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Last night we were happy to represent TPR at Six Flags Over Georgia's opening night of Fright Fest 2011! We arrived at the park in the late afternoon, wandered around a bit, took it all in, and were then treated to a special preview of two of the park's highlight attractions for this year's event - The Terror Train (just what it sounds like), and Dr. Fright's Frightorium (a walk through haunted house)...both of which require an additional fee.

 

I'll be honest, we visited the event last year, and it didn't do much for us. Now granted, we visited this year under different circumstances, but I'm not the type to let "VIP treatment" cloud my impression of anything. I call things like I see 'em. With that said, I'm proud to report that SFOG seems to have really stepped up their game this time around. After DSB, I'm sure that doesn't come as much of a surprise to any of you who attended that event, but I felt it should still be noted.

 

Here's a list of just some of the thrills by day, and FRIGHT by night:

 

- Kids Costume Contest: Parents can register their children each day during Fright Fest at the Bugs Bunny Theater.

- LOONEY TOONS After Dark: When darkness falls, seek comfort in Mariner's Cove for some late night Halloween cartoons featuring your favorite LOONEY TOONS pals.

- McBoogles Hanson Cars: Meet the McBoogles and read what happens to this silly and spooky family of ghosts during your leisurely drive on the antique Hanson Cars ride.

- Mr. Six's Spooktacular Dance Party: Join Mr. Six for this exciting dance party, where ghouls and goblins dance the day away to your favorite frighteningly fun songs!

 

And for guests who dare to brave the midways after nightfall, Six Flags Over Georgia transforms from a theme park to a "scream" park with a host of terrifying attractions:

 

- The Terror Train : New in 2011! All aboard for what may be your final destination. This in no ordinary railroad, as it takes riders to an old gold mining town that was the scene of a gruesome murder in the early 1800's, known today as Bloodtown.

 

- Dr. Fright's Frightorium : Step into this haunted house that was once the home of Dr. Fright, an evil doctor that experimented on his patients with one goal in mind: to bring his wife and daughter back from the dead.

 

- Road Rage Cage : New in 2011, experience bumper cars like never before. Buckle up and try to stay alive as you drive through fog, heavy metal music, and flashing lights!

 

- Dr. Fright's CarnEvil : Dr. Fright returns in this award-winning Halloween circus show as the ring leader for his loyal legion of freaks featuring singers, dancers, and unbelievable specialty acts.

 

- Club 13 : New in 2011! When the sun goes down the hottest place to be is at Club 13 on the Dare Devil Dive Stage with DJ Marcos P spinning mind numbing house and techno mixes every Friday and Saturday night during Fright Fest.

 

- And even MORE, MORE, MORE!!

 

Anyway, big thanks go out to TPR and everyone at SFOG for a great show. The effort was top-notch all around, and we really enjoyed ourselves!

 

On to the show.....

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Welcome to SFOG's Fright Fest 2011.

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Unfortunately, Mother Nature was a bit cruel on this day and hit us upside the head with an unusually early cold snap, which I believe might have affected the crowds somewhat.

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This guy plays that organ year after year to warn you of evil, frightful things that are about to take place.

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Evil, frightful things such as Shannon losing a thumb.

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This result is not indicative of eating at Johnny Rockets......I think.

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Pro Tip: If you're middle aged, (and like MCA) are sporting your share of grey hairs, don't proceed to act like you're 16 years old and on your first date. It's embarrassing.......to the rest of us. Thank you.

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Terror Train! It was filled with terror. And train.

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If you're wondering why you didn't see more trip reports from Deep South Bash, it's because most of the participants died.

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This was cute, and clever.

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All the kids could grab a ring, and if they became frightened of the scare actors they'd just hold it up and say....

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...or something like that.

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Hi, KT!

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Oh, Jesus! Ghoul-B-Gone, Ghoul-B-Gone!!

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Noted.

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Although it wasn't dark yet, we jumped onboard the Terror Train.This was our "Steampunkish" host.

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Is this terrorized train actually tilted, or is it your imagination?

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I kinda liked this animatronic; however, I get the impression that it may have looked better later at night.

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Warp speed.

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Hi, Jake.

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This had a pretty good crowd. But really, who doesn't like sarcastic puppets?

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See?

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You can barely see the top of Dr. Fright's Frightoreum back there. I thought it was a pretty good walk through. Many people concurred. My apologies though for not remembering what the upcharge was.

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This begins a series of signs. Enjoy!

