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I'm going to be heading down to Georgia this week and after finally checking the schedule last week and finding out that SFOG is on weekend only operation now, have had to adjust my plans if I want to finally go to the park. I wanted to know if anyone went this weekend or if they have a good idea on how the crowds will be either Saturday or Sunday. If I go Sunday, it will only be for 4-5 hours or so because I need to get to the airport for a 6 pm flight.

 

And since this sounds like it will be more than just me going, I think Flash Pass is probably out for this visit. Is it worth trying to get on all of the coasters in 4-5 hours on Sunday or should I try to spend Saturday there instead. I have a Season Pass, but I think everyone else would have to buy tickets.

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Crowds are always bad on Saturday.. Due to the area (Bible Belt) Sunday morning however will be dead.. It will remain dead and a lot of rides being a walk-on until about 2 or 3..

 

At least that's how I see it every time I go! I travel to six flags about once every other month (I live three hours away)

 

I always head up on Friday, get a room.. Visit park on Saturday (normally I flashpass Saturday). And then i go again on Sunday. Normally on Sunday I have been on all rides multiple times by the time I leave to head back home around 2ish. I purchase no flash pass on Sunday.. One Sunday I rode superman about 10 times and never got off once.. Didn't even change seats..

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On a side note, for those who haven't seen, Six Flags has finally released an OFFICIAL Android app (I'm sure iPhone app as well).. Looks like it released a little over a month ago..

 

So far pretty limited on features BUT it is one of the better designed Theme Park app out there.. One neat feature though, you can load your season pass or membership right into the app and not carry your card.. Works GREAT!! Also it shows what coupons you have left on your pass.. Lastly, it has all parks in one app.. No need to download multiple apps like Cedarfair parks

 

Hopefully they will add more features like park maps and stuff and wait times (might be hard to do wait times due to the app being for multiple parks) but still a nice app so far

 

It also has some geeky info that we like here on the forums.. When you click on the rides, it tells who built most of them.. I know GP doesn't care about that but it's neat for us

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I completely agree, Sunday is much less busy. I visit the park about 12 times a year (and I used to visit much more than that as much as I hate to admit it!) and Saturday's are almost always slammed but Sunday is always dead for the first few hours and usually isn't very busy the last hour or 2 either.

 

Word of advise, if you can get to the park early, they usually open the gates 30 minutes early. Georgia Cyclone and Georgia Scorcher are often open during this time. Then at the official park opening time they drop the ropes to the rest of the park.

 

Even on a Saturday, if they have those 2 operating 30 minutes early, it is possible to snake your way through the park and get every credit as a walk on, even when the park will end up having 2 hour waits later in the day. Honestly since you could spend the whole day there Saturday I was tempted to suggest that, but if the crowds end up being terrible I would really regret suggesting that.

 

A few more things, ride Dare Devil Dive immediately! It is the only way you will ever get on it. The line is almost always pushing 2 hours, or at least an hour, no matter how dead the park is due to the terrible capacity. Ride in a front or middle row of Great American Scream Machine (middle of the last car has great airtime and isn't rough). Batman and Superman also get long lines frequently. Acrophobia is definitely worth riding if you like drop towers, it is pretty terrifying compared to the normal sit down models. Monster Mansion is a great classic dark ride. Canyon Blaster is a surprisingly fun family coaster. Thunder River is probably the most realistic rapids ride I've experienced. If I think of anything else worthwhile I'll be sure to add to this!

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Yeah I forgot to mention, dare devil dive is about the only coaster to get a wait early on Sunday.. Last year I rode it 3 times right when the park opened and then it started backing up very quickly..

 

So yeah grab it first Sunday then hit the rest.. You shouldn't have any issues

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If that is the case I just really don't get Six Flags. The majority of their parks don't have dark rides and of the potential first four installations, they choose two parks (St. Louis and Over Georgia) that do. There are so many other parks that are in need of a dark ride.

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If they do anything to Monster Mansion this off-season..

 

I..Will..F*cking...RIOT!

 

But I feel like the Axis Arena or the Bumper Cars would be a good spot.

Axis Arena PLEASE

 

I will riot too if they touch Monster Mansion. I am already nervous since they completely removed the MonStore (ride photos, museum and gift shop). I loved that place but it just didn't make money like Jelly Belly (I hate the GP!)

 

I would like to see the bumper cars stay. Great classic flat ride.

 

If they did use Axis Arena, our Gotham City, which is already by far the best in the chain, would be even more amazing!

