SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA
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Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (7/24/14) This may be a good year to visit Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia if you haven’t been in awhile. The park reports that they are doubling their staffing levels for the 2014 haunt event to make this the largest Fright Fest in the park’s history. They are also holding a casting call this weekend and next weekend to find all the ‘scare actors’ that they need. (For details apply online here)
The park will also introduce a brand new maze this year called Apocalypse, “where campers are seeking refuge from the zombie apocalypse, but find themselves trapped by the undead.” There will also be two new scare zones this year: Cemetery of the Undead and Hidden Horrors. All together, Fright Fest at SFOG will offer 7 mazes and 5 scare zones, 5 live shows, and hundreds of monsters and it all kicks off each evening at 6pm with “The Awakening” show on the Dare Devil Dive stage.
(7/2/14) Six Flags over Georgia has announced that Imani won their $10,000 Hurricane Harbor Power Payoff contest on Monday morning, after staying in constant contact with a raft since June 20th.
(6/24/14) Remember that contest where four strangers were forced to live in a raft in the new Hurricane Harbor to win $10,000? There are two left, still afloat… check out the video update below shot as they passed the 73rd hour. A video clip showing off the first player eliminated can also be found here.
(6/13/14) Six Flags over Georgia will host the park’s Third Annual Children’s CoasterTHON today, June 13th. The event features individuals who registered for the fundraising event taking a 9 hour marathon ride on the park’s Mindbender coaster from 10am to 7pm.
(6/6/14) The latest word from a few parks guests is that not only did they not see any markings on or around the Georgia Cyclone during their visits, but they report that the park has been doing an incredible job over the off-season for the past several years refurbishing and rebuilding the Georgia Cyclone and that it is running better than it ever has. After spending a ton of money on refurbishing it, including re-tracking a good portion of the early ride (first drop, turn and second drop) with RMC’s Topper Track, it wouldn’t make much sense to throw all that work out the window to re-engineer the ride as some are hoping for. So it sounds like the Georgia Cyclone is safe for now, but keep your eyes open anyway.
In other news, Six Flags is about to kick off an awesome contest idea, the first of it’s kind, called the $10,000 Hurricane Harbor Power Payoff, which will begin on June 20th in the Calypso Bay Wave Pool at Hurricane Harbor. Yes, I said… IN the Calypso Bay Wave Pool. They’ve partnered with the local Power 96.1 radio station who is seeking just four lucky contestants who will compete to win $10,000 by living with each other in a life-raft afloat in the wave pool. The one to stay in the raft the longest wins the $10k!
During the day, the raft will be set up in the wave pool, subject to the large 4 foot waves it generates. At night, they will then have to live in the raft, while sitting on the shore. It could be interesting to see just how long this lasts, so stay tuned! (I shudder to think about the issue of bathroom breaks… )
(6/2/14) I’ve got a question for anyone who’s been to Six Flags over Georgia this season, or may be preparing to drop in over the next week or two. Take a visual scan around the park’s Georgia Cyclone… I’ve heard at least one report claiming to have seen signs of markings on sections of the structure as well as possible future construction or survay markings on the ground in the area as well. Just curious if they are considering putting the ride under the knife for some reason… though we did get reports a few years back that Six Flags did test some pieces of Topper Track on some of the ride’s rougher sections to see if it helped. Of course they did the same thing with a section of the Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and we know how that turned out…
(5/14/14) Firefighters from around Georgia will come to Six Flags over Georgia on Wednesday to train water rescue drills by using the park’s Thunder River rapids attraction to simulate the dangerous conditions they will face in real world rescues.
(4/30/14) The 2014 season at Six Flags over Georgia will be extended this year with the addition of a new Holiday In The Park winter event. This new annual holiday festival will take place from Nov. 22nd through to January 4th and feature over one million LED lights to decorate the park as well as many Christmas trees and other holiday decorations, special shows, tasty holiday treats to eat as well as Santa Claus himself. Many of the park’s rides will still be open, including Goliath and Georgia Scorcher. A special holiday light walk-through display will be created around the park’s historic 1910 Riverview Carousel.
(3/6/14) The performance group, Fighting Gravity, as seen on America’s Got Talent in 2010, will be performing live shows at Six Flags over Georgia from March 28th – April 13th, and again from July 14th – August 10th according to an announcement from the group on Twitter.
