Six Flags Over Georgia plans new family-friendly rides for 2016

Bugs Bunny is getting a new home at Six Flags Over Georgia — and some new neighbors too.

For 2016 the amusement park is renovating and expanding Bugs Bunny World, the aging section of the park featuring rides for kids and visits by the Warner Bros. cartoon characters. The wascally wabbit’s area will be reborn as Bugs Bunny Boomtown.

Adjoining it will be a new area called DC Super Friends, with rides and attractions carrying the names of popular DC Comics superheroes. Six Flags says it is the first such themed kids area at any amusement park.

Together the family-friendly lands will feature a dozen rides, most of them new and some rethemed from existing attractions.

“Parents wanted a place to spend time with their children in a vibrant, colorful, interactive area,” said Dale Kaetzel, president of Six Flags Over Georgia. “There will be something for every member of the family to do.”

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Many of the rides will be mild enough for youngsters, yet exciting enough for the entire family to enjoy together. Those include Superman Tower of Power, which bounces riders up and down a 65-foot pillar, and Daffy Ducks Bucket Blasters, which lets riders shoot water guns at each other as their bucket-shaped vehicles spin around.

The improvements will mean that Six Flags in three years has “reimagined and re-created about one-third of the park,” coming after the Hurricane Harbor water park addition in 2014 and this year’s new rides and improvements in Gotham City, Kaetzel said.

The last major improvement to Bugs Bunny World was the addition of the Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster roller coaster in 2004; the area had been largely unchanged for decades before then.

The coaster will remain, but next year it will return as the Joker Funhouse Coaster and its area will become part of the DC Super Friends section. The area in addition will feature four new rides, based on Wonder Woman, Batman and other DC Comics characters.

Bugs Bunny Boomtown will contain seven new or rethemed attractions drawing on the names and antics of Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, the Road Runner and others.

To provide more room for the expansion, several buildings and structures around the current Bugs Bunny World will be removed, resulting in a larger and more open space. Construction will begin this fall, and parts of Bugs Bunny World will be closed during the refurbishment. The park will post updates at www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

Bugs Bunny Boomtown is scheduled to open in early spring 2016, while DC Super Friends should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, Kaetzel said.

Six Flags White Water, the companion water park in Marietta, also will add a new attraction for 2016.

The park’s old racing slide will be removed and replaced by Wahoo Racer, a six-lane, snaking complex of slides. Instead of racing side by side, the six lanes start off together, then split apart into twists and turns before joining together toward the end for a sprinting finish.

The slide, the largest of its kind, will be nearly 60 feet tall, and its multicolored slide tubes will be easily visible from nearby I-75, according to Six Flags.

Wahoo Racer will open for Six Flags White Water’s 2016 season in mid-May.

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