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Even if you don't like it, Hurricane Harbor WAS a major addition. It's not like they only spent a couple million to build it. It was a multimillion dollar expansion.

And from what i've seen it attracts a lot of GP.

The first thing I ever hear when I go to the park with distant family is "Does it have a water park?" and the first thing I hear when I say there is one and it comes with park admission is celebration. It also gets to be one of the most crowded places in the park. I had to wait in lines even when it had rained earlier that day on one of my first visits to the water park. Really the last thing I want to hear in this thread is people complaining about the water park expansion. Not only did it have some really fun slides, it was a smart buisness move.

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Even if you don't like it, Hurricane Harbor WAS a major addition. It's not like they only spent a couple million to build it. It was a multimillion dollar expansion.

And from what i've seen it attracts a lot of GP.

The first thing I ever hear when I go to the park with distant family is "Does it have a water park?" and the first thing I hear when I say there is one and it comes with park admission is celebration. It also gets to be one of the most crowded places in the park. I had to wait in lines even when it had rained earlier that day on one of my first visits to the water park. Really the last thing I want to hear in this thread is people complaining about the water park expansion. Not only did it have some really fun slides, it was a smart buisness move.

 

I hear the same thing from my friends. An included water park is a pretty huge value. While HH isn’t something I necessarily enjoy, there is no question that it was smart business and the GP eat it up. Based on my experience of 22 trips to the park in the last three years (6 of which have been this season), it definitely seems like overall attendance is up and HH is a hit, which can only mean good things.

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I am glad I went to hurricane harbor during the sneak preview weekend BC all other times it has been so crowded I haven't even wanted to go in!!

 

Its a very very popular area and I remember on sneak preview weekend, leaving the park with a towel (that I purchased in the park BTW BC they had told me hh was closed) people kept asking me if there was a pool in the park as I was leaving. It seemed to excite everyone!

 

I think it was a great addition and I wish other parks (hint hint Dollywood) would include the water park in the price of admission

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Even if you don't like it, Hurricane Harbor WAS a major addition. It's not like they only spent a couple million to build it. It was a multimillion dollar expansion.

And from what i've seen it attracts a lot of GP.

The first thing I ever hear when I go to the park with distant family is "Does it have a water park?" and the first thing I hear when I say there is one and it comes with park admission is celebration. It also gets to be one of the most crowded places in the park. I had to wait in lines even when it had rained earlier that day on one of my first visits to the water park. Really the last thing I want to hear in this thread is people complaining about the water park expansion. Not only did it have some really fun slides, it was a smart buisness move.

 

When I went to the water park, it didn't seem too crowded to me, but maybe everyone there that day was more into coasters or something At any rate, water parks are definitely not my thing unless they're run by Disney, Herschend, or some really clean foreign park. Surprisingly, HH was not too stinky, compared to other parks that reek of chlorine and urine.

 

As for the two flat rides, I do wish Six Flags had gone with some other choices. Someone needs to bring some permanent Technical Park rides to the states. I am happy they're expanding the flat choices, but it seems for every one they add, they're removing one or more. SFOG has negative numbers for adult flat rides since 1985

 

-1 - Removal of Shake Rattle 'N Roll

-1 - Removal of Looping Starship

-1 - Removal of Free Fall

-1 - Removal of Flying Dutchman

-1 - Removal of Great Gasp

-1 - Removal of The Great Six Flags Air Race

-1 - Removal of Highland Swings

 

+1 - Addition of Crime Wave

+1 - Addition of Sky Screamer

+1 - Addition of Acrophobia

+1 - Addition of Joker's Chaos (don't wanna put the last word)

+1 - Addition of Harly Quinn's Spinsanity

 

Granted we did gain coasters from these removals as well, but you see the point? I'm going for a Carowinds pass next year, and plan to visit that park numerous times, as well as King's Dominion. Now that Alabama Adventure is opening back up, I think I might try to venture there too.

 

I'm really excited about the announcement at Carowinds, but parks fluctuate with their offerings. After this $50 million investment, Carowinds will more than likely pull back the reigns for a few years, and by then Six Flags will have added something great (hopefully).

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I think with carowinds new coaster in 2015 and Dollywood rumored to have a new coaster in 2016 six flags will want one to.

 

Dollywood has already said their 2016 ride will cost around 20million (they actually said around the same price as wild eagle which was 20mil). Most people think a ride of that cost is a coaster and a big one at that.

 

All three of these parks are in competition even if it doesn't look like it. All three are in serious multimillion dollar upgrades right now as we speak.

 

Im excited to see what 2016 has for six flags!

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Just a quick question for of SFOG regulars.

 

Can anyone tell me if SFOG has a single rider line? If so which rides have it? I've never been to the park and I'll be spending a day there by myself. It will be a Saturday in Mid-October. What kind of wait times do you all think I can expect?? Thanks in advance!

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Just a quick question for of SFOG regulars.

 

Can anyone tell me if SFOG has a single rider line? If so which rides have it? I've never been to the park and I'll be spending a day there by myself. It will be a Saturday in Mid-October. What kind of wait times do you all think I can expect?? Thanks in advance!