(11/29/13) Long time readers may recall reading about the savage beatdown that took place a few years ago outside Six Flags over Georgia, as several men decided to attack another young man near a public bus stop down the road from Six Flags. As I recall from the prior news stories, this may have started as an altercation or some words said in the park with some gang members, but the fight took place entirely off Six Flags property. Unfortunately it came to light that some of the gang members involved were off-duty employees of the theme park, and Joshua Martin was beaten so savagely that he ended up in a coma for a week and now suffers from permanent brain damage.
While the men were caught and sentenced long ago, you would think that was the end and hopefully justice was served, but a civil case came to an end this past week where the jury awarded Martin and his family $35 million to cover his $7 million in medical expenses and the rest to cover the lost wages, grief and other damages in order to take care of him for the rest of his life.
Here comes the shocking part… according to a read article over at ThemeParkUniversity, the four gang members themselves are only being charged with paying for 8% of the $35 million, which works out to be 2% or about $750,000 per man. So who was fined to pay for the rest of the $32 million? Would you believe Six Flags over Georgia has been given the bill to pay for this fight that took place on public property that they don’t even own? Six Flags will obviously seek their own legal council on this matter, but the next time you start to wonder why SFOG hasn’t added a major new coaster in years… remember this moment.
2014 - Hurricane Harbor - (5/30/14) Six Flags over Georgia will open their new Hurricane Harbor waterpark TODAY, May 30th. Video footage of the park in action can be found below showing off the park’s highlight attractions like Tsunami Surge, Calypso Bay, Bonzai Pipeline and Paradise Island.
(5/7/14) Six Flags over Georgia has released some new details about Calypso Bay, the huge new wave pool inside the new Hurricane Harbor waterpark, which is set t open on May 23rd. Six Flags tells us that Calypso Bay is 38,000 square-feet in size, up to 6 feet deep, and has two massive wave machine systems (from Wavetek Technology) that will generate waves up to 4 feet in height in eight different wave patterns.
It took the work crews two full days to pour the 1846 tons of concrete needed to create Calypso Bay, which drained 76 concrete trucks. It’s also fun to know that Calypso Bay sits in almost the exact same location of the old Southern Star Amphitheater.
(4/14/14) Six Flags over Georgia has posted a new video to Facebook showing off the construction progress on the new Hurricane Harbor waterpark and the various slides.
(2/7/14) Good news… it looks like five new pictures were added to the Hurricane Harbor construction gallery at the SFOG Facebook page this week taken on February 5th. The bad news… they still don’t look like they have progressed past the dirt pushing phase.
(1/7/14) Construction pictures of the new Hurricane Harbor waterpark site under construction at Six Flags over Georgia can be found on Facebook. According to the latest pictures taken in mid-December it appears that they have finally cleared and leveled the entire site, but have not yet started vertical construction on the new waterpark attractions.
(10/3/13) It didn’t take long for Six Flags over Georgia to demolish the Southern Star Amphitheater. Check out this picture of the site with nothing left but a section of the raw concrete that was under it. Since they seem to have so carefully cleared the rest of the site of most debris, I do wonder if they are planning on keeping that section of concrete for the new waterpark.
(9/3/13) According to this article, Six Flags over Georgia says that the addition of an on-site Hurricane Harbor waterpark will not take away from their commitment to the offsite White Water stand-alone waterpark.
From what I've heard from others, the greater Atlanta area is likely in need of another waterpark and the distance between SFOG and WW is enough that there should be very little cannibalization between the two properties. The area was very close to having a second major waterpark a few years ago when the Big Rock Waterpark project was announced over at Stone Mountain. Big Rock Waterpark was delayed for a year after the initial announcement after locals expressed concerns about the drought problems the area was experiencing at the time. This was followed immediately by the start of the financial depression, which saw the project delayed again and eventually canceled.
(8/29/13) The idea sounds a bit crazy to me, but Six Flags over Georgia made it official, the former Southern Star amphitheater location will be repurposed as an all new Hurricane Harbor waterpark in 2014 as the largest expansion in the park's history.
Themed as a Caribbean getaway full of lush vegitatation and thrilling water fun. Enjoy the Hurricane Bay 38,000 sqft wave pool, Tsunami Surge (dual slide that drops riders 5-storys down into an enclosed bowl), Bonzai Pipelines (several slides), Paradise Island kiddie water play area and more.
Admission to the new Hurricane Harbor is free with general park admission, or a Season Pass, giving you two parks for one price.
