Planning a trip to Six Flags over Georgia, help neededSix Flags Over Georgia: Finally I plan on escaping Florida and I need your help.
From Gareth HSo here's the deal.
Posted July 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM
I've been living in the US for close to 5 years and in that time I've taking one vacation to Jamaica!
I'm planning on a trip. My first thought was going to the Keys, but after checking on hotel prices I decided to consider another state instead. With Georgia being the closest I did a little research, noticed that there was Six Flags over Georgia in Atlanta, and Atlanta being a place I've wanted to visit for a few years I thought I'd run with it.
So here is the help I need.
First, I'm thinking of heading up there at the start of Septemeber. I plan on leaving very early on a Wednesday morning, around 4am. Reason behind this is that I work in a bar 2 nights a week, Monday and Tuesday, and that is money that would be stupid to lose. So taking into consideration that I leave from ORLANDO at 4am, how long would it take me to drive to Atlanta, if I stuck to the speed limit the entire way and took a rest room/caffiene break every 3 hours.
Second, I would want to prebook a hotel for 3 night, Wed, Thurs and Fri, checking out Saturday.
Next, would one day be enough for Six Flags to hit all of the thrill rides, I don't mind purchasing any type of express/fast pass for myself (Wife doesn't do coasters), and are there any attractions that my wife can go on.
What are the prices for a one day ticket and would t be worth getting an annual pass for the both of us if we visited once more in the season?
Next, assuming one day in the ark would be enough, what other area attractions are there that we could both enjoy?
Assuming then that I leave on the Saturday morning, I would want to break up the return visit and stay in a hotel further south, about half way between Atlanta and Orlando, on the Saturday night.
Anywhere you could suggest that would be fun, again with reasonable hotels with Wifi.
I would want to get back to Orlando by late evening on Sunday at the very latest.
A trip itinerary would be most welcome, along with suggestions on what to do and visit.
Thanks in Advance
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From Gareth HBeach wouldn't be a day trip, but something to do on the return trip, suggestions for that would be great!
Posted July 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM
From David GrahamHey Gareth, I'm going to try to answer all your questions in order since I was just in ATL and 6 Flags 2 weeks ago.
Posted July 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM
1) drive time - you are looking at about an 8 hour drive roughly with no issues.
P.S. As for the beach you won't be near it UNLESS you go out I-20 to Savannah, GA and might be a longer trip home then by maybe 2 hours? Never gone that direction back. Most go to Lake Lanier up there for there beach if they can't afford a real beach trip. Also 6 flags has a water area included in the park, but not sure if in Sept I would want to do it, weather depending.
From Anthony MurphyAbout Flash Passes:
Posted July 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM
The way it works at Six Flags is a bit different than Disney. Yes, you buy it and its an electronic thingy, but you have two choices in getting flashpasses: Regular and Gold.
Examples: You want to go on Robert Niles Wild Ride, but it has a line of two hours. It is 10am
Regular- The current time of the ride is the time you wait. So, if you pick Niles Wild Ride, the machine will tell you to come back at 12
Gold- Thats more like the Disney one in which you wait a shorter time. So, if you pick Niles Wild Ride, the machine will tell you to come back around 11.
Some things to note: Gold obviously costs more, you can reserve the time anywhere in park (don't need to be by the attraction), and you can buy them online (recommended).
Something I do is after they scan my flashpass in (since its usually wait in a shorter line), I immediatly pick a new ride. I personally only get the regular flashpass.
Check out the rides that use flashpass and see if your wife would be willing to go on ANY of them. If there is one or two, it is worth getting the flashpass because the more you put on the flashpass, the cheaper it is per person.
Don't buy the food online ahead of time either. I mean you can, but there are some deals in the park as it is!
From David GrahamForgot one, in Valdosta, GA which is just across the state line there is a theme park too, called Wild Adventure. I have never been inside the park but have driven out past it just to see. I know it has a few coaster rides, train ride to see live animals from what it advertises. Then that will put you roughly 3 hours from Orl if you stay in Valdosta, just as a thought.
Posted July 27, 2009 at 8:13 AM
From Nick Markham^Yeah, that is the place I thought would be perfect for the part of your trip where you want to be half way between Atlanta and Orlando. I have not experienced either parks myself, but from reading many, many reviews and looking at info and more, I have accustomed myself to many parks around the world and I happen to know a good deal about these two (more so SFOG)
Posted July 27, 2009 at 10:46 AM
First, Six Flags. In this park, you need to hit the big coaster first, Goliath, and from there go throughout the park as you please. When it gets busier hit the smaller rides and when it dies down, pick rigfht back up with more big rides. FlashPasses are a very good idea, though they are very expensive, so if you don't have a lot of money to spend, then don't get these passes.
From Gareth HExcellent.
Posted July 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM
I'll take all of this into account, sounds really good, and hopefully I can plan this soon.
Thanks for all of your help guys!
