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So does this bad boy run in light rain? Hoping to swing by after work today for the preview but there's a 40% chance of showers.

How would anyone really know? Doesn't a ride have to actually OPERATE for some period of time before we know any details about the operations of it???

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Weather was cooperating this afternoon so I was able to visit the park for a few hours. Twisted Cyclone was having a preview event for Season pass holders, members, and anyone else willing to buy a $15 t-shirt.

 

Thunderstorms earlier in the day plus the fact some area school systems were still in session resulted in a very empty park. The only line in the park was the aforementioned preview line for TC, which was only about 10 minutes long. Basically, this was THE opportunity to ride this thing before it opens to the public tomorrow.

 

I rode it three times: twice near the front, once near the back. There was no preferred seating; an attendant was assigning seats. The queue house was completely refurbished with some theming on the walls featuring reproduction newspaper headlines of hurricanes past. There was even some cross-promotion for Hurricane Harbor. There was also a new area with personal storage, a.k.a. 'fluffy bunnies' available as this ride now joins the ranks of Goliath, Scorcher, and others that do not allow personal items on the dock.

 

Anyway - as far as the ride goes... wow ... just W@W. What this ride lacks in length is more than made up for in intensity and lots of ejector air time. The ride starts off with a surprise drop and some trick track action. We were already having a blast and we had not yet even reached the lift hill. The first drop with the head chopper and the first inversion took many by surprise. All the elements were well paced and after the final inversion and turn, the train rockets into the brake run. I believe this ride got faster at the very end. There are no bad seats; the ejector air time is everywhere. Additionally, there is nothing really to hold onto. If your hands are not in the air, they are against your body. This out-of-control feel just added to the thrill.

 

All in all, this is EXACTLY what the park needed. Some others have said it here first: SLEEPER HIT. Well it is that and more. There are going to be many thoroughly surprised naysayers.

 

I also spent an hour or so in the newly opened-for-the-season Hurricane Harbor. Oh, the irony.

 

Not a bad way to spend three hours after work. Cheers.....

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So does this bad boy run in light rain? Hoping to swing by after work today for the preview but there's a 40% chance of showers.

How would anyone really know? Doesn't a ride have to actually OPERATE for some period of time before we know any details about the operations of it???

 

If SFOG is still doing things the way they were when I worked there, then chances are they're not going to run it in the rain because the brake run isn't covered. All of the coasters with uncovered brake runs are classified as Level A rides. Level A rides (Mind Bender, Goliath, Blue Hawk, Superman, Scorcher etc.) are the first to close even before the rain starts. I was told that this is to prevent issues with the brakes being wet, possibly preventing them from functioning properly.

 

I'm actually surprised that the brake run on Twisted Cyclone isn't covered. Especially since The Georgia Cyclone had a covered brake run.

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but they are preparing to paint Scorcher. It has test paint on the supports both in the traditional purple shade and a new dark red shade. I prefer the purple. Didn’t see any test paint for the track but I imagine they will paint that too. I was surprised because when I asked their director of operations about it he said there were no current plans to paint it. Looks like they’ve reconsider. They’ve also had to do some welding work on some of the track which doesn’t surprise me considering it’s age and the condition of the exposed steel.

 

 

It’s about time!!!!

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but they are preparing to paint Scorcher. It has test paint on the supports both in the traditional purple shade and a new dark red shade. I prefer the purple. Didn’t see any test paint for the track but I imagine they will paint that too. I was surprised because when I asked their director of operations about it he said there were no current plans to paint it. Looks like they’ve reconsider. They’ve also had to do some welding work on some of the track which doesn’t surprise me considering it’s age and the condition of the exposed steel.

 

 

It’s about time!!!!

 

Awesome, my vote would be for purple too.

 

Are you at the park now? Curious about wait times for Twisted Cyclone and how far is the line out of the queue station?

 

Thanks!

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but they are preparing to paint Scorcher. It has test paint on the supports both in the traditional purple shade and a new dark red shade. I prefer the purple. Didn’t see any test paint for the track but I imagine they will paint that too. I was surprised because when I asked their director of operations about it he said there were no current plans to paint it. Looks like they’ve reconsider. They’ve also had to do some welding work on some of the track which doesn’t surprise me considering it’s age and the condition of the exposed steel.

 

 

It’s about time!!!!

