Six Flags Over Georgia
|Location||near Austell, Georgia, United States|
|Owner||Six Flags Over Georgia, Ltd.|
|Operated by||Six Flags|
|General Manager||Dale Kaetzel|
|Opened||June 16, 1967|
|Operating season||March through January|
|Area||Hurricane Harbor (7 acres (2.8 ha))|
Six Flags Over Georgia (est. 1967) is a 290-acre (120 ha) theme park located west of Atlanta in Cobb County, United States. It hosts Warner Bros. Studios' cast of characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Looney Tunes, along with Batman, Superman, and the Justice League.
In 1964, this Six Flags entertainment complex broke ground in metropolitan Atlanta. Alongside sister waterparks Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Georgia (7-acre (2.8 ha)) and Six Flags White Water Atlanta (69-acre (28 ha)), Six Flags Over Georgia is the anchor of Atlanta’s 366-acre (148 ha) amusement multiplex.
After the success of his original Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas, park founder Angus Wynne began searching for a location for a second park. He settled upon a parcel of land located along the Chattahoochee River just west of the city of Atlanta, and design work started in 1964. As the park opened in 1967, Six Flags became the first 'multi-gate' theme park operator in the United States.
Like its sister park in Texas and others, the initial design and theming of Six Flags Over Georgia was inspired by six different flags that have flown over the state (or, perhaps more accurately, the lands that are now part of it) during its history. The six flags in question are those of Spain, France, United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Confederate States of America and the state of Georgia. It can be argued that France's involvement in Georgia's history was very limited, at best; it can be further argued that Georgia was never a sovereign nation, as Texas once was. However, with some poetic license, the intent of the name can be considered valid. Over the years most of the original historical themes have been dropped in favor of cartoon and superhero themes.
Six Flags Over Georgia is not owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corp. In an arrangement similar to that for Six Flags Over Texas, it is owned by a group of approximately 120 limited partners—some the heirs of Angus G. Wynne—and is managed by the corporation. In years past, this has caused significant friction, including legal action. Starting in 1991, the park was managed by Time Warner Entertainment. The partners sued Time Warner in 1997, claiming that they had neglected to invest in the park and overcharged the partners for the improvements it did receive. A Gwinnett County civil court jury agreed and awarded the partners damages in excess of US$600 million. In 1998, Time Warner sold its interests in the Six Flags parks to Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, which later changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.
In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including their license with Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas Town was renamed and rethemed to Whistlestop Park in time for the 2011 season.
On August 29, 2013, Six Flags officially announced that they would add a Hurricane Harbor water park next door to the park for the 2014 season. In late April 2014 the park announced that it will expand their season from October to January, to include the new Christmas event, Holiday in the Park for years to come.
Rides and attractions
Six Flags Over Georgia, like most amusement parks, prides itself on its roller coaster collection. Goliath and Mind Bender routinely rank among the top steel roller coasters listed by Amusement Today magazine in its Golden Ticket Awards. The collection expanded in 2011 with the addition of Dare Devil Dive, a Euro-Fighter roller coaster from German designer Gerstlauer.
Aside from the roller coasters, Six Flags Over Georgia maintains a large number of other rides and attractions. Two attractions of note are Acrophobia, installed in 2001 as the world's first "floorless" freefall tower ride, and the Riverview Carousel.
Riverview Carousel is one of only three remaining five-abreast carousels known to exist. Located in an area of the park commonly referred to as Carousel Hill, The Riverview Carousel opened at the park in 1972. It is a 1908 PTC Carousel and is located in the Cotton States section after being moved from Riverview Park (Chicago). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1995.
