It took a while, but I finally made it down to Six Flags Over Georgia to ride Dare Devil Dive. It was a part of a guys getaway weekend. I was the only one in our group that had already been to the park, so I took the lead for that part of the trip. The ultra-steep, Gerstlauer-designed looper, Dare Devil Dive, was high on the to-ride list in my mental itinerary. It opened earlier this year as the park’s 11th roller coaster.
As we arrived at the park we noticed the ride was closed. I was a little nervous, but figured that it’d likely be open a little later. Luckily, plan b was the neighboring top ten steel coaster, Goliath. After a fun spin on that great coaster, Dare Devil Dive had just opened its queue. We zoomed through the queue and after a short wait, we boarded one of the ride’s six-person cars. The seats were pretty comfy and thankfully they only feature lap bars and not those often punishing not over-the-shoulder restraints.
The ride looks and feels very modern. Like clockwork, six-person cars were dispatched from the station, sent straight up a 90-degree, 95-foot peak, and sent plummeting down a beyond vertical 95-degree drop. Aside from the riders’ screams, the cars quietly whizzed by as they traversed the twisted red track. The whole feel was reminiscent of a looping wild mouse. Dare Devil Dive’s theming was pretty light and just a step above unnoticeable.
We crept out of the station and took an immediate U-turn to the right. There, we meet the 90-degree lift. Slowly it pulled us up the vertical tower. It was a tad unnerving as I was laying on my back on the way up. The car crested the top and rolled immediately into the drop. It was my first beyond vertical drop, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was gently pushed forward out of my seat, but I didn’t experience much of that sinking stomach feeling you associate with big drops. I just felt like I was leaning forward until we reached the bottom. I would categorize it as fun, but not really challenging.
Back on the ground, the car flew through the themed ‘rings of fire’. Then it leveled out and we charged into the first inversion, a dive loop. It’s one of my favorite elements and Dare Devil Dive’s packed a punch as it was taken at a good speed. Next, the car climbed up a banked curve, then back to the ground, and then into the immelmann which counts as the second loop. The immelmann was especially forceless and so smooth and fast that I barely knew that I was flipped.
The car went up into a quick brake run and then we were sent down a swooping drop next to the control tower. We snaked our way towards a tunnel that looked like a hangar. It was short and not very dark at all, but it did set up the ride’s best element. Right after we exited the hangar, the car crawled through a long, slow heartline roll. The roll was taken so slowly that I hung upside-down for what felt like forever. The ride finished with a right turn and then the station brakes.
Dare Devil Dive is a solid ride, but I was left a bit underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were a bit high because it was a brand new coaster and I’d never ridden a Gerstlauer. It’s a fun ride, but I wasn’t really impressed with the drop or anything else in the ride’s meandering layout except for that awesome heartline roll. That last inversion’s a 9 out of 10 as far as inversions go. The rest of Dare Devil Dive is just good and not great. Final Rating – 7.5 (Good Approaching Great)
Check out this on-ride POV video of Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia:
Dare Devil Dive is rated ‘TH’ for Thrilling. It’s a 3 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale. Even though it has two thrill factors (the beyond-vertical drop and loops), the ride is so smooth and mostly forceless that it doesn’t really have the bite to back up its bark. In short, guests shouldn’t be too intimidated by Dare Devil Dive. It’s thrilling, but not intense.
What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden Dare Devil Dive? What’d you think? Leave a comment below. Images 2 & 3 courtesy of Six Flags Over Georgia’s Facebook Page.