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^This is almost certainly the date they will use so that it can still align with their huge Labor Day sale which is the first push and largest discount for the coming year's season passes.

 

I'm still so sad but the announcement will be really exciting! I can't wait to hear the name, see the logo, and hopefully see a full POV.

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Hi everyone, I am planning my first visit to Six Flags (July 26th) and had some questions I am hoping the experts can answer. I'm a Florida girl and have a feeling this won't but the same experience as our parks- but not in a bad way.

 

1. It will be a Wednesday, end of summer, is this typically a very crowded time? Will we be able to do everything (or almost) once?

2. Which rides/attractions do we absolutely need to hit up? (2 adults who love coasters)

3. How long are wait times typically?

4. Is there a good time to stop by the water park portion? Like opening time, or closer to 6?

5. Are the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo there big enough for our shoes, clothes and 2 towels? Is it all day/hourly? What is the rate?

6. Do the meal tickets online really save you anything? or should we wait for better food options in park?

7. Is there a way to get around the $25 parking? Nearby hotels with free shuttle, etc.?

8. Do they have digital kiosks for wait times, an app, etc?

9. Any other info that would be useful, help us have extra fun?

10. We will be going to Talluhah Gorge the next day? any recommendations there?

11. Good place to eat a casual dinner somewhere in-between?

 

Sorry to get a little off topic towards the end but I figured some locals might be able to help. Thanks in advance!

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Hi everyone, I am planning my first visit to Six Flags (July 26th) and had some questions I am hoping the experts can answer. I'm a Florida girl and have a feeling this won't but the same experience as our parks- but not in a bad way.

 

1. It will be a Wednesday, end of summer, is this typically a very crowded time? Will we be able to do everything (or almost) once?

2. Which rides/attractions do we absolutely need to hit up? (2 adults who love coasters)

3. How long are wait times typically?

4. Is there a good time to stop by the water park portion? Like opening time, or closer to 6?

5. Are the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo there big enough for our shoes, clothes and 2 towels? Is it all day/hourly? What is the rate?

6. Do the meal tickets online really save you anything? or should we wait for better food options in park?

7. Is there a way to get around the $25 parking? Nearby hotels with free shuttle, etc.?

8. Do they have digital kiosks for wait times, an app, etc?

9. Any other info that would be useful, help us have extra fun?

10. We will be going to Talluhah Gorge the next day? any recommendations there?

11. Good place to eat a casual dinner somewhere in-between?

 

Sorry to get a little off topic towards the end but I figured some locals might be able to help. Thanks in advance!

 

I can help with some of these...others will put in their $0.02 and opinions and by feelings will not be hurt.

 

1. Poor choice of days. Any other day of the week will be fine but the day you have chosen is the final Wednesday in July

for season pass holders to bring friends free. I made the mistake of going on this day in 2015 and it was busier than any Saturday I have seen.

2. IMHO...you have to hit Goliath and our one of a kind gem Mindbender

3. I checked Coasterqueue yesterday...during a bring a friend free Wednesday...most were hour plus wait times.

4. Its summer in the steamy south...it stays busy.

5. TBH I dont use them...my car and pack mule serve me well.

6. Again a packed lunch from the car is a good break and priced perfectly for my family of 6.

7. There are a couple hotels that are near by that are within walking distance. They even allow parking there half the cost of the park.

8. They do offer a Flash pass for a fee. If you insist going on this day I would HIGHLY recommend it!

9. Yeah...go on Tuesday! I mean that as light heartedly as possible. It really is just an extremely busy day for the park.

10. My hometown after Florida. Lots to see. Dont be afraid to venture off the highway.

11. I recommend Bigg Daddy's in Corneila.

 

This group is a little excited about our exit of Georgia Cyclone so the comments may be slim but hopefully more will chime in.

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If they're planning an RMC conversion it likely won't be ready for the 2018 season. It took two years to complete work on NTAG.

 

 

Every other RMC conversion for the SF chain since Texas Giant has taken place in one off season. Texas Giant was the first, so naturally that took a little more time to perfect and as others have stated, Texas Giant was a much larger undertaking. Georgia Cyclone will most likely be open by, or around Memorial Day Weekend of 2018.