|Ride Name||Picture||Year Opened||Removed In||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location||Other Notes|
|Dahlonega Mine Train||1967||Arrow Dynamics steel "mine train" roller coaster. Update to track by Hopkins rides||Peachtree Square||The original design was a wood supporting structure with steel tubular rails; now, much of the wood is ornamental.|
|Mini Mine Train||1969||1988||Arrow Dynamics mini mine train kiddie roller coaster||Originally named the Yahoola Hooler.|
|Great American Scream Machine||1973||John C. Allen designed wooden roller coaster, built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.||Cotton States||Opened as the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster at a height of 105 feet (32 m) and speeds of 57 miles per hour (92 km/h).|
|Mind Bender||1978||Anton Schwarzkopf terrain-following looping steel coaster, has "three" loops, while one is horizontal, while the others are vertical||Gotham City||The park has claimed that it was the world's first triple-loop coaster. However, the second "loop" is actually an inclined helix and does not turn riders upside-down. In 1997, it was remodeled after The Riddler to fit the new Gotham City theme.|
|Z-Force||1988||1990||Intamin Space Diver roller coaster||Moved from Six Flags Great America, moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain and renamed Flashback. Was scrapped in 2008.|
|Georgia Cyclone||1990||Summers and Dinn Corp. wooden roller coaster||British||Design is a mirror image of the Coney Island Cyclone, with some minor differences.|
|Ninja||1992||Vekoma looping roller coaster||Cotton States||Ride moved from Wildwood, New Jersey's defunct Dinosaur Beach boardwalk. Inherited the Arrow trains from the Great American Scream Machine formerly located at Six Flags Great Adventure.|
|Viper||1995||2001||Anton Schwarzkopf shuttle loop roller coaster, formerly Greezed Lightnin’||Moved from Six Flags Great America, moved to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, operated as Greezed Lightnin' until the park was closed in 2010.|
|Batman: The Ride||1997||B&M inverted steel coaster||Gotham City||Is one of several identical rides operated by Six Flags Theme Parks using the same name.|
|Georgia Scorcher||1999||B&M stand-up roller coaster||Georgia||Last new B&M stand-up built to-date and is one of only two in the Southeast.|
|Déjà Vu||2001||2007||Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang||It was one of only five GIB's in the world. Purchased by Mirabilandia in Brazil in 2009|
|Superman: Ultimate Flight||2002||B&M flying roller coaster.||Cotton States||It was the Southeast's first flying roller coaster, and the first B&M flying coaster in North America.|
|Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster||2004||Chance-Morgan custom-designed family roller coaster||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)||Built into the park's iconic Spanish fort.|
|Goliath||2006||B&M hypercoaster||USA||One of the first hypercoasters in the Southeastern United States.|
|Dare Devil Dive||2011||Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter||USA||95-foot-tall vertical lift and three inversions.|
Current adult rides/attractions
|Ride Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location||Other Notes|
|Six Flags Railroad - Marthasville and Rabun Gap||1967||Train ride around the park||Peachtree Square and French||3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge; The Engines have been converted to Diesel hydraulic power.|
|Hanson Cars||1967||Arrow Antique Cars||Cotton States||Moved to current location in 1990; originally located where Georgia Cyclone is in British section.|
|Sky Bucket||1968||(Von Roll sky way ride)||Lickskillet and Peachtree Square|
|Log Jamboree||1968||Arrow Dynamics Log Flume||Georgia||Originally operated with two separate flumes, current ride is the second flume.|
|The Riverview Carousel||1972||1908 PTC Carousel||Cotton States||Moved from Riverview Park; listed on National Register of Historic Places|
|Dodge City Bumper Cars||1973||Soli[disambiguation needed] bumper cars||Cotton States|
|Thunder River||1982||Intamin river rapids ride||Lickskillet|
|Splashwater Falls||1986||Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water ride||Lickskillet||Boats glide on a 50 ft (15 m) tall flume and then drop down to a soaking|
