CGA's Gold Striker is amazing!
I can't believe how much this coaster has slipped under the radar here. Having got several rides on this coaster over the last few days, I have to say it more than deserves a second look from enthusiasts. It's easily the best coaster GCI has built since Thunderhead, and imo, even tops that one. Relentless speed, marvelous floater airtime, and just a kick from beginning to end. This isn't just another GCI, it is perhaps their best to date.
CGA finally has a winning ride on their hands, and if you live anywhere in California, it it worth the trip!
I rode Gold Striker toward the end of June. It landed in my top 10 wooden coasters, and is at the top of my list of GCI's. It's absolutely fantastic, and for me, it makes Great America a destination park.
On that trip I visited Belmont, Knott's (twice), Scandia, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Great America, and Discovery Kingdom. I'm been meaning to do a full trip report for the past month and a half, but the task almost seems insurmountable...
I'll get around to it eventually. And when I do, I will RAVE about Gold Striker!
Coaster to Park Ratio: 4.79 / Steel to Wooden Ratio: 2.55 / Wooden Coaster Percentage: 28.1%
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I have to do another full CA trip soon - I went to Knotts, Belmont and Sea World last August but was at a conference in San Diego and didn't have time for any other parks. I've never been to California's GA - never been up that far north. I'd like to visit the park someday for sure.
I'm about 2 hrs drive away from CGA so it's a bit of a trek (and 680 is a boring drive), but Gold Striker certainly makes it more appealing.
I drove down on April 30th for the first preview day and was lucky enough to have a second-to-last row ride on the very first public train. I went back last month, and will definitely making at least one more trip this season. If Gold Striker wasn't there, it probably would have been one trip instead of three.