I was fortunate enough to be invited as a media VIP for the Grand Opening/media day event for Gold Striker on Saturday.
I was given a Gold Striker goodie bag
filled with a T-shirt, gold bar USB drive and a block of wood with the
logo branded on the front. Also was able to nab a Gold Striker towel for
being one of the first 9,000 riders!
Thank you CGA for putting on such an incredible grand opening event for
Gold Striker. I want to give a huge thanks to CGA's Roger, Ryan, Kristin
and the rest of the staff who really went above and beyond to make sure
everything went smoothly and amazing!
After a short ceremony, the
ribbon was cut, resulting in fireworks shooting up along the lift hill
and other places as the first train of the day made its way through the
As we were being led to the station by Ryan, some of the onlookers cheered us on. It was a cool feeling.
train was set up with the GoPro camera, so we had to wait our turn. The
video came out great, and CGA even posted it on their social media
After nine laps during the promo shoot, my brother and I were finally able to ride in the very front. I
love being the first into the tunnel and being able to peer down the
The infamous soundwalls that likely delayed the
ride's opening actually add to the ride experience. Hand choppers are
everywhere! Also, it doesn't really seem to dampen the sound much, which
I was glad to hear! The only wall that I found annoying was the one
coming out of the tunnel. It makes it impossible to get a good
photograph of the train while you're standing in Star Tower Plaza.
Gold Striker is an outstanding coaster. You really have to ride it; pictures and text don't do it justice.