Six Flags St. Louis

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Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis logo.gif
LocationEureka, Missouri, United States
Coordinates38°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
OwnerSix Flags
OpenedJune 5, 1971
Previous namesSix Flags over Mid-America - 1971 to 1996
Operating seasonMarch to October
Area240 acres (0.97 km2), (497 acres (2.01 km2) owned)
Rides
Total40
Roller coasters9
WebsiteSix Flags Saint Louis
 
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Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis logo.gif
LocationEureka, Missouri, United States
Coordinates38°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
OwnerSix Flags
OpenedJune 5, 1971
Previous namesSix Flags over Mid-America - 1971 to 1996
Operating seasonMarch to October
Area240 acres (0.97 km2), (497 acres (2.01 km2) owned)
Rides
Total40
Roller coasters9
WebsiteSix 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]

Six Flags St. Louis, originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America, is an amusement park located in Eureka, Missouri, a town 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 NamePictureYear OpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeCurrent LocationOther Notes
River King Mine TrainSFSL River King Mine Train.jpg1971Arrow Mine TrainGateway To The WestLocation 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' EagleScreamin Eagle, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg1976Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster, designed by John C. Allen.IllinoisOpened as the world's tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster.
NinjaSFSL-Ninja.jpg1989Vekoma Custom MK-1200Studio BacklotRelocated from Vancouver's Expo 1986 fair where it was known as Scream Machine.
Batman: The RideBatman The Ride at Six Flags Great America 1.jpg1995B&M Inverted roller coasterStudio BacklotMirror-image clone of standard Batman ride.
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast[2]SFOT-Mr Freeze (Station).jpg1998Premier Rides LIM launched roller coasterDC Comics PlazaOriginally 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 BossThe Boss - Six Flags St. Louis.jpg2000Custom Coasters International wooden terrain roller coaster.BritanniaTallest and fastest coaster built by Custom Coasters International
Pandemonium[3]2007Gerstlauer Spinning CoasterBritanniaRide replaced Sherwood Forest Theater (former Dolphin Arena). Other Names - Tony Hawk's Big Spin (2007–2010).
American Thunder[4]Evel Knievel ride.JPG2008GCI wooden twister coaster1904 World's FairRide 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.jpg2013Vekoma BoomerangIllinoisOriginally operated as Flashback at Six Flags Over Texas from 1989-2012. Ride replaced Water Street Cab Company.

Current adult rides[edit]

Ride NameYear OpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeCurrent LocationOther Notes
Log Flume1971Arrow Log FlumeDC Comics PlazaRide 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 Cars1971Arrow Antique Cadillac1904 World's FairRide 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 Railroad1971Crown Metal Products1904 World's Fair and Bugs Bunny National ParkThis 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 Carousel19721915 PTC CarouselBritanniaOther Names - Carousel (1972–1983), Grand Ole Carousel (1984–1994), Enchanted Carousel (1995–1997).
Shazam!1972Eli Bridge ScramblerDC Comics PlazaOriginally 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 Fling1977Schwarzkopf EnterpriseBritannia
The Joker Inc.1980Intamin Bounty - swinging shipStudio BacklotOther Names - The Buccaneer (1980 - 1986), Yankee Clipper (1987 - 1994), Gotham Harbor (1995).
Thunder River1983Intamin Rapids water rideGateway To The WestReplaced Mississippi Adventure, entrance replaced Tiltmore Hotel.
Colossus1986Carousel Holland B.V. 180 ft (55 m). tall Ferris wheel1904 World's FairReplaced Petting zoo

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

Rush Street Flyer1987Chance Rides Falling StarIllinoisRide was SBNO (broken) for the 2005 season. One of the few rides that does not allow single riders.
Tidal Wave1991Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water rideIllinois
Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp2002Sally Corporation interactive family dark rideDC Comics PlazaHeavily modified former dark ride (replaced Castaway Kids).
Xcalibur2003Ronald Bussink Professional Rides EvolutionBritanniaReplaced Great Escape arcade (original Illinois Sky-Way station building).

