FAQ

FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Great America is open March 28 through November 1,  2015. Click here for the 2015 Operating Dates and Hours.
The best deals on tickets are available online through our website. Enjoy unlimited park visits and entrance into Boomerang Bay all season long with a 2015 Season Pass!
Guests can receive full credit on their admission towards the purchase of a Season or Platinum Pass. Stop by Guest Services at the Front Gate for details during your visit. Upgrading your admission towards a Season or Platinum Pass must be done during the day of your visit.
California's Great America does not offer a non-rider discount. Great America has a one-price admission as it is a multi-faceted park, not just a ride park. The park features live entertainment, PEANUTS characters, a variety of gift shops and dining facilities, plus a 13-acre waterpark and much more!
Admission tickets and Season Passes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the order transaction is complete at the Front Gate, online through our website, by phone or when purchased at Costco or AAA. This includes weather related events. We do not issue rainchecks. Please check local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.
California's Great America offers a discount for Seniors (ages 62 and older) and Juniors (ages 3 & up, under 48 inches tall) on both General Admission and Season Passes. Guests under the age of 3 do not require an admission ticket.
Guests under the age of 3 do not require an admission ticket to California's Great America.
No need to panic. You can have your tickets printed for you at Will Call/Guest Services at the Front Gate. You will need your I.D., the credit card you used to purchase the e-ticket, and your confirmation number.
If you forget to bring your season pass or you lose your season pass, please proceed to Guest Services located at the Front Gate. A nominal processing fee will be assessed if you lose your Season Pass.
No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought into California's Great America. However, special dietary needs such as food allergies and baby food and formula are permitted.
Some attractions may close in inclement weather until conditions permit safe operation. Please enjoy a live show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. California's Great America cannot issue rainchecks or refunds for inclement weather.
If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please have your hand stamped at the Front Gate. You will need your ticket when you re-enter in addition to your hand stamp. If you wish to leave the parking lot and re-enter, present your parking receipt to the attendant when you return.
There are several ATMs located throughout the park for your convenience, including near the main entrance.
We are pleased to offer a discount off the regular Front Gate admission price to active members of the military. The discount offer is only available at the park Front Gate. The discount price may vary throughout the season. A valid military ID must be presented to receive this offer.
Guests with disabilities should stop by Information located next to the Great America Theater regarding park and ride accessibility. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rental on a first come, first served basis at the Front Gate.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at inside the park just inside the Front Gate.
Only guide dogs and service animals are permitted in the park.
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at California’s Great America. Valid state issued identification or valid Drivers License is required for each person purchasing, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted while in line for any ride. Alcohol service stops one hour prior to the Park closing.
California's Great America accepts cash, credit or debit cards from American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. A valid driver's license must be presented when using a credit card for purchases at the park.
For the convenience of all of our guests, smoking of any kind, including vapor and e-cigarettes, is allowed only in designated areas. Please refer to our park map for specific locations during your visit or ask any park associate for locations of the designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted in any theater, ride, or waiting area.
Lockers are available for rent in different areas of the main park and in Boomerang Bay.
Your admission ticket to California's Great America includes all rides, live shows, and attractions in operation on the day of your visit. Your ticket also includes admission to Boomerang Bay Waterpark. Your admission ticket does not include pay-per-play games or attractions, special events, including, but not limited to Halloween Haunt, or concerts.
Parking is $15 per vehicle for Regular Parking and $20 for Preferred Parking. RV parking is $22 per vehicle. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis. School and tour buses are free. A drop-off area is located just past the entrance on Great America Parkway.
 All drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are prohibited at (in) all Cedar Fair parks, including California's Great America, and any unauthorized drone(s) observed over California Great America will be reported to the FAA and local law enforcement, regardless of its point of origin or operation. Drones may pose a potential safety risk and may violate Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
Great America is committed to providing a safe environment for all of our guests and associates and has implemented several enhanced security procedures at the front gate, which may result in slight delays while entering the park. As a part of this process:

Guests arriving at the park may be subject to being electronically scanned with a handheld "wand".

All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. may be subject to a brief examination prior to entering.

Outside food or beverages, large or soft coolers, glass containers, sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited. We encourage guests to leave any unnecessary items at home or secured within your vehicle.
  • Exceptions are made for guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food/formula. Guest should contact Guest Services or Park Security upon arrival for approval to bring in these special dietary foods.
Great America uses a combination of methods to patrol the Park on a daily basis, which include a team of uniformed officers as well as other plain clothes officers that walk the property, in addition to video surveillance monitoring.



Physics, Science & Math Days FAQ

May 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015 
May 22, 2015 is a non-programing date.