|Acrophobia||2001||Intamin stand-up gyro drop tower||Peachtree Square|
|Gotham City Crime Wave||2004||Zierer Wave Swinger||Gotham City||Purchased from Thrill Valley Amusement Park in Japan (along with 4 rides that went to Six Flags New Orleans).|
|Rockin' Tug||2004||Zamperla Rockin' Tug||Cotton States|
|Up, Up & Away||2004||Zamperla Balloon Race||Cotton States|
|Skull Island||2005||SCS Interactive Discovery Treehouse/WaterColors with slides from Proslide Technology Inc.||Cotton States||Only open during summer season.|
|Monster Mansion||2009||water dark ride||French||Ride was originally Tales Of The Okefenokee (1967–1980) and Monster Plantation (1981–2008).|
|SkyScreamer||2013||Funtime StarFlyer||Lickskillet||Park's tallest ride standing at 242-foot (74 m) tall.|
Current kiddie rides/attractions
|Ride Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location|
|Tweety's Clubhouse||2001||Zamperla Jumpin’ Star – kiddie drop tower||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Santa Maria||Intamin Flying Dutchman, swing ride||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Swing Seville||Zamperla Swing Ride – kiddie swings||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Fiesta Wheel||Zamperla Mini Ferris Wheel - kiddie ride||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Convoy Grande||kiddie convoy truck ride||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Little Aviator||kiddie biplane ride||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Toro, Toro||spinning kiddie ride||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
|Bugs Bunny's Playfort||kids play area with Bugs Bunny's Carrot Patch||Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)|
Current extra charge attractions
|Ride Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location|
|Sky Coaster||1996||Skycoaster||Cotton States|
|Goldtown Racer||1999||J & J Amusements go-karts||Lickskillet|
- 1967: June 16 opening day. Rides included: Log Jamboree #1, The Astro Lifts (Von Roll sky way ride), Jean Ribaut's Adventure, Six Flags Railroad, Happy Motoring Freeway, Two Satellite (Trabant) rides (each flanking the entrance to the Krofft Puppet Theatre), Dahlonega Mine Train, the Tales of the Okefenokee, The Flying Jenny (A ride powered by a real mule named "Joe"), and the Hanson cars.
- 1968: Added the Lickskillet area which includes the Spindletop (rotor ride), the Wheel Barrow (Chance Tumbler), several craft shops and a shootout show performed on the street. Sky Buckets added between Confederate and Lickskillet sections making the second sky ride in the park. Log Jamboree gets a second flume (with a tunnel over the final plunge). Casa Loco tilt house is relocated outside the Spanish fort and renamed Casa Magnetica. The Horror Cave (haunted house) debuts inside the fort in the former location of the tilt house. Satellite Ride #1 (Trabant) moved behind #2 to the right side of the Krofft Puppet Theatre. Chevy Show Cinema is built (painted red) on the original site of Satellite #1.
- 1969: Added Sky Hook to USA section relocated from Six Flags over Texas. Added Yahoola Hooler.
- 1970: Chevy Show Cinema is painted blue. Wheel Burrow is removed from the Lickskillet section at the end of the season.
- 1971: The Drunken Barrels ride replaces The Wheel Burrow. The Flying Jenny is renamed Mule-Go-Round and moved in front of The Casa Magnetica.
- 1972: The Riverview Carousel is relocated from Riverview Park in Chicago added to a new area north of the Spanish section commonly referred to as Carousel Hill.
- 1973: Added the Cotton States Exposition area, featuring the Great American Scream Machine. Yahoola Hooler renamed Mini-Mine Train. The Dual Satellite Rides are removed at the end of the season.
- 1974: Added Phlying Phlurpus to Cotton States Exposition section. Mo-Mo Monster replaces Dual Satellite Rides. Mule-Go-Round is removed at the end of the season. The Krofft brothers exit the park at the end of the season.
- 1975 Happy Motoring Freeway removed at the end of the season. The Ferris Wheel, Gusano Contento (The Caterpiller), & Regata De Botes (boat ride) rides are added to the "Kiddie sub-section" of the Spanish Section. The American Pie Jamboree show moves into the Krofft Theatre.
