Headed down to Georgia, looking for some credits to steal...
But seriously, I'm driving down from Ohio to Six Flags Over Georgia for the last Saturday of the month and I'm looking for any tips or suggestions anyone may have for my first visit.
I will be picking up my season pass and am considering going Gold on a FP. I bought my first FP at SFGAm last August (which was totally worth it) but wasn't sure what the typical crowd would be like at this park given this time of year.
We were there the Sunday of opening weekend and even with the coasters opening late and one train operation on everything there was no need to even think about a FP.
Last summer when we went, they were running Georgia Cyclone before they opened the rest of the park. Ride it for the credit and then take a couple of aspirin for the pain.
Goliath is the big draw at SFOG but the longest lines seem to be for Superman UF. Don't miss Mind Bender and Monster Mansion. I also was surprised by Shake Rattle & Roll. This is an indoor scrambler that really moves.
Have a good time. We will be doing CW & DW that weekend.
Thanks Dave. You helped me out a lot with my trip last August to SFGAm! Have fun @ CW and DW. Monster Mansion just got a make over last season didn't it? Dark rides come in as a strong second to my coasters, so I'm excited to see it.
I was there the first day they were open after the flood last year.
I posted a bunch of pictures if you are interested.
In my experience, Georgia Cyclone is usually open early, and the great thing about that is I can start the day marathoning on my favorite coaster in the park before the park is even open! No pain or asperin for me, just lap after lap of insane ejector airtime PARADISE! ;)
Great American Scream Machine is fun as well, as are Goliath and Mindbender, which are two of my fave steel coasters in the country.
I do agree that Monster Mansion is an AWESOME dark ride, and the rehab it got last year gave it a technological upgrade while remaining true to the spirit and intent of the original. It's one of my favorite dark rides in the country; one of the most "Disney-esque" you'll find outside of Disney; and one of the few (only?) left in a major corporate chain park that hasn't been rethemed to a well-known media property. This one has characters and catchy music created JUST for this attraction, and there's even a fun CD soundtrack available in the gift shop!
SFOG is IMO a beautiful park with plenty of tall, shady trees and a great ride package, and is easily one of my favorite regional theme parks. Have fun!Last edited by Frontrider, Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:48 AM
IIRC, they usually open Cyclone with the park or shortly thereafter, so get there at opening, because if they do one train the line will be long. Goliath will have a decent line, but seriously, Beemers usually don't have terrible capacity so you should be fine.
If it were me, and I'm not incredibly experienced with the park, I'd say do Cyclone, then head back to Superman and get them out of the way. Everything else you shouldn't have a problem with. Ride the Von Roll sky ride (it's actually useful for transportation) and the Train (Ditto). Monster Mansion was really a surprise as I hadn't ridden it prior. LOVED it. The kiddy coaster pack a punch, and the Mine Train is really fun.
Obviously, though, you'll likely do all the coasters so that's a given. The BBQ joint in the USA section is decent as far as food.
Oh, and there is a private lot right as you turn to go into the park. Park there. It's $5 extra, but it's convenient and worth it. And remember to ride Mind Bender in the back!
I will be there the same day and SFOG is really a hit-or-miss with crowds. if operations are improved from opening weekend waits shouldn't be too bad. Just be sure to ride Georgia Cyclone in the back right seat (Trust me). And hope you have a good time maybe I will see you around the park
Also ACE is having Spring Fling that day so don't be surprised with rain ;)
If they'd allow walk-up registration to Fling, I'd plan around it every year....just been rained out too many times now. But the memories of riding Mindbender in the back seat with an empty train in the dark woodsy setting (while *everyone* else went to Goliath)...those will always be with me. I've since found the love for the big Beemer...but nobody builds Antons any more...and if I had to choose, it's still 'Bender. ;)
Ride Mind Bender about 10 times w/o leaving the station (if it is open...) while everyone else runs to Goliath.
Ok - get your token rides on Goliath, Scorcher, and the others. Unless you want the credits, skip Superman and Batman (provided you've been on one of their clones).
Go back to Mind Bender :) It's all about that ride for me. Make sure you ride in the front car. The rise (into the trees) after the horizontal loop gives scary lateral - air time. The back is great for the drops. Every seat is great.
Batman is running very well this year. I would not skip it. Superman on the other hand does nothing for me.
Cyclone is the best ride in the park!! My favorite!
Uga, all I can say to that is OUCH
^^ Agreed back seat left side is where it is at!
Weather looks good for Saturday so you should have a good trip.
I thought that Georgia cyclone was a blast, and I don't care for very ruff coasters.
I have enjoyed all of my visits to this park. They have a great coaster collection(except for Ninja) along with a great dark ride, a unique drop tower and a classic carousel that came from Riverview park in Chicago.
Word of advice: if you plan on staying at a hotel near the park, do not stay at any of the hotels just east of the park. Very seedy area.
By no means is this trip all about the credits, but I do need them and I'd never go to a new park for me without hitting up every possible ride (even the ones guaranteed to break your back).
This park isn't just about credits. It's a great park with some top notch coasters. You will enjoy yourself.
Only coaster in the park IMO that beats the crap out of you is Ninja. That is a one and done coaster. Georgia Cyclone beats you up also but not to the point of complete torture.Last edited by Chitown, Monday, March 22, 2010 11:52 PM
Just to put my 2c. in - I still don't get the Mindbender/Shockwave love. I've ridden both coasters all over the train in all kinds of conditions and I appreciate the air (with lapbars), but I definitely prefer Goliath oG.
Andy, I think it is the fact that they are not a cookie cutter coaster like B&M hypers have become.
I don't find Goliath oG to be cookie cutter for two reasons: #1 - no MCBR. #2 - It's actually good. :-P
More seriously, whether or not the B&M's are cookie cutter, the fact that the Anton's are unique is not what people rave about. Heck, people rave about the cookie cutter Anton's like Dorney's laser and Scorpion at BGT. Maybe I need to turn in my enthusiast badge...
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