California's Great America Update - January 28th, 2023
Ride Refurbs and a January Park Visit!
It's an exciting year this year at CGA, it's the first year that the park is open year round! For the next couple months it'll be weekend only but that's a lot better than being closed like it normally is! Today was my first visit since New Years Day when the park was still decorated for Winterfest. Don't expect a massive update today since there wasn't a ton going on but lets get going!
Nothing too shocking today. The board says ME is closed but as we'll see, that's not the case...
The remnants of the skating rink are still in sight. So no fountains yet but they're on their way
Ice is not a super common sight here in the Bay Area!
The stage behind the carousel is totally taken down
The reindeer stable is still partially up!
The booths around the RB plaza are down and it really opens up the area
Taking a look over at the construction site from last visit
This wall is up blocking any sight of it. Wonder what's happening behind!
The first of the ride refurbs we'll see is Drop Tower, which is down until next month
The vehicles are in pieces
The skeletons look pretty cool!
Tiki Twirl was also closed!
There are some shiny new signs up for the picnic grove
So there's been a big rumor going around that Centrifuge's days are numbered and that a Zamperla WindstarZ ride will take its place
I certainly don't know ride clearances and the WindstarZ isn't a tall ride by any stretch of the imagination but it does seem like it might close to the sky ride. We'll see!
Continuing onward, the former splash pad has most of its tables cleared out and is now just a strip of turf
A quick aside, there were lots of characters out this visit!
Good to see the park pulling out all the stops on a quieter day
Over in Planet Snoopy the Character Carousel is closed
And the tarp that normally goes over the roof is completely gone
Mass Effect is open! But not operating continuously for now, just shows every 30 minutes
The tarp that normally covers the other theater was completely off
Nothing too crazy behind there, I assume they're just doing some normal maintenance
Something cool that's new: themed trash cans!
Only saw them in All American Corners and Orleans Place but good for the park, it's so cool!
Ohh Bay Area, I love you but you make me laugh sometimes. I think the goldest so far this winter was like high 40s for a day or two?
The new sign on the exiting billboard
And that'll finish up our update! Not a ton like I said. But it's good to see the park open year round. I'll keep my eyes out for any more movement with that rumored ride. I'll be back in the park in the beginning of March!