Today, Six Flags over Georgia has confirmed a recent rumor of the removal of a park icon, the Great Gasp thrill ride. To promote the end of the ride, Six Flags over Georgia has made August 13th and 14th the last days to ride the parachute ride. The event is called "The Last Gasp" and the date also marks the week the park will go back to weekends only operation.
The event will not only allow riders and enthusiasts to ride the classic one last time and give final farewells, but the park will also be giving away special edition buttons, commemorating the last gasps on Great Gasp that weekend. After nearly thirty years of operation, the 'Gasp will close for good.
The ride was built in 1976 by Intamin AG, as one of their rare Parachute Drop tower rides. The ride is one of three left in the United States, the other two being Texas Chute Out at Six Flags over Texas and Parachute Training Center at Six Flags Great Adventure. Great Gasp takes riders to heights of 200 feet and gently drops them, providing a ride intense enough for riders to lose their breath on the drop down. The ride also gives riders a bird's eye view of the Atlanta skyline.
The ride will be replaced with a rumored hyper/mega-coaster for the 2006 season. Other rides rumored to be removed in the area include the nearby Space Shuttle.