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Breaking new ground “RailBlazer is the first of its kind on the West Coast,” notes Rehnborg, “featuring a single rail track throughout the course of the ride. The level of anticipation our guests had for the ride showed us just how much excitement there was for this coaster. Since the ride’s opening earlier this spring, our guests have consistently remarked on how smooth, intense and unique the experience really is." “I have ridden RailBlazer at least a half-dozen times,”


Rehnborg admits, “and was lucky enough to be on the very first train. It is a truly incredible roller coaster. As amazing as the 90-degree first drop, high speed and intensity of the ride are, my favorite part of the experience is standing in the station and watching our guests’ reactions as they come back in after riding. When I see the cheers, the clapping and the smiles—that’s the best part for me.” The design spirit of the ride is reflective of an off-road


adventure, with immersive sensory theming that embraces the great outdoors of the Bay Area and Central Coast. Once on board, riders will ascend a 45º climb, dive into a ravine and encounter steeped embankments representing an extreme four-wheeling journey. Imposing physical elements during the ride and queue line include a natural waterway, rocky surroundings and a trailhead marquee sign designed to mark the beginning of the journey.


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the club California’s Great America is a 100-acre (40 hectare) theme and water park and is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment. The company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels.


Enhancing the guest experience “The entire RailBlazer project allowed us to present a new type of experience to the region,” Rehnborg reflects. “Not only did we open a world-class attraction, but we also made sweeping place-making upgrades and midway enhancements. Since the coaster’s opening, we have seen guests visit specifically to ride RailBlazer. As excited as we are about this ride, we are equally enthusiastic about how RailBlazer serves as a first step in the buildout of the park, which will greatly enhance the overall guest experience for years to come. RailBlazer is one new attraction in a series of park updates made possible by a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment. We are committed to keeping California’s Great America as Northern California’s premier family entertainment venue.”


The choice of RMC to build the park’s new ride was


easy. “As we evaluated potential partners,” Rehnborg recalls, “it became clear that Rocky Mountain Construction’s raptor roller coaster was a perfect fit, given the company’s success with other innovative rides and the innovative style of roller coaster they were proposing. RMC delivered a ride that is quickly becoming a guest favorite.” “RailBlazer’s design is completely revolutionary, so we


took the time we needed to ensure it was going to be an amazing experience for our guests,” Rehnborg concludes. “Once they ride, guests will know it was well worth the wait. I think any park would be lucky to have such a unique attraction in their portfolio of offerings. We took great care in positioning the ride and queue in such a way as to maximize the visual impact on riders, guests waiting in line and those who are simply there to watch others ride. This is a great attraction for refreshing an area of our park, and I would encourage others to utilize this style of coaster in the same way.”


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