Six Flags St. Louis was more of an afterthought on our Missouri trip plans, the main goal was Silver Dollar City and a visit to Worlds of Fun couldn’t be passed up since we’re Cedar Fair pass-holders, but Six Flags was in range of our driving plans so we decided to make a stop there as well. None of the coasters really stood out to us before the trip except Mr. Freeze. I had not been on the one in Texas or the similar former one in New Jersey so I was excited for this coaster. Well how was it and the rest of our day at Six Flags? Read on to find out!
Well we’ve arrived somewhere with mountains and roller coasters but are we at Six Flags?
I count Six Flags, appears we’re in the right place. 😛
Cake?!? Apparently St. Louis is celebrating 250 years this summer and has put cakes out at notable locations throughout the city. Wonder if we’ll see any more throughout the city. Hmm….
Holly and John had to wait in the guest services line to redeem their free ACE tickets, I however had a season pass. So time to get inside the park and take some photos. Hopefully the line doesn’t take too long.
Nice perk of having the season pass is walking right in!
Nice little entrance area for Six Flags.
Ohh American Thunder, ready for some GCI goodness.
Right in the front of the park is Batman the Ride, a staple at almost every Six Flags park.
The entrance to Hurricane Harbor. Looks almost Batman-ish. We got our fill of water parks yesterday so we’ll pass on this today.
Is this how you know you’re in a Six Flags park?
Nope! This is how you know, by the advertisements silly!
I’m gonna take a wild guess but that guy is probably hungry. 😛 A certain sign told me so!
Park looks decently busy today, but not overcrowded.
What’s that over there?
Holly and John got through the line pretty quickly. Between 15-20 minutes, that’s record speed for a Six Flags park!
Enter through the big freaky mouth.
Voted number one on Insane Coaster Wars season 3!
The line gives you a great view of the entire ride, so here it is!
What an amazing mass of steel.
Once you get into the station it’s a nice refreshing cold air. Really cold in fact, wonder what makes it so cold in here?
Must be the liquid nitrogen. 😛
Lapbars locked ready to launch.
What makes this coaster unique is that there is a sliding station, so the ride is able to run two trains. This greatly increases capacity and keeps the wait to a minimum.
All clear! 3…2…1… goodbye!
The ride rockets backwards into the top hat inversion.
Then around an over banked turn.
Then backwards up a vertical spike.
Before plunging back down. Check out that hair time!
One more time through the top hat and it’s back into the station.
One last look at Mr. Freeze from afar before moving on.
Mr. Freeze was about as good as expected. It’s a lot fun just like any other Premier rides coaster, except the one difference being going through the top hat backwards produces some unexpected forces. That’s one pleasant surprise that is a result of the backwards launch. I’m not the biggest fan of going backwards but I think this ride is better with the start of it being backwards instead of the opposite. The other positive is the station being super cold, I’m glad Six Flags didn’t go cheap and still is running the AC in here. Otherwise it would be a hot indoor station but instead it’s a great station that gives plenty of relief on a hot summer day coupled with a great unique ride. Six Flags St. Louis has a winner here, just keep that AC running. 😛
The park has these nice shaded tunnels that provide a much needed relief from the sun on those super hot days.
Next up The Boss!
The Boss is rolling.
The coaster has a nice setting nestled back into the woods.
The sign lets you know who’s boss. 😛
As the Yellow M&M tells you, DON’T hold up the line.
The Boss runs Gerstlauer trains instead of the more common PTC trains used on wooden roller coasters.
The bonus of these trains is no seatbelt!
Climbing the first hill!
Here we go!
Rumbling through the woods.
And we’re back! They don’t look too miserable.
I had heard that the Boss was rough, though I didn’t think it was all that bad. Any massive wooden roller coaster of this size is going to have some degree of roughness but it wasn’t anything that wasn’t tolerable. Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun was much much worse in my opinion. A fun long wooden coaster that I’d even ride again. There’s much worse wooden coasters out there, the Boss is fun!
Let’s try out Pandemonium, another spinning mouse coaster.
Seems to have a decent sized line.
This one also has the seats that face each other. I think I still prefer the outward facing seats.
Who’s ready to ride?
Here we go!
Looking up the lift.
Not a bad ride, however a horrible ending as it’s a bit of wait for the car to lock back up and stop spinning. It doesn’t help that Six Flags is generally slow in operations and you’re stuck out there spinning for a little bit.
Not much different from any other spinning wild mouse, but for heavens sake when the ride is over please STOP SPINNING!
After all that spinning it was time to stop at the bar. Which had a pretty good selection.
This section of the park isn’t too busy wonder what’s down here?
American Thunder?!?!? Yes please!
I’ve never rode a GCI I didn’t like.
The neat thing upon getting in line is the history of wooden roller coasters as told by Six Flags St. Louis.
John A. Miller mention.
Kings Island mentions. 🙂
And finally some Six Flags St. Louis mentions.
These signs brought to you by ACE.
Now who’s ready for some Thunder?
Neat little detail with American flags on the side of the train.
Wait what’s this hair gel doing on the side of the train? Really Six Flags really?
Here they come!
And we’re back. The riders look a lot more happy compared to the train on the Boss.
Some fun facts about American Thunder.
