Six Flags Over Georgia - Labor Day '02

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Thursday, September 5, 2002 11:52 AM


My wife and I traveled to Six Flags Over Georgia on Labor day. This was our first trip there, and we had a very enjoyable time. Everything was open, except for Ninja. I wasn't too disappointed with the closure; chances are I wouldn't have ridden it anyway. Arrow MegaLoopers tend to give me a screaming headache! Here are some of my thoughts and opinions on SFoG and it's coasters:

Parking: TEN DOLLARS??? Where does it end?

Superman:Ultimate Flight: This was a fantastic ride. The pretzel loop is a great, intense element. Having now ridden both X-Flight and S:UF, I think S:UF is a better coaster. The feeling of "flying" is so much more pronounced because you spend the majority of the ride in the flying position (unlike X-Flight where you climb the lift hill on your back). I hope B&M gets orders for more of these.

Deja Vu: Yep, it was open! The anticipation as you're getting lifted backwards up the first spike is almost as much fun as the actual ride itself. The only rough spot seemed to be going backwards through the Cobra Roll. I'm glad I got to ride it, but I have the same feelings toward it as the Invertigo coasters: If the line is short, I'll hop on, otherwise, I'll take a pass on it. That's one BIG vertical loop.

Great American Scream Machine: Great out and back woodie. I loved the airtime through the second half of the ride. The brakes seem to stop you in the blink of any eye, which caused some uncomfortable interactions with the lap bar. :-)

Georgia Cyclone: Ouch. This was the roughest coaster I've ever been on, period. I like the layout, but the rough ride was just to much. BTW, this was my first ride on a "Cy-Clone". I will not be in line for this one again.

The Georgia Scorcher: They installed a lot of track in a compact area! It has a pretty good layout to be so small. The ops were S-L-O-W in dispatching, which made for some long waits.

Batman:The Ride: Wow, this is an intense ride. I loved every second of it. It seems to throw everything at you at once, with no breathing room in between. The two vertical loops are a nice touch. Love the theming too. Maybe SFKK can get rid of T2 and install a B:TR clone instead... :-)

Mindbender: My first ride on a non-shuttle loop Schwarzkopf. My favorite part of the ride was the twisting helix near the second loop. And no OTSR! A coaster I would love to ride over and over again.

Dahlonega Mine Train: This is now my favorite mine train ride. It has a great finale with the quick plunge into the tunnel. First coaster I've every seen (maybe the only?) with three chain lifts.

Q-Bot: I'm sold. We reserved a Q-Bot in advance, and it made the day much more enjoyable. Out longest "Q-Bot wait" was 1 hour for Mindbender. We would reserve a ride on a coaster, then get in line for another coaster. Kind of like getting 2 rides for the price of 1. The park got pretty crowded as the afternoon rolled on, and the Q-Bot made the crowd tolerable. I hope other parks invest in this system. I also liked the floating locker wristband. SFoG seems to be on the cutting edge when it comes to installing new technology.

Overall: I loved our day at SFOG. I only ran into a couple of rude, unhelpful employees (mostly the ops running Acrophobia). The park seemed to be very well kept (the only exception being the line for Cyclone -- trash everywhere). Unfortunately, the park closed at 6pm, or we would have stayed even longer. I hope to make it back soon, if only to ride S:UF and B:TR.

Outlane

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Friday, September 6, 2002 9:57 AM

You should definitely try to give Ninja a try next time you are at the park. It's a Vekoma looper that I thought was pretty smooth considering that I had heard some head banging strories about it. When we were at the park last month, we rode it in the very back and enjoyed a pretty wild ride. As for the Q-Bot, I'm still not sold yet but that probably has to do more with the price than anything. The crowds were pretty good during our first trip there, so maybe I need to really experience some horrendous crowds to finally decide to go for it. Glad you had a good time at the park though. It does have a great coaster selection.

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Friday, September 6, 2002 11:43 AM

Outlane said:
"Dahlonega Mine Train: This is now my favorite mine train ride. It has a great finale with the quick plunge into the tunnel. First coaster I've every seen (maybe the only?) with three chain lifts."

The River King Mine Train at SFStL also has 3 lifts. It's also got a plunge into a tunnel at the end, which makes me think that these two rides could be clones or veeeery similar. But I don't remember much from my last visit to SFoG -- I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 years old.

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Friday, September 6, 2002 12:30 PM
Ninja is smoothest (bearable) in the back. The front is terribly rough.

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the member formerly known as MisterX

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Friday, September 6, 2002 12:44 PM

"bearable", huh? That's not exactly "high praise, considering...;)

bill, hanging back having a good time, getting READY for some football with Lee, Chris, and Kirk.....

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Friday, September 6, 2002 12:50 PM

Outlane said:


Georgia Cyclone: Ouch. This was the roughest coaster I've ever been on, period. I like the layout, but the rough ride was just to much. BTW, this was my first ride on a "Cy-Clone". I will not be in line for this one again.

Outlane

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That makes me sad.. This is my baby here. Where did you ride? You HAVE to ride in the back. Everywhere else is not as fun/comfortable.

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It's now college football season. The only thing that makes coasters take a back seat. This also means Rollergator is the enemy again... for 4 months.

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 4:39 AM

Homey G. said:
That makes me sad.. This is my baby here. Where did you ride? You HAVE to ride in the back. Everywhere else is not as fun/comfortable.

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We rode near the front (second car, I believe). If I every get the chance to go again, I will certainly give her a try in the back. It's hard for me to stay off any coaster, regardless of past experience! :-)


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Saturday, September 7, 2002 9:49 PM

See, it seems like everyone who rides Cyclone always goes for the front, this is one coaster that is absolutely crazy in the back. Totally different ride back there.

Ninja... well, it just sucks.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:29 AM

Cyclone used to be a great ride and somehow over the years it has gotten to be a monster. The only rougher coaster I have ridden is Son of Beast at PKI. Ninja is ok unless you have ear rings. The Mine Train is very rough and after all these years seems awful lame. Mindbender is a simple concept and yet I alway keep being drawn back to ride it. Scorcher is a very good B&M as is Batman. SFoG now has 3 B&M coasters, which is really incredible for a small park. What I would really love to see is a mega coaster or a large woodie that uses the hills and the trees of this park effectively.

Where is the next John Allen to build a coaster that would do for this park what Beast does for PKI or MF for CP?

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:41 AM
Seems like you just read my TR! I agreed to the word with everything you said about the coasters, including the operations. Glad you had a good time.

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