California's Great America Update - August 26th, 2022
All American Corners is (Mostly) Done & Markings Near Drop Tower
Back for another update from California's Great America. This is a little delayed vs the YT video but that's perfectly alright. This month, we have some really cool stuff around the (almost) completion of the All American Corners refresh as well as some interesting markings around the Drop Tower area. What do they mean? Who knows? But we'll show you what we see!
So we've been covering ongoing work in the All American Corners section of the park since the parks reopened last year. And this year finally brought us a (mostly) finished area! And our new ride for this year: Liberty Twirler! Let's jump in and see what this new area looks like!
First off, as you enter the land from the north passing Mass Effect, you'll see this lovely sign welcoming you to the new area
Here's the area map, so you can locate yourself as we walk around the area
The former games stand near the entrance becomes Route 76 Get it and Go, a general souvenir and supplies stand
On the corner past the stand, we see one of the remaining pieces of the land: what looks like some sort of food or dessert stand
Going clockwise around the area, we see the new ride in the area, Liberty Twirler!
The ride looks great!
The area always felt like it needed another ride and this is a great one
Not my jam personally but every good amusement park needs a scrambler
Based on the white rocks, it seems like the park is still finishing up some details
Headed past American Cafe, we get to the gazebo in the center of the area, now home to the Corner Notes show
Continuing on, I just wanted to point out how impressed I am that even the basketball game gets a fresh skin
The former arcade still lives on but it gets renamed to Penny's Arcade and gets some fresh paint
For any arcade enthusiasts that are curious, here is the smattering of machines inside
They appear relatively unchanged from how it was before I think
The former Game Time got split up into 3 separate establishments, Pit Stop
And Filling Station. My guess is as good as yours that these will host some mix of quick service restaurants, bars and souvenirs but we'll wait and see
I enjoy the little details throughout
And finally we get to (IMO) the star of the area: Orbit!
After sitting for the better part of 3 years, the ride is finally back open!
The ride got some much needed TLC, looks great and runs great too. Good to see CGA putting love into a classic (and rapidly disappearing type of ride
And there you have it! The area also brings back both the Flyers and Rapids. The area has become one of CGA's best looking overnight with a dense mix of rides. Check it out on your next visit to the park and I think you'll be delighted
Hmmm... What's this I see?
Markings all over the place near Drop Tower
All different kinds
Do I think this is a smoking gun for a new ride? Doubtful.
All of this is near the entrance to the former Tooth Fairy haunt. If Haunt is no longer a thing then maybe that building could be repurposed
So my money is on the renovation or demolishment of that building
But I could be wrong!
We'll keep you up to date!
Let's start off like we usually do and cover what rides were closed at the park in my visit. Not too much this time around
Crews were in the park working on what I presume is the stage for Tricks and Treats
This was an action, dancing, BMX show last year for Haunt but I'm curious to see what it'll be for Tricks and Treats
The dying green tunnel is a good sign that the end of summer is fast approaching
Seems like there were some fresh new signs in the Tiki Twirl line. They look great!
A local radio station set up shop in front of SBS's entrance for the evening
There are only 2 major events left this year! Tricks and Treats and WinterFest
Looking forward to seeing what they have to bring us!
My favorite voodoo doll finds its way in front of Voodoo Charm for the time being
Since it was a Friday night, the park brought back its Friday Nights event!
Of course it brings live music, both on the main stage...
But on the gazebo as well
You can buy drinks from this bar in front of the stage
Or at any number of booths around the square
People seemed to enjoy them!
And what good is drinks without food so there's plenty of tasty food too. These events are so great and the lines for the rides are pretty minimal so I definitely recommend them!
Railblazer thunders by. You wanna know something weird? I haven't ridden RB once this year. Love the ride but more and more I find it messes with my head and I have to be in the mood. Maybe I'm just getting old
Psycho Mouse catches my eye every time I walk past it with its nice new paint scheme
Flight Deck remains a fantastic ride that so many sleep on
And that's all we have for this update from the park! I love what CF has done in refreshing the All American Corners section and I hope that the markings near Drop Tower are the start of something similar for the Action Zone area of the park. We'll keep covering and let you know if anything has changed!