SFoG, 8/3-84...oh, the HORROR!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 10:33 PM
I was at SFoG back in June. The park wasn't too crowded then and I had a realatively good time.

I agree that the ops aren't too eficient on the Georgia Scorcher. When I rode it, the op locked the seats while my knees were bent, my crotch was killing me the whole ride!

What happend on S:UF was awful, GM should have given you waaaay more than they did in the way of compensation!

I would like to point out a slight error in your report. You said that upon entering the park, you went to the right and came to the Georgia Scorcher. This is impossible as Georgia Scorcher is on your left as you enter the park, while the Georgia Cyclone is on your right.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 11:12 PM

I agree with Jeff's first post on this one. I trust people on this site and don't think they're lying to us. When somebody posts about a bad day at a park, with rude ops and trashy midways, I generally rule it out unless there are some other decent rides there.

Also, for all of you doubting Mark's judgement and feelings, where you there with him? If he's lying, then him and the people he was with only know this. I can see a GM getting annoyed at people constantly asking him whats wrong, but why not just announce it over the microphone in the station?

Also, with whoever brought up the part about black people with the basketballs, what does that at all have to do with Mark's trip to the park? It was just better left out.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 4:19 AM
D'oh! You're right. Dan-el...typo on my part. I actually wrote this report twice, as my trusty XP box (note the irony) crashed on me the first time, so pardon my error.

Chitown, you're right about that ride supervisor. I had no problem with any of the people during S:UF's breakdown except for the GM, and the ride ops who were drinking water right in front of us when we'd been stuck for 60 minutes in 93 degree heat. The mechanics who released us were actually very nice, and many of them tried to console my wife. Another young lady, I think her name was Natasa, was very nice as well.
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*** This post was edited by Mark W. Baruth on 8/7/2002. ***

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 4:58 AM
Hope no one in charge reads this Mark, or your buddy **name edited out** might reap the whirlwind for doing the nice/but not necessarily right thing.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 5:03 AM
Thanks for the heads up-it's too early for me to be thinking clearly yet.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:37 AM

Dukeis#1 said:

All Six Flags Parks are charging at least $9.00 this year.

Not true -- $4 at SFKK and $6 at SFStL. At least that's what they were in early July and I doubt the prices have changed since then. Not that this has any bearing on the discussion at hand, I'm just clarifying what was said.

Also, guest no longer can complain about lines. Why? Because now we have Lo-Q and Q-bots. Just rent one of those if you have a problem with lines.

But what about people who don't have that kind of money to throw around? Those things aren't cheap -- a friend had to cough up $35 for himself and one other person. In my case I'd never think of spending that much, and I'm sure I'm not alone. But this is a separate discussion for another day; if I remember right there have been some raging arguments on CBuzz in the past concerning this type of thing...


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PLEASE READ: This post wasn't meant to offend or anger anyone; I apologize in advance if it does. So please don't post a reply just to rant about it.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:47 AM

General Public said:
Thanks so much for your input hunter. That's his decision, but I think it's an irrational one, and an example not to follow for other board members.

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I'd follow that (Jeff's) example. My money is precious and so is my time. I don't lie within five hours (car) travel of Georgia, so it is entirely rational and reasonable to get more picky about attractions of such distance from my location. I mean, I live 45 minutes from SFA and I go but if I lived in Georgia I probably wouldn't feel pressed to go to SFA.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:49 AM

arlok2 said:
At my home park of great adventure every single employee and hireup that i know is insanely nice and ......

That's the kinda thing that gets me motivated to attend a park!! I have vacation next week and from your description arlok2, I'll try to get over to SFGAdv if I can! :)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:21 AM
But, coderGirl, getting more picky about attractions would presumably mean reading more TR's and getting more info before making a call on whether to hit a park or not. Basing your decision on just one or two bad TR's when there are other positive TR's seems to imply that you wouldn't put very much effort into deciding on an attraction some distance away.

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PLEASE READ: This post wasn't meant to offend or anger anyone; I apologize in advance if it does. So please don't post a reply just to rant about it. :)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 2:23 PM
I read almost all the TRs posted here and rarely does one ever change whether or not I'm going to go to a park. Several of the SFO/SFWOA reports have been extremely negative, but I had a blast every time I've been. Same goes for both trips to SFOG (long lines were the biggest problem, but I went up the exit to get on BTR and Scorcher =^O). Excellent TR Mark and I'll keep a lot of the things you said in mind if I'm in the same situations, but definitely no Saturdays for any park.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 5:52 PM

Mark, are you 100% positive that it was John Odum that said those things to you? I have talked to him once or twice before and honestly, he was a nice guy. I really am having a hard time believing that he acted that way towards you.

On another note, I was stuck on SUF for about 5 minutes once and I thought THAT was uncomfortable. I can't even imagine getting stuck for an hour.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:06 AM
Yes, I'm positive. I had no idea who the GM of the park was before this incident.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 7:43 AM

I'd follow that (Jeff's) example. My money is precious and so is my time. I don't lie within five hours (car) travel of Georgia, so it is entirely rational and reasonable to get more picky about attractions of such distance from my location. I mean, I live 45 minutes from SFA and I go but if I lived in Georgia I probably wouldn't feel pressed to go to SFA.


