Six Flags over Georgia Coaster Review!
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So we hit Six Flags over Georgia on Sunday, July 6th and had overall a great time! Neat park and I thought I'd give you the low down on the coasters and one of their best thrill rides!
The Georgia Scorcher is a dual inversion stand up twister roller coaster painted yellow with maroon supports. That is literally built at the front gate Ė you walk underneath it in order to get to the ticket booths! It includes a great first drop that heads straight into a huge vertical loop. There are several spirals and changes in direction that enhance the stand up experience and there is a corkscrew flip towards the end of the ride Ė itís very smooth and although itís smaller than some of the other stand up coasters Iíve ridden, itís probably the best!
The Mind Bender is an older double looping coaster that was built in the late 70ís but itís really held the test of time! The single coolest aspect of this ride is that you donít have the over the shoulder ride restraints Ė itís only a lap bar on this baby! The ride plunges down its first drop into a huge vertical loop and then does several more dives and plunges before the final vertical loop which is buried in a ravine. Probably one of the best rides in the park.
Batman Ė The Ride is an inverted chair lift type of looping coaster and is incredibly intense! Once the floor drops away from you in the station hold on tight Ė it includes a spiraling first drop into a vertical loop, a zero-G roll (think cartwheel), another vertical loop, several tight curves and two corkscrews. The ride is heavily themed to Batman and the queue meanders through Gotham City Park before winding through the Batcave. Very cool!
Ninja is a multi looping sit down coaster that is incredibly intense. It has a swooping first dive and then your senses are assaulted by one inversion after another Ė 5 total amongst several swooping curves. Itís built entirely over water, and although itís a tad rough, it was one of the kidís favorites.
The Great American Scream Machine is a classic out and back wooden roller coaster that is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Old, rickety and rough make it a classic wooden coaster experience! It has several great drops and a lot of time is spent being ejected from your seat as you float over the hills. Much of the ride is built over a small lake.
Superman Ė Ultimate Flight is seriously one of the best roller coaster experiences Iíve ever had! Itís a flying coaster and unless youíve seen it or ridden it Iím not sure I can do it justice by describing it! Painted red and blue like its namesakeís outfit, you load the coaster train like you do Batman Ė sitting below the track with your feet dangling ski lift style Ė but before your train dispatches the ride vehicles pull your seats upwards so that your back is literally parallel to the track! Prepare to fly as you dive down a huge swooping curve and into the most unique inversion Iíve experienced Ė a pretzel knot where at the bottom of the loop you are literally looking up at the sky on your back Ė WEIRD! Several more sharp angled curves enhance the flying experience and itís a zero-G roll that culminates the ride! Once back in the station the seats lower! Itís absolutely AMAZING!
Deja-Vu is a super boomerang coaster. Someone evil must have thought this one up as you are pulled up a completely vertical tower BACKWARDS to a 200 foot spike in an inverted coaster car Ė again ski lift style with feet dangling! Once at the top the chain releases and you fly down a 90 degree drop and into a dual inversion Cobra roll and a HUGE Vertical loop and up to another 90 degree vertical spike where you engage another chain and are hauled to the top. You are then released and you travel through the course you just experienced Ė but BACKWARDS which has to be the most stomach churning experience Iíve ever had (a good thing!).
The Georgia Cyclone is another wooden coaster and like the Scorcher is built right smack at the front of the park. Itís modeled after the old Coney Island Cyclone (which Iíve never ridden) and it gets my vote for the BEST wooden coaster Iíve been on Ė EVER! WOW, is it twisted! Fantastic drops, rough like a wooden coaster should be but not painful, great curves and some airtime over the top Ė just a fantastic coaster!
Dahlonega Mine Train is just what the name says Ė an older style mine train though that was very jerky and very rough. I hated it in fact. Sharp un-banked turns throw you into the side of your vehicle. Itís got three lifts, several downward spirals and one mild drop. Give me Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ANY DAY over this. It gets my vote to scrap it and build something better as it takes up a ton of real estate at Six Flags.
Acrophobia is a 200 foot drop ride but with a devious twist Ė you ride it standing up and your ďseatĒ tilts outwards before you make your plunge Ė completely terrifying!
Overall Six Flags over Georgia was a great experience. Certainly not up to a Disney park class though as the park was pretty dirty and it could use some walkways between sections to improve crowd flow. Dining selections are horrendous and the park also is in some desperate need of rides other than coasters Ė there were just a few other rides to choose from. But I highly recommend the park Ė if for anything the Superman coaster alone is worth the price of admission!
