Here’s the news fans of Six Flags Over Georgia have been waiting to hear: The bumper cars have been bumped from the park’s ride lineup.
For several days, the park has used social media to drop hints about the closing of a ride that has been a fixture for more than 30 years.
The classic ride has been thrilling kids of all ages since 1973, providing more than 5 million rides since its opening, according to Six Flags.
The ride will shut down at the end of the day Thursday, as the park celebrated its 49th birthday. It is closing to make room for a new attraction that will be “something BIG coming in 2017,” a Six Flags spokesman said.
The identity of the new ride, which is coming for the park’s 50th anniversary, will be announced in September.
For 2016, Six Flags Over Georgia refurbished its existing kids’ ride area into Bugs Bunny Boomtown and added an adjoining area, DC Super Friends, which has five new rides and attractions. The park also transformed its Ninja roller coaster into Blue Hawk, giving it new trains with more comfortable restraints, a new blue paint job and military theming.
Last year Six Flags added two family-oriented carnival-style rides to its Gotham City area: Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a Tilt-A-Whirl ride, and the Joker Chaos Coaster, a seven-story-tall loop of track.
What do you think of the decision to close the bumper car ride? Add your comments.
Tom Kelley contributed to this article.
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