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Fright Fest Media Night!

 

On Friday I went to Six Flags Over Georgia for the Media event for their Fright Fest event. I went for the first time last year, so I have something to compare it to. The event overall was great. The atmosphere is amazing with all of the fog and scare zones. The decorations were great, but compared to last year I felt like it was lacking. There were definitely more fog machines, but I feel as if they added more of those instead of more sets and actors. The lines for the mazes were very short meaning the groups were small which I appreciated. The rides were running well, and I didn't see any damage to Battle for Metropolis (It smelled like paint so it was probably repainted). Blue Hawk was running amazing; I had one of the best rides I've ever had on it that night. Now for the mazes:

 

Camp Slasher: This was new and very well done. The actors were good and the premise was fun. There were guides that started the maze and they were really good in setting the scene. The sets were cool, and I'm pretty sure they have never used that area for a maze.

 

The Witch's Hollow: This is a really cool maze in the Thunder River queue. It has a nice story and uses the outdoor setting very well. One thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that it didn't go into the station like it did last year, but the actors were very good and the end room was really a highlight.

 

Madeline Mendoza’s Casa de Muerte: This is one of the better mazes just because it is housed in a place solely for haunts. The actors were the best in the park, and it is one of the scary mazes. The first actor was very good. Overall great maze.

 

ZX-1: This is my favorite maze in the park. The use of Axis Arena and the sets are amazing. There are truly intense moments in the maze, and the story is present throughout. One thing that I noticed was that there weren't as many actors as last year, and it lessened the intensity and pace of the entire maze. Overall great!

 

Now for pictures:

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Two trains from the parking lot!

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Scream Machine was amazing at night

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Batman is great as always, especially in pitch black!

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Goliath coming out of the fog.

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Thanks for the report (and also to the poster for the TC photos on the last page!)

 

I'm surprised we aren't getting all that many photographic updates of TC from the locals...

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I'm surprised we aren't getting all that many photographic updates of TC from the locals...

 

I've been to the park about 6 or 7 times this season. I just never got around to posting a Trip Report. But I have tons of photos.

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Once upon a time, Acro scared the crap out of me.. now its a must-ride every trip!

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I refuse to ride BTR anywhere except the front row...

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A parking lot shot of BTR

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GASM climbing the lift...

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Blue Hawk... Although I prefer the old Ninja color scheme...

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Thunder River has been drained for the season...

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Goliath thru the trees!

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I refuse to wait in line to ride this...

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This was the longest I've seen the line ALL SEASON!!!

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This was taken a week prior to the previous pic. Literally a station wait! On a Saturday!

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Goliath

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I'm gonna miss her...

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But i'm super anxious for her upgraded debut!!!

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!!!

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3 thrills in 1 photo...

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Goliath again...

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Im hoping that they give the Scorcher some fresh paint before TC opens up...

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I always get the chills when I enter the BTR station. I just wish they hadn't slacked on the theming...

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Last but not least...

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Gotta give credit where due. It's really nice to see the park offering more accommodating hours for the dining pass! During my visit to Fright Fest yesterday, I noticed dinner and snacks valid until 11PM on Fri, and 10PM Sat/Sun. Signs have been placed on most eating establishments.

 

Park was not very crowded on this day, which was surprising as the weather was nice and fall-like (finally!) All paid haunts were walk-ups. No lines on any major rides except Justice League, which was plagued with tech difficulties for some reason.

 

Overall, I see this year as a big improvement for Fright Fest. There are still not many scare-actors roaming but the haunts themselves look like they had more effort and detail put in. Casa De Muerte (Formerly Fearman's Manor) was a pleasant surprise. The 3D effects look so much better than prior years. Witch's Hollow (formerly Bayou Bloodlust) was not at all scary but scored high on the eye-candy chart. The park did an outstanding job with the theming on this one. Camp Slasher (formerly the exit haunt for the Terror Train) was probably the weakest link. This is a very short haunt but what it lacks in length is made up in graphic gore. They could have done more with this one, particularly the intro and transition from 'happy camp' to horror which made little sense. ZX1 is a solid haunt, largely unchanged from last year. Terror Train has been replaced with a ghost-story based ride which seems to play tribute to the park's ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. There is no up-charge to ride the train this year.

 

I am hoping to make at least a couple more visits to FF before it ends, Tuesday October 31st!!!

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Anybody at the park now or that has gone the past few Sunday evenings and could tell me what the crowds might be like from 8-10 tonight? I will be sticking to rides and not the haunted houses. I live about a hour away so thought I'd ask before blindly driving out there.

