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October 26, 2007

New Wood Roller Coaster and New Attractions For Santa Clara Theme Park

California's Great AmericaSanta Clara, CA -- Great America will be starting off the 2008 season with a new name - California's Great America. The name change is part of a package of $14 million worth of new attractions and entertainment that will be added to the Santa Clara theme park over the next two years by parent company, Cedar Fair Entertainment.

Next spring guests will find a new flipping ride called FireFall at the park. This new thrill ride will take 40 passengers to a height of 60 feet, then subject them to 360 degree vertical arcs as they flip through both fire and water effects. FireFall, also known as a 'Top Spin" is manufacturer by Huss of Germany.

A year after FireFall, California's Great America will expand its roller coaster collection with a new world-class wooden coaster. This yet-to-be-named attraction will rise 104-feet and take riders on a two minute ride at 52 mph through a twisting first drop, low to the ground S-turn, and a high-speed station fly-by.

Designers Great Coasters International has been hired to design and build the wooden roller coaster at California's Great America.

California's Great America also plans to expand its entertainment next season with a new family Ice Show Spectacular. . Performed in the newly named "Great America Theatre", the park says the Ice Show Spectacular will feature a professional ensemble of skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes, and plenty of surprises.

Beginning next summer the park will also expand its operating hours. For most operating days during the summer the park will stay open as late as 10:00 pm. The expanded hours will give guests more time to enjoy the park and attractions.

For the month of October, Cedar Fair Entertainment will bring the Halloween Haunt to the Bay Area. From the creative team of Knott's Scary Farm's Halloween Haunt, voted the "Number One Halloween Event in the World" by Amusement Today, this ultimate, in-your-face, Halloween extravaganza features walk-through mazes, scare zones, themed rides and Halloween themed shows.
The park also plans to continue its kid-friendly, non-scare Halloween themed daytime event, "Nick-Or-Treat."

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