  • Teachers are provided with a complimentary CD-ROM along with their advance purchased tickets.
  • The teacher-designated CD-ROM contains teacher guidelines, along with experiments for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. The CD-ROM offers teachers a choice of lessons from a beginner’s to an advanced level.
  • Teachers will assign students the activities of their choice based on subject matter and level of difficulty. Some activities require the student to ride on rides while others can be completed based on observation alone.
  • On the day of the event, teachers simply provide their students with photocopies of the activities they need to complete.
For sample curriculum visit www.physicsday.org. (Sponsored by the CGA Physics, Science & Math Teacher Steering Committee.)
Although most of the materials have been developed for middle and high school students, an elementary curriculum is included on the Physics, Science & Math CD-ROM or the www.physicsday.org website, along with great learning opportunities in general science for all ages.
With every 15 tickets purchased, you receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Pass holder tickets do not count towards the one (1) complimentary ticket. Bus drivers are admitted free.
  • Park operating hours on Physics, Science and Math Days are 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • California’s Great America’s parking lot opens at 8:30am. Parking is FREE for buses, all other vehicles will be required to pay parking fees.
  • The All-You-Can-Eat Picnic Meal is served in our Picnic Pavilion from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The following menu items will be available: Jumbo All Beef Hot Dogs, Western Style Chili Beans, Potato Chips, Ice Cream Novelties, and Coca-Cola Soft Drinks.
  • California’s Great America will be open rain or shine. Some rides will operate in the rain, so students can still do experiments, plus participate in the special presentations. Students should dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Select rides, food locations, games, and merchandise areas will be open throughout the park for this event.
The preliminary list of rides scheduled to be in operation on Physics, Science, and Math Days include:

Flight Deck

Rue Le Dodge 

Star Tower

Psycho Mouse

Logger's Run

Demon

Rip Roaring Rapids

Carousel Columbia

Celebration Swings

Tiki Twirl

Drop Tower

Beserker

Grizzly

Delirium

The Orbit

HMB Endeavor

Centrifuge

Vortex

Flying Eagles

Whitewater Falls

Firefall

 

 

 

 


On May 3, 2013, selected rides inside Planet Snoopy will be open for our elementary guests to conduct experiments.

(In the event of unforeseen circumstances, some rides may be closed and you should have alternate activities selected for your students.)
Enjoy the Teacher's Lounge from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Consulate at California’s Great America. You are able to meet members of the California's Great America Teacher Steering Committee while enjoying a quiet place to relax.
13th Annual Roller Coaster Building Contest
Encourage your students to learn more about “real world” physics by entering the Roller Coaster Building Contest. Roller Coasters are judged on the following: technical merit, theme and creativity, and most exciting to ride.

15th Annual Egg Drop Contest
Groups attempt to win the contract from NASA for landing a rover vehicle safely on Mars. To win you must demonstrate the effectiveness of your design. The winning group will have the design that is successful in getting the vehicle safely on the ground in the proper orientation in the most economical manner. 

5th Annual Trebuchet Contest
Each team will construct a trebuchet that can launch a mini marshmallow. All energy/force given to the projectile must come from the trebuchet and not from the team members once the trebuchet is loaded. The energy source must be gravitational with no elastic energy used to propel the marshmallow. The team will be given three chances to launch their marshmallow the farthest. Their best score out of the three will be used to determine the winning trebuchets. 

5th Annual Cardboard Boat Race 
We are encouraging schools to bring fearless students to build a boat out of cardboard in a short amount of time to see who can make it the farthest and the fastest! Twenty teams consisting of 4 members may sign up the day of the event. Please be aware that each team must pay a $20.00 Materials Fee to participate in this event.

*Participants must pre-register 3 weeks prior to visit date. For details and rules visit www.physicsday.org for more information.

Season Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited admission to California’s Great America and Boomerang Bay for all of the 2015 public operating season
  • Bring-A-Friend discount days on select dates during the 2015 Season
  • Discount admission to Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America only, a separately ticketed event featuring mazes, scare zones & stage shows (September 25-October 31, 2015)
  • Discount on concert tickets
  • Discount on private educational days including Physics, Science & Math Days at Great America ($10 lab fee extra)
  • Email newsletter with exclusive events and offers for Great America Season Pass holders
  • Discount admission to Gilroy Gardens ($9.99 ages 3 & up. Valid for pass holder only during Gilroy Gardens 2015 public operating days.)
  • Discount admission to Knott's Berry Farm in 2015 ($35.00 ages 3 & up. Valid for pass holder only.)
  • Ability to replace pass if lost or stolen ($15 fee)
  • Unlimited admission to California’s Great America and Boomerang Bay for all of the 2015 public operating season
  • Unlimited admission to Gilroy Gardens for all of the 2015 public operating season
  • FREE general parking at Great America. Free parking valid at Great America only. Parking at Gilroy Gardens is $12 per car. Season Parking Passes available for purchase at Gilroy Gardens
  • Early entry to Boomerang Bay in 2015 (Saturdays & holidays)
  • FREE Admission to Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America only in 2015. Halloween Haunt is a separately ticketed event featuring mazes, scare zones & stage shows (September 25-October 31, 2015).
  • Bring-A-Friend discount days on select dates during the 2015 Season
  • 20% discount on merchandise at Great America (excluding film/camera products & sale items) at Inside CGA, Candy Café, Silly Sweets and Sours, Girl Space, Trending Now, Dragon's Lair, Snoopy Boutique, Kidsville Outfitters, Mick's Seaside Supplies, Mathilda's Beachwear, Dundee's Outfitters.
  • 20% discount on food at Great America (excluding Panda Express®, Subway®, Yogurt Plus!, Dining Plans, and alcoholic beverages)
  • Discount on Cabana Rentals in Boomerang Bay in 2015
  • Discount on concert tickets
  • Discount on private educational days including Physics, Science & Math Days at Great America ($10 lab fee extra)
  • Email newsletter with exclusive events and offers for Great America Gold Pass holders
  • Discount admission to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2015 ($35.00 ages 3 & up. Valid for pass holder only.)
  • Ability to replace pass if lost or stolen ($15 fee)
  • Unlimited admission to California’s Great America for all of the 2015 public operating season
  • Unlimited admission to Gilroy Gardens, and all Cedar Fair properties, including Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, for all of the 2015 public operating season (Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark not included)
  • FREE general parking at Great America
  • FREE general parking at all Cedar Fair properties in 2015, excluding Gilroy Gardens. Parking at Gilroy Gardens is $12 per car. Season Parking Passes available for purchase at Gilroy Gardens
  • FREE Admission to Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America only in 2015. Halloween Haunt is a separately ticketed event featuring mazes, scare zones & stage shows (September 25-October 31, 2015).
  • Early entry to Boomerang Bay (Saturdays & holidays)
  • 20% discount on merchandise at Great America (excluding film/camera products & sale items) at Inside CGA, Candy Café, Silly Sweets and Sours, Girl Space, Trending Now, Dragon's Lair, Snoopy Boutique, Kidsville Outfitters, Mick's Seaside Supplies, Mathilda's Beachwear, Dundee's Outfitters.
  • 20% discount on food at Great America (excluding Panda Express®, Subway®, Yogurt Plus!, Dining Plans, and alcoholic beverages)
  • Discount on Cabana Rentals in Boomerang Bay in 2015
  • Discount on concert tickets
  • Discount on private educational days including Physics, Science & Math Days at Great America ($10 lab fee extra)
  • Bring-A-Friend discount days on select dates during the 2015 Season
  • Email newsletter with exclusive events and offers for Great America Platinum Pass holders
  • Ability to replace pass if lost or stolen ($15 fee)