 

Thank god, that ride was looking terrible even by SF standards

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but they are preparing to paint Scorcher. It has test paint on the supports both in the traditional purple shade and a new dark red shade. I prefer the purple. Didn’t see any test paint for the track but I imagine they will paint that too. I was surprised because when I asked their director of operations about it he said there were no current plans to paint it. Looks like they’ve reconsider. They’ve also had to do some welding work on some of the track which doesn’t surprise me considering it’s age and the condition of the exposed steel.

 

 

It’s about time!!!!

 

This is good news but I'm wondering how they're going to go about this since they are now open for daily ops.

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Another visit to the park today...just had to ride TC again! The park was surprisingly not so crowded today although the threat of bad weather may have played a factor. Lines for the new TC were about 20-30 min, which was surprisingly short.

 

Another curious observation made near the Goliath - the (never used and not covered) fourth queue area was removed and fenced off for some small project. Could a small flat ride be coming to that area?

 

Splashwater Falls was still inoperative. I still say the park could refurbish and re-theme that ride to Aquaman and connect the DC theme from the DC Friends area to Metropolis.

 

It is nice to see the park making continual improvements. Re-painting Scorcher would be huge too.

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When will RMC learn how to make a decient train? Their design makes Arrow cars look comfy

 

I mean, I find RMC's trains extremely comfortable.

 

But at the same time, you cannot expect B&M Hyper or Mack-like trains on RMCs either, considering all the tight clearances and crazy maneuvers their coasters do.

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Got in a couple rides on Friday. Weather cooperated and it was a great time. Had a minor breakdown or two but crew was efficient in getting it back up. Fun quick ride. SFOG now has a pretty good three-piece in Goliath, Twisted Cyclone and Mindbender.

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Honestly, I am not a fan of the RMC trains myself, but their design serves a purpose. How low you sit in those trains gives more security for the riders so it can do the intense maneuvers it does with lap bars.

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I went Friday for the passholder preview and was able to ride TC 3 times!!! While it is short when compared to the other coasters at SFOG, it is now my favorite ride there! The RMC makeover turned a very rough and unpleasant ride into a very smooth and completely new experience...the cobra roll and inversions are awesome.

 

Now, I also took a ride on Scream Machine...hoping the old cyclone trains would somehow improve it....WRONG! I was hurting from head to toe when I got off of the ride. I realize it's a classic for SFOG but I wish they would RMC just the track and not change the ride itself b/c the hills would be awesome if not so rough and bumpy.

 

Happy Memorial Day!

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I went Friday for the passholder preview and was able to ride TC 3 times!!! While it is short when compared to the other coasters at SFOG, it is now my favorite ride there! The RMC makeover turned a very rough and unpleasant ride into a very smooth and completely new experience...the cobra roll and inversions are awesome.

 

Now, I also took a ride on Scream Machine...hoping the old cyclone trains would somehow improve it....WRONG! I was hurting from head to toe when I got off of the ride. I realize it's a classic for SFOG but I wish they would RMC just the track and not change the ride itself b/c the hills would be awesome if not so rough and bumpy.

 

Happy Memorial Day!

 

I agree completely. Scream Machine is absolutely brutal IMO. I compare it to GhostRider at Knott's pre-retrack. But at least there's really only one horrendous coaster left at the park since Cyclone was redone.

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Just to echo many of the sentiments that have already been shared, I also had a chance to get 2 rides in on Twisted Cyclone during passholder preview day last Friday. Though the footage shot by the park looks very nice, the POV is a complete disservice to this ride. Can’t comment on the back seat yet because the grouper directed my two rides to a middle row and the third row respectively, but I was thoroughly impressed by how great airtime is here. I expected the wave turn to be amazing (It is!) and I expected the two awesome pops of ejector going into and out of the turnaround on the station side of the ride, but what really surprised me was how strong the airtime was in all those little moments after the zero G roll. After the roll, the ride is still hauling and each of those bumps and twists provide the ejector airtime we all know and love from RMC. The end result is that you hit the brakerun thinking OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED. For me, this ride readily surpassed my own pretty high expectations. Ignore the numbers, ignore the POV (after giving TPR some sweet views, likes, RTs, etc. for the awesome content), ignore the other RMCs opening this year. This ride is fun as hell, feels complete and packed with elements, and marks a huge step up in the overall quality of our lineup. Ride it out!

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Wow, when you see pictures from that era, you can really see the similarities between the original Six Flags parks (especially in the rides and attractions).

 

Alot of people forget that Six Flags Over Georgia was one of the first Six Flags Parks, second only to Six Flags Over Texas. There's so much history behind those front gates and I'm proud to say that it's my home park!

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