Great American Scream Machine (Six Flags Over Georgia)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Great American Scream Machine
Six Flags Over Georgia
Location Austell, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°45′58″N 84°33′05″W / 33.766061°N 84.551463°W / 33.766061; -84.551463
Park section Lickskillet
Status Operating since March 31, 1973
Rider height 42 inch minimum
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations Don Rosser, John C. Allen, William Cobb
Type Wooden
Track layout L-Shaped Out and Back
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Serial number 142
Height 105 feet
Drop 89 feet
Top speed 57 mph
Length 3450 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 45°
Duration 2:00

Great American Scream Machine is an wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia, USA. It has been operating since 1973. Another coaster with the same name existed at Six Flags Great Adventure.


The roller coaster opened on March 31, 1973 as part of a new themed area called Cotton States Exposition of 1895.[1]

From March to May 1993, to celebrate Great American Scream Machine's 20th anniversary, the trains were turned to run backwards.[2] The coaster ran backwards again from March 10 to May 13, 2018.[3]

In 2017, the Cotton States Exposition section became Metropolis and the Lickskillet area was expanded to include Great American Scream Machine.

Great American Scream Machine was given a major refurbishment in 2022.[4]



Great American Scream Machine features an out-and-back layout that travels over the water with eleven drops. The color scheme of the ride is a combination of the colors, red, white, and blue; the same colors found on the flag of the United States of America.

Color scheme

Red track and white supports.


2 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.



  1. "Six Flags Opening Day Festivities To Introduce New Roller Coaster". The Atlanta Constitution.
  2. "Great American Scream Machine celebrates 20 years". The Times and Democrat. March 7, 1993. p. 31. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  3. "Last chance to ride Scream Machine backwards this weekend". MDJ.
  4. "New ride, changes to Great American Scream Machine coming to Six Flags, White Water".

External links

Articles on Six Flags Over Georgia