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Well, since I went today and have information from today, I'll make a few comments here.

 

First, every rollercoaster ran one train except Superman and Mine Train. The park barely had enough people in it to fill each train, and it was a fair policy due to the rain that fell all day. Batman and GASM almost needed two, but it wasn't any more than a 15 minute wait for either (for any seat other than the front).

 

The one exception here was Goliath. It sorely needed two trains, considering that, according to the station counters, it was releasing a whopping, amazing, astounding, ELEVEN trains per hour. The line was on the stairs or in the station all day, but it would take about 20 minutes to get on any row, and about 45 to an hour for the front. I am horribly spoiled by how fantastic the Nitro Crew was three weeks ago, but the lackluster operations by the employees there were enough to get comments from the general public.

 

Park employees were very slow everywhere, uncomparably worse than GADV a few weeks ago, but it was ok this time due to the emptiness of the park. I could easily see myself getting pissed off if the park had double the people of today, which would have been easy. Very slow ops. Superman's quickest dispatch was 3.5 minutes by my watch.

 

Also, GASM in the 6th row was RIDICULOUSLY rough. The worst ride I have ever taken on any coaster ever, worse than Son Of Beast, Mean Streak, GA Cyclone, Twisted Twins or anything else a million times over. If you ride GASM this year, get OUT of the wheel seat (last row in any car). I would rather have been punched in the face by Floyd Mayweather.

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I rode GASM on the May 30th, and I sat in the 3rd car, middle row. I thought it was excellent. I've ridden that coaster thirties of times, forwards and backwards. This time definitely ranked in the top 5 experiences I've had on that coaster. It was peppier on the turns and didn't seem to shuffle too bad; perhaps that's the wheel seats.

 

Onto the staff. This line was moving somewhat slowly, and dispatch times were probably 1.5-2.5 minutes, not terrible, not great. At the beginning of the line, some young lady was passing out tickets. This was something new, and she was not exactly explaining what they were for. Everyone in line was asking what the stubs were for.

 

Finally someone said you had to have them to get on the ride. I thought mine was lost, but I found it. My friend however, had to ask her for a new one because he lost it. We asked the young lady what they were for and she finally said, that people complained of excessive line cutting during spring break week. But just on this ride???

 

The operator, was very disinterested in her job and was singing pop songs into the microphone. While the ops were checking and fixing people's restraints, instead of pressing the button once and holding it so they could resolve the problem . . . she pressed the button over and over. The fast pass line was long, and as it's in an inconvenient location . . . created a traffic nightmare in the station.

 

Great ride though. Much smoother than the Dinn bundle of sticks up front.

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I haven't been yet this year, but I would like to get a trip on the books (Anyone in Atlanta going soon? ). Last year, the ops were pretty lax, but not the worst I have seen at a SF park. It's encouraging to hear more about their improvement for 2009.

 

And, I will say, in line with operations, it's what you go for. To me, the attitude and friendliness of a staff is a big park of the theme park experience. It's like dining to me in that it is a whole package. I've been to some places with wonderful food, but very mediocre service and I refuse to return. It's just something that is important to me. Having said that, go to a park for what you enjoy. Only you get to know and decide what makes a theme park fun (or not) to you.

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I have never had a problem with the employees. Last season most of the rides had great dispatches and the rides that were stacking were the ones you would expect it on (Georgia Scorcher, S:UF) but even those were really because of problems with guests not the employees.

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I never been to sfog want to here soon but they cant be as bad as sfa in maryland. Idk if your looking for fast ride ops some crews are fast some are not. I went to sp on fri and wow most of there crews were slow. Magnum coming out of the tunnel for 15mins straight stop quick on those brakes cause there was trains stack you could here the brakes squeaking from the station

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I never been to sfog want to here soon but they cant be as bad as sfa in maryland. Idk if your looking for fast ride ops some crews are fast some are not. I went to sp on fri and wow most of there crews were slow. Magnum coming out of the tunnel for 15mins straight stop quick on those brakes cause there was trains stack you could here the brakes squeaking from the station

 

What?

 

English please?

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Am I correct in assuming that the FlashPass at SFOG is a Q-bot?

 

We're going on a Saturday in July. Never been before. Have kids and will need to spend lots of time on the kid stuff (Thomastown, etc), but want to see 2-4 of the coasters for the adults. Problem: we have no "babysitter" so we'll just take turns going on the big rides.

 

Question: should we get a Gold FLP? And if so, can we get away with buying a one-person version, rather than a two-person, since we'll have to take turns anyway?

 

Will the park be busy enough to need a FLP?

 

Thanks in advance!

