Six Flags Over Georgia Project 2017 Update #1 (+Speculation!)
Six Flags Over Georgia’s big 50th anniversary is in 2017. It’s been 5 years since they’ve last added a major new coaster, which was Dare Devil Dive.
Back on June 16th, the park’s 49th anniversary, the park closed down Dodge City Bumper Cars, their 43 year old bumper car attraction. The park has been hard at work removing Dodge City Bumper Cars. Here’s some photos from Paul of what the site currently looks like and speculation of what may be coming to Six Flags Over Georgia in 2017.
There’s not much that can be seen from the park’s train ride. However, a lot can be seen on Superman: Ultimate Flight right next door. Park policy does not allow for on-ride photography, so we have to obey the park’s rules.
There’s some walls up as well. The park’s done a great job hiding things and keeping things as much of a secret as possible.
Some land to the back has also been cleared out.
Here’s another look at the land being cleared out. Again, you can’t really see much from these photos, but from Superman- a LOT can be seen.
The area circled in red roughly shows how much land the park is clearing out and is able to work with. Knowing that, let’s speculate a little on what the park could be getting.
Six Flags Over Georgia’s public relations manager, Gene Peterillo, had an interview with the Atlanta Journal about the park’s 2017 attraction. He left some very interesting quotes about the park’s 2017 attraction.
Six Flags spokesman Gene Petriello is pretty tight lipped. All he would say is that the site occupies a couple of acres. Pieces of the new ride have arrived with more to come.
It won’t be the first of its kind. Similar rides exist elsewhere in amusement park land.
“I will say one thing,” Petriello said. “We always say that it’s in the DNA of Six Flags to provide innovative attractions. The ride that is coming next year defines innovation at its finest. I think it’s going to be very well received.”
The park also posted this tweet last week showing some parts for whatever this new ride is have arrived:
— Six Flags Over GA (@sfovergeorgia) July 7, 2016
There is some wood in the photo. People are believing that the parts are for a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride or a S&S 4D Free Spin, we believe it is not. Read below for our reasoning!
Knowing that, let’s look at the major options being thrown out by people:
1) Rocky Mountain Construction T-Rex Single Rail Coaster
Months ago, Rocky Mountain Construction debuted their new t-rex single rail style coaster to the world. However, it has yet to be installed at a park, and Gene said the ride will not be a first of it’s kind. So sadly, a RMC t-rex coaster isn’t going to Six Flags Over Georgia- although that would be sweet!
2) S&S 4D Free Spin
Another option being thrown out is a S&S 4D Free Spin. 2 have already been installed at Six Flags parks (Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure). They’re cheap coasters, but really pull in the crowds. From what Gene said, the ride will occupy several acres. However, S&S’s spec sheet for 4D Free spins specify that the ride takes up 79m x 8.5m of space, which is equally to around 0.2 acres. That being said, the 4D Free Spin option is out. It’s nice that the park could get a nice major coaster at this point.
3) Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride
Another option being thrown out is a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride. However, per Six Flags Over Texas’s website, the building for a Justice League dark ride takes up around 20,000 square feet, which is equal to around 1/2 an acre. So that option is out.
At this point, we can safely assume that a nice, new coaster is coming. My personal feeling is a RMC wooden coaster themed to a DC Super Hero- especially with Superman next door. Wouldn’t a Lex Luthor, Superman’s enemy, themed wooden coaster just sound awesome? If not mistaken, there’s not a single DC themed wooden coaster out there. Plus, inverting woodies are just starting to pop up, so it’d match with Six Flags all about being innovative.
All of the Six Flags parks will be announcing their 2017 capital projects on Thursday, September 1st! It sure will be exciting!
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