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Yeah vacations are usually finishing up on Sunday/Monday and later in the week is when "Groups" show up..

 

Tuesday for almost all parks have been the least busy day for me.. Followed by Wednesday and then it starts picking up again for the weekend

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I'm headed to the park this Saturday, but mother nature predicts rain. How does the park run in regards to rain? I'm staying optimistic but preparing for the worst.

It's mixed if it rains.. Sometimes the coasters are open sometimes they aren't.. I have been there with pouring rain and nothing closed but been there in a drizzle and half the park closes..

 

Of course if there is a storm in the area the rides will also close.. It really just depends!! Lol

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I'm headed to the park this Saturday, but mother nature predicts rain. How does the park run in regards to rain? I'm staying optimistic but preparing for the worst.

It's mixed if it rains.. Sometimes the coasters are open sometimes they aren't.. I have been there with pouring rain and nothing closed but been there in a drizzle and half the park closes..

 

Of course if there is a storm in the area the rides will also close.. It really just depends!! Lol

It has also been a mixed bag in my experience, but generally most things stay open in rain if it is only rain. Mind Bender and Dare Devil Dive seem to be the most rain sensitive of the big rides. For Mind Bender, that is probably due to the fact that it uses friction braking and the brakes are mostly uncovered. DDD just seems to be highly fickle to changes in weather in general and often doesn’t open with the park.

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I'm headed to the park this Saturday, but mother nature predicts rain. How does the park run in regards to rain? I'm staying optimistic but preparing for the worst.

It's mixed if it rains.. Sometimes the coasters are open sometimes they aren't.. I have been there with pouring rain and nothing closed but been there in a drizzle and half the park closes..

 

Of course if there is a storm in the area the rides will also close.. It really just depends!! Lol

It has also been a mixed bag in my experience, but generally most things stay open in rain if it is only rain. Mind Bender and Dare Devil Dive seem to be the most rain sensitive of the big rides. For Mind Bender, that is probably due to the fact that it uses friction braking and the brakes are mostly uncovered. DDD just seems to be highly fickle to changes in weather in general and often doesn’t open with the park.

 

I've been surprised.. the two days opening weekend DDD actually opened on time with the park, I was shocked because like you said, that's extremely rare.

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I'm actually going this evening (it's UGA Night, only UGA students and alumni/family can get in so the lines are usually a lot shorter), and I'm psyched because I haven't been since 2013. Weather report says there's a slight chance of rain, but only before I'll get there, which is rad. The back seat of Goliath and Mind Bender are calling my name. I can hear them...

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I'm actually going this evening (it's UGA Night, only UGA students and alumni/family can get in so the lines are usually a lot shorter), and I'm psyched because I haven't been since 2013. Weather report says there's a slight chance of rain, but only before I'll get there, which is rad. The back seat of Goliath and Mind Bender are calling my name. I can hear them...

I won't be there tonight, but I am going for Georgia State Uni. night next Friday. I went last year and since it is promoted so poorly the park was absolutely dead! It was amazing. Plus it's the only time before Fright Fest that you can get many night rides in!

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I'm headed to the park this Saturday, but mother nature predicts rain. How does the park run in regards to rain? I'm staying optimistic but preparing for the worst.

It's mixed if it rains.. Sometimes the coasters are open sometimes they aren't.. I have been there with pouring rain and nothing closed but been there in a drizzle and half the park closes..

 

Of course if there is a storm in the area the rides will also close.. It really just depends!! Lol

It has also been a mixed bag in my experience, but generally most things stay open in rain if it is only rain. Mind Bender and Dare Devil Dive seem to be the most rain sensitive of the big rides. For Mind Bender, that is probably due to the fact that it uses friction braking and the brakes are mostly uncovered. DDD just seems to be highly fickle to changes in weather in general and often doesn’t open with the park.

Exactly.. When it rains some of the rides start operating poorly. If that happens they will close.. Sometimes they operate fine and stay open.. I have been on mind bender several times in the rain but have also seen it closed several times in the rain

 

Like you said, I believe the general rule is rides are open if it rains but rain can cause them to start operating poorly and close

 

Thunder and lightening will make them close though.. High wind will also take some rides down.

