Stunning developments have just come out of Six Flags Over Georgia. While rumors and speculation has been running wild for a number of months (and years for that matter), many enthusiasts have been wondering when the park would get a new roller coaster. Today, Six Flags announced that its iconic wooden roller coaster, Georgia Cyclone, will give its last rides on Sunday, July 30, 2017. With a height of nearly 100 feet and speeds of 50 mph, this classic wooden coaster has given nearly 8.7 million rides since it opened in 1990. Giving that traditional wooden roller coaster ride experience throughout the years, Georgia Cyclone has provided guests with great screams throughout the years.
Why is Georgia Cyclone Closing Early?
With extended operating seasons at Six Flags Over Georgia, it appears that the park needs the added time in the summer to get a head start on development for future attractions. The park has not provided an exact reason nor details of its future plans (expect those in early September), but the added time in the summer as local schools start back up will provide the added time needed to get things rolling. History at regional parks tells us that most parks do not shut down attractions early unless either something big is coming in the near future or there has been a mechanical issue; the latter is certainly not the case since the Georgia Cyclone has been running great all season long and providing thrills to thousands of guests each day.
What is Coming to Six Flags Over Georgia in 2018?
The park has not made any official announcement about its 2018 plans for the land that Georgia Cyclone currently sits on, but many roller coaster enthusiasts are hoping that the park adds a new roller coaster experience. It might be too soon to make a prediction, but most enthusiasts now expect a hybrid conversion by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) or by another roller coaster design company. In recent weeks, people have reportedly seen markings on the structure of the Georgia Cyclone, so it is possible that it will get the Iron Horse treatment. On the other hand, it is possible that the park might get an S&S Free Fly 4D coaster. By freeing up that plot of land, the possibilities are endless; however, expect to see something big for 2018 – just our hunch. Again, however, nothing is confirmed.
The coaster community has high hopes for the future at Six Flags Over Georgia. American Coaster Enthusiasts Southeast Regional Representative, Josh Herrington, states, “Six Flags Over Georgia’s decision to remove the Georgia Cyclone will pave the way for bigger and better things in the future. It’s unfortunate that we’re losing one of the parks two wooden coasters at the expense of something new, but I’m looking forward to seeing what worthy replacement the park has planned.” Coaster Addict Chief Knowledge Officer, Danny Miller, has always been an avid fan of this wooden roller coaster and is sad to hear about its removal. “Often underrated, the Georgia Cyclone has so much character and soul. Unfortunately, change is inevitable and a necessary evil in today’s evolving amusement industry.”
After adding the highly-popular Justice League: Battle For Metropolis from Sally Corporation in 2017, some did not expect such a new addition coming so soon, but the future looks bright for Six Flags Over Georgia. Until then, get your final laps in on the iconic Georgia Cyclone.