- 1976: Added The Great Gasp Parachute Ride. Jumping Frijolies ride is added to the "Kiddie sub-section" of the Spanish Section. The Lickskillet Mill is added at the foot of the Lickskillet train trestle. The former Krofft theatre's exterior is remodeled adding a water feature along the outside walls and renamed "The Bicentennial Theatre".
- 1977: Added Wheelie (Schwarzkopf Enterprise) to U.S.A. section. Removed Phlying Phlurpus & Sky Hook at the end of the season. Plaza De Toros (The Matador ride) is added to the "Kiddie sub-section" of the Spanish Section. The Matador Ride replaced the Fort Cannons where guests would fire wax cannonballs out of cannons in front of the fort at a model of another fort in the little stream that flowed in front of the fort. Part of the stream was partially filled in (with a small pedestrian bridge crossing the remaining part of the stream) to place this ride in the park. This allowed for a new pathway (going between The Matador and Jumping Frijolies rides) that tied the kiddie section into Carousel Hill. On this path a Puppet Show wagon (similar to the Buford Buzzard wagon) was added. The petting Zoo was altered removing the Pyramid structure from over the entrance way.
- 1978: Added Mind Bender. Mo-Mo The Monster ride is relocated to the former site of the Sky Hook.
- 1979: Added Highland Swings (Chance Yo-Yo). The Bicentennial Theatre is renamed the Contemporary Theatre.
- 1980: Added Jolly Roger's Island, a new pirate themed area featuring The Flying Dutchman pirate ship.
- 1981: The Tales of the Okefenokee is remodeled and renamed The Monster Plantation. Jean Ribaut's Adventure riverboat ride is closed. The original cable car ride, The Astro Lifts, that traveled from the Confederate to U.S.A. sections were removed at the end of the season.
- 1982: Added Thunder River, made by Intamin AG (in the area formally occupied by Jean Ribaut's Adventure ride).
- 1983: Added Freefall. Ten stories tall, made by Intamin AG. Relocated Mo-Mo the Monster to Cotton States Exposition Section in the former spot of The Phlying Phlurpus. The Spanish fort is turned into the Pac-Man Playfort.
- 1984: Added The Great Six Flags Air Racer in the British section. This ride took riders to a height of 100 feet (the tower was 135 ft (41 m) tall). The planes traveled at a mere 35 mph (56 km/h). It was an Intamin Super Racer ride. Halmark's "Shirt Tails" Characters are the Park mascots for the season (apparently hanging in the next season as well even though the Looney Tunes start their take over), as a result they move into the Character Theatre in the kiddie section. The Contemporary Theatre is renamed the Olympic Theatre.
- 1985: Added Looping Starship. The attraction was removed after the end of the season because it was on a ride rotation schedule with other Six Flags parks. Relocated Wheelie to the Lickskillet section on the former spot of the Drunken Barrels. Horror Cave is removed at the end of the season. Loony Toons characters become the park mascots as a result the Pac-Man Playfort is renamed Yosemite Sam Playfort. The Olympic Theatre is renamed The Loony Tunes Theatre.
- 1986: Added Splashwater Falls, a "shoot-the-chutes"-style water ride. As the Shirt Tales exited at the end of last season, the theatre is turned over to the Bill Clary Show.
- 1988: Added Z-Force which is relocated from Six Flags Great America. Attraction opened late spring. The Mini-Mine Train is removed at the end of the season.
- 1989: Looping Starship is returned to the park in its original location. This was not the same exact ride but a sister ship. This ride was purchased from a park in Canada. The Dahlonega Mine Train is refurbished by the O.D. Hopkins Corporation during the season.
- 1990: Added Georgia Cyclone. Z-Force 'relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Hanson Cars (made by Arrow Dynamics) relocated to Carousel Hill. Log Flume #1 is removed at the end of the season.
- 1991: Ragin Rivers, a wet-dry waterslide tower, is added in place of Log Jamboree flume #1. Mo-Mo The Monster is removed at the end of the season.
- 1992: Added Ninja, relocated from Conkos Party Pier in New Jersey.
