Alexander: Our Preservation Conference continued to the final host park, Six Flags Over Georgia, and with it came more than a little rainfall. It was simply too wet to have the camera out until after dinner, which took place in the picnic grove behind Blue Hawk.
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Here’s Blue Hawk in all its glory.
I was able to thank Six Flags Over Georgia park president Dale Kaetzel for choosing to remodel Ninja into Blue Hawk instead of scrapping it.
Blue Hawk was a project that Dale himself had pushed for despite some skepticism from his team. The risk of re-investing in the ride has paid off, however, as Dale informed me that Blue Hawk now has the highest ridership of any traditional looping coaster in the Six Flags chain.
Still a bit soggy but eager to ride, Six Flags escorted us to the U.S.A. & Gotham City areas of the park for ERT on each of the area’s roller coasters.
The Justice Friends are was still offering a few last-minute thrills before park close.
I’m pleased to report that Mindbender was running 2 trains for us. I hadn’t personally seen 2 train operation on the ride since 2014.
DareDevil Dive struggled to operate in the evening drizzle, but I think everyone in attendance was able to get a ride on it at some point.
The next morning we were treated to a preview of Justice League: Battle For Metropolis prior to its grand opening the following week.
It was nice to experience the ride in English after having my first ride on it at Six Flags Mexico. It’s a pretty solid ride, but I’m not certain if Six Flags parks will be disciplined enough to keep these rides in good shape over time.
Next we dedicated a plaque to the Great American Scream Machine. This marked the first time that two roller coasters were commemorated at a single Preservation Conference.
After the plaque dedication was lunch, which meant some good weather opportunities to capture Blue Hawk from the picnic grove.
We didn’t stick around the park much after lunch due to our eagerness to head up to the Great Smoky Mountains early for our Dollywood visit the next day.
However we snatch rides on most of the park’s coasters, plus rerides on Blue Hawk of course.
And that concludes the ACE Preservation Conference!
Thank you Alabama Splash Adventure, Lake Winnie, and Six Flags Over Georgia for playing such gracious hosts, and thanks to ACE for organizing such a great event!
The day after the Conference is Dollywood’s annual Lightning Rod Run event! Lots of great new Dolly-details to come in the next update!
For a full Six Flags Over Georgia Report, check out CCK’s detailed expose on the park from this past March.
Also check out some of our recent CCK and CCCK posts that I know you’ll LOVE:
Six Flags Magic Mountain Update – June 8th 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout + MORE!
Red White and Brews at California’s Great America
CCCK – Alabama Splash Adventure – ACE Preservation Conference 2017
Universal Studios Hollywood Update – May 24th 2017
Knott’s Soak City – 7 New Slides in a Revitalized Water Park
CCCK — La Feria Chapultepec Mágico + Perimágico — ACE South of the Border
California Coaster Kings’ Lego Adventure – Legoland California
Knott’s Berry Farm Update – May 10th 2017
Matterhorn FastPass and Splash Mountain Evac Update
CCCK — Six Flags Mexico — ACE South of the Border