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Can't wait to see the details on the park, I wonder what new slides they will get. The more I think about it it's kind of amazing that they haven't had an on site water park all of these year considering how popular water parks have become and how much of a money maker they seem to be.

 

I assume that given the location this park will only be accessible through the main park unless they decide to build a new parking lot or something.

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Couple of thoughts:

 

1. White Water is a very good water park, but it is need of some upgrades and general capital investment. If this money had gone into investing into WW instead of building HH, that very well could have catapulted WW into being an excellent water park.

 

2. While Metro Atlanta could probably support 2 water parks, the reality of it is that they're hardly on opposite sides of the city from each other. They're in the same county (Cobb), and only about 25 min away from each other. This is a completely different conversation IMHO if White Water were up 85 instead of 75.

 

3. I don't see HH becoming a true water park destination. I think people will just head over there for a couple of hours while they're already at SFOG. I see the biggest impact being that the number of combo season passes go down as people no longer see the need to add on WW to get their water park fix.

 

4. I absolutely HATE when theme parks have a water park that you have to walk all the way through the entire park to get to. If I'm going to visit a water park that's tacked on to a theme park, I want to see an entrance that's either separately accessible (see CP, KI) or access from very near the front gate (see Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom). I like to ride some coasters, run out to my car & grab my swim trunks/towel/sunscreen, go do the water park thing, drop the swim stuff back in my car, and do more coastering; I don't want to have to haul that stuff around all day or leave it in a locker in the back of the park, and given how the parking lot is situated relative to the entrance at SFOG, I am certainly not going to go back to my car a couple of times.

 

5. This back section of the park has been known to flood every few years. I really hope they elevate this new expansion enough to avoid the flood waters. I'd hate to see that gunk up everything.

 

6. I think SFOG missed a big opportunity to put a really awesome new coaster in that space. SFOG hasn't put in a significant coaster since 2006, and with the "biggest expansion in park history" happening with HH for 2014, I highly doubt we'll be seeing a big new coaster investment in 2015.

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^You are from Atlanta so you should know that "25 minutes away" can easily be an hour or more with Atlanta traffic.

 

I honestly don't see White Water going anywhere because of this announcement. It would be more likely that Six Flags sells off the property or this is already part of the plan.

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I don't quite understand why people think a huge Metropolitan area like Atlanta can't support two water parks.

 

Wouldn't it be 3.5 water parks now?? Lake Lanier Islands water park and Lake Winnie too?? Love Whitewater and it's surroundings. But I do agree with you Robb, I think they will all do well! viva la water parks!

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From John Reid Anderson in the new for 2014 video for all Six Flags parks for Hurricane Harbor:

 

"Part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar expansion"

 

So, we may see the next couple of years adding new slides and such to the park. According to the video as well, SFWW is expanding the Dive-In Theatre as well as live concerts.

 

I'm not really afraid about the future of both water parks since they both are really catered to different people. White Water: People of Atlanta; Hurricane Harbor: Travelers from outside of Atlanta. Really, I don't see White Water going anywhere soon.

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I don't quite understand why people think a huge Metropolitan area like Atlanta can't support two water parks.

 

This is less about Atlanta's support (or non) of two water parks and more about the constant underachievement of the SFoG property. There was hope amongst several park goers in this area that with the opening of that much space there would be a coaster of note built not unlike what Great America got, or what Magic Mountain gets, or what Great Adventure gets. There was a possibility that the property would think to build a coaster that would at least be long enough for a MCBR (which no SFoG coaster has). Build a record breaker or something close to a record breaker that would give local riders reason to be excited and distant riders reason to visit more often.

 

I'm certain that the Hurricane Harbor will do well what with Georgia summers being what they are but it does nothing to help the thrill quotient locally. Worse still is that this capital investment is likely so large that there won't be another coaster at SFoG for at least another 4-5 years. So, no, this isn't about support, this is about the local thrill park missing an opportunity to be more thrilling...at least for coaster lovers like me.

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I don't quite understand why people think a huge Metropolitan area like Atlanta can't support two water parks.

 

Wouldn't it be 3.5 water parks now?? Lake Lanier Islands water park and Lake Winnie too?? Love Whitewater and it's surroundings. But I do agree with you Robb, I think they will all do well! viva la water parks!

I wouldn't add Lake Winnie into the discussion. Sure, it's only an hour and a half north, but it's a completely different target market that probably won't suffer from anything SFOG adds. If anything, I suspect Lake Lanier would hurt the most from this. We visited that quirky little aging park a couple years ago, and I'm surprised it continues to hang on. Truth is though, you could put a few puddles and slides anywhere in a warm climate and people will find their way to it.

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^You are from Atlanta so you should know that "25 minutes away" can easily be an hour or more with Atlanta traffic.

 

I honestly don't see White Water going anywhere because of this announcement. It would be more likely that Six Flags sells off the property or this is already part of the plan.

 

 

In morning rush hour, you might hit a little bit of a slowdown heading south on 75 from WW to 285, but 285 around to 20W is normally completely clear. Going the other direction, 20E and 75N should present no trouble, but while 285 heading up from 20 to 75 is usually backed up from 7:30-9 or so, if you wait till after then, it should be fine.

