My "Best Summer Ever" Tour of 2007 next took me to Six Flags Over Georgia. After my last SF experience (KK), surely SFoG would have to be better, right?!? Well, it is - by light years!! After visiting SFGAm, SFStL and SFKK prior, SFoG is by far my favorite - beautiful scenery (for Atlanta & SF), great coasters, decent flats, and friendly and efficient employees.
In fact, it was so good that I extended my stay and hit the park a second day - a first for me!
With absolutely nothing to complain about on to the photos. Which I just now noticed I have to post in two batches coz there are so many...
My five hour drive from Nashville consisted of scenes like this almost the entire time.
Finally, after fighting through Atlanta traffic (the worst!), I have arrived.
Is this the gateway to nirvana?
The Promenade stage as you walk in that, I assume, they have small performances on.
First up: many people's #1 stand-up. Not mine. Chang still owns Georgia Scorcher. It was like Iron Wolf at SFGAm but tighter and less painfull but still head-banging.
Care for a nice shaded stroll on a 90 degree day? They had a couple of these throughout the park. It was a nice touch to escape the sun every now and then.
Simple curiosity urged me to ride Shake Rattle and Roll - an indoor dark Scrambler/Sizzler with oldies music.
Too bad the blacklights didn't work on the flourescent ride drapes when the lights went out. Here's an idea though: an indoor Scrambler with blacklights, strobe lights and 3D glasses...
Gotham City's next. It was probably the best looking version of the area that I've seen yet.
The Hall Of Justice area was for people to meet their favorite superheros every hour or so. Kinda cool, if you're in to the whole superhero thing...
They even had the superhero version of the swings - Gotham City Crime Wave. Makes me wonder: wouldn't that be a better name for a water ride?
I always wonder why hasn't SFGAm updated theirs yet? It is, after all, next to Batman: The Ride, right?!?
Speaking of which...
You can see SFoG's Batman from every angle.
From under it...
From the middle of the parking lot...
From the exit ramp...
From the back of the parking lot...
From the track itself...
Great Batman scenery but for a second I thought I was back at SFKK...
Next up was Mindbender. Was there a superhero or villian named Mindbender? coz I don't remember one...
Lovin' me some Schwarzkopf loopidy goodness!!
Great Mindbender scenery that you only see during the walk from the parking lot to the entrance.
I enjoyed Mindbender so much that I rode it twice in a row!
Proof that a good old coaster can stand the test of time!
Even sitting on the brakes is scenic at SFoG.
Heading out of Gotham City, the train passes overhead and Goliath looms in the distance (actually, it looms in the distance from every area of the park). We'll get to that later...
The GP encountered through the French Area - not too bad of a crowd for a Thursday/Friday.
Thunder River was one of the more beautifully landcaped rapids rides I've seen despite the boring entrance.
Of course, they had water cannons that you could douse the riders with on the platform where this pic was taken.
Ain't it purty?
Could I be so lucky as to get my second Deja Vu credit in as many tries?
Aww, hell yeah!!
Proof that people are actually allowed to ride Deja Vu's every now and then.
Symmetrical Deja Vu pic? Check.
While some are subjected to lawn ornament status...
...SFoG's actually ran the entire day as far as I could see.
And I could see from pretty far away...
And my hand-eye coordination is starting to come back to me...
Here's a lil game: replace "closer" with a word of your choice. Had I known this pic would come out so cool (and, no, I didn't actually plan this shot), I would've rolled down the darn window. D'oh!?!
On the way to the painful rides (Ninja and Scream Machine) you pass through the very nicely themed Lickskillet Area. Couldn't they have come up with a better name? Way to give us people in the South a lasting sterotype SF!! Hey! There's me doing my best David Blaine impersonation in the window reflection.
They hold a Comedy Gun Fight Show here. Again, don't forget: you are in the South and everyone here has guns and they're funny.
I will always love Enterprises! Must be coz I rode Witch's Wheel at CP when I was really young...
Wheelie from across the pond where they hold picnics and catered outings that were in progress but I wasn't invited to...
Ninja is one bad mutha _____!
Ninja's (hopefully-used-to-be-not-as-painful) twisted goodness through the trees.
The slowest lift hill in history is a precursor to the most painful ride in history - much rougher than the one at SFStL (but that was five years ago...)
Signature shot of an equally painful coaster?