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Okay, so I got to the park around 7:00 and stayed until 11:30 or so. Rode Mind Bender, Monster Mansion, Sky Screamer, Ninja, Dahlonega Mine Train, and Namtab (three times). Despite it raining for the first thirty minutes or so that I was there, and then misting/sprinkling for the last 45 minutes, almost everything was open (DDD and Superman were closed all night) and everything seemed to be operating smoothly. Mind Bender and Ninja only ran one train all night, but the lines weren't much more than about 20 and 5 minutes respectively, so it was all good. Sky Screamer was NOT my cup of tea, but only because I have a thing about not feeling well-restrained at great heights.

 

Also, bless Namtab. I rode once in the first row and twice in the last, and I gotta say, that was one of the most intense rides I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I wouldn't complain if they ran it backwards for the rest of the season, honestly.

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Some comments from my visit last night:

 

The Mine Train became a water ride thanks to a Splashwater Falls boat cycling at the right time

GASM was running very smooth

namtaB isn't something you ride with your mind, it's something you ride with your balls

Goliath was rattling, but still very awesome.

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If there is anyone who would like to be considered to cover Six Flags Over Georgia's Joked Chaos Coaster & Harley Quinn Spinsanity media day for TPR on May 22nd please send an email to robbalvey@themeparkreview.com with the following information:

 

- Full Name

- TPR Screen Name

- Are you a Club TPR Member? (You don't have to be, but please let us know)

- Age/Sex/Location

- Phone number

- Photo of yourself

- Links to your social media pages (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc)

- Please put SFOG Media Day in the email subject

 

Note that this is NOT an open invitation to attend the media day. You must email us to be considered. We are only looking for a couple of people to attend.

 

Looking for someone who can report on the media day, send us pictures, do a trip report, video and possibly an enthusiastic rider cam.

 

Please email me ASAP!

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If there is anyone who would like to be considered to cover Six Flags Over Georgia's Joked Chaos Coaster & Harley Quinn Spinsanity media day for TPR on May 22nd please send an email to robbalvey@themeparkreview.com with the following information:

 

- Full Name

- TPR Screen Name

- Are you a Club TPR Member? (You don't have to be, but please let us know)

- Age/Sex/Location

- Phone number

- Photo of yourself

- Links to your social media pages (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc)

- Please put SFOG Media Day in the email subject

 

Note that this is NOT an open invitation to attend the media day. You must email us to be considered. We are only looking for a couple of people to attend.

 

Looking for someone who can report on the media day, send us pictures, do a trip report, video and possibly an enthusiastic rider cam.

 

Please email me ASAP!

 

 

Sent you a few emails about this.

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There's a chance I may stop by SFOG on my way down to Disney from Illinois on either this Friday or Saturday. Thought I'd ask a few questions to those who know:

 

1) If I arrive Friday (which is more likely) I won't be able to get there until probably noon at the earliest. I'm tentatively planning on getting a Gold Flash Pass, but will this be necessary? I assume it will be busy especially after school gets out on that Holiday weekend.

 

2) Does the Flash Pass work for Namtab?

 

3) I plan on hitting all the coasters (with Superman being low priority as we have it at SFGAm), Acrophobia, SkyScreamer, Monster Mansion, and the water rides and Super Loop (if open). Any other rides worth it or any that have been down all season?

 

4) Any plans on what to do first/order to do things? If Saturday then I'd get there at opening, but it looks to be likely midday Friday.

 

Thanks all!

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Hey guys...I have a season pass question. Im looking at getting the gold pass but i'm stuck on if I should get the membership pass (monthly) or the one time pay pass. The monthly option seems good being that it would be spread out but I’m thinking…normally around the end of the year six flags generally has a fire sale and sell the gold passes for like 50-60 dollars. So…if I am on the membership pay monthly for a year, am I correct and thinking I would not be able to take advantage of that offer? Any help, suggestions are welcome!

