California’s Great America Could Get a GCI Woodie in 2013
California’s Great America appears to be on track to get a much needed shot in the arm. Since plans to sell the park fell through, Cedar Fair is giving the it a renewed focus in hopes to turn the park around. On Theme Park Geekly, Matt recently recapped the park’s current off-season infrastructure improvements. And last month ScreamScape reported that old plans for a GCI wooden roller coaster may be revived for a new 2013 attraction. An archetectual review filed by the park with the city of Santa Clara, might have been the catalyst to this rumor.
Lance posted a few photos of the old plans for the ride. There’s been no confirmation that these exact plans will be used if the park does indeed build this coaster. I thought that it’s layout might be similar to other GCI’s designed around that time like American Thunder (formerly Evel Knievel) or Renegade at Valleyfair, but it isn’t.
I need a good excuse to get to the Bay Area’s theme parks. A new GCI woodie and Discovery Kingdom’s Superman Ultimate Flight are more than enough. In the past, I haven’t heard the greatest things about this park, but hopefully the new management, renewed focus, and its first new roller coaster in over a decade will spur a revival.
What’s Your Take?
Would a ride like this draw you to California’s Great America? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of ScreamScape.