 

In the evening, 20E to 285N to 75 doesn't generally back up, but if you're trying to head north on 75 between 4 and 7 or so, you'll run into traffic.

Going the other way, 285S to 20W can be a bit of a mess between 5 & 7, but other than that it's generally clear.

 

Moral of the story: unless you're driving during rush hour (which is not generally advisable if it can at all be avoided), it shouldn't take more than 25 min to get between the parks.

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I don't quite understand why people think a huge Metropolitan area like Atlanta can't support two water parks.

 

Wouldn't it be 3.5 water parks now?? Lake Lanier Islands water park and Lake Winnie too?? Love Whitewater and it's surroundings. But I do agree with you Robb, I think they will all do well! viva la water parks!

I wouldn't add Lake Winnie into the discussion. Sure, it's only an hour and a half north, but it's a completely different target market that probably won't suffer from anything SFOG adds. If anything, I suspect Lake Lanier would hurt the most from this. We visited that quirky little aging park a couple years ago, and I'm surprised it continues to hang on. Truth is though, you could put a few puddles and slides anywhere in a warm climate and people will find their way to it.

 

^Agreed!

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This is less about Atlanta's support (or non) of two water parks and more about the constant underachievement of the SFoG property. There was hope amongst several park goers in this area that with the opening of that much space there would be a coaster of note built not unlike what Great America got, or what Magic Mountain gets, or what Great Adventure gets. There was a possibility that the property would think to build a coaster that would at least be long enough for a MCBR (which no SFoG coaster has). Build a record breaker or something close to a record breaker that would give local riders reason to be excited and distant riders reason to visit more often.

All "several" of you?

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As for having 2 waterparks, in 4 visits to Atlanta I've never gone to Whitewater but have gone to SFOG 3 of the 4 times. If there is a waterpark right there I'm certain to visit instead of going out of my way.

 

Well said and I think you hit the nail on the head. Been to Atlanta many times but have never bothered with a smaller waterpark north of town. But I have made the jump out to Six Flags on every one of those visits. Makes more sense to consolidate your offerings.

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There was a possibility that the property would think to build a coaster that would at least be long enough for a MCBR (which no SFoG coaster has).

 

Apparently you haven't been on Mind Bender or Dare Devil Dive.

 

I've been on both...repeatedly. Perhaps I should have made my point more clear. Six Flags needs more coasters or substantial length much like the coasters at the sister parks in other big market cities . (Chicago, NY/NJ, L.A.) With their failure to do so with the space they now had at the park the park has missed an opportunity to create one. Mindbender opened in '78. Daredevil Dive is 45 seconds long, which kinda speaks to the problem.

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This is less about Atlanta's support (or non) of two water parks and more about the constant underachievement of the SFoG property. There was hope amongst several park goers in this area that with the opening of that much space there would be a coaster of note built not unlike what Great America got, or what Magic Mountain gets, or what Great Adventure gets. There was a possibility that the property would think to build a coaster that would at least be long enough for a MCBR (which no SFoG coaster has). Build a record breaker or something close to a record breaker that would give local riders reason to be excited and distant riders reason to visit more often.

All "several" of you?

 

Consolidating thoughts and opinions from this site and those on SFoG's FAcebook page, yes, all "Several" of me. Look, I get that there are proponents of the water park and again, this isn't to say that Hurricane Harbor is a bad idea. What I am saying is that the opening of the space could have been the impetus to build a substantial thrill ride in a thrill park. You say tomato, I say tom-ah-to.

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^Why do you think you need so much space to build a world class coaster? Look at SFGAm (like you say you want), that's put in a tiny footprint! You need a lot more room for a water park so it seems like they're doing the smart thing here.

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^Why do you think you need so much space to build a world class coaster? Look at SFGAm (like you say you want), that's put in a tiny footprint! You need a lot more room for a water park so it seems like they're doing the smart thing here.

 

Quite honestly, you're right, you don't need a ton of space for a decent coaster. I only question the redundancy of having two Six Flags water parks. That said, I understand how it could positively affect SF's bottom line even if my small opinion is that it's a less than stellar idea. I can only hope that within the next few years the park will get another decent coaster as coasters are what move the meter for most park fans.

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I agree- 2 parks should be no big deal. Here in the DFW area we have 8 million people and 8 to 10 waterparks- They are all crowded. I would not think 2 would be a big deal. Hurricane Harbor in DFW is SF most attended waterpark. Competition does not seem to hurt it at all. I like SFFT's water that is included in the Park admission. I wish ours was like that. Probably would not work here as SF only owns half of SFOT.

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Totally disappointed in this announcement. I have lived in Atlanta for 16 years and been to WW once. Most of the people I know could care less about water parks but love thrill parks and coasters. I don't see why SF only has one brand new coaster out of the whole chain (and that coaster went to a park that got a brand new coaster 2 years ago and namtaB this year!) With them pouring this much money into our park, I don't see why they couldn't have done something coaster wise, even if that meant backwards Batman. I see no use for another water park, especially inside SFOG. This only means that it will make lines longer for the coasters we do have and also will mean lots of wet people on the coasters. If there is one thing I hate, it is sitting in a wet seat. This probably will also mean a rise in admission and season passes. I get why they did it (money) but it doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.

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