Today was a great day at California’s Great America, with the soft opening of Mass Effect: New Earth to the public and relatively short lines for most of the rides, and it was a great day for a park update! With that said, let’s get this started!

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Gold Striker was running fantastically today (like it has been running all season to this point).  I was lucky enough to score a front row ride, even with the harsh assigned seating policies.

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I have to say this is my favorite line to be in at the park just because of how close you get to the train after the first drop.

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Next, I went to go see if Mass Effect: New Earth was soft opening today, and sure enough, it was open right when I went to it.  Unfortunately I was not able to take any pictures inside the theater, as the safety video said not to, and I did not want to have my phone taken away from me by the park.  Down below are two shots of the banner they have to cover up the front of the side of the Action Theater that they did not refurbish for the ride.

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When you go through the queue line, they have two nice plaques about the Normandy, the spacecraft featured in the game, and the Mass Relay System .

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They also have two cool statues of the uniforms the crew wear on the Normandy.

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Short Review: It was great! The visuals in the film looked amazing, and made good use of the biggest 3D LED screen in the world.  All of the effects were working perfectly and all of the movements were synced up to the film.  The seats are also very nice, much more comfortable than the old Action Theater seats.  The actor they had in front was also integrated very well with the film and the effects, serving as the tour guide/pilot for your adventure.  The biggest plus about this attraction: you don’t need to know anything about the video games to know what is going on. Everything is explained nicely, making it fun even if you had not even heard of the video games. Here is a shot of the banner outside the exit, which mimics a post card from the planet the ride features, Terra Nova.

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Next was Flight Deck, which is running amazingly for it’s 23 years of age. The track is still very smooth, with no B&M rattle at all, unlike Vortex. There were also a few nice changes to the ride I noticed while at the park today.

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One noticeable difference is the refurbished train they put on, with great looking restraints.

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Another difference is the addition of play card kiosks, where you put money on a card, and then use them at various games around the park. I think this is a good idea, as it will be easier to play the games, and for a parent, to make sure you know what your kid is using your money for.

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Tiki Twirl had a very long line today, so I didn’t bother to ride it.  It is still not using the fire effects it originally had.

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Grizzly was not operating while I was at the park, which is fine by me, as I don’t mind not having crushed legs and hip for the rest of the day.

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As I was walking to Demon, I stopped by to check how the new Coke refill station in the food court is coming along.  It appears that they still need to do a good amount, but it will be a nice thing to have, as it will be the only one in the park.

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Even with the good looking new paint job, Demon is still as rough as ever.  Even when you hold your head forward, it still hurts an extreme amount.  There is, good looking new paint job and foliage around it though.

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Thank you for checking out my first California’s Great America park update! Much more content to come, so be on the lookout!

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