Visiting amusement parks in Georgia takes time and planning. That’s why we put together the most supreme guide to Six Flags Over Georgia that you’ll ever need.
Read below for tips to beat the lines, why you’ll want to consider visiting Six Flags Over Ga. in the fall for Fright Fest or during Six Flags Holiday in the Park. We even have an extensive review of the Dare Devil Dive Roller Coaster, including it’s transformation to a virtual reality roller coaster – Revolution at Dare Devil Dive. So grab yourself something to take notes and read on.
Tips to Beat the Lines at Six Flags Over Georgia
| Six Flags Fright Fest with Young Kids
| Six Flags Fright Fest Tips for the Ultimate Scare | Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia | What’s New at Six Flags Over Georgia | Dare Devil Dive Review
I love amusement parks, but I hate long lines and throngs of people. If you’re like me, then here are some tips to get the most from your visit to Six Flags Over Georgia.
Arrive Early. This is true for ANY of the theme parks in Georgia or pretty much anywhere. Most people run late, so although they may try to get to the park when it opens, fewer people do.
Add in time to park and walk to the entrance and you’ll find that the crowds are lightest at opening. At Six Flags you can pay a premium to park near the entrance ($20 – $25), but if you’re looking for bargain parking ($15), you’ll have to walk a bit, so figure time in for parking and walking to the entrance.
Remember, you want to be ready to walk into the park at opening, which means your Six Flags Over Georgia tickets have been purchased, bathroom breaks are finished and sunscreen is on.
The Six Flags address is 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168, if you need to get directions. Six Flags phone number is (770) 739-3400, just in case.
Be there 30 minutes before opening for no-line roller coaster rides. The operator I talked to mentioned that often the park will open the main gate 30 minutes prior to the scheduled opening of the park. It helps to thin the crowds at the gate. So look up when does Six Flags open, then be there 30 minutes before that.
Generally, they’ll have the Georgia Cyclone and Georgia Scorcher open early as well. This is a great time to get hit these rides and likely ride again and again. During our latest visit, this tip rang true, so get there before opening for no-line roller coaster rides.
Head to the Back of the Park. Most people meander to the right when they tour an amusement park. Those in the know may head straight to the large roller coasters like Goliath. Those with the inside scoop on Six Flags Over Georgia rides head to the back of the park and work their way to the front.
Ride Batman first. If you’re a roller coaster fan, go to Batman first. Why? Because Batman is more popular than Superman. Why Batman instead of Goliath? Because Goliath is a high capacity ride that is much easier to load than Batman, or Superman. Plus it’s has a bigger loading station, more seats, and a longer ride, so it gives the ride operators more time to load and unload. Batman’s station is smaller by design, you’re made to feel like you are in the bat cave.
If you follow these two suggestion, you’ll have covered three of the 11 roller coasters (probably multiple times) within the first half hour of the park opening!
Go Mid-Week. Mid-week is the least crowded time to visit Six Flags Ga. If you must come on the weekend, Sunday is a better day than Saturday.
Visit During Shoulder Season. Shoulder Season, April, May, Sept. Oct., Nov. and Dec. aren’t as crowded either. (although in October be aware of Six Flags Georgia Fright Fest which is not appropriate for young children after 4 pm)
Stay until closing. Lines will thin out after dinner. From dinner time until closing the lines should be much shorter. However, if you want to see the shows, check the Six Flags schedule, often times the shows don’t run in the evenings.
Visit Water Rides in the Morning. Thunder River has a long line in the afternoon once folks get hot and are looking to cool off. Visit Thunder River in the morning and you’ll avoid the longest lines.
Hurricane Harbor, SixFlags Over Georgia’s Water Park has a similar traffic pattern. Folks generally wait until the afternoon to get wet, so visiting this attraction in the morning is a best bet.
Map Out Your Day. The best way to avoid lines is to map out the day prior to your visit, here’s a Six Flags Over Georgia Park Map. Know before you get off one ride, where you’re going next.
Get a Schedule. Get a Six Flags schedule before heading out and determine what shows you want to see and when. Inside venues are great for mid-day when it’s hot and you need a break.
Eat at Off-Times. To avoid long lines at the concessions, and to enjoy the shorter lunch time ride lines, plan to eat a bit early or late. Either eat no later than 11:30 or after 2 pm. You’ll skip the food lines and enjoy slightly shorter ride lines during peak dining hours. If you are a season ticket holder, you may want to consider purchasing a dining plan.
Bring a Picnic. If you want to save a little money, bring picnic. Six Flags does not allow coolers, but you can exit the park (make sure to get a hand stamp for re-entry), have a healthy lunch and return.
