some awesome video of the event!
Welcome to Ghost Town
Happy Founder's Day!!
The citizens of Calico are out and about
Roger Rabbit Yell!!!
Of course, we couldn't go to Knott's without spending some HangTime ...
This years event is really amazing yet again, we really do need to just go down on a day we don't have to work the next day and take it all in.
This week on Fork Journey, we're travelling all around North America to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of forks.
We've got Canadian forks, Christmas forks, Hybrid forks, Southern Forks. All the Forks you could ever want to see.
Maybe our forks will prove our point to that other point that our points are amazing and we are worthy to point out all of the points the point wants us to point out.
Forks with some Canadian Humor
The newest members of Team Fork Journey, Nicholas and Jeff spread some of their Canadian Humor all over Fork Journey.
Idaho isn't only known for the innovators of the Hybrid coaster and potatoes, they are also known for their amazing forks!! Matt and his wife Rose checked in with the following ...
The Many Forks of Idaho
Hybrid chopstick forks, silver, plastic, stainless steel, even decorative mini forks with handles that look like Christmas lights.
As fork enthusiasts, we see the beauty in every fork, and I do my best to convey that with my photography.
This controversial beauty is reviled by traditionalists, even mocked and cursed as being less worthy than a spork!
What kind of monster do you think I am?!? I wouldn't 'rank' my kids if I had any, so why would I do such a thing? I enjoy them all...
My wife shows off our prized 'Mega Fork' - It can obliterate even the biggest salad bar creation nearly instantly. It's like the gigacoaster equivalent of eating utensils.
Forks with Southern Charm
Randy shares with us how much those in the south enjoy forks
From California where we don't know the difference between Wood and Steel
Some of our Friday Night Fork Journey comments from the Fork Journey Facebook Page
We hope you enjoyed our weekly wrap-up of all things Fork Journey. Join us next week as we join Gary from Coasting with Culture as he checks out the forks of South Africa.
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!
During our visit to the Boysenberry Festival we of course had to take a look at the progress of HangTime.
As you should know by now, the track has been completed and testing has begun (sadly not during our visit).
As you can see from the pics below, progress is now being made on the station, store and queue!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Soon to be the home for all your HangTime needs
If you'll look closely, some of the windows already have glass
The station is coming along nicely
All new mural which will look great with the ride in action
So many twists and turns
Some landscaping should be starting very soon
This was also our first visit since the Sky Cabin reopened so we of course had to get some aerial shots
Switchbacks right in the middle of all the action
And in another bit of awesome news, Xcelerator was testing but sadly never opened while we were at the park. If it hasn't reopened already, it's most likely coming very soon.