Imagineering an American Dreamscape, a Book Review

Imagineering an American Dreamscape by Barry R. Hill, a Book Review

The history of Disney Parks and larger regional amusement parks, like Cedar Point and Six Flags, have been well-documented. But what about the other theme parks? The ones that helped usher in the idea of themed entertainment or were part of the 1970s amusement/theme park revival? How does the growth of regional theme parks fit into the landscape of the history of theme and amusement parks? With Imagineering an American Dreamscape: Genesis, Evolution and Redemption of the Regional Theme Park, author Barry Hill shares a well-written and well-presented history of America’s theme parks. One that is sure to intrigue and take you on a wonderful stroll down memory lane of your favorite local park. Or parks.

Why Do You Need to Read This Book?

Contrary to popular belief, theme parks didn’t start with Disneyland in 1955. The term theme park was born with the opening of Walt’s nascent park, but the idea of theme parks had existed in a few parks prior to Walt’s creation. Barry wastes no time jumping into the history of parks by exploring pre-Disneyland, Walt’s influences, and, then, the major players, like Angus Wynne, Busch, Randall Duell, and so many others.

I’ve been a Disney park fan for most of my life and a self-styled Disney historian since the mid-1990s. After being on an award-winning podcast for years and writing weekly histories of Disney, I started to wonder how we got to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. What about other world-class parks like Universal and Busch Gardens Tampa? Where did they start and how did parks change over the years?

And why do so many people know so little about theme park history?

Look at that: almost 100 pages dedicated to an index, notes, a bibliography, and other important background information!

If you’ve ever visited a Six Flags park, Cedar Point, Kings Island, Holiday World, Great America, Hersheypark…or so many others, then this book is a treat. Barry takes the history of theme parks seriously and offers a condensed story of how the parks came to be, evolved, survived, and, in some cases, quietly slipped away.

If anything, this book will afford Disney fans the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and understand the larger tapestry of theme parks that exist outside of Disney and Universal. For most of the parks presented, Barry takes us back in time to wander the opening season of the park to look at the design and early attractions. It really is a stroll down memory lane.

What’s Inside Imagineering an American Dreamscape?

Barry ruminates on the successes and failures of so many parks and the forces behind the parks. When Barry talks about Carowinds (Charlotte, NC), he shares the inside story of E. Pat Hall, the Charlotte-area business man who planned to bring a Disneyland-style resort to the booming city. Massive plans included a short-lived monorail and hotels. The looming energy crisis changed everything, as it did with Taft, Marriott, and other regional parks. Some survived, some were bought out, and some just languished.

Obviously, Barry can’t cover every park, but he does share the ones that influenced the themed industry more than others. My only complaint about the book relates to the lack of maps and photographs to illustrate the work. Barry addresses this in the book by directing readers to his website: Rivershore Creative.

Randall Duell and the Duell Loop: the Ultimate Theme Park Designer

We also get an inside look at some of the most important people in the theme park industry. Barry spends pages discussing Randall Duell, the architect responsible for the modern theme park. Duell was able to take the successes of Disneyland and translate them into early Six Flags parks. He became the most in-demand designer and is responsible for being able to integrate thoughtful design, architecture, and theming.

After the main sections of the book, Barry introduces us to Mel McGowan and Rick Bastrup. Both are McGowan is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Storyland Studios; Bastrup is President and Head Designer of R&R Creative Amusement Designs. Both offer salient chapters on Duell and other theme park design legends. McGowan and Bastrup share the stories as fans and industry insiders.

In all honesty, Imagineering an American Dreamscape is almost the story of Randall Duell. The warp and weft of the theme park industry is ingrained with so many of Duell’s deft touches and ideas. I’m so glad Barry presented the book in this way.

So, yes, you should grab this book. And, yes, you will enjoy it. Barry has written a work on a staggering subject and he has distilled it to the most important concepts and people. You will learn something from Barry’s work, regardless of your prior theme park experiences.

What is your favorite regional park? Mine is Kings Island.


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Six Flags Magic Mountain

George Visits Six Flags Magic Mountain

A few weeks ago, I spent one day at Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. Then I spend the next two days at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

There are FOUR coasters in this photo from the parking lot: Goliath, Superman, Twisted Colossus and Scream!