Good Eats. Daddy O’s BBQ was a favorite of several folks surveyed. Daddy O’s is located near the Dare Devil Dive rollercoaster.
Picky Eaters. The Lickskillet Section of the park is food court type set up. If you have lots of different tastes, this may be the best place for variety.
Healthy Options. Six Flags does boast healthy options, but I’m a bit skeptical on how healthy you can really make chicken fingers and how lasagna and brownies can be gluten free.
Six Flags Discounts. Before paying full price for Six Flags Over Ga. tickets, check for discounts. Here are a few we’ve found.
- AAA members receive a discount when they show their card at the ticket booth.
- A Six Flags military discount is offered at most military bases.
- Often you can find discounts on locally purchased Coca-Cola cans.
- If you plan to visit more than twice, consider a Six Flags Over Georgia Season Pass.
- You can upgrade your Six Flags Over Ga. tickets to an annual pass on the day of your visit. That means the Six Flags tickets prices you paid that day, will go toward your season pass (must be done before leaving the park)
Six Flags Over Georgia Seasonal Fun
Most people think about Six Flags Over Ga as a summertime adventure, but off season is a perfect time to visit for shorter lines and special seasonal fun. Here’s what you need to know about Six Flags Fright Fest and the Six Flags Christmas celebration called Holiday in the Park Six Flags.
Be sure to consult the Six Flags calendar before heading out. Six Flags Over Ga. hours are different for the seasonal events than the regular six flags hours during the summer.
Six Flags Fright Fest with Young Kids
Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest with Young Kids means tamer daytime thrills, and more fall themed activities than terror related attractions, although I did scare myself silly walking through an empty box.
We were previewing the daytime thrills and happen to walk through one of the nighttime pop-up scares. It was empty, but my son made something fall. I screamed…loud, and you heard everyone outside draw in their breath. Sometimes the thought of something is scarier than the actual event.
All in all, we found fall a great time to visit 6 Flags Over Georgia. For one, it’s not so hot. Here are five other reasons to visit the Not So Scary activities at 6 Flags Over Ga Fright Fest with young kids.
Five Six Flags Halloween Activities for Young Children
Costumed Looney Tunes Characters. Kids love to dress up, and I love seeing them in costume. Children 12 and under are encouraged to wear their costume to the park for 6 Flags Over Ga. Fright Fest. They’ll be in good company. The Looney Tunes characters around the park are donning their favorite costumes too, so it’s a great time to take some holiday themed photos with your favorite Looney Tunes friends.
Free Candy. Free candy is always a plus, I mean isn’t that why we trick or treat? We scored a few treats while running from ride-to-ride in Bugs Bunny Boomtown from some very friendly pirates. Inside the Bugs Bunny World Theater, there are even kid friendly spooky stories being told.
Picnicking with the McBoggle Family. The Hanson Cars take on a Halloween theme with a ride through the story of a ghost family picnic. Follow the McBoggle family on a carefree ride through the country, or in our case, a bumpy ride. My son isn’t a very good driver.
The Lickskillet Harvest Festival. Head to Whistlestop Park for a Harvest Festival. There is a corn maze, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and just playing on the playground.
The Rides. Of course you come to Six Flags Over Georgia mostly for the rides. During Halloween, Monster Mansion is a must. If you’ve never been, it’s filled with mostly silly fun monsters.
Harley Quinn Spinsanity is another good one, located in Gotham City. We were there early, so there were no lines and the kids just stayed on and spinned time-after-time-after-time.
And then there are the roller coasters too. Start kids off on the Joker Funhouse Coaster in Bugs Bunny Boomtown, then work up from there.
Six Flags Over Georgia Hours for Fright Fest: The Six Flags Halloween celebration during the day is perfect for young children, but after 4 pm, many of the areas of the park are not recommended for children under 12.
In fact, Bugs Bunny Boomtown is not open on Friday nights or after 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This is when the real spooks start coming out, so plan your visit so you are heading out of the park by 4 pm.
Six Flag Fright Fest Tips for the Ultimate Scare
Fright Fest Tickets: Fright Fest is included as part of the normal Six Flags Over Georgia tickets. However, you need to purchase a Haunted Attractions Wristband to get into the six mazes/haunted houses. Six Flags Over Georgia Season pass holders also need to purchase the Haunted Attractions Pass to get into the haunted houses/mazes. Here are the Six Flags Fright Fest Ticket options.
Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest Hours:The spooks begin to come out around 4 pm each day. Before that, expect a family friendly atmosphere suitable for kids 12 and under.