Word Descriptions

New for 2013: Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. Park is located in Santa Clara, Calif. Open March through October. Call 408-988-1776 or visit www.cagreatamerica.com.
New for 2013: Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. California’s Great America is the only theme park in California with a complete water park inside – free with park admission. Park is open March through October. Call 408-988-1776 or www.cagreatamerica.com.
New for 2013: Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. In addition, Snoopy and his friends return in the summer ice spectacular Happiness Is Snoopy! California’s Great America is home to the most rides and most water rides in Northern California and is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside – free with park admission. The 100-acre theme park is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237 in Santa Clara, Calif. Open March through October. For more information, call (408) 988-1776 or visit www.cagreatamerica.com.
California’s Great America is Northern California’s biggest and best choice for world-class family fun and thrills. New for 2013: Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. In addition, Snoopy and his friends return in the summer ice spectacular Happiness Is Snoopy! California’s Great America is home to the most rides and most water rides in Northern California. Plus, it is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside – free with park admission. In Fall, the park also features Halloween Haunt, the ultimate Halloween extravaganza featuring walk-through mazes, scare zones, and Halloween themed rides and shows. The 100-acre theme park is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237 in Santa Clara, Calif. Open March through October. For more information or discount tickets, call 408-988-1776 or visit www.cagreatamerica.com.

Things To Know Before You Go

Shirts, shorts/pants, and shoes must be worn at all times while at California's Great America. Proper swimming attire for Boomerang Bay is defined as a one-or-two piece swim suits without abrasive buttons, rivets, zippers, or snaps.
No costumes or facepaint during Haunt.

First Aid is staffed by certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) at all times. First Aid is located in the red schoolhouse next to 3 Point Challenge.
A guest's height is an important safety factor on many rides and attractions. Please visit our height station at Town Hall located at the Front Gate to determine your height. Once the measurement has been taken, the guest will be given a corresponding color-coded wristband to eliminate additional height measuring throughout the day.
Some attractions may close in bad weather until conditions permit safe operation. Please enjoy a show, meal, or shopping until such weather passes.
Life jackets are provided free of charge in Boomerang Bay. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed.
Lockers are available for rent and located throughout California's Great America and Boomerang Bay.
Should you lose an article during your visit, please check with Lost and Found located in Town Hall at the Front Gate.
Only guide dogs and service animals are permitted in the park.
If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please have your hand stamped at the Front Gate. You will need your ticket when you re-enter in addition to your hand stamp. If you wish to leave the parking lot and re-enter, present your parking receipt to the attendant when you return.
There is no re-entry permitted during Haunt.

Performing Arts Day FAQ

May 10, 2013

Sing, dance and act with professionals! Students will have the opportunity to take performing arts classes from professionals in the industry. 
  • PARK HOURS are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • The intent of Performing Arts Day is to provide students with a unique opportunity to learn more about the performing arts from professionals in a fun-filled entertainment atmosphere.
Deadline to register is April 5, 2013
  • A list of workshops and written materials will be sent with your tickets to assist you with discussions and preparations for performing arts day. Because workshops are limited in size, we encourage teachers to have students choose the (2) workshops of the most interest to them. Students that attend at least 2 workshops will be eligible to enter the 9th Annual Great America Idol Vocal Competition.
  • Classes are NOT required to attend workshops together.
  • WEATHER ISSUES: The Park is open rain or shine though some rides are weather sensitive. Most of the workshops are held inside. Students should dress appropriately for the weather.
Event Schedule will be posted online by April 13, 2012

