TR: Six Flags Over Georgia - 8/8/02

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 7:44 AM
Thursday I was off to Six Flags Over Georgia, which I had yet to visit this year. Last year when I went Deja Vu and Acrophobia were not ready, so I had those to do along with Superman.

I arrived at the park at around 9:45, entered with the season pass that I bought at SFKK, and met up with Sean (coasterbuzz screenname astrosgp), and after renting a Q-Bot, we hit Georgia Cyclone for a backseat ride. It seemed to be running better than last year and the airtime is phenomenal. The only problem with both SFoG woodies is quite clearly the trains. It would be nice to see the hard uncushioned PTC seats replaced with some cushioned ones.

Georgia Cyclone - 9/10

Acrophobia was a walkon, so we took a drop. This was my first time on Acrophobia, and I must say I was impressed. While the stop was a tad bit painful, the rest of the ride wasn't by any means uncomfortable, and this is probably my favorite drop ride.

Heading for the Cotton States, it was time for Superman: Ultimate Flight. The line was basically non-existant when we got to the ride, and we headed for the backseat. The ride definitely has a 'cool' factor to it, and the flying sensation is great. While it doesn't do a whole lot after the pretzel loop, the pretzel loop is beyond words. The pretzel loop in my opinion is perhaps the greatest thing B&M has ever created, and it is one of the best moments on any coaster. The facechoppers are excellent and the final roll is great as well. If ranking my coasters I would put this one right behind Top Gun: The Jet Coaster as my second favorite looper.

(#84) Superman: Ultimate Flight - 10/10

Sean had something to do, so we decided to meet back at noon. I rode Great American Scream Machine twice in a row. I quickly found out that it is best to avoid an axel seat. My ride in the middle seat of the last car was great, but the last seat was quite painful. I liked this ride significantly better than last year, and it compliments Georgia Cyclone nicely.

Great American Scream Machine - 8/10

Heading over to Ninja, I watched a boy get off crying and holding his head. Luckily my head reaches above the restraints. I didn't have a huge problem with Ninja last year, and it was okay this year as well. It wasn't too bad roughness wise, and it has some good headchoppers.

Ninja - 6.5/10

I q-botted Mind Bender and headed for Batman: The Ride while waiting for my turn. I rode in the back seat of Batman, and it was just as it was last year. Some headbanging, but nothing to get worked up about. The transitions are quick, and Batman is definitely one of the more intense rides out there. In a front seat ride later I felt a 'pulling' in my feet that no other inverted has managed to deliver.

Batman: The Ride - 8/10

Unfortunately, Mind Bender was on one train operation (I've been told it's down to one for the rest of the season), so I didn't get as many rides as I wanted. Riding in the back seat, Mind Bender offered a great ride, and it is still a "Top 10" steel in my opinion.

Mind Bender - 9.5/10

I then rode Georgia Scorcher before meeting up with Sean again near the front of the park. Georgia Scorcher is a smooth ride and is enjoyable, but stand-ups never have done much for me.

Georgia Scorcher - 7/10

Sean and I took a ride on Cyclone, and then met up with Joe C. (Legendary). Some friends of his (enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts) were waiting for Deja Vu to open, so we joined them, and I was able to get the Deja Vu ride that I was sure I wouldn't get. I rode in the back seat, and I thought it was a great ride. Going backwards was what won me over, as the cobra roll and especially the loop were incredibly disorienting.

(#85) Deja Vu - 9/10

We rode Ninja, GASM, and Superman (2nd seat), then ate at the toasted sub place across from Georgia Cyclone. The cheesesteaks there were good, especially for park food. We hit Georgia Cyclone in the back seat, and noticed what definitely ranks in my Top Lost Articles list: http://www.starcoasters.com/webmaster/lostarticle.JPG Interesting, since earlier someone had their hair caught in the Cyclone lap bar mechanism. Must be something about that ride....

Next we did Free Fall, Batman (front seat), and Mind Bender, then I took some video footage at Superman, and we got in line for one final ride. Sean, Joe, and myself rode in the front seat, and it was amazing. I can't wait to see more of these pop up around the country. Just leave the pretzel loop in!

Before closing we rode Acrophobia once more and left after I stopped by a gift shop. Crowds were not bad at all, I had no very bad experiences to write about, and I was able to get on all the rides I wanted. Six Flags Over Georgia has a winner with Superman and I'm sure (well, I know actually ;)) that the park will continue to develop over the years.

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Jonathan Hawkins
Starcoasters.com
"The internet is a great way to get on the net." -Bob Dole

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 7:50 AM

Glad SFog wasn't crowded. Superman and Acrophobia sound like great rides.

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-Sean

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 9:29 AM
I wish sfgadv's gets one. Now I am hearing a lot of good things about Six Flags park it seems like they are doing better than last year. I want to go to that park it seems like it has the best coaster collection in the South.
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Saturday, August 10, 2002 9:40 AM

Sounds like you had fun. I really do need to get back up there!

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 9:41 AM
The south has a rather underestimated group of coasters... between TX, GA, & FL, you've got a roller coaster mecca...

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Believe it or not: God loves you and can save you!
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Saturday, August 10, 2002 10:10 AM

I'm going next year and was wondering if the Q-Bot was worth renting on a weekday?

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 10:49 AM

jpcoaster said:

I'm going next year and was wondering if the Q-Bot was worth renting on a weekday?



Fortunately, Qbots are not needed at all on a weekday in order to get the whole park in. You can usually even get multiple rides on some of the coasters in one day without one. But beware, if you go on a weekend, a Qbot will be necessary to hit half of the rides and it will become your best friend.

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 9:17 PM

Thanks for coming Jonathan, I'm really going to try to get to Carowinds in 2003. I share almost identical viewpoints on all the rides so I don't think it's necessary to write another TR. We did encounter a few breakdowns (Cyclone - 5 min. - hair stuck in lap bar; S:UF - 15 min. - stuck on lift; Scorcher - left line - don't know why, seats not locking???; and Acrophobia - kicked out of line - seats locked and stuck tilted at bottom) but it was smooth sailing the majority of the day.

The "lost article" was just hilarious, and so was the stupid lady whose son could not ride Acrophobia:

Ride Op: I'm sorry he is a few inches to short.
Stupid Lady: No he's not, that height stick is wrong. He rode Scream Machine, Mindbender, and Cyclone for crying out loud!
Op: Those rides are 48" and 42"...this ride is 52"
Dumb Lady: no it isn't!

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My two favorite coasters are named Superman.
Nitro, Gemini, Laser, Ice, Thunder...The American Gladiators!

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 9:18 PM
Interesting TR. I hope that I can make it back down there some time before the end of this season.

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-Hurler Crew 2002-

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