From steve leeAnthony, unless SFOG has changed their Flashpass system in the last two years (which is entirely possible), you have to be at the attraction to queue it up into your QBot (there's a thing you have to scan to get it set-up). They claim the Gold knocks off 75 percent of the wait time, but in my experience it's actually more than that.
Posted July 27, 2009 at 2:50 PM
One day at SFOG should be more than enough, especially if you're using the Flashpass. But on a negative note, if your wife doesn't do coasters she's not going to have much to do. There's Monster Mansion, which is a nice dark ride (not Disney/Universal quality, mind you) and a very limited selection of flat rides and water rides.
So what I'm saying is: you better have something nice planned for her to do while you're in Atlanta. She's taking a hit going to the park, so you need to take a hit doing something she wants to do... the Aquarium is pretty nice but be careful or you may get stuck at the Margaret Mitchell house (assuming it doesn't burn down between now and then. That place has been rebuilt more times than the castle in Holy Grail).
We found a decent Days Inn up 85 that was surprisingly inexpensive ($40 a night). Do NOT be lured by cheap hotels on Fulton Industrial Blvd. It's just an exit down from the park, but it's totally crack alley.
Oh, and be careful with your dates - don't forget about Labor Day weekend. While it may not have an impact on the park, there's going to be tons of people there for Dragon-Con (the Southeast version of Comic-Con).
From Gareth HOK, so I"m nearly booked. Leaving Orlando at 4am Wednesday, straight after work, booking in at the La Quinta 15 miles from Altanta. Will be taking a couple of days to explore Atlanta and the National park, then heading to Six Flags on the Saturday as its seasonal.
Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:09 AM
Will be driving back once the park closes at 8pm.
Just a quick one, is Superman pretty much just Manta? Noticed it had a prezel loop so wondering if I should skip that as I've ridden Manta a few times, and hit something completlely new?
Any rides I should definately wait for, soemthing we don't have here in Florida?
Ans thanks to David for giving new the park maps so I can plan my day ahead :)
From steve leeSuperman isn't Manta, but it's not exactly dissimilar. Manta is easily the superior ride, but I would still recommend trying to take a spin if the wait isn't too bad. A credit is a credit, and a B&M credit is always better than a boomerang or a flying dutchman.
Posted August 31, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Have a good time in Atlanta - best burgers in town are at The Vortex (Little 5 location is way better than Midtown). If it's late and you're hungry, another great eatery is R Thomas Deluxe Grill (1812 Peachtree. For some reason their website isn't pulling up for me).
From Eli KatzmanOk, have fun Gareth! But some quick tips to remember:
Posted August 31, 2009 at 2:31 PM
Everyone is going to rush to Goliath when it opens, so run with them. Get the very back, and expect another ride later in the day. Head over to the schorcher before it gets too crowded, after. Then, go to the back of the park where Superman is, and hit that, before the crowds get to it. If the line says an hour, it will be at least an hour and a half when it gets crowded. Ninja will have short lines all day, so just come back to that later. Georgia Cyclone is fun, but kinda rough. Just brace yourself. Acrophobia has a cool effect, so go for that just for fun. Line is faster then it seems. GASM is pretty rough, but to me, about as fun as GC. Mind bender is cool (with intense g's), and Batman the ride is another awesome B&M invert replica.
I think that covers everything, except for one thing. Later in the day, Goliath will probably have an hour line, as it says from the sign in the que. Don't pay attention to that. with 3 trains, you'll be on in a middle row in a half hour less. But don't waste your time in that row. You need to get the front! Not to "down" your spirits, but when you first ride in the back, it won't seem that cool, and that it kinda let you down. But you have to get back in line later in the day for the front, no matter what. If you get to choose a seat, get far left, front! This will change your whole view on the day! Don't do it too early in the afternoon, or else it will feel like the other coasters suck. ;) Please ride in the back so you can compare.
Ok, have fun! Who are you going with?
Oh, keep in mind that Superman was B&M's first flyer! Try it out! Just think of how innovative it was when it first came out! ;)
From Gareth HOK, so here's what I've done so far.
Posted September 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Booked car rental. (Mine will not survive the trip)
$106 for a week, taxes included, from Advantage Car rental, booked through Priceline.
Additional $55 for 5 days of Insurance, saves any accidents costing me a fortune!
BEST PART - Hotel. Went on Priceline, name your own price. Decided to select a 3 start minimum hotel in a few locations that had an average price of $81 per night. Staying 3 nights, so thought I'd start low at $35 per night, and got accepted.
Purchased Six Flags Tickets. $29 each for one day, $15 for parking.
Wanted to Visit Stone Mountain park but is now seasonal, so only Saturdays and Sundays. As I"m leaving on Saturday night, and Six Flags is also seasonal, no can do :( Gutted!
SO may do the aquarium on the Friday now. Anyone been, anyone have any comments on it?
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