  • PERFORMING ARTS DAY participants who purchase tickets in advance pay just $24.00 for admission/workshops. Plus, you’ll receive ONE FREE TEACHER ADMISSION TICKET for every 15 purchased.
  • 2012 CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA PASS HOLDERS must purchase a $10.00 workshop ticket to attend/participate. The Pass and workshop ticket must be presented together when entering the Park and the workshop ticket will be collected.
  • Parking is FREE for buses. All other vehicles will be required to pay parking fees.
Download Order Form

  • We are pleased to once again offer a pre-paid meal option for students and teachers attending Performing Arts Day. This year the meal will be all-you-can-eat buffet. Lunch is served in the Picnic Pavilion from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm.
  • The pre-paid meal option for Performing Arts Day consists of all-you-can-eat jumbo size hot dogs, western style chili beans, potato chips, soft drinks and ice cream novelties.
  • The advance sale price for the ADMISSION + MEAL IS JUST $31.50, including sales tax. Pass Holders can purchase a picnic meal only ticket for $10.00 in advance, $11.00 day of event.
Download Order Form

Enter the 10th Annual Great America Idol Vocal Competition
You can be a star! This is your opportunity to showcase your talent. PRIZES awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

REGISTRATION BEGINS at 2:45pm
COMPETITION BEGINS at 3:00 pm
AWARDS CEREMONY at 4:30 pm

  • Students must attend at least (2) workshops throughout the day in order to compete.
  • 45 second time limit.
  • Contestants must choose a song from list provided at CAgreatamerica.com.
    Download Song List
  • Solo’s only.
  • Judging based on: Artistry, musicality and stage presence
  • Age groups will be divided as such: 7-12 & 13-18

Height Requirements


Minimum Required to Ride

55 Inches
Firefall

54 Inches
Drop Tower
Flight Deck
Vortex

48 Inches
Delirium
Demon
Grizzly
H.M.B. Endeavor
Tiki Twirl

44 Inches
Psycho Mouse (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Xtreme Skyflyer

Note: A responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older, and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.


Minimum Required to Ride

48 Inches
Barney Oldfield Speedway (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Celebration Swings
Delta Flyer (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Eagles Flight (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Grizzly (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Rue le Dodge

46 Inches
Carousel Columbia (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Centrifuge (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Rip Roaring Rapids
Star Tower (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Whitewater Falls

44 Inches
Action Theater
Berserker (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Psycho Mouse (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

40 Inches
Thunder Raceway (less than 58 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Woodstock Express (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

36 Inches
Flying Eagles (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Loggers Run (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

Note: A responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.


Minimum Required to Ride

44 Inches
PEANUTS Pirates (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Pumpkin Patch (less than 44 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Sally's Love Buggies (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Snoopy's Splash Dance 

40 Inches
Woodstock Express (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

Note: A responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.



Minimum Required to Ride


46 Inches
Carousel (less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

42 Inches
KidZAir (less than 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Swing Swing Swing 

36 Inches
Junior Jump Club 
Taxi Jam (less than 40 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

Note: A responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.


Minimum Required to Ride

48 Inches
Ripsnort Ridge
Screamin' Wombat

44 Inches
Didgeridoo Falls
Down Under Thunder (less than 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Jackaroo Landing (for slides)
Tasmanian Typhoon

42 Inches
Castaway Creek (less than 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Great Barrier Reef (less than 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person; life jacket required 48 inches or less or inexperienced/non-swimmer)

36 Inches
Jackaroo Landing (must be 44 inches for slides)

Note: A responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.

Full-Time Positions

Under occasional supervision, inspects, maintains and repairs rides and equipment as assigned. Performs related duties as required. Reports to the Ride Mechanic Foreperson. Please send resumes to resumes@cagreatamerica.com. Reference Ride Mechanic in the subject line.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Inspects, maintains and repairs rides and equipment as assigned.
  • Lubricates rides and equipment.
  • Designs and fabricates parts; rebuilds components.
  • Cleans mechanical parts as needed.
  • Responds to work orders and trouble calls in a timely manner.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date maintenance records; prepares maintenance reports as required.
  • Reviews technical documents, blueprints, schematics, catalogs, etc., as needed to support ride maintenance, repair and rehabilitation work.
  • Works with other departments on repairs and maintenance projects as appropriate.
  • Offers training and assistance to co-workers as necessary.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of all maintenance problems or areas of concern.
  • Assists in maintaining inventory of supplies, parts and materials.
  • Maintains assigned equipment in a safe and proper working condition; maintains a clean and safe work area.
  • Performs all work in accordance with department policies and procedures, regulations, plans and specifications, and standards of quality and safety.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from employees and guests regarding ride safety and maintenance.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Operates rides as necessary.
  • May perform minor carpentry, plumbing and electrical work as required.
  • Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
  • Requires a vocational diploma in mechanical / industrial maintenance supplemented by three to five years of experience in mechanical maintenance, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Requires forklift and man lift certifications.
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid California Driver's License
MANAGER, FOOD AND BEVERAGE


JOB FUNCTIONS SUMMARY:
Communicate with supervisors, peers, and employees providing information by telephone, in written form, e-mail, and or in person concerning safety, guest service, and various topics that need addressing. Monitor food quality, review schedules and staffing levels in various locations to meet labor and cost of sales budgets. Coaching and developing supervisors. Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Or equivalent combinations of both)
• 2-4 Years Related Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree (4 year College or University)

MINIMUM AGE:
• At Least 18 Years of Age

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to work nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs.
• Ability to pass a mandatory (or random) drug test, per Company policy, unless prohibited by state or provincial law.
• Ability to pass a background check, if 18 years of age or older, which may include, but is not limited to, credit, criminal, DMV, previous employment, education and personal references, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state, or provincial

CERTIFICATIONS:
• Valid Driver’s License

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Knowledge of business and managemnt principles involved in strategic planning,
resource allocation, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
• Providing guidance and direction to employees, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

• Investigate anbd resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.

