Six Flags St. Louis

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Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis logo.gif
Location Eureka, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 38°30′46″N 90°40′30″W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050Coordinates: 38°30′46″N 90°40′30″W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050
Owner Six Flags
Opened June 5, 1971
Previous names Six Flags over Mid-America - 1971 to 1996
Operating season March to October
Area 240 acres (0.97 km2), (497 acres (2.01 km2) owned)
Rides
Total 40
Roller coasters 9
Website Six Flags Saint Louis

Six Flags St. Louis, originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America, is an amusement park located in Eureka, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The park opened in 1971 as the third theme park of the Six Flags chain and was the last park built under the Six Flags name. Unlike its sister parks, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia, which are owned by limited partnerships and managed by Six Flags, the St. Louis park is completely owned and operated.

History[edit]

Main article: Six Flags § History

Six Flags St. Louis, originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America, is an amusement park located in Eureka, Missouri, a city located within the Greater St. Louis area. The park opened in 1971 as the third theme park of the Six Flags chain and was the last park built under the Six Flags name, and remains the only park completely owned and operated by Six Flags.

The park opened with six themed sections -- Spain, France, England, the United States, Illinois, and Missouri, representing the historic "Six Flags" for this park and the St. Louis area.[1]

Themed areas[edit]

Current themed areas
Illinois (1989–present)
Studio Backlot (2001–present)
Britannia (1994–present)
DC Comics Plaza (1997–present)
Chouteau's Market (1995–present)
1904 World's Fair (1993 - present)
Gateway To The West (1993–present)
Bugs Bunny National Park (2006–present)

Rides[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

Ride Name Picture Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
River King Mine Train SFSL River King Mine Train.jpg 1971 Arrow Mine Train Gateway To The West Location was originally part of the Illinois section. One of two separate Arrow Mine Train roller coasters. Other Names - The River King Mine Train (1971), River King Run-Away Mine Train (1972–1983), Rail Blazer (1984). Operated with Stand-up trains as "Rail Blazer"
Screamin' Eagle Screamin Eagle, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 1976 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster, designed by John C. Allen. Illinois Opened as the world's tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster.
Ninja SFSL-Ninja.jpg 1989 Vekoma Custom MK-1200 Studio Backlot Relocated from Vancouver's Expo 1986 fair where it was known as Scream Machine.
Batman: The Ride Batman The Ride at Six Flags Great America 1.jpg 1995 B&M Inverted roller coaster Studio Backlot Mirror-image clone of standard Batman ride.
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast[2] SFOT-Mr Freeze (Station).jpg 1998 Premier Rides LIM launched roller coaster DC Comics Plaza Originally intended to open for the 1997 season, but problems with the LIM Launch system forced a delayed opening until 1998. Other Names - Mr.Freeze (1998-2011).
The Boss The Boss - Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 2000 Custom Coasters International wooden terrain roller coaster. Britannia Tallest and fastest coaster built by Custom Coasters International
Pandemonium[3] 2007 Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster Britannia Ride replaced Sherwood Forest Theater (former Dolphin Arena). Other Names - Tony Hawk's Big Spin (2007–2010).
American Thunder[4] Evel Knievel ride.JPG 2008 GCI wooden twister coaster 1904 World's Fair Ride located where part of the Moon Antique Cars was located and where the "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town/Goodtime Hollow kiddie area was located. Other Names - Evel Knievel (2008–2010).
Boomerang[5] Flashback, Six Flags Over Texas.jpg 2013 Vekoma Boomerang Illinois Originally operated as Flashback at Six Flags Over Texas from 1989-2012. Ride replaced Water Street Cab Company.

Current adult rides[edit]

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Log Flume 1971 Arrow Log Flume DC Comics Plaza Ride has 2 separate/different sides.

Other Names - The Hoo Hoo Log Flume (1971–1977), The Plunge (1978 - 1979), Log Flume (1980 - 2000), The Ice Mountain Splash (2001–2005).

Moon Antique Cars 1971 Arrow Antique Cadillac 1904 World's Fair Ride originally had 2 sides/tracks, one side/track removed during 80s, track shortened in 1999, lengthened in 2006.

Ride was heavily modified for the 2008 season for American Thunder (formerly Evel Knievel).

Six Flags Railroad 1971 Crown Metal Products 1904 World's Fair and Bugs Bunny National Park This is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad featuring two stations, St. Louis and Bugs Bunny National Park (Old Chicago).

Engine is named Tommy G. Robertson after the head maintenance official when the park first opened. Tommy G. Robertson is a real-working 25 ton steam locomotive that burns non-polluting propane.