 

Every other Six Flags RMC has been completed in a similar timeframe to the likely Georgia Cyclone timeframe.

 

SFDK

Roar closed 8/16/2015

Joker opened 5/30/2016

 

SFFT

Rattler closed 8/4/2012

Iron Rattler opened 5/25/2013

 

SFM

Medusa (wood) closed late 2013 (RCDB doesn't give exact date)

Medusa Steel Coaster opened 6/14/2014

 

SFMM

Colussus closed 8/16/2014

Twisted Colossus opened 5/23/2015

 

SFNE

Cyclone closed 7/20/2014

Wicked Cyclone closed 5/24/2015

 

It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the RMC Cyclone open slightly before Memorial Day (however, SF has held completed rides until that time with NTAG being an exception as it opened in April 2011)

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If they're planning an RMC conversion it likely won't be ready for the 2018 season. It took two years to complete work on NTAG.

 

 

Every other RMC conversion for the SF chain since Texas Giant has taken place in one off season. Texas Giant was the first, so naturally that took a little more time to perfect and as others have stated, Texas Giant was a much larger undertaking. Georgia Cyclone will most likely be open by, or around Memorial Day Weekend of 2018.

 

Every other Six Flags RMC has been completed in a similar timeframe to the likely Georgia Cyclone timeframe.

 

SFDK

Roar closed 8/16/2015

Joker opened 5/30/2016

 

SFFT

Rattler closed 8/4/2012

Iron Rattler opened 5/25/2013

 

SFM

Medusa (wood) closed late 2013 (RCDB doesn't give exact date)

Medusa Steel Coaster opened 6/14/2014

 

SFMM

Colussus closed 8/16/2014

Twisted Colossus opened 5/23/2015

 

SFNE

Cyclone closed 7/20/2014

Wicked Cyclone closed 5/24/2015

 

It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the RMC Cyclone open slightly before Memorial Day (however, SF has held completed rides until that time with NTAG being an exception as it opened in April 2011)

Yeah, I don't see why it wouldn't be ready for 2018. They probably started early on MS and Hurler since MS is bigger and they have 7 projects this year.

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Hi everyone, I am planning my first visit to Six Flags (July 26th) and had some questions I am hoping the experts can answer. I'm a Florida girl and have a feeling this won't but the same experience as our parks- but not in a bad way.

 

1. It will be a Wednesday, end of summer, is this typically a very crowded time? Will we be able to do everything (or almost) once?

2. Which rides/attractions do we absolutely need to hit up? (2 adults who love coasters)

3. How long are wait times typically?

4. Is there a good time to stop by the water park portion? Like opening time, or closer to 6?

5. Are the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo there big enough for our shoes, clothes and 2 towels? Is it all day/hourly? What is the rate?

6. Do the meal tickets online really save you anything? or should we wait for better food options in park?

7. Is there a way to get around the $25 parking? Nearby hotels with free shuttle, etc.?

8. Do they have digital kiosks for wait times, an app, etc?

9. Any other info that would be useful, help us have extra fun?

10. We will be going to Talluhah Gorge the next day? any recommendations there?

11. Good place to eat a casual dinner somewhere in-between?

 

Sorry to get a little off topic towards the end but I figured some locals might be able to help. Thanks in advance!

 

I can help with some of these...others will put in their $0.02 and opinions and by feelings will not be hurt.

 

1. Poor choice of days. Any other day of the week will be fine but the day you have chosen is the final Wednesday in July

for season pass holders to bring friends free. I made the mistake of going on this day in 2015 and it was busier than any Saturday I have seen.

2. IMHO...you have to hit Goliath and our one of a kind gem Mindbender

3. I checked Coasterqueue yesterday...during a bring a friend free Wednesday...most were hour plus wait times.

4. Its summer in the steamy south...it stays busy.

5. TBH I dont use them...my car and pack mule serve me well.

6. Again a packed lunch from the car is a good break and priced perfectly for my family of 6.

7. There are a couple hotels that are near by that are within walking distance. They even allow parking there half the cost of the park.

