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    Six Flags Over Georgia

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rlj8880 has been visiting Six Flags Over Georgia since she was in college. “Most of my memories of going when I was younger are of during my college years and when I first moved to Atlanta,” she recalled. "My favorite ride used to be Batman: The Ride, but it was soon replaced by Superman: Ultimate Flight because no other ride lets you ‘fly' on your back." The 33-year-old took a recent trip to the amusement park in July where she captured these photos. Even now, she describes herself as a huge amusement park fan. "Not only do I love roller coasters, but I love the idea that my only worry while I’m in the park is 'how scary that ride I’m about to go on looks.’ Amusement parks are great escapes from the worries of everyday life!"
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The Six Flags chain may have parks all over America, but the one I’ve been going to since I was in college has been Six Flags Over Georgia. Now, even as a grown professional with a mortgage, I still find great escapism in it!

     

    While not as vintage as Lake Compounce, Six Flags Over Georgia is forty-seven years old, having opened in 1967 as the second Six Flags location. Over the years, it has been constantly evolving. Six Flags Over Georgia has updated their classic rides like Dahlonega Mine Train (which has been in operation since the park opened) and remodeled its Mind Bender coaster (after The Riddler in 1997 to adapt to the Gotham City section).

     

    In addition to taking care of its older rides, Six Flags Over Georgia adds new and innovative ones. I can remember when Ninja was new and hugely popular, when Superman: Ultimate Flight made me question my choice to ride a roller coaster face down (though, it would eventually become my favorite coaster and it’s a must to ride in the very front), and when I first screamed in anticipation of Goliath’s 200 feet drop.

     

    In a recent trip to Six Flags Over Georgia in 2014, I discovered new rides like Dare Devil Dive (which opened in 2011) and SkyScreamer (which opened in 2013 and happens to be the park’s tallest ride at 242 feet). Just within the last year, they are still offering new things to see and do! There is a great mix of thrill rides (inverted and wooden roller coasters like Georgia Cyclone as well as free falls), water rides (an expansion now includes a water park called Hurricane Harbor), and kids’ rides.

     

    Thrilling rides are only one aspect to an amusement park’s sustainability. A great theme park should have games people can play to win prizes, shows to watch (to be entertained as well as help get out of the heat and relax), and characters to meet (it’s possible to see Looney Tunes and DC Comics characters around Six Flags Over Georgia). It’s also important for parks to engage attenders to come all throughout the year which is why Six Flags Over Georgia has Fright Fest during Halloween and Holiday in the Park during the Christmas season.

     

    When I visit Six Flags Over Georgia, I always look for my favorites. I love heading to Gotham City to swing on Gotham City Crime Wave and dangle my feet on Batman: The Ride! I like the feeling of flying on my back and imitating what it might be like to fly like a superhero on Superman: Ultimate Flight! I always forget how exhilarating standing up on Georgia Scorcher is until I ride it again! But, I also love finding out what’s new! Six Flags Over Georgia will continue to thrive because it provides an always needed break for fun!

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