Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Road|
Eureka, Missouri 63025, United States
|Owner||Six Flags Entertainment Corporation|
|Opened||June 5, 1971|
|Previous names||Six Flags Over Mid-America (1971-1996)|
|Operating season||March to December|
|Area||323 acres (1.31 km2)|
|Website||Six Flags St Louis|
Six Flags St. Louis, formerly Six Flags Over Mid-America, is a theme park located in Eureka, Missouri. The park opened on June 5, 1971 and features seven themed areas as well as numerous attractions and live shows. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is free with park admission. The park brands itself as "Missouri's Coaster Capital".
- 1 History
- 2 Themed areas
- 3 Rides
- 4 Former attractions
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The park opened in 1971 as the third theme park of the Six Flags chain and is the only one of the three remaining parks completely built, owned and operated by Six Flags.
The park opened with six themed sections—Spain, France, England, the United States, Illinois, and Missouri, representing the "Six Flags" for the park.
Six Flags St. Louis was located on 503 acres (204 ha) of land according to the Six Flags 2014 Annual Report. Six Flags sold 180 acres of undeveloped land east of the park to home developer McBride & Sons. According to the Six Flags 2015 Annual Report, the park now owns 323 acres of land (283 acres of land are used by the park with an additional 40 acres of undeveloped land).
|Current themed areas|
|Studio Backlot (1995–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)|
The back area of the park, themed to the state of Illinois. The area includes many references to various real-life locations and culture within the state, as well as fictional aspects such as Superman's presence in Metropolis.
DC Comics Plaza
This area celebrates the DC Comics Multiverse, including not only the comic universes but the TV, movie and video game universes as well.
Themed to a sea market, includes Tsunami Soaker, and Spinsanity.
1904 World's Fair
Themed to the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) in St Louis, features many foods commonly found in fairs as well as buildings themed to the early 1900s.
Gateway to the West
Themed to the rural Midwest of the United States, features the River King Mine Train and Thunder River.
Bugs Bunny National Park
Based on Warner Bros. Animation's Looney Tunes cartoons, features many rides for young children.
|Ride Name||Picture||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location||Other Notes|
|River King Mine Train||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, one of which was sent to Dollywood. 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||1976||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster, designed by John C. Allen.||Illinois||Opened as the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the world. An American Coaster Enthusiasts Landmark.|
|Ninja||1989||Arrow/Vekoma Custom MK-1200||Studio Backlot||Relocated from Vancouver's Expo 1986 fair, where it was known as Scream Machine. Repainted in 1996 from its original red track and white support color scheme.|
|Batman: The Ride||1995||B&M Inverted roller coaster||Studio Backlot||Opened in 1995 as one of the nine installations of the same design in the Six Flags chain, however one of the few with a mirrored drop and layout. For the beginning of the 2018 season, the park is running one of the two trains backwards until May 13th.|
|Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast||1998||Premier Rides LIM launched roller coaster||DC Comics Plaza||Originally ran forwards, but in 2012, changes were made to the launch system to allow for the trains to launch out of the station backwards for a more thrilling experience.
Other Names - Mr. Freeze (1998-2011).
|The Boss||2000||Custom Coasters International wooden terrain roller coaster||Britannia||Tallest and fastest coaster built by Custom Coasters International. Was the eighth longest wooden roller coaster in the world with a track length of 5,051 feet. The helix element was removed before the 2018 season and the ride's new track length is 4,631 feet.|
|Pandemonium||2007||Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster||Britannia||Replaced Sherwood Forest Theater. Other Names - Tony Hawk's Big Spin (2007–2010).|
|American Thunder||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),Cubs Thunder (Fright Fest 2015)|
|Boomerang||2013||Vekoma Boomerang||Illinois||Originally operated as Flashback at Six Flags Over Texas from 1989-2012 until it was completely refurbished and repainted then relocated to Six Flags St Louis for the 2013 season. Replaced Water Street Cab Company.|
Current adult rides
|Ride Name||Picture||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location||Other Notes|
|The Log Flume||1971||Arrow Log Flume||DC Comics Plaza||Other Names - The Hoo Hoo Log Flume (1971–1977), The Plunge (1978 - 1979), Log Flume (1980 - 2000)(2006-Present), The Ice Mountain Splash (2001–2005). Log Flume Ride that features 2 different courses and an on-ride photo.|
|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||A 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 was originally converted to the "Terror Train" with a main villain "Pigman" who hijacks the train and scares guests. After 2010, there have been many rethemings for Fright Fest, including "Zombie Rails" in 2012, the "Holidead Express" in 2013, and most recently "Radioactive Rails" in 2014. For the Fright Fest 2015 season, the train will not have a show at all for the first time in the history of the event.