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(i.e. "If I hear one more request for Party Rock, I have full authority to kill you.")

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Freaks!

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This was full of awesome. Don't miss it. Stay tuned for pictures.

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Yo, VIP, let's kick it.

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Alright stop, collaborate and listen, here we are at the buffet reception.

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Shannon's back and she's reading a presentation.

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This food grabbed a hold of me tightly.

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Flowed like a Blue Moon, daily and nightly.

 

(For the record, the Blue Moon was for human consumption. The Bud Light was used to mop the floor after the event.)

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Will it ever stop? Yes, yes it will....right now in fact, because I have to mention the bumper cars.

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Bumper cars in the dark with strobes, fog, and heavy metal. Seriously, this was a brilliant idea. If it had been Knoebels, there's a good chance I would have been arrested for vehicular homicide.

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Rollin' in my 5.0, with my ragtop down so my hair can blow.

 

Okay, sorry. I promise that's it.

 

Maybe.

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Seriously, all bumper cars need to be like this at ALL times.

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And finally, for us, the highlight of the night was the IAPPA award-winning "Dr. Fright's CarnEvil", at the Crystal Pistol.

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The dude in the last pic was the, um, "head of the freaks, I guess? I'm not sure what his official title is, but he was full of energy, and genuinely excited about the whole month of October! The crowds were large for each show that afternoon/evening.

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In a nutshell, the show consisted of freaks, freaks singing, freaks dancing, freaks doing freakshow things, and chicks.

 

Seriously though, we really did enjoy this, and thought there were some great voices showcased.

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Go see this show.

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I imagine this is what the outside of Dave's house looks like.

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Just before we left, we caught a couple rides on DDD and Goliath. People were also getting their groove on. Don't be mislead. It was cold, and this was after the park had been closed to the public....hence the handful of people.

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Now everyone needs to go back to SFOG, or I'll be forced to break out Ninja Rap.

 

Fright Fest 2011 gains our stamp of approval. Word to ya mutha.

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That was SFOG?

 

Pro Tip: If you're middle aged, (and like MCA) are sporting your share of grey hairs, don't proceed to act like you're 16 years old and on your first date. It's embarrassing.......to the rest of us. Thank you.

Big Mike is back in town?

 

Call me impressed.. wish I had time to check it out this year, I hope it maintains if not builds on this level of effort and quality

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Love the shout out Scott!

 

And the trip report was amazing! I really love SFOG and their Fright Fest looks awfully impressive. The Road Cage sounded really cool when I heard about it at Deep South Bash and I love haunted train rides. I need to go one of these years

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I agree with you about the bumper cars--they should always have heavy-metal music, fog, and light shows! BGW used to "trick up" some of the flats in Festa Italia and their train for Howl-o-Scream, but they haven't done so in years. Looks like you had a nice warm up for Busch Gardens Bash, Scott.

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Very cool! I was at SFA's Fright Fest on Saturday, and they tricked out their teacups with fog and strobes much like the bumper cars at SFOG. It's always interesting to see what the parks in the same chain borrow from each other... and what they don't. Terror Train was last year's big haunt at SFA (with a circus theme rather than mining), and CarnEvil was this year's. They did away with their kids' costume contest this year, for whatever reason. They did have Mr. Six's Spooktacular Dance Party, only they re-themed it as "D.J. Ghoul and the Gang."

 

It would be nice to see them do a "Looney Tunes After Dark" and McBoogle's at SFA, though the latter would mean moving the kiddie hayride, which currently takes up the antique car track. The park does OK with frights, and I really like their shows, but it really doesn't have enough Halloween activities for younger kids, in my opinion.

 

Grouchy Griswold sounds amazing! Is that just a Halloween show, or is he a year-round fixture at SFOG?

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Thanks, guys!

 

Really interested to see how this event continues to evolve over the years.

Same here. With Halloween being as big a business as it it nowadays, I'd love to see it evolve into an all-inclusive ticketed event with even more houses, etc.

 

Brad, one thing's for certain, you guys have things going in the right direction! Oh, and thanks again for your extensive research into the excellent beer offering that evening.

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Just getting caught up on this after being away for over a week. Awesome report. Every park needs metal bumper cars!

 

And of course, I have to comment on this:

 

I imagine this is what the outside of Dave's house looks like.

 

While this is a good guess, there's actually no sigh. No one should be warned of the horrors within my home! It cuts down on the repeat visitors...

 

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