Scare Zones: Throughout the parks are various scare zones. Expect to encounter zombies, vampires and other creatures from the beyond.
New for 2016: Mummy’s Curse dark maze, and Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster. From 6 pm each evening during Fright Fest, the Dare Devil Dive Rollercoaster becomes the site of a battle by hundreds of gargoyles to overtake the city. Your job is to keep them away.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
The holiday season is one of my favorite times to visit 6 Flags. For one thing, it’s a heck of a lot cooler. That said, you may want to head to the rides early in the evening, so when the sun goes down and the temperature dips even more, you aren’t screaming through the chilly wind upside down and sideways on a roller coaster.
Save the later evening for enjoying a hot chocolate and walking around the park to enjoy the more than one million LED lights, or take in a show in the warm Crystal Pistol theatre. Here are seven more reasons we enjoy Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Lights. Lights and more Lights. While there are millions of LED lights around the Six Flags theme park to create a festive atmosphere, my favorite is the light tunnel that glistens and dances to the music.
Snow. It’s always snowing on Main Street. Listen the carolers, gather round the beautiful Christmas tree and catch a few flakes in your hand. (I think it’s actually soap, so you may not want to catch it on your tongue. But not sure about that)
Meet Santa Claus. Of course a Six Flags Christmas wouldn’t be complete without Santa. Young kids will love taking the train ride to get to the North Pole.
Holiday Shows. My favorite are the carolers, but Six Flags has several holiday shows with lots of singing and dancing to get you in the spirit.
Six Flags Rides. The one-horse open sleigh is replaced by a multi-car roller coaster. My kids’ favorite is Goliath. Best part, with the smaller winter time crowds, we were able to ride again, and again.
Holiday Treats. Christmas means sweets. At Six Flags Holiday Park, there are lots of seasonal treats. In fact they have two themed areas dedicated to favorite holiday treats. Peppermint Plaza is a sensory experience with the sights, and smells of the season. S’more Village has fire pits to toast your own.
Beer. This would be my husband’s favorite part. Seasonal beers at JB’s Sports Bar and Grill, plus the latest game on the screen. He’s not much of a spinner.
What’s New This Season at Six Flags Over Georgia
Every year Six Flags Over Georgia reinvents itself just a little bit. In 2017, they’ve moved Virtual Reality from Dare Devil Dive to Acrophobia (and renamed it Drop of Doom VR). Justice League, Battle for Metropolis will open the end of May 2017. This ride reminds me a bit of Toy Story at Walt Disney World (although I haven’t seen it in person yet). It boasts one of the world’s first virtual vertical loops. I’m looking forward to testing this one out and we’ll add information here once we do. Until then, here’s what you need to know about Drop of Doom VR.
Drop of Doom VR
The ride formerly known as Acrophobia has been reinvented as the Drop of Doom in VR (or more like Aracnaphobia with all the spiders).
In 2016 Six Flags introduced virtual reality on the Dare Devil Dive roller coaster. This year, Dare Devil Dive returns to it’s roots and the VR goggles are moving to Acrophobia or Drop of Doom in VR.
My son rode the ride (I couldn’t bring myself to drop 100 stories) and felt the VR really added to the experience. Normally the only thrill is the big drop. With the VR, he was playing a game as soon as he sat down, shooting spiders left and right.
At the end, he received a score for how well he did, although he didn’t pay attention to it after the fall (next ride he’ll know to watch for his score at the end). I asked him about the spiders too. He said they crawled around, but he never felt as if they were crawling on him. The video below shows you a little of what to expect and my son’s reaction.
Virtual Reality on Drop of Doom
I was not a huge fan of the VR experience on Dare Devil Dive last year, but Drop of Doom is a much improved version. (of course we visited on media day, so stay tuned for how it works in a packed theme park). Here’s why.
The Goggles. First, the goggles themselves are easier to adjust, making it faster and more full-proof. The goggles are mounted on what looks like the inside of a hard hat, and you just turn the knob in the back to adjust.
I say this with love, but people leave their brains at the door when they visit a theme park (me too) so asking them to do something that is new outside the gates may take a bit; but inside the gates, it’s a major ordeal. So changing how you wear and adjust the goggles is a big deal.
Loading the Ride. Second, Drop of Doom is a much faster loading ride than Dare Devil Dive. Thirty people can ride at once, vs. six for Dare Devil Dive. This should help to keep the lines moving in addition to the new headset (and as folks get used to the VR goggles, they’ll be better at getting them on and adjusting them)
The Game. Finally, Drop of Doom doesn’t have all the twists and turns of Dare Devil Dive, making it easier to concentrate on the VR game, and score some points!