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You can get great deals on memberships during some parts of the year.. Mine is going on its third year now and I have had no price increase. I pay $5.23/month for a gold with free parking and then $4 something for a regular..

 

Now I did get mine when they where brand new and I have some special edition but I love the membership

 

Plus, I get to keep the same card every year.. No processing of new cards is a big plus!!

 

Plus after your contract is up (12 months) you can cancel with no fee.. Basically if you buy your membership at the first of the season you can get a $5 trip the second season then cancel if you like!! Haha.. Just saying..

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And yes you can buy the gold pass fire sale. They don't care if you have a membership or not.. Just remember you have to keep your membership for 12 months or pay an ETF.. So you might be paying for two passes for part of the year

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Nope not for the first 12 months.. It has to stay how it is..

 

Now with that being said, they might allow you to cancel if they see you purchased a season pass under the same name for the same user.. I'm sure cs might make an exception for that but really I don't know.. The FAQ says to call them if you want to change to a regular pass so I am not sure how they deal with that

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The Joker Chaos Coaster Media Day and Photo TR

 

It’s epic. It’s chaotic. It’s devious. And, it’s waiting for you and 23 other riders! It’s the all-new THE JOKER Chaos Coaster. Experience the insanity of facing off against one another and rocking back and forth through seven stories of looping mayhem. It may seem like the madness is slowing down, but you are about to be thrown for a loop, upside down, 72 feet in the air. And, it’s not over yet. Get ready to be sent in the opposite direction for even more looping havoc.

 

If twists and turns are more to your liking, get ready for a thrill by spinning through an adventure bigger than ever before on the all-new Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Hop on this classic ride with your entire family with a new twist, as you challenge other riders to see who succeeds to spin around the most then stand up without feeling dizzy.

 

The new THE JOKER Chaos Coaster and Harley Quinn Spinsanity are located in the Gotham City area of the park along with the likes of BATMAN: The Ride, Mind Bender and more!

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Today I was invited to join the Media Day Events for the The Joker Chaos Coaster and Harley Quinn's Spinsanity. While these two rides were not the most anticipated additions to a theme park this year, I was impressed with just how special Six Flags Over Georgia made the event. From the friendly staff to the awesome Joker and Harley Quinn bobble-heads, you could tell SFOG was proud of their new additions. In all, the day was highly enjoyable, and memorable for all who attended.

 

First let me review The Joker Chaos Coaster. I'll start off by saying, "Wow!" I remember the announcement for this ride, and questioning the park's sanity on such an odd addition, but boy was I wrong. I was concerned that the ride would be very carnival-esque, with a lot of shaking and general safety concerns, but it definitely had that permanent feel. It also came with a sweet lighting package that is going to truly sparkle during the evening and night hours. The ride itself was very smooth, well-paced, and just plain fun. Its height added to the excitement, while also complimenting the Gotham City 'skyline.' The Joker logo placed in the middle of the loop made for some great visuals too. This ride, along with Harley Quinn's Spinsanity, really fills out this part of the park, and I feel they are welcome additions to line-up at Six Flags Over Georgia.

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Check-in was at the rear entrance of the park near the stadium in Gotham City.

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On our walk up we were treated with a short glimpse of Dare Devil Dive.

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The lunch/refreshments tent that would serve us goodies later in the day.

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Once we reached Gotham we were told the ride was open for media. Naturally we hoped right on!

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Personally, I'm a fan of the Joker logo in the middle. It makes for some cool visuals.

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Due to the height of the ride, it offers a lot of opportunities to play with the sun in pictures.

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Happy riders

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As stated earlier in the forum, Batman Backwards was extended further in to the season per customers' requests.

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After a few rides, Dan Kaetzel, president of SFOG, came to speak for the ribbon cutting.

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The actual cutting of the ribbon.

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I honestly did not find Batman Backwards to be that enjoyable. My friend and I sat in the 'front' of the train, and the entire ride seemed too rough. My head hit the headrest almost as much as on a SLC. I'm not sure if other riders have had the same experience, but I think I'll wait until it faces forward to ride it again.

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It was a little disorienting coming in to the loading station and seeing the train face the other direction.