Why? Because Six Flags Magic Mountain boasts 19 roller coasters and they were hosting the American Coaster Enthusiasts convention. Plus, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Twisted Colossus. Would it live up to the hype?

George Visits Six Flags Magic Mountain Video

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Obviously, I rode a bunch of coasters (fifteen total) and I got to hang out with fellow coaster enthusiasts. Of the fifteen coasters, three turned out to be completely amazing and one of them might actually be in my top two, if not my favorite. It was very strange to run into filming locations from National Lampoon’s Vacation, but you can see how the park has grown and changed since the film was released. Also, the iconic Twisted Colossus, before it was reborn, was used in a variety of movies, television shows and commercials. Since you could see it from the parking lot, it was an ideal coaster to film.

Have You Ever Visited Six Flags Magic Mountain? What’s Your Favorite Coaster?


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Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags over Georgia

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags over Georgia

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is a dark ride that opened in the spring of 2017 at Six Flags over Georgia. The dark ride premiered in 2015 at Six Flags over Texas and SIx FLags St. Louis. I had the chance to see the Joker animatronic at IAAPA and it was incredibly impressive. Needless to say, I was looking forward to experiencing this without making a trip halfway across the country.

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags over Georgia Video:

Check out my spoiler-free review of the ride that includes some history and a look at the queue, including the Cyborg animatronic.

After the ride, you do see your score and you’re ranked within the vehicle and for the day. You’re also led through a DC gift shop and then into the blazing, hot Georgia sun. I do wish there were more shade canopies.

The Hall of Justice looks great and really draws your eye from various points in the Metropolis area.

Overall, it’s s fun dark ride and a much needed family experience for Six Flags over Georgia. I do wish that all the Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks would add more family-friendly attractions that could be enjoyed by people that don’t want to ride the coasters. Or aren’t tall enough. Most of the complaints I hear about the regional amusement parks center around there not being enough for families with pre-teens and Tweens to do.

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman statues in the queue inside the Hall of Justice. How weird would it be to come to work every day and see a statue of yourself?

Have you had a chance to experience Justice League: Battle for Metropolis? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Six Flags Over Georgia 50 Thrilling Years Press Release

Six Flags Over Georgia 50 Thrilling Years

Six Flags Over Georgia sent over this press release detailing the 50th Anniversary. They also included a handful of some pretty cool historic images of different attractions. Some are vintage images of current rides and a few are images of long gone attractions.

AUSTELL, Ga. — June 16, 2017 — Innovation, world record-breaking coasters and millions of memories set the stage, as Six Flags Over Georgia – the Thrill Capital of the South – celebrates 50 golden and thrilling years on June 16.

“Six Flags Over Georgia holds a special place in the hearts of many park guests and team members,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “While the definition of thrills has certainly changed over the years, Six Flags Over Georgia continues to deliver experiences that span generations and stand the test of time.”

Sky Buckets and Railroad

The park is celebrating the special occasion with a number of in-park events for guests and team members, including:

  • Park Promenade and popular Georgia Cyclone roller coaster early opening;
  • A Grand Opening celebration for the company’s flagship 4,000 square foot Coaster Candy store with costumed characters, balloon artists and more;
  • A park opening celebration with state and local tourism leaders presenting a proclamation marking June 16, 2017 as Six Flags Over Georgia Day in the State of Georgia;
  • A look back over the past 50 years of thrills with the all-new “Can’t Stop The Feeling – 50 Years of Music and Memories” show in the historic Crystal Pistol Music Hall; and
  • A tribute to former and current employees with a special Anniversary Party and after-hours ride time on several of the parks most popular rides and attractions.

On this special day, Six Flags Over Georgia is also celebrating the innovations from the past 50 years, including the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis 4D high-action ride, which opened this season.

“The next 50-plus years will be just as fun and exciting. We look forward to creating new thrills and new memories for guests of all ages for decades to come,” said Kaetzel.

Dahlonega Mine Train

Six Flags Over Georgia is now open daily through August 6. Season Passes and All Season Dining Plans to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are available online atwww.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

Southern Star Amphitheater

Dahlonega Mine Train

Viper!

