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Park News - (3/7/21) We now know what ride Six Flags chose to retire from Six Flags over Georgia. Based on a post sent my way from a fan group for VonRoll Skyrides, it was stated that the Sky Buckets that used to travel across the park, from a station near Pandemonium over to the other side of the park near Acrophobia, is now no more. I would actually be surprised if they have demolished anything at all, so I’m sure the ride stations and many support towers will be left standing until they are ready to remove them. The only sign of the Sky Buckets still on the park’s website is on the park map page, which is actually still the park map from 2019 that lists Pandemoniun as being “NEW” and no sign of last year’s additions: Catwoman Whip and Poison Ivy Toxic Twist.
A video showing off the Sky Buckets from 2018 can be found below, updated to list it as having an operational history from 1968-2020 and is now “DEFUNCT”. It was also pointed out that with the closure of the Sky Buckets at SFOG, the last Six Flags park to still have a VonRoll Skyride is now the unique double-line one at Six Flags Great Adventure. Don’t be surprised if you spot some cabins or other hardware from this ride show up in New Jersey over the next year.
(3/2/21) Six Flags over Georgia has confirmed that the park will open for the 2021 season on Saturday, March 6, 2021. “We can’t wait to welcome our guests back to Six Flags Over Georgia for our 54th year. This season will feature the re-introduction of one of our many world-class rides, THE RIDDLER Mindbender, in the new Gotham City section,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We look forward to delivering thrills and memories for guests of all ages in a safe, outdoor environment.”
Speaking of “The Riddler Mindbender”… don’t look for it to be ready on opening day. According to the press release The RIDDLER Mindbender “opens in the Spring” and “complete the reimaged GOTHAM CITY” area of the park. On another positive note, look for the Summer 2021 season at Six Flags over Georgia to finally last through to Labor Day, with the park adding 17 additional operating days to their calendar in August through to Labor Day in September. Previously the park would always go to weekend operations in early August due to the early start of the school season in the region.
(1/25/21) New Mindbender Construction Photos (MORE...)
(1/19/21) An all new drive-thru experience is coming to Six Flags over Georgia. Look for the Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru at the park from January 28 through to February 28, 2021 with tickets to go on sale sometime on January 19. According to the description the attraction will bring the world of Hot Wheels to life right outside your car windows as you “Drive through a LARGER THAN LIFE showcase of everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, robots and more! Travel through a portion of Six Flags Over Georgia where the Garage of Legends vehicles will be on special display! EVERY ticket purchased includes a Hot Wheels 3-Car Park for FREE!”
2021 - The RIDDLER Mindbender - (2/27/21) A press release from Six Flags confirms that when The Riddler Mindbender opens in the spring it will indeed feature “new roller coaster trains” with a sleek new look. I can’t wait to see what they look like, or if they could be similar to the one’s built for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Revolution a few years ago.
(1/25/21) Mindbender at Six Flags over Georgia is getting ready to return in glorious form at Riddler Mindbender for the 2021 season. The classic Schwarzkopf coaster has been getting a lot of tender loving care over the past year as it has remained closed for refurbishment. Entire sections of track appear to have been replaced, while the rest of the coaster has been getting a fresh new paint job in a stunning but deep Riddler appropriate green color.
We’ve been sent a couple of aerial photos overlooking the site taken this week where you can see some of the unpainted new track sections in place on the coaster, while other areas shine from the fresh new paint. (Photo credit: Nyck Henderson).
One thing we haven’t heard much about was the idea of replacing the original Mindbender trains with all new trains. Previously one of the train’s from Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain was spotted at the park in 2020, presumably for testing on Mindbender. We don’t know if they decided to go through with that plan or keep and refurbish the existing trains instead.
(1/13/21) I haven’t seen any pictures yet, but Screamscape sources tell us that there are now new unpainted sections of coaster track sitting in the Six Flags over Georgia parking lot for the Mindbender refurbishment project.
(8/15/20) Is Premier Rides making all new coaster trains for The Riddler Mindbender for 2021? I think they could be, according to a new press release from the company.
(7/23/20) A reader sent in some new pictures from Six Flags over Georgia taken this week showing off some of the extensive track work taking place on the Mindbender, which will return in 2021 as The Riddler Mindbender. They also included quick pics of this year’s two new rides in the Gotham City area which are now open.
(6/10/20) There is an interesting note that “Mindbender will debut in 2021”, which seems to indicate that they never finished the extensive rehab that was started over the winter on the old Mindbender coaster. “Debut” is kind of a strong word for a coaster that has been around since 1978 as “Mind Bender”, but the long standing rumor was that the rehab would also involve a small identify change to include a clear tie to the Riddler villain character, which has been silently done to the queue and added question-mark theming to the trains for years anyway. An earlier version of the park’s website also briefly changed the name of the coaster to ‘THE RIDDLER Mindbender”, so this may still be in the works anyway.
All new trains could also be added to the ride, as Six Flags Magic Mountain sent one of their new trains from their New Revolution to the Georgia park, which was spotted on site in photos posted back in December. Either way, it looks like we now know what the park is planning for next year already.
(2/25/20) A reader passed by Six Flags over Georgia earlier today and managed to grab a photo of some track work being done to the Mindbender.
(2/7/20) Screamscape sources tell us that some kind of rehab or repair is being done to the Mindbender at Six Flags over Georgia. Portions of the coaster’s track have been removed by cranes and placed in the parking lot and a collection of large brown boxes have arrived on site as well.
I’m not sure which sections of track have been removed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled out some of the track sections that have gone underwater when the area floods around the second loop.
(12/3/19) Special thanks to a reader for sending in a very interesting photo they took at Six Flags over Georgia this week. Pieces of a new coaster train were spotted on site near the lift hill and first drop of Mindbender that looked a little familiar. It seems Six Flags Magic Mountain sent one of their New Revolution trains to Georgia, which we can only assume will be used for testing purposes on Mindbender.
This likely means that the current crop of trains may be in need of replacement, sooner than later. This makes me wonder about the status of the trains on Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas, as both coasters opened in 1978.
(Photo Credit - Will Thomas)