The Georgia Cyclone is back — but with a twist.
Twisted Cyclone opens to roller coaster fans at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday. But we here at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with other media outlets, got an advance ride Wednesday.
The original attraction was all wood and known to be a bumpy ride. The new version combines the wood structure with a steel track for a smoother ride. And a whole mess of twists.
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In fact, the amusement park said the ride has 10 “airtime moments” with three “head-over-heels” moments along its 2,340 feet of track. It hits 50 mph.
The ride starts with a 75-degree drop (it was 50 degrees) from 96 feet and into a “reverse cobra roll,” which isn’t a type of sushi, but instead an upside-down twist.
The ride was built to look like a 1960s sports convertible.
Several other Six Flags parks have taken aging wooden coasters and converted them. The first was the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in 2011.
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Here’s what it’s like to ride the Twisted Cyclone from The AJC’s Kelly Audette:
In my personal opinion, it is pretty difficult to have a bad time on a roller coaster. Six Flags’ newest addition, Twisted Cyclone, is no exception. The replacement for Georgia Cyclone certainly lives up to the hype.
The ride only seems to last a few moments, but it is jam-packed with twists and turns! It starts out a bit jerky, but after the coaster gets going, it is a remarkably smooth ride.
It didn’t give me that ‘stomach in your throat’ feeling at all, and almost left me wanting a bit more action. For the quick ride, it packs a punch.
One thing that is notably absent from the Twisted Cyclone are shoulder harnesses you would normally see on roller coasters that go upside down. In my excitement, the fact that it went upside down escaped me, despite having seen the track (and the name itself.)
The ride is definitely worth testing! Make sure you’re prepared for the twists and to have a blast.
If you can’t wait for Saturday, check out the experience below:
Experience what it’s like to ride Six Flags Over Georgia’s Twisted Cyclone roller coaster in this perspective video. (Video provided by Six Flags Over Georgia)