Tips for Getting the Best Virtual Reality Experience
The headsets are linked via bluetooth to a box on the back of the car, so the headsets synch to the car itself. When you get the headset in line, put it on your head, adjust the headset. Figure out how to do all of this in line, so you can do it quickly when you get on the ride
Adjust the Headset. When you get on the ride, put your headset on and adjust the back, just like you would a hard hat.
MOST IMPORTANT: Make sure you are looking STRAIGHT AHEAD when you put on the headset. Do not look to the side. Do not chat with your friend in the other seat.
LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD. If you are looking to the side when you put on your headset, the video won’t calibrate correctly and it will throw your entire experience off. This is VERY important.
What you See. Now your headset is on, your straps are tightened, you should see a hanger video. If you don’t see a hanger video, or the hanger is off to the left or the right (because you weren’t looking straight ahead), let the operator know and they can change out your headset (this is what adds time to loading). Six Flags has hundreds of headsets, so if yours isn’t working, let them know.
Jet ___ Ready. Under the video, you should see text that says ‘Jet ____ ready’ clearly in the middle of your screen. The blank is for whatever number Jet you happen to be in. If you don’t see this, or it’s off to the left or the right (again, because you weren’t looking straight ahead) let the ride operator know. You’ll need a new set of goggles to experience the ride correctly.
Watch the Video. The ride operators will tell you all of this and there is a helpful video in the ride que. Make sure you watch it attentively and encourage those around you to do the same.
Let Staff Know Problems. If you experience the ride and your virtual reality didn’t work, let the operator know and they’ll let you go again without having to wait in line.
In addition, they’ll take the glitchy virtual reality headset out of rotation, which can help load the ride faster for those behind.
Bottom line. The virtual reality is a new technology that everyone is figuring out. It’s going to take longer to load this ride than the normal Aracnaphobia
Go Early, or Go late. Use our tips elsewhere in this article on beating the lines. Namely go early, and get to Drop of Doom first. If you meant to get to the park at opening but ended up getting there late and the line for Drop of Doom is already long, then by-pass it and hit the roller coasters that you can walk on before the crowds get there, then come back to Doom later. You still may have to wait a little bit, but you’ve gotten a few other popular rides under your belt in the precious early morning hours.
Offer Suggestions. Six Flags is continually working to improve the experience, and they want your feedback. You can let them know your suggestions at sixflags.com/overgeorgia, on the bottom of the page is a place to fill out a comment card. They do look at all of these comments and make adjustments based on feedback.
A Review of the Dare Devil Dive Roller Coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia
The following is the initial Field Trips with Sue review of the Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia. I covered the opening of the coaster for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta as part of my Field Trips with Sue segment. Although the coaster debuted in 2011, everything below is still accurate.
As part of a CBS Better Mornings Atlanta segment I visited Six Flags Over Georgia to test out their new roller coaster, the Dare Devil Dive. I was pretty nervous going in. I’ve always loved roller coasters, but as I’ve gotten older and the coasters have gotten more ridiculously thrilling, I’m not as game as I used to be. Add to that this coaster takes you up 10 stories straight into the sky (and I mean straight) then plummets down at 95 degrees, beyond vertical, I was quite apprehensive. But in the end, CBS producer Amanda Harley and I had a blast and rode it four times!
The ride pays homage to World War II-era stunt planes and the daring aerial acrobatics of the pilots. Sitting next to me on my first test run was chief test pilot for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 program Bret Luedke. He said the ride is similar to flying a modern day fighter jet, with the exception that most jets will do an inverted drop, so you are forced INTO your seat as opposed to the Dare Devil Dive where you are flying OUT of your seat. Riders must be at least 48″ tall to ride.
In addition to the first plummet, Dare Devil Dive boasts three inversions, zero-gravity hills and high-speed turns. The barrel roll in the middle turns you upside down. The ride soars at a blistering 52 miles per hour as it makes its way through 2,090 feet of twisted steel track. For all that action, it’s a surprisingly quiet and smooth ride. A couple of observations from our morning of riding:
Tips for a Great Ride on Dare Devil Dive
Be Heavy. For a faster ride, find the biggest guys in line and ride with them. Our car was noticeably faster each time we went, the operators pointed out the heavier the car, the faster it will go.
Ride in front. Amanda and I both preferred the front. It was a better view of the upcoming twists and turns and it felt like a smoother ride. Our last trip was in the back car and it felt more jerky. That said, some of the roller coaster enthusiasts that were riding as well liked the back best. They concluded that in the back car you came out of your seat a bit more on the plummet adding to the excitement.
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