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Six Flags Over Georgia is a theme park located west of Atlantamarker, in unincorporated Cobb Countymarker. Opened in 1967, it is the second park in the Six Flags chain, after the original opening in 1961 in Texasmarker.

Six Flags Over Georgia and its two sister parks, Six Flags Over Texasmarker and Six Flags St. Louismarker, are the only three parks in the Six Flags Theme Parks chain to have been founded by Angus G. Wynne, and thus they are the only parks to have used the "Six Flags" name since their original grand openings. As with the other Six Flags parks, Six Flags Over Georgia hosts characters from the Warner Bros. animation library, notably the Looney Tunes characters and Justice League from DC Comics and now "the face of Six Flags", Mr. Six.

History

After the success of his original Six Flags park in Arlington, Texasmarker, park founder Angus Wynne began searching for a location for a second park. He settled upon a parcel of land located along the Chattahoochee River just west of the city of Atlanta, and design work started in 1964. When the park opened in 1967, Six Flags became the first 'multi-gate' theme park operator in the United States. Before this time, many parks shared common popular names, like Coney Islandmarker or Luna Park, but these parks (save the Luna Parks built and managed by Frederick Ingersoll) shared nothing more than the name. In the case of Six Flags, both parks reported to the same parent company.

Like its sister park in Texas and others, the initial design and theming of Six Flags Over Georgia was inspired by six different flags that have flown over the state (or, perhaps more accurately, the lands that are now part of it) during its history. The six flags in question are those of Spainmarker, Francemarker, United Kingdommarker, the United States of Americamarker, the Confederate States of America and the state of Georgiamarker. It can be argued that France's involvement in Georgia's history was very limited, at best; it can be further argued that Georgia was never a sovereign nation, as Texas once was. However, with some poetic license, the intent of the name can be considered valid. Over the years most of the original historical themes have been dropped in favor of cartoon and superhero themes.

The park is not owned by the Six Flags Theme Parks corporation. In an arrangement similar to that for Six Flags Over Texas, it is owned by a group of approximately 120 limited partners—some the heirs of Angus G. Wynn—and is managed by the corporation. In years past, this has caused significant friction, including legal action. Starting in 1991, the park was managed by Time Warner Entertainment. The partners sued Time Warner in 1997, claiming that they had neglected to invest in the park and overcharged the partners for the improvements it did receive. A Gwinnett Countymarker civil court jury agreed and awarded the partners damages in excess of US$600 million. In 1998, Time Warner sold its interests in the Six Flags parks to Premier Parks of Oklahoma Citymarker, which later changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.

Rides and attractions

Six Flags Over Georgia, like most amusement parks, prides itself on its roller coaster collection. With the arrival of Goliath on April 1, 2006, it became only the third amusement park (after Six Flags Great Americamarker and Six Flags Great Adventuremarker) to operate four coasters from the design firm Bolliger & Mabillard. Six Flags Magic Mountainmarker became the fourth park to do so when it opened Tatsumarker five weeks later.

Aside from the roller coasters, Six Flags Over Georgia maintains a large number of other rides and attractions. Two attractions of note are Acrophobia, installed in 2001 as the world's first "floorless" freefall tower ride, and the Riverview Carousel, one of only three remaining five-abreast carousels known to exist and a member of the National Register of Historic Places.

Roller coasters

Ride Name Year Opened Removed In Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Dahlonega Mine Train 1967 Arrow Dynamics steel "mine train" roller coaster. Peachtree Square The original design was a wood supporting structure with steel tubular rails; now, much of the wood is ornamental.
Mini Mine Train 1967 1988 Arrow Dynamics mini mine train kiddie roller coaster Originally named the Yahoola Hooler.
Great American Scream Machinemarker 1973 John C. Allen designed wooden roller coaster, built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Cotton States Opened as the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster at a height of and speeds of .
Mind Bender 1978 Anton Schwarzkopf terrain-following looping steel coaster Gotham City The park has claimed that it was the world's first triple-loop coaster. However, the second "loop" is actually an inclined helix and does not turn riders upside-down.
Z-Force 1988 1990 Intamin Space Diver roller coaster Moved from Six Flags Great Americamarker, moved to Six Flags Magic Mountainmarker.
Georgia Cyclonemarker 1990 Summers and Dinn Corp. wooden roller coaster British Design is a mirror image of the Coney Island Cyclonemarker, with some minor differences.
Ninja 1992 Vekoma looping roller coaster Cotton States Ride moved from Wildwood, New Jerseymarker's defunct Dinosaur Beach boardwalk.
Viper 1995 2001 Anton Schwarzkopf shuttle loop roller coaster Moved from Six Flags Great Americamarker, moved to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdommarker, operates as Greezed Lightnin'.
Batman: The Ride 1997 B&M inverted steel coaster Gotham City Is one of several identical rides operated by Six Flags Theme Parks using the same name.
Georgia Scorcher 1999 B&M stand-up roller coaster Georgia Last new B&M stand-up built to-date and is one of only two in the Southeast.
Déjà Vu 2001 2007 Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang It was one of only four GIB's in the world.
Superman: Ultimate Flight 2002 B&M flying roller coaster. Cotton States It was the Southeast's first flying roller coaster, and the first B&M flying coaster in North America.
Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster 2004 Chance-Morgan custom-designed family roller coaster Bugs Bunny World (Spanish) Built into the park's iconic Spanish fort.
Goliath 2006 B&M hypercoaster USA Is currently the longest coaster in the southeast, and is tied for the tallest with Busch Gardens Africamarker's SheiKramarker, another B&M creation.


