Six Flags Over Georgia
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms
Crowds: Light to moderate
After getting up at 9am to check the weather, and much debate, we decided to head to the park, and meet up at 10:30. Ideally we were hoping Déjà Vu was up, and with our free Q-bots, we might be able to get a few rides in. The rain decreased those odds, but we remained foolishly optimistic.
The crowds were rather light, the forecasted storms probably scared a few off, and perhaps there is a bit of an ‘after-church’ crowd. Standard one train operation, which I suppose I should have expected, but once the weather cleared up, it got a bit frustrating. It seems to me that this park has a way of counteracting light crowds with especially slow operations. For example, the crowd at GASM had to wait for the 3rd Op. to hop out of the station, run up the hill, and take what I believe was a bathroom break. Now that’s a first for me...
We started out looking for our free Q-bot. Apparently they do not offer these on light days. Do they not understand that queue times increase as the day goes on (especially with one train)?
We started off on Cyclone, walk on, good back seat ride. I know I don’t appreciate this ride as much as others do. Certainly fun, but I personally never found anything so amazing about it. Acrophobia was closed, so we headed back to DV. It did not look good. I find it frustrating that they don’t have someone by the entrance. It’s as though the GP at this park *expects* it to be closed, and has just learned to accept it. But, it had been drizzling, so we gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to check with Guest Relations when things dried up.
Onto Superman, where as soon as the rain picked up, the ride shut down. Don’t you love that when you’re next to board? We were enjoying ourselves (and our dryness) in the station, so stuck it out for probably 45 mins. We noticed Ninja, GASM, AND the skycoaster running, so the natives became restless. The ride Op. dutifully explained that since Superman doesn’t have covered brakes, they have to wait until they dry out. Whatever, Ninja seemed to be doing just fine. Things cleared up a bit, and right as we got off, they started running two trains...figures. :}
Next was a great ride on GASM after about 10, I avoided a wheel seat, so no problems for me. Mindbender was also about 10 minutes, and airtime was plentiful in the front. Batman is running as well as ever, you can’t beat how brown everything gets pulling out of that second loop.
Scorcher was next, still about 10 minutes, followed up by Acrophobia, which consistently proves why it’s my favorite free-fall out there. I love/hate how exposed you feel on that ride.
Crowds were picking up, so we decided to call it a day. We stopped by GR before we headed out to check on Déjà Vu. I asked if the weather was the cause for it being down, and the Rep said no. For what it’s worth, she was under the impression that it was having more technical problems.
She seemed as apologetic as possible, considering she’s probably been asked that questions hundreds of time this season. As much guff as I give SF, I still feel bad about their situation. They want the ride running too; it’s not as though they derive some sick pleasure out of keeping it closed...
All in all, it was a fun day, worth the cost of parking (and the sunk cost of my season pass). I don’t think I’ll head back until Déjà Vu is running. With Cedar Point two weeks away, it’s hard to get excited about this park without it.