New planning documents have revealed that California's Great America is planning to construct a 236' tall ride for 2019 or 2020. Based off of the park's 20 year master plan released last year, the location of the proposed structure will either correspond with the tower ride, or hyper coaster.
The coordinates of the new ride will be located where Peanuts Pirates (a HUSS Breakdance) currently lies. Coming off of a large investment with Railblazer this season, it would be unlikely that the park is already planning for the hyper coaster next season. Considering the construction period of the ride, it is a possibility that they have already filed for the hyper coaster to be installed for 2020. Of course, none of the heights correspond with the ones listed in the original plan, as many projects are modified slightly before final renderings.
Ignore the arrows, but this image is the only clue that we have to help give us perspective of the future. The hyper coaster would be the long straight yellow lines that turnaround along the Eagle's Flight flat ride. The ride's station would either reside where the go karts currently are, or where Log Jammer used to be. Marked by the red cursor in the Google Maps image, the tallest point of the ride would be there in either scenario.
This makes me believe that a Star Flyer model will be coming in 2019, and the hyper coaster is tentatively scheduled for 2020/2021. Let's explore both possibilities:
Case 1: Star Flyer in 2019
- A Star Flyer would fit on the ride pad of Peanuts Pirates
- Coming off of Railblazer, this is a smaller investment, but enough to market
- Valleyfair's North Star ride is around the same height (230 feet)
- The "star" attraction of the chain in 2019 is scheduled to be a Dive Coaster at Canada's Wonderland
- The hyper coaster would have to cross at a diagonal for its tallest point to be at the cursor
Case 2: Hyper Coaster for 2020/2021
- Logger's Run and HMB Endeavour have been removed to clear land leading to Eagle's Flight
- Paperwork is being completed earlier to account for the large scale of the attraction
- If the Star Flyer is coming in 2019, the go kart attraction could also be removed to make way for a station/queue area, which is diagonal from the location on the documents
- This gives Cedar Fair more of a buffer zone to spread out capital investment
- Although there is always a tolerance, the hyper coaster was slightly taller than the submitted height
All of this is speculation, but I am reasoning why I believe that these two attractions will fall into this plan. A Star Flyer is a great supplementary addition to help ease the blitz of removals that CGA has been undergoing. Then a couple years after the marketability of Railblazer has worn off, CGA would build their next "big thing".
As more updates come along, we will post them right here as always. Check YouTube tomorrow for a video update!