Ninja – Now Blue Hawk

Six Flags Railroad

Great Gasp

Great American Scream Machine

Great American Scream Machine

Great American Scream Machine

Great Gasp

Six Flags Atlanta
Photo by: Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Fireworks Over Great American Scream Machine

Dahlonega Mine Train

VR Drop Tower at Six Flags Over Georgia!

VR Drop Tower at Six Flags Over Georgia! Press Release

I’m always up for a new experience at a theme park. I loved the VR Coasters experience that I rode at FunSpot during IAAPA in 2015 and 2016. I think adding the virtual reality to the drop ride concept is a great next step. Except I’m not so sure about spiders…why did it have to be spiders?


North America’s First Drop Tower VR Ride Launches for 50th Anniversary Season at Six Flags Over Georgia

  • North America’s first-ever permanent drop tower – Drop of Doom VR with mutant spiders – to debut March 11
  • Park to fulfill Atlanta Falcons bet with sister park Six Flags New England
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis 4D construction on time for scheduled May opening

 

AUSTELL, Ga. — March 3, 2017 — Six Flags Over Georgia, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” today announced an all-new virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR. The country’s first-ever permanent drop tower VR attraction is a thrilling, immersive encounter with giant, mutant spiders and makes its debut on March 11, as part of the park’s 50th anniversary season.

“We continue to explore new opportunities utilizing Samsung Gear VR technology and this drop tower concept is a great example of the ability to change content for different rides,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We look forward to having our guests experience Drop of Doom as we kick off the beginning of a very special year, filled with new thrills, new reasons to visit and new memories to be made with family and friends.”

Riders, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, will become the pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:

  • A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
  • A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
  • A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
  • A thrilling virtual 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and
  • The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.

For a limited time only, guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission.

The VR Drop Tower Experience at Six Flags Over Georgia

For Opening Weekend, Six Flags Over Georgia will honor the Big Game bet with its sister park, Six Flags New England. As a result of the Atlanta Falcons’ loss, the park will rename its 240-foot tall swing ride, The Patriots SkyScreamer and Park President Dale Kaetzel will ride the thrilling attraction, wearing a Patriots jersey. The park will sell a limited amount of New England clam chowder to All Season Dining Plan guests.

Later this Spring, the high-action thrill ride JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis in 4D will make its debut. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is an engaging, full-sensory action ride, with guests joining forces with BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH and GREEN LANTERN, using stun blasters to defeat Lex Luthor, The JOKER and his henchmen. Recently named by USA Today as one of the 12 most anticipated theme park rides for 2017, construction on this state-of-the-art attraction and the all-new Metropolis Park is nearly complete.

Six Flags Over Georgia is open on weekends March 11 through May 14 and daily for Spring Break April 1 – 9. Summer daily operation begins on May 20Season Passes and the All Season Dining Pass to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water in Marietta, which provide unlimited visits and meals all season long, are available online.


Are you going to visit Six Flags Over Georgia to try out the new VR Drop Tower?

DC SUPER FRIENDS Area Debuts at Six Flags Over Georgia

World’s First DC SUPER FRIENDS Area Debuts at Six Flags Over Georgia

DC Super Friends area debuts at Six Flags Over Georgia!

New Attractions for the Entire Family Open to Kick-Off Summer Vacation Season

AUSTELL, Ga. — May 27, 2016 — The Super Heroes and Super-Villains – BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE JOKER and HARLEY QUINN reign supreme, as the world’s first DC SUPER FRIENDS themed area debuts at Six Flags Over Georgia. The five thrilling new rides and attractions at The Thrill Capital of the South are designed for the entire family to experience together.

The Joker Funhouse Coaster

“We are excited to unveil this thrilling new section just in time for the start of the summer vacation season,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “This area, combined with the addition of Bugs Bunny Boomtown earlier this year, solidifies Six Flags Over Georgia as the perfect destination for family fun.”

