Mood: Delightfully Frightful
As soon as I smelled the funnel cakes and heard the screaming of adults and children alike, I knew it was going to be a GREAT evening. I had just walked into Six Flags Over Georgia’s Fright Fest!
I would first like to say that Fright Fest is a great idea for anyone who is a huge roller coaster junkie like me. I love, love, love the thrills of the rides no matter how high it goes or how many loops I might experience. However, what I do not enjoy is standing in long lines for hours on end, sweating so much that my skin sticks to the seats on the coasters (EWWWWW!!! I don’t even want to think about how many other people’s sweat is also on there), and hearing little kids screaming and running around. Cue the awesomeness of Fright Fest. Not only is the weather much cooler, you get to ride the rides at night and there are ALWAYS less people and thus less lines.
Right when my friend Jen and I entered, we immediately went to the first roller coaster we had in sight: Georgia Scorcher. From then on, we breezed through lines and went on the Mindbender (4 times!!!), Scream Machine, Superman, and more. We even went to a special event for dinner. Alcoholic beverages were served, but luckily I was smart enough to pass on that. I was very impressed with my self-control. I mean, who can pass up free wine?? However, can you imagine drinking and then enduring the twists and turns of a ride? Ugh. I’d be repeating my Spanish feeding the fish episode – hopefully making it to the nearest trash can in time.
Since the whole point of Fright Fest is to bring a little spookiness to the theme park, we decided to go on the special attractions. First up: the Terror Train. People, SAVE YOUR MONEY. Not only was this slow-paced theme ride NOT scary, I believe I wasted 40 minutes of my life that I can never get back. The Terror Train is a train ride through “haunted” lands where something “scary” is happening. Ummmm, no thanks. The conductor was not a very convincing actor either. His most common line was, “this can’t be good.” He was most certainly right. There were more robotic skeletons than real people and it was difficult to see what was even happening unless you were sitting on the edge of the train.
Next up: Dr. Fright’s Frightorium Haunted House. Let me preface this by saying I am a BIG baby and OMG I get scared very easily. I was certainly on edge entering the haunted house. The workers were clever and I was the lucky one asked to tell my name. After saying it once, it was passed along to everyone else in the following rooms, so whenever I walked in I received personalized spooks from every actor. “Allison, help me!”, “Allison, we’ve been waiiiiiiiiting for you”, “Allison, don’t go in there!” I definitely liked this special touch and I’m not going to lie – it creeped me out a bit more. It was like having my own personal stalker. Oooh!!! NOW I’ve arrived! You go through quite a few rooms and though it wasn’t that scary, it was definitely entertaining. The scariest times were when someone jumped out at me. Also, not only do strobe lights make for great techno dancing fun, but I learned they can also make any hallway seem quite frightening. I’ll remember that the next time I’m at a club and those flashing strobe lights are turned on.
Lastly for the night, I went on the EPIC Goliath. There were so few people left at the end of the night that I was able to ride in the front spot not once but TWICE….IN A ROW! Definitely the best ride. Plus, there’s nothing like seeing Atlanta’s skyline from the top of the track at night. If only I hadn’t eaten that last chicken finger at dinner. My stomach was doing a few too many flips. Back to feeding the fish.
All in all, Fright Fest is a GREAT way to experience Six Flags and not deal with the crowds and heat that the summer brings to a theme park. The scary rides were not that scary, but the roller coasters never fail to disappoint. Grab some friends and go get your adrenaline pumping!
I’m off to lay down and hope my head stops spinning from all the crazy twists and turns…