About Erik Chalhoub

Erik Chalhoub is the Managing Editor at the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian newspaper (and a roller coaster fanatic!). He is also the proud recipient of the 2016 ACE NorCal Richard Tuck Spirit Award.

New prototype coaster at Great America pays homage to California scenery

New prototype coaster at Great America pays homage to California scenery

National Roller Coaster Day was celebrated in a big way on Aug. 16, when California’s Great America introduced its newest coaster, RailBlazer. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, RailBlazer is a prototype coaster based on RMC’s new “Raptor” model. Eight riders will traverse in a single file train on a single rail, giving riders a unique […]

Great America teases 2018 coaster

Great America teases 2018 coaster

California’s Great America has been teasing a new roller coaster at the park for 2018, dubbed “Project SR1.” In late June, observant park visitors noticed a set of painted white tire tracks leading to a construction stake placed in the large grassy area that formerly housed the Invertigo coaster. Written on the stake was “2018” […]

Red, White & Brews launches at Great America

Red, White & Brews launches at Great America

California’s Great America launched the first-ever Red, White & Brews over Memorial Day weekend, a lively Americana-themed festival with a variety of food, more than 25 regional craft brews, Northern California wines, Bay Area bands, outdoor games and entertainment for children. Underneath the park’s refurbished Patriot roller coaster in Hometown Square, a slew of booths […]

Patriot opens at Great America with much fanfare

Patriot opens at Great America with much fanfare

Just a week into the 2017 season, California’s Great America launched Patriot on April 1, a floorless conversion of the park’s 1991 Vortex standup roller coaster. Before the ride officially opened to the public, Great America invited ACE to a media day preview event on March 31, featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony and exclusive ride […]

Great America hosts ACE NorCal for preseason tour

Great America hosts ACE NorCal for preseason tour

With all the excitement for the upcoming season and future of California’s Great America, it should come as no surprise that ACE NorCal’s annual preseason tour of the park had a record turnout on March 4. Nicholas Laschkewitsch, regional representative of ACE NorCal, said nearly 60 ACE members and their guests attended the two-hour tour, […]

Commission recommends Great America master plan

Commission recommends Great America master plan

In a step forward for the future of California’s Great America, the Santa Clara Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the park’s 20-year master plan. The report outlines Cedar Fair’s 20-year vision for the park that would add eight 200-foot-tall rides, 11 rides of 100 to 200 feet, year-round operation and a […]

Great America master plan project up for city review

Great America master plan project up for city review

California’s Great America is moving forward with a major project that would add a number of 200-foot-tall rides, an expanded waterpark and a retail destination at the park’s front entrance. The “Great America Theme Park Master Plan Project,” a 200-page report, is available on the City of Santa Clara’s website. A 45-day public comment period […]