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From Batman we moved on to Mindbender. I love how historic, and just plain fun this ride is!

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With the addition of The Joker Chaos Coaster, there are finally three loops in Gotham.

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Don't be fooled by the report - THIS was the real reason for the celebration. Oreo churros need to be more of a staple at Six Flags parks. They were neat!

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After taking some photos of the new rides, we ventured back to the tent to partake in some great food provided by the park. I believe the DJ was leading the 'Wobble' in this particular picture.

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After the celebration, we moved on to check out the rest of the park. Crime Wave was not impressed by the new additions.

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Leaving this side of the park, we passed by The Joker again, and saw that it was a big hit with the public!

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Dare Devil Dive was the only coaster to post significant wait times today - for that reason we decided to skip it since we both had the credit.

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"Funny, I don't remember ever riding a ride that made me feel like a loaf." - Brianna

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See what I mean?

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And they're off! The first 'official' ride of The Joker Chaos Coaster.

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We moved on to the back of the park, and passed through what I believe should be the next focus area for the park. With the demise of Deja Vu and Thomas Town, this area really lacks a draw. I think an even better kiddy area (which, by the way, was closed) and a small coaster would really do wonders for this side of the park.

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Like I said, this side of the park just seems sad.

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Next up - Sky Screamer. It was both mine and Brianna's first time on one of these, and we really enjoyed it! Despite being so high in the air, it was relaxing! (Also, someone please re-explain to me SFOG's ceiling issues, seeing as this is marketed as being 240 feet tall. I was under the assumption the limit was 200 feet.)

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Took the train for a spin, so we could continue to relax.

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I love GASM's station.

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*Insert semi-artsy GASM photo here*

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Hurrican Harbor was open to the public today, and, like the rest of the park, did not seem crowded. Due to time, we decided not to look around.

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Superman was running great today! The line was long for the crowd, but not nearly as bad as Dare Devil Dive. The Pretzel Loop is still probably one of my favorite coaster elements.

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By this time, we were both pretty tired, and decided to take the rest of the day kind of slow. Neither of us had ever taken the time to ride the carousel, and much to my surprise it was one of the most enjoyable moments of the day. If you're in the park, please take the time to slow down and enjoy this beautiful ride. You won't regret it.

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And by take it slow, I mean ride the smaller rides. Somehow, and I'm really not sure how, I had missed getting the Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster credit over the past years. I was not about to let it slide this time.

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Agoraphobia. Arachnophobia. Acrophobia.

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No.

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Passed our new friend, who was continuing to be a hit with the crowd.

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I forget how wonderfully charming Six Flags Over Georgia can be. The park, to me, is operating at its best in years.

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I nominate the Georgia Cyclone for the next RMC transformation.

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While the park is operating at its best, this ride is unfortunately not. I know it was recently retracked in sections, but the ride seems almost too rough. I think this would be a great challenge for RMC, and a new lease on life for a ride that I wouldn't want to see go completely. The tight footprint lends itself to the strengths of RMC, and I'm sure they could include some incredible elements in its original structure.

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As we made one final pass back to Gotham, I noticed this new addition to the arcade area by Goliath. I know these games are gaining in popularity in other parks, so I was happy to see this at SFOG!

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One last look at Gotham City before we left. So very happy with the new additions.

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Don't think I forgot about Harley Quinn's Spinsanity!

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I love the detail on this ride. Where Six Flags could have dropped the ball, they seemed to really take some extra time on this ride.

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So happy to see this classic flat ride at Six Flags Over Georgia!

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Thank you to Six Flags Over Georgia for a great media day, and an awesome day at the park!

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Still has that new ride smell.

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(Also, someone please re-explain to me SFOG's ceiling issues, seeing as this is marketed as being 240 feet tall. I was under the assumption the limit was 200 feet.)

 

The ride was originally announced as being 240, but I believe they only could get permission from the FAA for 220-230. As I understand it the limit is 200 feet from the tallest point (Where Goliath, at exactly 200 feet tall, is located), but they were able to go a little taller by placing the ride in Lickskillet.

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