Ride moved from Six Flags Great Adventure.

Superman: Tower Of Power2006Intamin 230 ft (70 m). tall giant dropIllinoisRide Relocated from Six Flags Astroworld.
SkyScreamer2011Funtime StarFlyerIllinoisTallest ride in park at 236 feet (72 m) in the air swing ride.
Tsunami Soaker2014Mack Rides Twist 'n' SplashChouteau's MarketRide will replace the Hannibarrels which have been SBNO since 1997.

Current kiddie rides[edit]

Ride NameYear OpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeCurrent LocationOther Notes
Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots1975Chance Rides Red Baron - kiddie biplane rideBugs Bunny National ParkMoved 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 Parade1990Zamperla Swing RideBugs Bunny National ParkRide 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 Railway1997Zamperla Rio Grande – kiddie train rideBugs Bunny National ParkMoved from former location in Looney Tunes Town in 2006.

Other Names - Looney Tooter (1997–2005).

Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons2006Zamperla Samba BalloonsBugs Bunny National Park
Marvin The Martian Camp Invasion2006Zamperla Crazy SubBugs Bunny National ParkRide moved from Six Flags Astroworld.
Taz Twisters2006Zamperla Mini Tea CupsBugs Bunny National Park
Tweety Twee House2006Zamperla Jumpin’ Star – kiddie drop towerBugs Bunny National Park
Yosemite Sam Tugboat Tailspin2006Zamperla Rockin’ TugBugs Bunny National Park
Bugs Bunny Fort Fun2006SCS Interactive “Treehouse”Bugs Bunny National Park

Current extra charge attractions[edit]

Attraction NameYear OpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeCurrent LocationOther Notes
Dragon’s Wing1996SkycoasterBritanniaNear where the Aero Flyer (now Riverview Racer) was located originally.
Speed O’ Drome Go-Karts1999J & J Amusements go-kartsBritannia
Turbo Bungy2001Eurobungy bungee/trampolineChouteau's MarketMoved to former Eagle's Bluff (rock wall) location for the 2014 season.
Bushwackers Paintball[6]2013Paintball/Laser TagStudio BacklotInformation kiosk located inside Axis Chemical Arcade.

Hurricane Harbor[edit]

Included with admission to the park.

Slide/Attraction NameYear OpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeOther Notes
Big Kahuna1999Proslide Technology Inc. Mammothfamily raft ride
3 speed slides1999Proslide Technology Inc. Speed ZoneGeronimo Falls (green straight speed slide), Kontiki Falls & Wahini Falls (red / blue twisting speed slides)
4 tube slides1999Proslide Technology Inc. PipelinePiranha (red) & Man-O-War (yellow) - partially enclosed, Hammerhead (green) & Stingray (teal) - completely enclosed
Hook’s Lagoon1999SCS Interactive Discovery Treehousefamily activity area, with Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters’ Zone slides
Hurricane Bay1999Aquatic Development Group Inc. WaveTek wave poolWave pool with a "volcano" at one end and a beach at the other.
Gulley Washer Creek1999Aquatic Development Group Inc. lazy riverLazy river
Tornado2005Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado “60”funnel shaped tube slide that uses four person “cloverleaf” tubes
Wahoo Racer2009Proslide Technology Inc. 6-Lane ProRacerMat-racing slide complex
Bonzai Pipeline2012Proslide Technology Inc. SuperLOOPLooping water slide

Former attractions[edit]

NameOpenedClosedManufacturer/Ride TypeOther Notes/Reason For Removal
Mule-Go-Round19711972
Injun Joe's Cave19711978Arrow Water dark rideTheme/name changed to Time Tunnel in 1979.
Super Sports Car Ride19711979Arrow Sports CarsReplaced by The Buccaneer (The Joker Inc.) and Jet Scream.
The Sky-Way19711981Von RollIllinois and USA stations; Accident on July 26, 1978, killed 3 and seriously injured 1 when a car fell from the ride.
Mississippi Adventure19711982Arrow Boat RideSimilar to Jungle Cruise; replaced by Thunder River.
Tiltmore Hotel19711982Crooked fun houseBuilding became entrance to Thunder River.