COOL! They have Superman and Batman at the Six Flags in Gurnee, IL. That's the one I wanted to take Kylor to this summer, but he fell short of the height requirement by 1-1 1/2" [img]graemlins/cry2.gif[/img] Next year, for sure!!!
Originally posted by loobyoxlip: COOL! They have Superman and Batman at the Six Flags in Gurnee, IL.
<font size="2" face="Comic Sans MS, Arial">The Six Flags chain is pretty well know for cloning their rides in some of their other properties and I'll say that both Batman AND Superman are rides EVERY park should have! Two of the best.
Six Flags over Georgia was the first park I ever went to, back in the mid 60s. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] The last time I was there was in the early 80s with a friend who worked there for the summer. One of his jobs was picking up stuff (hats, glasses, wallets, false teeth [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] , etc.)under the Great American Scream Machine.
I remember when they first got the Warner Bros. characters. The commercials said, "Come to Six Flags! We've got Bugs!" They meant Bugs Bunny but I thought the commercial was a hoot because I thought "insects". Who'd want to advertise that? [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Another attraction, long gone, I'm sure, was Buford D. Buzzard, a small puppet show located underneath the skyway-type ride or, as Buford called it, the "Spitting Buckets". [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] He told kids to go ride the "Paper Shredder" or the "MicroWave" and warned the kids that if they acted up they'd be locked in trunks of cars with Alabama license plates. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] He was not PC!
Originally posted by iloverags2: Did the Batman ride queue have a stench? The one in Chicago (Gurnee) does to give it an authentic feel while walking through Gotham City. Miss that ride!
<font size="2" face="Comic Sans MS, Arial">Cindy, I don't remember that - the line was completey empty - a walk on except for the front row seats (which we waited 2 cycles for!). It was a VERY VERY long queue though so I'm thankful it wasn't full. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks for triggering a ride down memory lane for me! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Over Georgia was the first roller coaster I ever rode--back when I was seven years old. It was very scary back then. I am wondering if you know if they still have a wax museum type attraction there. That is the only other thing I remember from that park--it also scared me half to death! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
Originally posted by stretch2864: I am wondering if you know if they still have a wax museum type attraction there. That is the only other thing I remember from that park--it also scared me half to death! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Comic Sans MS, Arial">Hey there - I don't recall a wax musuem type of attraction. Probably has gone by the wayside or was scrapped to make room for more coasters.
Great reviews! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the Dahlonega mine train - it is a classic as it's been there forever and would cause a riot if it were ever removed. I can remember when it and the Scream machine were the only coasters there. And they used to have Mo-Mo the Monster -I wish they had never taken it out. Was Free Fall still open?
I do agree, Six Flags in no way compares to Disney parks. Their maintanence has gone way down hill in the last 10 years. And they do need a better variety of rides. Did you ride the Monster Plantation? Years ago it used to be an Okefenokee Swamp attraction that was very similar to Splash Mtn. without the drop. It was a dark ride with all kinds of critters like rabbits, etc. Six Flags does have a few shows that are worth watching but not much else for the non-thill seekers.
Just to answer your questions and comment - our friends said the same thing about the Dahlonega and the kids thought it was fun so I guess it does have a place there. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Freefall was open and we rode it like 5 times in a row with now wait! My youngest was just a tad too short for Acrophobia but was tall enough for Freefall - he loved it! I'm glad they've kept it open as it's really been outmatched by Acrophobia.
We also did ride Monster Plantation and it was surprising nice and very Disneyesque.
Crowds - for 1/2 of the day there was absolutely no one there. Our friends were in total shock! In the morning we actually rode Superman twice in a row without having to get off and re-queue. The place was empty. But after lunch the crowds got thicker - the longest line we waited for was for Deja Vu (50 minutes) and for Thunder River (30 minutes) but for everything else maybe we waited 10-15 minutes max and for many things we just walked up and got on. We picked a great day to go! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Sounds like you had a great time! We have many of those attractions at Six Flags over Mid America here in St. Louis. Thunder River, Batman, The Screamin' Eagle, The Mine Train. We have a new one called Excalibur that swings like a pendulum while the seats rotate. I haven't been on it yet, but it sounds rather intense. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] We have a Deja Vu coaster called Mr. Freeze too. Awesome ride! In all, it is a decent park, I just miss the attention to detail and theming that Disney provides. That, and since I grew up within an hour and a half of it, it just doesn't hold my attention much anymore.