• Monitor food preparation methods, portion sizes, and presentation of food in order to
ensure that food is prepared and presentedin an acceptable manner.
• Monitor compliance with the health department regulations regarding food preparation
and serving.

• Determine causes of operating errors and deciding what action to take to resolve the
problem.

• Monitor per caps, labor and cost of sales for each location to ensure that thay are meeting budget.

• Adheres to and enforces all Cedar Fair and specific Park policies and procedures,
including safety, attendance and EEO policies, and demonstrates commitment to
customer service in all aspects of employment.
• Other duties may be assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
• Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English at a level sufficient to conduct employee meetings; provide detailed direction to staff, guests, and vendors; and write policies, procedures, reports and other business related documents and correspondence


To apply, please submit your resume to resumes@cagreatamerica.com.
California’s Great America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB FUNCTIONS SUMMARY:

Under occasional supervision, assists in managing and participates in the daily activities of the Landscape/ Park Grounds Cleanup Group, ensuring a safe, clean and attractive park environment for staff and guests. Ensures compliance with applicable policies, procedures, and standards of quality and safety. Supervises and reviews the work of subordinate staff as assigned. Performs related administrative, supervisory, and technical duties as required. Performs related duties as required. Reports to the Facilities Manager.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
• 5-10 Years Related Experience in Landscape design, construction/installation/maintenance
• Supervisory Experience in landscape or related trade.
• High School Graduate, G.E.D. or equivalent. (Some College Preferred)

MINIMUM AGE:
• At Least 18 Years of Age

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Supervises and participates in the maintenance of a safe, clean and attractive Park environment; oversees all park landscaping; concrete/asphalt, and parking lot surface cleaning; backstage janitorial crew.
• Supervises subordinate fulltime and seasonal landscape staff, seasonal grounds cleanup crew; supervisory duties include scheduling; instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; assist with selecting new employees; acting on employee problems with the Manager; recommending transfers, discipline and discharge.
• Oversees the landscape design, preparation, installation: including but not limited to mowing grass, installing trees and shrubbery, pruning and trimming shrubbery and trees, growing plants in greenhouse from seeds, planting flowers, removing weeds, watering lawns and plants, installing grass sod, repairing irrigation, pest and disease control ; and wash down and cleanup of the park: including using blowers to keep areas clean, empty trash receptacles and dumpsters, wash stains on asphalt and concrete.
• Oversees set-up for special park events (chairs, tables, benches) by grounds cleanup staff as assigned.
• Oversees trash collection and removal from park.
• Oversees the Seasonal Supervisor(s) of grounds cleanup and janitorial as required. Giving direction and guidance to them and the seasonal staff.
• Performs general landscaping and grounds keeping duties as assigned, removing debris and garbage, etc.


• Reviews the work of subordinates for effectiveness; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers training, advice and assistance as needed.
• Estimates project materials (plant materials, grounds cleanup crew supplies) and time costs; determines necessary tools, supplies and materials for assigned projects; submits for purchases for in accordance with allocated budget.
• Ensures the maintenance and availability adequate stock of landscaping equipment and grounds clean up equipment (hoses, nozzles, blowers) and other supplies.
• Monitors and inspects work in progress for compliance with policies and procedures, project directives, specifications, schedules, and standards of quality and safety.
• Provides technical guidance and assistance on projects as required.
• Assists other departments and divisions with projects as required.
• Receives and reviews various records and reports including employee attendance records, budget reports, billing invoices, schedules, etc.
• Prepares maintenance reports, purchase orders, work orders, work directives, personnel forms, memos, etc.
• Refers to policies and procedure manuals, maintenance manuals, equipment manuals, technical manuals and diagrams, safety manuals, etc.
• Operates / uses a vehicle, back hoe, truck, forklift, loaders, sweeper truck, compactor and other landscape and grounds cleanup/construction equipment and tools; operates a variety of office equipment such as a computer, copier, calculator, telephone, two-way radio, etc.
• Uses computer and clerical supplies, cleaning tools and materials, cleaning supplies, various other hand and power tools, etc.
• Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, other Park supervisors and personnel, subordinates, guests, vendors, sales representatives, contractors.
• Plans and implements efficient landscape and grounds maintenance schedules and procedures. Plans, organize and direct a technical and semi-skilled / unskilled staff.
• Works a varying shift based on the demands of the Park.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to work nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs.
• Ability to pass a mandatory (or random) drug test, per Company policy, unless prohibited by state or provincial law.
• Ability to pass a background check, if 18 years of age or older, which may include, but is not limited to, credit, criminal, DMV, previous employment, education and personal references, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state, or provincial law.