Kevin "wants Robb to re-calculate how many hamsters in parachutes would be needed to completely cover the Rivers of America now that Fantasmic has been re-done" Yee

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I believe that SFoG has more rides on its Qbot system than any other Six Flags park. They do include every single coaster as well as many of the more popular flat/water rides. Since it is in the middle of summer you may decide that you want to get one, especially if you are going over the weekend. The Gold Qbot is quite expensive, but worth it if you are really into riding things more than once. Though you can earn all the credits and most of the regular rides with the regular Qbot, even on a busy day (I would do Superman and Monster Mansion ASAP) but you will probably not get many re-rides.

 

http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia/tickets/flashpass.aspx

 

EDIT: I forgot you mentioned that you will probably just be riding the big coasters in groups of one at a time , so the Gold Qbot will be the best bet. Especially since you will be going at "Little Kid" speed.

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So the gold Q-bot can be "shared" (ie, we use it one at a time)?

 

The park won't know, or care?

 

Yes, it can be shared, since nobody's name is actually on it. Its not against park rules at all.

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Six Flags over Georgia is giving away free admission to military men and women as well as two dependents. Good for them on doing something good for our men and women.

 

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

 

It’s Military Appreciation Days at Six Flags over Georgia. Active members of the U.S. Military will get free admission to Six Flags on select days throughout September. Actives and reservists will receive free admission for themselves and up to two dependents on branch-specific days by presenting their military identification cards. If additional admission passes are needed for family and friends of military personnel, they can be purchased for 50 percent off the main-gate admission price.

 

Here are the dates for specific military branches:

 

Sept. 19 – Air Force

Sept. 20 – Navy & Coast Guard

Sept. 26 – Army

Sept. 27 – Marines

 

Six Flags Friends is partnering with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (FSO), a non-profit organization that distributes care-packages and letters to U.S. Military personnel stationed at bases around the world. During Military Appreciation Days, park guests have the opportunity to send personalized letters of encouragement to soldiers currently deployed. A care-package donation drive will also take place at the park.

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I don't have a picture but a news chopper was hovering over SFOG and most of the Great American Scream Machine was under water. That was the only shot they showed. That area to the west of Atlanta was severely effected. I-20 remains closed in that part of town because it is under water.

 

I love to the south of downtown and we only got rain but there is a lot of flooding to the north and west of downton.

 

Here is a news report:

 

You can make all of the "water park" jokes you want, but Six Flags over Georgia will open this weekend, a park spokeswoman said Tuesday.

 

Park employees have been checking the water levels constantly, communications director Kendell Kelton said. While officials still need to wait for any flooding to recede, workers are gearing up to open Saturday, one weekend before the annual Fright Fest Halloween festivities.

 

"We've handled floods in the past, and we know how to handle this," Kelton said.

 

Heavy rains and flooding have caused portions of I-285 and I-20 in Cobb County to close. Schools are also closed Tuesday.

 

Six Flags over Georgia is the largest regional theme part in the Southeast. Its two parks — the Six Flags in Austell and the White Water property in Marietta — are the region's largest employer of seasonal workers.

 

Yet the park's New York-based parent company filed for bankruptcy in June as a way of dealing with $1.8 billion worth of debt. While the company said the move would not impact individual parks, the ability to open this weekend and prepare for Fright Fest remains important for Six Flags over Georgia.

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^ here's the video link

 

http://www.wane.com/dpp/weather/weather_1/video_wx_cnn_six_flags_coasters_under_water_200909220857

 

Looks like it might be higher then usual. Hard to tell, hopefully it is just the typical yearly flood.

 

Hate it for the people. I live 4.5 - 5 hours south and we are bone dry.

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I think it's very unrealistic for them to believe they can open this weekend. That is definitely a lot of water to get rid of, not to mention the fact that the rain still hasn't stopped! It doesn't look like the South is ever going to see sunshine again.

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Just to go on the record, I would totally ride GASM right now. Best splashdowns ever?

 

 

Anyways, that alot of water, but it doesn't look TOO deep. For the most part, it just covers the base of most hills, and you can see it goes a good halfway up the slides in the kids area. Not too bad flood wise, but I still doubt they'd be open this weekend. Then again, this is coming from the guy who works at a park riddled with a history of floods, so...

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Just to go on the record, I would totally ride GASM right now. Best splashdowns ever?

 

 

Anyways, that alot of water, but it doesn't look TOO deep. For the most part, it just covers the base of most hills, and you can see it goes a good halfway up the slides in the kids area. Not too bad flood wise, but I still doubt they'd be open this weekend. Then again, this is coming from the guy who works at a park riddled with a history of floods, so...

I'm more concerned about other areas in the park as well, it looks like the entire parking lot is underwater, for example, in that video.

 

I think they'll be cleaning up in preparation for Fright Fest at this point.

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I don't think its impossible for them to reopen soon. Aslong as they react quickly (Like Knoebels) they could reopen some of their rides this weekend. SFNO all over again

 

I do feel bad for the folks living down there though. I will be praying for them.

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