SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Great America will be transformed in 2008 starting with a new name -- California's Great America. Part of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company's family of theme parks, California's Great America's new name signifies exciting new additions to the popular attraction as well as a 14 million dollar investment from the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company over the next two years. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071025/AQTH164LOGO) New Rides Taking guests head-over-heels this season will be FireFall. This new thrill ride will take 40 brave riders to a height of 60 feet, then subject them to 360 degree vertical arcs as they twist, turn and spin through both fire and water effects. FireFall is manufactured by Huss of Germany and promises to be the hottest ticket in 2008. In 2009, California's Great America will add to its roster of thrill rides a new world-class wooden coaster. This copious coaster will boast a lift of 104 feet and take riders on a two minute ride at 52 mph through a twisting first drop, low to the ground S-turn, and a high speed station fly-by! Designed by Great Coasters International, this ride promises to take coaster enthusiasts to new heights. New Ice Show Bringing back an old time favorite for the entire family, California's Great America will debut an all-new Ice Show Spectacular to their summer line-up. Performed in the newly named "Great America Theatre" the Ice Show Spectacular will feature a professional ensemble of skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes, and plenty of surprises! New Hours California's Great America will also be offering new and longer operating hours for the 2008 season, staying open as late as 10:00 PM the majority of the summer. Extended operating hours will give guests more time to enjoy the park and all the new attractions. New Seasonal Event In 2008 throughout the month of October, California's Great America will be bringing Halloween Haunt to the Bay Area. From the creative team of Knott's Scary Farm's Halloween Haunt, voted the "Number One Halloween Event in the World" by Amusement Today, this ultimate, in-your-face, Halloween extravaganza features walk-through mazes, scare zones, themed rides and Halloween themed shows. And for the junior set, California's Great America will continue its kid-friendly, non-scare Halloween themed daytime event, "Nick-Or-Treat." New Passes Great America has three different Season Pass options, starting with the Season Pass for California's Great America admission only, the Gold Pass which includes California's Great America and Gilroy Gardens, and the Platinum Pass which allows admittance to ALL Cedar Fair properties, including Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California. As an added bonus, ALL pass types include FREE Parking at California's Great America. "Ultimately, it is all about providing our guests with new and exciting reasons to visit," says Bill Lentz, General Manager of California's Great America, "and we feel that these new additions for the 2008 season will accomplish just that." California's Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. In addition to California's Great America, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, five outdoor water parks, one indoor water park resort and six hotels. Cedar Fair also owns and operates Star Trek: The Experience, an interactive adventure located in Las Vegas, and operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract. For more information visit pgathrills.com or call (408) 986-5841.
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