Six Flags Over Georgia Announces Great American Scream Machine Backwards

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AUSTELL, Ga. — February 12, 2018 — Six Flags Over Georgia—the Thrill Capital of the South—today announced The Great American Scream Machine roller coaster will run backward beginning March 10 for a limited time. The historic wooden coaster was recently designated as a national landmark by roller coaster enthusiasts and will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2018.

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“The Great American Scream Machine embodies all of the classic thrills Six Flags Over Georgia is known for in the Atlanta region,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “Now, coaster fans will be able to experience this beloved ride backward and the exhilarating sensation when you can’t see the turns coming.”

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When The Great American Scream Machine debuted in 1973, it was the longest, fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. Since then, the coaster has provided nearly nine million rides. Starting in March, the classic thrill ride will send riders screaming backward and feature:

  •  A heart-pounding 105 foot climb backward while staring straight down at the ground;
  • The terrifying and unsuspecting drop down nearly 10 stories backward;
  • Speeds of 57 miles per hour around tight curves backward; and
  • More than 3,800 feet of track racing along the banks of the Chattahoochee River backward.

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The Great American Scream Machine previously ran backward several decades ago at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Six Flags Over Georgia opens for the 2018 season on March 10 and operates on weekends through mid-May and daily March 31 through April 8 for Spring Break. For information on Season Passes, Memberships, daily tickets and the All Season Dining Pass, visit

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