Great Grasp at Six Flags Over Georgia will be retired after this year

Posted Friday, July 29, 2005 9:17 AM | Contributed by gamndbndr

The Last Gasp of Summer marks the end of weekday operations at Six Flags Over Georgia, and the final drops of The Great Gasp. Two weeks of special concerts and events are planned during the celebration! Guests of the park will have an opportunity to be one of the last riders on The Great Gasp parachute drop ride. Riders on August 13 and 14 will receive a limited edition collector's button commemorating the final drops on The Great Gasp.

Read the press release from Six Flags.

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Friday, July 29, 2005 12:21 PM
This ride provided the most spectacular view of the park. Ride wise, this ride really sucked. But as much as I liked the view and cool breeze 200+ feet in the air, I'd really like to see a real Signiture Coaster take it's place. They should go ahead and erase the free fall ride as well. The thing I hope Six Flags over GA don't do is start piling Thrill rides and start neglecting that families like to visit that park not just the teenagers.
*** This post was edited by Magicmike 7/29/2005 12:23:16 PM ***
Friday, July 29, 2005 1:52 PM
In response to the above post, the parks emphasis on family has been extremely strong in 2004 and 2005. With several new flats and a kiddie coaster and the addition of skull island, it seems like the park has finally realized what it is going to take to bring the crowds in.

That being said, it is definitely time for them to make a bigger investment, but I agree that the Gasp is not the ride that should be removed. It is a signature part of the skyline with its racing lights at night and will be sorely missed.

All i can say is they better give us a hyper for this! >:O

Friday, July 29, 2005 3:08 PM
While I like what this means in terms of the monster coaster we may get in its place, I still think it stinks. There was nothing like rolling up I-20 and seeing the Gasp on the horizon as a kid, that was the sign of a fun day approaching. It's more sentimental than anything but it will certainly be missed.

I think seeing a 250+ ft lift hill in its place may help me get over it a little faster.

Friday, July 29, 2005 3:31 PM
I do agrre with you scrappy. When I was growing up in Atlanta. Driving down that stretch of high way and just when you past charlie brown airport, there sitting in the distance was the sight of that looming parachute ride. But those days are long gone. Now I live here in California with Magic Mountain at my whem. If indeed SFOG is getting a Hyper Coaster and I hope they do, I just hope it doesn't ruin the asthetic appeal that SFOG has. From what I've read is that the rumored coaster or I should say future attraction is going to somehow interact with the GA Scorcher. To me that is a problem because driving past the Main gate, the scorcher is an awesome visual to build up excitement before entering the park. Granted I haven't been back there since Scorcher opened for the summer so I don't know exactly how much has changed for the better or for worse.
Friday, July 29, 2005 5:22 PM
It would be nice to see this great ride moved or sold to a nice family park like idlewild or someplace similar. This would be a great addition to a park that wants a spectacular ride thats tame enough for familes.
Saturday, July 30, 2005 5:15 PM
That's a shame - capacity nightmare aside the GASP is a really cool attraction and breathtaking view. I actually had the opporuntunity to work at the GASP for a bit - very hot work without shade. I can't remember offhand what the weight limit was but was always a drag when sending a chute up and it would rise about 6 feet then come back down because the load was too heavy.

There's a couple of posts about replacing the GASP with a coaster, besides being really tall the footprint is like the size of a small house. Considering the ride is also kind of in the center of the park not sure if it's really possible to stash a coaster or even a hyper station there.

Saturday, July 30, 2005 6:25 PM
That entire area is going to get a rehab for 2006 this winter, that was said last year with the possible removal of the Great gasp. Seems like 1 part of that rumor has been realized, let's wait and see about the rest.
Monday, August 1, 2005 11:08 PM
Interesting Cropsey...the ones at Knott's would rise all the way to the top and THEN stop for weight issues. Then they would send a second chute (next one over) with a ride op in it and set it up on purpose so they could calm the stranded riders down. This happened pretty often. Once a day almost.

It wasn't the most reliable ride around to be sure, but it sure was fun and a great landmark. Sad to see yet another one go. Some company out there needs to start producing new more reliable parachute rides. Because pretty soon there will be none left.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 2:00 AM
Maybe Holiday World can buy the Gasp & put it in the 4th of July section for the 2007 season.

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