8. They do offer a Flash pass for a fee. If you insist going on this day I would HIGHLY recommend it!

9. Yeah...go on Tuesday! I mean that as light heartedly as possible. It really is just an extremely busy day for the park.

10. My hometown after Florida. Lots to see. Dont be afraid to venture off the highway.

11. I recommend Bigg Daddy's in Corneila.

 

This group is a little excited about our exit of Georgia Cyclone so the comments may be slim but hopefully more will chime in.

 

 

Thanks for your response, unfortunately these are the only 2 days we have to visit for a very long time. Would Thursday be a better choice? Or is it too close to the weekend?

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Hi everyone, I am planning my first visit to Six Flags (July 26th) and had some questions I am hoping the experts can answer. I'm a Florida girl and have a feeling this won't but the same experience as our parks- but not in a bad way.

 

1. It will be a Wednesday, end of summer, is this typically a very crowded time? Will we be able to do everything (or almost) once?

2. Which rides/attractions do we absolutely need to hit up? (2 adults who love coasters)

3. How long are wait times typically?

4. Is there a good time to stop by the water park portion? Like opening time, or closer to 6?

5. Are the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo there big enough for our shoes, clothes and 2 towels? Is it all day/hourly? What is the rate?

6. Do the meal tickets online really save you anything? or should we wait for better food options in park?

7. Is there a way to get around the $25 parking? Nearby hotels with free shuttle, etc.?

8. Do they have digital kiosks for wait times, an app, etc?

9. Any other info that would be useful, help us have extra fun?

10. We will be going to Talluhah Gorge the next day? any recommendations there?

11. Good place to eat a casual dinner somewhere in-between?

 

Sorry to get a little off topic towards the end but I figured some locals might be able to help. Thanks in advance!

 

I can help with some of these...others will put in their $0.02 and opinions and by feelings will not be hurt.

 

1. Poor choice of days. Any other day of the week will be fine but the day you have chosen is the final Wednesday in July

for season pass holders to bring friends free. I made the mistake of going on this day in 2015 and it was busier than any Saturday I have seen.

2. IMHO...you have to hit Goliath and our one of a kind gem Mindbender

3. I checked Coasterqueue yesterday...during a bring a friend free Wednesday...most were hour plus wait times.

4. Its summer in the steamy south...it stays busy.

5. TBH I dont use them...my car and pack mule serve me well.

6. Again a packed lunch from the car is a good break and priced perfectly for my family of 6.

7. There are a couple hotels that are near by that are within walking distance. They even allow parking there half the cost of the park.

8. They do offer a Flash pass for a fee. If you insist going on this day I would HIGHLY recommend it!

9. Yeah...go on Tuesday! I mean that as light heartedly as possible. It really is just an extremely busy day for the park.

10. My hometown after Florida. Lots to see. Dont be afraid to venture off the highway.

11. I recommend Bigg Daddy's in Corneila.

 

This group is a little excited about our exit of Georgia Cyclone so the comments may be slim but hopefully more will chime in.

 

 

Thanks for your response, unfortunately these are the only 2 days we have to visit for a very long time. Would Thursday be a better choice? Or is it too close to the weekend?

 

Yes Thursday would be better...good bit better as I am heading there right now.

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Hi everyone, I am planning my first visit to Six Flags (July 26th) and had some questions I am hoping the experts can answer. I'm a Florida girl and have a feeling this won't but the same experience as our parks- but not in a bad way.

 

1. It will be a Wednesday, end of summer, is this typically a very crowded time? Will we be able to do everything (or almost) once?

2. Which rides/attractions do we absolutely need to hit up? (2 adults who love coasters)

3. How long are wait times typically?

4. Is there a good time to stop by the water park portion? Like opening time, or closer to 6?

5. Are the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo there big enough for our shoes, clothes and 2 towels? Is it all day/hourly? What is the rate?

