If you’ve read any of my previous posts or know me personally, you know that I love roller coasters and theme parks. I am a member of numerous clubs and organizations who share this same passion. These memberships occasionally give me an opportunity to see a side of parks that most people don’t often, if ever, get to see.
I had such an opportunity come up this past weekend so I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to check out Six Flags Over Georgia in the off season. Thanks to American Coaster Enthusiasts for hosting this off season event!
After arriving at the park, Security directs me to the employee parking lot. Here we get a close-up look at a gem for enthusiasts, disassembled coaster trains. If it is not obvious, these are trains for Ninja, one of the park’s roller coasters.
We were given presentations covering numerous parks both in our region and in other areas of the country. Dale Kaetzel, the Park President of Six Flags Over Georgia welcomed us and filled us in with some of the new things to expect at Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags in general.
I love roller coaster pictures in the snow so I had to share the picture of their new coaster, FireChaser Express in the snow. It is still on schedule to open this spring.
I would also like to thank Pete for mentioning a great organization, National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives. Their mission is to discover, preserve, interpret, and share the historical heritage of the roller coaster for present and future generations. Consider sending them a donation to help their efforts. Too bad they didn’t have a ‘society’ of some sort with an annual fee as I’d be very interested in joining.
In 2014, Six Flags Over Georgia is having a huge expansion with the addition of a water park, Hurricane Harbor. This water park will be included with park admission and is slated to open by Memorial Day.
On the way back to the water park (that is taking the place of the former Southern Star Ampitheater), we stop by what I consider to be Six Flags Over Georgia’s best wooden coaster, Great American Scream Machine.
It is not uncommon for parks to replace parts of a wooden coaster each year to keep it running as good as possible.
Good bye, Atlanta!