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If that is the case I just really don't get Six Flags. The majority of their parks don't have dark rides and of the potential first four installations, they choose two parks (St. Louis and Over Georgia) that do. There are so many other parks that are in need of a dark ride.

I agree, plus I feel like SFOG is due for their next coaster soon and Hurricane Harbor is small. It makes more sense in my mind to focus on those two options first. I'm sure they do their research but that's how I feel based on what knowledge I have and observations I have made.

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I usually spend most of the summer in the park. As such I know many of the employees and one person I talk to told me Bugs Bunny world is getting a renovation expansion. He also said they are still planning the Hurricane Harbor expansion. I'm going this weekend so i'll get more details then. To protect his identity, I will not give out his name or position at park. If you've heard different let me heard.

 

 

UPDATE: So according to my source since the renovations that were done to monster mansion (formerly monster plantation) were 2.5 million that's safe. but he told me bugs bunny world is being (from January reports) completely demolished and rebuilt to be updated 100% with new rides and the mermaid arena is being torn down as well which since it's beside bunny world means a bigger kids area. He said that was the original plan in January. but isn't sure 100% now. but the arena is def going bye bye.

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Hey everyone!

 

How are the crowds usually during the day during Fright Fest? I'm driving from Texas to Maryland in October i'd like to stop by the park since I have a season pass with season parking. I do not want to buy a Flash Pass if I do not need to. I'd mainly be going just to ride the coasters. I have heard the operations are terrible in this park.

 

Thank you

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Fright fest, day or night, in my experience is some of the most crowded times of year.. People come for rides during the day and haunted houses at night.. Sunday morning is the only slow time during Fright Fest

 

 

Even season pass holder day is very busy! I was surprised when I went on season pass holder day and saw lines just as long as any other day

 

Operations really aren't bad in this park.. I am there all the time.. They used to be bad but for the past 3 - 4 years, this park has some of the best operations out there!

 

I mean the rides do get backed up but ride OPs are very friendly and work just about as fast as they can

 

What slows this park down is when people don't use the tester seats and then end up being to big for a ride or when someone tries to sneak a bag on a ride with mandatory lockers. They then sit there and try to fight the OPs slowing down operations.

 

I saw a lady try and tie her purse to her leg on Goliath and then fight the ride OPs when they told her she couldn't take it.. Then she started yelling that Disney allows bags and people in line kept saying "Disney coasters are babies compared to this". After all of that she was to big to even ride! The restraints wouldn't come down.. The train timer was at 10 mins meaning it took 10 mins to go!

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Fright Fest is always a crazy busy time for the park. From my experience it can easily be as bad or worse than peak summer Saturdays.

 

Some Friday nights are not as busy, especially if it is chilly. Sunday sometimes isn't too terrible either.

 

The park operations can be horrendous on some rides but are usually good on most rides. There is always a non-headliner coaster or 2 that have terrible operations. Cyclone and Scorcher come to mind. Overall the operations have vastly improved compared to previous years.

 

Season Passholder Appreciation Night used to be quiet but last year was ridiculously busy. Years ago when the park did it the first Saturday or November after the park closed for the season it used to be DEAD.

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Looking at the new prices for 2016 season passes, I noticed it seems they’ve gone up considerably this year. For example, the regular non-sale price of a 2016 combo gold pass is listed as $184.99. If I’m not mistaken, the same level of 2015 pass was under $150 last year... Similarly, the 2016 single park gold pass is now $134.99 regularly and I believe it was around $115 last year. Unless I’m way off base on my numbers here, those are fairly substantial hikes. Perhaps we’re getting both dry and wet investments this year? Can anyone else recall what last year’s prices were?

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The passes are always on special so I wouldn't worry about those prices.. My membership is going up, I received an email about it but the increase is less than $0.25 for both passes together.. That's less than $3/year increase on both passes combined..

 

Keep in mind, I have had my membership for a while and I have several promotions on it such as free parking (without a gold pass) and some other discount for being a membership founder or something.. But still not much of an increase imo

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Could anyone else see a premier rides Skyrocket2 or the Justice League dark ride going where Thomas Town is? That would be awesome. Or maybe an RMC Cyclone?

 

I can dream....

 

You have to remember this is a flood area. They would not put a ride like JL in that area. They would have to be careful with a Skyrocket2 in that area too. The electronics would have to be raised or protected

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So, it's either going to be JLB4M or a HH expansion for next season. Now that SFGAdv is getting a coaster next year, that just leaves SFOG and SFOT as the only major Six Flags parks to not have received a coaster since 2011. I kinda have to wonder if they're planning on something major for the 50th anniversary in 2017 or just a few shows.

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