 

Thanks so much

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Since I had to close the store tonight, I decided to visit the park last night to experience Fright Fest at SFOG. It was my first time participating in over a decade (the last time I attended FF at SFOG was in 2005 and I was an on-the-clock employee so idk if that counts or not. Lol)

 

We arrived around 7:45 and even though the parking lot was packed, the lines weren't that bad. My first ride was Acrophobia and it was a walk on. Next, we headed to Goliath and the line was at the bottom of the steps. We probably waited 15 minutes or so.

 

Leaving Big G, we headed down to Gotham City to get a front seat ride on BTR. This is where things took a turn for the worse. The line was in the tunnel but it was moving rapidly. Thats until we got in the station. I saw a train come in, and almost immediately, a female started up-chucking her dinner. Being a former employee, I already knew what was about to happen. They cycled 2 empty trains and proceeded to clean up the mess. It took them about 30 minutes before they were back in operation. Needless to say, BTR in the front row at night is an experience unlike no other so I still enjoyed my ride.

 

Leaving Batman, I got talked into riding the Carnival Loop unfortunately known as the Joker. It was ok I guess but I definitely wont be waiting in line for it again.

 

At this point it was a little after 10 and with the park closing in less than an hour I wanted to wrap up my visit with a ride on SMUF. So we jogged our way through the heavy fog (they had the fog machines on CRUCIAL btw) and got in line. We were near the steps when they dispatched a train and the returning train got stuck in the flying position.

 

Sadly, this was sort of expexted (by me atleast). Having worked at the ride during fright fest, I knew just how fragile SMUF was. For some reason I dont think it likes the cold weather. I was the turntable (technical name for the moving track that directs the train to either station) move to the left and knew what would happen next. The Op made the infamous 'technical difficulty' announcement and I decided to cut my losses short and head for the front gate.

 

Overall, I actually enjoyed my FF visit. I wish I could've ridden more rides but I know they'll be there the next time I go.

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The fog was so strong!

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First time at this park Saturday. We got there right around opening time. Getting our 2018 passes was a breeze going through the normal ticket line. We passed by Georgia Scorcher as there was a line already. Same with Goliath and Daredevil Dive and they weren't running passengers yet, so we did the logical thing and went to the back and rode SMUF walk-on. Blue Hawk and GASM weren't running so we did the dark ride game thing and set out for Mindbender.

 

My daughter was skeptical of Mindbender, as she has not liked any of the 70s-80s steel coasters she has been on. After assuring her this one was different (I actually had no clue), she agreed to give it a shot. What a great coaster! It seemed much smoother than any of the Arrows we have ridden. We had about a 10 minute wait. Then it was on to Batman: The Ride. It was fun but no big wow factor. It was a 5 minute wait.

 

Next up was Goliath. It was a 25 minute wait and well worth it. The floater airtime was the best I've ever experienced. Ride ops on this one were the best of the day, but still not great. Seems those working the rides at SFoG could not care less about throughput. Next up was Georgia Scorcher. I didn't have high hopes for this one, my second stand-up coaster, after my experience with Vortex. This one actually seemed a lot smoother and would have gotten another ride if the lines were shorter.

 

I kept checking the app and wait times at Daredevil Dive were at 90 minutes. Not gonna happen. So we did Dahlonega Mine Train. It was pretty fun for a family coaster. That last dip and curve before the station were pleasantly unexpected. As we exited the DMT, I saw that Blue Hawk was running so we boogied over for a double up on that one. Fun coaster that packed a lot into such a small footprint. By the time that double was done GASM was running. It was walk-on for the first ride and 5 minute wait on the second. Another great old woodie. Daredevil Dive still had a 90 minute wait so we bailed on it and went to Stone Mountain b/c my daughter had never been.

 

All in all a fun park with good rides that could use a little work on ride ops, IMO. It will get a re-visit next year. It's an easy loop from where I am to Dollywood> SFoG> Carowinds. We have SF gold passes and friends to stay with in Atlanta, so it's just gas money.

 

I'm glad my daughter asked to go to a theme park this year and rekindled my love of roller coasters. My coaster count stood at 7 from 1980 to August 2017. Now it's at 43.

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Nice little report. SFOG is a really great park. Glad to hear you loved Mindbender, its really a special one imo. The reason why its better than most Arrows you've been on is because its not an Arrow. LOL! Goliath and their Superman are both great and that little Mine Train is awesome. I also really loved Scream Machine, a really good classic style woodie. DDD is a really good coaster but its absolutely not worth waiting that long for. I missed Blue Hawk and Scorcher during my visit as both were closed but SFOG is high on my list for 2018.

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Nice little report. SFOG is a really great park. Glad to hear you loved Mindbender, its really a special one imo. The reason why its better than most Arrows you've been on is because its not an Arrow. LOL! Goliath and their Superman are both great and that little Mine Train is awesome. I also really loved Scream Machine, a really good classic style woodie. DDD is a really good coaster but its absolutely not worth waiting that long for. I missed Blue Hawk and Scorcher during my visit as both were closed but SFOG is high on my list for 2018.