A fun coaster but I was expecting a little bit more as I’ve seen it was ranked in the top 25 of wooden coasters. Not seeing it, not a bad ride but Prowler at Worlds of Fun which is another GCI coaster is leagues above this one. It’s not even close as to which is the best GCI in Missouri. As for best wooden coaster in the state well I’m pretty sure RMC owns that title with Outlaw Run. None the less a great state for wooden coasters! All except Timber Wolf 😛
Let’s ride the cars, maybe I can get some great shots of American Thunder.
Your automobile awaits.
… and we’re back?!?!? What?!?!? The car litteraly goes in a circle nothing else. No bridges no straightaways. You’ve got to be kidding me.
Oh that’s a nice mister idea let’s just hook a hose onto the side of a lamp post.
YOLO, cause it’s Six Flags.
Entering Gotham City Park.
Time for a Six Flags staple?
What’s that behind the trees there?
Into the storm drain.
Batman logo nice and big.
The trains are black, purple, and yellow. Colors of the Batman!
Off into the sun!
Climbing the lift.
Twist from a different angle.
Back half of the ride.
Batman the Ride is always the perfect mix of intensity and smoothness. Never a bad ride, yeah they’re all the same, but they’re always really good. I’ll take this clone over a boomerang any day. This was actually Holly and John’s first experience with a Batman clone and they both admitted it was very good. We’ll have to see if that opinion holds up after riding a few more Batman clones. I’m sure it will. 😛
Joker ride in the Gotham City area.
Pretty neat theming but I’ll pass.
Also Johnny Rockets is sure becoming an amusement park staple. I’m seeing them pop up in parks all over.
The ultimate carrot = A day at Six Flags.
Six Flags St. Louis is actually a beautiful park.
Mine train credit.
Nothing really special here just you’re average mine train.
Now who’s ready for a real train?
Old logos on the train.
Superman Tower of Power we didn’t hit today. Looks like a standard Intamin drop tower so I’m sure it’s good.
Another boomerang! Uhh yay?
Passing by the SkyScreamer.
Ninja, off in the distance. We’ll be riding that later.
Overview of Batman: The Ride.
Some of the slides in Hurricane Harbor.
The lazy river.
And spare tubes!
Wave to the people.
Passing by American Thunder.
That massive coaster is the Boss.
Oh look fountains.
Photo op! With matching Six Flags shirts what dorks. 😛
The kids area is themed to Looney Tunes.
Why hello Marvin.
Nice collection of rides, but there’s no kiddie coasters here…
So that’s all folks.
Let’s check out a show called Evolutions. A show about the different eras and genres of music.
You have disco.
You have boy bands.
You have rock with some Queen.
And some Pink Floyd.
And then we’re reminded that we’re in the bible belt.
Don’t worry there’s also some country for you.
All with a truly American finale with a St. Louis touch.
The show was pretty good, and the best part was it was a nice relief from the hot day and after getting out of the show the outside temperature felt like it dropped 15 degrees! Awesome!
Splash battle, new for 2014. No thanks rather not get wet. 😛
OMG I’m soaked!
Watch out for cracked pathways.
White picket fence.
Time to battle the Ninja!
Alright hop in.
Not too bad so far.
Ooh it’s a little bumpy.
Nice and easy turns, typical Arrow.
The best part of the ride however is this lift chain interaction. It appears you’re head is gonna come right off by hitting the chain.
Ninja was a surprisingly enjoyable Arrow. Nothing too rough and definitely worthy of a re ride.
236 feet up in the air!
This was my first ride on a SkyScreamer I thought it was a lot of fun, and I liked how it moved back down the tower at a high rate of speed and then back up. Before this I had been on the Windseeker clones, and while they both provide similar thrills, SkyScreamer has the longer cycle. Now I need to get on one of those 400 ft versions.
Standard boomerang nothing special here. Nice color scheme though. Unfortunately ran out of time for this credit. I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in the future.
Surprise it’s called the Boomerang!
Last coaster of the day, Screaming Eagle!
Ewww yuck come on Six Flags.
A look over at the Boss.
And Mr. Freeze.
PTC trains! Yay!
Screamin’ Eagle was a nice surprise of the trip, great airtime and some surprise drops along the course. Being that the coaster is mainly in the woods it’s another hard one to photograph but it’s another good wooden roller coaster in the state of Missouri.
Now entering the Scary Swamp.
What about the Lions, Tigers, and Bears?
Mr. Freeze giving some dusk rides.
How to use your Ghost Blaster errr Fright Light.
Have you seen me?
Hit the targets!
Ooh it’s a boat ride.
Don’t worry most of our guests come back.
A fun shooting dark ride, the problem is I took some pictures inside the ride and they made me delete them. Which is really no big deal rules are rules and most of them were blurry anyway but when I got back from the trip I found out this was the last year for this ride. And I had a few pictures from inside! Oh well wonder what it’ll look like next year?
Six Flags St. Louis at night.
That concludes our day at Six Flags St. Louis, actually a pretty enjoyable park. The lines weren’t too long and operations were pretty good, and the setting is beautiful. The longest we waited was for 40 minutes and that was for the Scooby-Doo ride, which I’m glad we did since this is the last year for it. All the employee’s were friendly and I’d definitely recommend this park. One of the nicest in the whole Six Flags chain!
Next up the wacky City Museum in St. Louis!