Current adult rides/attractions

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Six Flags Railroad - Marthasville and Rabun Gap 1967 Train ride around the park Peachtree Square and French The Engines have been converted to Diesel hydraulic power.
Sky Buckets 1967 Von Roll sky way ride Lickskillet and Peachtree Square
Hanson Cars 1967 Arrow Antique Cars Cotton States Moved to current location in 1990; originally located where Georgia Cyclone is in British section.
Log Jamboree 1968 Arrow Dynamics Log Flume Georgia Originally operated with two separate flumes, current ride is the second flume.
The Riverview Carousel 1972 1908 PTC Carousel Cotton States Moved from Riverview Park; listed on National Register of Historic Places
Dodge City Bumper Cars 1973 Soli bumper cars Cotton States
Wheelie 1977 Schwarzkopf Enterprise Lickskillet Riders spin around in gondolas at high speeds the slowly rotate to an 89 degree angle then go back down.
Thunder River 1982 Intamin Rapids water ride Lickskillet
Splashwater Falls 1986 Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water ride Lickskillet Boats glide on a 50 ft. tall flume and then drop down to a soaking
Acrophobia 2001 Intamin stand-up gyro drop tower Peachtree Square
Gotham City Crime Wave 2004 Zierer Wave Swinger Gotham City Purchased from Thrill Valley Amusement Park in Japan (along with 4 rides that went to Six Flags New Orleansmarker).
Shake, Rattle & Roll 2004 Eli Bridge Scrambler USA Inside former Chevy Show building.
Rockin' Tug 2004 Zamperla Rockin' Tug Cotton States
Up, Up & Away 2004 Zamperla Balloon Race Cotton States
Skull Island 2005 SCS Interactive Discovery Treehouse/WaterColors with slides from Proslide Technology Inc. Cotton States Only open during summer season.
Monster Mansion 2009 water dark ride French Ride was originally Tales Of The Okefenokee (1967 - 1980) and Monster Plantation (1981 - 2008).


Current kiddie rides/attractions

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location
Thomas the Tank Engine 2008 kiddie Train ride Thomas Town
Tweety's Clubhouse 2001 Zamperla Jumpin’ Star – kiddie drop tower Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Santa Maria Intamin AG Flying Dutchman, swing ride Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Swing Seville Zamperla Swing Ride – kiddie swings Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Fiesta Wheel Zamperla Mini Ferris Wheel - kiddie ride Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Convoy Grande kiddie convoy truck ride Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Little Aviator kiddie bi-plane ride Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Toro, Toro spinning kiddie ride Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)
Bugs Bunny's Playfort kids play area with Bugs Bunny's Carrot Patch Bugs Bunny World (Spanish)


Current extra charge attractions

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location
Fearless Freeps Dare Devil Dive 1996 Skycoaster Cotton States
Goldtown Racer 1999 J & J Amusements go-karts Lickskillet