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

Sky Chuter19781982Intamin 250 ft (76 m) tall ParatowerReplaced by Aero Flyer; moved to Six Flags Great Adventure.
Haunted House19791982Haunted House Company walk through haunted houseWas 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 Reel1979/19801981/1983Intamin Motion Simulator & Disco dance areaAction 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 Hotrods19751984Kiddie spinning car rideLocated in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Fort Funtier19751984Kid's playground areaLocated in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Ball Crawl19821984kiddie Ball Crawlmay have been part of the Fort Funtier area

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

Pet-A-Pet19711985Petting zooReplaced by Colossus.
River King Mine Train19711988Arrow Mine TrainWas 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 Scream19811988Schwarzkopf Looping StarWas 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 Tiempo19791988Water dark rideTheme/name changed to Legends Of The Dark Castle in 1989.

Other Names - Time Tunnel (1979 - 1986)

The Condor19881988HUSS CondorRemoved as part of the ride rotation program.
Elmer Fudd Constwuction Company19851989kiddie sandboxLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Speedy Gonzales Speedway.
Yosemite Sam Summit19851989kiddie ball crawl with summitLocated in Looney Tunes Town.
Legends Of The Dark Castle19891991Water dark rideTheme/name changed to Castaway Kids in 1992.
Tremors Dance Pavilion19891992Dance Pavilion, open select nightsBecame Carrot Club (character meet-in-greet lunch area) in 1993; replaced by Batman: The Ride.
Mo-Mo The Monster19731994Eyerly Aircraft Company MonsterReplaced by Riverview Racer (Aero Flyer) in 1996.
Foghorn Leghorn Funasium19851996kiddie ball crawl with slideLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Speedy Gonzales Speedway19901996kiddie battery powered jeepsLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Porky Pig B-B-B Ball Park19851999kiddie ball crawlLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Crazy Maze.
Road Runner Rally19851999Mason Corporation roller racers/scootersLocated 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 Adventure19921999water dark rideRide was SBNO in 2000 and 2001; replaced by Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters.

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

Tom's Twister19722005Chance Rides RotorReplaced by Bugs Bunny National Park.
Tweety's Flying Cages19842005San Antonio Roller Works kiddie Ferris WheelLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by movement of Rockin' Roller.

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

Bugs Bunny Burrow19852005kiddie tunnel crawlLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Cat Climb19852005kiddie net climb with slideLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Eagle’s Bluff19982005Extra charge rock climbing wall
Marvin's Maze20002005Kiddie mazeLocated in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.

Other Names - Crazy Maze (2000 - 2001).

4-D Theater20012005Extra charge Ham on Rye VR.Other Names - Virtual Theater (2001 - 2004).
Rockin' Roller19752007Bradley and Kaye Little DipperWas 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 Speedway20022007Hampton kiddie spinning car rideRide was SBNO in 2007; replaced by American Thunder (Evel Knievel).

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

Daffy Duck Duccaneer20062007Sartori kiddie swinging shipRide was moved from Six Flags Fiesta Texas; replaced by movement of Daffy Duck Stars On Parade (kiddie swing ride).
Slingshot20022008extra charge Funtime Sling Shot.Ride opened mid-season; Ride moved to Six Flags New England.
Kiddie-Go-Round19752010Herschell kiddie CarouselRide 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 Racer19832010Chance Rides Yo-YoOriginally 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 Company19732012Soli bumper carsRemoved at the end of the 2012 season to make room for Boomerang.

Other Names - Dodge City (1973–1990).

Powder Keg19711996/2013Intamin Drunken BarrelsRide 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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