California's Great America Update - May 26th, 2023
NorCal County Fair Opening!
So obviously, the big news this month is the opening of the new NorCal County Fair Area! Like I've been theorizing (no inside info here - it was pretty easy to see with the repaints), we had the dated Action Zone, replaced with the much more natural California County Fair Area. The new attraction in the area isn't quite open yet (we'll cover that when it happens of course) but I still went and am here to let you know how it is!
We'll cover the area from right to left! The area starts with this new sign in front of the Redwood Rally turnaround
Speaking of, Barney Oldfield's has become Barney Oldfield's Redwood Rally. With a new sign
Both up top and throughout the course
The graphics are great
There's plenty of scenic elements throughout the course
And the "race" ends at the finish line of course!
There's even a little bench for spectators by the finish line!
Have I mentioned the awesome graphics throughout the ride?
You can see the course in the queue
As well as 4 cool posters in the queue I'll add here
Let's keep moving! On the backside of the basketball game is a little scenic element thats' well appreciated
But the best part of the area by far is Larry!
He does in fact sing! (obviously there's not a real chicken in there)
Close to the finish line of Redwood Rally is a much needed set of picnic tables that'll be a great place to watch the new ride when it opens!
Speaking of, lets take a closer look at the site for the new ride: Pacific Gliders
First, the wall is in around the same place as it was last time
But this time with a mix of new concept art and ride logos on it!
The Redwood Rally logo looks great
And the Pacific Gliders concept art looks great
Some more art and teasers on the wall
And now with the new picnic tables opened up, we can get a new view of Pacific Gliders construction
Still no vertical construction but it says that it'll be ready this summer
It's a much better view than our previous spot to look!
Continuing over to Drop Tower, we have a new sign!
Which looks fantastic
The planter is still unfinished. I have to assume that it will only be finished when the fences are down and there's more room for guests to walk around
The games area also got some fresh paint
And new graphics
I'm partial to this one
And I appreciate this little detail! They definitely didn't have to put labels on the game bottles but that they did means something I think
Over at Tiki Twirl, it's not quite ready yet
Psycho Mouse's paint makes sense now! We just need a name that's more fitting to the area. Maybe this offseason?
So yeah, in case it wasn't obvious, I'm a big fan of the area. It's not some massive new coaster but it's what the park needed which was a little bit of a facelift to an old, decaying area. The colors and the new graphics and the new theme fits so much better and I can't wait to see the energy that the new ride will bring the area!
Now that we've got the big stuff done, let's look at the little stuff in the park this month!
It's Memorial Day Weekend at the park where military and vets can get into the park for free
I think this is a new sign over at the Soccer Challenge near Railblazer. Don't think it's related to NorCal County Fair so I'll put it here!
The floral tunnel is back grown again!
Over at Centrifuge, it looks like the ride isn't quite open again yet
South Bay Shores opens for the year tomorrow!
I managed to catch a last minute lifeguard training!
Over in Planet Snoopy, looks like Music Goes Round and Around is sticking around
And the stage for it looks just about what it was before
Elsewhere in Planet Snoopy, the sign for Sketch School is still up but I don't think it's still being offered
The stage in front of Great America Theater is still up
As is the one behind the carousel
And that'll wrap up the update! NorCal County Fair is an awesome freshening of the worst looking area of the park (Action Zone). Although it's headline new attraction isn't open yet, the area is already worth a visit for the breath of life it breaths into the area! Make sure to check it out!