Timeline

  • 1967: June 16 opening day (rides included: Log Jamboree, Jean Ribaut's Adventure, Six Flags Railroad, Happy Motoring Freeway, Two Satellite (Trabant) rides, Dahlonega Mine Train, the Tales of the Okefenokee, and the Hanson cars).
  • 1968: Added the Lickskillet area which includes the Spindletop (rotor ride), the Wheel Barrow (Chance Tumbler), several craft shops and a shootout show performed on the street. Sky Buckets added between Confederate and Lickskillet sections making the second sky ride in the park. Casa Loco tilt house is relocated outside the Spanish fort and renamed Casa Magnetica. The Horror Cave (haunted house) debuts inside the fort in the former location of the tilt house. Log Jamboree gets a second flume.
  • 1969: Added Sky Hook to USA section relocated from Six Flags over Texas.
  • 1972: The Riverview Carousel relocated from Riverview Park in Chicago added to a new area north of the Spanish section commonly referred to as Carousel Hill.
  • 1973: Added the Cotton States Exposition area, featuring the Great American Scream Machinemarker.
  • 1976: Happy Motoring Freeway removed. Great Gasp added.
  • 1977: Added Wheelie (Schwarzkopf Enterprise)
  • 1978: Added Mind Bender.
  • 1979: Added Highland Swings (Chance Yo-Yo)
  • 1980: Added Jolly Roger's Island, a new pirate themed area featuring The Flying Dutchman pirate ship.
  • 1981: The Tales of the Okefenokee is remodeled and renamed The Monster Plantation. Jean Ribaut's Adventure riverboat ride is closed.
  • 1982: Added Thunder River, made by Intamin AG (in the area formally occupied by Jean Ribaut's Adventure ride).
  • 1983: Added Freefall. Ten stories tall, made by Intamin AG. Taken out in 2007.
  • 1984: Added The Great Six Flags Air Racer in the British section. This ride took riders to a height of 100 feet (the tower was tall). The planes traveled at a mere . It was an Intamin Super Racer ride.
  • 1985: Added Looping Starship. The attraction was removed after the end of the season because it was on a ride rotation schedule with other Six Flags parks.
  • 1986: Added Splashwater Falls, a "shoot-the-chutes"-style water ride.
  • 1988: Added Z-Force which is relocated from Six Flags Great America.
  • 1989: Looping Starship is returned to the park in its original location. This was not the same exact ride but a sister ship. This ride was purchased from a park in Canada.
  • 1990: Added The Georgia Cyclonemarker. Removal of Z-Force which was relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Z-Force was on a ride rotation schedule within the Six Flags parks system. Hanson Cars (made by Arrow Dynamics) relocated to Carousel Hill.
  • 1991: Ragin Rivers, a wet-dry waterslide tower, is added in place of one of the two Log Jamboree flumes.
  • 1992: Added the Ninja relocated from Conkos Party Pier in New Jersey.
  • 1993: Added Axis Arena. Initially home to a Batman-themed stunt show, the arena now hosts concerts and other events.
  • 1994: Looney Tunes Land becomes Bugs Bunny World renaming all the rides in the area and removing Road Runner Runaround.
  • 1995: Added Viper which was relocated from Six Flags Great America and renamed from Tidal Wave. Ultrazone (indoor laser tag) added to Jolly Rogers Island.
  • 1997: Added Batman: The Ride. Jolly Roger's Island transforms into Gotham City, including a repaint for Mind Bender in green/black paint scheme to match the Riddler. Highland Swings and Flying Dutchman pirate ship removed.
  • 1997: 30th Celebration Season!
  • 1998: Park entrance remodeled to become The Promenade. Back park entrance closes. Ragin Rivers removed.
  • 1999: Added The Georgia Scorcher. Goldtown Racers (go-karts) added to former location of the park back entrance.
  • 2000: The Great Six Flags Air Racer is removed at the end of the season.
  • 2001: Added Acrophobia and Déjà Vu. Removal of Viper. Log Jamboree #2 renamed Deer Park Plunge. Tweety's Clubhouse added to Bugs Bunny World.
  • 2002: Added Superman Ultimate Flight. Viper remains dismantled in the employee parking lot.
  • 2003: Viper is relocated from storage to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and renamed Greezed Lightnin'.
  • 2004: A group of five family-style rides is added throughout the park, including the Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster coaster.
  • 2005: Added Skull Island, a water-park play fort. Removal of Great Gasp and Looping Starship.
  • 2006: Added Goliath. Deer Park Plunge renamed Log Jamboree. Removal of Free Fall after end of season.
  • 2007: Deja Vu closed after the end of the season.
  • 2008: Adds Thomas Town, based on Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • 2009: Renovation of The Monster Plantation into The Monster Mansion, with new characters and storyline.


Incidents

Over the years, a number of incidents have occurred at the park, including some fatalities. Batman The Ride has been the scene of two fatal incidents nearly identical in nature, where individuals were underneath the attraction while it was operational and were struck and killed by the train itself or by the riders' exposed legs.

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