6. Do the meal tickets online really save you anything? or should we wait for better food options in park?

7. Is there a way to get around the $25 parking? Nearby hotels with free shuttle, etc.?

8. Do they have digital kiosks for wait times, an app, etc?

9. Any other info that would be useful, help us have extra fun?

10. We will be going to Talluhah Gorge the next day? any recommendations there?

11. Good place to eat a casual dinner somewhere in-between?

 

Sorry to get a little off topic towards the end but I figured some locals might be able to help. Thanks in advance!

 

I'll try to help out a bit too.

 

1. As Zeus pointed out, Wednesday is a Bring A Friend For Free Day which is usually a zoo, so I'd avoid Wednesday and go Thursday.

 

2. I'd hit the coasters in this order.

 

Go right at opening and when you enter the park and you see the water fountains straight ahead go up the hill on the left of that straight to Dare Devil Dive first. After that exit DDD and turn left and go to the back of the park and knock out Justice League and Superman. Resist the urge to ride Goliath as you'll walk right by it

 

If you want the credit, I'd probably hit the Joker Funhouse Coaster in the middle of the park next. It's a kiddie coaster but a fun one especially in the back row. This has horrible dispatch times due to little kids taking forever and only a single train so it has long waits.

 

After that, Goliath, Georgia Scorcher, Mind Bender, Batman, Mine Train Blue Hawk, GASM and Georgia Cyclone in no particular order. One thing to note, Georgia Cyclone used to be a walk on ride but since they announced it closing I've seen a 120 minute waits which is crazy, so you may want to knock out that one fairly early too before the park gets crowded.

 

3. Wait times are usually walk-on or station waits until lunch time so use that to your advantage.

 

4. Water park will probably be best the last hour before it closes. It will be extremely crowded during the heat of the day.

 

5. There are lockers right in the front by Georgia Scorcher and in the back by Superman, not sure what the rate is or if they accept cards or are cash only.

 

6. The food is pretty bad there so I'd probably just wait and eat at the park.

 

7. Not sure about parking as I have a Gold pass which includes it but there are some hotels around that offer reduced parking and I think there is a lot just before the main entrance on the right that is $10 but don't quote me on that.

 

8. No kiosks but I believe the app will show your wait times once your in the park. Not sure how that works if your not a season pass holder.

 

9. If you've never been, Monster Mansion it's a fun dark ride and a nice way to cool off. The river ride is a great one too.

 

10. Talluhah is on the way to Dollywood, resist the urge

 

11. Not really sure.

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So since the announcement that Georgia Cyclone is closing, has the wait increased from people trying to get in the last rides? Or has it not really had any affect? I'm just curious.

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So since the announcement that Georgia Cyclone is closing, has the wait increased from people trying to get in the last rides? Or has it not really had any affect? I'm just curious.

 

I bet it's increased it if only a little, people I'll swear up and down they'll never ride something again, but the second announced that it's closing, they'll want to get their last rides in.

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^ & ^^, literally from the last post on the previous page...

 

One thing to note, Georgia Cyclone used to be a walk on ride but since they announced it closing I've seen a 120 minute waits which is crazy, so you may want to knock out that one fairly early too before the park gets crowded.
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I think that is pretty much par for the course when they close a "classic" or older ride.

 

I have mixed feelings about the closure and possible upgrade. I remember Cyclone when it was new and it was absolutely psychotic with the airtime and layout. I've subsequently had many rides that my chiropractor loved me for .

 

It always just irritated me how it had gotten so rough and I saw it as a huge waste of potential. If it is getting an RMC makeover, I'm sure it will be epic - but I'll always remember the original in it's glory days.

 

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It always just irritated me how it had gotten so rough and I saw it as a huge waste of potential. If it is getting an RMC makeover, I'm sure it will be epic - but I'll always remember the original in it's glory days.

 

This is the issue with every big wooden coaster that ultimately has to be torn down or converted. Hercules, Mean Streak, Old Texas Giant, etc... they were all amazing when they opened and for at least a few years following, but the parks cheaped out with basic maintenance until it was too late. Such a tremendous waste. I hate to see people begging for wooden coasters to be torn out or converted when all it really needs is some track work. I wish the original RMC idea - the track replacement concept, would have taken off more. What ever happened to that?

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Georgia Cyclone is running trim-less today. Wahoo!!

Y'all... this ride is still so good.