(8/12/13) Something interesting was leaked out at the official Six Flags over Georgia Facebook page. While promoting a concert at the park at the Southern Star Amphitheater, the posting said, “CELEBRATE with us at the last concert at Southern Star Friday, August 17th, and say goodbye to this iconic venue!”
Looks like the park is doing to demolish their Amphitheater… and removing it would open up a HUGE amount of space for future park expansion, with the only problem being that water playground they installed blocking the way a bit. The placement of the Skull Island water fortress area has caused many to assume the future expansion would be to build a new waterpark on the site. While this may certainly be possible… it really makes no sense as Six Flags already owns the WhiteWater Waterpark which I believe has room to expand if it’s getting too crowded in there. The only real solid reason I could see them building a new waterpark at SFOG, would be if they were planning on closing down WhiteWater for good and selling the property, but that makes no sense as they just opened a brand new waterslide in there a couple of months ago.
It’s also worth mentioning that Six Flags doesn’t always include admission into their waterparks for free. At a good number of Six Flags parks the waterparks require a separate admission ticket, but the location of the Southern Star would make that difficult to do. So the businesses decision of closing a waterpark that people are paying to and replace it with a free waterpark seems like a poor one. Stay tuned and we’ll try to figure out what is on the way...
???? - Future Attraction Surveys - (4/14/14) Apparently it’s the time of year for Six Flags to begin guests surveys to determine possible future needs and attractions for their parks. Today we were sent word about three possible new attraction concepts being pitched to guests of Six Flags over Georgia.
One is for a kind of odd concept… a Chinese Lantern Festival event. This would be a “limited time” display featuring chinese lanterns, a Dragon Boat, a Porcelain Pagoda structure built from plates, bowls and cups, along with a fun transformation after dark as all the lanterns light up the night.
The second idea pitched was a concept to add an interactive element to the park’s existing Train ride, adding in the option of laser tag style guns allowing the riders to shoot at targets along the way as they go around the park, and pass through special newly constructed scenes with targets to shoot at.
The third idea was called, “Scream! You’re In Control” and would feature some kind of modified spinning flat ride concept, where the actual top speed of the ride would be controled by a microphone system that would measure just how loud the riders were screaming. The louder you scream, the faster it will spin, along with displays at the ride to not only show you how fast and loud you were on your ride, but will also compare your ride to the top scoring ride of the day. Think you’ve got the lungs to get it up to Maximum RPM?
Again… these are just survey concepts about possible future attractions under consideration. There are no promises that you will see any of these added to the park next year, or the year after that… but you never know.
(7/22/13) A guest survey sent out to Six Flags over Georgia guests has posted some interesting questions. In addition to asking the same questions regarding possible African themed ride names that were asked in a Six Flags Great Adventure survey, the SFOG survey asked questions about a possible ride concept that would spin you out of control upside down, as well as about some kind of new water attraction.
If I had to make a guess about the new water ride concept, I’m guessing that we could possibly see more Aqua Twist flat rides come to Six Flags theme parks in 2014. Apparently the first one installed at La Ronde this year (a Mack Twist ‘n’ Splash) has been quite the hit with the guests.
(4/17/13) A reader took a survey for Six Flags over Georgia this week where they were asked several questions about the possibility of adding a Scooby Doo themed dark ride / shooting gallery attraction to the park in the near future. Could this be what’s they’ve got in mind for 2014?
I find it interesting that similar survey’s for Six Flags St. Louis this week were asking guests if they should rethemed a similar themed Scooby Doo shooting gallery boat ride from that park into a new pirates theme instead. So one park is looking to add Scooby and the Gang while another is wondering is Scooby Doo has outlived his popularity. The results of both should be quite interesting to read.
(9/28/12) Over the past few weeks, Six Flags over Georgia has been conducting some online guest surveys regarding future park attractions. Many of the questions being asked seem related to the concept of building an official waterpark area on SFOG property that would be included for free with regular park admission.
The park did quiz some guests in select surveys to find out if there was any interest in other attraction concepts. New attractions mentioned include: a Batman simulator ride, new Bumper Cars, 400 ft drop tower ride, Hypercoaster, Extra Large Fun House, New Dolphin Show, New Flipping/Spinning Coaster, New kiddie area with 4-5 kiddie rides, indoor interactive shooting dark ride, or a new Cirque style show.
However, they asked guests to pick their preference between the park adding every one of these new possible attraction concepts vs the new water park area. With WhiteWater Atlanta in town, I’m not sure I see the point of adding a waterpark to SFOG at all. Maybe more water rides… but not a water park. But that’s just my opinion.