Superman Tower of Power

The all-new DC SUPER FRIENDS area features five exciting rides and attractions, including:

Wonder Woman Flight School

  • SUPERMAN Tower of Power, releasing the dare devil in thrill-seekers of all ages to take on this 65-foot tall bouncing thrill ride;
  • The BATCOPTERS, an opportunity to help save Gotham City by flying high in the sky;
  • WONDER WOMAN Flight School, where pilots can earn their wings by flying their own jet;
  • HARLEY QUINN Games, filled with villainous games to test your skills against the best in the family; and
  • THE JOKER Funhouse Coaster, the supreme family thrill ride named after the ultimate Super-Villain, featuring 900 feet of track, speeding at 30 miles per hour.

The Batcopters

Wonder Woman Flight School

Are you going to visit the DC Super Friends area at Six Flags Over Georgia?

Six Flags Over Georgia is also announcing the opening of Hurricane Harbor for its third season. The massive water park features acres of water thrills, including the award-winning Tsunami Surge water slide with a 45-foot zero gravity wave wall. Hurricane Harbor is free with park admission.

The park is open daily through August 7. Additional announcements regarding new thrills for the park’s 49th season will be released in the coming weeks and months.

Six Flags VR Coaster Announcement

Six Flags VR Coaster Announcement

Six Flags VR Coaster?

Sign me up!

I had the chance to experience the VR Coaster at IAAPA 2015 on the FunSpot Freedom Flyer. It was such an amazing experience that I knew it would revolutionize the industry. Six Flags just announced that they would be bringing online several VR Coasters throughout their different parks. The Dare Devil Dive Coaster at Six Flags over Georgia will feature the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster. This surprised me, at first, but made sense after thinking about the load and unload needs of the Dare Devil Dive Coaster and the Six Flags VR Coaster headset.

For the VR Coaster experience (or any of the Six Flags VR Coaster experiences), you’ll don a Samsung Gear VR Headset before the ride. When I rode the VR Coaster at Funspot, I chose to wear my glasses and the headset fit snuggly and didn’t bother me in the least. It was pretty amazing to sit on the coaster with the headset and see a completely different environment all around me.

North America’s First Virtual Reality Coaster Coming to Six Flags Over Georgia North America’s first virtual reality roller coaster (VR) is coming to Atlanta, as The New Revolution at Dare Devil Dive is set to debut at Six Flags Over Georgia. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, riders will become “co-pilots” on their own virtual fighter jets and be transported into a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion.
The New Revolution at Dare Devil Dive will feature:

  • The incredibly immersive world of virtual reality – straight up nearly 100 feet to the top of a towering skyscraper;
  • A 95 degree launch off the edge of a building – beyond vertical;
  • Darting between buildings and extreme aerial moves at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour;
  • Daring aerobatic maneuvers through three inversions and zero-gravity hills; and
  • An exhilarating battle sending you head over heels through 2,100 feet of twisted steel track to fight alien forces and save all mankind.

2016 Season Passholders will experience The New Revolution exclusively March 12 and 13 for opening weekend. The virtual reality coaster will open to the public on March 19 for a limited time only.

The integration I experienced was truly seamless and I never felt like I had motion-sickness at any time. You pull real Gs (based on the coaster) and the coaster environment is a perfect next step for VR. The Six Flags VR Coaster is going to blow people away.

When you move your head while wearing the Samsung Gear while riding the Six Flags VR Coaster, you get a complete panorama that moves with you.

I rode the Dare Devil Dive Coaster last season (2015) and enjoyed the experience, except for the load and unload. It seemed to add more than the length of the ride to make sure every person was loaded (I’m never going to knock safety). But the wait in the queue was fairly long and the addition of the VR headsets is just going to make it longer.

Overall, I loved the Dare Devil Dive Coaster. It’s very smooth and pulls Gs in all the right places. The initial ride of the 95-foot lift hill can be daunting, but the VR headsets should make it more enjoyable. It is a very short ride. A short but satisfying ride.

I’m very excited for this addition to the roller coaster industry and for virtual reality. It really works and I can’t wait to try out the New Revolution myself!

Are you going to try the Six Flags VR Coaster at Six Flags over Georgia? Or at a Six Flags near you?

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Did you get to take part in this record-setting event? Over 200 couples kissed under the mistletoe during the Holiday in the Park event.

