Fans of the nearly 30-year-old wooden behemoth at Six Flags Over Georgia had better act fast, because the park has announced that it will shutter the Georgia Cyclone for good at the end of the month. The last day to ride will be July 30.
The Georgia Cyclone was built in 1990 and, according to Six Flags, has given nearly 8.7 million rides since. The structure is about 100 feet tall and reaches speed of 50 miles per hour during its descent. The coaster was based on the classic Cyclone on Coney Island.
But while some nostalgia-minded fans are planning a tearful farewell, roller coaster enthusiasts are nearly bursting with excitement.
They say the coaster is probably not going away forever, exactly, but is likely undergoing a transformation from a wooden to steel track.
They call it the “RMC” treatment.
RMC stands for Rocky Mountain Construction. Six Flags and other theme parks have partnered with the company for years to re-track or build entirely new coasters from the ground up.
The renovations make the coasters faster, sleeker and smoother, an especially important factor for the Georgia Cyclone, which is known for being a particularly rough ride even for a wooden coaster.
Six Flags has not confirmed that RMC will be redesigning or retrofitting the coaster once it is closed, nor hinted at a replacement, but speculators point to telltale construction equipment found under the coaster last month.
The sequence of events for the Georgia Cyclone also bears a striking similarity to the closing of the Cyclone at Six Flags New England, wherein the Cyclone, a wooden coaster with the same design as the Georgia Cyclone, was closed permanently in 2014 after 31 seasons.
But it reopened a year later, tracked with steel and renamed the Wicked Cyclone, complete with new features and a faster ride.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE