May 9

Gold Striker Coaster Promotional Shoot

I attend a special promotional shoot for the new coaster "Gold Striker" at Great America. After work I pick up Brent at his office next to the park. After entering the park we wait in a long line of guests ready to enter the coaster's queue line. Soon we joined by Jim and Trevor. There were quite a few people at the shoot so we only got a few rides in. This was also Jim's 250th coaster, quite a milestone! Afterwards Brent and I had dinner at Yo Yo Sushi in Santa Clara.

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  • The long line of guests for the shoot

  • About to enter the queue line

  • In the queue line with Brent and Jim

  • After the first drop there is a high speed banked turn by the queue line

  • About to ride the new coaster

  • Brent and I ride the first car for the first ride... sweet

  • Jim's 250th coaster

  • One of the highly banked turns on this fast coaster

  • FWEE

  • The covered first drop wraps around the Skytower

  • The high speed banked curve after the first drop

  • The Columbia carousel

Official POV from Great America. Note the plywood walls on certain sections of the ride were not yet installed.