Although the lift hill was faster than Ninja's. I guess it has something going for it...
I wish I could've ridden GASM when it was in its prime. It's actually a great coaster that hasn't aged well!
This is right before you SLAM into the brakes. And I mean SLAM!!!!
After being beat up two coasters in a row, Superman: Ultimate Flight never sounded so good. My guess is it's this way. See, I'm getting better with directions...
SFoG's Superman was 10x better than SFGAm's - much better use of land to give a more visually-intense ride. Wow, this is the longest I've EVER gone without a smoke - must be a great park.
And here's SFoG's smoking section from S:UF. Thanks for giving us like a 10 foot area. This'll hold, what, like eight people?!?
S:UF from the smoking section. Admit it: NOW you feel like you were there...
On the way back into the center of the park, the train passed again.
I couldn't believe that they had the old Riverview (Chicago) Carousel. How cool is that?!? If you don't know the history behind Riverview Park, you have homework - but wait til after the TR is done, please.
On the stroll, this little river popped out of nowhere...
...and ran underneath you.
This really is the most beautiful SF park I've been to!
They really knew what to spend their money on to give the guests a nice experience.
And what NOT to spend their money on...
This is the only eye-sore-of-sorts (say THAT fast).
And it doesn't even get the bridge-goers wet!
But that's OK coz this not-so-little kiddie coaster was a blast (pardon the pun)!
After Canyon Blaster, there was adorable Spanish area with a bull behind that door trying to break out and maul us all!
There were some Kid-Tums-friendly rides in this section too.
And a cool fountain with a certain someone daring Robb to step up.
Next up: Dahlonega Mine Train - which is not very photogenic. Are ANY Arrow mines photogenic for that matter?
Although it had three (yes, three) lifts, the surprise ending was a big highlight. I'll give you a clue: it involves the barn and the track that disappears into the ground... I don't think I've ever screamed on a mine until now!
With all these great coasters under my belt, it was now time to test my acrophobia and nerves with... um... Acrophobia!
At about here, I was sweating profusely...
At about here, I was calling for my mommy...
At about here, I was repeating "there's no place like home"...
At about here, I was really wishing I was back on the ground...
And this guy was NOT making it any easier!! Seriously!! He's the BEST addition to a ride experience ever!! Check out my videos at the top of the TR to hear this guy in all of his taunting glory!!
Great pics! Looks like you really had a fun day. I was at this park once, in 1993- it was the end of October and it was like 30 degrees (seriously). So I didn't get a real good experience to form an opinion about it. I liked what I saw- I LOVE the GA Cyclone. I actually liked Ninja, but not GASM. None of the other stuff was there then.
I like the Spanish theming. Even the chicken in the fountain is a nice touch!
Goliath looks awesome.
Home Park: Kennywood Favorite Park: Cedar Point Favorite Coaster: Millennium Force (steel); Beast (wood) Coasters Ridden: 72
Unless you're the lead dog, the scenery never changes
Sweet TR! SFOG is definitely a park I should visit soon.
How would you compare Goliath to Raging Bull? I think Goliath looks a hell of a lot better but im not that big of a Raging Bull fan...mediocre after the first drop. Also, how were operations at the park? Max capacity on most coasters? And why did they paint Scorcher like a Batman themed ride...
Thanks for the great Photo TR. This is the second report for SFOG I've seen in the last few weeks and it's making me really curious to visit this park someday. I never realised how perty it is!
Also, I agree that people seem to ignore the Cyclone. It wasn't even mentioned in the other Photo TR I read, and, since it's the Cyclone clone that's most similar to the original, (now that the one in Texas is gone), you would think it must be awesome. According to your report, I guess it is!
Ya, and if Ninja is anything like it's relative Gouderix at Parc Asterix, I can imagine how terrible it is. It's too bad, because they're both really nice to look at, but I've never gotten so badly headbanged as on Gouderix.
What a great trip report! I am so glad you posted this! My friends and I are planning a trip there for later this summer (August/September) and none of us has ever been. It sure looks nice! I grew up at Cedar Point, so all parks have a LOT to live up to for me.
Did you have a pass, or did you purchase tickets there? Just curious-I heard about a VIP card you can get at Georgia Welcome Centers that gets you in for $30 instead of the $45-$50 it normally is, but I haven't heard of anyone actually getting and using one.
Most excellent report!
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