A Review of Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Over Georgia
Located near the back of Six Flags Over Georgia you’ll find Great American Scream Machine. In typical Six Flags fashion it shares its name with another roller coaster in the chain. The other Great American Scream Machine was an Arrow looper at Six Flags Great Adventure. Georgia’s version is an out-and-back wooden roller coaster built in 1973. Its situated partly on a pond as it takes riders out to the very edge of the park and back. Here’s an aerial view.
Sporting a red, white, and blue all-American theme, it’s a good-looking classic woodie. As you’d expect for an older ride, the wait was pretty short. You’re treated to a nice view of the area as you approach the ride’s ten story tall peak. An 85-foot plunge sends the trains down to the pond’s surface below. The textbook ups and downs were were somewhat rough, but not too bad for its age. Scream Machine gave a bumpy ride, but it wasn’t approaching the painful jack-hammering roughness of other woodies. There’s a the turn at the far end of the circuit and the trip home has more of the same with a bit of a surprise. The last two or three short hills did provide some good airtime. And, the very last hill delivers a great head chopper moment as it drops you right under a shelter as you hit the brakes.
I wouldn’t call Great American Scream Machine uneventful, but I wouldn’t call it too exciting either. It’s an average wooden coaster that’s not so rough or boring that you should avoid it. But also it’s not so great that you need to rush to it either. Final Rating 5.0 (Average)
Great American Scream Machine is rated TR for Traditional. It’s a 2 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale. It’s a good roller coaster for novices and kids working their up to more adventurous rides.
Remember the Atlanta flood of 2009? Check out this aerial footage of Great American Scream Machine underwater during a flood back in 2009.