California’s Great America Plans to Open Rethemed Section With New Ride
California’s Great America on Thursday announced a new ride and themed section for the park’s 2023 season.
What was formerly the Action Zone area of the park, will be rethemed as NorCal County Fair, a “Bay Area backyard-inspired” section that will feature a new ride, Pacific Gliders. The ride, a WindstarZ model from Zamperla, will allow guests to be “the captain of their own experience as they catch wind like a real hang glider.”
In addition to Pacific Gliders, the Barney Oldfield Speedway antique car ride will become “Barney Oldfield Redwood Rally” with updated scenery and a brand-new design:
Drivers will be transported back in time with cars replicating the earliest roadsters on an extended track, passing over a dozen billboards and signage of California landmarks. Kids take the wheel (with a little guidance from underneath), control the gas pedal and take their parents for a drive. It is almost a rite of passage for California’s Great America kids and parents alike.
The rethemed attraction, renovated games gallery, upgraded picnic area and their newest new ride will pay homage to the region’s well-known sights and icons while celebrating Northern California’s rich history and culture:
From hiking and rafting amid the redwoods, soaring above the coastline’s sandy beaches, cruising along wonderful scenic roadways, to enjoying the great fresh food and wine grown in its vast agricultural fields, Northern California has so much to see and do. NorCal County Fair will be just that: An all-new ride, a retheming of a beloved attraction, a renovated games gallery and a fully upgraded picnic area for more fun in the sun.
Guests will also find new games and other activities at the Games Gallery.
The current County Fair Picnic Grove will also receive an upgrade.
See an animated video of the new area below:
For more information about NorCal County Fair, visit the California’s Great America website.
This news may be surprising given last year’s announcement that Cedar Fair sold the land the park is built on to a logistics real estate company, which plans to close the park within the next decade. However, it’s good to see that the park is still investing in the guest experience.