 

^ Yeah, the single rider lines are basically useless for cutting down on wait times since they’re only in the stations. As to your question about lines, I went around mid-October last year and things were pretty busy, but I had enough time to get everything but Dare Devil Dive, with several rerides on Goliath, Mindbender, and Batman.

 

If you want to ride all the major rides, get there early (I typically shoot for 20 minutes prior to opening as it is common for them to begin letting guests in early) and start with the lowest capacity rides first (Scorcher, DDD, Superman). I pretty much always start with Scorcher because it’s right at the front of the park and typically opens about when they start letting guests in, even if that is early. I would expect crowds to get heavier as the day goes on though and if you’re interested in doing mazes on top of all the major rides, a Flash Pass would be recommended.

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Just a quick question for of SFOG regulars.

 

Can anyone tell me if SFOG has a single rider line? If so which rides have it? I've never been to the park and I'll be spending a day there by myself. It will be a Saturday in Mid-October. What kind of wait times do you all think I can expect?? Thanks in advance!

On a SATURDAY?! Get there early and stay late unless you want to wait for 4 hours. Which has happened to me before. On a saturday, in mid-october.

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Just a quick question for of SFOG regulars.

 

Can anyone tell me if SFOG has a single rider line? If so which rides have it? I've never been to the park and I'll be spending a day there by myself. It will be a Saturday in Mid-October. What kind of wait times do you all think I can expect?? Thanks in advance!

I visit SFOG around 12-24 times a year for the last 8 years (excessive I know...) and I usually go the most during Fright Fest because of the late hours and coaster riding in the dark!

 

Saturdays in October are usually very busy. Luckily they are open from 10am to midnight so you will be able to do everything if you have the endurance for it I definitely suggest getting to the park about 45 minutes early so you can park and be at the front gate 30 minutes early. They often open the gates up to 30 minutes early. If you don't have a season pass, buy tickets online in advance (the ticket lines can be dreadful). If they do open the gates early, often times only the front area is open and the rest is roped off, but if you are lucky they will have Georgia Scorcher and Georgia Cyclone open. Do those if that is the case. Then wait for them to drop the ropes and go to DDD first (the capacity is terrible so this will be the only time to ride it without waiting hours). Sometimes it isn't open on time so if that is the case, good luck haha. I usually do a quick ride on Goliath after that since the line doesn't get full very fast. After that I suggest you go to Gotham City and do both Batman and Mindbender. My last few visits Mindbender only had 1 train (other train was in pieces) so that line might become unbearable later. Batman gets a long line too. After riding those 2 go to the back of the park and do Superman (another line that gets really long). Scream Machine and Ninja (which never gets a long line) are there as well. At that point if you are lucky you've covered all of the major coasters before the lines get really busy. This only works if they are providing good operations the day you are there though.

 

Acrophobia is one of the most terrifying drop towers, so don't miss that (the line moves slowly but it is worth it for 1 ride I would say). If you have never done a Sky Screamer it is fun, but it isn't any different than the rest really. Both of the parks family coasters are solid rides so do those too. Both have surprising airtime in the back row. Cyclone will beat you up on the 2nd half but the back car has crazy ejector air

 

Personally these are my favorite night rides: Goliath, Mindbender, and GASM.

 

If they are really swamped the day you go and you can't do a mad run to all of the coasters in the morning, it might be worth getting a flash pass, but if you are there all day and can deal with waiting you really don't need one to enjoy all the coasters and do a few multiple times.

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So I found out today that this past weekend was Military Appreciation Day (free admission for active duty military and up to 3 dependents). But apparently no one in their PR department was thinking because Sunday was also Muslim Friends and Family Day. I work with a former Marine who was deployed to Iraq and went to the park on Sunday. He said it was incredibly awkward.

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Thank you all for the advice!! I well most likely be getting a Flash Pass. Anyone know what all rides it is good for? And how the que for the flash pass works? As in what part of the line does the flash pass empty into?

 

^ That's to funny!!! Obviously PR was not thinking very well!

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Thank you all for the advice!! I well most likely be getting a Flash Pass. Anyone know what all rides it is good for? And how the que for the flash pass works? As in what part of the line does the flash pass empty into?

 

^ That's to funny!!! Obviously PR was not thinking very well!

Flash Pass works on the following rides (includes all coasters):

 

Acrophobia, BATMAN: THE RIDE, Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster, Dare Devil Dive, Dahlonega Mine Train, Dodge City Bumper Cars, Georgia Cyclone, Goliath, GOTHAM CITY Crime Wave, Mind Bender, Monster Mansion, Ninja, SkyScreamer, Splashwater Falls, SUPERMAN: ULTIMATE FLIGHT, The Georgia Scorcher, The Great American Scream Machine, and Thunder River.

 

I have always purchased the Platinum Flash Pass because it gets you straight onto the rides and they often have a special offer with a wristband that allows you to stay in your seat for a second ride (and get assulted by the angry GP who is next in line LOL). You would probably be fine with Gold which cuts half the wait time, then regular is the same wait time (you just don't have to be in line).

