Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016, California’s Great America delivers fun for the entire family. From roller coasters and engaging live entertainment to the family-friendly Planet Snoopy and Boomerang Bay Water Park, Great America has attractions fit for parents, kids, and everyone in between. Read on to find out what exciting adventures the theme park has in store:
New for 2016: Great America has teamed up with video-game studio Electronic Arts to create a first-of-its-kind guest experience. The dynamic new attraction will feature settings and characters from EA’s critically acclaimed Mass Effect videogame series.
Thrill rides: Great America is home to more than a dozen coasters and thrill rides, including Gold Striker, named "California's Best Wooden Coaster," by California Coaster Kings, Flight Deck, Demon, and Drop Tower. There are also plenty of family rides, from the world's tallest double-decker Carousel Columbia and the Rip Roaring Rapids.
Boomerang Bay Water Park: During the summer months, cool off at Boomerang Bay. It features a wave pool, waterslides, and a lazy river to enjoy the California sun.
Planet Snoopy: Hang out with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and everybody's favorite beagle as they welcome little ones to a kid-friendly area complete with rides and shows.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
Raging Waters San Jose is one of California’s biggest and most varied waterparks. Rides include: the twisting and turning Barracuda Blaster, which features 500 feet of snaking slide before a final plunge into a pool; the Bombs Away, with its 200-foot straight drop followed by a dizzying inverted flume; and the Dragon’s Den, where you can enjoy hurtling through the dark and slippery enclosure while trying to figure which way you’re facing. Raging Waters has annual and season passes that go for next to nothing during the winter months, making them a great deal when summer finally does come around. They have a main food court that features some surprisingly decent fare, a Subway, and a local BBQ shack called Sharky’s.
Each year, the creative team behind Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions fills its disturbing setting with elaborate plots suitable for the silver screen. Far from sitting passively, audiences step into the scene beset by a cast of horrifying creatures. Before entering one of the immersive attractions, The Meat Factory or The Church, guests pass through the preshow Midway of Terror attraction. In the Meat Factory, terrornauts stumble through a maze of wending dead-ends festooned with meat hooks and body parts, behind which hungry creatures lurk. In the Church, visitors tour an apocalyptic wasteland populated by undead carnivores and toys that have a little bit of battery life in them.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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