During Fright Fest, the train is converted to Terror Train with a main villain "Pigman" who decides to hijack the train. (Though for a few years up until 2010, they had other themes.)

Six Flags originally had two engines, the #5 was green and is now at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and the #6 which is red and still operating at the park today. Tommy G. Robertson had a few modifications later after the initial design such as moving the whistle to the top of the steam dome.

Grand Ole Carousel 1972 1915 PTC Carousel Britannia Other Names - Carousel (1972–1983), Grand Ole Carousel (1984–1994), Enchanted Carousel (1995–1997).
Shazam! 1972 Eli Bridge Scrambler DC Comics Plaza Originally located in USA section (near where Ninja's station is located), moved to current location in 1988

Was closed for a complete rebuild. Reopened at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Other Names - Space Scramble (1972 - 1980), The Scrambler (1981 - 1986), U.S. Express (1987), El Toro Bravo (1988–1996)

Highland Fling 1977 Schwarzkopf Enterprise Britannia
The Joker Inc. 1980 Intamin Bounty - swinging ship Studio Backlot Other Names - The Buccaneer (1980 - 1986), Yankee Clipper (1987 - 1994), Gotham Harbor (1995).
Thunder River 1983 Intamin river rapids ride Gateway To The West Replaced Mississippi Adventure, entrance replaced Tiltmore Hotel.
Colossus 1986 Carousel Holland B.V. 180 ft (55 m). tall Ferris wheel 1904 World's Fair Replaced Petting zoo

Ride was relocated from the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rush Street Flyer 1987 Chance Rides Falling Star Illinois Ride was SBNO (broken) for the 2005 season. One of the few rides that does not allow single riders.
Tidal Wave 1991 Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water ride Illinois
Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp 2002 Sally Corporation interactive family dark ride DC Comics Plaza Heavily modified former dark ride (replaced Castaway Kids). Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters will permanently close September 14th 2014. ( Justice League themed ride rumored to replace Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters )
Xcalibur 2003 Ronald Bussink Professional Rides Evolution Britannia Replaced Great Escape arcade (original Illinois Sky-Way station building).

Ride moved from Six Flags Great Adventure.

Superman: Tower Of Power 2006 Intamin 230 ft (70 m). tall giant drop Illinois Ride Relocated from Six Flags Astroworld.
SkyScreamer 2011 Funtime StarFlyer Illinois Tallest ride in park at 236 feet (72 m) in the air swing ride.
Tsunami Soaker 2014 Mack Rides Twist 'n' Splash Chouteau's Market Ride replaces the Hannibarrels which have been SBNO since 1997.

Current kiddie rides[edit]

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots 1975 Chance Rides Red Baron - kiddie biplane ride Bugs Bunny National Park Moved from former location in Goodtime Hollow/Looney Tunes Town in 2006.

Other Names - Red Baron (1975–1984), Daffy Duck Airways (1985–2005).

Daffy Duck Stars On Parade 1990 Zamperla Swing Ride Bugs Bunny National Park Ride was SBNO in 2007, removed late in 2007 for Evel Knievel construction and then moved from old "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town location to former Daffy Duck Duccaneer location in 2008.

Other Names - Tasmanian Devil Twister (1990–2005), Twister Swings (2006).

Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway 1997 Zamperla Rio Grande – kiddie train ride Bugs Bunny National Park Moved from former location in Looney Tunes Town in 2006.

Other Names - Looney Tooter (1997–2005).

Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons 2006 Zamperla Samba Balloons Bugs Bunny National Park
Marvin The Martian Camp Invasion 2006 Zamperla Crazy Sub Bugs Bunny National Park Ride moved from Six Flags Astroworld.
Taz Twisters 2006 Zamperla Mini Tea Cups Bugs Bunny National Park
Tweety Twee House 2006 Zamperla Jumpin’ Star – kiddie drop tower Bugs Bunny National Park
Yosemite Sam Tugboat Tailspin 2006 Zamperla Rockin’ Tug Bugs Bunny National Park
Bugs Bunny Fort Fun 2006 SCS Interactive “Treehouse” Bugs Bunny National Park

Current extra charge attractions[edit]

Attraction Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Dragon’s Wing 1996 Skycoaster Britannia Near where the Aero Flyer (now Riverview Racer) was located originally.
Speed O’ Drome Go-Karts 1999 J & J Amusements go-karts Britannia
Turbo Bungy 2001 Eurobungy bungee/trampoline Chouteau's Market Moved to former Eagle's Bluff (rock wall) location for the 2014 season.
Bushwackers Paintball[6] 2013 Paintball/Laser Tag Studio Backlot Information kiosk located inside Axis Chemical Arcade.

