In the first part of California’s Okay America, we explored the park’s ride collection and also discovered the severe downtime the park is prone to now. Be sure to check out California’s Okay America (Part 1) and comment!
Continuing on, Califorina’s Okay America still has a collection of good rides; however what I have noticed to be the real draw is the addition of the water park. The water park was clearly the most crowded and all the slides had the longest lines of the day. With some decent theming and a good supply of water, it was a hit and a great addition to the park.
Problem is, the water park replaced what the park desperately needs today, a major coaster. Stealth, was the world’s first flying coaster built by Vekoma International. It was your typical flying Dutchman but would have added so much more to the park. A real thrill is what hte park lacks today and the faint memory of Stealth is still there as its footers (pictured above) are still left in the water.
CGA features a nice collection of flat rides. Drop Tower (what an awful name) is a massive Intamin Drop Tower that takes you 240 feet into the air and flings you down like a coin off of a building. I have ridden this several times and every time I drop a little faster then my pride and scream like a girl.
Survivor: the Ride is right next door and is a Zamplera Mega Disco. Not only is it well themed, but there are lots of elements that make it great for riding over and over again. For example, Tiki Mask spray mist riders faces and then fire shoots out of the torches on the hill closest to the entrance. Unfortunately the fire effect often doesn’t go because it is controlled by guest in line and their participation in the tribal chants.
Physco Mouse always pulls a crowd. I can’t really say much about this one because it is just your typical wild mouse coaster. Nothing special.
The best themed area in the park is surprisngly the Nicekelodean area. There are always fun characters roaming around interacting with guest and it is under appreciated of all the effort the park puts in to please the smaller guest. Of course, children love the play areas that Nickelodean Central has to offer.
This is just really unattracting to me! Here on the left we have a themed building that makes you feel like you are in a different place but on the right we have an exposed back stage that reminds you that you are in the real world, at just an okay amusement park. Just add another building to cover up the back stage please.
Overall, this park is good, not bad, not great but good. It has a nice collection of rides and if the park could add one major steel coaster, a dark ride, and a few more water slides, the attendance numbers would soar! I do look forward to coming visits to see how this park progresses through the season and I hope they take note of the problems stated in this two part blog post and make corrections.