CERTIFICATIONS:
• Valid Driver’s License

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
• Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the Park as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Landscape and Grounds Foreman.
• Knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Ability to help ensure departmental compliance with all laws and regulations and control the activities of the department through effective supervision.
• Knowledgeable in the areas of, landscaping, pesticide application, general grounds maintenance, janitorial operations, etc.
• Ability to plan and implement efficient landscape grounds maintenance schedules and procedures.
• Ability to plan, organize and direct a technical and semi-skilled / unskilled staff.
• Knowledgeable on how to apply supervisory concepts and principles; has knowledge of administrative principles involved in developing, directing and supervising various programs and related activities.
• Ability to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding departmental policies, methods and regulations. Is able to perform employee evaluations and to make recommendations based on results.
• Ability to offer training and assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required. Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.
• Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
• Good organizational, technical and human relations skills.
• Ability to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.
• Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
• Knowledge of the standard tools, materials and practices of the industry.
• Knowledge of the occupational hazards State regulations regarding handling and application of pesticides and fertilizers, and safety precautions of the industry.
• Ability to perform duties despite occasional exposure to extreme heat and cold, noise, wetness, humidity, toxic agents, dusts, dirt, machinery hazards, electrical currents, odors/smoke.


Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a drug screening test and criminal background check.


To apply, please submit your resume to resumes@cagreatamerica.com.

California’s Great America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


MANAGER, MERCHANDISE & GAMES

JOB SUMMARY:
Oversees the daily management of merchandise and games operations, ensuring a high level of guest satisfaction, maximum profitability from shops, kiosks and games. Controls, cycles and maintains merchandise for resale purposes, and oversees daily warehouse operations. Supervises and reviews the work of seasonal managerial staff. Performs related professional and supervisory duties as required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Manages the daily operation of the retail stores and games locations.
• Administrative duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of subordinates; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; and recommending employee promotions, transfers, discipline and discharge.
• Manages the resale administrative office.
• Assists with annual department budget preparation and budget forecasts; ensures expenditures are in accordance with budget allocations.
• Negotiates with vendors for the best price, terms and service, and maintains a professional relationship with all vendors; maintains vendor files.
• Develops, plans, schedules and conducts department training. Assists in developing and enforcing department policies and procedures.
• Tracks the financial performance of the Games Department; prepares related reports. Compiles merchandise sales information and prepares related reports.
• Controls and monitors receiving and distribution in the warehouse.
• Develops, implements and enforces inventory/warehouse policies and procedures.
• Assists in developing short? and long?range plans and strategies to meet or exceed sales and inventory goals.
• Inspects merchandise retail units for visual integrity, inventory control, operational efficiencies, and safety.
• Identifies operational problems or potential problems and initiates effective resolutions.
• Serves as liaison for concessions.
• Encourages a safe, pleasant work environment for employees.
• Keeps abreast of retail trends, technology and products for the theme park industry.
• Receives and responds to guest concerns and interacts with Park guests in person; takes corrective action as necessary to maintain guest satisfaction.
• Prepares and/or processes performance evaluations, sales and inventory reports, revenue comparisons, various other reports, memos, correspondence, etc.
• Adheres to and enforces all Cedar Fair and specific Park policies and procedures, including safety, attendance and EEO policies, and demonstrates commitment to customer service in all aspects of employment.
• Other duties may be assigned.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires 5 ? 7 years of related experience in retail operations


JOB FUNCTIONS SUMMARY:
Under occasional supervision, inspects, maintains and repairs rides and equipment as assigned. Performs related duties as required such as down time calls.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Or equivalent combinations of both)
• 2-4 Years Related Experience
• Vocational School, Electrical

MINIMUM AGE:
• At Least 18 Years of Age

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Inspects, troubleshoots and repairs electrical work on rides, ride control systems, computer, and PLC.
• Installs electrical conduit and wiring; cleans electrical equipment and components; maintains controls and motors on rides; maintains ride lighting; maintains ride solid state drives.
• Modifies electrical/electronic systems as needed to ensure ride safety and efficiency.
• Reviews technical documents, blueprints, schematics, catalogs, etc., as needed to support ride maintenance, repair and rehabilitation work.
• Prepares and/or maintains inspection sheets, daily work records, downtime records, modification forms, various other reports, records, logs, etc.
• Performs all work in accordance with department policies and procedures, regulations, plans and specifications, and standards of quality and safety.
• Refers to policies and procedure manuals, maintenance manuals, technical manuals and diagrams, ride manuals, vendor catalogs, etc.
• Orders and assists in maintaining inventory of supplies, parts and materials.
• Maintains assigned equipment in a safe and proper working condition; maintains a clean and safe work area.
• Provides guest service according to Cedar Fair standards when serving the guest or working with subordinates, including initiating guest interactions, answering questions and giving directions.
• Maintains cleanliness and safety in assigned work area and performs all duties in compliance with Cedar Fair Safety guidelines and requirements and reports all unsafe or unusual conditions to supervision.
• Meets scheduling availability requirements, including nights, weekends, and holiday periods to meet business needs.
• Meets Cedar Fair's attendance requirements as outlined in Cedar Fair's attendance policies.
• Adheres to Cedar Fair's Rules of Conduct including specific costuming and grooming standards as outlined in Employee Guidelines and other park/division specific policies and procedures.
• Other duties may be assigned.

