Merry Christmas! As promised, here’s my review of Georgia Scorcher. I hope that you got what you wanted. And, more importantly that you were able to give to others and spend some time with your family and friends. Enjoy!
Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia
In recent years, stand up roller coasters have become a dying breed. Six Flags has been shuffling them around lately (Green Lantern & Apocalypse), but the last new stand up coaster in the World according to RCDB was 1999’s Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia. Compared to the maker’s (Bolliger & Mabillard) other newer stand up coasters like the aforementioned Green Lantern and Riddler’s Revenge, Scorcher is a bit of runt. In the shadows of Goliath, you’ll find the coaster’s compact, yellow track sitting on a small plot of land at the front of the park. Scorcher’s fun twisted layout gives guests a nice preview of the thrills to come once they’re inside the park.
While Georgia Scorcher is about 100 feet tall (instead of 130 to 150 feet tall) and it only has two inversions (where Mantis and the others have 4 to 6 inversions), that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I, along with many others, have reported the odd and at times intense leg pain while riding the larger stand ups. On Scorcher there are moments when the leg pressure is felt, but it never went all the way to pain for me.
After what’s likely to be a long wait as first-timers and novice riders figure out the position of the standing restraints, you board the four-across Bolliger & Mabillard trains. I won’t do a complete blow-by-blow account of this short ride, but it basically consists of a straight (not swooping) first drop that’s followed by a vertical loop, lots of turns and a “sneaky corkscrew”. I call the corkscrew “sneaky” because after a number of turns (including one that threads the vertical loop) the corkscrew is a bit of surprise. And, it’s hard to see it coming in the mix of tangled twisted track.
It’s a fun little looper that likely benefits from its relatively smaller size. The only complaint may be that some may feel cheated by its briefness if there’s been a considerable wait. Wait times for stand up coasters tend to be longer because of all of the adjusting that goes on as riders board the train. Still, Scorcher is a fun ride and a good addition to Six Flags Over Georgia’s lineup. Final Rating – 6.5 (Above Average Approaching Good)
Note – This video was filmed by professionals with permission from the park. For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.
Georgia Scorcher is rated ‘TH’ for Thrilling. It’s a 3 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale. It has 1 thrill factor, it’s two loops. Some could consider its unusual riding position another factor, but it doesn’t really add to the intensity of the ride. It’s relatively smooth and not very intense.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia? Do you agree with my rating? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of Coaster Image.