The History of Six Flags Over Georgia – 1967-2019

Six Flags Over Georgia is located in Austell, Georgia. It opened after the original Six Flags park (Six Flags Over Texas).

This post will focus on describing the history of the park and how it impacted the Six Flags Chain.


Ownership/Management

Angus Wynne founded the original Six Flags park. He purchased land west of Atlanta, Georgia.

Design work for the new amusement began in 1964, before the park’s open in 1967.

Six Flags Over Georgia became the second park in the chain and was built for $12 million USD.

Six Flags Over Georgia was not owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. It was managed by them and owned by investors.

Time Warner Entertainment once owned the amusement park. In 1997, $600 million USD was awarded to the investors after it was brought to court.

In 1998, Time Warner sold the Six Flags parks they managed to Premier Parks. Later, Premier Parks became Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.

In 2010, license theming was removed from several rides and attractions.


Operating Roller Coasters

In 1967, the Dahlonega Mine Train opened. It was named after Dahlonega, Georgia – a village in northern Georgia at the center of the first gold rush.

In 1973, Great American Scream Machine opened. It’s a wooden coaster manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. It was the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster when it opened.

In 1978, Mind Bender opened. The coaster opened as the world’s first triple-loop roller coaster.

In 1992, Blue Hawk reopened at Six Flags Over Georgia. It originally operated at Conko’s Party Pier in New Jersey. It was closed in 1991 there and relocated. It is a Vekoma steel roller coaster.

In 1997, Batman: The Ride opened at Six Flags Over Georgia. It is a Steel Inverted coaster based on the 1989 film Batman.

In 1999, Georgia Scorcher opened as a Stand-Up coaster, the last one ever constructed.

In 2002, Superman: Ultimate Flight opened as a B&M Steel Flying coaster.

In 2004, The Joker Funhouse Coaster opened. It is a children’s Chance rides steel coaster.

In 2006, the park received Goliath. It is a B&M Hyper coaster, ranking high in the Golden Ticket Awards. Great Gasp and Looping Starship were removed in 2005 to make room for the new coaster.

In 2011, Dare Devil Dive opened. A roller coaster based on Gerstlauer’s Euro-Fighter model.

In 2014, Hurricane Harbor opened as a new water park next to the amusement park. This year was the first the park would extend operating days to January, for Holiday in the Park.

For the 2018 season, Georgia Cyclone was transformed to Twisted Cyclone. It became an RMC I-Box roller coaster.


Past History

The six areas of the park include Britain, Confederate, France, USA, and Georgia. The park opened with these areas in 1967.

In 1968, a new area, Lickskillet is added resembling a Georgia community. A sky ride is also added.

In 1969, The Sky Hook is added to the USA section of the park.

In 1972, The Riverview Carousel is added to a new area in the Spanish area of the park.

In 1973, The Cotton States Exposition is added to the park. It included The Great American Scream Machine, bumper cars, and several game booths.

In 1976, The Happy Motoring Freeway is removed from the park.

In 1977, Great Gasp, a parachute ride was added to the park. It was added in the area where The Happy Motoring Freeway previously operated.

In 1978, Mind Bender is added to the USA section of the park.

In 1979, Highland Swings is added to the park.

In 1980, Jolly Rogers Island, a pirate-themed area, is added featuring a pirate ship and Mine Bender.

In 1981, Jean Ribauts Adventure riverboat ride is removed.

In 1982, Thunder River is added where the riverboat ride was located.

In 1983, Free Fall is added to the park.

In 1984, The Great Six Flags Air Racers are added to the British area of the park.

In 1988, Z-Force is added after being relocated from Six Flags Great America.

In 1990, The Georgia Cyclone is added to the British area of the park. In addition, Z-Force is removed and relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain as Flashback.

In 1991, The Mini-Mine Train is removed.

In 1992, Ninja is added (Vekoma Steel Looping Coaster). Road Runner Convoy is added (truck ride).

In 1994, Looney Tunes Land is redesigned as Bugs Bunny World.

In 1995, Viper is added after being relocated to Six Flags Great America. Indoor lazer tag is added to Jolly Rogers Island.

In 1996, Fearless Freeps DareDevil Dive is added to the Cotton States Exposition section. Flying Dutchman pirate ship is removed.

In 1997, Jolly Rogers Island is transformed into Gotham City and Batman: The Ride is added to the new area. Mind Bender gets a new coat of paint with green/black paint. Highland Swings is removed at the end of the season.

In 1998, The park’s entrance is remodeled. The back park entrance is closed. Ragin Rivers is removed at the end of the season.

In 1999, The Georgia Scorcher is added to the Georgia section of the park. Goldtown Racers is added in the former location of the back entrance.

In 2000, The Great Six Flags Air Racers are removed.

In 2001, Acrophobia drop tower is added to the park. Tweety’s Clubhouse is added (frog hopper) in Bugs Bunny World. Log Jamboree is renamed Deer Park Plunge.

In 2002, Superman: Ultimate Flight is added in the area where Viper once was.

In 2003, Viper is relocated to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.


I hope you learned lots of new facts and enjoyed knowing about Six Flags Over Georgia.

I know that I learned a lot of things from the park’s history that I did not know.

Thank you for reading. Make sure to come back for a new post soon.


-Brandon

6 thoughts on “The History of Six Flags Over Georgia – 1967-2019

  1. Nice article on my home park. I learned some stuff too. I was shocked to see that Z-Force was actually moved to another park after SFOG. It was a terrible ride. I was glad to see that Viper was moved to another park though. Viper was a very fun ride and I still miss it to this day.

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    1. Thank you for reading! Yes. Z-Force was moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain after closing at Six Flags Over Georgia. I think it was great that Viper was moved to another park instead of just being torn down. I have heard many say that it was a great ride.

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