California’s Great America Theme Park

We were hosted by Great America.

This weekend I attended a press event at one of my favorite Northern California theme parks – California’s Great America.  This was a fun barbecue-style event complete with hot dogs, barbecued chicken, some amazing mac ‘n cheese and ice creams galore!  During our lunch, we were briefed on the new and exciting updates happening at the park this year including the extravagant Winterfest, which I am super excited for.

I’ve been going to Great America since I was a kid.  I remember going at least once every summer, sometimes more.  What I have always loved about Great America is the family-friendly atmosphere that they work so hard to uphold.  Quite a few park updates have been made since I was a kid, though.

One of my favorite updates to the park (since I was a kid) is the addition of Planet Snoopy.  This is an entire area dedicated to kids and it is so much fun!  Another one is the Gold Striker wooden coaster.

Mass Effect New Earth

Another fun addition to the park this year is the Mass Effect experience.  This is in place of what used to Days of Thunder and then (I think) a Spongebob experience.  This is a 4D holographic journey to Terra Nova – a beautiful destination in space.

This was such a fun experience for all of our senses.  It’s definitely must-do at the park.

Winterfest Sneak Peek

During our Great America press conference, they announced that they would be opening up the park during the holiday season for Winterfest.  Winterfest is going to have one of Northern California’s largest Christmas trees in front of the carousel that will be completely decked out with festive decor.

The entire park will also be decked out with all of your favorite winter characters like Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Clause, and more!

One of my favorite features of Winterfest is the giant ice skating rink that will be in front of the carousel.  This is going to be so much fun!

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