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by retlawfan
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: the GREAT AMERICA parks today
Topic: New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)
Replies: 6
Views: 7577

Re: New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)

It appears Gilroy Gardens is part of the deal, but City of Gilroy does not confirm...

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news ... -part.html
by retlawfan
Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: the GREAT AMERICA parks today
Topic: New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)
Replies: 6
Views: 7577

Re: New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)

I wonder what this means for Gilroy Gardens, which is managed by CF. With the big sister park right up the street, it was a natural fit. Now, with the nearest CF park in SoCal (Knott's), I wonder what will happen. And, it's too bad we didn't get to see more of Matt Ouimet's influence on the park. He...
by retlawfan
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: the GREAT AMERICA parks today
Topic: New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)
Replies: 6
Views: 7577

New Owners of California's Great America (Santa Clara)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- The 49ers plan to build a new stadium next to Great America amusement park in Santa Clara received a boost today. Real estate investment firm, JMA Ventures, announced it has reached an agreement to buy Great America, and work with the 49ers to integrate the park with the...
by retlawfan
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: How about the Trolley?
Replies: 5
Views: 7975

Re: How about the Trolley?

I was unable to find my employee yearbook. If it ever turns up, I'll post what I find.
by retlawfan
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: How about the Trolley?
Replies: 5
Views: 7975

Re: How about the Trolley?

Are there any photos or information about the trolly out there?
by retlawfan
Tue May 26, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Save Great America!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 9630

And "their" Great America is one of the properties that may be sold off (to the SF 49ers even), so unlikely the Great Americas will be reunited in the same family again. :(
by retlawfan
Tue May 26, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Finally made it to Santa Clara
Replies: 3
Views: 4492

We made that trip (the other way - visiting Gurnee) a few years ago. It was a blast. And it was a bit strange. Most things were where they were supposed to be, and some were not. I remember taking a lot of pictures to compare when I got home.
by retlawfan
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: security
Replies: 22
Views: 19451

<<Sad times for the Security family.>> Sad times indeed. There was always something special about that department. I guess when you have to trust people to watch your back, you appreciate them a bit more. Station1: Speaking of Doty(or was it Dotty?) Do you remember Doty "voguing"? There was a fun ti...
by retlawfan
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Little Red Schoolhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 6952

I believe at CGA, the full time nurse on staff retired about a year or two ago. At that point, I think her position was replaced with an EMT (much cheaper).

In the old days, at Santa Clara, there was a full time nurse, and a few EMTs for during the operating season.
by retlawfan
Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: THE VERY LATEST
Replies: 17
Views: 14981

Slight correction: Boomerang Bay (the water park area) was closed. The rest of the park remained open as usual.

Sad news.

:cry:
by retlawfan
Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:25 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Knott's Great America!?
Replies: 14
Views: 15739

If you notice in the above captions from Dorney, BOTH local parks are using the updated names, Knott's Great America and Gilroy Gardens. So it looks like that website is the most up to date, and that CF just hasn't formally announced the new name for the park yet. When I first heard it, I didn't lik...
by retlawfan
Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Which rides do you work?
Replies: 17
Views: 10480

I don’t remember exactly which year(s) it was, but near the end of the season(s) in about 1990-1991, I was trained on many rides as a loader/unloader, and on a few as the sole operator(small carousel, for example). I wasn’t even in the rides department. I would work my regular shift, then work a few...
by retlawfan
Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: The Logger's Run accident
Replies: 15
Views: 26684

They said the RR Rapids rafts could not flip over until about the second week we opened, one raft lingered just outside the station turntable and another left the station and both rafts were side by side and because of the current, the rafts spun against each other and the lighter one began to tilt...
by retlawfan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What Do You Think About the New Highway Sign in Gurnee?
Replies: 11
Views: 5859

What makes it easy is that the Paramount sign above the Great America part seems like it could just be removed easily and be replaced with Cedar fair. Where is that sign? Is it where the old one was next to the 101 freeway? What are those things on the left as the look like little hills, but its on...
by retlawfan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: The Orbit to reopen?
Replies: 11
Views: 10042

"I hated the Orbit. Always puked when I got off it. :?"

Funny. I hate spinning rides, but I loved Orbit.

I don't mean loved in the "It's gone so we can talk in the past" meaning, I just haven't been on it in years.

I hope to ride it again...