CERTIFICATIONS:
• Valid Driver’s License

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
• Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

• Ability to understand English at a level sufficient to receive and perform basic job assignments and instructions.



To apply, please submit your resume to resumes@cagreatamerica.com.
California’s Great America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




This full-time position will report to our Vice President & General Manager.

Job Functions Summary
This senior level management position has a dual reporting responsibility to the Park General Manager and Cedar Fair’s Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for driving the annual marketing plan development and executing all Marketing, Sales and Communications Strategy. The Marketing Director is responsible for managing and building the Cedar Fair brand; identifying the current and desired target audience; and, driving profitable attendance and revenue growth through admissions acquisition, guest activation/engagement and product/channel innovation. The Marketing Director will align to, support, and contribute to Cedar Fair’s corporate strategy as well as all other Parks' efforts to drive the business.
Desired Skills & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, or a closely related field.
• 6-10 years of related experience in Marketing and Sales Planning, Advertising and Brand Management.
• Prior entertainment/tourism industry experience preferred.
• Proven interpersonal skills necessary to communicate accordingly with internal associates and external organizations.
• Strong presentation and writing skills.
• Ability to perform in a fast paced environment with demanding timelines and shifting priorities
• Ability to think both creatively and analytically; a problem-solver.
• Budget management experience.
• Proven ability to lead and develop high-performing teams.
• Strong, instinctive work ethic.
• Ability to pass a mandatory (or random) drug test and background check, which may include, but is not limited to credit, criminal, DMV, previous employment, education and personal references, per Company policy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Oversee development, and execution of short and long term marketing plans and strategies that align with company objectives and attendance/revenue targets.
• Develop annual marketing expense budgets with direct reports; understand and analyze P&L and other financial metrics to make sound operational and business decisions including setting and achieving attendance/revenue targets.
• Work with core team on development of park website, social media and direct marketing to ensure alignment with Corporate strategy, standards and guidelines.
• Identify and enhance partner relationships that improve Cedar Fair's position in the marketplace.
• Facilitate action plans and goals by meeting with direct reports (Public Relations Manager, Group Sales Manager and Promotions Manager) on a regular basis. In addition, communicate with direct reports to coach, monitor progress and provide support.
• Act as liaison between park and agency within scope of responsibility.
• Work with Public Relations Manager and VP/General Manager in developing positioning for responses to media inquiries and act as media spokesperson in absence of the Public Relations Manager.
• Represent Cedar Fair in the community, particularly as it relates to tourism; expected to practice and demonstrate spirit of community service.
• Develop detailed ticket and season pass forecasts and budgets including yearly pricing strategies.
• Forecast daily attendance each week for internal use.
• Re-forecast revenues and expenses throughout the year.
• Work with the Corporate VP of Sales to develop Group Sales goals and targets as it relates to the Company’s Sales Incentive Program.
• Adhere to and enforce all Cedar Fair and specific Park policies and procedures, including safety, attendance and EEO policies, and demonstrates commitment to customer service in all aspects of employment.
• Other duties may be assigned.

California Great America offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To apply, please submit your resume with salary requirements to resumes@cagreatamerica.com by March 31, 2015.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Fast Lane

Make the most of your day with Fast Lane. Our list of rides has something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Separate ride entrances and exclusive access points make Fast Lane quick, easy and hassle-free to all of our guests.
Daily Fast Lane access is limited. This keeps the Fast Lane experience great for all our guests. Be sure to reserve your date by purchasing Fast Lane access online in advance!

Information For Guests With Disabilities

At California's Great America we are proud of our reputation for accommodating guests with disabilities through our Ride Admission Policy. To continue to provide equal access for all guests, be aware that all guests with mobility impairments or ASD will now receive a Ride Boarding Pass with wait times. The Ride Boarding Pass Program allows guests to access rides at specified times via the exit ramp in order to avoid crowds and waiting in the regular queue lines.

You may be asking yourself whether California's Great America is appropriate for guests with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or whether your loved one on the spectrum will be able to handle the theme park experience. California's Great America has taken steps to be well-prepared to welcome and provide accommodations for all types of disabilities, including autism and related disorders.

Service animals are welcome at California’s Great America. A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature pony that has been individually trained to perform tasks for a person with disabilities. We may ask you what task your service animal performs for you. Service animals must be controlled with a “restraining device” at all times while on our property. There is a limit of one service animal per guest. Due to the nature of most rides, service animals must remain with a non-riding member of your party. We are not permitted to take control of your service animal. Service animals are not permitted in water attractions, wet decks, wading pools, or lazy rivers. A relief area is located behind Delirium to the left of the restrooms. Please stop by Town Hall or Information for more details.

Dining Plan Benefits

Enjoy an entree, side and a fountain drink during your visit.
Single Meal Deal is just $13.99.


Guests with All Day Dining will receive a wristband at any of the participating locations and enjoy an entree and side as often as every 90 minutes! Drinks are not included. However, you may purchase a Souvenir Bottle online at our best price.
All Day Dining plan is just $27.99.