 

I completely understand the GP angle on this, though. It IS rough, and the trains are not pleasant at all.

 

Question... y'all think they will scrap the entire supports-structures, or leave a lot of it? Reason I ask... I watched it closely today... wow. I know they have to flex some, but I think it flexes a LOT. Thoughts on that?

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Georgia Cyclone is running trim-less today. Wahoo!!

Y'all... this ride is still so good.

 

I completely understand the GP angle on this, though. It IS rough, and the trains are not pleasant at all.

 

Question... y'all think they will scrap the entire supports-structures, or leave a lot of it? Reason I ask... I watched it closely today... wow. I know they have to flex some, but I think it flexes a LOT. Thoughts on that?

The original Rattler flexed liked crazy, It has to else it will snap.

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It always just irritated me how it had gotten so rough and I saw it as a huge waste of potential. If it is getting an RMC makeover, I'm sure it will be epic - but I'll always remember the original in it's glory days.

 

This is the issue with every big wooden coaster that ultimately has to be torn down or converted. Hercules, Mean Streak, Old Texas Giant, etc... they were all amazing when they opened and for at least a few years following, but the parks cheaped out with basic maintenance until it was too late. Such a tremendous waste. I hate to see people begging for wooden coasters to be torn out or converted when all it really needs is some track work. I wish the original RMC idea - the track replacement concept, would have taken off more. What ever happened to that?

 

 

The only topper track I've been on is Tremors. Unless you sit in the front seat and look very closely you cannot tell the difference between the original and the topper track. I didn't ride it before the topper track installations so maybe someone more familiar with the ride could have noticed the rough spots becoming smooth. As far as I know Silverwood never marketed this upgrade (and was a test site for RMC). It might be difficult for a park not located virtually next door to RMC to get significant return on investment for replacing worn out track with new track of the exact same alignment (unless needed to keep the ride operable). New track with crazier twists is more marketable ...

 

I rode Georgia Cy Clone a few years ago (before the topper track) and did not enjoy it, not even in the front seat. Looking forward to seeing what RMC is going to do, assuming that is the plan.

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I remember Cyclone when it was new and it was absolutely psychotic with the airtime and layout.

 

May 1990. Holy cow. So grateful I experienced that (over a 2 day ACE Spring Con). Throw in Texas Giant and Timberwolf in that group. No tight-seated, rag-dolling RMC could ever come close.

 

My rides on Ga Cyclone in March 1994 were great too, but the ride had already been resculpted in a few places.

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It always just irritated me how it had gotten so rough and I saw it as a huge waste of potential. If it is getting an RMC makeover, I'm sure it will be epic - but I'll always remember the original in it's glory days.

 

This is the issue with every big wooden coaster that ultimately has to be torn down or converted. Hercules, Mean Streak, Old Texas Giant, etc... they were all amazing when they opened and for at least a few years following, but the parks cheaped out with basic maintenance until it was too late. Such a tremendous waste. I hate to see people begging for wooden coasters to be torn out or converted when all it really needs is some track work. I wish the original RMC idea - the track replacement concept, would have taken off more. What ever happened to that?

 

 

The only topper track I've been on is Tremors. Unless you sit in the front seat and look very closely you cannot tell the difference between the original and the topper track. I didn't ride it before the topper track installations so maybe someone more familiar with the ride could have noticed the rough spots becoming smooth. As far as I know Silverwood never marketed this upgrade (and was a test site for RMC). It might be difficult for a park not located virtually next door to RMC to get significant return on investment for replacing worn out track with new track of the exact same alignment (unless needed to keep the ride operable). New track with crazier twists is more marketable ...

 

I rode Georgia Cy Clone a few years ago (before the topper track) and did not enjoy it, not even in the front seat. Looking forward to seeing what RMC is going to do, assuming that is the plan.

 

The front is my preference for Cyclone, it gives amazingly smooth rides in the front, I have a soft spot for Cyclone, it has some amazing airtime, and if most people consider Cyclone the roughest coaster at SFOG I'd say that's more of a reflection on how smooth the majority of their rides are, and not how rough Cyclone is.

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