I disagree with you. I live 3 hours from SFoG, and 6 hours from Tampa/Orlando. I will forever drive the extra 3 hours to get to Busch Gardens or IOA rather than go back to SFoG.

I totally agree with what Mark and Jeff has said throughout this thread. SFoG, despite having Deja Vu and Superman, is simply not worth the hassle. This is the last year I will ever get a season pass there. The people who work there are atrocious. While in line for something (i dont remember now) a few weeks ago, my girl and I listened for 10 minutes while one of the rideops told another one a pretty detailed story of his night before with some girl. We also had the pleasure of seeing one employee napping under the tunnel that is covered with plantings. Overall, SFoG is horrific. Although I havent been to every park in the country, I can certainly say that there is no reason to make a special trip to Atlanta to go there.

But if your in the area Mindbender always rocks! :)

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:32 PM
SFoG is the home of the off-duty, in uniform security patrol. Horrible place, LOL, I don't care what they build, after last tear I will never go back there.

The police harrassed my wife for using a handicapped spot, even though she had a placard, they didn't find her handicapped enough. When I went to find an officer, I found one in a group of other officers, none of them wanted to help me, they just wanted to be mad because I was interrupting them.

Most the park guests are dribbling basketballs, & the linejumpers fight back when you deny them around you.

Although, the fire comment is a little smart, but given the situation and place, good going, I would've been ruder, SFoG has been providing me a bad experience since I was 11, it was only after last year that I gave up & had to think bad of them.

Now, to move Mindbender & GACyclone somewhere a little reliable.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 3:09 PM

Oh, forget it. I guess most everyone is bound and determined to hate every SF park, even though they haven't been to them necessarily. I thought IOA sucked (due to scarcity of rides), but I wouldn't ever say "don't go there." It;s easy to bash Sxi Flags (and believe me I know we have our share of chortcomings), but it's harder when someone bashes your "perfect" park.

If you don't go due to a TR, then by all means don't go. Your loss.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 8:58 PM
I really don't see the problem that people have with SFOG. Its one of the better Six Flags Parks, which are known for there dirtyness and unfriendly employees. Overall, its my 3rd favorite in the Southeast after IOA and BGW.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:26 AM
I think that it's a bit different for those of us who have to work 45 hour weeks and get limited vacation time for the year, and kids whose parents are able to take them to different parks throughout the summer. Those of us who have to work hard to get to these places just tend to expect more out of the experience than being harrassed by employees and being surrounded by filth. Everything is bad about SFoG except for the rides, down to the food and the people working there. I am not saying that this applies to every SF park, but the one in Atlanta is just simply not worth the effort to go there.

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Can someone please give me a job somewhere in Ohio?

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:45 AM
"Oh, forget it. I guess most everyone is bound and determined to hate every SF park"
It has nothing to do with the place being a corporate park. Trust me, the underwear gnomes have taught me the importance of big corporations;), but the facts remain.

I wish the place ran better, for one thing, the general park guests you meet there are very rude. I've never been around a bunch of people like that fill that place. Another thing, after the police harrassed my wife & chased me around the property, the PR lady, who seemed very sincere at the time, was obviously just acting well. Of all the things the SF people tried to give me, passes, refunds, I turned them down. All we wanted to see was a letter of apology. Did we ever see one? No. We even got phone calls from Cobb County Sherriff apologizing for the incident. I gave the lady our address TWICE. The people from the sherriff had to actually find us, yo!

The employees there, amazing. You know what I'm saying when I say amazing. Amazing that they don't make people get off the ride even though you're waiting for their seat, "there's another train". To such ground breaking revelations as "why do you care if somebody gets in front of you, you're all going to the same ride anyways". And in general, lots of the ops feel that they're WORKING, we're PLAYING, so they don't owe us ANYTHING, & it shows.

Yeah, if you removed the basketballs & the attitudes, the park may be recommendable, otherwise, there's nothing there to defend, they treat people like trash. If you go there & it's the least crowded, people will be jumping in front of you, trains will load slow, you will get ran into by people playing basketball, people who feel you should've stayed out of their way.

BTW, I'm not afraid to try SFA, & I've read some bad TRs, it hasn't influenced me much at all. I have gathered I wouldn't go on a weekend, but the fact remains, SFA has not been visited because I know they don't have a dog kennel, & my dog goes with us period!

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:48 AM
rollergator's avatar but p_c_r, I still don't know what Step 2 is.....:)
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Saturday, August 10, 2002 6:22 AM
True SFoG can have bad days (as with every other park - including Holiday World), but if you go on a Saturday you're asking for trouble. SFoG does have a few "bad apples" working for them but, once again, so does every park. So you see, the reason why everyone wants to gripe and complain about it is simply because it's a Six Flags park. Six Flags bashing seems to be the norm around here. If you wanted a Disney park, go to Orlando. If you want a Paramount park, go to Charlotte. If you don't want to go to SFoG again, by all means, don't go. That just means there is one less person standing in line in front of me.
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