When you purchase an All Season Dining Plan, it will automatically be uploaded to your season pass. Simply present your pass at any participating locations throughout the park and enjoy lunch and dinner (with only a 4 hour interval between meals) every time you visit. Drinks are not included but we offer a Souvenir Bottle available online at the lowest price available. 
All Season Dining is as low as $84.00.

plus applicable taxes and fees

 

Only available online.  Buy Now


All Day Dining may be purchased in the park at any ticket window or participating dining location. Or, save yourself some time and purchase your All Day Dining Plan online before you go to the park. Buy Now


Include the All Season Dining Plan onto your 2015 Season Pass and stay fueled for the fun all day long. All Season Dining includes lunch and dinner at participating locations throughout the park every time you visit during the season. Buy Now

 

Single Meal Deal

Simply redeem your voucher at any participating location for an entree, side, and a drink.  


All Day Dining

Guests with All Day Dining voucher will receive a wristband at any of the participating locations.   Enjoy an entree and side as often as every 90 minutes throughout the day.  Drinks are not included.  However, we offer a Souvenir Bottle online at the best price.


All Season Dining Plan

Guests with All Season Dining will automatically have it included on their Season Pass. Simply present your season pass at any of the participating locations throughout the park and enjoy lunch and dinner (with only a 4 interval between meals) every time you visit. Drinks are not included but we offer a Souvenir Bottle available for purchase online at the lowest price.

   

Look for the Dining Plan symbol at these participating locations throughout the park!
 

American Cafe

 

Andre's Chicken Shack

 

Burger Barn

 

Croc canteen

 

Frankie's Pizza

 

Giovanni's Pizza

 

Great America
Hot Dogs

 

Joe Cool Cafe

 

Maggie Browns

 

Outback Shack

 

Schultz's Wieners

 

Bombay Bowl

 

 Dining Plan participating locations & menus subject to change without notice. Operating hours vary by location.
Download the Dining Plan Guide here.

DINING OPTIONS

American Cafe

Dining Plan Meal Options:
Chicken Tender &
 Fries
American Cafe Burger & Fries
Corn Dog & Fries
Grilled Chicken Sandwich & Fries 
 

Andre's Chicken Shack

Dining Plan Options:
Chicken Tenders & Fries
Chicken Tender Sandwich
Chicken Tender Caesar Salad
 
Bombay Bowl

Dining Options:
Bombay Rice or Salad Bowl


Burger Barn

Dining Plan Options:
Cheeseburger & Fries
 

Croc Canteen

Dining Plan Options:
Chicken Tender & Fries
Hot Dog & Fries
One Slice of Pizza & Side Salad
 

Frankie's Pizza

Dining Plan Options:
One Slice of Pizza & Fries
 

Giovanni's Pizza

Dining Plan Options:
One Slice of Pizza & Side Salad


Great America Hot Dog

Dining Plan Meal Options:
Foot Long Hot Dog & a Bag of Chips
 

Joe Cool Cafe

Dining Plan Meal Options:
Chicken Strips & Fries
Joe Cool Burger & Fries
Joe Cool Roast Beef Sandwich & Fries
One Slice of Pizza & Side Salad
Hot Dog & Fries 
 

Maggie Browns

Dining Plan Meal Options:
3-Piece Basket Meal
2-Piece Dinner Meal
Chicken Tender Meal
Chicken Tender Salad
  

Outback Shack

Dining Plan Options:
Slice of Pizza & Side Salad
Chicken Wings & Fries
Fish & Fries
Shrimp & Fries
 

Pizza Orleans

Dining Plan Options:
One Slice of Pizza & Side Salad
One Slice of Pizza & Breadsticks
 

Schultz's Weiners

Dining Plan Options:
Corn Dog & Fries
Chili Cheese Dog & Fries
Hot Dog & Fries
 

Snoopy's Snack Shack

Dining Plan Options:
Chicken Tenders & Fries
Grilled Cheese & Fries



Dining Plan participating locations & menus subject to change without notice. Operating hours vary by location.
Download the Dining Plan Guide here.

Single Meal Deal includes a fountain drink.

While the All Season and All Day Dining Plan do not include drinks, you may consider buying a Souvenir Drink Bottle for just $10.99 online - a $4 savings off the price at the park! With a Souvenir Bottle, enjoy free refills all day long on your first visit and 99¢ refills for the rest of the season!
Buy Now

Great America Pavilion

Great American Pavilion is the premier venue for corporate meetings, catered events, holiday parties, and product launches
  • 2-acre space
  • 18,000 square feet of indoor space
  • Divisable into three different areas
  • Separate entrance
  • Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace
  • Complete audio and visual capabilities (37 monitors)
  • Adjacent to 6,500 space parking lot
  • Live Entertainment venue

For more information or to reserve the Great America Pavilion, call 408.986.5853.



The Bay Area's best entertainment venue is the perfect game day destination


California's Great America, the official amusement park of the San Francisco 49ers, is now offering the ideal destination for the perfect pregame festivities. For those who bleed red and gold, California's Great America is just walking distance to Levi's® Stadium. Relax, dine on delicious food options, and enjoy fellow fans before heading over to the game.
The Great America Pavilion, the Bay Area's premier entertainment venue, is an 18,000 square foot facility on two acres.  It's the perfect location for corporate meetings, catered events, holiday parties, and product launches.  Plus, it features a large list of ammenities to accommodate any type or style of event.

For more information or to book an event, please contact California's Great America at 408.986.5853 or by email.