- 1993: Added Axis Arena. Initially home to a Batman-themed stunt show, the arena now hosts concerts and other events.
- 1994: Looney Tunes Land becomes Bugs Bunny World renaming all the rides in the area and removing Road Runner Runaround.
- 1995: Added Viper, the former Tidal Wave from Six Flags Great America. Ultrazone indoor laser tag added to Jolly Rogers Island.
- 1996: Added Feerless Freep's Daredevil Dive (Skycoaster).
- 1997: Added Batman: The Ride. Jolly Roger's Island transforms into Gotham City, including a repaint for Mind Bender in green/black paint scheme to match the Riddler. Highland Swings and Flying Dutchman pirate ship removed. Black Friar restaurant becomes Whistlin' Dixie.
- 1998: Park entrance remodeled to become The Promenade. Back park entrance closes. Ragin Rivers removed.
- 1999: Added Georgia Scorcher. Goldtown Racers (go-karts) added to former location of the park back entrance.
- 2000: The Great Six Flags Air Racer is removed at the end of the season.
- 2001: Added Acrophobia and Déjà Vu. Removal of Viper. Log Jamboree #2 renamed Deer Park Plunge. Tweety's Clubhouse added to Bugs Bunny World.
- 2002: Added Superman Ultimate Flight.
- 2003: Viper is relocated from storage to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and renamed Greezed Lightnin'. Viper has now been cut-up and sold for scrap.
- 2004: A group of five family-style rides is added throughout the park, including the Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster roller coaster; Rockin' Tug; Up, Up & Away; The Gotham City Cime Wave & Shake, Rattle and Roll (in the former Chevy Show Cinema building) .
- 2005: Added Skull Island, a water-park play fort. Removal of Great Gasp and Looping Starship. Whistlin' Dixie restaurant becomes Panda Express.
- 2006: Added Goliath. Deer Park Plunge renamed Log Jamboree. Removal of Free Fall after end of season.
- 2007: Déjà Vu closed after the end of the season.
- 2008: Adds Thomas Town, based on Thomas the Tank Engine. Which was rethemed in 2011 as Whistlestop Park. Before 2012, Whistlestop Train was removed from the park. Tondee's Tavern becomes Johnny Rockets.
- 2009: Renovation of The Monster Plantation into The Monster Mansion, with new characters and storyline.
- 2010: Batman the Ride repainted cobalt blue with dark blue supports. Shake Rattle And Roll removed for installation of Dare Devil Dive. "Fearless Freeps Dare Devil Dive" is renamed the "Sky Coaster" to prevent confusion with the New Dare Devil Dive coaster planned for the following year.
- 2011: Adds Dare Devil Dive Euro-Fighter roller coaster.
- 2012: Wheelie removed at the end of the season.
- 2013: SkyScreamer, a 242-foot-tall swing ride, is added in place of the Wheelie. Six Flags removes the 'Southern Star Amphitheater' at the end of the season.
- 2014: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and Holiday in the Park. Hurricane Harbor is a new water park area replacing the Southern Star Amphitheater and included with park admission. Hurricane Harbor will feature an 800,000 US gallons (3,000,000 l) wave pool and two slide towers, along with new dining facilities and the existing Skull Island complex. Hurricane Harbor represents the first phase of a multi-year expansion program for the park. Holiday in the Park is a new Christmas event that will extend the park's season through January.
Over the years, a number of incidents have occurred at the park, including some fatalities. Batman The Ride has been the scene of two fatal incidents nearly identical in nature, where individuals were underneath the attraction while it was operational and were struck and killed by the train itself or by the riders' exposed legs.
Portions of Six Flags Over Georgia lie within the flood plain of the Chattahoochee River, which has caused occasional problems whenever the river overflows its banks. Most recently, in September 2009, the park suffered severe flooding, as did much of the surrounding area. The bulk of the flooding occurred during the week, at a point in the season when the park was closed on weekdays. The park managed to clean up the damage and open as normal the following weekend.
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