Hurricane Harbor[edit]

Included with admission to the park.

Slide/Attraction Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes
Big Kahuna 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoth family raft ride
3 speed slides 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Speed Zone Geronimo Falls (green straight speed slide), Kontiki Falls & Wahini Falls (red / blue twisting speed slides)
4 tube slides 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Pipeline Piranha (red) & Man-O-War (yellow) - partially enclosed, Hammerhead (green) & Stingray (teal) - completely enclosed
Hook’s Lagoon 1999 SCS Interactive Discovery Treehouse family activity area, with Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters’ Zone slides
Hurricane Bay 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. WaveTek wave pool Wave pool with a "volcano" at one end and a beach at the other.
Gulley Washer Creek 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. lazy river Lazy river
Tornado 2005 Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado “60” funnel shaped tube slide that uses four person “cloverleaf” tubes
Wahoo Racer 2009 Proslide Technology Inc. 6-Lane ProRacer Mat-racing slide complex
Bonzai Pipeline 2012 Proslide Technology Inc. SuperLOOP Looping water slide

Former attractions[edit]

Name Opened Closed Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes/Reason For Removal
Mule-Go-Round 1971 1972
Injun Joe's Cave 1971 1978 Arrow Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Time Tunnel in 1979.
Super Sports Car Ride 1971 1979 Arrow Sports Cars Replaced by The Buccaneer (The Joker Inc.) and Jet Scream.
The Sky-Way 1971 1981 Von Roll Illinois and USA stations; Accident on July 26, 1978, killed 3 and seriously injured 1 when a car fell from the ride.
Mississippi Adventure 1971 1982 Arrow Boat Ride Similar to Jungle Cruise; replaced by Thunder River.
Tiltmore Hotel 1971 1982 Crooked fun house Building became entrance to Thunder River.

Other Names - Angle Tangle (1971 - 1972), The Funn Family Place (1973 - 1974).

Sky Chuter 1978 1982 Intamin 250 ft (76 m) tall Paratower Replaced by Aero Flyer; moved to Six Flags Great Adventure.
Haunted House 1979 1982 Haunted House Company walk through haunted house Was added late in 1979 (on Labor Day weekend); may have had a temporary location in fall of 1979, before moved to current Tidal Wave location in 1980.

Attraction was 4 trailers linked together with a haunted house facade in front of them; attraction was moved from Six Flags Great Adventure where it operated as the original Haunted House (not the expanded Haunted Castle) in the fall of 1978.

Action Factory with River King Disco & Rock 'N Reel 1979/1980 1981/1983 Intamin Motion Simulator & Disco dance area Action Factory area (part of River King Mine Train station building and transfer station building) included a space themed motion simulator in 1979 and the disco dance area; Rock ' N Reel (motion simulator with virtual rides about the park) was added in 1980 to replace the space themed movie that was shown in 1979.

Motion simulator was likely identical to the Sensational Sense Machine at Six Flags Over Texas.

The motion simulator and the disco area were removed/closed in 1981, but the building remained open until 1983.

Happy Hotrods 1975 1984 Kiddie spinning car ride Located in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Fort Funtier 1975 1984 Kid's playground area Located in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Ball Crawl 1982 1984 kiddie Ball Crawl may have been part of the Fort Funtier area

Located in Gootime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.

Pet-A-Pet 1971 1985 Petting zoo Replaced by Colossus.
River King Mine Train 1971 1988 Arrow Mine Train Was located in Illinois section.

One of two separate Arrow Mine Train roller coasters.

Other Names - The River King Mine Train (1971), River King Run-Away Mine Train (1972 - 1983). Rail Blazer (1984) which included stand-up modifications and was subsequently shut down upon the death of a 46 year old woman in July 1984

Jet Scream 1981 1988 Schwarzkopf Looping Star Was located in USA section, where Batman: The Ride is located today.

Replaced Super Sports Car Ride.

Indirectly replaced by Ninja, ride moved to Six Flags Astroworld where it operated as Viper until the park closed in 2005, then the ride was scrapped.

Tunnel Del Tiempo 1979 1988 Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Legends Of The Dark Castle in 1989.

