Last month, Six Flags Over Georgia announced that their classic wooden coaster, Georgia Cyclone, would be going away forever. In a pattern we’ve all come to recognize, the park came back today with the news that the ride will return next year as Twisted Cyclone—an IBox coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction.
Featuring a hybrid structure, Twisted Cyclone will combine the stunning appearance of a traditional wooden coaster with the flexibility of modern steel track, allowing for a more thrilling experience. After climbing to a height of 100 feet, the coaster will take riders through three inversions and ten airtime moments. The ride’s signature element will be a disorienting reverse cobra roll following the first drop.
Twisted Cyclone’s train will be themed to a 1960s sports car, and the coaster’s unique sky blue track takes a turn from the bright red that has become so common with IBox coasters. The ride will look great against the park’s skyline when paired with Goliath’s bright orange color scheme.
Watch Twisted Cyclone in action below:
I find it interesting that Georgia Cyclone’s already scanty length will be shortened by 570 feet as part of the treatment, while Cedar Fair’s transformed coasters will be extended in length. Does this have anything to do with Six Flags trying to save money? I found it refreshing to see Cedar Fair pushing to make their designs the best they can possibly be, and I wish Six Flags would do the same for their coasters—even if it means investing a bit more money.
Twisted Cyclone will join six other hybrids at Six Flags parks, meaning that over half of the chain’s parks now have a coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction. Which amusement park will be next to transform their aging wooden coaster? My guess is that we’ll see Monstre at La Ronde get the treatment in the next couple years.
What are your thoughts about Twisted Cyclone? I think it’s exciting to see that yet another solid coaster will be opening next year. For coaster enthusiasts, 2018 will be a year to remember.