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

More than 200 Couples Now World Record Holders in Romantic Event at Holiday in the Park®

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

AUSTELL, Ga. — December 12, 2015 Six Flags Over Georgia set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe at Once, tonight, December 12, during the second season of its Holiday in the Park celebration. 201 couples (402 people) joined hands and kissed for at least 10 seconds under romantic sprigs of live mistletoe from Mistletoeing.com, to set the world record in the all-new Mistletoe Mansion section, during an event sponsored by DenTek.

“Holiday in the Park is a special time of year and tonight, our guests created a lifelong memory by kissing under mistletoe and setting a new world record at Six Flags Over Georgia,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “This holiday celebration is quickly becoming a growing family tradition in Atlanta and we look forward to many more memories that will be created this year and beyond.”

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

“This is the most exciting event I’ve been to. Everyone was so happy to participate in the record. It is a memory that will last a lifetime,” said GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator Tavia Levy.

“We wanted to create a fun and out-of-the-box way to remind everyone how important it is to take care of their oral health throughout the busy holiday season, which can ultimately affect having kissable fresh breath. Partnering with Six Flags Over Georgia to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS is a perfect opportunity to remind everyone to stay mistletoe ready by flossing and protecting smiles,” said DenTek Brand Director Rachel Scharfman. “We are able to ensure that all of the participants had fresh breath for the kiss with our minty Comfort Clean Floss Picks with fluoride.”

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia is a holiday celebration, during which the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with dazzling Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides. The event includes 13 special holiday-themed sections of the park including the all-new Holiday CityMagic of the Season Light Show, Mistletoe Mansion and GloHill. In addition, guest-favorite sections return in 2015, including A Georgia Christmas with peach lightsA Main Street Christmas with a light canopy featuring more than 165,000 lights, artificial snow and more, plus the iconic topping of the event – the Candlelight Carousel.

Six Flags Over Georgia Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ® for Most Couples Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Holiday in the Park operates on December 13 and then daily from December 19 through January 3, 2016 except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More information can be found at www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

 


About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

 About DenTek

DenTek is a worldwide leader in innovative oral care products including floss picks, interdental brush cleaners, dental guards for nighttime bruxism, disposable dental picks, braces care and dental repair. DenTek products are available in over 30 countries worldwide and in retail stores nationwide including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Kroger. Visit www.DenTek.com for more information.

Six Flags Over Georgia Looking for Elves!

I know…Halloween isn’t over and we’re talking Christmas! But, Six Flags Over Georgia is looking for some Holiday helpers this Holiday Season.

Do you have what it takes to help out the Big Guy?

Six Flags Over Georgia Searching for Elves and Other Santa’s Helpers to Fill Roles in Expanded Holiday in the Park® Celebration

Park Hiring for Holiday Celebration with Four New Themed Sections and More Thrilling Rides

AUSTELL, Ga. — October 27, 2015 The most wonderful time of the year is drawing near, as Six Flags Over Georgia begins its searching of elves, singers, dancers and additional team members to fill 800 positions for the expanded Holiday in the Park® wintertime celebration, beginning November 21.

The Holiday in the Park celebration transforms the park into a winter wonderland with more than one million LED lights, 13 holiday-themed walk-through experiences, 22 thrilling rides, dazzling Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows and the North Pole Express where Santa and his elves are waiting for holiday wish-lists.

In 2015, four new holiday traditions and five thrilling rides will debut for Holiday in the Park, including:

  • Holiday City, a new themed-section of the park in GOTHAM City featuring spectacular green and purple lights, a 25 foot Christmas tree with 200 brightly lit Batman candles, a light string Christmas tree standing 40 feet tall, and five of the park’s most popular rides including BATMAN: The Ride;
  • Magic of the Season, a start-of-the-art light show through a tunnel of holiday wonder, featuring 7,500 glowing LED lights and the story of holiday magic at Six Flags Over Georgia;
  • Mistletoe Mansion, featuring dozens of mistletoes strung across the midway, more than 100,000 lights and chandeliers outside the famous Monster Mansion attraction for the most beautiful outdoor holiday ball of all in Georgia; and
  • GloHill, a new themed section of the park featuring an immersive experience through hundreds of glowing light sticks into Holiday City, where several guest-favorite holiday rides await.