Other Names - Time Tunnel (1979 - 1986)

The Condor 1988 1988 HUSS Condor Removed as part of the ride rotation program.
Elmer Fudd Constwuction Company 1985 1989 kiddie sandbox Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Speedy Gonzales Speedway.
Yosemite Sam Summit 1985 1989 kiddie ball crawl with summit Located in Looney Tunes Town.
Legends Of The Dark Castle 1989 1991 Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Castaway Kids in 1992.
Tremors Dance Pavilion 1989 1992 Dance Pavilion, open select nights Became Carrot Club (character meet-in-greet lunch area) in 1993; replaced by Batman: The Ride.
Mo-Mo The Monster 1973 1994 Eyerly Aircraft Company Monster Replaced by Riverview Racer (Aero Flyer) in 1996.
Foghorn Leghorn Funasium 1985 1996 kiddie ball crawl with slide Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Speedy Gonzales Speedway 1990 1996 kiddie battery powered jeeps Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Porky Pig B-B-B Ball Park 1985 1999 kiddie ball crawl Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Crazy Maze.
Road Runner Rally 1985 1999 Mason Corporation roller racers/scooters Located in Looney Tunes Town; moved to new location in 1990; replaced by Crazy Maze

Other Names - Tasmanian Devil Taxi Company (1985 - 1989).

Castaway Kids Comic Book Adventure 1992 1999 water dark ride Ride was SBNO in 2000 and 2001; replaced by Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters.

Other Names - Castaway Kids Jungle Adventure (1992 - 1996).

Tom's Twister 1972 2005 Chance Rides Rotor Replaced by Bugs Bunny National Park.
Tweety's Flying Cages 1984 2005 San Antonio Roller Works kiddie Ferris Wheel Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by movement of Rockin' Roller.

Other Names - Ferris Wheel (1984), Flying Cages (1985 - 1992).

Bugs Bunny Burrow 1985 2005 kiddie tunnel crawl Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Cat Climb 1985 2005 kiddie net climb with slide Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Eagle’s Bluff 1998 2005 Extra charge rock climbing wall
Marvin's Maze 2000 2005 Kiddie maze Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.

Other Names - Crazy Maze (2000 - 2001).

4-D Theater 2001 2005 Extra charge Ham on Rye VR. Other Names - Virtual Theater (2001 - 2004).
Rockin' Roller 1975 2007 Bradley and Kaye Little Dipper Was located in 1904 World's Fair ("Fairgrounds") - formerly Looney Tunes Town and Goodtime Hollow.

Location moved from south side of kiddie area to north side (next to Log Flume drop) in 2006.

Other Names - Rock Candy Express (1975 - 1984), Acme Gravity Powered Roller Ride (1985 - 2005).

Great Race Speedway 2002 2007 Hampton kiddie spinning car ride Ride was SBNO in 2007; replaced by American Thunder (Evel Knievel).

Other Names - Speedy Gonzales Speedway (2002 - 2005).

Daffy Duck Duccaneer 2006 2007 Sartori kiddie swinging ship Ride was moved from Six Flags Fiesta Texas; replaced by movement of Daffy Duck Stars On Parade (kiddie swing ride).
Slingshot 2002 2008 extra charge Funtime Sling Shot. Ride opened mid-season; Ride moved to Six Flags New England.
Kiddie-Go-Round 1975 2010 Herschell kiddie Carousel Ride was moved to new location in "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town area in 2006, ride was SBNO in 2007, removed late in 2007 for American Thunder (Evel Knievel) construction and then moved to new location near the exit of Log Flume in 2008.

Other Names - Last Roundup (1975 - 1984), Merry Melodies Go-Round (1985 - 2005).

Riverview Racer 1983 2010 Chance Rides Yo-Yo Originally located in England section (replaced Sky Chuter), moved to the Illinois section of the park in 1996; replaced by SkyScreamer.

Other Names - Aero Flyer (1983 - 1994), Dragon’s Wing (1995).

Water Street Cab Company 1973 2012 Soli bumper cars Removed at the end of the 2012 season to make room for Boomerang.

Other Names - Dodge City (1973–1990).

Powder Keg 1971 1996/2013 Intamin Drunken Barrels Ride was SBNO from 1997-2013, removed at end of the 2013 season to make room for Tsunami Soaker.

Other Names - Hannibarrels (1971-1995)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six Flags St. Louis". Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  2. ^ "The next generation of cool thrills is here...MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast!". Six Flags St. Louis. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pandemonium". Six Flags St. Louis. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  4. ^ MacDonald, Brady (25 November 2010). "Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Six Flags St. Louis announces new addition to the park's roller coaster lineup for 2013". SixFlags.com. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Paintball is coming to Six Flags St. Louis in 2013! https://www.facebook.com/BushwackersPaintball/info

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