 

Flash Pass entry brings you right into the station. Most coasters have their own Flash Pass entry which brings you into the station where you pick your row (so you wait a few rides but get to sit where you want) however they will assign you a seat on the rides with Flash Pass entry through the exit (This has ruined Flash Pass and other fast lane systems for me at some parks) but SFOG isn't too bad. This only happens on Batman (they will place you in one of the last 2 rows), Mine Train (they assign you to the 2nd car) and Great American Scream Machine (they place you in the 2nd or 3rd row of the 3rd car, if Flash Pass is really busy they will hold everyone and dedicate an entire train to Flash Pass).

 

Keep in mind the Flash Pass center gets really busy and the line gets really long if the park is packed so if you anticipate a really busy day, get there early and go straight there when the gates open to the park.

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I'm going to the park tomorrow and i'll probably bring back some pictures.

Hopefully there's construction.

In other news, I think this is a great idea:

I think if Six Flags could pull off a Gotham Carnival style look for these two new rides, then this might actually be the most theming Six Flags has had in any of their parks. You have to admit, the area is already one of the better themed Gotham zones out of all the Six Flags parks.

Re-themeing Gotham City to Gotham City Carnival.

The area already LOOKS like a carnival in the middle of a city park. The carnival games and remote control trucks could finally fit the theming. Mindbender could actually be given a STORY. Like, say, Riddler turned an ordinary fair coaster into a Mind-Bending thrill ride.

It just makes too much sense to not work.

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Was in the Atlanta area for a job interview, so I took some time on Sunday to visit SFOG since I don't know if I would be back or not (the interview well, but we'll see.)

 

Anyway, I only had a couple hours, so I splurged on a Flash Pass to ensure I got on everything I could (it was largely not needed except for Superman: UF, Goliath, Batman and Mind Bender; DDD was not on the pass for some reason)

 

It was a decent afternoon, while the park may be lacking in a truly SIGNATURE ride, most were quite good (with a couple notable exceptions) and the park is really rather beautiful (even quaint in places). Biggest demerit: Slowest. Ride. Ops. Ever.

 

Some random highlights:

 

Lived Up to Reputation: Mind Bender. Wish there were more of these around.

Most Pleasant Surprise: Georgia Scorcher. I'd heard it was probably the best Stand-Up out there and it wasn't just "Good for a stand-up" it was legitimately good in general!

I Don't Know Why I Was Hopeful Award: Ninja. My first Vekoma non-Boomerang or Flyer. I hoped without the backwards-i-ness, it would be OK. Oops. My neck may never be the same.

All Clones are NOT Created Equal: Superman: Ultimate Flight. It's amazing what a difference the environment makes with this ride as compared to the one at SFGAdv.

A Little Topper Track Can Go a Long Way: Georgia Cyclone. I actually really liked the layout and banking on this one. But that bouncing and shuffling is a serious distraction from what could be a fun classic-style woodie.

Not Bad but Lacking that Certain Something: Great American Scream Machine. Another woodie that could have a great classic feel, but, IDK, something is just missing here.

Can't Go Wrong With: Goliath, Dare Devil Dive and Batman. Nothing stands out, per se, but that doesn't mean they aren't quality rides.

 

All in All, it was a fun couple hours and if I wind up in the area, I will be curious to spend more time investigating the smaller things the park has to offer.

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Can someone tell me how early in the season this park typically opens? My sister just moved close by so I'm trying to plan a trip to stay with her (and hit up this park) while I'm there. Shooting for very early spring. They open in March?

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Can someone tell me how early in the season this park typically opens? My sister just moved close by so I'm trying to plan a trip to stay with her (and hit up this park) while I'm there. Shooting for very early spring. They open in March?

 

Yes, they typically open in mid March. This past year opening day was March 16th.

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I think if Six Flags could pull off a Gotham Carnival style look for these two new rides, then this might actually be the most theming Six Flags has had in any of their parks. You have to admit, the area is already one of the better themed Gotham zones out of all the Six Flags parks.

Re-themeing Gotham City to Gotham City Carnival.

The area already LOOKS like a carnival in the middle of a city park. The carnival games and remote control trucks could finally fit the theming. Mindbender could actually be given a STORY. Like, say, Riddler turned an ordinary fair coaster into a Mind-Bending thrill ride.

It just makes too much sense to not work.

I'm all for it. I'd love to see this happen. It doesn't seem to require much extra effort from Six Flags based on what's already there. It almost makes its own consistent storyline as well: Folks venture out to a relatively quiet corner of town and pass under a railroad bridge to visit a carnival, hosted by the one, the only, Joker.

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Can someone tell me how early in the season this park typically opens? My sister just moved close by so I'm trying to plan a trip to stay with her (and hit up this park) while I'm there. Shooting for very early spring. They open in March?

I would guess mid March. They always open either the week before Dollywood or the week after and Dollywood always opens mid march.

 

Keep in mind sfog is only open on Saturday and Sunday's usually until around memorial day.

 

If you want a weekday trip search for the Atlanta school schedule. Typically sfog is open all week during the Atlanta area spring break. Usually late March or very early April.

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