Returning in 2015 are guest-popular attractions including A Main Street Christmas with a 165,000 light entrance canopy, Retro Christmas USA, A Georgia Christmas and more. In addition, Six Flags Over Georgia is partnering with CHURCH’S CHICKEN® as presenting sponsor of Holiday in the Park and will be wrapping their logo on the Georgia Scorcher roller coaster this holiday season.

Six Flags Over Georgia is now accepting applications from individuals interested in joining the Holiday in the Park team. Positions are currently available in entertainment, rides and culinary, among other areas. All applicants must be 16 years of age or order and apply online at sixflagsjobs.com. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview.

Holiday in the Park operates on select nights from November 21 through January 3. 2016 Season Passes to Six Flags Over Georgia are now available online at www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia for the lowest price of the season and include admission to Six Flags White Water next season when purchasing four or more passes.

Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia

Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia

After experience my first haunts and mazes last weekend, I’m pretty excited to try some others! Six Flags over Georgia just sent this news release about their Fright Fest.

 

Evil Rises and Hundreds of Monsters Lurk Creating the Scariest Fright Fest Ever

23 Blood-Curdling Haunted Attractions Rise from the Ashes at Six Flags Over Georgia

AUSTELL, Ga. — September 25, 2015 — There is #NothingScarier than Six Flags Over Georgia’s 23 spine-chilling haunted attractions awaiting those who dare to enter the largest Fright Fest® event in park history. The annual ghostly experience kicks off on September 26 with nearly 400 zombies and monsters lurking in the dark of night through 11 all-new creepy scare zones, five petrifying mazes and seven terrifying shows.

“Our guests told us they would like us to turn up the scare factor during Fright Fest and we are delivering with an incredible lineup of chills and thrills,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We are confident this year’s Fright Fest will be one to remember and the number one Halloween attraction in Atlanta.”

In 2015, the #NothingScarier Fright Fest will feature more than a dozen all-new themed attractions, including:

  • The Mourning, a scare zone at the front of the park, where the dead walk and vultures feast;
  • Southern Cemetery, a scare zone, where evil spirits awaken the dead and offer the chance to indulge in one of Miss Dixie’s all-new Evil Spirited drinks;
  • Big Top Terror, a scare zone, with clowns of all shapes and sizes, along with sinister laughs in the all-new Curtain Chaos Maze and Tunnel of Blood;
  • Dr. Fright’s Frightorium 3-D, a haunted indoor maze, where an evil doctor is experimenting on his patients, trying to bring his wife and daughter back from the dead;
  • Bayou Bloodlust, a haunted outdoor maze through a swamp infested with evil voodoo priestess and her army of zombies and horrid creatures;
  • Miss Dixie’s Awakening, a new live show inside of Miss Dixie’s Evil Spirits with drinks, music and dead entertainment;
  • Fear Riders, a scare zone, featuring an infectious group of vampire bikers who can’t wait to sink their fangs into those who stand in their roadway; and
  • Fright Faced, a new interactive scare zone where park guests can take photos with the zombies, monsters and other scare actors lurking in their path, and get frightened by other attractions.

The event’s signature ghostly attractions are also back this year including Terror TrainThe Last Ride and Dr. Fright’s Dead Man’s Party at the Crystal Pistol Music Hall, along with all of the guest-favorite rides including THE JOKER Chaos Coaster, Goliath, BATMAN: The Ride, SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight and more.

Fright Fest begins each night with The Uprising, where bloodthirsty monsters are released into the dark of night, on the steps of the historic Crystal Pistol Music Hall.

During the day, the park is filled with tamer Thrills by Day Halloween activities for families to enjoy together, including a harvest festival, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, spooky stories and more. Children 12 and under are encouraged to wear a family-friendly costume to the park and take part in a costume contest with their favorite Looney Tunes friends.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia runs September 26 through November 1 on select days. For more information, please visit https://frightfest.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/.

Have you visited Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia before? Are you going to head to Fright Fest this year?