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Top 10 Reasons to Get a Gold Pass

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There are so many incredible reasons to be a Gold Passholder at California’s Great America. With exclusive perks that take your visit from plain-old awesome to out-of-this-world amazing—plus unlimited access to world-class rides, special events, Halloween Haunt, WinterFest, concerts and festivals—a Gold Pass is the best value for family fun in the Bay Area! Here are just a few of the best reasons to get your Gold Pass before prices go up on June 6.

1. Getting into the park an hour early

Enjoy an extra hour of fun! Gold Passholders get to enter Great America on select days a full hour before park opening to enjoy early rides. Who needs coffee when you could be riding coasters as your morning pick-me-up?

2. Riding the all-new Patriot roller coaster

Great America’s newest roller coaster experience is already a huge hit. Brave riders climb aboard Patriot, and then the floor drops out from under them—leaving their feet dangling just inches above the track as they drop nine stories and flip through two inversions.

3. Slaying larger-than-life videogame villains

Mass Effect: New Earth transports riders into a high-tech world—traveling through space to a distant planet where they face off against giant foes in a 4D, holographic journey.

4. Taking the same family carousel photo you took as a kid

There’s always something new and exciting at Great America, but there are plenty of old favorites, too. Carousel Columbia stands tall at the front gate—the perfect spot for an annual family photo.

5. Watching your bravest friends scream at Halloween Haunt

Zombies. Killer clowns. Ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Great America totally transforms every Fall for Halloween Haunt. Not even your most fearless friends will make it out without a big shriek or two.

6. Cheering on the amazing performers at Vertical Impact

The live entertainment team at Great America debuts an incredible new show for 2017: Vertical Impact. It’s an amazing combination of aerial artists and trampoline performers flying through the air in a high-energy spectacle for all ages—and Gold Passholders can catch a show whenever they want!

7. The Bay Area’s most picturesque skating rink at WinterFest

When the holiday spirit takes over Great America, it really takes over. Celebration Plaza becomes the Bay Area’s best outdoor ice-skating rink every night for WinterFest. Go for a spin on Gold Striker before lacing up your skates.

8. Surfing the waves at Great Barrier Reef wave pool

The coolest place in the Bay Area to slide, splash, chill and dine is way cooler when you can come and go as you please. When the South Bay heats up, Gold Passholders can jump in to cool off all summer long.

9. Feasting on barbeque in Maggie’s Smokehouse & Fried Chicken

Great America’s best-known dining option has an expanded menu in 2017. Maggie’s Smokehouse & Fried Chicken still serves up its namesake chicken but now offers smoked tri-tip and pulled pork.

10. Eating Cajun food and dancing during Taste of Orleans

Gold Passholders get access to countless special events throughout the year, like Taste of Orleans, which features Cajun and Orleans food, live music and décor.

Hurry! Season Pass prices go up June 6, so get yours today—and comment below with your own favorite reason to have a Gold Pass!

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California's Great America is the premier amusement park in California's Bay Area, offering endless fun and thrills with world-class rides, attractions and live entertainment.

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