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RailBlazer, the West Coast’s Only Single Rail Steel Coaster, Debuts at California’s Great America

The wait is over for guests who are ready to ride the groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, at California’s Great America. Opening to the public on Thursday, June 14, the much-anticipated coaster is the first of its kind on the West Coast, featuring a single rail track.

The design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, riders will speed smoothly over the twisting track as they experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns.

Features of the ride include:

  • A maximum height of 106 feet
  • A 90-degree, face-down first drop
  • Over 1,800 feet of track
  • A top speed of 52 miles per hour
  • Three inversions, including a zero-gravity roll

“We know our guests can’t wait to ride RailBlazer, a truly revolutionary roller coaster concept,” said Raul Rehnborg, vice president and general manager, California’s Great America. “This intense and exhilarating attraction kicks off a multi-year transformation of California’s Great America, following the City of Santa Clara’s approval of the park’s new master plan. This world-class attraction will be the first of many exciting and new developments guests will experience in the years to come.”

The design spirit of the ride is reflective of an off-road adventure, with immersive sensory theming that embraces the great outdoors of the Bay Area and Central Coast. Once on board, riders will ascend a 45-degree climb, dive into a ravine and encounter steeped embankments representing an extreme four-wheeling journey. Imposing physical elements during the ride and queue line include a natural waterway, rocky surroundings and a trailhead marquee sign designed to mark the beginning of the journey.

Season Passholders will have early access to RailBlazer, with the exclusive opportunity to ride all week whenever the park is open, before the ride opens to the public on Thursday, June 14.

To learn more about RailBlazer, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit www.cagreatamerica.com.


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Black Bear Diner – Willows, California

Fantastic food. Big portions. Great service. Friendly staff. What more could you possibly ask for?

Black Bear is a chain of restaurants along the west coast with many near I-5. This one in Willows is conveniently located just of I-5, exit 603. You’ve got to try their pies… they are amazing!

Black Bear Diner is located just off I-5, exit 603 (246 North Humboldt Avenue) in Willows, California.

 

California I-5 Rest Area Full Closure on April 30th

The California Department of Transportation reports that the Randolph Collier Rest Area by Interstate 5, north of Yreka in Siskiyou County will be CLOSED from April 30th thru August 2018 due to the replacement of its water treatment system.


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The Inflatable Run & Festival Comes to Southern California in April 2018

Calling all adults with kids! Or adults who still are kids! The most unique family event ever designed will be in San Diego and Orange County in April. The Inflatable Run is a family-friendly event featuring a 1 mile-long course built of kid-friendly colorful inflatable obstacles to duck under, bounce off, climb through, and slide down. Not only that but the entire area will be packed with live music, food carts, carnival games, face painting, magic shows, inflatable Zorb balls to ride, a massive water balloon battle and fun kid’s activities. The events host approximately 5000 participants. Ideal for families, The Inflatable Run is suitable for all ages, and kids under 12 get in free!

  • San Diego
    DATE: April 14th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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  • Orange County
    DATE: April 21th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: OC & Event Center – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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“Everybody Loves running thru an inflatable obstacle course, right? That’s why we designed an event with inflatables that will keep your family laughing and smiling from start to finish,” said Clark Wayne, The Inflatable Run’s Event Director. “One of the best parts is that kids 12 and under can attend the event and participant in the inflatable course for free!”

As families enjoy themselves, they can feel even better knowing profits from the run will be donated to Just Care More, a charity helping at-risk youth learn life lessons thru the discovery of hobbies and passions.

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • 1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting & temporary tattoo booth
  • Magic Shows
  • Live Music
  • Inflatable Zorb Balls
  • Water Balloon Battle
  • Go Kart Races
  • Carnival Games
  • And Much More

For more information, visit – https://www.theinflatablerun.com


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Expect Delays for Nighttime Construction on I-5 in Sacramento Area

The California Department of Transportation is alerting motorists to be prepared for nighttime construction work as emergency pavement repairs are made for the northbound and southbound directions on Interstate 5 between Elk Grove and South Sacramento.

From south of Cosumnes River Boulevard to Pocket Road Caltrans contractors will begin lane closures on Sunday, February 4 through Thursday, February 8 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the northbound direction and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the southbound direction.

Motorists are advised to prepare for traffic congestion and are encouraged to plan ahead for possible delays. Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work.

The California Department of Transportation encourages motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert”, to “Slow for the Cone Zone” and “Move Over” whenever it is safe to do so when amber or flashing lights indicate the presence of highway workers or emergency personnel on the roadway.