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)
|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 Pet-A-Pet petting zoo. There are two sets of lights installed, one for the regular season, and one that is a big animated pumpkin for the annual Fright Fest event.
Ride was relocated from the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana.
|Tidal Wave||1991||Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water ride||Illinois|
|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). High-flying chair swing.|
|Tsunami Soaker||2014||Mack Rides Twist 'n' Splash||Chouteau's Market||Replaced the "Hannibarrels" in 2014 which had been out of operation since the 1997 season.|
|Justice League: Battle for Metropolis||2015||Sally Corporation Interactive Dark Ride||DC Comics Plaza||Replaced Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp.|
|Fireball||2016||Larson International Super Loop||Illinois||Replaced Rush Street Flyer.|
|Spinsanity||2017||Zamperla Mega Disk'O||Chouteau's Market||A whirling Disk'O ride.|
|Supergirl||2019||Zamperla Endeavour||Britannia||A whirling Enterprise like ride.|
Current kiddie rides
|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 closed 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
|Attraction Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Current Location||Other Notes|
|Speed O’ Drome Go-Karts||1999||J & J Amusements go-karts||Britannia|
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor is a water park that is connected to the southeast portion of Six Flags St. Louis and is adjacent to the Studio Backlot, but is not part of the main park.
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor|
Entrance is included with park admission, or with a Season Pass.
|Slide/Attraction Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Other Notes|
|Big Kahuna||1999||Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoth||Family raft ride|
|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|
|Typhoon Twister||2018||Proslide Technology Inc. Hybrid||Hybrid water slide featuring a bowl dropping into a zero-G wave wall. Ride with three of your closest friend in a four person "cloverleaf" tube.|
|Name||Opened||Closed||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Other Notes/Reason For Removal|
|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 at the park.
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. In 1988, it was removed and sold to Dollywood, where it operated as Thunder Express until 1998, whereupon it was relocated to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls and operates today as Big Bad John.
|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 closed 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 closed 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 closed 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 closed from 1997-2013, removed at end of the 2013 season to make room for Tsunami Soaker.
Other Names - Hannibarrels (1971-1995)
|Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp||2002||2014||Sally Corporation interactive family dark ride||Heavily modified former dark ride (replaced Castaway Kids). Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: Mystery of the Scary Swamp closed permanently on September 14, 2014. It was replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis which opened on June 5, 2015.|
|Rush Street Flyer||1987||2015||Chance Rides Falling Star||Removed at the end of the 2015 season to make room for Fireball. Relocated to La Ronde as Gravitor. One of the few rides that did not allow single riders.|
|Turbo Bungy||2001||2015||Eurobungy bungee/trampoline||Moved to former Eagle's Bluff (rock wall) location for the 2014 season. Removed after the 2015 season. One of the few upcharge attractions at the park.|
|Speed Slides||1999||2017||Combo slide tower at Hurricane Harbor||Removed at the end of the 2017 season to make room for Typhoon Twister.|
|Highland Fling||1977||2017||Schwarzkopf Enterprise||Removed from the Britannia section of the park at the end of the 2017 season due to maintenance/parts issues. Replaced by Supergirl.|
Mr. Freeze next to Colossus
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