Six Flags over Georgia History Timeline
Angus Winne's Great Southwest Corporation purchases 3,000 acres of land near Atlanta, Georgia.
Six Flags over Georgia,
built for $12 million, opens on June 7th as the second park in the Six Flags chain.
The six areas are:
Britain, with a Colonial theme and Hanson
of the Dahlonega Mine Train (Arrow steel roller coaster), the childrens Mini-Mine Train (Arrow steel roller coaster), the Tales of the Okefenokee
dark ride, a Sky Lift to the USA section, the Crystal Pistol theatre, a Mule-Go-Round ride (with a live mule) and
a train station for the Six Flags Railroad.
Spain, with the Castillo De Soto (a
building themed as a fort), which houses the Casa Loco (tilt house), the Casa De Fritos restaurant, a candle shop and a poster shop.
France, which consists of Jean Ribauts
Adventure (riverboat ride with animated scenes), a train depot for the Six Flags
Railroad, Lafayettes Shooting Gallery, the Watermelon Waterloo picnic area, the Gaslight on the Green restaurant,
and a souvenir shop, The French Trading Post.
· USA, featuring the Happy Motoring Freeway (car ride), Petsville (petting zoo), MoMo The Monster (Spider type ride), the
Krofft Puppet Theatre, the Chevy Show
and the Animal Fair store.
· Georgia, a section with only one attraction, the Log Jamboree (log flume).
A new area, Lickskillet, is added, themed to resemble a Georgia coalmining community. It includes the Spindletop (rotor ride), the Wheel Barrow (double Ferris Wheel), several craft shops and a shootout show performed
in the street.
A second sky ride, named Sky Buckets, is added between the Confederate and Lickskillet sections.
All of the scenes in the Tales of the Okefenokee ride are changed prior to the season.
Loco tilt house is moved outside the Spanish fort and renamed Casa Magnetica.
Cave, a walk-through haunted-house type attraction with animated scenes, debuts inside the fort in the former spot of
the tilt house.
A second flume is added to the Log Jamboree.
1969 The Sky Hook is added to the USA section after having been relocated from Six Flags over Texas.
1972 The Riverview Carousel (purchased for the closed Riverview Park in Chicago) is added in a new area north of the Spanish section.
1973 The Cotton States Exposition, themed as a classic amusement park,
is added around The Riverview Carousel and includes The Great American Scream Machine (PTC wooden roller coaster),
bumper cars and several game booths.
1976 The Happy Motoring Freeway is removed.
1977 The Great Gasp, a parachute drop ride, is added in the area vacated
by the Happy Motoring Freeway.
1978 Mindbender (Scwarzkopf steel looping roller coaster) is added
to the USA
1979 Highland Swings (Chance Yo-Yo) is added to the park.
1980 Jolly Rogers Island, a new pirate-themed area connected to the USA section, is added, featuring the new Flying Dutchman (pirate ship) and Mindbender.
of the Okefenokee dark ride is remodeled and renamed the Monster Plantation.
Ribauts Adventure riverboat ride is removed at the end
of the season.
1982 Thunder River (Intamin
white water rafting ride) is added in the area formerly occupied by Jean Ribaut's
1983 Free Fall (Intamin first-generation drop ride) is added to the
1984 The Great Six Flags Air Racers are added to the British section.
1988 Z-Force (Intamin steel Space Diver roller coaster) is added after
being relocated from Six Flags Great America.
Georgia Cyclone (Summers/Dinn wooden roller coaster
patterned after the Coney Island
Cyclone) is added to the British section.
Z-Force is removed at the end of the season and relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain as Flashback.
1991 The Mini-Mine Train is removed at the end of the season. (Not
sure if this is correct year. Ride was removed prior to
Ninja (Vekoma steel looping roller coaster) is added after being purchased
from Conkos Party Pier in New Jersey where it operated as Kamikaze.
Runner Convoy (truck ride) is added in the area vacated
by the Mini-Mine Train.
Tunes Land is redesigned as Bugs Bunny World. Changes include:
o Henry Hawk Happy Worm is renamed Toro, Toro.
o Elmer Fudd Fewwis Wheel is renamed Fiesta Wheel.
o Tweetys Swing is renamed Swing Sevile.
o Road Runner Convoy is renamed Convoy Grande.
o Flying Tasmanian Devil Planes is renamed The Little Aviator.
o Yosemite Sams Buccaneer Boats are renamed Santa Maria.
o Road Runner Runaround is removed.
Viper (Schwarzkopf steel launched shuttle loop roller coaster) is added after
being relocated from Six Flags Great America, where it operated as Tidal Wave.
UltraZone (indoor Laser Tag) is added to Jolly
Freeps DareDevil Dive (skycoaster) is added to The Cotton States Exposition section.
Dutchman pirate ship is removed at the end of the season.
Rogers Island is transformed into Gotham City and Batman: The Ride (B&M
steel inverted roller coaster is added.
Mindbender gets new green/black paint scheme.
Swings is removed at the end of the season.
The parks front entrance is totally remodeled
and becomes The Promenade.
The back park entrance is closed.
Rivers is removed at the end of the season.
Georgia Scorcher (B&M stand-up steel roller coaster)
is added to the Georgia section of the park.
Racers (Go-karts) is added in the former location of
the back entrance.
2000 The Great Six Flags Air Racers are removed at the end of the
Acrophobia, an Intamin 161-foot stand-up gyro drop tower, is added in the spot
vacated by The Great Six Flags Air Racers.
Clubhouse (frog hopper) is added in Bugs Bunny World.
Vu (Vekoma steel Giant Inverted Boomerang roller coaster)
is added but doesnt open until September 1st due to mechanical flaws.
Jamboree is renamed Deer Park Plunge.
Viper closes in September and is removed at the end of the season.
2002 Superman: Ultimate Flight (B&M steel flying roller coaster)
is added in the area vacated by Viper. This is the first kind of this ride in North America.
2003 After spending all of the 2002 season laying dismantled in the employee parking lot, Viper is relocated to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and renamed Greazed Lightnin'.
By Chris Cowan of Theme Park Timelines