Monday, April 20, 2015

Thrilling Rides At California's Great America!

Cork Screwing Around Flight Deck

Great America has many thrilling rides including the unwanted thrill you'll get if you wait to buy your ticket at the gate - $64 per person! Luckily, my daughter and I went with a friend whose mom had discount coupons from her work.

This is not a budget trip. You’ll want to buy your tickets online (saving $20 to $25 per ticket) or get coupons from your work if they offer it, or check out your local Costco and see if they have a deal on a season pass. Of course you can also buy the season pass from Great America (buy it online!) The Season Pass includes parking. I had to pay $15 for parking! But enough complaining, this is why you go to Great America . .

A nice atmosphere - they've made changes to the park's environment since I was there over 20 years ago.

A Cool Place To Relax
Nostalgic Music From The Double Decker Carousel Columbia
A Very Small Bit Of Small-Town Charm

Young children will love Planet Snoopy - we were excited to see Snoopy too!

Most Beloved Beagle
Emerging From Behind The Camera -  And Snoopy’s Ears!
Peanuts Pirates
Sally’s Love Buggies

Thrill rides - the biggest draw for tweens and teens

Gold Striker - 108.2 Feet High, 53.7 Mph
Recovering Well From The Drop Zone - 22 Stories in 4 Seconds!
50 Miles An Hour Of Flying Fury - My Daughter’s Favorite Ride
The Tiki Twirl - Tilting And Twirling, Enough Said
Firefall  - Featuring Unpredictable 360° Vertical Arcs - My Daughter Hated This Ride
Firefall Continued, About To Go Upside Down And Stay That Way, For What Seemed Like Forever -  Ugh
The Demon

Opening hours
Interactive directions

If you go: we went during spring break and the park was wide open, no crowds, no lines, it was great. But don't expect that in the summer. It will be crowded and hot, so try to get there as soon as the park opens. Luckily there are several water rides that will get you soaking wet; even better, they open up a water park in the summer called, Boomerang Bay. Bring a bathing suit and towel for that one.

Food is standard amusement park fair, meaning not too great.  There are lockers, water fountains, plenty of bathrooms and even an EMT staffed first aid station - is that a good sign or a bad sign? Well, as I always tell my kids, make sure you're locked in and have fun!

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