Monday, January 05, 2015
Today I have some nice "special guest photos" from Ken Martinez to share, featuring Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara, California (circa 1984). It is now called "California's Great America", and is owned by Cedar Fair. I used to drive past this park once in a while when some of my siblings lived in San Jose, but never actually went to it; I think it might have been closed during large chunks of the year, opening for the Spring and Summer.
As always, Ken has provided some helpful info to go along with the pictures. This first one is a view from the Sky Whirl (an Intamin Triple Wheel). A triple wheel?? I think Magic Mountain used to have a double wheel (as did Hershey Park), but I don't recall ever seeing a triple wheel. Nice view!
Here's another shot from the Sky Whirl, looking at a coaster called "The Demon" - a loop/corkscrew coaster from Arrow Development. I wish I had a "then and now" comparison so that we could see how the Santa Clara Valley has changed over the last 30 years.
Now we're at ground-level looking at the corkscrew section of The Demon roller coaster. Wheeee! I wonder how much change (and how many wallets/hats/cell phones/dentures) they find in that pond at the end of a day?
There's one of those free fall rides; this one is called "The Edge". I haven't decided if I like free fall rides or not! I guess the old "Maliboomer" at DCA was OK, and I do like "Tower of Terror", so I guess I have to vote "yea".
Here's another shot from the Sky Whirl, this time featuring The Tidal Wave, which Ken tells us is an Intamin shuttle-loop coaster. Reminds me of Magic Mountain's "Montezooma's Revenge".
And finally, here's a very nice shot of The Tidal Wave in action. I still love loops in roller coasters, especially looking out to the side to watch the world turn upside down. It's freaky! But fun.
THANKS to Ken Martinez for sharing these photos with us!