Cobb County Commissioner Woody Thompson, whose district includes Six Flags, said he lives close enough to Six Flags to hear the park's fireworks shows at night. He said the blasts are the sound of money coming into the area.
"It's one of the rites of spring," Thompson said. "It brings people to the area to stay and shop. It puts some of the teenagers back to work.
Malone said the company's two Cobb parks, Six Flags over Georgia and Six Flags White Water in Marietta, employ a total of 2,400 people at some point during the summer.
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On opening day Saturday, the theme park, located at 275 Riverside Parkway, will offer admission for $19.67 per person, commemorating when the park opened in 1967. To receive the discount, guests must donate at least six non perishable food items to the MUST Ministries food pantry.
While no new rides will open in 2012, Malone said Six Flags will have several new shows, including iLuminate, which features light up costumes in a production that takes place completely in the dark.
have a lot of exciting events that day, capped off with fireworks," park spokesman Brad Malone said.
The first 1,045 visitors on Saturday will also get a free commemorative ticket for the park's 45th anniversary celebration on June 16, the anniversary of the day Six Flags first opened.
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White Water will open for the season May 19 and close Sept. 3.
Though Six Flags Corp., which has 14 properties in North America, doesn't give out total revenue or attendance figures for its individual parks, the company had the highest earnings in its history last year with $350 million.
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Regular admission to the park is $54.99, though Six Flags is offering a summer Thrill Pass for the same price. The pass includes unlimited visits to the park through Sept. 30.
Regular admission for those under four feet tall is $34.99.
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