 

Oh, I knew it was a Schwarzkopf going in. My daughter was still skeptical as every other steel coaster from that era that we have ridden (Carolina Cyclone, Anaconda, Loch Ness Monster, and Tennessee Tornado) were Arrows and not her favorites. I was not expecting such a smooth ride from a 1978 coaster.

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Nice little report. SFOG is a really great park. Glad to hear you loved Mindbender, its really a special one imo. The reason why its better than most Arrows you've been on is because its not an Arrow. LOL! Goliath and their Superman are both great and that little Mine Train is awesome. I also really loved Scream Machine, a really good classic style woodie. DDD is a really good coaster but its absolutely not worth waiting that long for. I missed Blue Hawk and Scorcher during my visit as both were closed but SFOG is high on my list for 2018.

 

Oh, I knew it was a Schwarzkopf going in. My daughter was still skeptical as every other steel coaster from that era that we have ridden (Carolina Cyclone, Anaconda, Loch Ness Monster, and Tennessee Tornado) were Arrows and not her favorites. I was not expecting such a smooth ride from a 1978 coaster.

 

 

Lapbars over OTSR's tend to be smoother

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In spite of the weather, I decided to visit on Sunday. The light rain had ended leaving a chilly damp day but it was a great day to visit! Every coaster was a walk on, even DDD. Justice League was about a 10 minute wait (no wait for the single rider line). I took advantage of the ultra empty park and got lots of rare photo ops, particularly the juxtaposition of Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park decor. Most FF stuff was gone but not all of it. I also got some shots of completely deserted open areas with the right timing as the crowds were non existent.

 

I made sure to get final rides on Blue Hawk before it closes for the season. I don't know if it's just me but that ride seemed smoother and faster in the chilly weather. Too bad they cannot keep Lickskillet open for HitP as this area has good rides and would look really nice with Christmas decorations.

 

Now I wait Saturday and the official arrival of Santa and the elves. The Crystal Pistol show will be the same "Because it's Christmas". Hot chocolate HitP cups are blue this year.

 

Work on Twisted Cyclone is coming right along. Over all a chilly but great day!

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Quick question. I'm going to be in Atlanta this weekend for a business trip and want to hit up SFOG for Holiday in the Park. The forecast shows a chance of rain in the evening. What is the general experience at SFOG with rain? Do all the coasters close at the first drop? Just trying to get an understanding and perhaps change my plans to visit the park to a different night.

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I ran into some trouble when I visited SFOG last summer. Most outdoor rides closed at one point due to weather even though it was sunny out and I couldn't see any thunderstorms on the horizon. The next day, it started off beautiful but the afternoon had rain. I remember Mind Bender shutting down in light rain, but Batman ran without a problem. Then the torrential rain started and shut down the park.

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Rides that tend to be particularly iffy with rain are Batman, Mind Bender, DDD , and Goliath if the rain is heavy enough.

 

Also, the park is quick to put all rides on one train ops if there is a decent threat of rain in the forecast, which can cause for longer lines on days that aren't that busy but still busy enough.

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You're welcome!

 

If they are thunderstorms, the park is very strict and will keep the rides closed way longer than seems necessary. For normal rain, they will usually keep the rides running especially if they are one train ops. Goliath will open back up the moment rain ends. For Dare Devil Dive, Mind Bender and Batman, they may not reopen until the track dries off.

 

SFOG is VERY inconsistent with their policies and how they administer them, so honestly it can be quite a toss up.

 

Other general advice... ride Dare Devil Dive first if it is open at opening (it sometimes isn't). Mind Bender is sometimes on one train ops and if it is the line gets long there as well. Scream Machine is great as long as you aren't in the third row of any of the cars on the train. Batman and Superman can get very long lines. Do not miss Monster Mansion or Acrophobia. The carousel is worth at least looking at because of its beauty and history. Food lines and insanely long and slow in this park so be careful. If you have a souvenir cup, go to one of the 3 Coke Freestyle locations so you can just walk in, fill up, and walk out.

 

Edit: Just remembered Scream Machine and Blue Hawk don't operate for Holiday in the Park which is unfortunate, but luckily just about everything else is up and running.

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Question....

 

How are the crowds(especially ride lines) durring Holiday in the park? We are contemplating a trip next weekend.

 

Thanks!

Generally speaking, the park is nowhere near as crowded as during Fright Fest. Also, the earlier your visit to Holiday, the less crowded. (Thanksgiving week is a great week to go.) Overall if you can endure iffy and sometimes chilly weather, ride lines are not much of a factor.

 

My very first visit to HitP was at Over Texas in 2001. It was extremely cold but I got my first ever rides on their coasters with almost no wait. Other than being cold, it was a great visit.

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