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Record-Breaking Innovations Highlight New Rides and Attractions Coming to Six Flags Parks in 2018

Six Flags Entertainment Company, the world’s largest regional theme park company, announced the most spectacular lineup of world-record breaking roller coasters, rides and first-of-its-kind attractions in its 56-year history, debuting at Six Flags parks from coast to coast for the 2018 season. Six Flags is recognized throughout the world as a leader in innovation—pioneering a long list of industry firsts, including the world’s first hybrid roller coaster and North America’s first virtual reality (VR) coasters. Nobody delivers thrills like Six Flags and next season the thrills are taller, faster and BIGGER than ever.

“Many of the rides and attractions we are introducing are ‘world’s firsts’ and record breakers as we deliver fun-packed innovation at the highest level. Innovation is in our DNA and our guests expect and deserve one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit our parks,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Our strategy of providing something new in every park, every year, continues to delight our guests and has resulted in attendance growing to over 30 million guests annually.”

Six Flags, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is launching a thrilling collection of new rides and attractions themed after the most famous Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the world. Here’s what’s coming to a Six Flags near you…

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Cold Winter Storm Impacts Travel in Northern California

The California Department of Transportation is alerting motorists to be prepared for winter driving conditions as an intense cold storm is underway for the Northern California area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning for a weather system expected to continue through Friday morning. Episodes of heavy rainfall are expected in the northern Sacramento Valley turning to snow above 3,000 feet as the cold storm moves into the Sierra. Lake Tahoe locations are also expecting significant snow accumulations.

This storm will result in winter driving conditions throughout the area, including areas of localized flooding. Strong winds are also forecast, creating low visibility from white-out conditions in the higher elevations. As winds and rain diminish, fog is expected to occur in Valley locations.

Chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit, on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on other Sierra mountain roadways should be anticipated Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning. Caltrans permitted and trained chain installers on Interstate 80 can be identified by a reflective sign with their bib number.

Severe weather may slow motorists, resulting in roadway congestion. Wet and slippery roadways reduce tire traction, especially at high vehicle speeds. Hydroplaning caused by vehicle speed and rain accumulations on the roadway can result in loss of driver control. Motorists are encouraged to slow down.

ANTICIPATE DELAYS AND CLOSURES

  • Understand that winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly and allow for extra travel time.
  • Make sure you share the route you intend to take with friends or family.
  • Exercise patience and respect for other motorists.

Caltrans crews will be working around the clock to keep the roadways open and clear. Motorists are urged to be “Be Work Zone Alert” and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”


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I-5 Construction Continues, Expect Delays Near Sacramento

The Riverfront project on Interstate 5 near downtown Sacramento will continue nighttime ramp closures and lane restrictions for the rest of January and into late February.

The I-5 section from north of U.S. Highway 50 to just south of Richards Boulevard is scheduled for nightly pavement work that will last into the early morning. Caltrans contractors will continue to work on southbound and northbound I-5 as weather and temperatures permit.

The daily schedule is from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Caltrans urges all motorists to use an alternate route, expect additional travel times and/or delays.


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I-5 Connector to Close Today for Maintenance in California

The California Department of Transportation reports that it will close the NB I-5 Connector to WB SR-22 on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for guardrail repair.

Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience while we perform this work. Detour signs will be posted to alert motorists of this closure.


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Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Google Search Top 10

According to Google’s 2017 Year in Search campaign, Universal Studios Hollywood topped the list of Travel Destination Activities based on their aggregation of trillions of search queries.

Trending searches are defined as having the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017 vs prior year.

According to Google, Year in Search reflects the spirit of the times as they strive to capture the year’s new and exciting search terms. Trending terms generally better identify what people were curious about in 2017 relative to 2016.

As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles and one of the most progressive theme parks anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood inspires guests from across the globe to step into the world of movie-making magic and experience immersive, groundbreaking attractions based on today’s most compelling movies and television shows.


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With its recent unprecedented multi-million dollar investment to reimagine the decades old theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood has undergone a top to bottom makeover resulting in 75 percent of the destination completely transformed. The dramatic changes that have taken place in recent years have substantially altered the look, feel and experience of the theme park to redefine Universal Studios Hollywood as an entirely new destination.

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the top of its game, taking innovation, imagination and inspiration to meteoric levels working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri, Greg Nicotero and JK Rowling—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

As Universal Studios Hollywood looks towards the future, 2018 will offer guests another exciting year of entertainment including the introduction of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda.


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