California’s Great America will introduce a groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, for the 2018 season. RailBlazer will be the first coaster of its kind on the West Coast featuring a single rail track throughout; the design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, the coaster will give riders an unobstructed view of the ground and air as they speed smoothly over the twisting track. Continue reading “RAILBLAZER – A Single Rail Coaster Coming to California’s Great America in 2018!”
Byron: California’s Great America has begun hiring for their 10th season of Halloween Haunt. As someone who has worked as talent at the park before, it’s a great part time job that pays well and is a whole lot of fun. If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to reach out. Otherwise, check out some additional information released by the park below. Continue reading “Halloween Haunt Hiring”
Alexander: Here at CCK & CCCK, we spend a lot of time focusing on Southern California. This year we’ve expanded our focus to include parks across the country and around the world – but this week we return to our roots for bring you an update from, not Southern California, but the road-slightly-less-traveled-as-of-late, Northern California.
Byron: The Northern California theme parks have undergone some pretty significant changes, and in this article we aim to address the goings on at California’s Great America and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. With the opening of a new exciting ride behind us and the announcement of another in the near future, there’s a good bit of ground to cover so let’s get started. Continue reading “NorCal Early Summer Recap”
Sean: It was time to spend a full day at California’s Great America again, it has certainly been a while, so instead of writing a general park update, we combine park update aspects with a bit more of a trip report approach, telling you a bit about our excellent experience at the park! Continue reading “California’s Great America – Trip Report June 2017”
California’s Great America will celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks set to patriotic music each night from July 1-4. Additionally, current and past military men and women will be honored with free park admission (with valid ID) July 1-4 and can bring up to 6 guests for just $22.99 each. Continue reading “CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA TO HOST FIREWORKS JULY 1-4”
Byron: Last weekend we were able to experience the all new Red White and Brews event at California’s Great America. Located in Hometown Square, Red White and Brews offers a variety of beer, food, and wine offerings as well other games, attractions and entertainment to keep those of all ages entertained. Below we’ll break down what it has to offer specifically as well as made us like this event so much. Continue reading “Red White and Brews at California’s Great America”
Boomerang Bay Water Park And New Red, White And Brews Festival Open May 27
SANTA CLARA, CA – The Bay Area’s summer season officially kicks off at California’s Great America this week with the park beginning daily operations on Thursday, May 25 and Boomerang Bay Water Park and the new Red, White and Brews festival openingSaturday, May 27. Memorial Day is also the final opportunity for all current or past military members (valid identification required) to receive free admission and buy up to six additional tickets for just $30 each. Continue reading “CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA OPENS DAILY MAY 25”
The Hometown Celebration of Americana Food and Fun is May 27-29 & June 3-4
California’s Great America will add to its incredible lineup of live entertainment and festivals with Red, White & Brews, a hometown celebration of Americana food and fun taking place May 27-29 and June 3-4. Red, White & Brews will bring the Hometown Square area of the park to life with locally sourced food experiences, more than 25 regional craft brews, Northern California wines, Bay Area bands, outdoor games and kids entertainment. Continue reading “CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA INTRODUCES RED, WHITE & BREWS”
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is pleased to announce that California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100% of its electricity use with renewable energy through SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program. Santa Clara Green Power is a renewable energy program that allows Santa Clara residents and businesses to purchase 100% solar and wind energy. Continue reading “California’s Great America Purchases 100% Renewable Energy from Silicon Valley Power to Cover Electricity Use”
Byron: California’s Great America was nice enough to invite us to the media day for their new ride experience for 2017; Patriot! After a 25 year run as one of the first B&M stand up coasters, Vortex closed last year to receive new floorless trains and be converted to Patriot. Below I’ll go over what the media day and opening ceremony consisted of, as well as my thoughts on this new ride experience.
Jeremy: It’s time to head back to California’s only large regional park with an off-season… You’ve guessed it, California’s Great America! As most of you know, this last weekend was opening weekend, so we headed out to the Santa Clara theme park to see how the off-season treated the park. Continue reading “California’s Great America – OPENING WEEKEND 2017”
California’s Great America showed off the brand new Patriot trains a while ago, and during the park’s off-season, lots of work has been done to convert Vortex to Patriot. The Stand-Up to Floorless conversion is the second one to take place in the Cedar Fair chain. The park just released a video showing off the cars being placed on the freshly-painted blue tracks! Continue reading “Patriot Trains Are Being Placed on the Tracks at California’s Great America!”
We took a small break after a year of constant construction updates, attraction openings, backstage tours, park updates, trip reports, out of state trips, and of course Halloween and Holiday events. We’ll be back like never before in the new year and are sharing our final thoughts of 2016 with you right now! Continue reading “2016: Final Thoughts”
We had the opportunity to visit the brand new Winterfest at California’s Great America on opening night. We were very impressed by the scope and detail of the event, especially considering that this is its very first year. Below you’ll find what you can expect as far as attractions and entertainment as well as our more specific opinions. Please enjoy the following write up from California’s Great America’s Winterfest! Continue reading “Winterfest at California’s Great America”
WinterFest, the brand new holiday event at California’s Great America, is just around the corner. With the new information on the event that we received, we thought we would take this opportunity to outline the details of the event, give our thoughts, and gear everyone up for California’s newest holiday event! Continue reading “WinterFest at California’s Great America”
We’ve rated and reviewed many coasters and rides over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 20-11 in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part FOUR (20-11)”
The transition from Vortex to Patriot at California’s Great America has continued. Although upon a first glance it may appear that progress had slowed, many slightly more subtle yet very important changes have taken place. Below we’ll outline the continued progress of Patriot, please enjoy the following update. Continue reading “Patriot Update #2”
We’ve rated and reviewed many coasters over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 40-31 in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part TWO (40-31)”
Vortex at California’s Great America closed last month to undergo the conversion into the Floorless coaster: Patriot! The transformation includes of course Floorless trains and a fresh coat of paint. So much work has been done, it’s hard to believe it’s only been a month. Please enjoy the following update on Patriot.